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Monday, February 18, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

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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 …


Aerial photos stir up debate

TACOMA – Pierce County has identified more than 3,200 illegal garages and other structures under a controversial program that uses aerial photographs to spot buildings constructed without a permit. Gordon …


Health authority reoffers grant

A publicly funded health sciences authority is reopening a $100,000 grant competition.


City real estate agent files run for Spokane County assessor

A municipal real estate agent and apocalyptic author is the latest candidate hoping to unseat Spokane County Assessor Ralph Baker. Terry L. Cook, 62, registered his Republican candidacy with the …


Region saw slighter dip in taxable sales

Taxable retail sales in Washington fell 11.2 percent in 2009, but the decreases for the city of Spokane and Spokane County were less severe.


Health authority given more latitude

OLYMPIA – The Health Sciences and Services Authority of Spokane County got more ability to raise and spend money Tuesday under a law signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire. The authority …


Spokane County seeks park restroom solution

A cost-cutting plan to leave restrooms locked at seven Spokane County parks this summer is getting a second look. Restroom service is to be eliminated this summer at seven county …


Court program seeks infusion of volunteers

A volunteer program that has helped protect thousands of Spokane County’s most vulnerable residents needs some help to continue. The Superior Court guardianship monitoring program, which has had up to …


Hotel room sales, rates up in Spokane County

Spokane County hotels have sold substantially more rooms so far in 2010, and bookings for future business are up dramatically, the president of the Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau said …


Rural beekeeping avoids restrictions, for now

Spokane County planning officials decided Thursday to think twice before sticking their fingers into a beehive. The Planning Commission voted unanimously to table indefinitely a proposal to introduce restrictions on …


Spokane County Jail vote delay changes PR needs

Spokane County commissioners realized Tuesday they may need to extend a jail project public relations contract they haven’t yet signed. Chairman Mark Richard called that “a little bit frustrating.” Nevertheless, …


Top jail site reaffirmed

Once again a consulting study has concluded the best site for a new medium-security Spokane County jail is next to the existing high-security jail. A “weighted analysis” released Friday lists …


Parking on narrow Liberty Lake roads banned

Parking will soon be banned on some narrow roads around Liberty Lake that were laid out in horse-and-buggy days. Spokane County commissioners unanimously approved the parking restrictions this week, and …


Lawyer to assess charging process

A longtime Florida prosecutor will visit the Spokane County prosecutor’s office next month to look for ways to speed up charging decisions. Criminal justice consultant David Bennett said Wednesday that …


Tucker’s office to be reviewed

Spokane County commissioners agreed Tuesday to pay for an outside review of the prosecutor’s office. Commissioners gave consultant David Bennett $5,000 to bring in a yet-to-be-identified Florida prosecutor to analyze …