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Deputies were prepared for the worst as they stood by in a Spokane County courtroom earlier this month during routine hearings for mostly low-level felonies. Their focus was on one of the more benign cases – possession and distribution of marijuana.
For much of the spring, the driving range at Indian Canyon Golf Course was more suitable for paddling a canoe than practicing for a round of golf. The range was covered in water – 3 feet deep or more in places. The standing water is mostly gone now, but there’s still some mud and a nasty odor when it rains, golf officials say.
County commissioners are tapping the brakes to avoid colliding with constituents who want to ride their motorcycles and bicycles without interference. Without once using the phrase “back-pedaling,” commissioners managed Tuesday to increase the distance between themselves and controversial legislation they requested.
Former Mayor Dennis Hession shook up Spokane politics today by announcing his entry in the race for City Council president. He joins City Councilman Steve Corker and Ben Stuckart, the executive director of Communities in Schools in the race to lead the city’s legislative branch.
Spokane voters gained two more choices for mayor on Wednesday, and one of them already tops the list for fundraising. David Condon, former district director for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and former debt collector Robert Kroboth filed to run in the Aug. 16 primary for mayor. They join incumbent Mary Verner; Mike Noder, who co-owns a local demolition business; and perennial political candidate Barbara Lampert.
Spokane County commissioners gave Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich $128,223 from reserves Tuesday – about one-third of the amount he requested for equipment and software. Knezovich requested $372,631 last week, but commissioners balked. This week, he pared the total to $257,121, but commissioners lopped off a couple of items they didn’t consider essential for officer safety.
A permit that was to have been issued last week for Spokane County’s new $173 million sewage treatment plant is on hold. State and federal environmental regulators are to meet Wednesday with Spokane Tribe officials to discuss tribal concerns.
Spokane mayoral hopeful David Condon has made government salaries an early issue of his campaign, targeting specifically city employees earning more than $100,000 a year. But until taking a leave of absence to run for mayor, Condon himself earned nearly $127,000 annually as a Spokane-based federal employee serving as district director for Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Additionally, he has yet to decide whether he would follow incumbent Mary Verner’s lead in capping the mayor’s annual salary to about $100,000 or take the more than $170,000 a year allocated for the job.