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  • Assessor, treasure shuffle deputies after county election

    The Spokane County assessor’s and treasurer’s offices have new chief deputies as well as new elected department heads. Treasurer Rob Chase planned to retain Chief Deputy Treasurer Bob Wrigley, but …


  • Baxter tapped to assume McCaslin’s seat

    After a daylong interview process, Spokane County commissioners unanimously selected Jeff H. Baxter to replace Bob McCaslin in the state Senate.


  • Senate candidates will interview under oath

    Candidates in a contentious process to fill a vacant state Senate seat will be asked to take an oath when they’re interviewed today. Spokane County commissioners hadn’t planned to require …


  • Spokane Valley City Council moves to create e-cigarette ordinance

    The Spokane Valley City Council moved in the footsteps of Spokane County Commissioners Tuesday night by unanimously agreeing to advance to a second reading an ordinance banning the sale of …


  • Commissioners approve incinerator improvements

    Getting rid of a ton of garbage may cost about $12 more next year if the Spokane City Council accepts an agreement county commissioners offered Tuesday. Commissioners unanimously approved a …


  • County set to approve amendments to Waste-to-Energy Plant contract

    County commissioners are ready to bless a plan to make Spokane’s garbage burner more competitive with regional landfills. The deal, which could be approved today, would allow Spokane to order …


  • Garbage deal taking shape with proposal for regional board

    Public officials throughout Spokane County agreed Thursday to create a new regional garbage-disposal system that might not use Spokane’s Waste-to-Energy Plant. A host of thorny details are to be worked …


  • County, cities review waste system plans

    More than 50 people turned out Wednesday for the first day of a conference to form a new plan for garbage disposal in Spokane County. Twenty-two officials from Spokane County …


  • Assessor says anonymous, burdensome records requests are intentional

    Anonymous public disclosure requests threaten to cripple two Spokane County departments, commissioners were told Tuesday. Assessor Vicki Horton and Information Systems Director Bill Fiedler said numerous scattershot requests for documents …


  • Verner or not, garbage summit is a go

    Next week’s regional Solid Waste Summit will occur with or without Spokane participation, County Commission Chairman Al French announced Friday. The two-day gathering of local government officials throughout the county …


  • Records dispute before high court

    OLYMPIA – When a neighborhood group in 2006 demanded records about alleged nepotism in Spokane County, county officials said they checked employees’ current computers. But they didn’t check the hard …


  • Spokane County public records case goes to high court

    OLYMPIA – When a neighborhood group in 2006 demanded records about alleged nepotism in Spokane County, county officials said they checked employees’ current computers. But they didn’t check the hard …


  • County seeks 15 volunteers for boards, commissions

    Spokane County is looking for 15 volunteers to fill vacancies on boards and commissions. Some of the openings are available to residents throughout the county, while others are limited to …


  • Mager accuses successor French of libel

    Former Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager on Tuesday announced a Public Disclosure Commission complaint accusing her successor, Al French, of libel. With exhibits, Mager’s complaint is 107 pages long and …


  • Mager levels libel charge against French

    Former Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager Tuesday announced a Public Disclosure Commission complaint accusing her successor, Al French, of libel.


  • Pay raises lag in public sector

    An analysis of recent wage increases shows that the pay of many local government workers is rising slightly slower than the rate of workers in the private sector. From 2002 …


  • City, county plan waste summit

    Spokane County commissioners slogged through garbage issues for three hours Tuesday on their way to a Solid Waste Summit. They authorized Chairman Al French to join Spokane Mayor Mary Verner …


  • County leaders balk at city’s timeline for waste plant

    Establishing a garbage democracy in Spokane County may prove as difficult as bringing representative government to Afghanistan. The challenge came into sharp focus Tuesday when Spokane city officials asked county …


  • Equipment, legalities create ballot-counting bottlenecks

    Washington’s election system has many virtues, but speed isn’t one of them. Only 40.6 percent of last month’s Spokane County general election ballots were counted on election night.


  • Report shows local counties’ income and demographic numbers

    Spokane County has a higher percentage of single men and single women. Kootenai County a higher percentage of married couples. Kootenai County residents are more likely to have been born …


  • Commissioners maintain conservation priorities

    Last-minute pleas to preserve land on Beacon Hill failed to persuade county commissioners to shuffle a priority list for Conservation Futures property acquisitions. Eight people urged the commissioners to give …


  • More singles in Spokane County

    New figures from the Census Bureau suggest Spokane and Kootenai counties are similar in many respects, but have some differences on things like marital status, education and immigration patterns.


  • Break meant to help construction industry

    Developers may lock up subdivision rights longer under a temporary change in state law that took effect June 10. The amendment extends the “vesting” periods in which developers may press …


  • Old YMCA worth saving? Landmarks panel to decide

    It could be the final chapter for the former downtown YMCA. Or it could be the start of more painstaking, political maneuvering.


  • Law gives developers a break

    An unusual provision of Washington law has repeatedly allowed major real estate developments to go forward even after they’ve been declared urban sprawl that violates the state’s Growth Management Act. …


  • County receives conservation list

    Spokane County’s Conservation Futures program may get a new, narrower target for acquiring public open-space land. County commissioners received a staff and advisory committee recommendation to focus on the top …


  • County receives conservation list

    Spokane County’s Conservation Futures program may get a new, narrower target for acquiring public open-space land.


  • County budget to tap reserve

    Next year’s Spokane County budget will dig deeper into county reserves, not taxpayers’ wallets. County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday not to impose legally permitted 1 percent increases in property tax …


  • Garbage talks hinge on control

    City and county officials agree they want to retain a regional garbage-disposal system when expiring contracts begin dissolving the current arrangement next year. But Spokane County and other member governments …


  • Dealer redirects plows after snow complaint

    A Spokane Valley car dealership said Friday that it will end a longstanding practice of dumping parking lot snow on nearby county park land. A contract crew working for Appleway …

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