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  • Brush fire west of Spokane quickly contained

    A fire that sent columns of smoke billowing into the air west of Spokane on Tuesday afternoon burned one outbuilding but was quickly brought under control by firefighters. Residents along …


  • Spokane Tribe casino opponents take case to state

    Opponents of a proposed Spokane Tribe project that includes a new casino on the West Plains started new attacks Tuesday to persuade Gov. Jay Inslee to block the plan, claiming …


  • Keystone Automotive to open warehouse on West Plains

    A multinational corporation that specializes in aftermarket and specialty auto parts will open a distribution center on the West Plains. Keystone Automotive Corp., a subsidiary of LKQ Corp., will build …


  • Co-ops plan rail loading facility for grain on West Plains

    Five grain cooperatives in Central and Eastern Washington will build a major rail loading facility on the West Plains to ship wheat on BNSF Railway lines. The $26.4 million project …


  • State pitches Spokane as site for Boeing 777X work

    OLYMPIA – State to Boeing: How about building your new plane in Spokane? Low labor costs and short commute times mean the aerospace giant should consider building its newest jetliner …


  • West Plains pitched for Boeing factory

    OLYMPIA —Low labor costs and short commute times mean Boeing should consider building its newest jetliner on the West Plains if it decides against a Puget Sound location, the state …


  • Foal seized in 63-horse raid dies

    One of the horses seized from a West Plains ranch earlier this month has died.


  • ASPCA to help care for horses seized from West Plains ranch

    The disaster response director for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will arrive in Spokane today to help care for 63 horses seized from a West …


  • West Plains transportation workshop seeks community input

    Transportation improvements on Spokane’s West Plains will be the subject of a community workshop Thursday evening. Planners want to hear about what kinds of projects are needed, including improvements for …


  • Requests granted; casino decision pushed back to May

    A federal decision on the proposed tribal casino on the West Plains will be delayed until at least May 1. The U.S. Department of Interior has granted several requests for …


  • Spokane Tribe won’t oppose requested delay on casino

    U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers seems “misinformed” in her recent request to delay a government recommendation on the proposed Spokane tribal casino on the West Plains, the tribal chairman told …


  • McMorris Rodgers seeks delay on proposed casino

    The federal government should delay its decision on a proposed tribal casino on the West Plains an extra 45 days to allow Spokane County to voice its objections, U.S. Rep. …


  • Efforts launched to keep Boeing in Washington

    The competition to build Boeing’s next airplane and keep nearly 80,000 jobs in the state is Washington’s contest to lose, Gov. Chris Gregoire and her economic advisers said Wednesday. An …


  • 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 …


  • Caterpillar to open big distribution center on West Plains

    A division of Caterpillar Inc. will open a new parts distribution center on the West Plains that will employ 100 to 150, the company announced this morning.


  • Recycling plan proposed for West Plains

    Sunshine Disposal wants to introduce curbside recycling service in a large portion of its West Plains territory. Spokane County commissioners were briefed this week on the proposal, which calls for …


  • Council approves airway zones

    Spokane city leaders got a mixed message this week from landowners opposing stricter development rules near the Spokane International Airport. On one hand, developers argued for more freedom to build …


  • City plans land-use changes for West Plains

    Spokane officials are crafting new land-use rules for the West Plains in hopes of protecting the future of Spokane International Airport. On Jan. 1, Spokane will annex 10 square miles …


  • Caldwell: Roof-raising, smart bets could be boon to West Plains

    There’s nothing plain, or even new, about the economic potential of the West Plains. Fairchild Air Force Base and Spokane International Airport have been mainstays for decades, their value constantly …


  • Editorial: Overpaying fire districts doesn’t serve taxpayers

    When a significant West Plains annexation agreement was reached a year and a half ago, Spokane Mayor Mary Verner hailed it as a sign of improved intergovernmental cooperation. Indeed, the …


  • Mobile home will help fire department serve West Plains

    Spokane’s first fire station on the West Plains won’t be the usual classy brick structure typical of the city’s other 14 stations. It will be a double-wide mobile home.


  • Getting There: Transportation open houses this week

    A yearlong effort to build a cohesive plan for transportation in the Spokane region is nearing completion, and the public is going to get another chance to comment. Two open …


  • City contemplates pink slips for 120

    More than 120 city employees could face pink slips at the end of the year unless city unions agree to concessions or the City Council increases taxes, officials warned Tuesday. …


  • Avista: Power restored on West Plains

    Power has been restored to about 4,800 customers on the West Plains, according to Avista’s website. The outage was reported at 4:15 p.m. today. The cause has not yet been …


  • Yake, 90, helped reshape Spokane

    The retired Spokane administrator who led the city’s engineering effort that transformed the industrialized, decaying core surrounding the Spokane Falls into a park that became the region’s central gathering spot …


  • VA presents $8 million grant to cemetery

    The federal Veterans Affairs State Cemetery Grants Program recently presented the state of Washington with a check for $8,794,766 to build the Eastern Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake. …


  • VA presents $8 million grant to Medical Lake cemetery

    The federal Veterans Affairs State Cemetery Grants Program presented the state of Washington with a check for $8,794,766 last week to build the Eastern Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical …


  • Officials present Cheney city projects

    For anyone wondering what the city of Cheney has been working on lately, Mayor Allan Gainer has been holding town hall meetings. Gainer said he has been very proud of …


  • Spring Shootout deadline Friday

    Perennial April showers won’t affect the 2009 Eastern Washington University Spring Shootout. Tournament director Mike Campitelli warned, however, that if teams want to play in one of the largest three-on-three …


  • Construction to start on water-reuse plant

    Airway Heights will put the shovel in the ground for a long-planned $42 million water reclamation plant in early April in a bid to reuse wastewater, recharge the community’s aquifer, …

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