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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 …


Shared Spokane County ambulance system on hold

Hopes for creating one ambulance system throughout most of Spokane County are fading after city and Spokane Valley fire leaders opted against the concept. Fire officials created the Ambulance Service …


Tucker tepid about office review

Prosecutor Steve Tucker doesn’t know the guy’s name or where he’s from, but he’s hoping that the “professional prosecutor” found by a consultant can help Spokane County solve a worsening …


Deadlines bedevil Spokane County prosecutor’s office

Efforts to reduce Spokane County’s jail needs through swift justice have hit a “significant roadblock” in the prosecutor’s office, commissioners were told Tuesday. Once again, jail consultant David Bennett told …


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.