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House Wants Encore Tax Vote Senate Leader Says Republicans Merely Trying To Make Political Hay With New Vote

The Republican House has passed 22 tax-cut bills worth $738 million this session. On Monday, the chamber announced it will pass the measures again - all rolled into one big …


Ease Water Rights Logjam, Panel Asks

Washington’s growth and economy are jeopardized by the state’s failure to adequately administer water rights applications, says the chairman of an agriculture council. Peter Goldmark, chairman of the Governor’s Council …


Dilemmas And Debates Of Development Residents, Utilities Concerned About Costs, Impact Of Growth

Recurring debate over crossing the Spokane River with sewer and water lines is, to some, a red herring. Recent proposals to stretch such services to the bays, fields, rolling hills …


Gingrich To Hold A Balance-The-Budget Retreat For Gop

Looking beyond the “Contract With America,” House Speaker Newt Gingrich intends to convene a two-day retreat for Republican lawmakers this spring to help forge agreement on the steps needed to …


Packwood Relents On Tax Cut Proposal

If the federal budget can be balanced without touching Social Security or harming the economy, “then there is room for a tax cut,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Bob Packwood said …


A Sway Away Incorporation Backers Seek Six Percent More Support For Their Proposed Valley City

1. Dick Trowbridge was plaesed to see his neighborhood along Orchard Avenue included in the proposed city boundaries. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review 2. Midilome resident Jeff Reed, with son …


Dillard Settles Religious Bias Case

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has reached with Dillard Department Stores Inc. what it says is the nation’s first settlement of a case of religious discrimination against job applicants. Dillard …


Forest Service Office In Nevada Bombed

An after-hours bomb blast blew out several windows at a U.S. Forest Service office. No one was injured. District Ranger Guy Pence said he knew of no reason for anyone …


Planning Official Opens Shop Without Permit Calls Problem A Difference Of Opinion; Working With City To Comply With Rules

City Planning Commissioner Steve Badraun opened his new Kathleen Avenue floral shop last week without the required final building inspection or occupancy permit. Badraun said the problem boils down to …


Batt Steps Up Efforts To Halt N-Shipments Governor Talks With Officials About Plan To Store N-Waste

Republican Gov. Phil Batt is stepping up his efforts to stand off any federal attempt to dump up to 1,800 more loads of nuclear waste at the Idaho National Engineering …


Hundreds Take Inel Severance Deal Package Gives 6 Months’ Pay, Up To $10,000 In Education

Hundreds of Idaho National Engineering Laboratory workers turned in their security badges Friday and left the jobs many of them thought were secure for life. But many of the employees …


Builders Want Refunds Of Defunct Impact Fees

Coeur d’Alene-area builders are actively pursuing impact fee refunds, but city officials are optimistic the now-defunct account established in 1993 will not be drained entirely. Since the City Council voted …


Reservoir Will Ease Water Problems In/Around: Indian Trail

Help is on the way for Indian Trail residents suffering through hot summers with poor water pressure. A new 4.7 million-gallon water reservoir soon will grace the western slope of …


Cutting Federal Programs Would Slow Help To A Trickle

Fred J. Meyer, 79, Coulee Dam


Former Cda Trooper Named To Isp Post

Ed Strickfaden, a 28-year veteran with the Idaho State Police, on Tuesday was named division administrator by Gov. Phil Batt. Strickfaden, 49, formerly of Coeur d’Alene, has been serving as …


Cda Getting The Full Treatment For Now, Project Helps Sewage System Keep Pace With City’s Growth

It took 15 years, a moratorium on sewer hookups, nearly a dozen contractors, $25 million and a lawsuit. To the relief of city officials, however, expansion of this city’s sewage …


Ruling To Eliminate Some Long-Distance Tolls Expected Today

US West Communications has asked Washington regulators to approve plans that would eliminate long-distance tolls between Elk and Green Bluff. A separate filing by US West and PTI Communications also …


Levy Election On Board’s Agenda

The Coeur d’Alene school board is scheduled to discuss a possible supplemental levy election at its 7 p.m. meeting today. No decision on whether to hold an election for the …


Attorneys General Against National Indian Lottery Plan

The nation’s attorneys general on Monday voted for a resolution opposing the national lottery proposed by Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe. Minnesota Attorney General Hubert H. Humphrey III, author of …


Deq Official Quits Job That Law Places Under Governor’s Control

North-central Idaho’s regional administrator of the Division of Environmental Quality has decided to resign in the wake of legislation stripping his job of civil service protection beginning July 1. Gregg …


Clinton Outlines New List Of Spending Cuts Nasa Takes Brunt Of Latest Trimming; No ‘Mean Spirit’ In Plan, President Says

With a vow to slash the cost of government without resorting to “a mean spirit or a meat ax,” President Clinton on Monday announced another set of spending cuts in …


Sheriff’s Letter Asks 911 Merger Post Falls Center Duplicates Newer County Operation, Clegg Tells State

The state should shut down Post Falls’ 911 center now that the county’s version is running smoothly, sheriff’s officials said Monday. Kootenai County Sheriff Pierce Clegg contends the city’s emergency …


Gingrich Admits He Mishandled Book Deal

After defending his book arrangement for months, Speaker Newt Gingrich admitted Friday that he “totally mishandled” the original deal that would have brought him a $4.5 million advance. Gingrich said …


Probe Of Ag Dept. ‘Favors’ Reaches White House

Independent Counsel Donald C. Smaltz has asked the White House for information on who may have influenced political appointments at the Agriculture Department after President Clinton’s election. According to a …


Parliament Sends Yeltsin Austere Budget

Russia’s austere 1995 budget, aimed at reining in high inflation and meeting international lenders’ demands, passed its last legislative hurdle Wednesday with approval by parliament’s upper house. The Federation Council …


Leaky Levee Pinehurst Residents Ask To Clean Up Damaged Dike Or Face Losing Corps Of Engineers Support

A river rips through it. Ray Dose stands atop the breached levee along Pine Creek at a spot where rising runoff waters eroded the earthen barrier in February. Photo by …


Moran Prairie Residents Question Annexation Critics Say City Just Wants To Fatten Tax Base, Bypass Growth Act

More than 200 angry residents guffawed and applauded during a public hearing Wednesday night to debate Spokane’s annexation of a chunk of unincorporated South Hill. Because of fire codes at …


Park Workers Don’t Have The Time

The historic clock at Riverfront Park has stopped. Photo by Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review


Senator Retreats From Cap On Hanford Funds But Lawmakers Say That Spending Will Be Cut And Tri-Party Agreement Junked

Sen. J. Bennett Johnston backed off a proposal to cap funding for Hanford cleanup at about half current levels. But the Louisiana Democrat and other members of the Senate Energy …


Office Aims To Protect Women

Armed with a chilling set of statistics on the increase in violent crime against women, President Clinton on Tuesday named the first director of a new Justice Department office to …