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  • City-owned warehouse seen as ideal for regional animal shelter

    A regional task force believes it has found the perfect site for a new animal-control shelter if not a way to pay for it. Numerous questions remain unanswered, but Spokane …


  • McCaslin blasts Shea as possible successor for state Senate seat

    Longtime state Sen. Bob McCaslin, who resigned last month, doesn’t think state Rep. Matt Shea should replace him. “I wish to state that under no circumstances would I support Matthew …


  • Canine appeal dominates commissioner’s first meeting

    New Spokane County Commissioner Al French was tested in doggy court Tuesday during his debut meeting. He cut to the chase in an appeal on behalf of Chaos and Henry, …


  • Waste system reorganization sought

    City and county leaders tried this week to buy some time for reorganizing the Spokane Regional Solid Waste System. A committee of member governments voted 5-1 for a stopgap measure …


  • Commissioners maintain conservation priorities

    Last-minute pleas to preserve land on Beacon Hill failed to persuade county commissioners to shuffle a priority list for Conservation Futures property acquisitions. Eight people urged the commissioners to give …


  • County budget to tap reserve

    Next year’s Spokane County budget will dig deeper into county reserves, not taxpayers’ wallets. County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday not to impose legally permitted 1 percent increases in property tax …


  • City using contractors to help clear the streets

    Spokane’s decision to call in private grader operators to help clear roads adds an extra financial burden in an already cash-strapped year. But officials say the need to maintain passable …


  • County considers using reserves to save public safety jobs

    Spokane County commissioners may dip into reserves to save jobs and offset some of the most painful cuts in their 2011 general fund budget. Commissioners Mark Richard and Bonnie Mager …


  • New assessor to replace chief deputy with appraiser

    Vicki Horton says she’ll reorganize the Spokane County Assessor’s Office when she takes charge in January, but only Chief Deputy Assessor Kevin Best will be dismissed. Best was recruited by …


  • County raises fees, extends jail contract

    A public relations contract to promote a Spokane County jail construction bond measure will be extended four months at a cost of $46,156. In other action Tuesday, county commissioners voted …


  • Per-hour formula proposed for building-permit charges

    An overhaul of building-permit fees in unincorporated Spokane County could reduce costs for big projects and make small ones more expensive. County commissioners will take testimony Nov. 30 on a …


  • County considers new formula for building permit fees

    An overhaul of building permit fees in unincorporated Spokane County could reduce costs for big projects and make small ones more expensive. County commissioners will take testimony Nov. 30 on …


  • Animal shelter plans advance

    Plans for a new regional animal-control shelter took a step forward this week when public officials warmed to a site near the county fairgrounds. County Commissioner Todd Mielke said city …


  • Sewer prospects dim for Belle Terre development

    Spokane County may drop plans to extend sewer service next year to the Belle Terre area in the unincorporated Spokane Valley. Utilities Director Bruce Rawls told county commissioners Tuesday that …


  • County commission objects to shoreline rules

    A state rewrite of Spokane County’s shoreline regulations is a “prime example” of state agencies “out of control,” Commissioner Mark Richard said Tuesday. With Washington’s budget on life support, the …


  • Mager, French debate raceway, waste

    The “only candidate who has created jobs” will face the “only fiscal conservative” in a prerecorded county commission debate tonight at 7 on KSPS-TV. Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager will …


  • Medical Lake site chosen for jail in 2-1 vote

    Spokane County commissioners accepted no public testimony but aired their own views on a new jail for an hour and a half Tuesday. They then voted 2-1 to confirm a …


  • Clark: Idling minds run a bit rich on track tribute

    Thanks to some of my diabolical readers, the raceway monument to our con-men commissioners is right on track. If you recall, I sounded the alarm last week for assistance in …


  • Spokane County approves land, sewer deal

    County commissioners unanimously approved an agreement Tuesday to trade 70 acres of undeveloped Spokane County Raceway land for Airway Heights sewer and water connections.


  • Clark: Let’s commission a monument to runaway spending

    How about that Spokane County Raceway, huh? Ho, hum. Another day. Another $850,000 blown out the ol’ exhaust pipe.


  • County settles raceway suits, resolving contractors’ claims

    The Spokane County Raceway will cost taxpayers $850,000 more under a lawsuit settlement county commissioners approved Tuesday. Commissioners Mark Richard and Bonnie Mager, who don’t agree on much about the …


  • Assessor’s budget includes cost of aerial photography of buildings

    Spokane County commissioners can only hope that Assessor Ralph Baker is a trendsetter in budget discussions as well as technology. “I’m OK,” Baker told commissioners Wednesday as they began a …


  • City, Valley might back vehicle tax, Mielke says

    Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke said Tuesday that Spokane and Spokane Valley city officials have indicated they may seek a countywide vehicle tax. A countywide “transportation benefit district” requires the …


  • County plans extension of sewer line to boost development

    Spokane County is poised to extend a sewer line to a 415-acre property where commissioners hope development will boost their tax base. “This is one of the last areas where …


  • 911 upgrade would allow texts, photos

    Emergency communications are about to join the Information Age in Spokane County – and get more expensive. Residents will pay 75 cents a month next year for 911 service, a …


  • Spokane County 911 tax to go up in January

    Emergency communications are about to join the Information Age in Spokane County – and get more expensive.


  • Transportation needs get collaborative look

    Local government officials in Spokane County say the region needs about $20 million a year in additional funding to keep up with road and highway needs. They are proposing the …


  • Spokane Valley City Council discusses vehicle taxes

    The merits of forming a regional Transportation Benefit District to raise revenue for road construction received nearly an hour of discussion at Tuesday’s Spokane Valley City Council meeting, but the …


  • County won’t oppose casino plan in Airway Heights

    A second tribal casino in Airway Heights would pay out for Spokane County under a deal county commissioners approved Tuesday on a split vote. With Commissioner Todd Mielke dissenting, the …


  • Commissioners finalize raceway funds

    Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager dissented again Tuesday during final action on a $588,500 racetrack expenditure. Commissioners Todd Mielke and Mark Richard said the money was needed for safety improvements …

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