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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 …


Spokane garbage deal is best, consultant says

Local government officials seeking to reorganize the region’s garbage system will find their best deal in an offer being made by the city of Spokane, a consultant reported on Wednesday. …


Spokane County commissioners seek financial flexibility

Spokane County commissioners say they want more flexibility in how they handle the county’s financial affairs, as the cost of delivering services has been rising by 3 to 5 percent …


Spokane County set to put Fairchild tax vote on fall ballot

Spokane County voters will be asked this fall to open their wallets to eliminate one of the most serious civilian encroachments near Fairchild Air Force Base. County commissioners have scheduled …


County cuts urban growth proposal

Spokane County commissioners backtracked Tuesday on an aggressive plan to expand the county’s urban growth area. They voted unanimously to remove nearly 2,000 acres from their previous proposal to add …


County OKs settlement in Creach death

Spokane County commissioners on Tuesday voted to approve a $2 million settlement with the family of Wayne Scott Creach, a Spokane Valley nursery owner and pastor shot to death in …


Nearly 1,000 acres added to county’s no-shooting zone

Spokane County Commissioners on Tuesday voted to add nearly 1,000 acres to the county’s no-shooting zone, after shooting activity, litter and vandalism increased sharply in recent years. One 553-acre area …


County commissioners join fight against ‘Bill of Rights’ initiatives

Spokane County commissioners voted Friday to challenge a pair of Spokane city initiatives that could change the way local business and government function. They join a coalition of economic development …


County open to Green Bluff events

Spokane County Commissioners told members of the county planning commission to go back to work on a set of zoning rules for wedding and special event centers on Green Bluff …


City: Casino not a tax drain

A Spokane County study claiming significant negative tax impacts from a proposed Spokane Tribe casino on the West Plains is drawing criticism from the city in which the casino would …


County foreclosing on 66 properties due to sewer debts

Spokane County will foreclose on 66 properties whose owners have not paid their sewer bills, allowing the debts to reach thousands of dollars. The foreclosure action, approved unanimously by commissioners …


Report: Justice reforms working

Spokane County in the past five years has made progress in reforming its criminal justice system, but there is still a lot of work to do to reduce costs and …


Growth boundary greatly expanded

Spokane County commissioners have opened thousands of new acres for housing and business development. The unanimous vote by the three Republican commissioners expanded the county’s urban growth boundary. The plan …


County sewer program highlighted

Spokane County recently marked completion of 30 years of work to protect the region’s drinking water through an aggressive sewer program. More than 30,000 homes and businesses were taken off …


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 …


Spokane County commissioners to run jails

On June 1 the Spokane County Commission will take control of the Spokane County Jail and Geiger Corrections Center as part of a plan to reform local criminal justice. The …


County jails may get a changing of guard

Spokane County commissioners may take over administrative control of the county jail and Geiger Corrections Center as part of a wide-ranging reform of criminal justice countywide. The commissioners and city …


County could open thousands of acres for development

Spokane County commissioners are poised to open raw land for new development, a boon for housing speculators. But the expansion could come with significant public costs. The county’s own draft …


County hires expert in organizational efficiency as manager

Spokane County commissioners will spend $104,000 a year for a top manager with expertise in improving the efficiency of large organizations. Commissioners this week announced that John Dickson, the Spokane-area …


County planning urban expansion

Spokane County commissioners want to expand areas where urban development is allowed in the county. But Futurewise, a statewide public interest group, argues such an expansion of the urban growth …


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 …


County files casino plan objection

Spokane County Commissioners registered their formal objection Tuesday to a plan by the Spokane Tribe to build a casino on land in Airway Heights. The action comes after the commissioners …


O’Quinn sworn in as commissioner

Shelly O’Quinn was sworn in Thursday as Spokane’s newest county commissioner. She replaces outgoing Commissioner Mark Richard, who did not seek a third term. Superior Court Judge Harold Clarke delivered …


County budget cuts services

Spokane County commissioners on Monday unanimously approved the county’s 2013 budget that cuts about 1 percent in county services but raises general property tax collections by 1 percent. The general …


County budget raises taxes, CEO pay

Spokane County commissioners are planning to cut services and raise property taxes for 2013 at the same time they are handing their top administrator a $33,800-a-year pay increase. CEO Marshall …


French, Mielke ask to reverse casino deal

Two Spokane County commissioners are asking the Bureau of Indian Affairs to overturn a 2010 contract that prevents the county from taking sides on the Spokane Tribe’s proposed casino in …


Getting There: Five Mile Prairie Pathways plan OK’d

Two years of work by residents of Five Mile Prairie has resulted in a comprehensive plan for developing bicycle and pedestrian pathways. The plan acknowledges the challenges of creating safe …


County monitoring Harley Douglass fraud investigation

Spokane County Commissioner Al French said Friday that he and his fellow commissioners are keeping an eye on a criminal fraud investigation involving a settlement paid by the county to …


Arena, convention center bond sale gets OK

The Spokane County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution to sell $15 million in bonds as financial backing for expansions of the Spokane Convention Center and Spokane Veterans Memorial …


Romeyn campaign focused on small business, public land

Former television newsman Daryl Romeyn is making a second run at elective office this fall in a race for an open seat on the Spokane County Board of Commissioners. Romeyn, …