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Monday, December 17, 2018  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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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 …


Consultant role proposed for retired undersheriff

Recently retired Undersheriff Greg Conner would become a $70-an-hour consultant under a contract Spokane County commissioners may approve Tuesday.


Three killed in Spokane County car crash

Three men were killed when a BMW traveling at least 90 mph in a 25-mph zone left the road and smashed into two pine trees, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office …


Lower bails good for defendants, not so good for bond industry

Getting out of jail in Spokane County is getting cheaper. After years of inmate overcrowding and a push by the county to streamline the judicial system, prosecutors, defense lawyers and …


County plans extension of sewer line to boost development

Spokane County is poised to extend a sewer line to a 415-acre property where commissioners hope development will boost their tax base. “This is one of the last areas where …


911 upgrade would allow texts, photos

Emergency communications are about to join the Information Age in Spokane County – and get more expensive. Residents will pay 75 cents a month next year for 911 service, a …


Spokane County 911 tax to go up in January

Emergency communications are about to join the Information Age in Spokane County – and get more expensive.


Transportation needs get collaborative look

Local government officials in Spokane County say the region needs about $20 million a year in additional funding to keep up with road and highway needs. They are proposing the …


License fees for dogs may increase

Dog license fees may be increased to prevent service cuts in the Spokane County animal-control program. County commissioners informally endorsed a plan to increase fees to match those in Spokane.


County won’t oppose casino plan in Airway Heights

A second tribal casino in Airway Heights would pay out for Spokane County under a deal county commissioners approved Tuesday on a split vote. With Commissioner Todd Mielke dissenting, the …


Candidate sues another over contract

Spokane County assessor candidate Sadie Charlene Cooney is suing prosecutor candidate Frank Malone for alleged failure to pay an $81,077 debt. The dispute springs from a contract in which Malone …


Spokane water rights adjudications to start in 2012

Spokane County commissioners saw the future this week and it looked like “Waterworld.” Court officials told commissioners the county needs to gear up for a massive adjudication of water rights …


Gray skies close Spokane County pools

Spokane County swimming pools are being closed today as a result of cool and cloudy weather.


Spokane County approves stadium funds

Spokane County will soon start design work on $2.8 million worth of baseball stadium improvements required by a lease that pays $15,000 a year. County commissioners unanimously appropriated $10,000 Tuesday …


County spends another $500,000 on raceway

County commissioners’ tempers flared Tuesday along with public spending on the Spokane County Raceway. Commissioners Todd Mielke and Mark Richard drove to a $1.1 million finish while Commissioner Bonnie Mager …


Airport to pay Spokane Airways over condemnation

Spokane International Airport will pay almost one-third of the cost of settling a lawsuit brought by the owners of Spokane Airways. The $1.8 million deal was approved Tuesday by Spokane …


Cities, county will examine SCRAPS facility needs

A proposed new regional animal-control shelter got a scratch behind the ears and a pat on the shoulders Friday. Elected officials from Spokane, Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake and Spokane County …


County picks Medical Lake site for new jail

Spokane County Commissioners today voted to put a new jail at a site near the Medical Lake freeway interchange and a community corrections on the campus of the existing Spokane …


Spokane County budget woes keep coming

Spokane County commissioners seem to have joined the Crisis of the Week Club. Try as the commissioners may to unsubscribe, the problems keep coming.


70 percent of homes in county lose value

Nearly 70 percent of the houses in Spokane County have declined in value, according to notices that homeowners began receiving Wednesday. Chief Deputy Assessor Kevin Best said he and Assessor …


70 percent of Spokane County houses drop in value

Nearly 70 percent of the houses in Spokane County have declined in value, according to notices that homeowners began receiving Wednesday.


Spokane County sewage plant coming along

Nearly 5,000 cubic yards of concrete and 15,500 feet of underground pipe have gone into Spokane County’s single-largest construction project, which is a quarter complete. The $167 million sewage treatment …


Spokane County restores raise to save pensions

Spokane County commissioners moved Tuesday to ensure that 243 nonunion employees’ pensions won’t be diminished because of bad advice from state officials. Commissioners voted unanimously to restore a canceled 2 …


Neighbors to keep up endangered Camelot Park

Residents of two suburban neighborhoods north of Spokane are rescuing their local park from Spokane County budget cuts. Spokane County commissioners commended the neighborhood volunteers for stepping forward to maintain …


Former sheriff says he won’t challenge Knezovich for job

Former Spokane County Sheriff Mark Sterk announced Friday that he won’t challenge incumbent Ozzie Knezovich. Sterk declared earlier this month that he was considering a run, but he concluded there …


Former Sheriff Sterk won’t challenge Knezovich

Former Spokane County Sheriff Mark Sterk announced today that he won’t challenge incumbent Ozzie Knezovich.


Pension miscue could be costly for Spokane County

A mistake by the state Department of Retirement Systems could cost Spokane County nearly $325,000 – if commissioners don’t pass the burden to employees. The mistake could shave hundreds of …


State error could cost Spokane County $325,000

A mistake by the state Department of Retirement Systems could cost Spokane County nearly $325,000 – if commissioners don’t pass the burden to employees.


County finds money to keep park restrooms open

Restrooms will be available at Spokane County parks all this summer despite budget cuts that threatened service at seven parks.


Sterk mulls run for sheriff

Former Spokane County Sheriff Mark Sterk may give his successor, Ozzie Knezovich, a run for his money. It’s a daunting prospect, Sterk acknowledges, because state Public Disclosure Commission records show …