Stories tagged: Spokane County
Thu., Sept. 22, 2016, 11:30 a.m.
Appeals court: Spokane can’t exempt veterans or poor seniors from street tax
The City of Spokane’s attempt not to raise taxes on roughly 4,700 property owners who are elderly and disabled military veterans was shot down by a divided Court of Appeals …
Sun., Aug. 21, 2016, 4:35 p.m.
Fast-moving wildfires burn thousands of acres, force evacuations in Spokane, Lincoln counties
A fast-moving brush fire on Beacon Hill in north Spokane destroyed at least two structures Sunday afternoon, fire officials said. It’s not yet clear if those are homes or other …
Tue., Aug. 2, 2016, 6:17 p.m.
Illegal oil dumping costly for taxpayers, Spokane County says
Spokane County officials say a rash of illegal dumping of used motor oil poses an environmental hazard and will cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars.
Thu., July 28, 2016, 2:59 p.m.
Burn ban takes effect in Spokane County Friday
Camp fires and other outdoor burning have been banned in most of Spokane County following recent high temperatures that have dried out grasses and other fuels.
Tue., July 26, 2016, 11:57 a.m.
Spokane’s June unemployment rate up slightly, but jobs higher compared to 2015
Unemployment rate for Spokane moves up in June, but the county has some 6,700 more jobs than a year ago.
Fri., July 22, 2016
Clean-air victory offers climate change lesson
Before the region marketed its environment – “Near Nature, Near Perfect” – it had to clean it up. The history of that improvement carries lessons for those who support and …
Wed., July 20, 2016, 6:32 p.m.
Letters cause tense moments
For the second time in as many weeks, suspicious letters have caused a stir at the Spokane County Courthouse. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich considers the letters to be a form of …
Mon., July 11, 2016, 11:21 a.m.
Thirteen arrested in sting targeting child rapists in Spokane County
Thirteen people have been arrested in Spokane County in a major sting operation targeting would-be child rapists.
Sun., July 3, 2016, 3:01 p.m.
Pickup truck driver dies in west Spokane County crash
One person died early Sunday morning in a pickup truck crash in the area of South Betz and South Granite Lake Road in west Spokane County.
Fri., June 24, 2016, 8:43 p.m.
Gator Watch Day 3: Second alligator quickly caught; first still unaccounted for
Who knew Spokane County has a gator problem?
Sat., June 11, 2016, 12:58 p.m.
Spokane County Conservation Futures nominations revealed
The latest round of properties nominated for acquisition in the
Tue., May 10, 2016, 4:49 p.m.
Shootings prompt call by police to boost mental health funding
Aaron D. Johnson, like many others in the state, was cycled through jail and hospitals before being shot by police for a second time this month. Lawmakers say more money …
Wed., April 27, 2016, 8 p.m.
Suicides, drug overdoses peak in Spokane County
Suicides and accidental drug overdoses hit their highest levels since 2009 in Spokane County, mirroring sharp national increases in both types of death over the past several years.
Wed., April 13, 2016, 4:05 p.m.
75 mph speed limit on part of I-90 considered by state
Washington is seeking public comment on a proposal to raise speed limits on a roughly 100-mile stretch of Interstate 90 in eastern Washington.
Mon., April 11, 2016
Marijuana sales top spending on wine and milk in Spokane County
Spokane County sold more than $5 million worth of legal marijuana for the month of March, the first time a monthly total has eclipsed that mark since legal sales began …
Wed., March 30, 2016, 3:47 p.m.
Sisters of the Holy Names property gains top billing for conservation
Land that includes 4,500 feet of shoreline along the Spokane River, just two miles from downtown Spokane, was given the highest conservation priority by Spokane County commissioners Tuesday. Appraisers will …
Wed., March 9, 2016, 8 p.m.
SPD warns of ‘possible lethal batch of drugs’ following overdoses
Three people died of apparent drug overdoses in less than three hours Wednesday morning, leading law enforcement in Spokane to warn of “a possible lethal batch of drugs.”
Sat., Feb. 20, 2016, 4:53 p.m.
At Spokane County GOP caucus, voting but no debate
The Spokane County republicans had their caucus Saturday, but they didn’t debate a platform or argue in favor of their favorite presidential candidate. A new state law enacted since the …
Wed., Jan. 13, 2016, 4:30 p.m.
Landers: Snowshoeing gains in popularity and access across the region
Explaining the growing popularity of snowshoeing, Mark Beattie of Mountain Gear says it all comes down to a 10-step program for learning the sport. “All you have to do is …
Fri., Jan. 8, 2016, 4:33 p.m.
Spokane County’s $8 million ‘mistake’ in jail death given reprieve by judge
Judge Annette Plese granted a repreive to Spokane County staff who failed to respond to an $8 million lawsuit stemming from an August 2012 death in the Spokane County Jail.
Thu., Dec. 24, 2015
Spokane County signs deal with Central Washington counties for mental health beds
Spokane County will get 10 additional beds at Eastern State Hospital for mental health patients as the result of an agreement with Central Washington counties. The deal is necessary after …
Wed., Dec. 2, 2015
Spokane Valley resident questions changes to yard waste fees in windstorm’s aftermath
At least one Spokane Valley resident is upset about fees charged to dispose of yard waste at a nearby transfer station, while other areas of the county remain free.
Fri., Nov. 27, 2015, 5:03 p.m.
Families of teens killed in ‘Ponderosa Jump’ crash file lawsuit
The families of two teenage girls who died in a reckless driving accident in Spokane Valley in 2013 have filed a lawsuit alleging negligence by the driver and public officials.
Wed., Nov. 25, 2015, 9:21 p.m.
Dog walkers remember woman who fell through ice; dog recovering at SCRAPS
The Husky mix whose owner fell through the ice at Lincoln Park and died Tuesday is recouperating at SCRAPS while officials try to contact next-of-kin, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Fri., Nov. 13, 2015, 8 p.m.
New county CEO contract includes signing bonus and severance provision
A severance package and $10,000 signing bonus were needed features of the contract for the new Spokane County CEO because of the demands of the office.
UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 3, 2015, 10:39 p.m.
Spokane County voters turn down proposal to expand commission
Spokane County voters turned down by a wide margin a proposal to expand the three-member county commission. Just over 62 percent of voters said “no” to Spokane County Proposition 1.
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 27, 2015, 10:14 p.m.
Spokane County CEO job offered to Gerry Gemmill in split vote
Gerry Gemmill, who previously worked for Spokane County and the City of Spokane, is favored by two Spokane County commissioners to become the county’s next CEO.
Fri., Oct. 23, 2015, 8:44 p.m.
Military veterans in Washington State Patrol asked to complete class action lawsuit survey
The Washington State Patrol is asking all employees who are military veterans to fill out a survey about their employment. The agency is seeking a settlement in a lawsuit alleging …
Wed., Oct. 21, 2015, 8:22 p.m.
County wants to close damaged road on Mount Spokane
Deep in the forest on the north side of Mount Spokane is a rugged county road that has become a magnet for people who want to access state park and …
Thu., Oct. 15, 2015, 8:42 p.m.
Greenacres businessman faces sexual discrimination lawsuit from attorney general
The Washington Attorney General’s Office said Thursday it was pursuing a discrimination lawsuit against Monte Masingale, previous owner of Greenacre Motors and an area landlord. Masingale spent time in jail …