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Safety hazard in Wandermere Estates followed years of concerns about land erosion

As the ground shifted and the foundation cracked, a home in the upscale Wandermere Estates neighborhood seemed perilously close to sliding off its perch into the golf course below.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017, 6:13 p.m.

Guest Opinion: Alan Curryer and Glen Pierce: House tax bill would undermine senior housing

By eliminating private-activity bonds, the House bill would wipe out more than half our state’s production of affordable apartments for seniors and working families after Dec. 31.


Spokane County unemployment rate falls in October; strong job growth continues

Spokane County’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.4 percent in October, continuing a trend of strong job growth in 2017.


Girl joins superhero family on National Adoption Day at the Spokane County Courthouse

In the center of the courtroom was Sheri, a jubilant 3-year-old in an Ironman costume, seated on her mother’s knee along with her father (Batman) and three young sisters (Batgirl, …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 10, 2017, 9:41 p.m.

House GOP tax plan could jeopardize thousands of affordable housing units in Spokane County

The Republican tax reform plan being debated in Congress could eliminate a financing method used to construct the lion’s share of the nation’s affordable housing, confirming worries and drawing ire …


No one wanted to serve on the Latah Town Council in May; now 5 percent of the town is on the ballot

A few months ago, it seemed no one wanted to be the mayor of Latah or a member of the Town Council.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 10:05 p.m.

Spokane County ready for busy snow season, officials say

Spokane County road crews are preparing for another busy snow season.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 7:09 a.m.

Spokane County goes to trial over 2007 hypothermia death of 84-year-old man

A jury heard opening statements Monday in a civil case against Spokane County brought by the family of an 84-year-old man who froze to death in a snowstorm nearly a …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 11:02 p.m.

Spokane County gave 500 vehicle owners the wrong registration tabs

Spokane County officials said Wednesday that 500 vehicle owners were given the wrong registration tabs within the past week.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 11:02 p.m.

Longtime Spokane attorney Terry Lackie loses battle with cancer

Longtime Spokane attorney and law firm partner, Hugh “Terry” Lackie, has made his last argument. He was 71.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 6:59 a.m.

Sheriff, prosecutor say budget cuts would undermine public safety in Spokane County

Spokane County’s top law enforcement officials say proposed budget cuts would force them to lay off deputies and prosecute fewer cases.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 10:57 p.m.

Spokane County lends $8.5 million to Central Valley School District for new middle school

Funds for the five-year loan come out of the county’s $1 billion investment pool, which combines the capital of several taxing districts and is separate from the dwindling general fund …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 22, 2017, 12:57 p.m.

Hiring adds nearly 2,100 new jobs to Spokane metro area in July

Job growth remains strong in the Spokane metro area, with about 2,100 new positions added in July. The unemployment rate was 5.1 percent for the metro area encompassing Spokane, Stevens …


Editorial: Voter motivation is key to better turnout

Getting getting people to actually vote remains a tough nut to crack. This should give pause to any plans to alter election logistics to encourage participation.


UPDATED: Thu., July 27, 2017, 8:04 p.m.

Man dead after car hit a tree north of Newman Lake

A man died Wednesday afternoon after his car collided with a tree.


UPDATED: Fri., July 21, 2017, 6:23 p.m.

Tumbling prices can’t stop growth of Spokane County’s legal marijuana market on three-year anniversary

The same gram of weed that cost consumers $25 to $30 in 2014 will now set you back about $7, according to the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board. But Spokane …


UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017, 10:49 p.m.

Local leaders offer optimism following Avista’s announced sale to Hydro One

City, county and state elected officials said Wednesday they were heartened by the utility’s public message following the announced sale that it would maintain its commitment to partnerships in and …


Sherry Barrett strives to have transformative impact on Spokane County employees

She’s earned two master’s degrees, started her own consulting business and last year, was hired by Spokane County to spearhead an initiative to improve customer service, financial stewardship, public engagement …


UPDATED: Wed., July 5, 2017, 8:59 p.m.

Jury orders Spokane County to pay $7.5 million to motorcycle crash victim

A jury decided Monday that Spokane County must pay $7.5 million to a woman left paralyzed in a motorcycle accident at an intersection she said was dangerous.


County seeks to fill more than 200 jobs for Insterstate Fair

Spokane County is seeking friendly people to fill more than 200 temporary positions for this year’s Interstate Fair from Sept. 8 to Sept. 17.


Flexibility more important than the ‘right’ wage

Under the just-passed state budget, the state Legislature offers a cost-of-living salary allowance for teachers in high-cost areas. A flexible minimum wage would operate under the same principle.


UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017, 8:17 p.m.

More human remains found near Brooks Road after second search

Investigators found scattered bones and a shell casing while searching fields in south Spokane County near Brooks Road in May and June, according to new court documents.


Spokane County’s unemployment rate drops slightly to 5.1 percent in May

Spokane County’s unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in May, reflecting steady job in the region.


Family’s civil lawsuit goes to court four years after man dies following deputy response outside gym

An attorney representing the family of a man killed in 2013 by sheriff’s deputies outside a South Hill gym will ask a jury this week to hold the two officers …


UPDATED: Fri., June 16, 2017, 8:23 p.m.

Marijuana sales up slightly in Spokane County in May

A second retail pot shop opened in downtown Spokane last month, contributing to a modest sales increase over a slow April. Thirty-one retailers reported $7.9 million in sales before taxes …


Saltese Uplands trail undergoing upgrade

Mountain bikers have been applying acquired expertise and skill to a new trail at Saltese Uplands Conservation area in Spokane Valley.


Rich Landers: Life jacket requirement renders tubers disposable

Tubers have a right to be stupid while floating on the Spokane River within the City of Spokane. A stand-up paddleboarder who is brave, skilled or foolish enough to paddle …


Shawn Vestal: Are we Cancer Town USA? It depends, as statistics paint complex, incomplete picture of disease

County health officials agree: We have our share of cancer here – and more than our share of breast, lung and skin cancer – but there’s reason to be wary …


Lottery winner

Lottery winners in Spokane County for the week of May 22-26


Overpass planned for Bigelow Gulch, Forker roads

Spokane County is preparing to build a curved overpass linking Bigelow Gulch and Forker roads, the latest phase of a major expansion aimed at increasing traffic capacity and reducing accidents.