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McMorris Rodgers tells local officials House-passed prison reform bill ‘a step’ to address overcrowding

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers told a roundtable of local officials Wednesday that a federal prison reform bill passed by Congress last week was “an idea whose time has come.”


Spokane County’s unemployment rate falls to 5.4 percent in April

Spokane County’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.4 percent in April, according to the Washington Employment Security Department.


$12 million upgrade to Liberty Lake Regional Park could include bigger campground, expanded beach, nature playground

A longer beach, bigger campground and environmental learning center could be new features of Liberty Lake Regional Park as county officials finalize a plan for a $12 million upgrade.


Whitworth seeks zoning change to build housing and commercial space

Whitworth University plans to build retail shops as well as dozens of student and senior housing units on its campus.


UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018, 11:22 a.m.

Senate race gets 11 hopefuls as candidates file for office Monday

Washington’s U.S. Senate race got crowded in a hurry Monday, as 10 challengers filed to run against incumbent Democrat Maria Cantwell.


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018, 6:33 p.m.

Waste-transfer station in Colbert reopens after pesticide leak sickens workers

Three workers sickened by a pesticide leak at a Spokane County waste facility were released from area hospitals Monday evening.


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018, 12:24 p.m.

Toxic leak sickens three workers at North County Transfer Station in Colbert

Three workers were hospitalized Monday afternoon after a hazardous substance was released at the waste-transfer station in north Spokane County.


Spokane County’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 percent in March

Spokane County’s unemployment rate at 6.2 percent in March.


UPDATED: Tue., April 17, 2018, 10:04 p.m.

Commissioners will pursue lawsuit against drug manufacturers

The Spokane County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a motion to pursue a lawsuit alleging opioid manufacturers lied about the addictive nature of the prescription drug to doctors and patients.


Spokane County may join legal action against companies that make prescription painkillers

Spokane County is considering joining a nationwide lawsuit against prescription opioid manufacturers alleging the companies knowingly lied about the addictive potential of powerful painkillers.


UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018, 8:40 p.m.

Spokane County, Central Valley district make Saltese Flats wetlands restoration project a reality

Restoration of the Saltese Flats natural wetland system has been in Spokane County’s plans for close to a decade. But now, a partnership with the Central Valley School District will …


Lottery winner in Spokane County

Lottery winners in Spokane County for the week of March 19-23.


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018, 10:42 p.m.

Inslee signs 5 commissioner bill for Spokane County

Spokane County to go to a five-member board of commissioners in 2022 election.


UPDATED: Tue., March 20, 2018, 9:07 p.m.

Spokane County planning to sell 41 acres for mixed-use development in Wandermere area

Spokane County officials are preparing to sell a 41-acre property in the Wandermere area that has fallen out of use. The developer with the winning bid will be expected to …


Spokane County’s unemployment rises to 6.7 percent in January, with weather influencing hiring

Unemployment rates rose to 6.7 percent in Spokane County during January, but much of the increase from December 5.7 percent rate was weather-related.


Lottery winners

Lottery winners in Spokane County for the week of Feb. 26-March 2.


UPDATED: Tue., March 6, 2018, 6:57 p.m.

In last-ditch appeal, Spokane County commissioners ask for Inslee veto on expanding board

In a last-ditch appeal, all three Spokane County commissioners signed a letter Tuesday imploring Gov. Jay Inslee to veto a bill that would add two more members to the county’s …


House gives final OK to bill increasing Spokane County Commission to five seats

Spokane County five-commissioner bill sent to Gov. Jay Inslee.


UPDATED: Fri., March 2, 2018, 8:49 a.m.

Marijuana odor rules prompt clash between Clean Air board members Stuckart, French

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart said he’s joined the agency overseeing the region’s air pollution in direct response to new regulations and fees for marijuana business owners. Spokane County …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018, 8:35 p.m.

Spokane landowner finds way to cut through red tape and save trees from county tree crews

A Spokane County landowner discarded bluster and instead found a way to work with local government to cordially change tree cutting plans along his rural road.


Lottery winner in Spokane County

Lottery winners in Spokane Country


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018, 11:06 p.m.

Spokane launches new app ‘Spokane County on the Go’

Spokane County has a new app for those seeking county resources and up-to-date information on their smartphones, tablets and other devices.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 31, 2018, 11:02 p.m.

Panel OKs bill to expand Spokane County commission to 5

A bill that would require Spokane County to expand its board of commissioners to five members passed a key House committee Wednesday.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018, 8:19 a.m.

More than 10,000 arrest warrants currently active in Spokane County

For roughly every 48 people in Spokane County, there’s an active arrest warrant filed at the courthouse.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018, 10:27 p.m.

Spokane County air pollution regulators approve new rules, fees to battle smelly marijuana farms

Dozens of marijuana farmers in Spokane County will have to pay fees ranging from $500 to $2,000 this year to cover the expenses of enforcing state laws governing nuisance smells. …


Development to resume in parched Little Spokane Watershed

Spokane County will resume issuing construction permits in the Little Spokane Watershed, more than a year after permitting was stalled by a controversial court decision, state and county officials said …


Climbing rents in Spokane County a burden for many

The rental affordability crisis is prevalent in cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. But, that crisis has arrived to Spokane County with nearly half of renters spending …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 9:05 p.m.

Spokane County budget includes $400,000 cut for regional health district

Some agencies and departments that receive funding from Spokane County avoided steep cuts in 2018. The Spokane County Regional Health District isn’t one of them.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 9:28 p.m.

Supreme Court rejects city’s tax exemptions for 2014 street tax

City of Spokane loses its fight to offer a special exemption to seniors and the disabled on property taxes to fix the streets.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017, 8:06 p.m.

Spokane County revamps sexual harassment policy

All Spokane County employees will be required to undergo sexual harassment training under a policy adopted by the county commissioners on Tuesday.