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Articles from the September 7, 2017 edition

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Fire, water head up priorities

The seasons are changing. Summer becomes fall. Baseball winds down, football ramps up. It's also time for a season most people seldom paid attention to until its impacts are felt later. Yes, it's...


Cheney to see more residential construction

Cheney's planning department has issued mitigated determination of non-significance rulings on a pair of development applications - including one for a new apartment complex. Fern 2 Vine, LLC has subm...

 By PAUL DELANEY    News    September 7, 2017

Bike parade delivers vets to final resting place

As a light but hot West Plains breeze rustled gently flapping flags, a distant low roar punctuated the afternoon on Aug. 30. Soon, down Espanola Road, appeared the headlights of the motorcycles which... Full story

 By Grace Pohl    News    September 7, 2017

Fairchild Air Force Base releases more well testing data

The most recent results from Fairchild Air Force Base regarding of testing water wells for perfluorocarbon contamination were announced last week along with a map providing citizens of the testing... Full story

 By Grace Pohl    News    September 7, 2017

Fairchild wins second consecutive Omaha Trophy

There was a celebration at Fairchild Air Force Base before the Labor Day weekend after the presentation of the Omaha Trophy on Sept. 1, which marked winning the award for the second year in a row. Thi...


Systems are in place locally to provide Hurricane Harvey relief

The Greater Spokane Emergency Management department officials are advising area residents wishing to help out with the Hurricane Harvey disaster relief effort in Texas and Louisiana that sending help from this region could pose problems for...


School board holds Betz work session

At their regular monthly meeting Aug. 16, the Cheney School District board of directors voted to hold a work session on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 5:30 p.m. at the district’s conference center, 12414 S. Andrus Road, located on the former Nike site on...

 By Grace Pohl    News    September 7, 2017

Palisades burns

On Friday, Sept. 1, a fire broke out near Indian Canyon Golf Course and the Palisades Park in Spokane. Firefighters came from all over, including Airway Heights, to help completely contain the blaze...

 By Grace Pohl    News    September 7, 2017

Veronica Messing named to the Airway Heights City Council

At the Sept. 5 Airway Heights City Council meeting, Veronica Messing was appointed as the new councilmember to fill Tanya Dashiell’s position. The seat has been vacant since the beginning of summer after Dashiell left for a job within the city of...


DNR bans all outdoor burning in state

OLYMPIA – With multiple fires burning on the landscape and communities suffering from dense layers of smoke, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) expanded its burn ban on...

 By PAUL DELANEY    News    September 7, 2017

Fancher Double fire near ML contained

A combine harvesting wheat appears to be the culprit in the 210-acre Fancher Double fire that started Sunday, Sept. 3 near Medical Lake. Crews from the Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Land Management, Spokane County Fire Districts No. 3...


News briefs

Cheney Youth Court members sought for coming year Cheney’s Youth Court is looking for members to fill positions. The court is a teen peer-review court that hears civil infractions committed by youth within the court’s jurisdiction. Youth Court... Full story

 By PAUL DELANEY    News    September 7, 2017

Break-ins can be painful even with insurance

When someone discovers that they have become the victim of an automobile break-in, it is likely too late to find out, or simply understand what their insurance policy does - and does not - cover. The...

 By PAUL DELANEY    News    September 7, 2017

Jackson steps down at WPCC

West Plains Chamber of Commerce officials have announced that executive director Joe Jackson has stepped down from that position. "Officially, Joe Jackson resigned his position on July 31 and the...


Becker brought cool to outcasts and made mythic loserdom OK

Walter Becker passed away last Sunday, Sept. 3. Most people reading that probably think “That’s sad, but who’s Walter Becker?” Those of us in the know, well, we know. Our response would be “Have you heard of the rock band, Steely Dan?”...


People coming together is silver lining to Hurricane Harvey

All of the things that went wrong in New Orleans with Hurricane Katrina in 2005, appear to have been corrected with Houston’s recent Hurricane Harvey. Chalk it up to a series of important lessons learned. By now everyone knows that Harvey came...

 By KARY LOVE    Opinion    September 7, 2017

American exceptionalism is only for the few who can afford it

The government of the United States proposes to “save” 5,000 government bureaucrats and their secretaries (no wives or kids) in the event of nuclear, biological or chemical war so it can carry out its “COG,” Continuity of Government...


Resource gaps in small towns aided by USDA

Over the years, U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development’s funding has served as a lifeline for rural communities, providing critical funding for water and wastewater infrastructure, public and community buildings and essential community...


Looking Back

10 Years Ago Sept. 6, 2007 Airway Heights informed its citizens what their plans for water reuse were and what the next steps would be. An unexpected sudden interest in a long-planned rezone proposal...


Ronald Jerome Peterson

Ron passed away peacefully at his home in Cheney, Wash. on Sept. 4, 2017. He was born June 24, 1944 in North Dakota, spending his youth working on farm machines. As an adult, he proudly served in the... Full story


SNAP to meet in Medical Lake, Sept. 14

Representatives from SNAP, Spokane County’s community action agency, will be in Medical Lake on Thursday, Sept. 14 to talk about programs and answer questions from residents. The presentation, hosted by Feed Medical Lake, will be part of a free...


What's Happening On The West Plains

All events are free unless posted otherwise. To get your event or meeting in the weekly What’s Happening section, send an email with date, time, location and event to Cheney • Sept. 9, Preview Screening: The Vietnam... Full story



Cheney Congregational Church Cheney Congregational Church will use Sept. 21, the International Day of Peace, to launch a series of events centered on the theme of peace. Dr. Lisa Brown will kick off the first special event. The Thursday, Sept. 21, ev...


West Plains Briefs

Feed Medical Lake goes back to school Sept. 11 It’s “Back-to-School” night at Feed Medical Lake on Monday, Sept. 11. Pizza, enchilada casserole, fresh fruits and veggies and dessert will be served. Creation Station is open for kids to make...



Fifty years ago in 1967, Dr. Emerson C. Shuck became President of EWSC, following the resignation of Dr. Patterson. Learn more about our area’s history at


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