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Public Disclosure Commission fines Mielke over campaign email

The Washington Public Disclosure Commission on Thursday fined Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke $100 and put him on four-year probation after finding he improperly used county email to obtain information ahead of a candidate debate against John Roskelley in June 2012.

Environmental groups ask for review of Mount Spokane decision

OLYMPIA – Environmental groups are asking Thurston County Superior Court to overturn a state agency’s decision allowing the Mount Spokane ski area to expand into areas with old-growth forest. The Lands Council and the Spokane Audubon Society, joined by former Spokane County Commissioner John Roskelley and former Nature Conservancy land steward Fayette Krause, want a judge to review the decision of the Washington Parks and Recreation Commission. The commission found that the expansion area is suitable for the level of activity that expanded downhill skiing would generate.

New Roskelley guidebook reveals charms of Columbia River

Internationally recognized mountaineer John Roskelley of Spokane came down to sea level for his latest adventure, compiling 1,200 miles of sea kayaking on the mighty Columbia into a guidebook for boaters, especially those traveling by muscle power. “Paddling the Columbia: A guide to all 1,200 miles of our scenic and historical river,” (Mountaineers: $25) details 35 travel segments from the river’s source in British Columbia downstream to the Pacific Ocean.

Landers: Senior climbers help make history

Two Spokane Mountaineers have lofty senior status for their role in taking a couple of upstart climbers under their wings 50 years ago and launching them toward the top of the world.  Bill Fix, 88, and Joe Collins, 89, were among the club members who pioneered climbs throughout the region anywhere within striking distance. They would take epic three-day trips with barely enough time to return home Monday in time for work.

Roskelley to receive lifetime award

John Roskelley of Spokane, one of the world’s premier mountaineers in the 1960s, ’70s and ‘80s,  will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the  Piolet d’Or in Chamonix, France, in late March 2014. The honor is given by a jury of climbers and a French magazine to those “whose spirit inspired subsequent generations.”

Roskelley to receive lifetime award

John Roskelley of Spokane, one of the world’s premier mountaineers in the 1960s, ’70s and ‘80s, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Piolet d’Or in Chamonix, France, in late March 2014.

Republicans Mielke, O’Quinn lead commission races

Republicans are poised to retain control of the Spokane County Board of Commissioners as two races on Tuesday’s ballot were leaning toward the GOP candidates in initial returns. Republican Commissioner Todd Mielke was leading Democrat John Roskelley for the District 1 seat.

Roskelley seeks county seat

John Roskelley – international mountaineer, author and environmentalist – wants to return to the job he held for nearly a decade as Spokane County Commissioner. Roskelley, a Democrat, held the District 1 seat from 1995 to 2004.

Judge declares Roskelley can run

Former Spokane County Commissioner John Roskelley on Thursday beat back a challenge to his candidacy to reclaim his old office. Visiting Superior Court Judge Allen C. Nielson ruled that Roskelley, a Democrat, is qualified to run in the District 1 commissioner race against incumbent Republican Todd Mielke.

Roskelley will get his name on ballot

Spokane County Commission hopeful John Roskelley’s name will be on the ballot. A Republican-backed challenge of the Democrat’s voter registration was dismissed on Wednesday, clearing the way for Roskelley’s name to appear on the primary election ballot in the District 1 county commissioner race against Republican incumbent Todd Mielke.

Challenge against candidate Roskelley dismissed

A challenge of the legality of Democrat John Roskelley's voter registration was dismissed on Wednesday, opening the way for him to appear on the primary election ballot in a District 1 county commissioner race against Republican incumbent Todd Mielke.