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Plan To Cut Doe Budget Gains Additional Support

A Republican plan to cut $742 million from the Department of Energy’s cleanup budget picked up additional support Tuesday, this time from a key House appropriations subcommittee. The House energy …


Clinton Offers Budget Plan Gop Appears More Responsive Than Democrats To President’s Balanced Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON President Clinton, stung by Republican criticism and scrambling to carve out a role in Congress’ budget deliberations, unveiled a spending plan Tuesday night that embraces the Republican goal of …


State Extends Contract With Mount Spokane Ski Corp.

Washington State’s Parks Commission has extended Mount Spokane Ski Corp.’s contract to run the ski hill until a new concession agreement can be reached. The 20-year concession was set to …


House Approves Reviving The B-2 Stealth Bomber

The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to revive the B-2 Stealth bomber with a new order for 20 more of the planes despite objections from the Clinton administration and the …


Actions Add Up To Favoritism

A judge’s decision on a Cougar Bay subdivision last week should warn Kootenai County commissioners to quit playing fast and loose on planning issues. District Judge Craig Kosonen ruled that …


Lunch Programs Compared

A look at how Republican-sponsored legislation passed by the House would change the national school lunch program: How program works now: All children at public and non-profit private schools are …


Assessor Given ‘B,’ Suggestions Accountant’s Study, Done Gratis, Primarily Criticizes Management

A Spokane accountant’s private assessment of the county assessor’s office turned up what he calls “major problems” that are costing taxpayers money. Anson Avery spent nearly 60 hours during the …


Commissioners Agree - 200 Times Gop Trio Credit Shared Ideology; Critics Say Business Favored

1. Kootenai County Commission Chairman Dick Compton. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review 2. Panabaker


State Trying To Find Home Fit For Governor Committee Considers Options, Including Buying House Batt Currently Lives In

Rather than buying or building a new governor’s mansion, maybe Idaho should just buy Gov. Phil Batt’s Southeast Boise home. Rep. Jim Stoicheff, D-Sandpoint, threw that idea out to a …


Governors Indicted

Governors recently indicted while in office: Gov. David Walters of Oklahoma, indicted in September 1993 on a misdemeanor campaign law violation. In a plea bargain a month later, he admitted …


Clinton Back In Game With His First Veto Republican Spending Cuts Too Harsh, Says President

President Clinton, in a preview of coming budget battles with Congress, cast his first veto Wednesday as he rejected a bill to rescind $16.4 billion in previously approved appropriations for …


Arkansas Governor Indicted He Faces Felony Charges In Whitewater Land Case

Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker was indicted on felony charges Wednesday along with two others in a case that grew out of the government’s investigation of the controversial Ozark land …


City Must Permit Granny Flats, State Board Rules City Council Members Have Until Sept. 6 To Pass An Ordinance Or Face Losing Money

Spokane has no choice but to make room for granny. A state board ruled Tuesday the city must let homeowners build small apartments - commonly known as granny flats - …


Idaho Meetings Continue

Do anglers want to keep fishing regulations simple, or endure size limits and other technical rules designed to allow more fishing opportunity? This and other questions are being posed by …


Council Will Review Way It Does Business

The Spokane City Council will consider revamping the way it does its business at a meeting tonight. A proposal would allow more time for public and council review of weekly …


Panel Seeks To Remake Immigration Commission Wants Reductions, New Priorities

A federal advisory commission soon will recommend gradually reducing legal immigration by one-third and reshuffling visa priorities to speed up the admission of spouses and young children of legal aliens, …


Wetlands Program Sign-Up Under Way

The federal government is willing to pay people for protecting wetlands on their property. The Natural Resources Conservation Service is conducting a sign-up for its Wetlands Reserve Program until June …


Anglers Get Help From Fin-Clip Bill

Fishing Gov. Mike Lowry has signed a bill requiring the Department of Fish and Wildlife to fin-clip its hatchery-raised Puget Sound coho salmon, beginning this year.


Fbi Gives Up Search For Bombing Evidence Statue Of Firefighter Carrying Baby Suggested For Memorial

The FBI ended its search of the rubble from the bombed federal building on Saturday and released the site to its federal caretakers. FBI agent Dan Vogel wouldn’t comment on …


Bull Trout Won’t Receive Endangered Status But Governors Promise To Clean Habitat

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday announced it would not push for an endangered species designation for bull trout in the coming year, but governors from Idaho and …


Confusion Dries Up Ruby Trees Landscaping Withering Because Businesses Weren’t Told To Water

Mountain Gear owner Paul Fish is trying to revive the trees and lawn near his business. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review


Governor’s Wife Refuses To Testify

Arkansas first lady Betty Tucker refused to testify Thursday when she appeared before the Whitewater grand jury as directed by a federal prosecutor’s subpoena. Just hours before they were to …


Assessor Gives City More Bad News

Assessor Charlene Cooney says that revaluing properties is a “huge task” made worse by “bad luck.” Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review


Playfair Extension Appears Stalled Spokane Horse Racing Course Stuck With Same 50-Day Season

An intense, five-month campaign to add warm-weather racing dates in Spokane appears stalled. Inland Northwest horsemen remain stuck with the same 50-day racing season that was outlined last December. Playfair …


Phone Calls Prompt Fcc Order High Long-Distance Rates Leave Post Falls Man, Others Complaining

John Kimball was out-raged at a $15 phone bill for a brief call he made to Spokane from a Post Falls pay phone. His complaint to the Federal Communications Commission …


Eliminate Irs, Says Chenoweth Idaho Lawmaker Wants To Let The States Collect Taxes

Reps. George Nethercutt and Helen Chenoweth share a laugh at the Red Lion in the Spokane Valley on Wednesday. Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review


Blacks Say New Board Too White Panel To Disburse State Funds To Combat Youth Problems

Members of Spokane’s black community said Wednesday they are being neglected in an important new program to combat youth problems. Only one black person now sits on a 23-member Spokane …


Do Away With Irs, Chenoweth Says Idaho Lawmaker Wants To Let The States Collect Taxes

Reps. George Nethercutt and Helen Chenoweth share a laugh at the Red Lion in the Spokane Valley on Wednesday. Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review


Valley Groups Try To Form 4 Little Cities

Some people who want to form a city in the Spokane Valley can’t seem to take no, no or no for an answer. Two weeks after Valley voters soundly rejected …


Fox Thinks The End Is Nye For Federal Land But Others On Land Board Don’t Think Nevada County Will Win Lawsuit

State Schools Superintendent Anne Fox believes the state of Idaho could initiate legal action against the federal government for ownership of federal lands within its borders if a similar legal …