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 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    July 31, 2014

Light, fire crews kept busy after storm

While some residents ran for cover last Wednesday afternoon in advance of, and during the damaging thunderstorm that raced across Spokane County, others found themselves right in the middle of it. “We did have a number of trees come down,”...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    July 31, 2014

It was not the message Overlie expected

It wasn't the usual call Earl Overlie might have gotten from wife, Bonnie, asking him to maybe pick up a few things at the store on his way home from a meeting he was attending. Nope, last...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 31, 2014

Four candidates vie in primary for 5th District House seat

Since winning election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2004, incumbent 5th District Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has faced multiple challengers in every primary election except once, 2006....

 News    July 31, 2014

Watermelon Hill fire 'contained'

The Watermelon Hill fire that officially burned 10,500 acres in Spokane and Lincoln Counties and came dangerously close to Fishtrap Lake Resort has been declared contained Fire District No. 3 Deputy Chief Bill Dennstaedt said this past Monday....

 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    July 31, 2014

It's time to step up to save our train depot

The year 1881 was the birthdate of the first railroad depot in Cheney. It was a plain, but usable building, where flour shipments from the Martin family's mill were sent to the Spokane bakeries....

 Neighborhood    July 31, 2014


Emmanuel Lutheran Church The congregation of Emmanuel Lutheran Church invites you, your family and friends to worship with us this Sunday, Aug. 3 at 10:30 a.m. as we celebrate the eighth Sunday after Pentecost. Adult education class precedes worship...

 Obituaries    July 31, 2014

Alvin A. Kruckenberg

Alvin A. Kruckenberg, age 88, passed away peacefully July 21, 2014 with his family by his side. He was born May 5, 1926 to Adolph and Rosilia (Klaus) Kruckenberg in Halliday, N.D. He served in the... Full story

 Obituaries    July 31, 2014

Bob Vercic

Bob Vercic was born in Los Angeles, Calif. Jan. 6, 1947, the oldest of three boys raised by Leonard and Marie Vercic. He attended St. John Bosco High School where he was the quarterback and the shoeless kicker known as “The Toe”. Bob started dati... Full story

 Obituaries    July 31, 2014

Violet Viola Pauline Mickelson

Violet Viola Pauline Mickelson (Age 100)  Violet passed away peacefully on July 20, 2014 in Cheney. She was born Jan. 26, 1914 to George and Anna Miller in Ritzville, Wash. She graduated high school in Ritzville, in 1932. Violet and Henry Mickelson... Full story

 Obituaries    July 31, 2014

Edward Isaacson

Edward Isaacson passed away July 15, 2004 at home with family by his side. He was born Feb. 23, 1940 in Sebeka, Minn. He graduated from Earnest Harmon Air Force Base high school in Stephenville,... Full story

 Calendar    July 31, 2014

What's Happening on the West Plains

City of Cheney • Tuesdays through Sept. 23, Cheney Farmers Market, City Hall parking lot, 2 – 7 p.m. • Aug. 1, Baby Play and Learn Storytime (ages 0 – 18 months), community library, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. • Aug. 1, “Breaking the... Full story

 Neighborhood    July 31, 2014

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Aug. 5, 2004 Relief was on the way for Cheney’s dwindling supply of single-family housing as the city was reviewing a preliminary plat for 136 lots in what would be known as Golden Hills Fourth Addition. Former Sixth District state...

 Neighborhood    July 31, 2014

From the archives: 1994

While the temperatures hung around the 100 degree mark, Cheney residents could take comfort in the fact that there was very little humidity. Of course, there is very little humidity in a pizza oven,...

 Neighborhood    July 31, 2014

Looking back with the Cheney Historical Museum

Seventy-five years ago in 1939, farm wages per day were: Hay field hands, $1.75; hay bailing hands, $2.00; grain sack sewers, $3.25; harvest field cook, $1.75; mowing wagon team and driver, $4.75; separator tender, $5.50. Learn more about our...

 By STAFF AND NEWS SERVICE REPORTS    Sports    July 31, 2014

EWU's 2014 fall football camp gets underway

It's been seven months ­- 222 days to be exact - since Eastern Washington University football players left foggy Roos Field stunned by another gut-wrenching loss, 35-31 to Towson, in the Football...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    July 31, 2014

K.C. Keeler gets new start at Sam Houston State

The joke floated around following the 2010 Football Championship Subdivision championship, won by Eastern Washington University 20-19 over Delaware, Jan. 7, 2011 in Frisco, Texas that Blue Hens' head...

 By NEWS SERVICE REPORTS    Sports    July 31, 2014

Eastern to face Texas Tech in 2017 season opener

Eastern Washington University head football coach Beau Baldwin will forever remember his first trip to Lubbock, Texas, and now his Eagles will make a second trip to play at Texas Tech on Sept. 2, 2017 in an announcement made jointly by the two school...

 By AL STOVER    Sports    July 31, 2014

Eastern to face Texas Tech in 2017 season opener

Cooperstown N.Y. was alive as the National Baseball Hall of Fame once again welcomed some new members into their ranks at an induction ceremony this past Saturday, July 26, in front of the third-largest crowd to attend a ceremony. The Baseball Writer...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    July 31, 2014

WP Bandits finish season at CDA Tourney

The West Plains Bandits concluded their 2014 season competing in the 14U “A” Western Regional Softball Tournament at Coeur d’Alene, July 18-19. The Bandits finished 1-2, falling in their opener 9-7 to the Idaho Extreme, beating the Coeur...

 Sports    July 31, 2014

Top shooter

Takorris Ebron dribbles the ball before he shoots. Ebron won the 11-13 year age bracket at the second Summer Shoot Out put on by Airway Heights Parks and Recreation, July 25....

 News    July 31, 2014

West Plains Police News

CHENEY July 21 Robert R. Atkinson, 59, was arrested on the 1500 block of Fourth Street for fourth-degree assault/domestic violence. Harassment was reported on the zero hundred block of Fifth Street. Third-degree theft was reported on the 1000 block...

 News    July 31, 2014

S.C.O.P.E. to celebrate Night Out Against Crime

The Spokane County Sheriff Community Oriented Policing Effort (S.C.O.P.E.) welcomes the public to attend the 31st Annual Night Out Against Crime event, Tuesday, Aug. 5, happening throughout Spokane County. In an effort to reduce crime,...

 By AL STOVER    News    July 31, 2014

Fairchild welcomes Col. McDaniel as new commander

In front of hundreds of airmen, family, friends and dignitaries, Col. Brian Newberry, commander of the 92nd Air Refueling Wing, handed a flag to Lt. Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II before saying, "I relin...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 31, 2014

Cheney council considers changing assessments of electrical rates

The Cheney City Council is taking up consideration of a pair of proposed changes to ordinances that determine how the city goes about assessing electrical rates, fees and charges. At its last regular meeting of the month, July 22, the council in a...

 By AL STOVER    News    July 31, 2014

Airway Heights Planning Commission discusses marijuana standards for city

The Airway Heights Planning Commission met July 16 to hold public hearings for ordinances relating to Initiative 502 standards and for temporary use permits within the city. Development Services director Derrick Braaten explained that the city’s...


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