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  • Getting There: Dishman Hills conservation holdings get name

    A series of properties open for public access in the Dishman Hills area has become a haven for hikers as well as a sanctuary for wildlife just miles from Spokane …


  • County approves revisions to law protecting shoreline

    Spokane County commissioners have approved a sweeping update of the county’s shoreline law after being forced by the state to add protections that were lacking. Shorelines in the unincorporated county …


  • Spokane County unemployment rate lowest since 2008

    Spokane County’s unemployment rate fell to 7.6 percent in October, the lowest since December 2008. A year ago, Spokane’s unemployment rate was 8.3 percent. It was 8 percent in September.


  • Humans, automation keep new recycling center humming along

    Given a chance to upgrade its curbside recycling systems, Spokane has decided that bigger is better. Homeowners and businesses are into their second month of the area’s largest single-stream recycling …


  • Todd Mielke, Shelly O’Quinn leading for Spokane County commission

    Republicans are poised to retain control of the Spokane County Board of Commissioners as two races on Tuesday’s ballot were leaning toward the GOP candidates in initial returns.


  • County prosecutors pass Douglass case to state

    Sheriff’s detectives investigating forgery and theft allegations against a Spokane-area developer recommend that charges be filed, but the Spokane County prosecutor wants the state attorney general’s office to handle the …


  • County approves guidelines for employees’ social media

    Spokane County commissioners on Tuesday approved a new policy regarding the use of social media by county employees. County officials said they are not attempting to crack down on employee …


  • Judge, county argue pay

    A Spokane County Superior Court judge believes she’s being treated unfairly by the county when it comes to cashing out unused vacation time, saying many of her colleagues were allowed …


  • Developer accused of fraud

    Spokane County commissioners paid $685,000 in an out-of-court settlement two years ago to a prominent local business family, but some members of that family are alleging in a lawsuit that …


  • Justice reform study starts as city, county look into combining services

    Spokane city and county leaders on Wednesday announced the latest step in a proposal to consolidate the region’s criminal justice system. Mayor David Condon and Spokane County Commissioners Todd Mielke …


  • Commissioners consider new slate of jail options

    Spokane County officials are reconsidering their 2010 choice to build a new jail at the Medical Lake interchange off Interstate 90. The selection of the Medical Lake site from among …


  • Avista says work will cause power outages

    Thousands of northern Spokane County Avista customers will experience power losses this week as maintenance is performed on equipment. The Bonneville Power Administration will be working on a substation serving …


  • Spokane County issues burn ban

    With dry conditions and temperatures soaring into the 90s, officials have issued a burn ban for Spokane County until further notice.


  • Valley seeks animal control bids

    The Spokane Valley City Council agreed Tuesday to issue a request for proposals for the city’s animal control service, which is currently carried out by the Spokane County Regional Animal …


  • County agrees to jail reforms

    Spokane County Commissioners and the city of Spokane appear to have reached a deal on keeping city inmates in the county jail system for now and working on reforms to …


  • Spokane licensing agent under investigation

    A vehicle licensing agent in Spokane is under criminal investigation for a series of irregularities in transactions with vehicle owners, Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton said today.


  • Waikiki, Five Mile roads will close for construction work for days

    Thousands of drivers are going to have to find a different way to get around northwest Spokane County this week. Waikiki Road at Five Mile Road is closing today through …


  • Judge declares Roskelley can run

    Former Spokane County Commissioner John Roskelley on Thursday beat back a challenge to his candidacy to reclaim his old office. Visiting Superior Court Judge Allen C. Nielson ruled that Roskelley, …


  • County taking multifaceted approach to reduce energy use

    Spokane County has turned up the heat on efforts to save energy across its multiple buildings and shops. Officials are combining grants and incentives to create building blocks for reducing …


  • Land near Fairchild readied for future

    Spokane County is launching an environmental assessment on 140 acres it owns near Fairchild Air Force Base in an effort to make the land attractive to employers who would bring …


  • Getting There: Busy North Side intersection getting roundabout

    The popular arterial route on the west side of Whitworth University is going to be closed to through traffic later this spring for major reconstruction, including installation of a roundabout. …


  • Editorial: County needs immediate solution to jail problem

    Spokane County and the city of Spokane are negotiating an end of sentence for the Geiger Corrections Center. Time served sounds about right. But a quick end will renew pressures …


  • Elected leaders work to solve Geiger closure

    Just days after announcing the expected closing of Geiger Corrections Center, city and county leaders issued a joint news release today vowing to work together to solve the expected impacts …


  • County answers animal shelter questions

    The Spokane Valley City Council spent the bulk of its time Tuesday going over responses from Spokane County to questions the city asked about a proposed regional animal shelter. The …


  • Half of county property tax bill due April 30

    Spokane County property owners are being reminded that half of their 2012 property tax bill is due at the county treasurer’s office by April 30. Payments made by mail must …


  • In brief: Open house set for shoreline plan

    SPOKANE VALLEY – Residents and business owners are invited to attend an open house Thursday on the update to the city’s Shoreline Master Program. The city is required by state …


  • Commission opts for smoking areas away from doors

    The Spokane County government campus is littered with violations of Washington’s smoking-in-public-places law, literally. Cigarette butts are strewn across sidewalks and courtyards.


  • Council assessing options at SCRAPS, SpokAnimal

    Regional animal control once again was a topic of discussion at Tuesday’s Spokane Valley City Council meeting – two council members advocated asking SpokAnimal if it was willing to take …


  • $400,000 OK’d to settle records case

    Spokane County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a $400,000 settlement in a 6-year-old case stemming from an open records request. The Neighborhood Alliance of Spokane County won on appeal before the …


  • Intersections risky place for charities to collect, officials say

    Spokane Valley City Attorney Cary Driskell recommended Tuesday that the city stop giving annual permits to charitable groups who collect donations at busy intersections because most of the groups are …

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