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Natural beauty next door

A visit beyond the Dishman Hills Natural Area sign displayed on the south side of the 8600 block of Appleway Boulevard provides a glimpse into how Spokane got its slogan, …


Spokane County unemployment holds steady in June

The unemployment rate in Spokane County held steady in June despite the loss of almost 2,200 jobs, most of those in private education.


Afternoon, evening blazes keep crews hopping

After 20 years in business, Patricia Bradley stood devastated outside her building on East Francis Avenue Wednesday night as flames reduced it to a shell. But it wasn’t the $450,000 …


Center for Justice sues over Yohe’s death

A federal civil rights lawsuit has been filed against Spokane County over deputies’ actions in a struggle with an epileptic man in 2007 that resulted in his death. The suit …


Spokane racetrack behind on bills

The operator of Spokane County’s West Plains racetrack owes $20,000 in back payments to the county and more than $1 million to contractors who have been refurbishing the facility, county …


Spokane County methadone program cuts dozens

A tight budget is prompting Spokane County to cut two dozen uninsured people from its methadone treatment program and will slam shut the possibility that 22 more uninsured drug addicts …


Spokane Valley pays police fees

Spokane Valley’s dispute over the cost of sheriff’s service may illustrate the wisdom of being careful what you ask for because you might get it. City officials got what they …


Decision delayed on new sewer rates

Spokane County will wait at least two more weeks to decide how much to raise sewer rates. After a lightly attended public hearing Tuesday night, county commissioners gave the public …


County delays decision on sewer rates

Spokane County will wait at least two more weeks to decide how much to raise sewer rates. After a lightly attended public hearing Tuesday night, county commissioners gave the public …


County plans to offer funds for YMCA site

Spokane County will offer taxpayer funds to the city to buy the YMCA property in Riverfront Park, but only after the city completes a feasibility study and agrees the building …


County, Valley bicker over contract, audit

The Washington state auditor is being asked to help resolve a $2 million dispute between Spokane County and the city of Spokane Valley over law enforcement costs. But discussing the …


Help wanted on Spokane County boards

Spokane County is looking for a few good men or women – or in one case, a youngster – to fill openings on a variety of boards and commissions. The …


Overall Kootenai property values fall

The overall taxable value of property in Kootenai County fell by $1.2 billion in 2008, the second straight year the county has experienced a decline. On Tuesday, the county mailed …


Panel backs some changes in rural housing

The Spokane County Planning Commission recommended some changes Thursday to the rules covering housing developments in rural parts of the county but deadlocked over one of the hottest topics.


Hearing will address parking in Liberty Lake

Spokane County commissioners will take public testimony Tuesday on numerous parking restrictions proposed for unincorporated areas around Liberty Lake. Commissioners say the restrictions were proposed by the Spokane Valley Fire …


Ambulance company drops out of bid process

Three ambulance companies have expressed interest in bidding for a contract with most of the fire departments in Spokane County, but one has dropped out. Spokane Valley Fire Department Chief …


Case against sheriff’s deputies dismissed

A federal judge has ruled in favor of Spokane County in a suit brought by a man who claimed that sheriff’s deputies beat him inside a Spokane Valley bar in …


County union cuts pay, saves some jobs

In an effort to save jobs, a Spokane County union this week voted to cut its hours by almost 15 percent. The reductions affect about 35 building and planning department …


Regional ambulance contract bids sought

A consortium of fire districts and departments in Spokane County started soliciting bids March 27 for a regional ambulance contract. Spokane Valley Fire Department Chief Mike Thompson said officials conducted …


After two years, district hires new health officer

Dr. Joel McCullough was hired Thursday as health officer for Spokane County. He will start May 1. The Spokane Regional Health District board voted unanimously to hire McCullough, a former …


Foreclosure crisis hits close to home

When it comes to foreclosures – just as with the real estate market in general – the Inland Northwest has a split personality.


Court refuses to hear dispute over Appleway right-of-way

Spokane Valley has run out of ammunition in its battle to force Spokane County to hand over an abandoned railroad right of way without strings.


Grandmother among mental health court graduates

Two years ago, Vicki Palanuik was a mentally troubled methamphetamine addict, going nowhere fast. Today, the 53-year old grandmother born on the Blackfeet Reservation near Browning, Mont., is a new …


Spokane to pursue annexation

Spokane leaders agreed Tuesday to push forward with what would be the largest expansion of city boundaries since 1907. The Spokane and Airway Heights city councils Tuesday approved an agreement …


Our View: Need for sewage treatment plant growing urgent

There are those who think Spokane County was too hasty in signing a contract with CH2M Hill Constructors Inc. to design, build and operate the county’s long-debated sewage treatment facility. …


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 …