Stories tagged: Spokane County Commission
UPDATED: Fri., June 16, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Citing legislative duties, Shelly O’Quinn to stay another month on Spokane County Commission
Shelly O’Quinn was expected to resign from the Spokane County Commission this month to lead a major nonprofit organization, but the Legislature’s inability to craft a bipartisan budget has thrown …
Sat., May 27, 2017, 5:30 a.m.
Plans for new northside Costco include Highway 2 roundabout
Costco is moving forward quickly with its plans to construct a new, 167,000 square foot retail warehouse near the site of the former Kaiser Aluminum smelter near Mead. Those plans …
Fri., April 28, 2017, 3:21 p.m.
Treasurer Rob Chase says he’s interested in open Spokane County Commission seat
Following the announced departure of Spokane County Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn expected this summer, Rob Chase, a former write-in candidate for treasurer who defeated a sitting Democrat for the office, will …
UPDATED: Wed., April 12, 2017, 10:20 p.m.
Spokane County Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn resigning to lead Inland Northwest Community Foundation
Four months after starting her second term, Spokane County Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn announced Wednesday that she will resign in June.
UPDATED: Fri., March 10, 2017, 11:05 p.m.
Spokane County commissioners get 19 percent raise, now make $110,000
An independent panel of citizens gave the Spokane County commissioners a 19 percent raise last month, bringing their annual salaries to $110,693.
Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, 5:30 a.m.
Spokane County adopts new record-keeping policy, aims to get rid of paper storage
How much time, paperwork and taxpayer money does it take to order printer ink for a Spokane County government office? Too much, says county Auditor Vicky Dalton.
Tue., Jan. 24, 2017, 5:46 p.m.
Spokane County settles public records lawsuit for $100,000
Spokane County has settled a second lawsuit after failing to provide public records related to the psychiatric treatment of county jail inmates. This time, taxpayers are on the hook for …
Sun., Dec. 11, 2016, 5:45 a.m.
Marijuana farm odor hurts neighbor’s property value near Cheney
Roger Bertsch can’t stand the smell that wafts from his neighbor’s property. Sometimes it’s barely detectable in the afternoon breeze. But sometimes, he said, the skunky aroma is so penetrating …
Tue., Dec. 6, 2016, 5:59 p.m.
Shawn Vestal: Spokane County Commission’s surprise ruling on outdoor pot farms stinks
Acting under the “miscellaneous items” portion of the Spokane County Commission agenda last Tuesday, the commission put a moratorium on outdoor marijuana farms, citing complaints they’d received about odor. The …
Mon., Dec. 5, 2016, 9:31 p.m.
County officials balance budget with property taxes former commissioner says should be devoted to roads
For the third year in a row, Spokane County officials are balancing the budget by diverting money that a former commissioner says should be spent on road improvements.
Tue., Nov. 29, 2016, 6:13 p.m.
Josh Kerns sworn in as Spokane County commissioner, replacing Nancy McLaughlin
Josh Kerns was sworn in as Spokane County commissioner Tuesday evening, replacing Nancy McLaughlin to represent the county’s northern district.
Wed., Nov. 23, 2016
Lawsuit will determine if Spokane developer can build road through Freddy Park
A Spokane developer is determined to build a 220-unit apartment complex in the Wandermere neighborhood, but first he’ll need to see the end of a lawsuit over a proposed access …
Wed., Nov. 2, 2016, 9:27 a.m.
Spokane County adopts emergency ordinance to address controversial Hirst water rights decision
In response to a controversial water rights decision by the state’s highest court, Spokane County has adopted an “interim emergency ordinance” that officials say will prevent a moratorium on building …
Tue., Oct. 25, 2016, 7:06 a.m.
Andrew Biviano challenging Shelly O’Quinn for seat on Spokane County Commission
In the race between Spokane County Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn and challenger Andrew Biviano, voters will choose between a business-oriented Republican and a Democratic attorney pushing for criminal justice reform.
Fri., Oct. 21, 2016, 5:38 p.m.
County commission hopeful Andrew Biviano wins endorsement from ‘opposite end of political spectrum’
Spokane Valley City Councilman Ed Pace, a self-proclaimed libertarian, constitutionalist and tea party Republican, said Democrat Andrew Biviano is exceedingly qualified for the commission job and “has a heart for …
Sun., Oct. 9, 2016
O’Quinn deserves second term
O’Quinn is a strong defender of the collaboration between GSI, which represents business interests, and the county’s economic development efforts
Fri., July 22, 2016, 6:14 p.m.
Nancy McLaughlin takes issue with claims made in challenger Josh Kerns’ mailer
Spokane County Commissioner Nancy McLaughlin took issue this week with a mailer sent by challenger Josh Kerns.
Wed., July 13, 2016, 4:26 p.m.
Three vie for seat on Spokane County Commission
Two challengers are vying for a chance to unseat Commissioner Nancy McLaughlin in the August primary elections.
Tue., July 12, 2016, 8:35 p.m.
Spokane County Jail staff members allege problems with medical contractor
Tensions are high at the Spokane County Jail following the departure of two medical directors and a “bumpy start” to the county’s contract with an Alabama company that provides treatment …
Wed., Jan. 20, 2016
Editorial: Bill to expand Spokane County Commission deserves support
Rep. Marcus Riccelli’s bill improves on last fall’s initiative to add two members to the Spokane County Commission.
Mon., Dec. 28, 2015, 12:46 p.m.
Baxter seeks Spokane County Commission seat
Jeff Baxter has asked to be appointed to the open seat on the Spokane County Commission.
Sun., Dec. 27, 2015, 3 a.m.
Spokane County GOP preps to nominate Todd Mielke successor
Though the list of hopefuls is long, the Spokane County Republican Party will have several weeks after the new year to nominate replacements for outgoing County Commissioner Todd Mielke.
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 26, 2015, 10:40 p.m.
Doug Clark: My ‘Extra Extra’ ballot will help clear things up for voters
Ballots for the Nov. 3 election arrived in my mailbox the other day and it looks like things are even more of a cluster than usual.
Sat., Oct. 17, 2015
Todd Mielke: Five commissioners would benefit Spokane County
County Proposition 1 will add two commissioners, better serve citizens.
UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 7, 2015, 8:27 p.m.
Doug Clark: Take our county commissioner, please
On behalf of potential future employers, Doug Clark issues an open letter of recommendation for Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke.
Thu., Oct. 1, 2015
Vestal: Rancor among county commissioners a by-product of a larger problem
The rancor that burst into the open this week among the three county commissioners seemed very much like high-stakes drama, or at least a very soapy opera: squabbling and bad …
Wed., Aug. 5, 2015, 12:07 p.m.
Family of inmate who died files $6.5M claim against Spokane County
The family of Lorenzo Hayes, who died May 13 at the Spokane County Jail, has filed a wrongful death claim against Spokane County requesting $6.5 million in damages.
Wed., July 22, 2015
County’s fast approval of broadband-boosting towers draws complaint
A wireless company has received fast-track approval from Spokane County to construct three towers designed to boost broadband Internet speeds in rural areas. Commissioners say the need for high-speed Internet …
Sun., July 19, 2015
County grants Knezovich request to allow unmarked patrol cars
At the request of the sheriff, Spokane County commissioners last week passed an ordinance authorizing the use of unmarked patrol cars, amid statewide controversy about the practice. Spokane County Sheriff …
UPDATED: Thu., July 16, 2015, 10:18 a.m.
Jail grapples with inmate deaths, staff shortage
The Spokane County Jail is having difficulty hiring and retaining medical staff, while a spate of recent inmate deaths appear to be caused by health issues. County commissioners, who oversee …