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County to pay $50,000 to settle suit in death of Trent Yohe

Spokane County commissioners approved a $50,000 settlement Tuesday in the May 2007 death of a Spokane Valley man who fought with sheriff’s deputies.


Construction news mixed

Spokane County’s construction industry as a whole is still in a slump, but residential starts are up 22 percent this year compared to the same period last year, according to …


Spokane County looking at budget staff

Spokane County is moving to shore up its financial management with several new specialists. A back-burner plan to hire a budget director will heat up next month. Commissioners plan to …


County sales tax receipts up a tick

Spokane County commissioners got a small measure of financial cheer this week. Chief Executive Officer Marshall Farnell reported that sales tax receipts are up slightly and that he may not …


FEMA pays Spokane agencies millions for snowstorms

Local governments, schools and nonprofit agencies in Spokane County have been reimbursed $5.7 million for their costs in responding to record snows that began in mid-December 2008 and continued through …


Lack of snowfall brings savings

A light snowplowing season is helping local governments recover from the previous, financially punishing winter. “We really needed the break,” said Neil Kersten, Spokane Valley’s public works director. “We’ve done …


Angry citizen spurs county to reassess office security

Spokane County officials are looking for ways to improve security in their Human Resources building after an incident in which an angry man walked past the reception desk. County commissioners …


Richard recounts county’s highs, lows

County Commissioner Mark Richard’s “state of the county” speech Friday wasn’t written in red ink, even though the county has plenty of it. He delivered his remarks to a breakfast …


Spokane Co. commissioner outlines accomplishments, cuts

County Commissioner Mark Richard’s “state of the county” speech Friday wasn’t written in red ink, even though the county has plenty of it.


Spokane County against taking Pine Lodge

Spokane County officials say they don’t want to acquire the Pine Lodge Corrections Center at Medical Lake, and it should remain a state prison for women. State officials are considering …


Planning urged to control land use around Fairchild

Fairchild Air Force Base needs civilian protection to survive, local government officials were told this week. Spokane County officials asked leaders in Airway Heights, Spokane and Medical Lake to join …


In brief: Gunman fires shots into apartment

Police continue to search for a gunman who fired a shot through an apartment wall Saturday in Spokane Valley that struck the metal post of the bed where a 3-year-old …


Airway Heights OKs taxes for raceway

Airway Heights will help develop Spokane County Raceway Park under a tentative agreement city and county officials hammered out Wednesday. The deal calls for Airway Heights to contribute half its …


Airway Heights, county reach deal on raceway

Airway Heights will help develop Spokane County Raceway Park under a tentative agreement city and county officials hammered out Wednesday.


Church gets OK to put up bigger sign

A Wandermere-area megachurch got permission Tuesday to supersize its sign. But the Turning Point Open Bible Church at 11911 N. Division St. can’t sell french fries like other owners of …


Man killed, two injured in I-90 crash

A Bothell, Wash., man was killed and two Tri-Cities residents were injured Monday evening in a head-on collision on Interstate 90 near the Fishtrap Lake exit.


Hurdles await park plan

Spokane County and Airway Heights officials will meet this month to discuss a regional sports park on the Spokane County Raceway Park grounds. It’s a goal the two governments have …


The high cost of free

Local governments often turn to grants to supplement tight budgets, but Spokane County is so broke it can’t even afford “free” money. Facilities Director Ron Oscarson recently had to give …


Now you don’t see the prosecutor, now you do

Although I’ve never met the man (that I can recall), I can’t tell you how grateful I am to Dave Stevens. Stevens provided an invaluable service the other day by …


County veteran services director talks about his agency’s work

An anonymous $10,000 donation to the Spokane County veterans relief fund is shining a light on a little-known program that serves thousands of people. The money will be used to …


Changes target racetrack safety

Spokane County Raceway Park is to get nearly $500,000 worth of government-financed improvements this year – not including plans to move a half-mile of racetrack. County officials want to re-route …


Medical Lake leaders object

Medical Lake city officials said Friday they want the Pine Lodge Corrections Center for Women and no other prison. If state officials close Pine Lodge as suggested by Gov. Chris …


Spokane County ranks low for foreclosures in 2009

The foreclosure rate last year in Spokane County ranked among the lowest in the United States, according to statistics released Thursday by RealtyTrac, which markets foreclosed properties nationally.


Spokane area jobs dip

Spokane County’s jobless rate climbed in December, hitting 9.3 percent, compared with 8.5 percent the month before, state labor analysts said Wednesday. Retail and construction accounted for most of that …


County OKs rural cluster changes, kid-free development

Spokane County commissioners on Tuesday completed a two-year overhaul of controversial “rural cluster development” standards. The action rounds out a package of reforms designed to make the relatively dense subdivisions …


Mead-area housing plan rules out kids

School-age children would be banned from living in a 415-acre development under a proposal Spokane County commissioners will consider Tuesday. A covenant running with the Mead-area land would limit residential …


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 …