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Board May Not Consider Anti-Zinser Petitions

The state Board of Education may choose not even to consider petitions either supporting or seeking the ouster of University of Idaho President Elisabeth Zinser, the board’s president says. “I …


Commercial Sports Complex Wins Approval For Harvard Road Area

A pay-to-play sports complex that would ease overcrowding on public fields got the nod Thursday from Spokane County planning officials. Rob Lewis, a partner in Sports World, said he hopes …


Idaho Won’t Force 911s To Merge Attorney General’s Office Will Stay Out Of Post Falls, Kootenai County Dispute

The Idaho Attorney General’s Office will not force a politically charged merger of Kootenai County’s two 911 centers. The state will continue to let the county and Post Falls city …


Fox Reveals Plan To Get Schools Back To Basics

State Schools Superintendent Anne Fox said Thursday she’s charging ahead with her plan to bring Idaho’s schools back to the basics. “Our children know 26 endangered species, but they don’t …


Six Indian Casinos Raise Limits Changes Bring Tribes In Line With Other Agreements

Betting limits and casino hours will increase on six Indian reservations, despite legislators’ resolve last year to hold gambling to its current level. On Wednesday, the Washington State Gambling Commission …


Hanford Cleanup Plans Changing

State and federal regulators have agreed to a new cleanup strategy at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation that will save taxpayers $1 billion without cutting corners on health and safety, an …


Senator Wants To Disarm Feds Forest Rangers Don’t Need Guns, Says Idaho’s Larry Craig

Idaho Republican Sen. Larry Craig, an outspoken opponent of gun control for private citizens, wants to disarm thousands of federal officers who patrol national forests and wildlife refuges. Craig, a …


Cop Convicted Of Rape Will Get Full Disability Police Pension Board Bows To State’s Recommendation

(From For the Record, Saturday, May 6, 1995): Jim Lundgren is a Spokane police major crimes sergeant and Mark Wheelwright is an active duty corporal. Identifications of the two officers …


Reassessments Play Havoc With Budgets Assessor’s Office Criticized For Wildly Fluctuating Property Values

Last-minute changes to commercial property values in Spokane County are leaving the city, county and schools with a lot less money to spend than expected. During the two days before …


Conservatives Trounced In British Elections

From its heartland in southern England through the rugged Welsh valleys, the governing Conservatives were trounced in local elections Friday, increasing the chances for a challenge to Prime Minister John …


Woman Hopes Natural Strategy Can Slow Progress In/Around: Five Mile Prairie

CORRECTION: Thursday, May 11, 1995 The name of Kathy Miotke, the Five Mile Prairie woman who wants to donate land to the city Parks Department, was misspelled in the May …


Tribal Council Positions On Ballot Referendum On Inheritance Of Land Also Faces Vote

On Saturday, the Coeur d’Alenes will hold their annual election. Two of the Tribal Council’s seven members are up for re-election: Norma Peone and Marjorie Matheson Zarate. They face five …


County Will Get A New Commissioner Skip Chilberg Leaving May 31 To Take Post On Growth Hearings Board

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Legislator Rips Commissioners Over Performance

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Board Refuses To Extend Water To New High School

The Mead School District may have to build a new high school without public water after a Spokane County Boundary Review Board decision. The board’s Monday night ruling is the …


Chilberg’s New Post ‘Politically Charged’

Skip Chilberg will join a three-member panel charged with hearing local appeals to the state Growth Management Act. Judy Wall, a citizens activist from Chelan County and Tom Williams, an …


Gop Lawmakers Need To Give A Little

Last fall, voters made it clear they want a new spirit of thrift in government. Now, it’s follow-through time. But in Olympia, change is not coming easily. The Legislature seems …


State Closes In On Haws’ Teaching Certificate

The state’s Professional Standards Commission says there are sufficient grounds to issue a formal complaint over the teaching certificate held by former Chief Deputy Schools Superintendent Terry Haws. The ruling …


Insurance Industry Calls Shots Gop Lawmakers Gave Lobbyists Free Rein In Helping Roll Back Regulations

The insurance industry bagged a string of victories this legislative session, from tax breaks and regulation rollbacks to the virtual repeal of the 1993 health care reform law. One reason: …


Forest Service Wants Public To Get Involved Agency Seeking Comment On Proposed Changes In Logging, Recreation Rules

The U.S. Forest Service chief is inviting the public to flood his office with comments on proposed changes in the rules for logging, recreation and other activities on national forests. …


Killer’s Got His Number Mechanic Discovers He Shares A Social Security Number With Parolee After Government Mix-Up

Security shaken. Jim Williams works in a downtown Spokane auto repair shop. Photo by Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review


Officials Should Be Called On The Carpet

It’s amazing what the glare of the spotlight can do to bring public officials back in line. Two years ago, an internal audit showed Spokane city and county employees were …


Agency Pushing Feds To Alter Dam Spills On Snake For Salmon

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission is pushing the National Marine Fisheries Service to quickly alter dam spill operations on the lower Snake River while the majority of the young …


State Agency Under Investigation In Sex Ring TV Station Reports Probe Of Child Protective Services

A state agency responsible for protecting children is being investigated in connection with a massive child sex-abuse case in the Wenatchee area, a television station reports. The investigation focuses in …


Council Considers Gun Ban Members Want To Keep Guns Out Of Meetings, Public Facilities

Residents packing heat may have to check their piece at the door to attend Troy City Council meetings. Mayor Marie Vogel is worried about the potential danger that comes with …


Kootenai Sheriff Shuffles Staff Retirements Spur Transfers, Promotions For Nine Deputies

With at least nine officers receiving promotions or transfers, Kootenai County Sheriff Pierce Clegg announced Thursday the biggest department staff change since he took office in 1989. The shuffle began …


Faa Report Favors Third Sea-Tac Runway Opponents Concerned About Noise, Impact On Environment, Push ‘Realistic Alternative’

Building a third runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport would destroy some wetlands, displace hundreds of residents and lead to more airplane noise. But it’s still the best alternative for relieving …


Feds Move To Protect Bull Trout Forest Service Takes Action Despite Moratorium

A moratorium on new listings under the Endangered Species Act won’t keep the Forest Service from taking steps to protect the bull trout on national forests, Chief Jack Ward Thomas …


Tribes Worried Irs Will Try To Collect Tax On Casino Profits

The businesses owned by American Indian tribes used to draw little interest from tax collectors. But tribes are worried the Internal Revenue Service is about to hit their bustling casinos …


Oregon Forest Offices Evacuated

Two buildings at the state Forestry Department’s office complex in east Salem were evacuated Thursday because of fears that a package might contain a bomb, officials said. However, an inspection …