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UPDATED: Wed., April 26, 2017, 7:56 a.m.

Spokane County voters overwhelmingly approve sales tax for 911 services

Spokane County residents voted to renew a one-tenth of 1 percent sales tax that’s used to fund upgrades to emergency communication technology used by firefighters and law enforcement.

Editorial: Vote yes for vital communications systems

First responders say the communication upgrade was clearly beneficial during recent wildfires and the big windstorm of 2015. Fire and police were able to maintain communications throughout the windstorm and …

GU researchers’ antenna eases wireless network traffic jam

Dropped calls, unsent texts and badly buffered cat videos are no fun. But there’s a more serious side to overburdened wireless networks. They can wreak havoc during crises.

Next-generation 911 will allow texting, with photos and videos to follow

You just snapped a picture of a car fleeing a collision with a bicyclist. Or maybe you’re watching a brush fire race up a hill toward some houses. With all …

Spokane County’s upgraded emergency radio system activated

Officials flipped the switch on a $47 million upgrade of Spokane County’s emergency communications system last weekend. For the first time, fire and law enforcement personnel will be able to …

Schools’ parental notification systems deliver info efficiently

When a 12-year-old boy went missing Friday in Coeur d’Alene, school officials turned to a new emergency notification system to alert parents by email and phone. About 12,000 households received …

911 upgrade would allow texts, photos

Emergency communications are about to join the Information Age in Spokane County – and get more expensive. Residents will pay 75 cents a month next year for 911 service, a …

Spokane County 911 tax to go up in January

Emergency communications are about to join the Information Age in Spokane County – and get more expensive.