Stories tagged: Spokane County
UPDATED: FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017, 4:36 P.M.
Pooled taxes to benefit West Plains development
City, county and airport officials plan to create a public development authority that would pool property tax revenue to accelerate construction on the West Plains.
FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017, 6 A.M.
Deputy Spokane County prosecutor resigns with no explanation
Thursday was the last day on the job for Deputy Spokane County Prosecutor Joe Kuhlman, who resigned. But nobody is saying why.
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 2017, 7:49 P.M.
State, Spokane County declare state of emergency following warmer weather, rain
Spokane County declared a state of emergency Wednesday afternoon as warm weather combined with rain washed out roads and overflowed streams leading to a number of road closures.
UPDATED: TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2017, 11:58 A.M.
Spokane County jobless rate climbs to 7 percent in January
The unemployment rate in Spokane County climbed to 7 percent in January, up from 6.3 percent in December. The upward bump at the start of the year is typical due …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2017, 2:08 P.M.
Spokane County marijuana sales up slightly in February, amid potential federal action
Sales at marijuana retailers in the county were up 2.8 percent last month over January, but that’s a more modest increase compared to two-month differences in years past. Sales numbers …
UPDATED: TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 2017, 7:41 P.M.
Icy roads causing multiple crashes in Spokane County
Local law enforcement agencies are dealing with multiple crashes due to icy roads in the Spokane area and some roads are being shut down. The problem areas seem to be …
TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 2017, 6 A.M.
Beacon Hill rezoning could lead to 31 new homes
A landowner has submitted a proposal to create 31 residential lots in a vacant area on Beacon Hill surrounded by popular nature destinations. The proposal would lay the framework for …
UPDATED: SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2017, 9:10 A.M.
Spokane port district bill passes Washington House
Bill to make it easier for Spokane to vote on a countywide port district passes House.
SUNDAY, FEB. 19, 2017, 6:54 P.M.
Spokane County reopens multiple roads but remains in state of emergency with more rain on way
Spokane County reopened multiple roads Sunday after closing more than a dozen due to flooding and washouts caused by a week of heavy rain.
UPDATED: SATURDAY, FEB. 18, 2017, 9:13 P.M.
Spokane County closes additional roads due to flooding
Spokane County road crews closed two additional roads Saturday as they continue to deal with flooding and road washouts brought on by this week’s heavy rain.
SATURDAY, FEB. 18, 2017, 6 A.M.
You can make a claim for pothole-caused damage, but it’s hard to collect
More than a dozen motorists with vehicle damage filed claims against the city because of potholes last week. To successfully recoup some of those costs, they may have to show …
SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2017, 3 A.M.
NaphCare and Spokane County Jail both have had issues with medical care for inmates
There were problems with Spokane County Jail’s health care long before a private contractor, NaphCare Inc., took over. Yet NaphCare’s history in facilities the company contracts with around the country …
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2017, 6:24 P.M.
Spokane County retail sales up almost 7 percent in third quarter
Spokane County’s taxable retail sales were up 6.8 percent in the third quarter of 2016 from the same period in 2015, the Washington State Department of Revenue said Wednesday.
MONDAY, FEB. 6, 2017, 4:57 P.M.
Mumps prevention starts with vaccinations
Most people who catch the mumps will recover completely 10 days to a few weeks after they fall ill. This may make you wonder what the big deal is about …
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2017, 10:27 P.M.
Washington state mumps outbreak the worst in the nation in late December
There are 24 confirmed or probable cases of mumps in Spokane County, a sharp increase from a week
TUESDAY, JAN. 10, 2017, 9:13 P.M.
Temporary ban on new outdoor pot farms will stay, Spokane County Commission says
The Spokane County Commissioners upheld a temporary moratorium on outdoor marijuana grows while simultaneously agreeing to take another look at the issue, Tuesday.
MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2017
Spokane County commissioners asked to condemn property at Forker and Bigelow Gulch roads
Spokane county commissioners on Tuesday will consider condemnation proceedings on portions of five properties at Bigelow Gulch and Forker roads.
FRIDAY, DEC. 30, 2016, 5:30 A.M.
Inmate cleanup crews target downtown Spokane viaducts, overpasses
Inmates at the Geiger Correctional Facility have cleaned up hundreds of thousands of pounds of garbage over the past three years as part of a county-run grant program. They’re working …
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28, 2016, 4:47 P.M.
How to get rid of your Christmas tree in Spokane, Kootenai counties
Christmas is over, presents have been exchanged and now the Christmas tree is dropping needles everywhere. What’s a person to do?
SATURDAY, DEC. 24, 2016, 2:56 P.M.
City crews work to clear snow from streets before next storm arrives Monday
Snow shovels and snowblowers got a workout Saturday morning after residents in Eastern Washington and North Idaho awoke to a fresh blanket of snow.
FRIDAY, DEC. 23, 2016, 2:19 P.M.
Volunteers wanted to represent children in Spokane courts
Spokane County’s legal advocacy program for children says it needs more volunteers.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30, 2016
New addressing standards aim to hasten Spokane County emergency response
The Spokane City Council has passed a byzantine set of standards for new street names and addresses designed to improve emergency response times as the county shifts to a regional …
TUESDAY, NOV. 29, 2016, 8:49 P.M.
Spokane County bans new outdoor pot farms as odor complaints roll in
In a surprise move Tuesday, the Spokane County commissioners voted unanimously to stop issuing permits for outdoor marijuana farms, citing “a substantial number of complaints” about the smell.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23, 2016, 11:30 A.M.
October jobless rate holds steady in Spokane County
The October unemployment was 5.8 percent in Spokane County, matching September for the lowest rate of the year. It was slightly above the October 2015 jobless rate of 5.7 percent. …
TUESDAY, NOV. 15, 2016, 4:54 P.M.
Investigator says most allegations in discrimination lawsuit against Spokane County Public Defender’s office unfounded
A county-hired independent investigator has concluded most of the allegations in a lawsuit filed by a county attorney against the Spokane County Public Defender’s Office are unfounded.
FRIDAY, NOV. 11, 2016, 4:46 P.M.
Spokane marijuana industry more concerned about local policies than what Trump might do
The question marks surrounding President-elect Donald Trump’s victory Tuesday extend to Washington’s marijuana industry.
THURSDAY, NOV. 10, 2016
Divided nation awaits leadership
The presidential contest mirrored the divide closer to home. The city of Spokane favored Clinton. The county wanted Trump. The West Side wanted Clinton. The East Side wanted Trump.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9, 2016, 5:53 P.M.
Rockford, Spangle approve levies to fund fire and police services
Levies to fund police, fire and emergency medical services in Rockford and Spangle were winning easily on election night and added to their lead in a second vote count on …
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9, 2016, 12:08 P.M.
Civil attorney Jeffrey Smith appointed to District Court judge position
Civil attorney and former physician assistant Jeffrey Smith has been appointed to fill a Spokane County District Court judge position vacated by the retirement of Judge Sara Derr in June.
FRIDAY, OCT. 28, 2016, 3:27 P.M.
Hundreds rushed to get building permits in Spokane County before court ruling on water rights took effect
Spokane County saw a huge increase in building permit applications following a Washington state Supreme Court decision tightening rules on new water rights earlier this month.