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Suspect dead after officer-involved shooting

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — Spokane Police confirmed late Thursday that a man suspected of burglary, assault and other crimes has died after being involved in an officer-involved shooting Thursday evening, Sept. 25. The shooting occurred... — Updated 9/25/2020

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Sept. 14 Prescription medications were found and turned into the police station. Police assisted the Tukwila Police Department in returning a stolen firearm to its owner who resides in Cheney. A runaway juvenile was... — Updated 9/24/2020

Free Press receives photography, graphics awards

CHENEY – Two Free Press Publishing employees will be recognized next month for their newspaper work. Publisher Roger Harnack and graphic artist Walter Willand are among the award-winners in the Washington Newspaper Publishers... — Updated 9/24/2020


North40 Outfitters construction begins in Airway Heights

AIRWAY HEIGHTS-Residents needing farming, sporting and agricultural goods may be anticipating the arrival of the 95,000 square foot, 16-acre North 40 Outfitters location just east... — Updated 9/24/2020

Medical Lake crime update: August 2020

MEDICAL LAKE — Most unusual criminal activity in town for August boiled down to the Aug. 27 shooting on Howard Street, where one man was left in critical condition and two others were questioned and detained, Undersheriff Rob... — Updated 9/24/2020

Cheney's (modified) Clean Sweep returns

CHENEY – The 13th annual city-wide beautification program, Cheney Clean Sweep, is just around the corner and it will look quite a bit different than the previous 12 events. The first difference is obvious — it’s being held... — Updated 9/24/2020


Residents: Malden fire siren never sounded

MALDEN – Angry residents wanted an answer Tuesday on why the city's fire siren never sounded on Labor Day when the Babb Fire swept through town. During a meeting that attracted... — Updated 9/28/2020

Medical Lake receives additional virus relief funds

MEDICAL LAKE — Gov. Jay Inslee handed out more coronavirus relief funds (CRF) obtained by the CARES Act to state municipalities Aug. 31, and the city was the recipient of an additional $75,075 as a result, bringing its total... — Updated 9/24/2020


Higher-price homes coming to Cheney

CHENEY –Planning Commission members approved a preliminary plat application for a 46-unit residential development at their Sept. 14 meeting that could open the way for... — Updated 9/24/2020


Local restaurants assist firefighters and fire victims

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — The two families that lost homes in the Bartholomew and Christensen road fires Aug. 27 and Sept. 7, respectively will soon be getting some assistance from the... — Updated 9/24/2020

Child poverty creates long-term harm, violence that's avoidable

There’s a term that was developed in the academic field of peace research, and it deserves far more currency in political discourse and everyday language than it currently receives.  It’s called “structural,” or... — Updated 9/24/2020


Coronavirus is compounding the recycling calamity

What happens in China, doesn’t always stay in China. We learned that a couple of years ago when the Chinese stopped buying massive volumes of the world’s used paper, plastics... — Updated 9/24/2020

Cheney residents earn degree from WGU this summer

SALT LAKE CITY – The following local residents have earned a degree from Western Governors University (WGU). The online, nonprofit university has graduated over 190,000 students from across the country since its inception in... — Updated 9/24/2020

EWU hires consultant to look at athletics funding

CHENEY – Eastern Washington University has selected The PICTOR Group of Reno, Nevada to complete an Athletic Review at the institution. The competitive bid process resulted in a $38,000 contract over the next six months. The... — Updated 9/24/2020

Cheney school enrollment declines

CHENEY – Early enrollment numbers show the school district has experienced a drop of almost 300 full-time equivalent students to begin the 2020-2021 academic year. The result could translate into a loss of $2.1 million in state... — Updated 9/24/2020


Cheney Congregational Church Greetings! Cheney Congregational is currently hosting outdoor Sunday worship services in our parking lot at 10 a.m.  We have developed a Covid-19 safety plan that is in compliance with guidelines set... — Updated 9/24/2020

Feed Cheney to move indoors in October

The Sept. 28 Feed Cheney will continue as it has for the last several months. There will be a brown bag meal of prepackaged food distributed beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Wren Pearson Community Center at 615... — Updated 9/24/2020


History of Sprague is Ritzville resident's first book

fulfilled an item on his "bucket list" when he published a book on local history earlier this summer. A 1973 Sprague High School alum who retired in 2017 as the superintendent of... — Updated 9/28/2020


Cynthia (Cindy) Marie Curry

Cynthia (Cindy) Marie Curry, age 60, passed away peacefully surrounded by family in Mt. Holly, N.J. on Sept. 9, 2020 succumbing to metastatic breast cancer. Cynthia was born in... — Updated 9/24/2020

John Gilbert Reitmeier

John Gilbert Reitmeier, age 79, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sept. 19, 2020. John was born on March 19, 1941, in Spokane, Wash. to Harry and Theda Reitmeier. John graduated from Cheney High School in 1959, their golden... — Updated 9/24/2020

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