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Spokane County commissioner race votes limited to district

Voters throughout Spokane County eventually will have the chance to vote for Spokane County commissioner. But only those who live in Commissioner Bonnie Mager’s district can vote in the Aug. …


French backs off on letters

Candidate Al French says he was just trying to be helpful when he wrote letters to the editor for his supporters to sign and send. “I have several written and …


Mager faces 4 GOP challengers

As the only Democrat and the only woman, Bonnie Mager stands out among the candidates for her Spokane County commissioner position. Standing apart could help her survive next month’s primary …


Spokane County commissioner candidates, issues

Candidate Q&A


Jail sell might go over better if commissioners tap The Truth

So I’m reading the newspaper and I pause when I see what those geniuses on the Spokane County Commission have been up to lately. All three voted Tuesday to give …


Spokane County, Valley council rediscover cordiality

Spokane County and Spokane Valley began climbing out Monday from the diplomatic hole elected officials dug for themselves. County commissioners and the new City Council charted a way forward on …


Deadlines near on YMCA’s fate

Almost a half-century after David Rodgers turned a shovel of dirt to commemorate construction of a new downtown YMCA, he considers the decision to build the Y along the shore …


Animal control options limited

Almost two years after completing an agreement hailed as the solution to Spokane’s ongoing animal control problem, leaders again are debating how to regionalize dog and cat licensing and other …


Short-handed assessor wants help from above

Spokane County residents may want to avoid backyard sunbathing in April. That’s when county Assessor Ralph Baker wants to take a series of high-resolution, low-altitude aerial photographs that promise to …


County’s law library has too many books

Spokane County may soon eradicate 10,000 books. No “Fahrenheit 451” worries, though.


County gives city time on YMCA debt

Spokane County leaders Tuesday expressed frustration with Spokane City Council’s vague response to their offer to pay off the city’s debt on its purchase of the downtown YMCA. After two …


City Council faces deadline on $4.3 million for YMCA

The $4.3 million question facing city leaders Monday isn’t whether to buy the old downtown YMCA. They purchased the 43-year-old building months ago.


Raze the Y, study says

A $17,000 study about the future of the former downtown YMCA has come to the same conclusion reached by the Spokane Park Board: The structure will become a strain on …


County boots raceway operator; debts remain

Spokane County commissioners Thursday fired the company they hired less than a year ago to operate the county’s Raceway Park, their controversial purchase near Airway Heights that drew crowds this …


Commission delays jail site decision

Spokane County commissioners delayed until next year the decision of where to build a new jail, saying they want to consider more options and get a better idea of costs. …


Sheriff seeks jail site alternatives

The decision to expand Spokane County’s jail near downtown may be rescinded in the face of growing cost projections. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich on Wednesday asked county commissioners to rethink their …


Sheriff urges reconsideration of downtown jail

The decision to expand Spokane County’s jail near downtown may be reversed in the face of growing cost projections.


County must get racetrack on track

It looks like Spokane County Commissioners Todd Mielke and Mark Richard may need to show the same passion for bill collection as they did for reviving Spokane Raceway Park, because …


Small rural lots raise big concerns

Spokane County will begin a series of public hearings this week for residents to comment on rules designed to give landowners more flexibility in developing rural land while preserving open …


City-county clashes continue

Spokane Valley Mayor Rich Munson says he wasn’t opening a new front in the city’s contract disputes with Spokane County when he talked about seeking an alternative to a county …


County consolidation gets another look

First came really bad news about the budget. Then, on Wednesday, Spokane County officials brought up a word that historically has sparked the equivalent of a jurisdictional cage match: consolidation. …


Spokane County budget woes prompt consolidation talks

First came really bad news about the budget. Then Spokane County officials on Wednesday brought up a word that historically has sparked the equivalent of a jurisdictional cage match: consolidation.


Sheriff calls for reform amid crisis

Reforming the criminal justice system is daunting enough with plenty of money. Yet local court, law enforcement and elected officials are pushing forward with their plans despite the worst budget …


Friction arises at meeting on West Plains annexation

In a meeting that got prickly at times, Spokane Mayor Mary Verner and Airway Heights Mayor Matthew Pederson met Tuesday with the Spokane County Commission about the Lilac’s City’s largest …


Trip-reduction tax rebate sought

The Spokane County Commission voted Tuesday to waive normal bidding procedures and contract with the former chairman of the county Republican Party to provide guidance in helping the county secure …


Spokane County skips bid process in seeking rebate

The Spokane County Commission voted Tuesday to waive normal bidding procedures and contract with the former Republican chairman of Spokane County to provide guidance in helping the county secure a …


In brief: Walgreens robbed on Argonne Road

A man robbed a Millwood pharmacy of OxyContin on Wednesday evening after threatening a customer with a knife in the second armed robbery for the prescription pain medication this week. …


County to sign contract for plant

The Spokane County Commission decided in a split vote Tuesday to sign one of its biggest-ever contracts, hiring CH2M Hill Constructors Inc. to design, build and operate a new sewage …


County hires engineer, looks at options for treatment plant

The Spokane County Commission decided in a split vote Tuesday to sign one of its biggest-ever contracts, hiring CH2M Hill Constructors Inc. to design, build and operate a new sewage …


Council to discuss YMCA purchase today

The public will get a chance today to speak on a proposal to buy the downtown YMCA and turn the land into natural space. Spokane County commissioners are considering a …