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Shawn Vestal: Spokane County Commission’s surprise ruling on outdoor pot farms stinks

Acting under the “miscellaneous items” portion of the Spokane County Commission agenda last Tuesday, the commission put a moratorium on outdoor marijuana farms, citing complaints they’d received about odor. The …


County officials balance budget with property taxes former commissioner says should be devoted to roads

For the third year in a row, Spokane County officials are balancing the budget by diverting money that a former commissioner says should be spent on road improvements.


Josh Kerns sworn in as Spokane County commissioner, replacing Nancy McLaughlin

Josh Kerns was sworn in as Spokane County commissioner Tuesday evening, replacing Nancy McLaughlin to represent the county’s northern district.


Lawsuit will determine if Spokane developer can build road through Freddy Park

A Spokane developer is determined to build a 220-unit apartment complex in the Wandermere neighborhood, but first he’ll need to see the end of a lawsuit over a proposed access …


Spokane County adopts emergency ordinance to address controversial Hirst water rights decision

In response to a controversial water rights decision by the state’s highest court, Spokane County has adopted an “interim emergency ordinance” that officials say will prevent a moratorium on building …


Andrew Biviano challenging Shelly O’Quinn for seat on Spokane County Commission

In the race between Spokane County Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn and challenger Andrew Biviano, voters will choose between a business-oriented Republican and a Democratic attorney pushing for criminal justice reform.


County commission hopeful Andrew Biviano wins endorsement from ‘opposite end of political spectrum’

Spokane Valley City Councilman Ed Pace, a self-proclaimed libertarian, constitutionalist and tea party Republican, said Democrat Andrew Biviano is exceedingly qualified for the commission job and “has a heart for …


O’Quinn deserves second term

O’Quinn is a strong defender of the collaboration between GSI, which represents business interests, and the county’s economic development efforts


Nancy McLaughlin takes issue with claims made in challenger Josh Kerns’ mailer

Spokane County Commissioner Nancy McLaughlin took issue this week with a mailer sent by challenger Josh Kerns.


Three vie for seat on Spokane County Commission

Two challengers are vying for a chance to unseat Commissioner Nancy McLaughlin in the August primary elections.


Spokane County Jail staff members allege problems with medical contractor

Tensions are high at the Spokane County Jail following the departure of two medical directors and a “bumpy start” to the county’s contract with an Alabama company that provides treatment …


Editorial: Bill to expand Spokane County Commission deserves support

Rep. Marcus Riccelli’s bill improves on last fall’s initiative to add two members to the Spokane County Commission.


Baxter seeks Spokane County Commission seat

Jeff Baxter has asked to be appointed to the open seat on the Spokane County Commission.


Spokane County GOP preps to nominate Todd Mielke successor

Though the list of hopefuls is long, the Spokane County Republican Party will have several weeks after the new year to nominate replacements for outgoing County Commissioner Todd Mielke.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 26, 2015

Doug Clark: My ‘Extra Extra’ ballot will help clear things up for voters

Ballots for the Nov. 3 election arrived in my mailbox the other day and it looks like things are even more of a cluster than usual.


Todd Mielke: Five commissioners would benefit Spokane County

County Proposition 1 will add two commissioners, better serve citizens.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 7, 2015

Doug Clark: Take our county commissioner, please

On behalf of potential future employers, Doug Clark issues an open letter of recommendation for Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke.


Vestal: Rancor among county commissioners a by-product of a larger problem

The rancor that burst into the open this week among the three county commissioners seemed very much like high-stakes drama, or at least a very soapy opera: squabbling and bad …


Family of inmate who died files $6.5M claim against Spokane County

The family of Lorenzo Hayes, who died May 13 at the Spokane County Jail, has filed a wrongful death claim against Spokane County requesting $6.5 million in damages.


County’s fast approval of broadband-boosting towers draws complaint

A wireless company has received fast-track approval from Spokane County to construct three towers designed to boost broadband Internet speeds in rural areas. Commissioners say the need for high-speed Internet …


County grants Knezovich request to allow unmarked patrol cars

At the request of the sheriff, Spokane County commissioners last week passed an ordinance authorizing the use of unmarked patrol cars, amid statewide controversy about the practice. Spokane County Sheriff …


UPDATED: Thu., July 16, 2015

Jail grapples with inmate deaths, staff shortage

The Spokane County Jail is having difficulty hiring and retaining medical staff, while a spate of recent inmate deaths appear to be caused by health issues. County commissioners, who oversee …


County Commission approves controversial Wandermere apartments

Spokane County Commissioners gave the go-ahead Tuesday night for construction of a controversial apartment complex near Wandermere Golf Course.


Editorial: County commission additions should make the ballot

Spokane County’s three commissioners should put a measure that would expand their number to five on the November ballot. Two, Todd Mielke and Shelly O’Quinn, say they are ready to …


Shawn Vestal: Still time to rescue Spokane County CEO hiring process

There is, at this late and inconvenient date, one way for the Spokane County Commission to ensure that the public can trust its process for hiring a new county CEO. …


GOP activist fills Fagan’s vacated 9th District seat

OLYMPIA – Mary Dye, longtime GOP activist from Garfield County, will represent southeastern Washington in the state House. Dye, 53, was named Friday afternoon by commissioners from the district’s six …


UPDATED: Fri., May 8, 2015

County leaders pick Mary Dye to replace Susan Fagan in state House

OLYMPIA –Mary Dye, longtime GOP activist from Garfield County, will represent southeastern Washington in the state House.


Doug Clark: The Milk Man has the lead in race for county gravy train

Sound the trumpets. Cue the juggling elves. Send in the clown!


Todd Mielke is panel’s top choice for Spokane County CEO

The two finalists for Spokane County’s top administrative job are a sitting county commissioner and a former Utah municipal executive who resigned his last post amid controversy. County Commissioner Todd …


Spokane County could restrict Wandermere apartment complex

Spokane County commissioners may be able to set restrictions on a proposed controversial apartment complex near Wandermere Golf Course. The developer, Rudeen Development, proposed to county officials this week capping …