Stories tagged: Spokane County Commission
TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2014
Spokane closes loophole for contested developments
In a bid to curb unwanted sprawl, Spokane city leaders Monday imposed new prohibitions on extending water and sewer service to potentially contested developments outside city limits until any legal …
FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014
Noxious Weed Board proposes countywide assessment fee
Leafy spurge and common bugloss may have funny-sounding names, but to many in Spokane County they are no laughing matter. They are among dozens of noxious weeds that must be …
THURSDAY, FEB. 13, 2014
Landmarks Commission at standstill while county sends message
A little more than a year after Spokane celebrated its historic legacy by hosting a national preservation conference, Spokane’s own historic preservation program is being ground to a halt. The …
TUESDAY, FEB. 11, 2014
Spokane cedes control of solid waste system to county
The Spokane City Council on Monday did something that seemed almost unthinkable a decade ago: It gave up control of the Spokane Regional Solid Waste System. In a unanimous vote, …
THURSDAY, OCT. 31, 2013
Spokane Valley council won’t back tax to help move homes near Fairchild
The Spokane Valley City Council won’t support a new tax to move homes out of Fairchild Air Force Base’s crash zone, saying county commissioners should have tried harder to find …
THURSDAY, SEPT. 26, 2013
Fairchild buffer zone gets county OK
Protecting Fairchild Air Force Base from encroachment, as well as from potential snipers or other threats, was the goal of emergency action by Spokane County commissioners Wednesday. Commissioners adopted an …
THURSDAY, SEPT. 5, 2013
Newman Lake residents ask for help
Residents living along Newman Lake are taking their concerns about shoreline erosion to the Spokane County commissioners. Two weeks ago, they asked Commissioner Todd Mielke to help them come up …
TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2013, 7:09 P.M.
Proposed tax increase for Fairchild smaller than expected
Spokane County officials on Tuesday lowered the estimated tax rate on a ballot measure to pay for removal of low-income residences beneath the runway approach to Fairchild Air Force Base.
MONDAY, JULY 15, 2013
Getting There: Marshall gravel mine worries neighbors
Rock mining in the Marshall area of southwest Spokane County is putting dozens of heavy loads on Cheney-Spokane Road, and residents of the area said they are concerned about public …
FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2013
Growth vote unsupported by the math
Math is hard. Guessing is easy, and occasionally useful. It’s guessing – wild guessing – by the county’s chief planning official that has some people feeling that the public debate …
SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2013
Clark: Giving commissioners keys to jails jangles my nerves
So the Spokane County Commission (aka Larry, Moe & Shelly) will be taking administrative control of the county jail and nearby Geiger Corrections Center as of June 1. I think …
FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2013
Mayor: Hold line on urban growth
Spokane Mayor David Condon and three City Council members oppose expansion of the county’s urban growth area, saying it would add an unnecessary financial burden to taxpayers. In a letter …
THURSDAY, FEB. 28, 2013
Spokane County urban growth hearing packed
A state growth management official on Wednesday warned that a county proposal to expand the urban growth area would put taxpayers at risk for the cost of extending public services. …
SUNDAY, FEB. 3, 2013
Sewer payments see backup
Spokane County commissioners are prepared to get tough on people who haven’t paid their sewer bills. The county has 1,800 delinquent sewer accounts and has filed property liens against the …
THURSDAY, JAN. 31, 2013
Clark: That’s one solution to bloated government
I couldn’t be more impressed by the $2.8 million upgrade being planned for Spokane Indians Stadium* by the county. (* I truly hate using that sterile, commercialized A-word when referring …
FRIDAY, JAN. 25, 2013, 5:59 P.M.
County commissioners preparing casino comments
Spokane County Commissioners today voted to terminate a 2010 agreement with Airway Heights that prevented commissioners from commenting about a proposed casino by the Spokane Tribe on U.S. Highway 2.
FRIDAY, JAN. 25, 2013
Commissioners ready to drop pact with Spokane Tribe over proposed casino
Spokane County commissioners today are likely to terminate a 2010 agreement that prevented them from taking a stance on a proposed second tribal casino in Airway Heights. The action follows …
THURSDAY, JAN. 24, 2013, 5:38 P.M.
County commission to vote on ending casino no-comment deal
Spokane County commissioners Friday are likely to terminate a 2010 agreement that they said prevented them from taking a stance on a proposed second tribal casino in Airway Heights.
THURSDAY, DEC. 13, 2012
County approves revisions to law protecting shoreline
Spokane County commissioners have approved a sweeping update of the county’s shoreline law after being forced by the state to add protections that were lacking. Shorelines in the unincorporated county …
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7, 2012
Republicans Mielke, O’Quinn lead commission races
Republicans are poised to retain control of the Spokane County Board of Commissioners as two races on Tuesday’s ballot were leaning toward the GOP candidates in initial returns. Republican Commissioner …
FRIDAY, OCT. 19, 2012
Mielke puts self on shaky ethical ground
Does Todd Mielke understand conflict of interest? Does he understand and value the proposition that elected officials should operate on behalf of the public and not their personal interests? And, …
FRIDAY, OCT. 12, 2012
Focusing on the long term
Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke thrives in public life. He’s been both an elected official and private legislative lobbyist. Of the two, he said, he prefers holding office.
THURSDAY, OCT. 11, 2012
Roskelley seeks county seat
John Roskelley – international mountaineer, author and environmentalist – wants to return to the job he held for nearly a decade as Spokane County Commissioner. Roskelley, a Democrat, held the …
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10, 2012
O’Quinn, a GSI director, says she has right skills to be commissioner
Shelly O’Quinn wants to make a difference, she says. So she’s running as a Republican for an open seat on the Spokane Board of County Commissioners. At 37, O’Quinn believes …
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2012
Commissioners consider new slate of jail options
Spokane County officials are reconsidering their 2010 choice to build a new jail at the Medical Lake interchange off Interstate 90. The selection of the Medical Lake site from among …
MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2012
Getting There: Railroad bed will be used as trail in Valley
Spokane County commissioners have paved the way for a new multiple-use trail on former railroad property east of Appleway Boulevard in Spokane Valley. The commissioners last week approved a resolution …
UPDATED: TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2012, 4:49 P.M.
Richard giving up Spokane County Commission seat
Spokane County Commissioner Mark Richard will leave his post at this end of this year rather than seek a third term.
MONDAY, DEC. 19, 2011
Getting There: Plow drivers want to keep rescuing slide-offs
Spokane County road crew workers want to keep pulling stranded motorists from snowy ditches despite fears by the county’s risk manager that the practice puts the county in jeopardy for …
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 2011, 10:43 A.M.
County leaders open to merging police forces
Spokane County Commissioners this week said they are open to the possibility of combining city and county law enforcement agencies.
THURSDAY, NOV. 17, 2011
Area boards seek members
The Spokane Public Facilities District needs some new talent. County commissioners are seeking candidates to replace Sandra Wade, who will leave the district’s board of directors at the end of …