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Short-handed assessor wants help from above

Spokane County residents may want to avoid backyard sunbathing in April. That’s when county Assessor Ralph Baker wants to take a series of high-resolution, low-altitude aerial photographs that promise to …


County wants to get rid of outdated books

Spokane County Commissioners may soon eradicate 10,000 books.


diversity on the range

“Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam,” says the traditional cowboy song. American bison, commonly known as buffalo, are making themselves at home in the Inland Northwest. Instead …


Claim filed against county in juror’s death

When 84-year-old Kay Mita got a jury summons, he regarded it as a sign the government was acknowledging a six-decade-old injustice. His first day of jury service, however, turned out …


Claim filed against Spokane County in juror’s death

When 84-year-old Kay Mita got a jury summons, he regarded it as a sign the government was acknowledging a six-decade-old injustice. His first day of jury service, however, turned out …


Inland NW ranchers add buffalo to their herds

“Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam,” says the traditional cowboy song. American bison, commonly known as buffalo, are making themselves at home in the Inland Northwest. Instead …


City seeks plans for Y site

The city of Spokane wants to hear developers’ ideas for re-making the former YMCA building in Riverfront Park into some combination of retail, office and residential space. The city on …


City seeking YMCA redevelopment proposals

The City of Spokane is asking for proposals to redevelop the former YMCA building in Riverfront Park, with potential uses as retail, office or residential space.


County testing ‘reverse 911’

Testing of a new “reverse 911” emergency notification system is taking place this week in Spokane County, as officials get ready to put the alert technology online next month. Test …


Spokane County testing emergency phone notifications

Testing of a new “reverse 911” emergency notification system is taking place this week in Spokane County, as officials get ready to put the alert technology online next month.


Cities’ 10-square-mile West Plains gain is county’s loss

Spokane and Airway Heights will grow wings. Leaders from Spokane, Airway Heights and Spokane County put aside years of bickering Thursday and unanimously approved the largest annexation in Spokane since …


Spokane County cuts offices’ hours

Starting Jan. 2, people who have business with Spokane County may want to check their watches before heading to the courthouse. Some offices are changing the hours they’ll be open …


County rebuffed on funding Fox

Spokane County will have to come up with a new plan to give money to the renovated Fox Theater. The old plan – to take about $21,000 a year from …


Snow crews raring to plow

The man with the big shovel says Spokane Valley is ready for winter. “We’ve got all the plows and equipment and all the chemicals we need,” city Public Works Director …


Malicious prosecution suit grounds for another look

The story that broke back in January 2007 was one of those shockers that made you spit out your morning java and holler … “No way! Not again!”


County seeks pay concessions from workers

Spokane County could lay off as many as 250 employees next year to close a projected $10.5 million gap between expected tax collections and its current budget. County officials are …


County OKs settlement in Taser case

A Spokane County reserve fund will pay some $112,000 to a man who was shocked three times with a Taser by a deputy during a traffic stop in 2005. County …


Used plows clear a path for Valley

Spokane Valley now has its own fleet of snowplows to take over where Spokane County left off last winter. A half-dozen used trucks, purchased from the Washington Department of Transportation …


City buys trucks for snow

Spokane Valley now has its own fleet of snowplows to take over where Spokane County left off last winter. A half-dozen used trucks, purchased from the Washington Department of Transportation …


Short but sweet

Spokane Valley’s spiffed-up swimming pools attracted more users and generated more revenue this summer than last despite a shorter season. Snow makeup days kept schools in session longer this summer …


City on the road to peaceful growth

Spokane County has raised a white flag. After years spent fighting Spokane’s growing city limits, county commissioners are taking a friendlier stance on what would be the largest expansion of …


Spokane could come out ahead

If the city of Spokane annexes a portion of the West Plains in 2012 as planned, the city could collect about $750,000 more a year in taxes and fees than …


West Plains bird tests positive for West Nile

A dead magpie gathered from the West Plains area is the first animal to test positive for West Nile virus in Spokane County.


Tourism tax increase OK’d

A night at a motel in Spokane Valley will cost 50 cents more under a tourism tax increase approved Tuesday by the City Council. The Spokane Valley council joined Spokane …


New living option for poor

Roxanne Smith is ecstatic as she tours the apartment she’ll soon move into. It’s a clean, well-lighted, two-bedroom unit inside the Madison, the newly remodeled downtown Spokane building converted into …


County broke records law, court says

Spokane County didn’t look hard enough for documents sought by a citizens group when it alleged nepotism in county hiring, a state appeals court has said. Now the county faces …


Appeals court rules against county in records case

Spokane County didn’t look hard enough for documents a local citizens group was seeking when it alleged nepotism in county hiring, a state appeals court has said. Now the county …


Home sales increase in Spokane; prices still lagging

Home sales picked up in Washington state in the second quarter compared with last year — the first quarter-over-quarter improvement in sales numbers in more than two years, according to …


City, county offer rebates for water-saving amenities

Think of it as cash for flushers – or credit, depending where you live. The city of Spokane and Spokane County unveiled new programs Thursday designed to cut the amount …


City, county offer incentives to save water

Think of it as cash for flushers – or credit, depending where you live. The City of Spokane and Spokane County unveiled new programs Thursday designed to cut the amount …