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Tuesday, December 11, 2018  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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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County wants to get rid of outdated books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 …


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 …