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Spokane County juvenile services tax vote likely this year

Spokane County voters likely will decide this year if a sales tax that pays for juvenile detention services should be maintained. But county commissioners disagree when to put the one-tenth-of-a-cent …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The designers of the Spokane County Courthouse never imagined that women would serve on juries, so they didn’t include a restroom for women jurors.


Commissioners hear neighborhood plea against Wandermere apartment complex proposal

Two Spokane County commissioners heard an earful from residents young and old living near a proposed 354-unit apartment complex near Wandermere Golf Course on Tuesday night. The biggest ovation of …


Activist calls for adding two seats to county commission

Once again, Spokane County commissioners will hear a proposal to increase their ranks by two. Community activist Karen Kearney announced her intention to bring the idea to the all-Republican commission …


Landers: Wolf issue should be decided by facts, not fear

The latest rumor about gray wolves in Washington surfaced at a Spokane County Commissioners meeting Tuesday. According to a county cattleman, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has been …


Freddy Park in legal limbo over construction of a road

A forested park in the Wandermere neighborhood gifted to the county by retail company Fred Meyer will stay undeveloped for now. Earlier this week appellate judges kept in place an …


Spokane County drafting solid waste disposal ordinance

A 25-year contract between the city and county for disposal of solid waste will end next month, and Spokane County will take the reins operating two disposal sites in Spokane …


Spokane County Commission candidates at odds over urban growth boundary

The future of a neighborhood in north Spokane County has become one of the most debated topics in this year’s race for County Commission. Al French and his fellow Republican …


$1.1 million renovations planned for county jail elevators

Workers from a Spokane Valley company will renovate four elevators at the aging Spokane County Jail during the next several months at a cost of $1.1 million. “We want to …


Candidates say county commission race about leadership style

The candidates locked in a tight race for the Spokane County Commission say November’s vote is a decision between two distinct leadership styles. Democrat Mary Lou Johnson, making her first …


Road worker honored for helping young children home alone

A Spokane County road crew worker who took action when she found three small children left home alone was recognized Tuesday morning by commissioners and her co-workers. Kelley Stickelmeyer was …


Two Spokane County incumbents face strong challenges

Two incumbent Republicans in the Spokane County Courthouse appear to be facing tough challenges from Democratic opponents. GOP County Commissioner Al French was virtually tied with Democratic challenger Mary Lou …


Q&A: County commission candidates French, Mager and Johnson

County commissioner questions All three candidates for county commissioner were asked the same questions on key issues. Here are their answers.


Profiles of candidates for Spokane County commissioner, District 3

Candidates Job description: This Spokane County office is part of a three-member board that serves as the executive of county operations. Commissioners decide on budgets, land use, staffing, county utilities …


Commission offers reasons for expanded growth area

Spokane County commissioners took steps Wednesday to justify their attempt to expand areas of the county where urban-style growth is allowed. Commissioners last July approved a 4,100-acre expansion of the …


Shawn Vestal: County permit ‘clerical mishap’ raises eyebrows

OK, just to be clear: Two Spokane County planning officials pleaded the Fifth Amendment – you know, the one where you can’t be compelled to give criminal evidence against yourself …


Shawn Vestal: Commissioner’s records request adds fuel to flare-up over planning

Public records laws are important tools for citizens to use in the battle against government secrecy and power. Anyone who has ever used them is familiar with occasional stonewalling and …


Shawn Vestal: Mayor’s veto certainly averts one uncertainty

Whew. Uncertainty averted. Maybe. Probably.


Mayor vetoes council plan that would have limited sprawl

Citing concerns about the region’s economic health, Spokane Mayor David Condon vetoed a contentious City Council plan Monday that relies on new utility restrictions to thwart improper sprawl outside city …


Condon to veto anti-sprawl ordinance

Spokane Mayor David Condon said he’ll veto an ordinance that would have stopped city water and sewer from being extended to contested development areas outside city limits until legal challenges …


Doug Clark: Trying to make heads or tails of Spokane’s coin craze

So the stooges on the Spokane County Commission (Larry, Moe and Girly) are blowing $5,125 to have 300 special coins made that they’ll give away to VIPs and cronies. This …


Groups lobby to veto anti-sprawl vote

A lobbying push is underway to persuade Spokane Mayor David Condon to veto a contentious anti-sprawl ordinance approved this week by a divided City Council. The Spokane Homebuilders Association, which …


Shawn Vestal: Spokane County commissioners get taste of own medicine

The papal Spokane County Commission – which issues edicts and sends messages – is on the receiving end of a message, for once. The Spokane City Council took a big, …


Spokane closes loophole for contested developments

In a bid to curb unwanted sprawl, Spokane city leaders Monday imposed new prohibitions on extending water and sewer service to potentially contested developments outside city limits until any legal …


Noxious Weed Board proposes countywide assessment fee

Leafy spurge and common bugloss may have funny-sounding names, but to many in Spokane County they are no laughing matter. They are among dozens of noxious weeds that must be …


Landmarks Commission at standstill while county sends message

A little more than a year after Spokane celebrated its historic legacy by hosting a national preservation conference, Spokane’s own historic preservation program is being ground to a halt. The …


Spokane cedes control of solid waste system to county

The Spokane City Council on Monday did something that seemed almost unthinkable a decade ago: It gave up control of the Spokane Regional Solid Waste System. In a unanimous vote, …


Spokane Valley council won’t back tax to help move homes near Fairchild

The Spokane Valley City Council won’t support a new tax to move homes out of Fairchild Air Force Base’s crash zone, saying county commissioners should have tried harder to find …


Fairchild buffer zone gets county OK

Protecting Fairchild Air Force Base from encroachment, as well as from potential snipers or other threats, was the goal of emergency action by Spokane County commissioners Wednesday. Commissioners adopted an …


Newman Lake residents ask for help

Residents living along Newman Lake are taking their concerns about shoreline erosion to the Spokane County commissioners. Two weeks ago, they asked Commissioner Todd Mielke to help them come up …