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UPDATED: Sat., March 16, 2019, 4:52 p.m.

Baumgartner and French disagree on pay raises for some Spokane County leaders; commissioners will receive 3 percent raises this year and next

Spokane County commissioners will receive a 6 percent raise divided over two years, an independent citizen salary commission decided last week.


UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2019, 6:38 a.m.

Late winter weather puts squeeze on local governments’ snow removal budgets in Spokane area

Spokane’s second-snowiest February on record may have pushed local governments to spend more than normal on de-icer, overtime and equipment used to keep the area’s roads clear.


Once-sleepy West Plains towns consider pushing boundaries

Officials in Airway Heights and Cheney are considering if they should push to expand their urban-growth boundaries.


UPDATED: Sat., March 9, 2019, 6:51 a.m.

State of the County: West Plains growth focus of county’s economic efforts, Kuney says

Teamwork is helping Spokane County make great strides with criminal justice reform and economic development, Commissioner Mary Kuney said in her first State of the County address Friday.


UPDATED: Thu., March 7, 2019, 10:20 a.m.

Auditors: Washington jails could release 4,700 inmates, save millions through pretrial services

The state auditor’s office found roughly one-third of Washington’s jail inmates are candidates for pretrial services such as electronic monitoring, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and texts and phone …


Most Spokane County property owners will pay less in taxes this year as school funding changes

Four out of five property owners in Spokane County will pay less on their property tax bill in 2019 compared to last year. The bulk of that savings has to …


Spokane County to purchase 231 acres for trails, habitat preservation

Spokane County is purchasing more than 231 acres of land south of the Antoine Peak Conservation Area that could provide hiking trails and preserve the area’s wildlife habitat.


UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019, 6:39 p.m.

Spokane County Regional Veterans Service Center opens new facility in Spokane Valley

Spokane County Regional Veterans Service Center has relocated to a larger facility in Spokane Valley to serve veterans and their families.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 27, 2019, 9:50 p.m.

Lawsuit challenges state law expanding Spokane County Commission from three to five members

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Spokane County Superior Court. Plaintiffs include the county as well as Commissioner Al French, former Commissioner John Roskelley and the Washington State Association of …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 26, 2019, 8:51 p.m.

Barn catches fire in Valleyford; four animals die

A barn in Valleyford caught fire Tuesday afternoon, killing a dog, a sheep and two lambs.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 23, 2019, 12:47 p.m.

February has been a boon to private plow drivers, including an 18-year-old who made $35K in Seattle

More than 25 inches of snow blanketed Spokane in February, which means big business for snowplow operators.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 14, 2019, 7:14 a.m.

Driving a plow can get stressful – especially when mad driveway shovelers go to extremes

Shoveling snow from sidewalks can be a tough job, but for Spokane County plow drivers, removing it from the roads presents even greater challenges.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 14, 2019, 2:13 p.m.

Here’s what you should know about snow gates, the plowing tool that lowers berms in front of driveways

The city of Spokane, Spokane County and Coeur d’Alene have all outfitted some of their snow removal equipment with the hydraulic devices that are intended to prevent berms in front …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019, 10:34 p.m.

Voters back taxes for Newman Lake Fire, Spokane County Fire District 8 and Orchard Prairie schools

Voters approved three measures for the Newman Lake Fire and Rescue, Spokane County Fire Protection District 8 and the Orchard Prairie School District in the Feb. 12 special election.


It’s Election Day in Spokane: Ballots due by 8 p.m. tonight

Voters might want to brave the cold and return their ballots to the post office or ballot boxes in person for today’s special election a Spokane County Election official said.


Here are the big Spokane County road projects for 2019 – including new roundabouts

Construction is expected to be underway this spring for several major Spokane County road projects, including Geiger Boulevard.


Residents cite density concerns from proposed development at 28th and Adams in Spokane Valley

Spokane County’s hearing examiner will soon decide the fate of a developer’s proposal to build multiple duplexes and town houses on the former site of Bergman’s Christmas Tree Farm.


County adds two snow gates to fleet; more possible if cost saving from mild winter continues

Spokane County residents will soon see fewer snow berms in their driveways with the addition of two snow gates to the county’s fleet of graders.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 1, 2019, 7:58 p.m.

Spread of measles could send 2,550 students home if virus reaches Spokane schools

Families can apply for an exemption on philosophical or religious grounds, but students may be ordered to stay home if the measles virus reaches schools in the districts around Spokane …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 10:53 p.m.

Spokane County returns $4.4 million in overpaid taxes

Spokane County has returned more than $4 million in taxes to residents, businesses and nonprofit organizations that made overpayments or were eligible for tax exemptions.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 27, 2019, 9:32 a.m.

Ballots arriving for Feb. 12 special Spokane election

Spokane County voters should soon be receiving ballots in their mailboxes for the Feb. 12 Special Election.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Closures, events around the city

Most of the City of Spokane and Spokane County government offices will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. day Monday, with only some public works services and …


Lottery winner in Spokane County

Lottery winner in Spokane County for the week of Jan. 7-11.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 7, 2019, 9:36 p.m.

Storm forces some school closures in Stevens County

A snowstorm that pummeled much of northern Spokane County forced several school closures Monday morning.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 27, 2018, 11:24 a.m.

Wondering what hiking conditions are like at Stevens Creek? Check out this live video

Want to hike at Stevens Creek but not sure whether to bring gaiters, snowshoes or just plain boots? Or, worried that it’s too crowded? Check out Spokane County’s live video …


204-unit apartment complex planned in Airway Heights

Plans were filed this month with Spokane County to develop a three-story apartment complex in Airway Heights.


Spokane Valley development has neighbors frustrated about traffic

As development continues to encroach on the Ridgemont Estates neighborhood in south Spokane Valley, residents are concerned that a steady increase in traffic is becoming a safety hazard.


Last-minute shoppers for public health plans in Spokane County can seek help Saturday

The offices of Better Health Together, at 1206 N. Lincoln St. near the Spokane Arena, will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, the last day of open …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018, 11:19 a.m.

Deadline for Spokane residents to sign up for public health care plans is Saturday

Statewide, enrollment numbers are surging in the final few days before the open enrollment period for public health options ends Saturday night. Spokane County residents may pick plans from among …


Cheney marijuana grower scrutinized for failed bacterial test amid legal tussle over ownership

Sweetwater Farms, a $5.3 million pot producer based on the West Plains, had one of its strains pulled from the state’s largest recreational marijuana stores last month after failing a …