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  • County cuts preservation office funds

    The Spokane historic preservation office will get only $5,000 from Spokane County in the $136.6 million 2012 budget county commissioners adopted Wednesday. The county has given $20,000 a year to …


  • Sewage plant set to open this week

    Spokane County officials expect to get a state permit today to operate their new sewage treatment plant – and to celebrate on Thursday. There may be some crossed fingers when …


  • Bridge, sewer work wrapped up

    Spokane Valley residents are breathing a sigh of relief that sewer construction has ended for the season and the Appleway Bridge is complete after being closed for 18 months, but …


  • County to decide on property tax hike

    County commissioners considered a tax increase Tuesday and adopted an interim zoning ordinance they hope will lure a Boeing manufacturing plant. The zoning ordinance would raise the height limit in …


  • Heating assistance at risk in federal bill

    On a snowy day when temperatures were expected to dip into the teens, Spokane residents learned the state may lose millions in federal funding for heating assistance to southern states …


  • Creach family files civil rights lawsuit

    The family of a Spokane Valley pastor killed last year by a sheriff’s deputy has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit. The lawsuit filed Friday by the family of Pastor …


  • County updates its online services

    A new “gateway to government services” promises to eliminate something people hate about Spokane County offices: going to one department only to find out they should have gone somewhere else. …


  • Deal keeps rural Internet alive

    Commissioners in two counties met in joint session this week to prevent a lengthy Internet service interruption for customers of two Spokane-area companies. Medical Lake-based EcliptixNet Broadband and Spokane-based Pass …


  • Train crossing options examined

    Spokane Valley interim Deputy City Manager Roger Crum presented the Spokane Valley City Council with a comprehensive look at the possibility of using quiet zones or wayside horns to eliminate …


  • Landmarks: Schoolhouse still occupies original county site

    Once it was just one of 18 one-room schoolhouses serving the rural population in a small region of northwest Spokane County, but today the Central School District No. 49 schoolhouse …


  • County agrees to $687,000 settlement

    Another allegedly faulty land-use decision by Spokane County officials resulted in a $687,000 settlement this week. The payout is for property near the intersection of U.S. Highway 2 and Day-Mt. …


  • Contract requires county silence on proposed Spokane Tribe casino

    County commissioners couldn’t say a word this week when business leaders appealed for help in defending Fairchild Air Force Base. They were gagged by an agreement to remain silent in …


  • County unveils Urban Growth Plan options

    Spokane County is reviewing the Urban Growth Area boundaries and Spokane Valley residents got a chance to take a look at the various proposals under consideration during a sparsely attended …


  • County’s SkidCar program teaches icy-road techniques

    Spokane County’s Risk Management Department brings December to the Deer Park Airport all summer long. That’s where the department uses a spider-like “SkidCar” on an unused runway to teach employees …


  • Fairchild tracks removal to cost county more

    Spokane County’s duty to remove railroad tracks from Fairchild Air Force Base will cost almost $252,000 more than expected.


  • Spokane Valley critical of Spokane’s stand on regional animal shelter

    The city of Spokane Valley is not interested in subsidizing the city of Spokane in a regional animal shelter, the City Council said Tuesday. The council agreed to send a …


  • Sewer rates should stand pat

    A new report on Spokane County sewer charges may give ratepayers a sigh of relief. A consultant’s study shows no increase in adopted rates is necessary and small reductions are …


  • Idea back for port district

    Spokane-based Greater Spokane Incorporated is launching a preliminary study to determine whether area voters would support a port district. Mentioned during the recent GSI annual meeting, the idea of a …


  • Price cuts draw extra pool revenue

    Reduced prices and special offers paid off for Spokane County aquatic centers this summer. Parks Director Doug Chase and recreation manager Angela Simmons told county commissioners Tuesday that the new …


  • County commissions, boards have openings

    Spokane County has 11 openings for volunteers on boards and commissions that range from solid waste to historic landmarks. Some are for people from certain areas or backgrounds; others are …


  • Area’s past causing current sewer delays

    Residents in the Green Haven neighborhood between Flora and Barker roads north of Appleway can blame the Great Spokane Flood at the end of the last Ice Age for the …


  • County edits shelter proposal

    A proposal to build a new regional animal shelter will be a ballot “measure,” not a “proposition,” in the Nov. 8 general election. Spokane County commissioners approved a new designation …


  • Big Rock purchase allows for parking

    County commissioners enthusiastically agreed Tuesday to buy Big Rock and build a parking lot. The deal to acquire the popular rock-climbing and hiking area and make it publicly accessible reflected …


  • Ben Burr Road at issue again

    On Sept. 13, Spokane County commissioners will reprise a 2007 public hearing on closing a section of Ben Burr Road to accommodate development. The proposal by Dave Black Properties faced …


  • County, Valley look at Spokane-less deals

    Spokane County and Spokane Valley officials wondered Wednesday what their kennel would look like with only two big dogs. They agreed it’s time to start planning a solid-waste system that …


  • Cuts in projects lead to layoffs

    The Spokane County Engineering and Roads Department laid off 13 engineering technicians Tuesday for lack of work. Perhaps three more professional staff layoffs were pending, subject to discussions with union …


  • Waste disposal costs to rise

    Revisions in the contract for operating Spokane’s garbage incinerator would contribute to a proposed 10.2 percent increase in countywide garbage disposal costs. County commissioners directed their staff Wednesday to take …


  • Bicycle helmet support resounding

    Support for a bicycle helmet law in unincorporated Spokane County was overwhelming at a public hearing Tuesday evening. Several of some two dozen people who addressed county commissioners offered personal …


  • Comcast paying more city and county taxes, fees

    Despite a national trend of TV watchers leaving cable companies for other options, Spokane’s Comcast Corp. franchise is paying more taxes and fees to Spokane County and the city of …


  • Spokane County may require helmets

    Spokane County commissioners will take testimony Tuesday on a proposal to require helmet use on just about anything that has wheels and isn’t a car. The proposed ordinance would apply …

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