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CHENEY Sept. 8 Domestic violence/verbal abuse was reported on the 2200 block of 1st Street. Second-degree theft was reported on the 2400 block of University Lane. A purse was stolen from a vehicle. A cellphone was found on the... — Updated 9/17/2020


Helping out

Airway Heights/Reardan resident Aaron Inman loads donations from Airway Heights citizens into his truck to take to victims of the Malden fire. Inman has taken three truck and two... — Updated 9/17/2020 Full story


Malden, Pine City fires near containment

From MALDEN -- Access to the towns of Malden and Pine City continues to be restricted as crews continue to mop up Babb Fire hotspots. The fire grew to 15,266 acres and was 90%... — Updated 9/17/2020

STCU may acquire Umpqua branches in Medical Lake, Ritzville

By Drew Lawson Staff Reporter SPOKANE—A banking company with 24 locations in Eastern Washington and North Idaho may be expanding even further. STCU is seeing approval to acquire four new Umpqua Bank locations, including the... — Updated 9/17/2020


Gov. Inslee says wildfires should be called "climate fires"

MALDEN - Don't call them wildfires. Call them "climate fires." That was the message Gov. Jay Inslee gave reporters during a brief appearance about noon today, Thursday, Sept. 10,... — Updated 9/17/2020

Labor Day Heights blazes near 100% containment

AIRWAY HEIGHTS—Two fires near the city that began to burn on Labor Day are 100% contained over a week later. A fire that burned off North Old Trails Road northeast of Northern Quest Casino, now known as the Euclid Track Fire,... — Updated 9/17/2020

Chlorine leak dissipates after employees evacuate

CHENEY—A chlorine leak in a room within the Archer-Daniels Midland facility at the 600 block of 1st St forced haz-mat response and an employee evacuation before the chlorine dissipated Sept. 9. Within that room lies a 150-pound... — Updated 9/17/2020


A record nobody wants

SPOKANE COUNTY – Consider it two records we would just as soon have not set. Due to smoke from fires in California, Oregon and Washington that blew in beginning late Friday... — Updated 9/17/2020 Full story


Rebuilding Malden will require unity

MALDEN – Local leaders called for unity and cooperation Tuesday in the "arduous" task of rebuilding the community in the wake of the Babb Fire. More than 150 people turned out... — Updated 9/17/2020

New Day dawns for EWU police department

CHENEY—Jay Day spent the early 1990’s trying to shut down opposing receivers on the Eastern Washington University football team as a defensive back. Nearly 30 years later, he’s taking over for retiring EWU Police Department... — Updated 9/17/2020

Ammo shortfall result of rising gun sales, virus shutdowns

Gun owners anticipating the fall hunting season or hoping to get in some target practice are having more difficulty than normal acquiring the ammunition necessary to operate their firearms. Fox Business reported in early August... — Updated 9/17/2020

Bass tournament announced

OTHELLO — MarDon Resort will host a bass fishing tournament Oct. 3 on the Potholes Reservoir. The Northwest Berkley Big Bass Tournament is open to a single fisherman or a team of two. Boats are allowed and there is a $300 entry... — Updated 9/17/2020

Snake River fishery opens

ALMOTA — Sections of the Snake River are now open for fishermen to catch and keep fall Chinook salmon and steelhead. The Chinook fishery opened Tuesday, Sept. 1, and will close Oct. 31, state Department of Fish and Wildlife... — Updated 9/17/2020


Mommy's first buck

Seven months pregnant, Jess Warwick of Finley, took her first deer Saturday north of Davenport. She shot the buck with a bow just off State Highway... — Updated 9/17/2020

District 2's fall hunting options

The pandemic may have put an axe in many sporting activities this fall, but nothing is stopping hunters in Eastern Washington from enjoying the outdoors and trekking down some wildlife as the season gets underway. Some hunting... — Updated 9/17/2020

Dave Wilson will listen and personally respond in the 5th District

After reading and watching the news online and on TV, it appears that our country is divided into those who care about property and those who care about people, and most astute observers could easily identify which political... — Updated 9/17/2020

Malden residents will rebuild their tapestry of life

“Are you guys OK?” It’s the first thing we say to each other in the Malden/Pine City area these days. Once that question is answered, it is immediately followed by “Is your house OK?” We lost so much on Labor Day. Our... — Updated 9/17/2020


Business, drones helping to restore scorched forestlands

Replanting the millions of acres scorched by wildfires in our western woodlands will be herculean task priced in the hundreds of billions. Thankfully, many businesses, such as Bank... — Updated 9/17/2020


Levin-Stankevich returns as EWU Provost

CHENEY – Eastern Washington University has announced that Brian Levin-Stankevich, Ph.D., is returning to the Cheney campus to serve as provost and vice president for Academic... — Updated 9/17/2020

Alpha Nu chapter focuses on schools

WEST PLAINS – October is when members of the international education sorority Alpha Delta Kappa honor their founders by providing service to the community. The local ADK chapter, Alpha Nu, is continuing this tradition even in... — Updated 9/17/2020


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 9/17/2020


Local man, Jeremy Blom, graduates U.S. Marine Corps boot camp

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Private Jeremy Robert Blom, 18, of Cheney, Wash graduated from United States Marine Corps boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego on Sept. 11,... — Updated 9/17/2020

Depot relocation nearing completion

CHENEY – Despite winds, fires, smoke and a pandemic, work on relocating Cheney’s Northern Pacific Railroad Depot continues. The heavy lifting part of the project, which began in 2014, took place June 18 when crews from Mt.... — Updated 9/17/2020


Overcoming the need to fill in boxes

NASHVILLE, TENN. – Born in Brazzaville, Congo to a white father and black mother, Karen McCormick has often found herself facing a decision when filing out employment forms.... — Updated 9/17/2020


Leland Gale Dow

Leland Gale Dow, age 65, passed away peacefully on Sept. 9, 2020. He was a 1973 graduate of Cheney High School. Leland was a lifetime resident of Cheney. He continued his family... — Updated 9/17/2020


Jean Marie Staley Morton

Jean Marie Staley Morton passed away tragically on Aug. 3, 2020, in Castle Rock, Colo., from loneliness and a broken heart. Jean was born May 17, 1951 at Larson Air Force Base in... — Updated 9/17/2020


Dennis Boardman

Dennis Boardman, 60, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Aug. 22, 2020 at home in Caldwell, Idaho. Dennis was born in Panama City, Fla. to Arthur and Laverne Boardman on April... — Updated 9/17/2020

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