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Four County Officials In Line For Salary Hikes

Four Spokane County administrators are in line for pay raises today after taking on new duties in the wake of a management shakeup. County commissioners also are expected to beef …


County’s Spending To Fall A Bit But Skyrocketing Land Values Likely To Counteract Any Tax Cuts

While land and home values here climb, county spending appears poised to take a tiny tumble. A new preliminary Kootenai County budget shows several county departments are seeking thousands of …


Microsoft Complains About Harassment

Microsoft Corp., mounting a bare-knuckles counterattack, asked a federal judge to block the Justice Department’s demand for more information about the company’s plan to package software for a new on-line …


Apartments Can Impose Rigid Rules Hud Changes Mind, Says West First Apartment House Owners Can Require Searches, Urine Tests

The federal government is softening its stance against Spokane apartment house owners who want to invoke strict discipline in the freewheeling West First area. A top official with the U.S. …


Military Should Be On Chopping Block

Few Americans will escape the pain of upcoming cuts in federal spending. Medicare benefits will shrink. So will farm subsidies, crucial to this region’s economy. Ditto for long-standing popular aid …


Haiti Trips On Road To Democracy ‘Total Confusion’ Reigns During Historic Vote

Voters crowd to get a glimpse inside a polling place in Gonaives, north of Port-au-Prince. Photo by Associated Press


Gorton Wants Funds For N-Dump In Nevada Senator Tries To Stop Proposals For Storing Waste At Hanford

Congress should give the Energy Department the money it needs to build temporary tanks at Yucca Mountain, Nev., to store spent nuclear fuel until a permanent facility planned there is …


Planners Seek Lower Speed Limit Speeds Would Drop From 30 To 25 Mph On Many Roads

Spokane transportation planners want to cut the speed limit on more than 50 residential streets because of increased traffic in the neighborhoods. The plan, which goes before the City Council …


Hazel O’Leary Travels In High Style Gets First-Class Seats, Top Hotels

U.S. Energy Secretary Hazel O’Leary defends her department against budget-cutting proposals by portraying herself as a master economizer in government - reducing her work force, boosting efficiency and saving money. …


Road Ranking Helps Steer Repairs State Tries To Sink Money Into Stretches With Worst Rating

North Idaho drivers may have their own choices for worst roads in the state. But state transportation officials contend the roughest road in North Idaho is a stretch of state …


Spalding Auto Parts Seeks Approval To Expand Storage Area

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Major Quits As Conservative Chief British Prime Minister Tells Critics To Put Up Or Shut Up

Prime Minister Major grabbed the attention of British newspapers Thursday. Photo by Associated Press


Freeholders’ Charter Plan Comes Up Blank

Spokane County freeholders have a vision for a new combined government. But we can’t see it just yet. Copies of the proposed city-county charter rolled off the presses and into …


Compost Plant Gets Ultimatum Stop Stinking Up Neighborhood Or Get Out, Council Tells Company

The company that manages Spokane’s regional compost plant got its second ultimatum in less than a year from the City Council: Get rid of the stink plaguing neighbors within 30 …


Fcc Will Increase Cap On 800 Numbers

The Federal Communications Commission is expected to alter as early as today its cap on how many 800 numbers phone companies can sell. Facing a rapid depletion in the number …


Citizens Group Cancels Retreat To Protest Fee For Council Chambers

Furious at being denied free use of City Hall’s council chambers, a group of Spokane residents Friday canceled plans for a weekend citizens’ retreat. “The council chamber belongs to the …


Eavesdropping Leads To Official’s Departure

Spain’s top intelligence official resigned following revelations that his agency eavesdropped on telephone conversations of dozens of public and political figures, including King Juan Carlos, the government said Thursday. Deputy …


Environmentalist Joining Growth Board

A former educator and self-proclaimed environmentalist has been appointed to represent north Spokane on a regional growth-management board. Bart Haggin, 58, a retired Rogers High School English teacher and coach, …


City Code Enforcement Officers Target View-Obstructing Signs

Unsafe signs, those on public walkways and signs that obstruct the views of motorists are becoming the target of city code enforcement officers. For the first time, the code officers …


Panel To Buy Small Parcel For Park

A small parcel of land near Felts Field might become the city’s newest - and one of its smallest - parks. The city Park Board agreed to purchase the 1,000 …


Ag Says Takeover Will Save Money

Idaho’s attorney general wants to take money paid by employers for workers’ compensation insurance and use it to fund his office, a Sandpoint lawyer charges. Attorney Joseph Jarzabek has gone …


Spokane Man Honored For Work To Provide Affordable Housing

Andy Reid, director of the Spokane Low-Income Housing Consortium, has received a state award for providing “hope to many families in need.” The “Friend of Housing Award,” announced on Wednesday, …


‘Big Money’ Game Popular State Shows Off New Programs At Information Network Kiosk

They could have been cruising the computer kiosk for auto insurance rates and checking out the state’s basic health plan, but most people were interested in cold, hard receipts for …


$41,000 Fine Recommended Against Fire Department State Agency Says Seattle Officials Kept Safety Officer From Doing Job

The Seattle Fire Department hamstrung its safety officer and should be fined $41,000 for violations related to the death of four firefighters in a burning warehouse, a state agency said …


Parkwater Area Wins Exception From City To Build ‘Pocket Park’

A small parcel of land near Felts Field might become the city’s newest - and one of its smallest - parks. The city Park Board agreed to purchase the 1,000 …


Anderson Decries ‘Tainted Process’

Leveling conflict-of-interest charges against Mayor Jack Geraghty, Spokane city Councilman Chris Anderson refused to vote on a downtown redevelopment project because of what he calls a “tainted process.” Late Monday, …


Hispanic Affairs Director Selected

Washington Gov. Mike Lowry on Tuesday appointed an Oregon official, Roberto Reyes-Colon, as director of the state Commission on Hispanic Affairs. Reyes-Colon, a native of Puerto Rico, has been program …


Decision Called City Center’s Salvation Detractors See Financial Risk In Pursuit Of $23.8 Million Loan

Supporters hail it as a way to save downtown Spokane. Detractors call it a financial risk for taxpayers. The City Council’s decision Monday to go after a $23.8 million federal …


Ex-Cda Mayor Added To Transportation Panel Batt Says Larger Board Will Provide More Thorough Evaluation Of Idaho’s Highway Needs

Former Coeur d’Alene Mayor John McHugh was one of four people appointed Tuesday by Gov. Phil Batt to the expanded state Transportation Board. Chuck Winder, one of Batt’s three opponents …


‘Sexual Minority’ Plan’s Changes Lauded By Anti-Gay Rights Groups

The Lowry administration has toned down a “sexual minority” plan for state agency workers and clients, agreeing to drop all references to minority status or affirmative action for gays and …