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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. …


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.


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 …


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 …


City using contractors to help clear the streets

Spokane’s decision to call in private grader operators to help clear roads adds an extra financial burden in an already cash-strapped year. But officials say the need to maintain passable …


County considers using reserves to save public safety jobs

Spokane County commissioners may dip into reserves to save jobs and offset some of the most painful cuts in their 2011 general fund budget. Commissioners Mark Richard and Bonnie Mager …


County raises fees, extends jail contract

A public relations contract to promote a Spokane County jail construction bond measure will be extended four months at a cost of $46,156. In other action Tuesday, county commissioners voted …


GPS to track county plows

A year from now, Spokane County residents may go online when snow falls to find out which roads have been plowed. Some road graders and plow trucks are being equipped …


Per-hour formula proposed for building-permit charges

An overhaul of building-permit fees in unincorporated Spokane County could reduce costs for big projects and make small ones more expensive. County commissioners will take testimony Nov. 30 on a …


County considers new formula for building permit fees

An overhaul of building permit fees in unincorporated Spokane County could reduce costs for big projects and make small ones more expensive. County commissioners will take testimony Nov. 30 on …


For second election, state election system fails to deliver

Washington has killer election websites when they work. “There is no state in the country that has this sophisticated an election-night reporting system,” state Elections Director Nick Handy said.


ALERT system tests start today

Spokane County will test the ALERT Spokane system today through Tuesday.


Airport directors OK budget on same fees

Spokane International Airport directors unanimously voted Wednesday to pass along a proposed $60.3 million budget to Spokane County and the city of Spokane for approval. The 2011 budget, split into …


Shrinking rate of joblessness tied to schools

The unemployment rate in Spokane County fell to 8.2 percent in September as educators headed back to classrooms. Doug Tweedy, regional labor economist for the Washington Employment Security Department, said …


Sewer prospects dim for Belle Terre development

Spokane County may drop plans to extend sewer service next year to the Belle Terre area in the unincorporated Spokane Valley. Utilities Director Bruce Rawls told county commissioners Tuesday that …


Study finds room for urban growth

Spokane County’s urban growth areas have enough land to serve the metropolitan area for the next 20 years, according to a study that will be discussed tonight. Planning officials will …


September home sales hit lowest point in months

Home sales in Spokane County last month fell to their lowest level since February, and pending sales were lower still, according to figures released by the Spokane Association of Realtors. …


Local retail sales lag state totals

Retail sales in Spokane County took a dip in the second quarter, while sales fared better in Western Washington metro areas, the Washington State Department of Revenue said Thursday. • …


County commission objects to shoreline rules

A state rewrite of Spokane County’s shoreline regulations is a “prime example” of state agencies “out of control,” Commissioner Mark Richard said Tuesday. With Washington’s budget on life support, the …


DeCristoforo leaving Health for All Project after 10 years

Few people have done as much to connect Spokane County residents with health care coverage as Ralph DeCristoforo, who retires today as Health for All Project coordinator at the Spokane …


Mager, French debate raceway, waste

The “only candidate who has created jobs” will face the “only fiscal conservative” in a prerecorded county commission debate tonight at 7 on KSPS-TV. Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager will …


Home sales, prices hold; foreclosures up sharply

The number and prices of homes sold in Spokane County last month nearly matched those for July, but foreclosure actions are multiplying. The Spokane Association of Realtors says 344 homes …


Federal grant bringing Wi-Fi to rural areas

A $20.4 million grant announced by the federal government will make available fast wireless broadband to more than 68,000 residents in rural Stevens, Spokane and Ferry counties – areas underserved …


Spokane County unveils new alert system

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich plans to keep his bullhorn, but he soon will have a more subtle way to warn Spokane County residents of emergencies. Starting Monday, residents may register their …


Open space designation fields many nominees in county

Three dozen properties have been nominated for purchase by Spokane County’s Conservation Futures program. The candidates to become permanent open space vary from half an acre to 920 acres and …


GOP questions ballot security in letter to county auditor

Republican Party leaders expressed concerns this week about the security of ballots mailed during the August primary to the Spokane County elections office. County party Chairwoman Cindy Zapotocky wrote county …