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UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

Spokane’s real estate boom is pricing out some families. Family Promise program is trying to help.

While Spokane County has experienced an economic boom, families staying at Family Promises’s long-term shelter are taking longer to find housing than ever before.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

Retired Freeman High School teacher has served Meals on Wheels for 43 years

Volunteers like Norma Trefy have served seniors longer than Spokane County Meals on Wheels has existed


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

WSU study links cannabis businesses to poorer neighborhoods, as local laws limit locations

A study found that marijuana businesses are more likely to locate in economically depressed areas. That’s not surprising to some lawmakers and members of the industry, who see local laws …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Spokane, Spokane County approve $89 million airports budget, expect more than 4 million annual passengers

Spokane County Commissioners and Spokane City Council approved a $89 million Spokane Airport budget Tuesday, which is slightly smaller than last year due to less spending on infrastructure projects.


Spokane County approves $675 million budget

Spokane County commissioners approved a $675 million budget Monday, which is smaller than last year due to a change in behavioral health funding.


New duplexes coming to West Plains

A new development with 34 duplex buildings and a single family residence could be coming West Terrace neighborhood south of the Spokane Airport, a move which has already angered some …


That’s not a burglar, it’s an assessor: Spokane County to spend six months determining value of homes

Spokane County assessors will be going out to one-sixth of the parcels in Spokane County for the annual parcel inspection until May.


Spokane County unemployment rate increases to 4.8% in October

Spokane County’s unemployment rate increased to 4.8% in October, according to nonseasonally adjusted data from the Washington State Employment Security Department.


Spokane County plans to use new technology to speed up election-counting process next year

The last Spokane ballots left to count were cast by voters who struggled to make a decision on an advisory vote or made a mistake on their ballots.


Realtor.com: Spokane named top market for out-of-area home buyers

The metro area is becoming a mecca for housing affordability, having attracted the most interest from out-of-area homebuyers in the third quarter of any of the 100 U.S. cities evaluated …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 8, 2019

Spokane County home sales rise in October

Spokane County home sales increased in October, marking the second month in a row for year-over-year sales increases since 2018.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 29, 2019

Spokane County gets conflicting reports about nonprofit public defense

Spokane County officials continue to explore the idea of contracting with a nonprofit agency to provide public defense attorneys even though more counties are choosing to make that a function …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Health district confirms 47 cases of hepatitis A in Spokane County

The Spokane Regional Health District has confirmed 47 cases of hepatitis A in Spokane County.


Spokane plans to manage its own emergencies, drop out of county agreement

The city of Spokane will launch a new, independent office of emergency management next year, leaving Spokane County and many of the smaller area governments to manage – and pay …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

Spokane County’s unemployment rate drops to 4.9% in September

Spokane County’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.9% in September over the prior month, driven by a gain in education jobs now that area schools are back in session. The county’s …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

New apartment development near Whitworth blocked over traffic, safety concerns

Eastern Washington’s Growth Management Board sided with a group of neighbors and a nonprofit last week, when it invalidated a decision that would have allowed hundreds of new apartments near …


A ‘win for development’: Spokane County, city pursue tax revenue sharing in 3 areas

After talks were held up over disagreements on revenue sharing, Spokane County Commissioners agreed to split their share of the revenue from two public development authorities equally, and join the …


First ballots mailed for Spokane County general election Nov. 5

A total of about 330,000 ballots will be mailed to voters throughout Spokane County this week, ahead of a Nov. 5 election that will see several city hall, school board …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019

72-year-old man takes plea deal after 33 months awaiting trial, plans to sue Spokane County

William Mitchell was first booked into Spokane County jail on Jan. 25, 2017, on charges of first-degree robbery and second-degree assault. He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree …


Spokane County home sales post gain

Home sales registered their first year-over-year increase in September for the first time since 2018, as sales picked up toward the end of the prime buying season.


Sportsplex to cost $10 million more than initial estimate due to rising construction costs

The Spokane Regional Sportsplex, a sports facility that will host national and local athletic events, could cost about $10 million more than officials initially thought.


Spokane County aims to prevent overdoses, drugs in jail with new scanners

After a string of deaths and overdoses in the Spokane County jail, officials will soon scan almost all inmates and their mail for drugs and other contraband.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 7, 2019

Spokane is worth $293 billion; what if a sliver went to charitable giving?

Community foundation says if region gave 5% of upcoming wealth transfer to local organizations, the result would be $120 million in new charitable giving dollars every year.


New construction values exceed $1 billion in Spokane County for 2019

New-construction permit values in Spokane County totaled more than $1 billion over the past year, marking the first time that dollar amount was exceeded since 2008.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 27, 2019

Spokane County Commission appeals to state Supreme Court seeking to overturn decision allowing switch to 5 commissioners

Spokane County Commissioners have appealed directly to the State’s Supreme Court in the hopes of winning a battle over the number of commissioners before redistricting in 2021.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 26, 2019

West Plains development board extends agreement for electric car plant

Local public development authority officials have extended the timeline for an agreement with California-based Mullen Technologies to build a manufacturing facility for high-end electric sports cars on the West Plains.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 26, 2019

Commissioners approve Liberty Lake bridge crossing I-90

The city of Liberty Lake is one step closer to adding another bridge across I-90 and connecting the two sides of the city.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019

Spokane County hosting three public budget meetings

The first meeting, on Oct. 1, will focus on the county’s general fund, property valuation and taxation. The second meeting, on Oct. 8, will focus on law and justice. The …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019

Spokane County unemployment rate increases slightly in August to 5.6%

Spokane County’s unemployment rate increased slightly to 5.6% in August over the prior month, spurred mostly by a continued seasonal decline in education jobs.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 22, 2019

SCRAPS investigating reports of poisoned South Hill dogs; no cases confirmed yet

Spokane County is investigating multiple cases of South Hill residents reporting their dogs were poisoned based on information from a local animal clinic. The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service, …