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Michael Baumgartner, David Green differ on role of Spokane County treasurer

Both candidates for Spokane County treasurer have lots of experience. But they differ on the kind of experience that’s better suited for the job and how to use that experience.


Mary Kuney, Rob Chase are familiar opponents in race for Spokane County commissioner

The race for county commissioner between Rob Chase and Mary Kuney mirrors a split in the Spokane County Republican Party between more traditional Republicans who have lined up behind Kuney …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 12:27 p.m.

Spokane County Treasurer Rob Chase trying to block Avista’s sale

Rob Chase doesn’t want Avista Corp. to sell to a Canadian utility, and the Spokane County commissioner candidate says he’s deploying a little-known part of federal laws to try to …


UPDATED: Tue., July 31, 2018, 9:28 p.m.

Spokane GOP chairwoman defends alt-right provocateur James Allsup at tea party meeting

The chairwoman of the Spokane County Republican Party offered a defense of James Allsup during a meeting of local conservatives this month, claiming the 22-year-old alt-right provocateur – whose views …


UPDATED: Mon., July 16, 2018, 1:01 p.m.

A year after new effort to decrease Spokane County jail population, more inmates were behind bars

Spokane County has hired a new criminal justice administrator to oversee reforms aimed at reducing the county’s jail population and racial disparities. Data from the reform effort so far makes …


Shawn Vestal: Between officials and reformers, a growing rift in efforts to improve Spokane’s criminal justice system

We have plenty to be proud of in the city’s push towards a fairer criminal justice system. But two years after receiving an award from the MacArthur Foundation, a significant …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 8, 2018, 9:54 a.m.

Down one colleague because of budget cuts, Spokane County District Court judges are picking up the slack

After Judge Gregory Tripp retired, the Spokane County District Court effectively gave up most of the money that would have gone toward his 2018 salary and benefits.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018, 11:06 p.m.

Spokane launches new app ‘Spokane County on the Go’

Spokane County has a new app for those seeking county resources and up-to-date information on their smartphones, tablets and other devices.


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: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 9:05 p.m.

Spokane County budget includes $400,000 cut for regional health district

Some agencies and departments that receive funding from Spokane County avoided steep cuts in 2018. The Spokane County Regional Health District isn’t one of them.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017, 6:20 a.m.

Split Spokane County Commission approves 2018 budget

Commissioners Al French and Mary Kuney voted in favor of the spending plan, which will use money set aside from the road construction budget to cover day-to-day expenses next year …


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., Oct. 31, 2017, 7:09 a.m.

Spokane County goes to trial over 2007 hypothermia death of 84-year-old man

A jury heard opening statements Monday in a civil case against Spokane County brought by the family of an 84-year-old man who froze to death in a snowstorm nearly a …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 27, 2017, 8:38 p.m.

Spokane County won’t ask job applicants about their criminal records

The Spokane County Board of Commissioners voted this week to remove questions about past criminal convictions from county job applications.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 29, 2017, 9:54 p.m.

Mary Kuney sworn in as Spokane County commissioner

Mary Kuney was sworn in as a Spokane County commissioner Friday evening, two days after Gov. Jay Inslee appointed her to fill the seat that previously belonged to Shelly O’Quinn.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 10:19 p.m.

Governor taps Mary Kuney to fill vacancy on Spokane County Commission

Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday tapped Mary Kuney to fill a vacancy on the Spokane County Commission, less than two weeks after the two sitting commissioners announced they could not …


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.


Spokane County to hire three new corrections officers, house more federal prisoners

Spokane County plans to hire three new corrections officers and jail more federal prisoners to help fix a $10 million budget shortfall.


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 …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 1:05 p.m.

Spokane County leaders may abandon tax hike proposal, cut jail funds instead

The Spokane County commissioners may walk away from a proposal to raise property taxes to fix an estimated $10 million budget shortfall.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 14, 2017, 12:57 p.m.

Spokane County Raceway cancels events due to power outage

Multiple events on the Spokane Super Oval at the Spokane County Raceway were canceled over the weekend because of a power outage caused by decades-old wiring.


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: Thu., July 27, 2017, 10:11 a.m.

Latah blues: Town weighs disincorporation as city government lacks candidates for office

Some residents, including a sitting councilman, have floated the idea of disincorporating the town of Latah and letting the county take over services such as snowplowing and construction permitting.


UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017, 10:47 p.m.

Man attacked in Spokane County Jail settles negligence case for $75,000, is back in jail

The Spokane County commissioners on Tuesday approved a $75,000 settlement with a man who suffered a skull fracture after he was assaulted by another inmate in the county jail in …


UPDATED: Mon., July 17, 2017, 8:34 p.m.

Shelly O’Quinn formally resigns from Spokane County Commission; GOP to pick finalists for seat next month

Spokane County Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn submitted her resignation letter Monday morning, and her term officially ends at midnight.


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: Tue., July 11, 2017, 12:16 p.m.

Spokane County, City Hall announce ‘historic’ economic partnership with Spokane International Airport

The establishment of a new public development authority will allow both governments to work to recruit businesses at the West Plains regional transportation and economic hub without fear of competing …


Spokane County commissioners lift moratorium on outdoor pot grows

The Spokane County commissioners have lifted a moratorium on outdoor marijuana farms, but they replaced it with zoning rules that are significantly more restrictive to the pot industry.