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UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 7:15 a.m.

Spokane County mailed 300,000 ballots this week. Here’s how.

310,000 ballots sent out from the Spokane County Elections Office this week should be in the hands of voters by Oct. 22.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, 10:18 a.m.

Spokane County treasurer candidates square off over office’s role in policymaking, proper investments

The two men running for Spokane County treasurer squared off in a television debate taped Tuesday morning, disagreeing over the treasurer’s role in policymaking.


Avista spends $200,000 supporting county commissioners Kuney and French

Avista Corp. is spending heavily in the Spokane County commissioner races by dropping nearly $200,000 on re-election television advertisements for commissioners Mary Kuney and Al French. In Avista Corp.’s largest …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 9, 2018, 8:48 p.m.

Man loses hand and suffers other serious injuries after homemade bomb explodes in north Spokane County

A man was seriously injured Monday evening in an explosion while attempting to make a bomb, say Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 8, 2018, 11:15 p.m.

County hosting public budget meeting on parks and roads

The Spokane County Board of Commissioners is holding the second of three community roundtable meetings on Oct. 9 to gather public input for the 2019 Spokane County budget. The meeting …


State auditors investigating ‘suspected loss of public funds’ in Spokane County

An anonymous tipster this week alerted several local news outlets to the investigation, saying a large amount of taxpayer money had been stolen by an employee of the county’s risk …


Spokane County commissioner candidates debate housing, public safety, economy

Spokane County Commissioner Al French and challenger Robbi Katherine Anthony traded viewpoints on public safety, housing, growth and economic development during a Thursday afternoon election debate at the Spokane Club.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018, 9:47 a.m.

County Commissioner Al French faces challenge from political newcomer Robbi Katherine Anthony

If you want experience, Al French is probably your pick for Spokane County Commission.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 2, 2018, 9:24 p.m.

Fire burns 35 acres near Cheney, evacuates trailer park

A fire sparked just outside of Cheney Tuesday afternoon, burning close to trailer parks at the edge of town.


Frontier Behavioral Health will start expanded crisis hotline

Frontier Behavioral Health – Eastern Washington’s largest mental health provider based in Spokane – is expanding their toll-free crisis line to include services for several surrounding counties.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 26, 2018, 11:07 a.m.

Spokane County commissioners postpone votes on Five Mile Prairie and Whitworth-area developments

Spokane County Commissioners postponed a decision for two zoning changes that could bring new development to Whitworth University as well as a neighborhood north of Five Mile Prairie.


Vote next week could bring hundreds of new apartments to Spokane’s Five Mile Prairie neighborhood

Spokane County commissioners will vote next week on a controversial zoning change north of Five Mile Prairie that has residents concerned it could bring hundreds of apartments to their neighborhood.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018, 9:36 a.m.

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 …


Fair draws largest Spokane crowds in 15 years

The Spokane County Interstate Fair was a gate-busting success this year with ticket sales exceeding more than 200,000 for the first time in six years.


With new text reminders, Spokane County criminal justice officials hope to curtail rise in jail population

While county officials wrestle with how best to lower the jail population with the help of a $1.75 million grant, a new system that sends defendants text reminders for upcoming …


Commissioners to host public meetings on Spokane County budget

The Spokane County commissioners will host a series of community meetings to inform the public and gather input as they craft the county’s budget for 2019.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 10:24 p.m.

Rally draws activists, relatives of inmates who died in Spokane County Jail

“My cousin died three years ago in Spokane County Jail, and I wish that it had stopped with him,” said Monica Moore, whose cousin, Lorenzo Hayes, died in the jail …


Spokane County Jail deaths heighten staffing concerns; march planned to highlight problem

Community members are planning to march this evening from Salem Lutheran Church to the Spokane County Courthouse to draw attention to the deaths of inmates at the county jail.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 12:06 p.m.

Escalation in Spokane County home prices shows signs of slowing

The average price for homes with sales closing in August was $260,800 – nearly unchanged from $259,300 in July, and down from a peak of $268,830 in June, according to …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 8:11 p.m.

Youngest rodeoers at Spokane County Fair test their skills at mutton bustin’

As a crowd gathered in the stands around a small arena at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 6-year-old Simeon Weins stepped into a chute, hopped onto a sheep …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 8:26 a.m.

Spokane County clerks candidates differ on experience, goals for reform

Two candidates for county clerk, incumbent Tim Fitzgerald and challenger Michael Kirk, have similar goals to boost technology, but they differ on reform


Summer getaway or full-time residence, a house on the water in Spokane area remains relatively affordable, observers say

As waterfront homes in Seattle sell at a premium with prices starting at more than $1 million, some Spokane real estate agents say homes near the water in the Inland …


Spokane County approves upgrades for Liberty Lake Regional Park

Spokane County Commissioners approved a master plan for the Liberty Lake Regional Park that includes more than $12 million in campground upgrades.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 4 p.m.

Open Spokane County assessor seat draws two Republican candidates

Two Republican candidates are vying to become the newest Spokane County assessor following current assessor Vicki Horton’s retirement announcement earlier this year.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 18, 2018, 3:28 p.m.

Washington retail sales up 10 percent this year; Spokane Valley ranks second in sales growth

A bump in construction, as well as sales of equipment, lawn and garden supplies boosted Washington state’s retail sales to more than $37 billion this year – a 10 percent …


Democrats see fresh energy in Spokane County primary; French shrugs off second-place finish

Democrats fared well in Spokane County races Tuesday, but can that momentum last in the general election?


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 7, 2018, 9:39 p.m.

Johnson, Brandt advance in race for Spokane County District Court Judge

Patrick Johnson emerged as front-runner in the race for Spokane County District Court Judge, securing 39.5 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s primary election. Johnson was one of three challengers …


Sue Lani Madsen: The James Allsups of this world are not the Republican Party

There’s no question James Allsup is a white supremacist. His YouTube videos and writings are full of traditional white supremacist rhetoric that would have been found in underground newspapers a …


UPDATED: Tue., July 24, 2018, 5:54 p.m.

Spokane County jobless rate remains unchanged at 5 percent in June

Spokane County’s unemployment rate was 5 percent in June. About 2,100 more people were working in the county last month, compared to June 2017.


UPDATED: Fri., July 20, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

County pushes back against state move to expand commission

As Washington moves forward on a new law to expand Spokane County’s board of commissioners from three members to five, the county is pushing back, with a lawsuit planned to …