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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 …


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 …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019, 9:40 p.m.

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, 10:50 p.m.

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, 7:31 a.m.

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, 7:56 p.m.

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, 6:12 p.m.

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, 6:04 p.m.

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, 7:15 p.m.

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, 8:59 p.m.

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, …


State lands commissioner talks conservation, climate change at Dishman Hills

Over 60 people crowded into a little log building at the Dishman Hills Natural Area on Friday night to hear Washington Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz layout her plan …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019, 11:23 a.m.

Fair attendance breaks record and tops 200,000 for second straight year

The Spokane County Interstate Fair broke records again, surpassing 200,000 ticket sales for the second time in as many years.


Local Democrats look to debate for clarity about whom to support for presidential nomination

With 20 candidates still in the running for the party’s nomination for president in 2020, most local members of the party are unwilling at this point to throw their support …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019, 7:32 p.m.

Sellers continue to have advantage in Spokane housing market

The Spokane County real estate market was bustling with activity in August, but not enough to drive up home sales, as persistently high demand and low inventory continued to be …


Facing turnover, huge caseloads and complaints, Spokane County considers turning Public Defender’s Office into nonprofit

Spokane County appears poised to overturn decades of precedent and hand the responsibility of representing indigent suspects to lawyers who work for a nonprofit rather than the county. The move …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 6, 2019, 1:01 p.m.

Phone vendor sues after Spokane County picks different provider for jail inmate calls

The company that provides phone service for inmates in the Spokane County Jail is suing the county after it chose a new provider, accusing the county of bias and not …


Spokane County, Spokane Valley vote to redirect state sales tax for affordable housing

Spokane County and Spokane Valley could soon have hundreds of thousands more to invest in affordable housing after voting to keep a small percentage of state sales taxes local.


City plans to connect north and south Liberty Lake with Henry Road Bridge

After decades of choosing between a frequently congested bridge or driving to bridges in other nearby cities to cross I-90, Liberty Lake residents will soon have two bridges to chose …


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, 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: 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: 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.