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UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019, 12:23 p.m.

Spokane County’s building and code enforcement director resigns after choking accusation

The Spokane County Building and Planning director resigned after a county employee accused him of choking her with a cord while she was sitting at her desk.


While Spokane County bans camping on public land, Valley leaders fear legal issues if they attempt the same

Camping on public land is now illegal in both the City of Spokane and Spokane County, but Spokane Valley leaders worry they won’t be able to enforce a camping law …


Secretary in Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office resigns amid accusations that she illegally recorded co-workers

A secretary with the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office resigned this month amid a criminal investigation that alleges she illegally recorded her co-workers discussing sensitive information multiple times.


UPDATED: Sat., March 16, 2019, 4:52 p.m.

Baumgartner and French disagree on pay raises for some Spokane County leaders; commissioners will receive 3 percent raises this year and next

Spokane County commissioners will receive a 6 percent raise divided over two years, an independent citizen salary commission decided last week.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 27, 2019, 9:50 p.m.

Lawsuit challenges state law expanding Spokane County Commission from three to five members

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Spokane County Superior Court. Plaintiffs include the county as well as Commissioner Al French, former Commissioner John Roskelley and the Washington State Association of …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 4:32 p.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: County asked to chip in to complete road to Mount Spokane

Civic leaders asked the Spokane County commissioners for $3,500 to complete the road to Mt. Spokane.


Spokane County Commissioner Al French seeks consensus on new jail

“The goal is to have something concrete, defined, this year,” said French, who also chairs the Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council and its facilities committee. “This can has been …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018, 6:37 a.m.

Spokane County Commissioners expected to rehire heads of public defender’s office, counsel for defense

Spokane County commissioners will decide Tuesday whether to rehire two men tasked with leading the county’s defense for indigent defendants.


Commissioners to vote on Spokane County property tax increase

Spokane County commissioners will decide on Tuesday whether to take a one percent property tax increase that could help fund basic county services, road construction and property acquisitions for the …


Spokane County prosecutors demand raises, complain of unfair bargaining practices

The union representing Spokane County’s deputy prosecutors has launched a public pressure campaign in hopes of rebooting contract negotiations and obtaining wage increases. Mediated negotiations stalled in August when the …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018, 9:39 a.m.

Michael Baumgartner, David Green differ on role of Spokane County treasurer

Both candidates for Spokane County treasurer have lots of experience. But they differ on the kind of experience that’s better suited for the job and how to use that experience.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018, 9:36 a.m.

Mary Kuney, Rob Chase are familiar opponents in race for Spokane County commissioner

The race for county commissioner between Rob Chase and Mary Kuney mirrors a split in the Spokane County Republican Party between more traditional Republicans who have lined up behind Kuney …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 12:27 p.m.

Spokane County Treasurer Rob Chase trying to block Avista’s sale

Rob Chase doesn’t want Avista Corp. to sell to a Canadian utility, and the Spokane County commissioner candidate says he’s deploying a little-known part of federal laws to try to …


UPDATED: Tue., July 31, 2018, 9:28 p.m.

Spokane GOP chairwoman defends alt-right provocateur James Allsup at tea party meeting

The chairwoman of the Spokane County Republican Party offered a defense of James Allsup during a meeting of local conservatives this month, claiming the 22-year-old alt-right provocateur – whose views …


UPDATED: Mon., July 16, 2018, 1:01 p.m.

A year after new effort to decrease Spokane County jail population, more inmates were behind bars

Spokane County has hired a new criminal justice administrator to oversee reforms aimed at reducing the county’s jail population and racial disparities. Data from the reform effort so far makes …


Shawn Vestal: Between officials and reformers, a growing rift in efforts to improve Spokane’s criminal justice system

We have plenty to be proud of in the city’s push towards a fairer criminal justice system. But two years after receiving an award from the MacArthur Foundation, a significant …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 8, 2018, 9:54 a.m.

Down one colleague because of budget cuts, Spokane County District Court judges are picking up the slack

After Judge Gregory Tripp retired, the Spokane County District Court effectively gave up most of the money that would have gone toward his 2018 salary and benefits.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018, 11:06 p.m.

Spokane launches new app ‘Spokane County on the Go’

Spokane County has a new app for those seeking county resources and up-to-date information on their smartphones, tablets and other devices.


Spokane lawmakers propose expanding county commission, electing by district

The bill would take effect in 2022 and would add two members to the Spokane County Commission. It’s received bipartisan support in Olympia and the city of Spokane, but current …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 9:05 p.m.

Spokane County budget includes $400,000 cut for regional health district

Some agencies and departments that receive funding from Spokane County avoided steep cuts in 2018. The Spokane County Regional Health District isn’t one of them.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017, 6:20 a.m.

Split Spokane County Commission approves 2018 budget

Commissioners Al French and Mary Kuney voted in favor of the spending plan, which will use money set aside from the road construction budget to cover day-to-day expenses next year …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 3:01 p.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Sheriff accuses county commissioners of ‘childish displays’

Sheriff George L. Reid declared that two county commissioners played a “most contemptible trick” on him. They asked him to go along with them on a tour of warehouses where …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 7:09 a.m.

Spokane County goes to trial over 2007 hypothermia death of 84-year-old man

A jury heard opening statements Monday in a civil case against Spokane County brought by the family of an 84-year-old man who froze to death in a snowstorm nearly a …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 27, 2017, 8:38 p.m.

Spokane County won’t ask job applicants about their criminal records

The Spokane County Board of Commissioners voted this week to remove questions about past criminal convictions from county job applications.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 29, 2017, 9:54 p.m.

Mary Kuney sworn in as Spokane County commissioner

Mary Kuney was sworn in as a Spokane County commissioner Friday evening, two days after Gov. Jay Inslee appointed her to fill the seat that previously belonged to Shelly O’Quinn.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 10:19 p.m.

Governor taps Mary Kuney to fill vacancy on Spokane County Commission

Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday tapped Mary Kuney to fill a vacancy on the Spokane County Commission, less than two weeks after the two sitting commissioners announced they could not …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 11:23 a.m.

Third candidate for Spokane County seat gets renewed chance with commissioners’ punt

John Guarisco is a marketing consultant who has never held or campaigned for elected office, and his political leanings aren’t as well known as those of Mary Kuney and Rob …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 12, 2017, 8:14 p.m.

Spokane County commissioners deadlock on appointment of third Republican colleague, give decision to Democratic governor

Deadlocked in a heated debate about who should fill a vacant seat on the Spokane County Commission, Republican commissioners voted Tuesday to let the Democratic governor make the selection.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 11:44 a.m.

Spokane County commissioners in stalemate over selection of third member

A rift in the Spokane County Republican Party has resulted in a stalemate between two county commissioners who are running out of time to choose a new colleague.


Spokane County to hire three new corrections officers, house more federal prisoners

Spokane County plans to hire three new corrections officers and jail more federal prisoners to help fix a $10 million budget shortfall.