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Spokane Everest veterans reflect on spate of recent deaths

Like any elite athlete, when Jim States was at the height of his climbing career, he practiced incessantly. That’s part of the reason why States, who now lives in Shelton, Washington, wasn’t surprised by the recent spate of deaths on the world’s highest peak.

Climbers mourn Roskelley’s death, raise money for his family

A downtown Spokane event to support local climbing routes turned into an evening of remembrances Sunday as attendees raised money to support the family of Spokane climber Jess Roskelley, who was killed in an avalanche near Banff, Alberta.

Spokane County Commissioners revise public meeting rules for ‘administrative’ topics

Spokane County Commissioners gave themselves the option this week to move public hearings they believe won’t be well-attended to afternoons. A revision to county laws approved unanimously by the three Republican commissioners allows input on some topics to occur at sessions held at 2 p.m., when commissioners approve measures considered “routine.” This includes signing off on payroll, accepting grants and buying equipment. Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn said the change promotes “leaner” government by trimming costs and encouraging efficiency.

Out & About: Annapurna a reality for Jess Roskelley

OUTCLIMB – Jess Roskelley of Spokane departed for Nepal this week with climbing partner Benjamin Erdmann and a film crew to attempt an ascent of the world’s 10th-highest peak. Roskelley, who climbed Mount Everest as a 20-year-old in 2003 with his father and internationally acclaimed mountaineer John Roskelley, has been specializing in difficult ascents and ice climbs in recent years.

Spokane County Commissioner fined $100 for past campaign violation

The Washington Public Disclosure Commission laid to rest a three-year-old election spat involving Todd Mielke on Thursday, fining the Spokane County commissioner $100 for authorizing a public employee to campaign. The case stems from a complaint made by Mielke’s Democratic opponent in the 2012 County Commissioner’s race, John Roskelley, following a debate in front of the Newman Lake Homeowner’s Association that summer. Both Mielke and Roskelley sought information from a county engineering employee to answer questions about the area’s complex tax levies.