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City-county ties scrutinized

Court service may be the next saber to clash in Spokane Valley’s contract disputes with Spokane County. The City Council agreed Tuesday to vote Jan. 27 on whether to give …


E-waste finds a home

Thousands of pounds of old computers, TV sets and monitors have begun their final journey, landing in the warehouses of Spokane-area recyclers who are part of Washington’s groundbreaking electronic waste …


Court reverses ruling on planning area

The Washington Court of Appeals on Tuesday reversed an earlier decision in a legal fight between the city of Spokane and Spokane County over whether state law requires the two …


Officials urge caution as roof loads deepen

The weight from snow and rain caused a partial collapse of the roof at the Rosauers Supermarket at Francis Avenue and Maple Street on Monday afternoon, forcing the evacuation of …


Struggling to dig out

With a record amount of snow on the ground and more on the way, the Spokane County Board of Commissioners has joined other local governments in declaring a state of …


County to pay $750,000 in land-use case

Spokane County will pay the owners of a restaurant and market north of Mead $750,000 to settle a lawsuit. County commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve the agreement with …


County sewer vote set for Jan. 6

The final decision on whether to build a $142 million sewage plant that would serve Spokane Valley and Spokane County is set for Jan. 6. County commissioners set the date …


County to vote on sewage plant Jan. 6

The final decision on whether to build a $142 million sewage plant that would serve Spokane Valley and Spokane County is set for Jan. 6.


County close to agreement on racetrack

County leaders are one signature away from an agreement that will allow them to complete the purchase of a new raceway without dipping into tax revenue.


County to pay $750,000 to settle McGlade’s suit

Spokane County will pay the owners of a restaurant and market in Colbert $750,000 to settle a lawsuit.


Detectives arrest Millwood shooting suspect

Spokane County sheriff’s detectives have arrested a suspect and the victim in a drive-by shooting last month in Millwood.


County to end Valley plow services

Spokane Valley officials were stunned Tuesday evening to learn Spokane County won’t plow their roads next winter. City Manager Dave Mercier said the city faces “stunningly high” capital costs to …


Census: More divorcees, bigger homes in Spokane Co.

Compared with the rest of the country, more Spokane County residents live alone and more are divorced. Those are some characteristics gleaned from the newest batch of Census figures released …


County offers cash to attract bidders

State auditors believe Spokane County may have made an illegal promise to the losing bidder of a proposed sewage treatment plant. In 2006, the county agreed to pay up to …


Budget trouble forcing layoffs at county

Spokane County leaders will lay off potentially dozens of employees because of expected shortfalls in the county’s budget. County CEO Marshall Farnell has been meeting this week with the three …


Our racial roots

The country’s becoming less white with each passing year. Demographers predict a nonwhite majority in the United States by 2042. ■ Meanwhile, the population of the Inland Northwest is changing, …


The ballots are in the mail

A quarter-million ballots will be dropped in the mail starting today in Spokane County, giving voters a chance to whittle down a long list of candidates for federal, state and …


Superior, appeals court judgeships on line in vote

Spokane County has three contested judicial races this year – two in Superior Court and one at the Washington Court of Appeals. The most competitive race will decide who’ll be …


County’s growth greatest since ‘92

Spokane County’s population grew over the last three years at the strongest rate since 1990-1992. Meanwhile, a slowdown in the northward migration of Californians contributed to a slight decline in …


Raceway questions remain

Perhaps the biggest question surrounding the future of Spokane Raceway Park was settled this week when a judge approved the results of an April auction. Spokane County will pay $4.3 …


County money transfer questioned

Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker has been asked to investigate an allegedly illegal transfer of money from a Building and Planning Department account to the county’s general fund. In a …


Work force to become younger

Employment growth in Spokane County may have slowed in recent months, but local economists and executives Friday forecast massive retirements over the next decade that will open up jobs in …


Planning director’s complaint investigated

An outside investigator says there is no merit to Spokane County Building and Planning Director Jim Manson’s whistle-blower complaint against the planner who successfully blew the whistle on him. Manson’s …


For sale: Mowing strip

Looking for some prime real estate? Don’t call Deborah Firkins. On the other hand, if you want to buy a sliver of someone’s yard, she may have just the thing.


Color your garden spring green

It’s amazing what a little bit of sunshine can do for gardeners with cabin fever. A few warm, dry days and we are back out there playing in the detritus …