Welcome to Spokane County
Wintertime in Spokane County offers plenty of activities to enjoy whether you want to stay cozy and warm, or go exploring in the great outdoors! Perhaps skiing or snowboarding at Mt. Spokane? How about antique-hunting and wine tasting in Rockford? For history lovers, there's also the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. Whatever your interests - you're sure to find it in Spokane County!
Seasonal Weight Restrictions on County Roads Begin Soon
The Engineering and Roads Division will soon impose weight restrictions within the next 1-3 weeks on county roads and continue until further notice. Roadway surfaces and the structures beneath the surface have become weakened during this winter’s cycle of freezing temperatures, followed by warmer temperatures and precipitation. As a result, roads are vulnerable to severe damage and the implementation of weight restrictions reduces the need for increased road maintenance and vehicle repairs later this year.
Impacted roads in Spokane County are posted with signs indicating maximum allowable weights. Typically, these restrictions do not apply to the average car or pickup truck. However, commercial and construction vehicles may need to lighten their loads in order to comply with the restrictions. Spokane County commercial vehicle enforcement officers will be on patrol and violators will be fined! Fines may vary according to the nature of the infraction.
For more information on road weight limits and restrictions, contact the Spokane County Engineering and Roads Division at (509) 477-3600.
Taking Applications for County Engineer (PE)
This is an outstanding opportunity for engineering professional (PE) with proven management abilities to plan, direct & oversee the projects, programs & services of the Spokane County Engineering Division (including Roads & Bridge Division); $6636- $8955/month + excellent benefits; first review date 1/30/15; open until filled. Complete job description and application materials available through the Human Resources Department or by calling (509) 477-5750, TDD. Equal Opportunity Employer.
Sheriff's Office Warns of SCAMS Operating in Area
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and Spokane Valley Police Department continue to receive reports from our citizens regarding aggressive phone SCAMS. The fraudulent stories change but the motives are always the same: They want your money! Don’t be a victim, always verify.
Currently, we are receiving reports these swindlers are stating they are from the IRS, the Social Security Administration (SSA), Medicare, law enforcement or some other government agency. They are extremely aggressive and demand citizens go and purchase prepaid credit cards and immediately provide them with the personal identification number (PIN). Once someone does this, the money is gone.
We would like to remind everyone, government agencies will not call you demanding immediate payment by prepaid credit card or any other method. We urge everyone to share this information with their family and friends to protect them from possibly becoming a victim of these SCAMS.
ALERT Spokane–The Spokane County Emergency Notification System
A Public Safety Message from the Spokane County Commissioners
How will you be notified if there’s an emergency in your neighborhood? Through ALERT Spokane – a Spokane County emergency notification system!
ALERT Spokane has been in operation since 2010, and is used to inform citizens about emergencies in their area. The ALERT Spokane system can be activated by law enforcement, fire service, water districts, etc. Once activated, a recorded message is sent to landline telephones with information about the emergency and what actions to take. For example, if there’s a wild fire in your area, you might be told to evacuate.
It’s important to note that the recorded message will be sent to landline telephones in the affected area. If you have discontinued your landline telephone service and are relying on a cell phone or VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone, you will not receive an emergency message from ALERT Spokane – unless you register your cell phone in the system! Even if you still have a landline telephone, it’s a good idea to register your cell phone with ALERT Spokane.
In the interest of public safety, the Spokane County Board of Commissioners is urging the public to register their cell phones and VoIP phones (Comcast, Vonage, XO Communications, etc.) with ALERT Spokane. It’s easy to do. Just go to www.alertspokane.org and enter the information. You can also register more than one cell or VoIP phone number.
Be informed – stay safe – register with ALERT Spokane TODAY at www.alertspokane.org!
Initiative 502 (I-502) was approved by Washington State voters on November 6, 2012.
I-502 removes the legal prohibitions against producing, processing, and selling marijuana, subject to licensing and regulation by the Liquor Control Board; allows limited possession of marijuana by persons aged twenty-one and over; and imposes 25% excise taxes on wholesale and retail sales of marijuana, earmarking revenue for purposes that include substance-abuse prevention, research, education, and healthcare.
The implementation of I-502 is the responsibility of the Washington State Liquor Control Board. Over the course of implementation, the Liquor Control Board's I-502 Implementation site provides the most current information. Please be sure to check the site often for updates.
Discover Spokane County
To commemorate the 125th anniversary of Washington's Statehood, we invite you to explore the fourth largest county in the state. Spokane County. These Discovery tours are designed as day trips that highlight some of the history, scenic beauty and natural wonders of our area. From rock-climbing to antique shopping, it's waiting for you so come and discover Spokane County!