Editorial: Bill to expand Spokane County Commission deserves support

January 20, 2016

Voters last fall shot down an attempt to expand the Spokane County Commission to five members, but a bill sponsored by Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane, is an improvement worth considering.

We supported an expansion initiative last year, and we like this bill even more because it ensures the process of drawing new district boundaries is bipartisan. 

Spokane would elect five county commissioners under bill

January 15, 2016

Spokane County voters would elect five county commissioners in districts drawn by a special panel under a bill introduced this week in the Washington Legislature.

The proposal also would end the system of commission candidates running in the district for a primary but in the entire county in the general election. Under the bill sponsored by Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane, candidates would run solely in their districts in both elections.

Inland Northwest residents share their New Year’s resolutions for region

December 27, 2015

What’s one thing you’d like to see happen where you live next year?

That’s the question Spokesman-Review staffers posed to people in the political, educational, culinary, industrial, health care and other fields over the past few weeks. 

Report finds toxic chemicals in toys

November 24, 2015

A newly released report finds that while children’s toys are generally safer, many still present a significant risk, such as higher-than-legal levels of toxic chemicals.

“We’re on the toxic treadmill of chemical toys,” said Washington Rep. Marcus Riccelli at a news conference Tuesday…

Doug Clark: Widow finds humor, comfort in DOT's toll bill snafu

November 9, 2015

Jack Roberts got a bill in the mail the other day for an unpaid $3.50 highway toll that came from driving one afternoon last month on Washington’s West Side.

This was a curious development for a couple of reasons:

Jack’s wife, Terrie, says her husband wouldn’t be caught dead driving in the Seattle area.

Jack Roberts is, in fact, dead.

WSU’s Lisa Brown to kick off Spokane Conference

August 24, 2015

We are excited to begin our 2015 Inland Northwest State of Reform Conference with Morning Keynote Speaker Lisa Brown, PhD, Chancellor of WSU Spokane and former Senate Majority Leader. She will be joined by her former aide, current State Representative Marcus Riccelli (D-Spokane), who will moderate the discussion on policy, politics and the future of medical education in Eastern Washington.

Spokane leaders mourning Tom Fritz's death

July 14, 2015

The Inland Northwest is mourning the loss of a beacon for health after Thomas Fritz was found dead in a fishing net near his boat on Lake Coeur d'Alene Monday afternoon. 

Fritz, best known for his work with Inland Northwest Health Services, was 63.

Inslee weighs action on climate change against ‘poison pill’ in transportation bill

June 25, 2015

Last week, mass transit, bicycling and pedestrian advocates were celebrating with “cookies and confetti” the hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars headed toward alternative transportation projects and programs approved by the Washington state Legislature and signed into law by the governor.

This week, as Gov. Jay Inslee contemplates enacting a low-carbon fuel standard, the celebrations have halted and the alarms have been sounded.


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