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Proposed tax increase for Fairchild smaller than expected

Spokane County officials on Tuesday lowered the estimated tax rate on a ballot measure to pay for removal of low-income residences beneath the runway approach to Fairchild Air Force Base.


Getting There: Marshall gravel mine worries neighbors

Rock mining in the Marshall area of southwest Spokane County is putting dozens of heavy loads on Cheney-Spokane Road, and residents of the area said they are concerned about public …


Growth vote unsupported by the math

Math is hard. Guessing is easy, and occasionally useful. It’s guessing – wild guessing – by the county’s chief planning official that has some people feeling that the public debate …


Clark: Giving commissioners keys to jails jangles my nerves

So the Spokane County Commission (aka Larry, Moe & Shelly) will be taking administrative control of the county jail and nearby Geiger Corrections Center as of June 1. I think …


Mayor: Hold line on urban growth

Spokane Mayor David Condon and three City Council members oppose expansion of the county’s urban growth area, saying it would add an unnecessary financial burden to taxpayers. In a letter …


Spokane County urban growth hearing packed

A state growth management official on Wednesday warned that a county proposal to expand the urban growth area would put taxpayers at risk for the cost of extending public services. …


Sewer payments see backup

Spokane County commissioners are prepared to get tough on people who haven’t paid their sewer bills. The county has 1,800 delinquent sewer accounts and has filed property liens against the …


Clark: That’s one solution to bloated government

I couldn’t be more impressed by the $2.8 million upgrade being planned for Spokane Indians Stadium* by the county. (* I truly hate using that sterile, commercialized A-word when referring …


County commissioners preparing casino comments

Spokane County Commissioners today voted to terminate a 2010 agreement with Airway Heights that prevented commissioners from commenting about a proposed casino by the Spokane Tribe on U.S. Highway 2.


Commissioners ready to drop pact with Spokane Tribe over proposed casino

Spokane County commissioners today are likely to terminate a 2010 agreement that prevented them from taking a stance on a proposed second tribal casino in Airway Heights. The action follows …


County commission to vote on ending casino no-comment deal

Spokane County commissioners Friday are likely to terminate a 2010 agreement that they said prevented them from taking a stance on a proposed second tribal casino in Airway Heights.


County approves revisions to law protecting shoreline

Spokane County commissioners have approved a sweeping update of the county’s shoreline law after being forced by the state to add protections that were lacking. Shorelines in the unincorporated county …


Republicans Mielke, O’Quinn lead commission races

Republicans are poised to retain control of the Spokane County Board of Commissioners as two races on Tuesday’s ballot were leaning toward the GOP candidates in initial returns. Republican Commissioner …


Mielke puts self on shaky ethical ground

Does Todd Mielke understand conflict of interest? Does he understand and value the proposition that elected officials should operate on behalf of the public and not their personal interests? And, …


Focusing on the long term

Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke thrives in public life. He’s been both an elected official and private legislative lobbyist. Of the two, he said, he prefers holding office.


Roskelley seeks county seat

John Roskelley – international mountaineer, author and environmentalist – wants to return to the job he held for nearly a decade as Spokane County Commissioner. Roskelley, a Democrat, held the …


O’Quinn, a GSI director, says she has right skills to be commissioner

Shelly O’Quinn wants to make a difference, she says. So she’s running as a Republican for an open seat on the Spokane Board of County Commissioners. At 37, O’Quinn believes …


Commissioners consider new slate of jail options

Spokane County officials are reconsidering their 2010 choice to build a new jail at the Medical Lake interchange off Interstate 90. The selection of the Medical Lake site from among …


Getting There: Railroad bed will be used as trail in Valley

Spokane County commissioners have paved the way for a new multiple-use trail on former railroad property east of Appleway Boulevard in Spokane Valley. The commissioners last week approved a resolution …


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Richard giving up Spokane County Commission seat

Spokane County Commissioner Mark Richard will leave his post at this end of this year rather than seek a third term.


Getting There: Plow drivers want to keep rescuing slide-offs

Spokane County road crew workers want to keep pulling stranded motorists from snowy ditches despite fears by the county’s risk manager that the practice puts the county in jeopardy for …


County leaders open to merging police forces

Spokane County Commissioners this week said they are open to the possibility of combining city and county law enforcement agencies.


Area boards seek members

The Spokane Public Facilities District needs some new talent. County commissioners are seeking candidates to replace Sandra Wade, who will leave the district’s board of directors at the end of …


Preventing head injuries should be a no-brainer

I was taken aback to read that our Spokane County commissioners (Larry, Moe and Curly) were taking time to “consider” passing a mandatory helmet law for bicyclists, skateboarders and other …


Sheriff working to upgrade fleet

Spokane County is upgrading its “navy.” County commissioners agreed last week to buy a 19-foot Custom Weld jet boat that Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says is part of a stepped-up effort …


We dreamed of things that were, and said ‘Y not!’

If you were on the fence about the proposal to knock down the old YMCA building in Riverfront Park, go take a look now that it’s gone. My guess is …


Face Time: Judge has relished chance to help change lives

For 36 years, Richard “Rick” White has reported to his job at the Spokane County Courthouse, mostly on foot. White started in 1975 working as a juvenile probation officer, a …


Recycling plan proposed for West Plains

Sunshine Disposal wants to introduce curbside recycling service in a large portion of its West Plains territory. Spokane County commissioners were briefed this week on the proposal, which calls for …


County’s Earth Day proclamation became lukewarm, critics say

Proclamations are the Cocoa Puffs of government pronouncements. They mainly nourish the imagination. A Spokane blogger acknowledged that, but still complained that county commissioners failed to deliver meat and potatoes …


Price changes conservation priorities

County commissioners are shuffling their Conservation Futures shopping list to take advantage of a half-price sale. They accepted Parks Director Doug Chase’s recommendation to snap up 552 acres in the …