Stories tagged: Spokane County commissioners
Tue., May 30, 2017, 9:31 p.m.
Panel of citizens will set salaries for Spokane County sheriff, prosecutor
The Spokane County commissioners addressed Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich’s salary on Tuesday, although they didn’t give him the raise he’s been seeking.
UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017, 7:33 a.m.
Employees upset about Spokane County commissioners’ pay raises
Spokane County employees aren’t happy about pay raises recently given to the county’s elected leaders, but some hope the raises will come in handy during this year’s contract negotiations.
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 12, 2017, 10:37 p.m.
Local leaders look for silver lining in Fairchild tanker announcement
While the West Plains military base will likely not get the next generation of fuel tankers, local leaders stressed Thursday that Fairchild may end up benefiting from the decision by …
Tue., Aug. 9, 2016, 5:29 p.m.
County attorney claims employment discrimination a result of being pregnant
A Spokane County public defender filed a tort claim and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint against the Spokane County Public Defender’s Office in June for allegedly passing her up for …
Mon., June 20, 2016, 9:06 p.m.
Spokane County, neighborhood groups sign sweeping settlement in land-use disputes
Spokane County agreed it will not expand the area where urban growth can occur for at least nine years without meeting certain benchmarks, while controversial boundaries drawn in 2013 will …
Fri., May 13, 2016, 6:23 p.m.
Spokane County Commissioners revise public meeting rules for ‘administrative’ topics
Spokane County Commissioners gave themselves the option this week to move public hearings they believe won’t be well-attended to afternoons. A revision to county laws approved unanimously by the three …
Thu., March 10, 2016, 1:57 p.m.
Spokane County officials worry Senate budget will restrict mental health, substance abuse care
Spokane County officials are worried a provision in the Washington Senate’s budget proposal will cripple their ability to provide state-mandated mental health and substance abuse services.
Mon., Dec. 21, 2015, 4:24 p.m.
Mielke named new CEO of Greater Spokane Incorporated
Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke Monday was selected as the new CEO for Greater Spokane Inc., the Spokane area’s chamber of commerce.
Wed., Sept. 2, 2015
Petition for sheriff’s office independent review is a political move, Knezovich says
Calling the process of selecting an ombudsman for the Spokane Police Department “a political nightmare,” Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich on Tuesday dismissed a petition requesting independent civilian oversight for his department …
Wed., Jan. 28, 2015
Spokane County finalizes marijuana laws
Laws governing where retail marijuana businesses may locate within Spokane County became permanent Tuesday, with additional language warning growers they must adhere to clean air laws or face potential enclosure …
Sat., Aug. 30, 2014
Millwood plans trail on old rail right of way
Creation of a Millwood trail on a historic railroad right of way took a step forward earlier this week. The trail is envisioned for the former Great Northern Railway line …
Wed., Aug. 27, 2014
County dials up alert for 911 warnings
For several years now, Spokane County’s 911 system has had the ability to notify people of potential danger nearby – a wildfire evacuation, a gunman on the loose, even a …
Tue., Aug. 26, 2014
Settlement could cost county $375,000
Spokane County commissioners are being asked to approve a $375,000 settlement with a former licensing subagent whose contract was revoked by Auditor Vicky Dalton in 2012. Alvin and Michelle Paulsen, …
Wed., Aug. 20, 2014
Public comment deadline set for Spokane County septic tank rules
State officials are reviewing tighter regulations for installation of septic tanks along Spokane County shorelines. In general, septic tanks will not be allowed within 200 feet of the shoreline. Larger …
Fri., Aug. 15, 2014
Panel begins work on ways to reduce region’s crime rate
Eight months after a blue ribbon panel submitted 58 pages of recommendations for criminal justice reforms in Spokane County, the leaders who are responsible for implementing the reforms went to …
Thu., Aug. 14, 2014
Spokane County commissioners explain vote on urban growth area
Spokane County commissioners on Wednesday reaffirmed their rationale for adding about 3,600 acres of land to the county’s urban growth area. The expansion increases the amount of land where urban-style …
Wed., Aug. 13, 2014
Spokane County commissioners vote to start north Mead sewer plan
Even though a controversial expansion of the urban growth boundary has been put on hold because of legal challenges, the Spokane County Commission on Tuesday voted to move ahead with …
Thu., Aug. 7, 2014
Agreement cuts future parking, visitor fees on Centennial Trail
Centennial Trail users in Spokane, Spokane Valley and parts of unincorporated Spokane County will not pay any future parking or visitor fees under a new trail maintenance agreement finalized Tuesday. …
Wed., July 23, 2014
Sheriff’s race centers on jail debate
Debate over the need for a new Spokane County Jail has become a key issue in this year’s campaigns for sheriff and county commissioner after a candidate in the sheriff’s …
Wed., July 16, 2014
Growth is key in Spokane County commission race
Republican Spokane County Commissioner Al French is facing a potential rerun of 2010, when he ousted Democrat Bonnie Mager in a close race. This time, Mager has shed her Democratic …
Thu., July 10, 2014
Commission offers reasons for expanded growth area
Spokane County commissioners took steps Wednesday to justify their attempt to expand areas of the county where urban-style growth is allowed. Commissioners last July approved a 4,100-acre expansion of the …
Wed., June 4, 2014
Urban growth debate resumes as county commissioners hold state-ordered hearing
Spokane County commissioners got a mixed reaction from the public Tuesday in their attempt to expand the county’s urban growth area in the face of a rejection of the plan …
Sat., May 31, 2014
Urban growth input sought
The public can weigh in Tuesday on Spokane County’s attempt to open 4,100 acres to denser development. County commissioners approved the expansion of the “urban growth area” last year to …
Wed., May 21, 2014
Spokane County field house proposal unlikely to include ice rink
An ice rink likely won’t be included in a proposed $20 million field house that Spokane County commissioners could put to voters as part of a 2015 park ballot measure. …
Thu., May 15, 2014
Solar World apartments near Fairchild may become firefighter training tool
Nearly 100 vacant apartment units on the south side of Airway Heights could go up in flames if a proposal goes through to use them for a fire training exercise. …
Wed., May 14, 2014
Airway Heights mayor, others protest county’s fight against casino
A group supporting a proposed Spokane tribal casino and resort rallied in front of the Spokane County Courthouse on Tuesday decrying the spending by county commissioners to fight the project. …
Tue., May 13, 2014
Green Bluff event rules approved
Spokane County commissioners voted 2-1 on Monday to set up new rules for weddings and other events at Green Bluff and other farming areas. The decision requires annual temporary use …
Tue., May 13, 2014
Spokane, county begin talks on urban growth
Top elected leaders in Spokane and Spokane County spent two hours Monday morning talking about how to plan for future growth in the community. It was the first in what …
Wed., May 7, 2014
Spokane County law and justice council will start up again
Spokane County used to have a law and justice council that was supposed to work on improving the criminal justice system. The group was formed in 1992 and was made …
Wed., May 7, 2014
Spokane County eases marijuana lot size restrictions
Spokane County commissioners are backing off on lot size and property line rules that threatened to stop would-be marijuana growers in agricultural zones. On Monday, the growers said strict zoning …