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UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 29, 2019

Spokane County gets conflicting reports about nonprofit public defense

Spokane County officials continue to explore the idea of contracting with a nonprofit agency to provide public defense attorneys even though more counties are choosing to make that a function …


UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019

Spokane County Commissioners raise conservation fees

Spokane County taxpayers will soon see a $5 increase in conservation district fees, after the Spokane County Commissioners voted to increase their fees for the first time in 21 years.


UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019

Commissioners pick Mike Sparber to continue running Spokane County’s jail facilities

Sparber has served as interim director of Spokane County Detention Services since February, when


UPDATED: Sat., March 9, 2019

State of the County: West Plains growth focus of county’s economic efforts, Kuney says

Teamwork is helping Spokane County make great strides with criminal justice reform and economic development, Commissioner Mary Kuney said in her first State of the County address Friday.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 27, 2019

Lawsuit challenges state law expanding Spokane County Commission from three to five members

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Spokane County Superior Court. Plaintiffs include the county as well as Commissioner Al French, former Commissioner John Roskelley and the Washington State Association of …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018

Spokane County commissioners open union contract negotiations to the public

The move means members of the public and media will be able to witness the collective bargaining process in real time, even though state law allows that process to take …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018

County approves $790 million budget without raising taxes

Spokane County commissioners unanimously approved a $790 million balanced budget for next year that largely avoids cuts to county departments while maintaining funding for public safety, infrastructure, parks and capital …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2018

Spokane County Commission again votes for 1 percent property tax increase

Spokane County Commissioners approved a 1 percent property tax increase to fund core county services, road construction and property acquisition for the Conservation Futures program.


County commissioners vote to sue state over commission expansion

Spokane County commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to file a lawsuit to block expansion of the board from three members to five.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 27, 2018

French, Kuney sworn in as Spokane County commissioners

Spokane County Commissioners Al French and Mary Kuney took the oath of office Tuesday evening surrounded by family members, friends and county employees.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018

Kuney defeats Chase for seat on Spokane County Commission

Incumbent Republican Mary Kuney is likely to retain her seat on the Spokane County Board of Commissioners against challenger Rob Chase.


Vestal: Avista’s $200,000 for French, Kuney TV ads puts timing, Hydro One sale in spotlight

Avista Corp. gives a lot of money to local candidates. If it leans in any political direction, it is toward incumbency – toward those already in power. But Avista’s recent …


Editorial Endorsements: Kuney and French for Spokane County commission

Among the candidates running for Spokane County commissioner are a relatively new commissioner and an experienced one. Mary Kuney in District 2 and Al French in District 3 deserve election …


Avista spends $200,000 supporting county commissioners Kuney and French

Avista Corp. is spending heavily in the Spokane County commissioner races by dropping nearly $200,000 on re-election television advertisements for commissioners Mary Kuney and Al French. In Avista Corp.’s largest …


Spokane County prosecutors demand raises, complain of unfair bargaining practices

The union representing Spokane County’s deputy prosecutors has launched a public pressure campaign in hopes of rebooting contract negotiations and obtaining wage increases. Mediated negotiations stalled in August when the …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018

Mary Kuney, Rob Chase are familiar opponents in race for Spokane County commissioner

The race for county commissioner between Rob Chase and Mary Kuney mirrors a split in the Spokane County Republican Party between more traditional Republicans who have lined up behind Kuney …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018

Spokane County Treasurer Rob Chase trying to block Avista’s sale

Rob Chase doesn’t want Avista Corp. to sell to a Canadian utility, and the Spokane County commissioner candidate says he’s deploying a little-known part of federal laws to try to …


Commissioners to host public meetings on Spokane County budget

The Spokane County commissioners will host a series of community meetings to inform the public and gather input as they craft the county’s budget for 2019.


For first time in 40 years, Democrats forgo chance at Spokane County Commission

For the first time in 40 years, Republicans will run unopposed by Democrats for a seat on the Spokane County Board of Commissioners.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017

Spokane County budget includes $400,000 cut for regional health district

Some agencies and departments that receive funding from Spokane County avoided steep cuts in 2018. The Spokane County Regional Health District isn’t one of them.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017

Split Spokane County Commission approves 2018 budget

Commissioners Al French and Mary Kuney voted in favor of the spending plan, which will use money set aside from the road construction budget to cover day-to-day expenses next year …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 27, 2017

Spokane County won’t ask job applicants about their criminal records

The Spokane County Board of Commissioners voted this week to remove questions about past criminal convictions from county job applications.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 29, 2017

Mary Kuney sworn in as Spokane County commissioner

Mary Kuney was sworn in as a Spokane County commissioner Friday evening, two days after Gov. Jay Inslee appointed her to fill the seat that previously belonged to Shelly O’Quinn.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017

Governor taps Mary Kuney to fill vacancy on Spokane County Commission

Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday tapped Mary Kuney to fill a vacancy on the Spokane County Commission, less than two weeks after the two sitting commissioners announced they could not …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 12, 2017

Spokane County commissioners deadlock on appointment of third Republican colleague, give decision to Democratic governor

Deadlocked in a heated debate about who should fill a vacant seat on the Spokane County Commission, Republican commissioners voted Tuesday to let the Democratic governor make the selection.


Editorial: Kuney is best choice as commissioner

We hope Kuney still has the support of French, because it would appear as if Commissioner Kerns is in Chase’s corner. A Kerns-Chase power bloc on the commission is worrisome.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017

Spokane County commissioners in stalemate over selection of third member

A rift in the Spokane County Republican Party has resulted in a stalemate between two county commissioners who are running out of time to choose a new colleague.


Chase, Kuney and Guarisco make shortlist to replace O’Quinn on Spokane County Commission

The Spokane County Republican Party convened Saturday in a church in Spokane Valley to pick three potential replacements for Shelly O’Quinn, who recently vacated a seat on the county commission …


UPDATED: Mon., July 17, 2017

Shelly O’Quinn formally resigns from Spokane County Commission; GOP to pick finalists for seat next month

Spokane County Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn submitted her resignation letter Monday morning, and her term officially ends at midnight.


UPDATED: Fri., June 16, 2017

Citing legislative duties, Shelly O’Quinn to stay another month on Spokane County Commission

Shelly O’Quinn was expected to resign from the Spokane County Commission this month to lead a major nonprofit organization, but the Legislature’s inability to craft a bipartisan budget has thrown …