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  • Rockford mayor, two town officials submit resignations

    Rockford Mayor Steve Meyer resigned on Friday, following the recent resignations of the town’s clerk-treasurer and deputy clerk.


  • EPA seeks Superfund listing for Freeman grain elevator

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants a grain elevator in Freeman listed as a Superfund site to remove high levels of a toxic pesticide that’s leaching into groundwater. The EPA …


  • Fire districts 2 and 12 seek to replace existing levies

    Several small towns and rural fire districts in south Spokane County are asking voters to renew existing levies for emergency medical services, police coverage or equipment. Spokane County Fire District …


  • Spokane County elections could see recount

    With about 500 ballots left to count countywide from the Nov. 5 election, one race appears headed to a mandatory recount. For position 1 on the Latah City Council, incumbent …


  • Schimmels, Pace among Spokane Valley races to go to wire

    Voters in Spokane Valley will not know for at least several days, perhaps longer, whether City Council incumbent Gary Schimmels will keep his seat or if challenger Ed Pace will …


  • County sees plenty of races

    It’s an unusual state of affairs this year in small town Spokane County politics: Nearly every open position is contested. Often it’s tough to find one person interested in filling …


  • Spokane County small towns struggle with stray dogs

    Some residents of Latah say they’re living in fear after a dog attack this summer injured a City Council member and raised questions about animal control in small towns. Patricia …


  • Rockford will be home to a parade, Cow Chip Bingo

    It’s that time of year again. Time for a parade, Cow Chip Bingo and lots and lots of animals – all at the 69th annual Southeast Spokane County Fair in …


  • Fire District 9 incumbent loses primary

    The initial primary election results are in and show that appointed incumbent John Bjork lost his bid to keep his seat on the Spokane County Fire District 9 board of …


  • Spokane Valley incumbent faces newcomer

    Spokane Valley City Council incumbent Gary Schimmels is advancing to the November general election, where he will face challenger Ed Pace. Schimmels has been on the council since the city …


  • Rockford settles Sheriff’s Office bill

    The town of Rockford has paid what it owed for its law enforcement contract with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. The town was billed $32,000 for 2013, but the City …


  • Rockford police bill has yet to be paid

    Though the town of Rockford hasn’t paid its $32,000 bill for law enforcement this year, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich promised to not abandon the small community. “I will never, …


  • Rockford leaders end their pay

    The small town of Rockford in south Spokane County is taking some unusual steps to save money in the face of a shrinking budget and rising costs. Recently the town …


  • Competition fills small town elections

    Brewing controversies are making for unusually contentious elections in some small Spokane County towns. Former Rockford town council member Steve Meyer is running to unseat Mayor Micki Harnois.


  • Levy vote’s failure casts shadow over contract for police

    The town of Rockford faces uncertainty after a law enforcement levy to pay for the town’s contract with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office lost big at the ballot box this …


  • Rockford vote could free up funds for water system

    The town of Rockford is putting a law enforcement services levy on the February ballot to pay for its law enforcement contract with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. The idea …


  • Agency: Flash, noise over Rockford was meteor

    A flash of light and loud noise seen and heard in the morning skies of Eastern Washington this morning probably was a meteor, a government agency said.


  • Rockford fair will be ‘Poultry in Motion’

    There will be poultry aplenty at the 68th annual Southeast Spokane County Fair in Rockford, which seems only fitting since this year’s theme is “Poultry in Motion.” The annual fair …


  • Three arrested for vandalism at park

    The cleanup is ongoing after vandalism was discovered in the Rockford City Park on the morning of May 21. Vandals spray painted nearly everything in sight, damaged doors and kicked …


  • Small towns struggle to pay rising sheriff’s bill

    The arrival of the bill from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office can be an annual occurrence of heartburn for some small towns in south Spokane County that contract with the …


  • Fire departments, districts regroup from failed levies

    Fire departments and districts in the Spokane Valley area were taking stock this week and trying to determine how to move forward after levy and bond requests on the November …


  • Area bonds and levies mostly fail

    Fire departments and fire districts in the area surrounding Spokane Valley largely came away from the polls with disappointing results as several levy and bond requests failed. The exception was …


  • Area bonds and levies mostly fail

    Fire departments and fire districts in the area surrounding Spokane Valley largely came away from the polls with disappointing results this week as several levy and bond requests failed. The …


  • Southeast Spokane Fair this weekend in Rockford

    If it’s time for Valleyfest, it is also time for the Southeast Spokane County Fair in Rockford. The two events have been held mostly on the same weekend for 20 …


  • Highway 27 from Tekoa to Rockford designated Scenic Byway

    Rockford Mayor Micki Harnois hopes that the new designation of Highway 27 from Rockford to Tekoa as a scenic byway will help boost businesses and tourism in her small south …


  • Panoramic Palouse

    Rockford Mayor Micki Harnois hopes that the new designation of Highway 27 from Rockford to Tekoa as a scenic byway will help boost businesses and tourism in her small south …


  • Proposal increases county commission from 3 people to 5

    Voters may get a chance to decide whether Spokane County needs more than three commissioners to run local government, the number it’s had since Washington became a U.S. territory in …


  • Food bank fills need in south Spokane County

    When the North Palouse Community Food Bank opened its doors on a recent Thursday afternoon, an immediate rush of local residents came into the small, chilly room to browse the …


  • Food bank fills need in south Spokane County

    When the North Palouse Community Food Bank opened its doors on a recent Thursday afternoon, an immediate rush of local residents came into the small, chilly room to browse the …


  • Sheriff caps policing fee increase for south Spokane County

    Every year the small towns in southern Spokane County get a bill from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office to cover the cost of deputies responding to calls. The cost usually …


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