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UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 8:54 p.m.

County commissioners approve no shooting area change for gun club application

The Spokane Gun Club is one step closer to a new location after Spokane County Commissioners unanimously approved a zone change for the club’s proposed site.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 2:40 p.m.

Spokane County’s unemployment rate increases slightly in July to 5.6%

Spokane County’s unemployment rate increased slightly in July over the prior month because of a seasonal drop in education and firefighting jobs.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 2 p.m.

Spokane County looking for rural, expert volunteers to serve on committees

Spokane county is seeking volunteers from rural areas to fill several open seats on government committee that have been open for years.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 4:26 p.m.

Spokane public pools prepare to close for the summer

Spokane-area residents only have a few days left before the region’s public pools close for the summer.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 17, 2019, 8:38 a.m.

‘These properties are weird’: Investors, speculators, neighbors snap up unusual parcels at Spokane County tax auction

While previous buyers passed on 18 oddly shaped and nearly unbuildable tax title properties for sale at the county, a group of investors and adjacent landowners who showed up for …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019, 7:54 p.m.

Want to buy land in Spokane County for $50? Friday auction will sell off 18 small parcels

The smallest piece of property is a 2


Spokane Regional Health District hires new administrator

When Amelia Clark, the new administrator for the Spokane Regional Health District, compares Spokane and her home state of Indiana, the landscape differs, but the problems are similar.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 11:39 a.m.

Spokane officials pick operator for new homeless shelter, but location, funding questions remain

The city announced a service provider for its proposed homeless shelter on East Sprague.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 8, 2019, 5:59 p.m.

Spokane County home sales drop year over year amid rising prices and low inventory

While the number of home sales in Spokane County dropped slightly in July, low inventory and high demand continued to push prices up.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 7, 2019, 8:03 p.m.

Proposed change in Washington state’s overtime rules draws support, opposition

A proposal by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries to change overtime rules for salaried employees has drawn concern from local businesses while others claim it could put …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019, 11:25 p.m.

Voters renew Spokane County public safety sales tax

Spokane voters overwhelmingly chose Tuesday to renew


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019, 11:09 a.m.

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office will soon be able to watch schools’ live security footage

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office could have access to live camera feeds for 10 area school districts’ security systems during a mass shooting or other emergencies as soon as this …


UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019, 10:59 p.m.

Spokane County Commissioners raise conservation fees

Spokane County taxpayers will soon see a $5 increase in conservation district fees, after the Spokane County Commissioners voted to increase their fees for the first time in 21 years.


UPDATED: Mon., July 29, 2019, 10:13 p.m.

Legal clock running out to charge Spokane Valley man whose children were found with injuries

The legal clock runs out Wednesday for Spokane County prosecutors to bring charges against a Spokane Valley man accused of gouging his own children’s eyes and breaking his own son’s …


UPDATED: Fri., July 26, 2019, 8:15 p.m.

Man trapped, pronounced dead at scene of single-vehicle collision south of Long Lake

A man was trapped and later pronounced dead Friday afternoon when his vehicle crashed in northwestern Spokane County. Spokane County sheriff’s deputies say at about 12:45 p.m. they received a …


UPDATED: Tue., July 23, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

Spokane County’s unemployment rate increases to 5.5% in June

Spokane County’s unemployment rate increased slightly to 5.5% in June because of a seasonal loss in education jobs.


Spokane Gun Club eyes potential new site on the West Plains

The Spokane Gun Club has found a 450-acre site on the West Plains and is requesting Spokane County remove the land from its designation as a no-shooting area to build …


UPDATED: Tue., July 23, 2019, 10:37 a.m.

Spokane County Libraries wants voters to know it didn’t host Drag Queen Story Hour as it seeks approval on levy

The Spokane County Library District hopes to avoid reductions in services through passage of a $2 million property tax increase to fund operations at the system’s 11 branches. But library …


UPDATED: Mon., July 22, 2019, 9:29 p.m.

Spokane housing market among hottest in country

Realtor.com named Spokane the third-hottest housing market in the nation in April.


UPDATED: Tue., July 23, 2019, 10:50 a.m.

Spokane County asks voters to renew sales tax to maintain criminal justice system

Spokane County leaders are asking voters to renew a $6 million-a-year sales tax that the region has approved twice before to maintain the criminal justice status quo.


Three first-time candidates drawn to vacant Nine Mile Falls School Board position

Three candidates filed for the Nine Mile Falls School Board position No. 2 vacated by Debbie Williams, who is moving out of the district. Incumbents Mac Mikkelsen and Bill McBride …


UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019, 8:07 p.m.

Hotwire names Spokane as a top city for a quick getaway

Online travel website Hotwire has named Spokane as a top city for a quick getaway, based on affordability, proximity to larger destinations and tourist attractions.


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.


UPDATED: Thu., July 11, 2019, 6:46 p.m.

Too many buyers, lack of homes for sale push Spokane prices up

High demand and low inventory in Spokane County continued to push median home prices up in June.


UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019, 9:45 p.m.

Commissioners pick Mike Sparber to continue running Spokane County’s jail facilities

Sparber has served as interim director of Spokane County Detention Services since February, when


UPDATED: Thu., July 4, 2019, 10:51 p.m.

Unique July Fourth celebration marks 57th year of speeches and stirring the pot in Spokane

The 57th “Freedom at the Arboretum” picnic drew a diverse group of Fourth of July celebrants who spoke their minds.


Contractor association: Spokane region third fastest growing construction job market in the country

The Spokane region added 2,600 jobs from May 2018 to May 2019 – an 18% increase –the third-largest percentage gain in construction jobs among metropolitan areas nationwide, according to a …


Spokane County seeking volunteer for civil service commission

Spokane County is seeking a volunteer to fill a vacancy on its civil service commission, which is responsible for reviewing the job performance of law enforcement.


UPDATED: Tue., June 25, 2019, 6:15 p.m.

Spokane County unemployment rate drops to 5% in May

Spokane County’s unemployment rate dropped to 5% in May as seasonal construction employment picked up.


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019, 7:27 p.m.

Spokane County closes Euclid Road bridge in Airway Heights

Spokane County closed the Euclid Road bridge in Airway Heights because of a critical failure in its supporting structure.