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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 …


Panel Oks Hawthorne Manor Plan In/Around: Country Homes

A Spokane County panel last week gave the Hawthorne Manor Retirement Residence the OK to double its living quarters. Owners of the non-profit retirement home at 101 E. Hawthorne Road …


Gonzaga Housing Plan Decision Delayed In/Around: Gonzaga, Logan

The neighbors fear the parking and traffic problems. The university fears a lack of housing for its students. No matter what the Spokane City Council decides, someone will walk away …


Panel Will Try To Break Deadlock Over New High School

The Boundary Review Board deadlocked in its Monday night vote over extending public water to the proposed site of the Mead School District’s new high school. But Mead school officials …


County Ringing Up Larger Cellular Phone Bill Commissioners Question The Need For High Number Of Phones

Two years after an audit raised concerns about cellular phone use by Spokane County employees, the number of phones and the cost of using them is up significantly. The county …


Commissioners Put Brakes On Race Track Accused Of Violating Meetings Law, County To Meet Again

Following complaints of backroom dealing, county commissioners Tuesday invalidated a week-old decision to let a Post Falls city councilman use his unfinished race track. Commissioners agreed April 18 that Councilman …


Ex-Human Services Chief Faces Federal Theft Charges

Susan Marie Ohman, former director of the Human Services Center here is scheduled to appear in court on Friday on federal theft charges. Federal officials said she was indicted after …


Grant To Help Town Plan Sewer System

Hayden has been awarded a $13,957 grant to help wean homeowners from decades of dependence on septic tanks. The money will help the city plan for the next phase of …


Public Hearing Tonight On Annexation Plan

The City Plan Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposed annexation of 1,500 acres on the Moran Prairie tonight at Ferris High School. The annexation includes the area …


Cannon’s Addition Wins A Reprieve

Historic Cannon’s Addition is getting a nine-month reprieve from new apartments. The Spokane City Council voted unanimously Monday to give the neighborhood a break from any new multi-family development while …


Sen. Craig Says Forest Service Not Staying Focused On Mission

The chairman of a Senate panel overseeing the Forest Service said Tuesday the agency is “spinning its wheels” doing environmental assessments when it should be focusing resources on logging, recreation …


County Eliminates 64 Unfilled Positions

Spokane County Commissioners eliminated 64 county positions Tuesday without firing a soul. The positions, which Commissioner Steve Hasson called “bogus,” were approved by commissioners over the years but never filled …


Some Say Feds Planned Blast As Way To Hurt Militias’ Image

In public, militia leaders are distancing their groups from the bombing in Oklahoma City. But in cyberspace, extremists are spinning conspiracy theories that portray patriot groups as the real victims …


Local Government Topic Of Town Hall Meeting

FOR THE RECORD: (April 26, 1995): Spokane County Comissioner Phil Harris will participate in a town hall meeting tonight at West Valley High School. Harris’ name was wrong in a …


States’ Rights Meeting Coming Under Attack Right-Wingers Undermining Plans, Idaho Lawmaker Says

Idaho Senate President Pro Tem Jerry Twiggs says right-wing groups are undermining plans for a national meeting of leaders who want states to assume more authority now ceded to the …


Council Likes Gang Prosecution Plan County Does Too, But Must Wait Until Incorporation Decided

Months ago, he struck out with the Spokane County commissioners. Monday night, he got a hit off the City Council with the same pitch.


French Voting Will Trim Nine-Candidate Presidential Field To 2 Ailing Mitterrand, 78, To Be Replaced After Record 14-Year Run

President Mitterrand’s reign nears the end. Photo by Associated Press


Vote On Valley City Locked In For May 16 With No Appeals Filed, Way Is Cleared For Election

It’s official. Citizens in the Spokane Valley will go to the polls next month to decide whether to form their own city. Monday was the deadline for appealing the proposed …


Incorporation A Tough Sell In Chester Neighborhood

Leaders of the effort to form a city in the Spokane Valley predicted they’d be playing to a tough crowd when they took their show to Horizon Junior High School. …


County Puts 30-Day Freeze On Hiring Commission To Study Causes For Sharp Rise In County Workers

Spokane County commissioners will freeze most hiring for 30 days while they figure out why the number of county employees is growing three times faster than county population. It took …


Poll Shows Spokane Valley City Likely Nearly Half Of Those Polled Favor Incorporation

Spokane Valley voters appear poised to form the seventhlargest city in the state. Results of a scientific poll released Tuesday show that Valley voters are likely to support the latest …


Survey Finds Little Faith In Government Respondents Have More Confidence In Military, Religion

More than eight of every 10 Americans say they have “very little” or only “some” confidence in the federal government, according to a poll released Tuesday by the Council for …


Land Saved From Development 2.8 Acres Of Trees In Coeur D’Alene Spared After Neighbors Protest Sale

A neighborhood group saved a 2.8-acre triangle of trees from development Tuesday when it convinced city leaders not to sell the land. City staffers had hoped to fetch about $95,000 …


Arena Demolition To Cost $812,390

Gillingham Construction Inc. won the contract for demolition of the Spokane Coliseum, beating out a dozen other bidders with a price of $812,390. The Boise firm is best-known for knocking …


Wife’s Fight Causes U.S. Policy Shake-Up Woman Believes Husband Killed In Guatemala With Possible Complicity Of Cia Officials

Jennifer Harbury holds a photo of her missing husband. Photo by Knight-Ridder.


Senate Approves Highway Budget House Leaders Optimistic Differences Can Be Ironed Out

The Washington Senate approved state transportation and construction budgets Thursday night that have received strong reviews from the Republican-dominated state House. The $3.1 billion, two-year highway budget sailed through the …


County Cleared In Sex Harassment Suit

A jury has cleared Nez Perce County of charges leveled by three former sheriff’s dispatchers in a $1 million sexual harassment and gender discrimination lawsuit. After an 11-day trial before …


City Sued Over Riverfront Land Accused Of Blocking Development On Property Overlooking Falls

Owners of prime Spokane riverfront property filed law Thursday alleging the city repeatedly has blocked their development plans in an attempt to preserve a panoramic view from the downtown library. …


State Asked To Help Kids In Sex Ring

Douglas County commissioners have asked Gov. Mike Lowry for as much as $50,000 a month for the next two years to provide counseling for sexually abused children now in foster …


Beck Takes Over Housing Post

A. Wayne Mittleider, executive director of the Idaho Housing Agency, resigned Wednesday and was replaced with state Sen. Rod Beck, R-Boise. The change is effective immediately. Beck said he was …