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 By Paul Delaney    News    June 14, 2018 

West Medical gets fish treatment

(Editor's Note: This is part one of a two-part series on the planned treatment to remove an invasive population of goldfish in West Medical Lake.) A Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 14, 2018 

Cheney institutional zone moves to council

Cheney Planning Commission gave its blessing at its June 11 meeting to the creation of a new zone in the city. The “Institutional Zone” would establish areas that provide greater development flexibility for public structures and uses such as educ...

 
 By Paul Delaney    News    June 14, 2018 

Permit application filed for massive project

That hush-hush big building project planned for the West Plains near Spokane International Airport, rumored to be a massive Amazon fulfillment center, has a permit application in front of Spokane Coun...

 
 By GRACE POHL    News    June 14, 2018 

Airway Heights council looks at water/sewer resolution

A water and sewer rate resolution to the new development of Highland Village was discussed at the June 11 Airway Heights study session meeting. Public Works Director Kevin Anderson asked the council to consider reducing the general facility...

 
 News    June 14, 2018 

Auto restoration business opens in Medical Lake

By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter A long-vacant corner of Medical Lake commercial real estate is getting spiffed up by making vehicles of all kinds look, and maybe run, nice. Rick Wright has recently tak...

 
 News    June 14, 2018 

Avista to perform substation maintenance in Sprague

Avista Utilities announced in a June 11 news release that it is performing maintenance to its substation in Sprague. Approximately 433 customers in the town will experience an outage starting at 10 p.m. on June 19 to 4 a.m. on June 20. Customers who...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 14, 2018 

Farmers opens in Cheney Merchants Center

Marc Hughes cuts the ribbon opening his Cheney branch of Farmers Insurance last Friday morning, June 8. Hughes office is located at 1833 First St....

 
 By Paul Delaney    News    June 14, 2018 

Open for nice smiles

Best Impression Dental's Dr. Alicia Burton (right) with husband Jonathan (left) and West Plains Chamber of Commerce executive director, Toby Broemmeling, were on hand with employees and others on...

 
 News    June 14, 2018 

Frontier announces new nonstop service to Las Vegas

Spokane International Airport officials announced in a June 5 news releasse that Frontier Airlines has new nonstop service from Spokane International Airport (GEG) to Las Vegas. The twice-weekly year-round service will begin on August 13, 2018. The...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 14, 2018 

Cheney planners seek public input on downtown

Cheney Planning Department officials are inviting residents to come to the City Hall auditorium or the Wren Pierson Community Center later this month to answer one question. What kind of city is Cheney? The meeting, which takes place June 25 at 5...

 

News Briefs

Department of Licensing takes steps to comply with Real ID Act Starting July 1, 2018, the Department of Licensing (DOL) will begin marking all standard driver licenses and ID cards with the language, “federal limits apply.” The change aims to...

 
 News    June 14, 2018 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY June 4 Financial fraud was reported on the 700 block of Clover Street. Someone was having someone else’s mail forwarded to another address. Suspicious circumstances were reported on the 200 block of South Cheney-Spangle Road. A third-party...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    June 7, 2018

Familiar names for open seat

The names that were submitted to fill the Medical Lake City Council seat left vacant by the resignation of John Merrick will have a familiar, and perhaps an ironic, ring. Three people, Don Kennedy, Monica Manza and Elizabeth Rosenbeck, applied for...

 
 By John McCallum    News    June 7, 2018

Determining property liabilities

If approved by the City Council at an upcoming meeting, the city of Cheney will add a chapter to its municipal code that deals with property maintenance. The city’s Planning Commission approved the repeal of text dealing with natural gas at its...

 
 By John McCallum    News    June 7, 2018

Lifting leadership

Cheney Middle School leadership class student Hunter Passey looks for a place to stack another box of food he and his classmates raised for the Cheney Food Bank during a school-wide drive April 23...

 
 By GRACE POHL    News    June 7, 2018

Airway Heights meets with 6th candidates

The Airway Heights City Council was introduced to the 6th District legislative candidates during the June 4 meeting. The council had previously discussed meeting with everyone running so they could have a fair decision on who they would support...

 
 By John McCallum    News    June 7, 2018

Toastmasters looking at establishing Cheney club

Representatives of the international communication organization Toastmasters recently met with city of Cheney officials about the possibilities of starting a club in the area. And while there is interest, City Administrator Mark Schuller said...

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY May 29 A 16-year-old female was arrested on the 300 block of Erie Street as a runaway and for Spokane County Superior Court warrants for escape from custody and failure to comply with a court placement order. Talyrra E. Andrews, 34, was arrest...

 

Spokane County welcomes new deputies to force

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Undersheriff Jeff Tower swore in two new lateral deputies.  Both have previous law enforcement experience in California before moving to Spokane County.  Deputy David “Dayton” Bruner:  Bruner joined the San...

 
 By John McCallum    News    May 31, 2018

Cheney council OKs second cyber mining deal

For the second time in just over two months, the city of Cheney is signing an agreement to supply power to a cyber currency mining business. The City Council approved an electrical power and service contract with Willow Street Mining, Inc., at its...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    May 31, 2018

Paying tribute to those who gave their all

The 150th observance of Memorial Day saw a crowd estimated in excess of 2,000 pay their respects in a ceremony at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery near Medical Lake last Monday. On a...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    May 31, 2018

Founders Day offers new wrinkles

Medical Lake's Founders Day was an event that in some years had people wondering if it would happen at all. As the founders and caretakers of the city's celebration honoring the community's past moved...

 
 By GRACE POHL    News    May 31, 2018

Airway Heights council talks transportation fee

With Airway Heights continually expanding, the council talked about adopting a transportation impact fee for future developments at the May 29 study session meeting. “This is a fair and more consistent way to get money from developers,” Public...

 

County Sheriff's Office offers women's self-defense course

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is offering an “Introduction to Women’s Self-Defense” class on Saturday, June 23. There will be two sessions: 8 a.m. – noon and 1 – 5 p.m. This class is an introduction to Women’s Self-Defense...

 
 By GRACE POHL    News    May 31, 2018

Health and wellness event June 9 in Airway Heights

Airway Heights will have a third annual health and wellness event coming soon in the parking lot of Grocery Outlet on June 9, thanks to the Neighborhoods Matter program in Spokane. The activities will run from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. with opportunities fo...

 

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