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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.

Neighbors decry planned roundabout on Highway 2 that will lead to Costco development

Costco good. Roundabouts bad. That was the prevailing attitude at an informational open house Wednesday evening at Northwood Middle School, near the site along Highway 2 where Costco is planning …

Popular Spokane-area hiking trails expanded, improved

Hikers and mountain bikers are out for a pleasant surprise when they make their next visit to some of the Spokane area’s most popular trail systems.

Plans for new northside Costco include Highway 2 roundabout

Costco is moving forward quickly with its plans to construct a new, 167,000 square foot retail warehouse near the site of the former Kaiser Aluminum smelter near Mead. Those plans …

UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 12:27 p.m.

Fire District 9 to host family-friendly ‘demo day’ at station in Mead

A free, family-focused event in Mead next month will feature a blood drive, live firefighting demonstrations, CPR training, food vendors and activities for children.

UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017, 7 p.m.

Spokane County unemployment rate drops to 5.2 percent

Spokane County’s unemployment rate dropped one percentage point, to 5.2 percent, in April. That’s also one point below the April 2016 unemployment rate, the Washington Employment Security Department said Tuesday.

UPDATED: Sat., May 20, 2017, 8:01 p.m.

Legal settlement clears the way for road through park in Wandermere area

A developer can move forward with plans to build a road through an undeveloped natural area known as Freddy Park north of Spokane. Developer Al Payne recently agreed to pay …

Court to decide whether city can exempt some residents from 2014 tax levy

The Washington Supreme Court will decide whether City of Spokane had the authority to exempt seniors and disabled veterans from the 2014 property tax increase to help repair streets.

Solve side effect of mental health ruling

Call it unintended consequences or poor planning, but if the state Legislature doesn’t offer counties relief from witless penalties, mental health care services will suffer and nobody will benefit.

UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017, 6:01 p.m.

Retail sales up 7.3 percent in Spokane County at end of 2016

Shoppers in a holiday spending mood boosted taxable retail sales in the fourth quarter of 2016 across Washington, including the Spokane area.

UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017, 4:16 p.m.

Spokane County faces millions in penalties for heavy use of Eastern State Hospital

Spokane County may be on the hook to pay more than $3 million to Eastern State Hospital this year for patient care, nearly a quarter of the county’s budget for …

UPDATED: Fri., May 5, 2017, 4:45 p.m.

Spokane County marijuana sales slide in April, despite strong 4/20

The unofficial marijuana holiday once again prompted huge sales figures for retailers statewide, but Spokane County’s legal pot industry shrunk by about 6 percent in April compared to March, according …

UPDATED: Mon., May 1, 2017, 10:30 p.m.

Congressional spending compromise includes protection for Washington’s marijuana industry

Congress is scheduled to vote on a $1 trillion spending package this week that will keep in place a restriction on the Justice Department from using its share to go …

UPDATED: Sat., April 29, 2017, 2:52 p.m.

If you can’t buy it, build it: What to know if you’re thinking of building a home in Spokane County

Those hoping to get around the area’s low housing stock by building their own residence will have to compete for dwindling land, navigate more in-depth pre-development regulations and be prepared …

UPDATED: Tue., April 25, 2017, 8:43 p.m.

Spokane County unemployment rate drops to 6.2 percent

Spokane County’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 percent in March, down from 6.8 percent in February, the Washington Employment Security Department said Tuesday.

UPDATED: Fri., April 21, 2017, 8:32 p.m.

Spokane County ballots in April special election due Tuesday

Election officials predict turnout about 35 percent on this ballot, asking voters to renew several tax measures funding emergency communications, libraries in the city of Spokane and firefighting efforts in …

UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017, 5:06 p.m.

Spokane County marijuana businesses net $15 million in March

The figure is an increase over revenue from the previous month, but reflects slower growth than in previous years, according to at least one store owner. The industry generated $3 …

UPDATED: Tue., April 11, 2017, 10:55 p.m.

200 more homeless face summer on the streets as House of Charity faces cash crunch

If local governments do nothing, Spokane County can expect to see 200 more homeless people on the streets every night.

Editorial: Legislature must find water-well solution

People who purchased property under the old rules now face the prospect of not being able to build on it. Plummeting property values would also impact builders, lenders and county …

Home sales and prices up, inventory down in Spokane County

Spokane-area home prices continued to rise in March as the number of homes for sale remained fairly limited.

Editorial: Vote yes for vital communications systems

First responders say the communication upgrade was clearly beneficial during recent wildfires and the big windstorm of 2015. Fire and police were able to maintain communications throughout the windstorm and …

Werschkul/Hlebain: Boost in caregivers’ pay would spark economy

If Spokane County’s home care workers received an increase to $15 per hour, it would provide an influx of more than $4.8 million dollars into the county’s economy.

UPDATED: Thu., March 30, 2017, 8:41 a.m.

Voters asked to renew taxes for Spokane Public Libraries and county emergency services

Voters throughout Spokane County will be asked next month to renew tax measures funding libraries and emergency services.

UPDATED: Tue., March 28, 2017, 11:10 a.m.

$9 million may be needed to repair flood-damaged roads in Spokane County

Spokane County officials predict the total cost of repairing flood-damaged roads and bridges will climb to $9 million.

UPDATED: Fri., March 17, 2017, 4:36 p.m.

Pooled taxes to benefit West Plains development

City, county and airport officials plan to create a public development authority that would pool property tax revenue to accelerate construction on the West Plains.

Deputy Spokane County prosecutor resigns with no explanation

Thursday was the last day on the job for Deputy Spokane County Prosecutor Joe Kuhlman, who resigned. But nobody is saying why.

UPDATED: Wed., March 15, 2017, 7:49 p.m.

State, Spokane County declare state of emergency following warmer weather, rain

Spokane County declared a state of emergency Wednesday afternoon as warm weather combined with rain washed out roads and overflowed streams leading to a number of road closures.

UPDATED: Tue., March 14, 2017, 11:58 a.m.

Spokane County jobless rate climbs to 7 percent in January

The unemployment rate in Spokane County climbed to 7 percent in January, up from 6.3 percent in December. The upward bump at the start of the year is typical due …

Spokane County marijuana sales up slightly in February, amid potential federal action

Sales at marijuana retailers in the county were up 2.8 percent last month over January, but that’s a more modest increase compared to two-month differences in years past. Sales numbers …

UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017, 7:41 p.m.

Icy roads causing multiple crashes in Spokane County

Local law enforcement agencies are dealing with multiple crashes due to icy roads in the Spokane area and some roads are being shut down. The problem areas seem to be …