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Commissioner Mager concedes defeat

Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager conceded defeat Wednesday in her bid for a second term. The election is to be certified Friday, and the latest results show challenger Al French …


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 …


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 …


Consultant role proposed for retired undersheriff

Recently retired Undersheriff Greg Conner would become a $70-an-hour consultant under a contract Spokane County commissioners may approve Tuesday.


Lawsuit over river discharges could be boon for wetland

A lawsuit over river discharges threatens the January 2012 startup of a new Spokane County sewage treatment plant, so officials are working on a backup. Plan B, restoration of a …


License fees for dogs may increase

Dog license fees may be increased to prevent service cuts in the Spokane County animal-control program. County commissioners informally endorsed a plan to increase fees to match those in Spokane.


County won’t oppose casino plan in Airway Heights

A second tribal casino in Airway Heights would pay out for Spokane County under a deal county commissioners approved Tuesday on a split vote. With Commissioner Todd Mielke dissenting, the …


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 …


County OK’s money for Avista Stadium upgrades

Spokane County soon will start design work on $2.8 million worth of baseball stadium improvements required by a lease that pays $15,000 a year. County commissioners unanimously appropriated $10,000 Tuesday …


Applicants sought for planning panel

Spokane County commissioners are recruiting for a pending vacancy on the county Planning Commission.


Airport to pay Spokane Airways over condemnation

Spokane International Airport will pay almost one-third of the cost of settling a lawsuit brought by the owners of Spokane Airways. The $1.8 million deal was approved Tuesday by Spokane …


Candidate will undergo mental evaluation

The mental state of a Spokane County commission candidate is in question. A week before filing for office Friday, civic gadfly David H. Elton was ordered by Spokane County Superior …


Spokane County picks jail site near Medical Lake

Divided Spokane County commissioners Tuesday chose a site near Medical Lake for a second jail and the courthouse campus as a place to rehabilitate criminals. The vote was unanimous to …


Spokane County budget woes keep coming

Spokane County commissioners seem to have joined the Crisis of the Week Club. Try as the commissioners may to unsubscribe, the problems keep coming.


Pension miscue could be costly for Spokane County

A mistake by the state Department of Retirement Systems could cost Spokane County nearly $325,000 – if commissioners don’t pass the burden to employees. The mistake could shave hundreds of …


Speakers call for programs, not new Spokane County jail

The most common suggestion at Wednesday’s public hearing on where to build a new Spokane County jail was that it shouldn’t be built at all. Many speakers urged county commissioners …


New management reopening raceway

Spokane County Raceway officially reopened Tuesday under new management. “We’re back in operation, so I’m very excited about that,” Parks Director Doug Chase told Spokane County commissioners.


Racing resumes at county raceway

Spokane County Raceway officially reopened Tuesday under new management. “We’re back in operation, so I’m very excited about that,” Parks Director Doug Chase told county commissioners.


Gibbs-Arias takes charge as SCR works to reopen

The ink has dried from Tuesday’s Spokane County Raceway operational contract signing between Ronald Hodgson, his partner Charles Allen and the Spokane County commissioners. Now it’s up to Cindy Gibbs-Arias, …


Activist appointed to airport board

Community activist Jeff Hamilton, a private pilot and retired corporate manager, was appointed this week to a vacancy on the Spokane Airport Board.


Mail cull: Debating a proposal for limiting unsolicited direct mail

Pro: The Do Not Mail resolution before the Spokane County commissioners, and soon to be before the Spokane City Council, makes good sense whether you’re concerned about the environment or …


County urged to back ‘Do Not Mail’

Junk mail is costly to recipients as well as annoying, according to a Spokane woman who wants a spam filter of sorts for physical mailboxes. In addition to indirect costs …


Deadlines bedevil Spokane County prosecutor’s office

Efforts to reduce Spokane County’s jail needs through swift justice have hit a “significant roadblock” in the prosecutor’s office, commissioners were told Tuesday. Once again, jail consultant David Bennett told …


County may raise fair admission

Going to the fair would cost more this summer under a proposal Spokane County commissioners will consider at 2 p.m. today. The commissioners also plan to act on Assessor Ralph …


County to cut 150 workers

Spokane County will eliminate more than 150 positions from the payroll next year as commissioners struggle to cover expected shortages in the general fund and other sources of money. With …


County attorney says Fox funding was legal

Spokane County commissioners shifted the source of funding for The Fox theater this week, but their attorney insisted the original plan to take money from the county’s share of the …


County shifts funds for Fox contribution

Spokane County commissioners shifted the source of funding for The Fox theater this week, but their attorney insisted the original plan to take money from the county’s share of the …


City on the road to peaceful growth

Spokane County has raised a white flag. After years spent fighting Spokane’s growing city limits, county commissioners are taking a friendlier stance on what would be the largest expansion of …