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  • 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.

  • 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 …

  • 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.

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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, …

  • 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.

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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.

  • 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 …

  • 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.

  • 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 …

  • Preventing head injuries should be a no-brainer

    I was taken aback to read that our Spokane County commissioners (Larry, Moe and Curly) were taking time to “consider” passing a mandatory helmet law for bicyclists, skateboarders and other …

  • Sheriff working to upgrade fleet

    Spokane County is upgrading its “navy.” County commissioners agreed last week to buy a 19-foot Custom Weld jet boat that Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says is part of a stepped-up effort …

  • We dreamed of things that were, and said ‘Y not!’

    If you were on the fence about the proposal to knock down the old YMCA building in Riverfront Park, go take a look now that it’s gone. My guess is …

  • Face Time: Judge has relished chance to help change lives

    For 36 years, Richard “Rick” White has reported to his job at the Spokane County Courthouse, mostly on foot. White started in 1975 working as a juvenile probation officer, a …

  • Recycling plan proposed for West Plains

    Sunshine Disposal wants to introduce curbside recycling service in a large portion of its West Plains territory. Spokane County commissioners were briefed this week on the proposal, which calls for …

  • County’s Earth Day proclamation became lukewarm, critics say

    Proclamations are the Cocoa Puffs of government pronouncements. They mainly nourish the imagination. A Spokane blogger acknowledged that, but still complained that county commissioners failed to deliver meat and potatoes …

  • Price changes conservation priorities

    County commissioners are shuffling their Conservation Futures shopping list to take advantage of a half-price sale. They accepted Parks Director Doug Chase’s recommendation to snap up 552 acres in the …

  • Doug Clark: Bigger government? Send in the clowns

    I’ve never been more excited about Spokane County government. There’s a sentence you probably never thought you’d read in my column.

  • Doug Clark: MAC needs a lesson in greasing commission

    The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture has turned to the Spokane County Commission for help, which should tell you just how leaky things are over at our poor, budget-strapped …

  • Clark: Bruised Bonnie bemoaning rough and tumble

    Aw, Bonnie. Say it ain’t so. How disappointing to learn that former Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager has been spending her post-election days trying to wreck her laudable legacy.

  • City OKs incinerator deal

    The fate of a $25 million contract to operate the city’s West Plains trash incinerator will rest with Spokane County commissioners. The Spokane City Council on Monday voted 6-1 to …

  • County proposes garbage summit

    Public officials are seeking a “fast-track” decision on who should control the Spokane Regional Solid Waste System. County commissioners Thursday accepted Spokane Mayor Mary Verner’s call for an agreement within …

  • CityCable adding new programming

    CityCable 5, the city of Spokane’s government-access cable station, recently announced additional live public meeting coverage and other new programming for 2011. To accommodate the changes, CityCable 5 will change …

  • Grants pave way for construction

    Part of Farwell Road will be rebuilt with one of four road grants Spokane County commissioners accepted Tuesday – if another, larger grant is approved as officials hope. The section …

  • Old YMCA worth saving? Landmarks panel to decide

    It could be the final chapter for the former downtown YMCA. Or it could be the start of more painstaking, political maneuvering.



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