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Spokane County Commission backs legal effort forcing public employee unions to negotiate publicly

Spokane County has filed a brief in support of Lincoln County’s case that will determine whether counties can force unions that represent their employees to negotiate wages and benefits in …


Spokane County considers legal action against man with active helipad in backyard

Spokane County is considering suing a man who lives in the Painted Hills neighborhood, south of Spokane Valley, for having an active helipad in a residential neighborhood.


Area employment continues upward march; more growth predicted

Spokane County’s unemployment rate dropped as more than 4,600 jobs were added in 2019, according to the Washington State Employment Security Department.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

Spokane County CEO Gerry Gemmill to retire this summer

Spokane County CEO Gerry Gemmill is retiring after nearly 40 years working for the county, including the past four as the top administrator.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

Spokane County to spend $50,000 researching temporary jail structures

Spokane County Commissioners have approved spending $50,000 to study whether putting a few hundred inmates in temporary structures, or reinforced tents, is feasible.


Spokane County home prices, sales continued upward trend in January

Spokane County’s housing market continued to be brisk last month with a lack of available homes for sale and the median closing price approaching $275,000.


Spokane County considering temporary jail outside Geiger to ease crowding

The solution to years of jail overcrowding in Spokane County could be temporary, reinforced-tent structures. Spokane County Jail Director Mike Sparber asked county commissioners on Monday for $75,000


Spokane County may turn to animated ‘how-to’ videos for navigating the criminal justice system

On Tuesday Spokane County Commissioners will vote on whether to spend $12,000 on a series of animated “walk through” criminal justice system videos for families, victims and people facing charges.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 27, 2020

Recycling in Spokane: County says to better clean and sort recycleables

Spokane County has restricted what recycling it accepts at transfer stations, and is now requiring people who drop off their recycling to sort it. That’s similar to changes that governments …


City, county now require open union negotiations, but they haven’t happened – and may never

Though Spokane County and the city of Spokane have both required their unions to negotiate with them in public, some union leaders aren’t ready to back down as they wait …


Spokane County fined by state over injury to volunteer who was directing traffic

Spokane County is appealing a $2,100 fine after a volunteer was hit by a vehicle while directing traffic for a fallen sheriff’s deputy memorial in August.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 17, 2020

Spokane County asks for patience after man challenges snowplow driver to fisticuffs

“The snow started falling last Friday, and it’s been a long week for everybody,” a county spokeswoman said.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 15, 2020

Spokane County renews contract as Daybreak Youth Services struggles to fix budget shortfall

“We feel extremely optimistic and hopeful,” a Daybreak spokeswoman said. “What is clear is that no one wants to lose these vital services for youth in our community, and everyone …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

Woodward taps former city spokesman Brian Coddington, county budget director Tonya Wallace

If confirmed by the City Council, Brian Coddington, who worked for more than five years under Mayor David Condon, will return as the city’s director of communications and marketing, and …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 10, 2020

Report: ‘Cultural change’ needed in enforcement of marijuana laws in Washington state

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board’s director said Thursday the agency would adopt a philosophy geared more toward education, after an outside review said agents too often intimidated and …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

SCRAPS to host meet and greet Saturday for shelter longtimers

After receiving dozens of calls on shelter favorite dog George, SCRAPS will host a meet-and-greet for the German shepherd who has spent more the six months at the shelter.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

Al French selected to chair county commission for fourth time

Al French was elected as the chair of the board of county commissioners for the fourth time Tuesday, becoming the face of the county’s governing body for 2020.


SCRAPS euthanizes fewer dogs, but that means some wait months for a home, including these 5

Under previous SCRAPS policies, dogs with a long stay at the shelter and difficulty adjusting to kennel life would have been euthanized. But over the past year and a half, …


Spokane County unemployment rate increases to 4.9% in November

Spokane County’s unemployment rate increased slightly to 4.9% in November, according to nonseasonally adjusted data from the Washington State Employment Security Department.


City of Spokane Valley to clear snow from sidewalks near schools this winter

The City of Spokane Valley will clear sidewalks within a half a mile of schools this winter, which is the first time the city has cleared sidewalks since its inception.


Spokane County votes to partner with city to fund new homeless shelter

After a year of setbacks, Spokane County and the city of Spokane have agreed to fund a regional shelter that could open as soon as next fall.


Commissioners vote to allow refugee settlement in Spokane County

Spokane County Commissioners found themselves in a position Tuesday none of their predecessors had faced before: deciding whether refugees should be allowed to settle in their community. They unanimously voted …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

Sportsplex to host 2022 national track championships, supporters announce at groundbreaking

The $53 million facility is still just a hole in the ground right now, but in a little more than two years it will play host to the over-40 national …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 9, 2019

Spokane County home sales dipped 7.7% in November

Although home sales dropped slightly in November from a year ago, it remains a seller’s market in Spokane County with low inventory and rising prices.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 9, 2019

Spokane County Jail inmate dies after jump from guardrail

An inmate in the Spokane County Jail died Friday after law enforcement say he jumped from a guard railing.


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: Tue., Dec. 10, 2019

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

Volunteers like Norma Trefry 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.