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Spokane County may turn to animated ‘how-to’ videos for navigating the criminal justice system

On Tuesday Spokane County Commissioners will vote on whether to spend $12,000 on a series of animated “walk through” criminal justice system videos for families, victims and people facing charges.

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

Al French selected to chair county commission for fourth time

Al French was elected as the chair of the board of county commissioners for the fourth time Tuesday, becoming the face of the county’s governing body for 2020.

Spokane County Commissioners to take action on lawsuit aiming to block expansion of board

Spokane County commissioners will vote on whether to approve a lawsuit to block expansion of the board from three to five members – which would be filed on behalf of …

House gives final OK to bill increasing Spokane County Commission to five seats

Spokane County five-commissioner bill sent to Gov. Jay Inslee.

Editorial: Kuney is best choice as commissioner

We hope Kuney still has the support of French, because it would appear as if Commissioner Kerns is in Chase’s corner. A Kerns-Chase power bloc on the commission is worrisome.

UPDATED: Sat., March 4, 2017

Spokane port district bill passes Washington House

Bill to make it easier for Spokane to vote on a countywide port district passes House.

Spokane would elect five county commissioners under bill

Spokane County would have five county commissioners under a new bill in the Legislature.

Spokane County considers 354-unity complex at Wandermere

While Spokane County commissioners weigh arguments over a proposed 354-unit apartment complex at Wandermere on the North Side, they’re also looking over three other proposed land-use changes that are being …

Mielke touts county’s proactive approach in address

Spokane County government is reinventing itself in the same way the county’s signature courthouse has modernized, Commissioner Todd Mielke said in his State of the County address Friday morning. “We’ve …

County government invests in change

Spokane County government is reinventing itself in the same way the county’s signature courthouse has modernized, Commissioner Todd Mielke said in his state of the county address Friday morning.

Noise drives Dover petition

In the past couple of years, din and garbage have become a nuisance for residents near Badger Lake, south of the Turnbull Wildlife Refuge. Neighbors have called Spokane County Sheriff’s …

County CEO announces retirement, Mielke a possible candidate for job

Spokane County CEO Marshall Farnell plans to retire this year after more than 40 years working in county government. County Commission Todd Mielke is a possible candidate to replace him.

Spokane County must refund taxes to broadband provider

Spokane County has been ordered to repay a government-based broadband provider for property taxes that should never have been collected. County commissioners on Tuesday voted to borrow $50,000 from the …

Spokane County Raceway operator finished with oval

Spokane County Raceway operator Craig Smith says he’s had it with trying to operate the facility’s oval track. The track is a money pit: Previous owners have bled hundreds of …

Spokane County proposes $45 million park levy

Spokane County officials want to team up with other local agencies to seek $45 million in park and sports facility improvements through a ballot measure next year. About half of …

$400,000 OK’d to settle records case

Spokane County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a $400,000 settlement in a 6-year-old case stemming from an open records request. The Neighborhood Alliance of Spokane County won on appeal before the …

County dusts off master plan to begin courthouse reorganization

People trying to iron out child custody problems bump into each other in the main-floor corridor of the Spokane County Courthouse almost on a daily basis while everyone else who …

County districts nearly equal in population after latest adjustment

Starting this month, when residents of nine Spokane County precincts call their commissioner, they can call him Al. Not Todd or Mark.

County stands by deputies in lawsuit

Spokane County will stand behind two sheriff’s deputies who broke a Spokane Valley man’s rib and punctured his lung when they were dispatched to help him in September 2009. County …

Sewage plant set to open this week

Spokane County officials expect to get a state permit today to operate their new sewage treatment plant – and to celebrate on Thursday. There may be some crossed fingers when …

County to decide on property tax hike

County commissioners considered a tax increase Tuesday and adopted an interim zoning ordinance they hope will lure a Boeing manufacturing plant. The zoning ordinance would raise the height limit in …

Deal keeps rural Internet alive

Commissioners in two counties met in joint session this week to prevent a lengthy Internet service interruption for customers of two Spokane-area companies. Medical Lake-based EcliptixNet Broadband and Spokane-based Pass …

Sewer rates should stand pat

A new report on Spokane County sewer charges may give ratepayers a sigh of relief. A consultant’s study shows no increase in adopted rates is necessary and small reductions are …

Price cuts draw extra pool revenue

Reduced prices and special offers paid off for Spokane County aquatic centers this summer. Parks Director Doug Chase and recreation manager Angela Simmons told county commissioners Tuesday that the new …

Panel rates lawyers seeking judgeship

A bar association committee says five lawyers who want to replace Spokane District Court Judge Richard White are exceptionally qualified. Four of 18 applicants seeking the appointment by county commissioners …

Big Rock purchase allows for parking

County commissioners enthusiastically agreed Tuesday to buy Big Rock and build a parking lot. The deal to acquire the popular rock-climbing and hiking area and make it publicly accessible reflected …

County edits shelter proposal

A proposal to build a new regional animal shelter will be a ballot “measure,” not a “proposition,” in the Nov. 8 general election. Spokane County commissioners approved a new designation …

Ben Burr Road at issue again

On Sept. 13, Spokane County commissioners will reprise a 2007 public hearing on closing a section of Ben Burr Road to accommodate development. The proposal by Dave Black Properties faced …

Waste disposal costs to rise

Revisions in the contract for operating Spokane’s garbage incinerator would contribute to a proposed 10.2 percent increase in countywide garbage disposal costs. County commissioners directed their staff Wednesday to take …

Bicycle helmet support resounding

Support for a bicycle helmet law in unincorporated Spokane County was overwhelming at a public hearing Tuesday evening. Several of some two dozen people who addressed county commissioners offered personal …