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UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019

Ecology Department warns of possible water restrictions in parched Little Spokane River Basin

Water users in the Little Spokane River Basin may have to curb their consumption if water levels dip much lower, the state Department of Ecology has warned. The agency said …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019

State grants totaling $2 million support rural development in Spokane and Stevens counties

Spokane and Stevens counties will use $2 million in state grants to accommodate rural housing growth while keeping water in streams for fish and other wildlife.

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 8, 2018

Bill could allow more new wells for domestic use

Landowners could have an easier time getting permits for domestic wells under the latest plan to revise state water law

Development to resume in parched Little Spokane Watershed

Spokane County will resume issuing construction permits in the Little Spokane Watershed, more than a year after permitting was stalled by a controversial court decision, state and county officials said …

Short faces her first Democratic challenger in Hardy in 7th District race

After moving from the House to the Senate this year to fill an open seat, Republican Shelly Short faces her first Democratic challenger in Karen Hardy.

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 22, 2017

Spokane City Council to consider jumping into Washington state construction budget fight

City lawmakers will soon decide whether to jump into the fray unfolding in Olympia over the state’s budget for new construction and a controversial court ruling involving water rights.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017

No movement on $4 billion construction budget or water-rights law

Capital construction budget remains stalled as lawmakers continue search for a change to state water law that can pass both chambers

UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017

Funding for EWU, SCC projects remains stalled in Washington Legislature over water rights law

Lawmakers continue to discuss a way to break the logjam over the capital budget and a change to state water rights law but have no votes scheduled yet.

UPDATED: Sat., July 8, 2017

Millions of dollars of state projects for Spokane stalled in legislative logjam

Some $114 million in state construction projects for the Spokane area, including a new science building on the Eastern Washington University campus, are in jeopardy this week as the Legislature …

UPDATED: Tue., May 2, 2017

Special session makes the Legislature seem like it’s in reruns

Special session may seem like summer reruns for the Legislature because rules require bills to be passed again.

UPDATED: Tue., April 11, 2017

Spokane County Commission creates ‘water bank’ to buy and sell water rights in response to Hirst decision

The Spokane County commissioners on Tuesday allocated more than $1.2 million for the creation of a “water bank,” from which the county would be able to buy and sell water …

UPDATED: Tue., March 28, 2017

Washington lawmakers seek solution to fight over rural water uses

House panel considers bill to allow counties to approve more wells for rural development.

Sue Lani Madsen: Hirst Decision on well-drilling effectively blocks development throughout the state

The Washington Supreme Court’s Hirst Decision on well-drilling “effectively blocked development throughout the state,” Sue Lani Madsen says.