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Civil War - Washington may not have participated directly but the conflict's impacts were felt

While the battles and emotions making up the American Civil War took place far from the territory of Washington, the land that would eventually become the 42nd state in the union on Nov. 11, 1889...

Civil War - Memorial Day weekend reenactment provides a living history of conflict

The Civil War is coming to Cheney — or at least a pretty fair approximation of the four-year conflict that ended 154 years ago. Called “The Battle of Cheney/Minnie Creek (depending upon which...

Two new lateral deputies join the Spokane County Sheriff's Office

On May 1, 2019, Spokane County Undersheriff John Nowels swore in two new lateral deputies. They began their orientation and training immediately and will soon be out in patrol, serving our community. Deputy Craig Cupo is 34 years old and comes to...

Perfect storm of issues leads to common audit finding

A three-year financial audit by the Washington State Auditors Office found that the City of Medical Lake has had issues keeping track of its internal finances. But don’t be alarmed, Kathleen Cooper, director of communications for the state...

Medical Lake interchange project begins late June

If there's a sure sign of summer, it's roadway construction, and like seasonal temperatures, things are beginning to heat up near the Interstate 90 Medical Lake interchange. Work has already begun on...

Conservation District presents at Airway Heights City Council

The Airway Heights City Council was so busy at their Monday, May 20, meeting that several agenda items were pushed back to a later meeting date as council members heard a presentation from the Spokane Conservation District. District Director Vicki...

Police seek information on Airway Heights fatal hit and run

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit investigators attempting to piece together a hit and run collision that left a pedestrian dead believe they’ve found the suspect vehicle after searching for nearly five days. Spokesperson Cpl. Mark...

Cheney council OKs final plat

Cheney’s City Council approved a final plat designation for the fifth phase of the Golden Hills subdivision at its May 14 meeting, a move a Cheney developer made a last minute request to deny due to a property dispute. In a May 14 email to Cheney...

West Plains Chamber hears from Gary Chandler

The West Plains Chamber of Commerce’s May breakfast broke in the banquet hall at the new Airway Heights recreation center as local business leaders gathered to watch a legislative recap presentation by Association of Washington Businesses Vice...

Cheney Pawn's Thompson retires, sells to new owner

Spring is often thought of as the season of change, and that adage has certainly proven true for a staple Cheney business. William Thompson, the owner of Cheney Pawn on 1st Street, is retiring and has sold his business to a new owner through a...

Blackhawks advance 11 to weekend state meet

Despite the Great Northern League’s two slots per event limitation, Cheney High School’s track and field teams put on a good show at regional competition last Friday at Central Washington University in Ellensburg. The Blackhawks boys and girls...

State track and field rankings

State track and field meets take place this weekend, May 23-25, at locations in western and eastern Washington. The 2A/3A/4A meet is held at Mt. Tahoma High School in Tacoma, while the 1B/2B/1A meet...

Lilac City Invitational changes tournament dates

The 55th Lilac City Invitational golf tournament is changing dates this year, according to a press release. “We are moving the dates from the first weekend following the 4th of July to June 6-9,...

West Plains golfers go to state

The Cheney boys golf team saw two of its golfers, Thomas Baycroft and Nate Koohns, make an appearance at state thanks to a first-place win in District 7 2A play last week. Baycroft took the top spot...

Local parent requests WIAA honor Saturday Sabbath for student players

Should high school sports make accommodations for an individual student’s religious beliefs? One local family believes so and, because they had done so in the past, asked the Washington...

Sports Week

(Note: All schedules subject to change. Consult school, club or facility websites to confirm.) College Track Thursday-Saturday, May 23-25, EWU at West Regionals Championships, Sacramento, Calif., time TBA. High School Track Thursday-Saturday, May...

Springtime brings yearning for simpler times in summer days

This time of year is always a bit nostalgic for me. It’s the long, slow slide from spring into summer when the sun is just starting to soak into the grass, and the smell of spring in the air that makes you want to drive the long way home and keep...

What happened to justice in American courts?

Our court system is out of control. I was watching a Mariner’s game the other day when the network filled a break in the action with a half dozen commercials. My drink and chip bowl were both full, so I sat back in my recliner and day-dreamed. I...

Closing EWU downtown gallery creates an art opportunity

I recently received word that the Eastern Washington University Downtown Student Gallery will be closing soon. I understand that this is due to a lack of funding, not participation, therefore, I would like to make the following statement and...

Roundup should be banned

It is garden season which is a passion close to my heart. I find myself cringing in horror whenever I see Roundup weed killer, marketed by Monsanto/Bayer, lining store shelves in Spokane and around the country. I recently read in “Living...

Don't forget the fallen on Memorial Day

America celebrates Memorial Day this weekend, a long-running and, in the past, controversial holiday eventually made official by President Lyndon Johnson in 1966. The purpose of the holiday is to remember our nations fallen servicemen and women who...

StageWest thanks the public for a successful season

StageWest Community Theatre had great success with the last production of the 2018-2019 Session, “The Savannah Sipping Society” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. Most performances had a capacity crowd and the dinner theatre was a...

Removing Snake River dams is unwise for a multitude of reasons

There are dams that should come down and those that shouldn’t. Hopefully, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts its review of the 14 federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers, that will become abundantly clear. That review is expected...

Cheney High School students named Spokane Scholars

Six Cheney High School students were honored at the 27th annual Spokane Scholars awards banquet on April 15 at the Spokane Convention Center Ballroom. Students receiving Spokane Scholars Foundation Medal of Academic Achievement awards were Camden...

Lina's Terporten's big adventure

By LEE HUGHES Staff Reporter In the fall of 2017, one of Lina Terporten's teachers asked her if she would be interested in applying for a scholarship to be an exchange student. He didn't ask her in...

EWU senior art exhibition 'Traces Of' opens May 23

Eastern Washington University's annual Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Senior Exhibition "Traces Of" is taking place May 24 – June 6 on campus at the Art Department's EWU Gallery of Art in the Fine...

Cheney craft retreat draws national audience

Last weekend, an ordinary conference room in Cheney's Holiday Inn Express was transformed into a cotton candy colored paradise thanks to the 3 Craft Chicks crafting retreat May 17-19. The "Under the...

Tyler Daze is just around the corner - just down the road

By JOHN McCALLUM Managing Editor It's often said that the only certainties in this life are death and taxes. Cheney-area residents can add one more - in a good way - to that list - Tyler Daze. The...

West Plains Briefs

Cheney book club’s May 28 meeting includes monk The last Cheney book discussion meeting of 2019 will be held in the meeting room of the Cheney library on Tuesday May 28 at 6:30 p.m. The guest speaker will be Tibetan Buddhist monk and Eastern...

Fifth Cheney Community Sale planned for June 1

By JOHN McCALLUM Managing Editor What started as an online effort to unite the community is now entering its fifth year. The Cheney Community Sale started with a Facebook page created by resident Maria Fell in 2015. Its fifth installment is taking...

Looking Back

10 Years Ago May 21, 2009 According to the April Monthly Accountability Review (MAR), the Cheney Police Department reduced its investigations’ caseload by 36 percent since reorganizing in January. In a move to contain costs and provide enhanced...

West Plains Police News

CHENEY May 13 A vaping device was confiscated on the 400 block of Annie Place. A welfare check was conducted on the 400 block of North 6th Street. A 10-year-old male and a 12-year-old male were arrested for fourth-degree assault on the 700 block of...

Churches

Cheney Congregational Church The Sunday morning worship service starts at 10 a.m. in the church at 423 N. 6th St. in Cheney. Pastor David Krueger-Duncan will deliver the sermon. Following the service, we’ll be having a farewell party for our...

LOOKING BACK WITH THE CHENEY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Twenty-five years ago in 1994, KeyTronics, a computer keyboard manufacturer, announced it was closing its Cheney facility and laying off 110 workers. Learn more about our area’s history atw...

Mary Lee (Woodruff) Eberly

Aug. 21, 1930 – May 2, 2019 On the evening of May 2, Heaven received another angel, Mary Lee Eberly. Just a short four weeks to the day after her husband’s passing. At age 18, Mary married Don...

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