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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. …


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 …


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 law and justice council will start up again

Spokane County used to have a law and justice council that was supposed to work on improving the criminal justice system. The group was formed in 1992 and was made …


Spokane County eases marijuana lot size restrictions

Spokane County commissioners are backing off on lot size and property line rules that threatened to stop would-be marijuana growers in agricultural zones. On Monday, the growers said strict zoning …


Green Bluff zoning rules will be put up for debate

New rules governing weddings on Green Bluff are coming up for a round of public debate at the Spokane County Courthouse later this month. The county commissioners have spent the …


Spokane County Commission seat likely three-way fight

Former Democratic County Commissioner Bonnie Mager is seeking a rematch with the Republican who unseated her in 2010, only this time she is running as an independent. Mager lost in …


Spokane County has paid law firm $300,000 in casino fight

Spokane County commissioners have paid a law firm $300,000 during the past 17 months in their fight against a Spokane tribal casino near Fairchild Air Force Base. The money was …


Spokane County seeks second federal study of Airway Heights casino

Spokane County commissioners are asking the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs to take a new look at possible negative impacts of a proposed Spokane tribal casino on Fairchild Air Force …


Marijuana growers in county will need 8 acres, for now

Spokane County commissioners may have thrown a wrench into the plans of some would-be marijuana growers hoping to set up in rural areas. An interim zoning ordinance approved Monday says …


Commissioners strike deal for commemorative coin

Spokane County commissioners plan to spend $5,125 on a set of 300 commemorative coins to give away to local power brokers and visiting dignitaries. The idea is torn right from …


Spokane County weighs Green Bluff zoning change

New zoning rules designed to allow wedding and event centers on Green Bluff are under consideration by the Spokane County Commission. The issue is among a range of options commissioners …


Aerospace jobs coming to Spokane County, commissioner says

Economic growth in Spokane County may be ready to take off with the expansion of the aerospace industry, county Commissioner Al French said Friday. Spokane is on the verge of …


Spokane County considers pot processing zone change

Licensed marijuana growers in Spokane County’s agricultural areas could be allowed to dry, bag and label their crops under a zoning change being considered by county commissioners. The Washington state …


Spokane County commissioners to study expanded land use at Green Bluff

Green Bluff residents staked out their differences on Tuesday over a proposal to allow weddings and other events as accessory uses in the small-tract agriculture zone. Spokane County commissioners took …


Spokane Valley businessman selected for 4th District legislative seat

Leonard Christian, an Air Force veteran and Spokane Valley real estate businessman, was selected Wednesday to fill the 4th District legislative seat vacated by former Rep. Larry Crouse. Christian, 48, …


Spokane justice commission report complete

Now that the Spokane Regional Criminal Justice Commission has completed its yearlong report, top officials at Spokane County and Spokane City Hall are getting ready to sit down and decide …


State panel orders shoreline rules tightened in Spokane County

Spokane County is doing too little to protect lakes and rivers from human septic waste, a state panel charges. The Washington Growth Management Hearings Board is ordering the county and …


Spokane airport step closer to drawing maintenance facility

Spokane County commissioners moved one step closer on Tuesday to drawing a jetliner maintenance company to Spokane International Airport. The commissioners are poised to issue $19 million in tax-exempt bonds …


Spokane County may allow indoor marijuana growing

Spokane County commissioners are fine-tuning regulations for legal marijuana production to allow indoor growing operations in light industrial zones in unincorporated parts of the county. Commissioners last month approved an …


Spokane County sheriff’s budget gets boost

Spokane County will give its sheriff’s budget another $283,000 to pay for unforeseen costs incurred in 2013. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich on Tuesday told county commissioners his department continues to feel …


Spokane County raises property tax by 1 percent

Spokane County commissioners raised property taxes by 1 percent as they approved a 2014 budget that preserves the county’s existing level of services as well as its workforce. The $142 …


Spokane County files labor complaint against deputies

More than two years of contract negotiations between Spokane County and its deputy sheriffs have been put on hold after the county filed an unfair labor practice complaint against the …


Spokane County rural voters deny Proposition 1

Efforts to raise property taxes to buy homes and land around Fairchild Air Force Base dimmed Wednesday as “no” votes piled up – especially in rural and poorer areas of …


Fairchild Air Force Base tax outcome uncertain

A tax measure to protect Fairchild Air Force Base from civilian encroachment was trailing in Tuesday night’s count, but the race was too close to call. Spokane County Proposition 1 …


Bikini Barista issue goes to Spokane County officials

The battle over bikini baristas moved this week to the Spokane County Courthouse, as county commissioners said they will hear from the public on their own version of an espresso …


Spokane County commissioners extend mental health services tax

A tenth of a penny sales tax that pays for local mental health and criminal justice services was extended through 2019 by Spokane County commissioners on Tuesday. Commissioners Todd Mielke …