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Stories tagged: Spokane County Commission


Doug Clark: Bigger government? Send in the clowns

I’ve never been more excited about Spokane County government. There’s a sentence you probably never thought you’d read in my column.


Doug Clark: MAC needs a lesson in greasing commission

The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture has turned to the Spokane County Commission for help, which should tell you just how leaky things are over at our poor, budget-strapped …


Clark: Bruised Bonnie bemoaning rough and tumble

Aw, Bonnie. Say it ain’t so. How disappointing to learn that former Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager has been spending her post-election days trying to wreck her laudable legacy.


City OKs incinerator deal

The fate of a $25 million contract to operate the city’s West Plains trash incinerator will rest with Spokane County commissioners. The Spokane City Council on Monday voted 6-1 to …


County proposes garbage summit

Public officials are seeking a “fast-track” decision on who should control the Spokane Regional Solid Waste System. County commissioners Thursday accepted Spokane Mayor Mary Verner’s call for an agreement within …


CityCable adding new programming

CityCable 5, the city of Spokane’s government-access cable station, recently announced additional live public meeting coverage and other new programming for 2011. To accommodate the changes, CityCable 5 will change …


Grants pave way for construction

Part of Farwell Road will be rebuilt with one of four road grants Spokane County commissioners accepted Tuesday – if another, larger grant is approved as officials hope. The section …


Old YMCA worth saving? Landmarks panel to decide

It could be the final chapter for the former downtown YMCA. Or it could be the start of more painstaking, political maneuvering.


Consultant explains prospects for Geiger Spur

A long, low railroad tunnel on Snoqualmie Pass could help Spokane County’s Geiger Spur railroad project. A consultant told county commissioners recently that westbound trains from the East Coast might …


Spokane County Commission, Position 3

Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager and her re-election challenger, former Spokane City Councilman Al French, seem to have mixed up their political party playbooks.


Mager fires back at French

County Commissioner Bonnie Mager said Friday that her election challenger, Al French, was hypocritical when he accused her of wanting to make tax increases easier. “I think somebody who actually …


Richard, Knezovich spar over budgeting

A 2 ½-hour Sheriff’s Office budget meeting Tuesday produced more heat than light. Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and County Commission Chairman Mark Richard each accused the other of “insulting” …


County commission objects to shoreline rules

A state rewrite of Spokane County’s shoreline regulations is a “prime example” of state agencies “out of control,” Commissioner Mark Richard said Tuesday. With Washington’s budget on life support, the …


Medical Lake site chosen for jail in 2-1 vote

Spokane County commissioners accepted no public testimony but aired their own views on a new jail for an hour and a half Tuesday. They then voted 2-1 to confirm a …


Corrections center choice likely tonight

Spokane County commissioners are scheduled to confirm this evening their tentative selection of a site for a replacement of the Geiger Corrections Center. Commissioners previously voted 2-1, with Bonnie Mager …


Clark: Idling minds run a bit rich on track tribute

Thanks to some of my diabolical readers, the raceway monument to our con-men commissioners is right on track. If you recall, I sounded the alarm last week for assistance in …


Council members send tab tax support to county

Creation of an annual vehicle tab tax of $20 appears to be gaining support on the Spokane City Council. A letter signed by six of the seven Spokane City Council …


Spokane County approves land, sewer deal

County commissioners unanimously approved an agreement Tuesday to trade 70 acres of undeveloped Spokane County Raceway land for Airway Heights sewer and water connections.


Clark: Let’s commission a monument to runaway spending

How about that Spokane County Raceway, huh? Ho, hum. Another day. Another $850,000 blown out the ol’ exhaust pipe.


County settles raceway suits, resolving contractors’ claims

The Spokane County Raceway will cost taxpayers $850,000 more under a lawsuit settlement county commissioners approved Tuesday. Commissioners Mark Richard and Bonnie Mager, who don’t agree on much about the …


City, Valley might back vehicle tax, Mielke says

Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke said Tuesday that Spokane and Spokane Valley city officials have indicated they may seek a countywide vehicle tax. A countywide “transportation benefit district” requires the …


French hangs on for general election

A final vote count in last month’s primary election, to be certified today, didn’t turn around any races or trigger an automatic recount. Republican county commissioner candidate Al French retained …


Sheriff turns to retiree to head internal investigations

Recently retired Undersheriff Greg Conner would become a $70-an-hour consultant under a contract Spokane County commissioners may approve today. Jeff Tower, the county’s remaining undersheriff, said officials hope to fill …


Mager runner-up vote count continues

The race for second place in last week’s primary for Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager’s position remained too close to call Monday. Jeff Holy shaved five votes off Al French’s …


Spokane Valley City Council discusses vehicle taxes

The merits of forming a regional Transportation Benefit District to raise revenue for road construction received nearly an hour of discussion at Tuesday’s Spokane Valley City Council meeting, but the …


Spokane water rights adjudications to start in 2012

Spokane County commissioners saw the future this week and it looked like “Waterworld.” Court officials told commissioners the county needs to gear up for a massive adjudication of water rights …


Salvatori lambastes French mailing

County commissioner candidate Steve Salvatori says a weekend “attack” mailing by rival Al French improperly put words in his mouth. “Steve says, ‘Zoom,’ ” according to the mailing, which facetiously …


Commissioners finalize raceway funds

Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager dissented again Tuesday during final action on a $588,500 racetrack expenditure. Commissioners Todd Mielke and Mark Richard said the money was needed for safety improvements …


$20 tab tax could get OK without public vote

The Spokane City Council has pulled a proposal for tonight’s meeting that would have added a new vehicle license tab fee.Even though a new $20 tax on license plate tabs …


Editorial: Commission would benefit from French’s leadership

Democratic incumbent Bonnie Mager has drawn three strong Republican challengers in the primary contest for Spokane County commissioner. Party affiliation alone could grant her one of the two slots for …