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Fair draws largest Spokane crowds in 15 years

The Spokane County Interstate Fair was a gate-busting success this year with ticket sales exceeding more than 200,000 for the first time in six years.


With new text reminders, Spokane County criminal justice officials hope to curtail rise in jail population

While county officials wrestle with how best to lower the jail population with the help of a $1.75 million grant, a new system that sends defendants text reminders for upcoming …


Commissioners to host public meetings on Spokane County budget

The Spokane County commissioners will host a series of community meetings to inform the public and gather input as they craft the county’s budget for 2019.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 10:24 p.m.

Rally draws activists, relatives of inmates who died in Spokane County Jail

“My cousin died three years ago in Spokane County Jail, and I wish that it had stopped with him,” said Monica Moore, whose cousin, Lorenzo Hayes, died in the jail …


Spokane County Jail deaths heighten staffing concerns; march planned to highlight problem

Community members are planning to march this evening from Salem Lutheran Church to the Spokane County Courthouse to draw attention to the deaths of inmates at the county jail.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 12:06 p.m.

Escalation in Spokane County home prices shows signs of slowing

The average price for homes with sales closing in August was $260,800 – nearly unchanged from $259,300 in July, and down from a peak of $268,830 in June, according to …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 8:11 p.m.

Youngest rodeoers at Spokane County Fair test their skills at mutton bustin’

As a crowd gathered in the stands around a small arena at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 6-year-old Simeon Weins stepped into a chute, hopped onto a sheep …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 8:26 a.m.

Spokane County clerks candidates differ on experience, goals for reform

Two candidates for county clerk, incumbent Tim Fitzgerald and challenger Michael Kirk, have similar goals to boost technology, but they differ on reform


Summer getaway or full-time residence, a house on the water in Spokane area remains relatively affordable, observers say

As waterfront homes in Seattle sell at a premium with prices starting at more than $1 million, some Spokane real estate agents say homes near the water in the Inland …


Spokane County approves upgrades for Liberty Lake Regional Park

Spokane County Commissioners approved a master plan for the Liberty Lake Regional Park that includes more than $12 million in campground upgrades.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 4 p.m.

Open Spokane County assessor seat draws two Republican candidates

Two Republican candidates are vying to become the newest Spokane County assessor following current assessor Vicki Horton’s retirement announcement earlier this year.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 18, 2018, 3:28 p.m.

Washington retail sales up 10 percent this year; Spokane Valley ranks second in sales growth

A bump in construction, as well as sales of equipment, lawn and garden supplies boosted Washington state’s retail sales to more than $37 billion this year – a 10 percent …


Democrats see fresh energy in Spokane County primary; French shrugs off second-place finish

Democrats fared well in Spokane County races Tuesday, but can that momentum last in the general election?


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 7, 2018, 9:39 p.m.

Johnson, Brandt advance in race for Spokane County District Court Judge

Patrick Johnson emerged as front-runner in the race for Spokane County District Court Judge, securing 39.5 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s primary election. Johnson was one of three challengers …


Sue Lani Madsen: The James Allsups of this world are not the Republican Party

There’s no question James Allsup is a white supremacist. His YouTube videos and writings are full of traditional white supremacist rhetoric that would have been found in underground newspapers a …


UPDATED: Tue., July 24, 2018, 5:54 p.m.

Spokane County jobless rate remains unchanged at 5 percent in June

Spokane County’s unemployment rate was 5 percent in June. About 2,100 more people were working in the county last month, compared to June 2017.


UPDATED: Fri., July 20, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

County pushes back against state move to expand commission

As Washington moves forward on a new law to expand Spokane County’s board of commissioners from three members to five, the county is pushing back, with a lawsuit planned to …


UPDATED: Sun., July 15, 2018, 10:25 p.m.

After land sale to Central Valley School District, Spokane Gun Club wonders about its future

When the Central Valley School District Board approved purchase of more than 99 acres from the Spokane Gun Club last week for a third comprehensive high school, it left the …


UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018, 11:30 p.m.

Drug overdoses fall in Spokane County

Drug overdoses fell in Spokane County in 2017, in yet another sign the trend of opioid-related deaths may be reversing in Washington.


Spokane County’s median home price continues rise in June

Spokane County’s median home prices rose to $246,250 in June, but the number of sales dropped off slightly.


Spokane County’s population passes 500,000 mark following strong job growth

Spokane County’s population has passed the half-million mark, with an estimated 507,950 people living here, according to new state figures.


Who pays for the region’s parks, playgrounds and natural areas?

Rambling across the thousands of acres of pristine nature or tumbling over playground equipment in Spokane-area parks, you might wonder, “Who’s paying for all this?”


UPDATED: Sun., June 24, 2018, 10:12 p.m.

After 45 years, Spokane County’s chief civil prosecutor, Jim Emacio, is stepping down

During Jim Emacio’s career as Spokane County’s chief civil prosecuting attorney, he’s provided legal advice to more than 23 commissioners, defended the county in several court cases, helped establish the …


Free summer meal programs serve Spokane area youths

Area schools and other organizations are offering free summer meals for youths in Spokane, Spokane Valley and Spokane County.


Free swimming will require SplashPass in Spokane, other pools offer free days

Entry to Spokane’s six publicly owned pools will be free for everyone this summer, but will require registration and acceptance of pool rules. The Spokane Parks Foundation has partnered with …


UPDATED: Sun., June 10, 2018, 7:40 p.m.

Thousands lose power in Stevens and Spokane counties Sunday

Thousands were without power in northern Spokane County and the southern tip of Stevens County as the region experienced rolling thunderstorms and heavy wind.


County reimbursed for Sisters of Holy Names acquisition

Spokane County was awarded more than $2 million in grant money to reimburse the purchase of 31 acres along the Spokane River.


UPDATED: Tue., June 5, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

Spokane Valley officials evaluate conflict of interest involving hearing examiner, developer

Spokane Valley is weighing termination of a long-standing contract with Spokane County to avoid a conflict of interest between its hearing examiner and a developer.


Benefits “flip-flopping” by the VA may earn former deputy new fraud trial

A former Spokane County sheriff’s deputy may get a new trial after one of the federal agencies he was convicted of defrauding somehow didn’t keep up on current events and …


McMorris Rodgers tells local officials House-passed prison reform bill ‘a step’ to address overcrowding

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers told a roundtable of local officials Wednesday that a federal prison reform bill passed by Congress last week was “an idea whose time has come.”