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Getting There: Spokane Valley to select design following $1.2 million federal grant for Pines Road rail project

Spokane Valley is planning to select a design for its $29 million project to separate road and rail traffic on Pines Road and Trent Avenue.


UPDATED: Mon., June 17, 2019, 9:03 a.m.

Spokane City Council to consider suing opioid manufacturers, distributors

Spokane City Council members are considering suing opioid makers and distributors for allegedly lying about how addictive the drugs were and failing to contact law enforcement about thousands of suspicious …


Free summer meals available across Spokane County for youths

Area schools and nonprofit groups are offering free summer meals for youths around Spokane County.


Spokane County home sales drop in May

Spokane County experienced a drop in single-family home and condominium sales in May, which is typically when the housing market heats up. Home sales declined more than 10% compared to …


UPDATED: Thu., May 30, 2019, 10:04 p.m.

Two mumps cases confirmed at Eastern Washington University in Cheney

Two students who live off-campus have confirmed cases of the virus, which is making a comeback amid declining vaccination rates. Classes are occurring as scheduled at the school in Cheney, …


Mead, Colbert residents say Highway 206, Market Street intersection should take priority in transportation plan

Residents of Mead and Colbert discuss the priorities for the Mead-Mt. Spokane Transportation Area plan.


Longtime marketing coordinator named fair director

After 14 years in marketing at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, Erin Gurtel has now risen to fair director.


Global Neighborhood Thrift aims to provide more job training, employment to former refugees through store expansion

Khalid Samir didn’t speak English and lacked connections for landing a job in America. But he was able to find Global Neighborhood, a nonprofit organization that provides a job readiness …


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019, 8:18 p.m.

Spokane County adds 230 acres to Antoine Peak Conservation Area

The county said the acquisition “preserves critical winter habitat for white-tailed deer while also creating the opportunity to develop a ‘valley-to-peak’ trail experience.”


Partnership to build electric car on West Plains could be economic powerhouse for region

When Mullen Technologies announced plans to assemble the Qiantu K50 electric sports car on the West Plains, it brought promise of more than 860 jobs within seven years.


UPDATED: Sat., May 25, 2019, 5:06 p.m.

Woman leads deputies on chase from Idaho to Mead; Spike strips, pepper spray and Taser used in arrest

After a car chase Friday night that started in Idaho and ended in Mead, Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies were forced to deploy spike strips to stop the fleeing car and …


Give us some credit: Spokane ranks third in the nation for rising credit scores in 2019

More than 53% of residents raised their credit scores in 2019, placing Spokane third out of 100 cities with the largest increase in scores nationwide, according to a recent report …


Manit Day: Marshallese community celebrates youth achievements amid cultural traditions

The Marshallese community in Spokane County celebrates its cultural traditions while recognizing the academic and athletic achievements of Marshallese students during the third annual Manit Day held at Rogers High …


Spokane County’s unemployment rate drops to 5.6% in April

Spokane County’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.6% in April, driven mostly by a boost in construction jobs.


UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019, 4:35 p.m.

Second Harvest awarded $24,000 grant to support hunger relief efforts

The Caterpillar Foundation awarded a grant to Second Harvest Food Bank to support hunger relief efforts in Spokane County.


Spokane County breaks ground on $11 million medical examiner facility

A newly renovated $11 million medical examiner’s building in Spokane will provide training opportunities for college students in the field of forensic pathology. The county is overhauling a building at …


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 3:14 a.m.

Airway Heights building first recreation facility in West Plains

Work is proceeding quickly on the new recreation center in Airway Heights, with plans to begin moving in equipment and furniture this spring.


UPDATED: Mon., May 6, 2019, 10:07 p.m.

Spokane County home sales continue to lag

Low inventory and rising home prices in Spokane County persisted in April, as the sale of houses and condominiums continue to lag this year when compared to the first four …


UPDATED: Fri., May 3, 2019, 9:03 p.m.

Racist provisions on home deeds can’t be removed by county officials, court commissioner rules

Spokane County does not have the authority to remove racist provisions from home deeds and titles, even if they’re illegal and void, a Superior Court acting judge ruled Friday.


UPDATED: Tue., April 30, 2019, 6:03 p.m.

Spokane Valley forges partnership with county to own Plante’s Ferry Sports Complex in effort to land big tournaments

A land deal is in the works to create a partnership between the county and the City of Spokane Valley to own and manage the popular Plante’s Ferry Sports Complex. …


UPDATED: Wed., April 24, 2019, 7:10 p.m.

Spokane chosen for electric sports car factory with promise of 850 jobs

California-based Mullen Technologies announced plans Wednesday to lease a large assembly and manufacturing plant on the West Plains for development of its electric sports car, ultimately bringing more than 850 …


Man arrested on arson, domestic violence charges after Saturday night standoff

A standoff ended with the arrest of a man on domestic violence and arson charges Saturday night near the Bowl and Pitcher area of Riverside State Park.


Man dies in southwest Spokane crash

One man died in a crash in southwest Spokane County early Sunday morning


UPDATED: Tue., April 16, 2019, 10:13 p.m.

Tuna recalled after salmonella outbreak that sickened one in Spokane County

A Spokane County resident was one of four people in Washington reportedly sickened by salmonella linked to tuna, according to the Washington state Department of Health.


Mead-area home partially destroyed in small landslide on private property

A northern Spokane County home on private property was partially destroyed in a small land slide this week.


UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019, 7:06 p.m.

Kalispel Tribe opens casino in Cusick

The Kalispel Tribe has opened a new casino in Cusick that is part of a more-than $10 million economic development project that also includes an RV park, storage facility, gas …


UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019, 10:22 a.m.

Spokane County home sales take dramatic drop in March

While home prices in Spokane County were on the upswing in March, sales dropped dramatically compared to last year.


UPDATED: Sun., April 7, 2019, 7:02 p.m.

Man’s body found in backyard of Spokane County home

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a man, after deputies found his body in the backyard of an eastern Spokane County home.


UPDATED: Wed., April 3, 2019, 8:19 p.m.

Baumgartner using town hall share information about taxpayer assistance programs

Spokane County Treasurer Michael Baumgartner is holding a town hall to share information on taxpayer assistance programs and investment of public funds.


UPDATED: Mon., April 1, 2019, 8:15 p.m.

Spokane County jobless rate drops in February

Spokane County’s unemployment rate fell to 6.3 percent in February, but officials expect the number will drop further throughout the year.