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Democrats see fresh energy in Spokane County primary; French shrugs off second-place finish

Democrats fared well in Spokane County races Tuesday, but can that momentum last in the general election?


For first time in 40 years, Democrats forgo chance at Spokane County Commission

For the first time in 40 years, Republicans will run unopposed by Democrats for a seat on the Spokane County Board of Commissioners.


UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018, 11:22 a.m.

Senate race gets 11 hopefuls as candidates file for office Monday

Washington’s U.S. Senate race got crowded in a hurry Monday, as 10 challengers filed to run against incumbent Democrat Maria Cantwell.


UPDATED: Sat., March 17, 2018, 12:36 p.m.

Spokane County Commission: What you need to know

With change on the horizon, we take a look at the history of the Spokane County Commission, its makeup and the functions it performs within the county.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 9:43 p.m.

Senate passes 5 county commissioners bill with ‘tweak’

Senate approves a plan to expand the Spokane County Commissioner Board to five members after new districts are drawn in 2021.


Spokane lawmakers propose expanding county commission, electing by district

The bill would take effect in 2022 and would add two members to the Spokane County Commission. It’s received bipartisan support in Olympia and the city of Spokane, but current …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 3:01 p.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Sheriff accuses county commissioners of ‘childish displays’

Sheriff George L. Reid declared that two county commissioners played a “most contemptible trick” on him. They asked him to go along with them on a tour of warehouses where …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 11:23 a.m.

Third candidate for Spokane County seat gets renewed chance with commissioners’ punt

John Guarisco is a marketing consultant who has never held or campaigned for elected office, and his political leanings aren’t as well known as those of Mary Kuney and Rob …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 12, 2017, 8:14 p.m.

Spokane County commissioners deadlock on appointment of third Republican colleague, give decision to Democratic governor

Deadlocked in a heated debate about who should fill a vacant seat on the Spokane County Commission, Republican commissioners voted Tuesday to let the Democratic governor make the selection.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 11:44 a.m.

Spokane County commissioners in stalemate over selection of third member

A rift in the Spokane County Republican Party has resulted in a stalemate between two county commissioners who are running out of time to choose a new colleague.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 10:59 p.m.

Spokane County Commission reverses course on property tax vote

Spokane County voters won’t be asked whether they want to raise property taxes this year. The county commissioners, Al French and Josh Kerns, voted to rescind a tax proposal on …


Chase, Kuney and Guarisco make shortlist to replace O’Quinn on Spokane County Commission

The Spokane County Republican Party convened Saturday in a church in Spokane Valley to pick three potential replacements for Shelly O’Quinn, who recently vacated a seat on the county commission …


UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 10:51 p.m.

Facing $10 million budget shortfall, Spokane County voters to decide on property tax increase

Spokane County voters will decide in November whether to raise property taxes, a decision that may help fill holes in the county budget or result in a reduction of services.


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 …


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 …


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.


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.


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 …


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 …


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 …


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.


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.


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 …


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 …


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.


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 …


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


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.