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County May Change Manufactured Home Zoning

A new manufactured home in Armstrong Estates off Valleyway. Photo by Shawn Jacobson/The Spokesman-Review


Council Will Go Ahead With Boundary Battle Request To State Review Board May Delay Incorporation Vote

Sue Delucchi, incorporation proponent A hailstorm of criticism didn’t dent the Spokane City Council’s plans to ask a state panel to change the boundaries of a proposed Spokane Valley city. …


Fda Faces Major Surgery But Officials Say Proposed Changes Would Imperil Public Health

Tombstones flank the grim headline: “If a murderer kills you, it’s homicide. If the FDA kills you, it’s just being cautious.” The full-page newspaper ads are part of a campaign …


City To Consider Incorporation Plan 29th-Pittsburg Traffic Barrier Also On Council’s Agenda For Tonight

A move to blunt the impact of possible Spokane Valley incorporation and a 29th Avenue traffic barrier - two widely controversial topics - top tonight’s Spokane City Council agenda. The …


City’s Notification Efforts Criticized

The city sent out 1,200 fliers last week to Spokane residents living near a traffic barrier at 29th Avenue and Pittsburg Street. The fliers alert residents to tonight’s City Council …


Medical Firms Fund Fda Critics

One of House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s favorite targets is the Food and Drug Administration. He recently called the FDA “the leading job killer in America” and Commissioner David Kessler “a …


Parties Split On Block Grants For Welfare Republican Governors Seeking More Freedom To Craft Programs

Donna Shalala Health secretary


Lively Fight Brewing Over Control Of Morgue New Coroner Wants To Move In, Pathologist Says Keep Out

County Coroner Dexter Amend wants to move his office into the new morgue at Holy Family Hospital. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review


Retirement Center Expansion Approved By Land Use Panel

Development A county board approved a plan to expand the Park Place Retirement Community on Thursday despite the objections of a neighbor who said the new buildings would ruin her …


State And Federal Officials Criticize Cost Of Returning Wolf To Yellowstone, Idaho

Elected officials at the state and federal level are expressing concern over the cost of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s plan to put 200 wolves in Yellowstone National Park …


Boise State Makes Case For School Asks Board Of Education For Independent Engineering College In Boise Area

Boise State University made a final pitch for a school of its own Thursday on the eve of a state Board of Education decision on how to meet the Boise …


Overnight Trip For Secretaries ‘Good Practice’

In the face of criticism that she spent tax dollars unwisely, the state superintendent of public instruction is defending a $24,000 overnight conference for 145 state-paid secretaries last spring. “This …


Pain Victims Make Case Before Board Patients Hope To Ease Fears About Prescribing Narcotics

A half dozen chronic pain sufferers pleaded with the Idaho State Board of Medicine late Wednesday to ease apprehension among doctors who prescribe narcotics. Jan Lambert, a Moscow resident, said …


Fence Divides Neighbors, Land In Dead-End Alley

Cliff Streeter claims his neighbor shouldn’t have fenced in part of an alley. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review


N-Waste Shipments Opposed Idaho Fears Becoming Permanent Dumping Ground

Several Democratic senators called Wednesday for halting nuclear waste shipments to Idaho until the federal government resumes the search for an alternative. Former U.S. Rep. Richard Stallings, D-Idaho, announced late …


Spokane Wants Valley To Start Farther East

The Spokane City Council is laying claim to “a lucrative area” inside a proposed city in the Spokane Valley, a move that could delay the incorporation vote and fan resentment …


Agency Seeks Changes In Hydropower System Flushing Rivers To Save Salmon Likely Will End Up Costing Northwest Ratepayers

The National Marine Fisheries Service is calling for big changes in the region’s hydropower system, having finally decided that dams are pushing Snake River salmon toward extinction. Fish survival will …


Gop Takes Aim At Environmental Regulations Under Attack Are Vehicle Inspections Required In Many Areas To Combat Air Pollution

Senate Republicans have compiled a top-10 list of federal regulations they want to change or eliminate. Many of the rules are intended to protect or clean up the environment. No. …


Leader Pledges Better Crisis Response Japanese Quake Victims Get Baths, Eyeglasses, Medicine

As frightening aftershocks continued to hit this broken city, Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama pledged Wednesday to strengthen crisis management in Japan. Murayama made the promise during questioning in the …


Inconsistencies In Olympia Leave Sportsmen Puzzled

Conservative is perhaps the most misused term in American politics. The so-called conservatives in Olympia are as liberal as donkey dung in a barnyard when it comes to squandering salmon. …


State’s Sick-Leave Buyout Policy Comes Under Attack

Lawmakers looking to save a few bucks need look no further than the state’s sick-leave buyout policy. “People are using this thing like some kind of Christmas bonus,” grumbled state …


Batt Appoints Retired Caldwell Physician Dillon To Succeed Shurtliff On State Board Of Education

Republican Gov. Phil Batt’s first appointment to the state Board of Education is a fellow Canyon County resident - a retired Caldwell physician with experience on two Idaho school boards. …


State Senator Named To Puc Monsanto Accountant Also Member Of Budget Committee

Gov. Phil Batt on Friday appointed Senate Transportation Chairman Dennis Hansen to the Public Utilities Commission. Hansen, 52, a Soda Springs Republican just beginning his fifth two-year term in the …


Wildlife Wins Batt’s Misplaced Battle

Idaho Gov. Phil Batt has shown already that he’s decisive, tightfisted, and has a clear vision for where state government should go. On Friday, Batt revealed another important leadership trait. …


Batt Tells Game Panel He’s Sorry

Republican Gov. Phil Batt apologized to members of the Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Friday, calling last week’s letter seeking their resignations “premature and ill-conceived.” Batt met with five …


Wildlife Agency To Change Fish And Game Chief Pledges To Address Batt’s Concerns

Idaho Fish and Game Director Jerry Conley says his department will take immediate steps to respond to Gov. Phil Batt’s list of complaints. Batt on Friday met with Fish and …


Ex-Aides Sue Sweetser Over Firing

Spokane County Prosecutor Jim Sweetser is being sued for wrongful termination by two former deputy prosecutors. Joining the lawsuit are two other longtime employees who fear they’ll be fired next. …


City Continuing Talks With Developer Over Purchase Of Acreage In/Around: Indian Trail

Spokane officials still are negotiating with developer Leif Sorenson over the purchase of land in Indian Trail in order to build a 4 million gallon water tank. “We thought we …


Retirement Center Planning New Buildings And Services

The owners of the Park Place Retirement Community in the Spokane Valley plan to expand the complex to include facilities for elderly people who need intensive care. The expansion on …


Hearing Scheduled For Review Of Several Proposed Subdivisions In/Around: Deer Park, North Division Y, Colbert

Several proposed North Side subdivisions - large and small - go before a panel of hearing examiners next week for review. The panel, comprised of three members of the county …