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The Spokane Gun Club has filed preliminary permits with Spokane County to build a new location on the West Plains.
The Spokane Gun Club is one step closer to a new location after Spokane County Commissioners unanimously approved a zone change for the club’s proposed site.
The Spokane Gun Club has found a 450-acre site on the West Plains and is requesting Spokane County remove the land from its designation as a no-shooting area to build a new clubhouse, controlled shooting ranges as well as trap and skeet fields.
The Spokane Gun Club approved selling land to the Central Valley School District in a final vote Friday evening.
Facing a stark choice between a costly court battle and condemnation of its property, the Spokane Gun Club will hold a special meeting on Aug. 24 to again consider selling its land to the Central Valley School District.
A disagreement among Spokane Gun Club members over whether to sell land to the Central Valley School District for a new school site could put the sale agreement and the gun club’s future in jeopardy.
When the Central Valley School District Board approved purchase of more than 99 acres from the Spokane Gun Club last week for a third comprehensive high school, it left the club’s future – as well as plans for an interpretive center near Saltese Flats – up in the air.
Spokane sportsmen declared war on the so-called “enemies of game birds.” They planned to go gunning for magpies, crows, coyotes, hawks and owls, which they believed to prey on the kinds of birds they wanted to encourage: quail, partridge, “Hungarian pheasant,” and grouse.
For two days this week, the Spokane Gun Club became much more than that place in Greenacres with all the intrigue of firearms without full understanding.
A property tax dispute between the Spokane County Assessor’s Office and the Spokane Gun Club has been resolved without further legal action, the parties said.
The 123-year-old Spokane Gun Club received word Wednesday it would not have to pay $40,000 in back property taxes later this month, an amount that members said would have bankrupted the Spokane Valley shooting range. The Spokane County Board of Equalization unanimously shot down the club’s removal from a tax relief program by county assessors earlier this year. Those assessors said roughly 37 acres of the club’s property were not being used to produce an agricultural product, which has qualified the nonprofit organization for a tax deferral program for decades.
The Spokane Gun Club, in operation for more than 120 years, will not have to pay $40,000 in back taxes on property they've owned in Spokane Valley since the 1940s.
A brazenly calm flock of squawking Canada geese interrupted John Warning and Bill Brooks’ skeet shooting session Wednesday at the Spokane Gun Club in Greenacres. “They don’t understand this business,” Brooks, 86, said as his shooting partner Warning reloaded his shotgun and grinned at the flock.