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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 …


UPDATED: Sun., July 15, 2018, 10:25 p.m.

After land sale to Central Valley School District, Spokane Gun Club wonders about its future

When the Central Valley School District Board approved purchase of more than 99 acres from the Spokane Gun Club last week for a third comprehensive high school, it left the …


UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018, 11:30 p.m.

Drug overdoses fall in Spokane County

Drug overdoses fell in Spokane County in 2017, in yet another sign the trend of opioid-related deaths may be reversing in Washington.


Spokane County’s median home price continues rise in June

Spokane County’s median home prices rose to $246,250 in June, but the number of sales dropped off slightly.


Spokane County’s population passes 500,000 mark following strong job growth

Spokane County’s population has passed the half-million mark, with an estimated 507,950 people living here, according to new state figures.


UPDATED: Sun., June 24, 2018, 10:12 p.m.

After 45 years, Spokane County’s chief civil prosecutor, Jim Emacio, is stepping down

During Jim Emacio’s career as Spokane County’s chief civil prosecuting attorney, he’s provided legal advice to more than 23 commissioners, defended the county in several court cases, helped establish the …


Who pays for the region’s parks, playgrounds and natural areas?

Rambling across the thousands of acres of pristine nature or tumbling over playground equipment in Spokane-area parks, you might wonder, “Who’s paying for all this?”


Free summer meal programs serve Spokane area youths

Area schools and other organizations are offering free summer meals for youths in Spokane, Spokane Valley and Spokane County.


Free swimming will require SplashPass in Spokane, other pools offer free days

Entry to Spokane’s six publicly owned pools will be free for everyone this summer, but will require registration and acceptance of pool rules. The Spokane Parks Foundation has partnered with …


UPDATED: Sun., June 10, 2018, 7:40 p.m.

Thousands lose power in Stevens and Spokane counties Sunday

Thousands were without power in northern Spokane County and the southern tip of Stevens County as the region experienced rolling thunderstorms and heavy wind.


County reimbursed for Sisters of Holy Names acquisition

Spokane County was awarded more than $2 million in grant money to reimburse the purchase of 31 acres along the Spokane River.


UPDATED: Tue., June 5, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

Spokane Valley officials evaluate conflict of interest involving hearing examiner, developer

Spokane Valley is weighing termination of a long-standing contract with Spokane County to avoid a conflict of interest between its hearing examiner and a developer.


Benefits “flip-flopping” by the VA may earn former deputy new fraud trial

A former Spokane County sheriff’s deputy may get a new trial after one of the federal agencies he was convicted of defrauding somehow didn’t keep up on current events and …


McMorris Rodgers tells local officials House-passed prison reform bill ‘a step’ to address overcrowding

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers told a roundtable of local officials Wednesday that a federal prison reform bill passed by Congress last week was “an idea whose time has come.”


Spokane County’s unemployment rate falls to 5.4 percent in April

Spokane County’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.4 percent in April, according to the Washington Employment Security Department.


$12 million upgrade to Liberty Lake Regional Park could include bigger campground, expanded beach, nature playground

A longer beach, bigger campground and environmental learning center could be new features of Liberty Lake Regional Park as county officials finalize a plan for a $12 million upgrade.


Whitworth seeks zoning change to build housing and commercial space

Whitworth University plans to build retail shops as well as dozens of student and senior housing units on its campus.


UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018, 11:22 a.m.

Senate race gets 11 hopefuls as candidates file for office Monday

Washington’s U.S. Senate race got crowded in a hurry Monday, as 10 challengers filed to run against incumbent Democrat Maria Cantwell.


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018, 6:33 p.m.

Waste-transfer station in Colbert reopens after pesticide leak sickens workers

Three workers sickened by a pesticide leak at a Spokane County waste facility were released from area hospitals Monday evening.


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018, 12:24 p.m.

Toxic leak sickens three workers at North County Transfer Station in Colbert

Three workers were hospitalized Monday afternoon after a hazardous substance was released at the waste-transfer station in north Spokane County.


Spokane County’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 percent in March

Spokane County’s unemployment rate at 6.2 percent in March.


UPDATED: Tue., April 17, 2018, 10:04 p.m.

Commissioners will pursue lawsuit against drug manufacturers

The Spokane County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a motion to pursue a lawsuit alleging opioid manufacturers lied about the addictive nature of the prescription drug to doctors and patients.


Spokane County may join legal action against companies that make prescription painkillers

Spokane County is considering joining a nationwide lawsuit against prescription opioid manufacturers alleging the companies knowingly lied about the addictive potential of powerful painkillers.


UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018, 8:40 p.m.

Spokane County, Central Valley district make Saltese Flats wetlands restoration project a reality

Restoration of the Saltese Flats natural wetland system has been in Spokane County’s plans for close to a decade. But now, a partnership with the Central Valley School District will …


Lottery winner in Spokane County

Lottery winners in Spokane County for the week of March 19-23.


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018, 10:42 p.m.

Inslee signs 5 commissioner bill for Spokane County

Spokane County to go to a five-member board of commissioners in 2022 election.


UPDATED: Tue., March 20, 2018, 9:07 p.m.

Spokane County planning to sell 41 acres for mixed-use development in Wandermere area

Spokane County officials are preparing to sell a 41-acre property in the Wandermere area that has fallen out of use. The developer with the winning bid will be expected to …


Spokane County’s unemployment rises to 6.7 percent in January, with weather influencing hiring

Unemployment rates rose to 6.7 percent in Spokane County during January, but much of the increase from December 5.7 percent rate was weather-related.


Lottery winners

Lottery winners in Spokane County for the week of Feb. 26-March 2.


UPDATED: Tue., March 6, 2018, 6:57 p.m.

In last-ditch appeal, Spokane County commissioners ask for Inslee veto on expanding board

In a last-ditch appeal, all three Spokane County commissioners signed a letter Tuesday imploring Gov. Jay Inslee to veto a bill that would add two more members to the county’s …