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Vote Asked So City Gets State Grant Bond Part Of Athol’s $667,000 Water Project

Athol voters will head to the polls today to decide whether to approve a $70,000 bond to improve the Idaho city’s feeble water pressure. Mayor Jean Hill said Monday night, …


State Gets Cleanup Deadline

A judge has given state and federal environmental agencies one year to plan the cleanup of 962 streams, rivers and lakes in Idaho. The decision of U.S. District Court Judge …


Proposed Ethics Rules Draw Howls Of Protest From British Parliament Plan Would Forbid Members From Moonlighting As Lobbyists

After a string of financial scandals involving members of his Conservative Party, Prime Minister John Major appointed a blue-ribbon commission to examine ethical standards for lawmakers. But its proposals - …


County Residents Face Tough Choices What Now?

Voters in the Spokane Valley gave a resounding - and perhaps final - thumbs down this week to forming their own city. The time seemed right, the fruit ripe for …


Ethics Panel Can Learn From Reno

Money, sex and power are the nexus of Washington scandals. You can trace most politicians’ corruptions to bank or boudoir. Old plot, new characters.


Nuke Waste Blocked Judge ‘S Order Temporarily Halts Shipment Of Waste To Idaho

A federal judge Friday afternoon signed an order temporarily blocking 1,950 shipments of nuclear waste the Department of Energy plans to send to Idaho. U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge granted …


Attorneys Waging Fight On Doe Sites

Washington state Attorney General Christine Gregoire said Friday she and her counterparts from 17 states are going to let Congress know they aren’t about to give up the agreements covering …


City Has Vested Interest In Buying Old Suit Gypsy Loses Legal Standing In His Own Civil Rights Suit

A bill collection agency paid $25 at a sheriff’s auction for Grover Marks’ legal standing in a $40 million Gypsy civil rights suit against the city and county of Spokane. …


Nasa Cuts Deeply To Reduce Its Budget

NASA said Friday that it would make deep cuts in its work force and streamline its operations as its budget shrinks in a new era of austerity. Under the plan …


County Oks Antique Store In Barn

In/Around Trentwood A woman can continue to operate an antique store in her barn despite a neighbor’s complaints. Spokane County officials granted Penny Simonson a conditional use permit for a …


Hearing Examiners Consider 179-Home Project

Land use Spokane County hearing examiners will consider today whether to allow 179 houses where 58 normally would be allowed.


Work-Release Center On N. Monroe Ok’d

The city hearing examiner has approved the use of the old Ricardo Building at the southeast corner of Broadway and Monroe for a federal work-release center on the condition that …


S-R Collecting Outdoor Horror Stories

Rudeness can darken even the sunniest of days spent on at a lake or along a stream. At worst, a lack of outdoor etiquette can endanger lives. The Spokesman-Review is …


Lavalley Has His Priorities In Place

Spokane County Commissioners Steve Hasson and Phil Harris mistakenly are putting protocol ahead of public health. Hasson and Harris have ordered the Spokane County Water Quality Advisory Board to butt …


Chirac Vows To Heal Wounds New Conservative President Will Make France’s Unemployment Top Priority

Jacques Chirac Photo by Associated Press


Crapo Supports Bill To Open Waste Dump New Mexico Site Would House Waste Currently Stored At Inel

Republican Congressmen Michael Crapo of Idaho and Joe Skeen of New Mexico have introduced legislation to speed up the opening of the New Mexico dump for low-level-but-long-lasting radioactive waste. “We …


State Library Board Has Open Position To Fill

The Idaho State Library has an open position on its board that customarily is filled by a North Idaho resident. The incumbent, Duncan Freeman, is not seeking reappointment. The state …


Panel Grants Lawmakers $2,400 Salary Increase

The Legislature, which is debating raises for state employees and teachers, itself got a pay increase Wednesday. The independent citizens salary commission handed lawmakers increases of $100 a month beginning …


Growth Out Of Waste City Residents Do The Grunt Work To Keep Plant Supplied With Composting Material

Green treatment Sid Fredrickson, CdA’s wastewater plant superintendent, knows it could mean serious cash for the city if “Coeur d’Green” is a success. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review


County Oks Landfill Settlement

Spokane County commissioners Tuesday approved a $3 million settlement with an insurance company over the county’s polluted landfills. The settlement with Twin City Fire Insurance Co. ends litigation over insurance …


State Offers To Assess The Assessor County May Split Cost Of A Review With Department Of Revenue

The state Department of Revenue is offering to help pay an expert to pinpoint what’s wrong in Spokane County Assessor Charlene Cooney’s office. That’s the second time in five days …


Committee Moves Forward Against Packwood Panel Finds Grounds That Senator Violated Ethics Rules

The Senate Ethics Committee concluded Tuesday that there are credible grounds to believe that Senate Finance Committee Chairman Bob Packwood, R-Ore., may have violated Senate ethics rules, according to sources. …


Arts Funding Intact, But Opponents To Try Again

A crusade to slash state funding for the arts has been largely rejected by the Legislature this year, but some GOP lawmakers vow to try again. “We were very fortunate …


Road Districts Could Be Merged Consolidation To Be Discussed At Kootenai County Meeting

An Eastside Highway District crew scoops up gravel Thursday after a slide along Fernan Lake Road. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review


Assessor Under Fire For Lost-Tax Fiasco Schools, City, Other Taxing Districts Stand To Lose $1.4 Million Due To Inaccurate Property Appraisals

Charlene Cooney


County Will Cover Ex-Sheriff’s Legal Bill Agreement Covers $104,090 Crnkovich Owes Attorney After Fighting Federal Racketeering Charges

FOR THE RECORD: Saturday, May 13, 1995 CORRECTION: Former Shoshone County Sheriff Frank Crnkovich has paid his attorney Sam Eismann. Friday’s edition stated otherwise. The money Shoshone County plans to …


Hasson Says County Flag Doesn’t Fly Banner Probably Was Better Left Unfurled

Commissioner Steve Hasson hangs the county’s flag in his office. Photo by Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review


Appraising Her Credibility

If credibility is the fuel that drives elected officials, Spokane County Assessor Charlene Cooney is out of gas. Other elected officials, school districts, local budget writers and property owners say …


Making A Stand Planning Official Sues His Bosses Over Plan To Allow Machine Shops On 150 Acres Over Aquifer

“I like water,” says Kootenai County Planning Commissioner George LaValley, who fears that a proposed development near Coeur d’Alene could threaten the region’s aquifer. “We’re very good to developers if …


Lowry Open To Yakamas’ Casino Plans But Gambling Commission, Tribe Finding It Hard To Deal

Gov. Mike Lowry says the state is willing to consider informal plans by the Yakama Nation to develop multiple casino sites. “All things are open in negotiations,” Lowry said Friday.