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UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 9:54 p.m.

5 commissioner bill constitutional, judge rules

A law that requires Spokane County to split into five county commissioner districts doesn’t violate the state constitution, a Superior Court judge ruled Friday.


Spokane County seeking volunteer for civil service commission

Spokane County is seeking a volunteer to fill a vacancy on its civil service commission, which is responsible for reviewing the job performance of law enforcement.


Panel of citizens will set salaries for Spokane County sheriff, prosecutor

The Spokane County commissioners addressed Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich’s salary on Tuesday, although they didn’t give him the raise he’s been seeking.


UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017, 7:33 a.m.

Employees upset about Spokane County commissioners’ pay raises

Spokane County employees aren’t happy about pay raises recently given to the county’s elected leaders, but some hope the raises will come in handy during this year’s contract negotiations.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 12, 2017, 10:37 p.m.

Local leaders look for silver lining in Fairchild tanker announcement

While the West Plains military base will likely not get the next generation of fuel tankers, local leaders stressed Thursday that Fairchild may end up benefiting from the decision by …


County attorney claims employment discrimination a result of being pregnant

A Spokane County public defender filed a tort claim and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint against the Spokane County Public Defender’s Office in June for allegedly passing her up for …


Spokane County, neighborhood groups sign sweeping settlement in land-use disputes

Spokane County agreed it will not expand the area where urban growth can occur for at least nine years without meeting certain benchmarks, while controversial boundaries drawn in 2013 will …


Spokane County Commissioners revise public meeting rules for ‘administrative’ topics

Spokane County Commissioners gave themselves the option this week to move public hearings they believe won’t be well-attended to afternoons. A revision to county laws approved unanimously by the three …


Spokane County officials worry Senate budget will restrict mental health, substance abuse care

Spokane County officials are worried a provision in the Washington Senate’s budget proposal will cripple their ability to provide state-mandated mental health and substance abuse services.


Mielke named new CEO of Greater Spokane Incorporated

Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke Monday was selected as the new CEO for Greater Spokane Inc., the Spokane area’s chamber of commerce.


Petition for sheriff’s office independent review is a political move, Knezovich says

Calling the process of selecting an ombudsman for the Spokane Police Department “a political nightmare,” Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich on Tuesday dismissed a petition requesting independent civilian oversight for his department …


Spokane County finalizes marijuana laws

Laws governing where retail marijuana businesses may locate within Spokane County became permanent Tuesday, with additional language warning growers they must adhere to clean air laws or face potential enclosure …


Millwood plans trail on old rail right of way

Creation of a Millwood trail on a historic railroad right of way took a step forward earlier this week. The trail is envisioned for the former Great Northern Railway line …


County dials up alert for 911 warnings

For several years now, Spokane County’s 911 system has had the ability to notify people of potential danger nearby – a wildfire evacuation, a gunman on the loose, even a …


Settlement could cost county $375,000

Spokane County commissioners are being asked to approve a $375,000 settlement with a former licensing subagent whose contract was revoked by Auditor Vicky Dalton in 2012. Alvin and Michelle Paulsen, …


Public comment deadline set for Spokane County septic tank rules

State officials are reviewing tighter regulations for installation of septic tanks along Spokane County shorelines. In general, septic tanks will not be allowed within 200 feet of the shoreline. Larger …


Panel begins work on ways to reduce region’s crime rate

Eight months after a blue ribbon panel submitted 58 pages of recommendations for criminal justice reforms in Spokane County, the leaders who are responsible for implementing the reforms went to …


Spokane County commissioners explain vote on urban growth area

Spokane County commissioners on Wednesday reaffirmed their rationale for adding about 3,600 acres of land to the county’s urban growth area. The expansion increases the amount of land where urban-style …


Spokane County commissioners vote to start north Mead sewer plan

Even though a controversial expansion of the urban growth boundary has been put on hold because of legal challenges, the Spokane County Commission on Tuesday voted to move ahead with …


Agreement cuts future parking, visitor fees on Centennial Trail

Centennial Trail users in Spokane, Spokane Valley and parts of unincorporated Spokane County will not pay any future parking or visitor fees under a new trail maintenance agreement finalized Tuesday. …


Sheriff’s race centers on jail debate

Debate over the need for a new Spokane County Jail has become a key issue in this year’s campaigns for sheriff and county commissioner after a candidate in the sheriff’s …


Growth is key in Spokane County commission race

Republican Spokane County Commissioner Al French is facing a potential rerun of 2010, when he ousted Democrat Bonnie Mager in a close race. This time, Mager has shed her Democratic …


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 …


Urban growth debate resumes as county commissioners hold state-ordered hearing

Spokane County commissioners got a mixed reaction from the public Tuesday in their attempt to expand the county’s urban growth area in the face of a rejection of the plan …


Urban growth input sought

The public can weigh in Tuesday on Spokane County’s attempt to open 4,100 acres to denser development. County commissioners approved the expansion of the “urban growth area” last year to …


Spokane County field house proposal unlikely to include ice rink

An ice rink likely won’t be included in a proposed $20 million field house that Spokane County commissioners could put to voters as part of a 2015 park ballot measure. …


Solar World apartments near Fairchild may become firefighter training tool

Nearly 100 vacant apartment units on the south side of Airway Heights could go up in flames if a proposal goes through to use them for a fire training exercise. …


Airway Heights mayor, others protest county’s fight against casino

A group supporting a proposed Spokane tribal casino and resort rallied in front of the Spokane County Courthouse on Tuesday decrying the spending by county commissioners to fight the project. …


Green Bluff event rules approved

Spokane County commissioners voted 2-1 on Monday to set up new rules for weddings and other events at Green Bluff and other farming areas. The decision requires annual temporary use …


Spokane, county begin talks on urban growth

Top elected leaders in Spokane and Spokane County spent two hours Monday morning talking about how to plan for future growth in the community. It was the first in what …