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Cheney looks at consultant for water issues

City of Cheney officials are putting together a request for qualifications/quote (RFQ) they hope will get City Council approval and allow them to go out and hire a consultant to address the city’s water supply issues. “We’d like a fresh set...

Suspect, officers identified in shooting

Law enforcement officials have released the names of the suspect and the Cheney police officers who were involved in a Sept. 3 shooting incident in parking lot of Mitchell’s Harvest Foods. In a Sept. 6 news release, the Spokane County Medical...

What's behind the water tap?

A very non-descript building in Four Lakes, just off State Route 904, has within its walls a lot of responsibility. The block structure houses the behind-the-scenes work of the Four Lakes Water...

Parkside preparation

Work has begun on preparing a 3.6-acre site across North Eighth Street from the Cheney pool for the new Parkside Commons, a 96-unit student housing complex. Contractors are getting 16 duplexes at the...

Cheney looks at consultant for water issues

City of Cheney officials are putting together a request for qualifications/quote (RFQ) they hope will get City Council approval and allow them to go out and hire a consultant to address the city’s water supply issues. “We’d like a fresh set...

Spokane Transit Authority's West Plains center opens Sept. 16

By SHANNEN TALBOT Staff Reporter According to Spokane Transit Authority officials, the West Plains Transit Center will be opening for business this Sunday, Sept. 16, marking the completion of a...

Kim Best steps down as Cheney recreation manager after 14 years with department

Cheney Recreation Manager Kim Best has stepped down after almost 15 years with the Parks and Recreation Department. Best’s last day was Sept. 6. In farewell letter sent Sept. 5 to “Community Partners,” Best said it was an emotional moment...

Code enforcer makes progress in Airway Heights

After three months on the job, Airway Heights code enforcement officer Kristina Blake is making serious headway on the problems facing the city and the results speak for themselves. In June, Blake became the city’s first code enforcement officer...

Airway Heights council OKs recreation center jobs

The Airway Heights City Council moved swiftly through a busy action agenda at their Sept. 4 meeting, discussing eco-friendly operations possibilities and planning for the new job positions that will...

SRTC proposes over $818 million in projects

The Spokane Regional Transportation Council (SRTC) is proposing to invest over $800 million in the local transportation system in the next several years and is looking for input on the projects that money would be spent on. SRTC has completed the...

Cards volleyball finishes week strong

Nothing like testing one’s self right at the start. That’s what the Medical Lake volleyball team did last week as they jumped into the deep end of the Northeast A League pool and faced perennial power Lakeside in Suncrest, losing in straight...

Blackhawks runners split up for first CC competition

By JOHN McCALLUM Managing Editor Cheney High’s boys and girls cross country squads made their 2018 debuts last Saturday — albeit in different locations about 105 miles apart. The Blackhawk girls had the farthest to travel, competing in the...

It never gets old watching Kupp on the field

Finally, I had a reason to tune into Monday Night Football and it was nothing more complex than the opportunity to watch Cooper Kupp on one side and John Gruden on the other. Kupp’s Rams prevailed over Gruden’s Raiders 33-13 in the...

Blackhawks down Rogers for special win

Cheney High football fans at Albi Stadium last Thursday got a taste of the true power of special teams to make an impact in a football game. After fumbles created some early adversity for the Blackhawks against Rogers High School, it was a pair of...

Medical Lake has impressive Highlander Invite finishes

Medical Lake's defending 1A boys cross country state champions got a preliminary glimpse at the Highlander Invitational last Saturday of how things might look as they seek to add another trophy to...

Medical Lake falls late at Okanogan

By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter The football competition seems to be getting tougher, yet the Medical Lake Cardinals have shown they can hold their own. Their losing streak now dates back to the beginning of the 2016 season and sits at 20 games...

Eagles, Cougs go at it in Pullman

Eastern Washington returns to the scene of the crime - their theft of perhaps the biggest football win in program history - Saturday, shooting to make it two stunners in a row over Washington State...

Blackhawks smash East Valley, come up short against other rivals

East Valley showed off an impressive repertoire of tricks and fancy footwork in the Sept. 6 game against Cheney, but it was no match for the Blackhawks' rock-solid defense, allowing the Blackhawks to...

Sports Week

(Note: All schedules subject to change. Consult school, club or facility websites to confirm.) COLLEGE CROSS COUNTRY Saturday, Sept. 14, Eastern Washington at Cougar Classic (Colfax Golf Club), 5:15 p.m. COLLEGE FOOTBALL Saturday, Sept. 15, EWU at...

Sports Briefs

TRACK/CROSS COUNTRY Cheney’s Spakousky signed by EWU The Eastern Washington University track and field team has added 15 new high school athletes and three junior college transfers to their roster for the 2018-19 season. Twelve female and nine...

Lisa Brown Cheney office open for questions

Local supporters of Lisa Brown for Congress invite you to join them for coffee and doughnuts on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Cheney field office for the Lisa Brown campaign, 1010 First St., Suite A. Bring your questions for Lisa and...

Can there be a middle ground in the abortion debate?

I recently took my grandson back to the Midwest to get better acquainted with some of his relatives. He is only recently aware that he is related to a huge clan of Midwesterners. While there, I watched as two of my kinfolks debated whether or not...

Cheney teachers need competitive salaries

Last evening (Sept. 10, the Cheney School District teachers staged an informational picketing of the district administrative offices supporting their negotiations team during an arbitration meeting with the administrative team. Teachers are...

Cathy McMorris Rodgers strong on pro-life

I want to thank Cathy McMorris Rodgers for speaking at the pro-life Rally in Spokane Valley. Her speech was touching as well as inspirational. Everyone in the room was moved to a standing ovation, numerous times. Cathy touched on the importance of...

Lampson beating odds for family-owned businesses

When one approaches the Tri-Cities, it is impossible to ignore Lampson International’s monstrous cranes in its Pasco assembly yard. Those gantries stand out like the Space Needle in Seattle and reach over 560 feet into the sky. Like the Space...

The best approach is to wait for answers

Like the rest of you, I want some answers to why a knife-wielding man was shot and killed in Mitchell’s Harvest Foods parking lot late Sept. 3 by three Cheney police officers. Unlike some of you, however, I’m willing to wait before I start...

Cheney District reaches agreement with teachers

After months of negotiations and more than 25 meetings, the Cheney School District and its teachers’ union avoided a strike and reached a tentative deal on a new collective bargaining agreement on Monday, Sept. 10. The Cheney Education...

Safe suggestions for pet-friendly indoor gardening

Houseplants make a wonderful addition to our home's décor and improve the indoor air quality. Those with pets however may struggle with keeping plants safe from curious pets and the pets safe from...

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Sept. 25, 2008 The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office began charging Medical Lake, Airway Heights and Liberty Lake for police dispatch services. Cheney High School started a student advocacy program that connected students with specific...

Fairchild helps check off local boy's bucket list

On Sept. 7, four-year-old Jimmy "LJ" Now climbed out of the car and took his mom's hand, showing off a blue satin Captain America cape. It was his favorite outfit, specially chosen for the...

What's happening on the West Plains

Cheney • Sept. 13, open mic night at The Mason Jar, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. • Sept. 14, Cheney Historical Museum explores the history of Four Lakes, Marshall, Cheney, Tyler, and Amber, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. • Sept. 17-20, “Path to Tolerance” art... Full story

Churches

Cheney Congregational Church Pastor David Krueger-Duncan will deliver the sermon at services on Sunday, Sept 16, at 10 a.m. in the church sanctuary. We will continue our journey through Luke, chapter six. Last week began the discussion of...

Leaving no doubt

When we last visited the Eastern Washington Eagles football team in 2017 they were licking the wounds of having been left out of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. That helped the team... Full story

Back for more?

Led by quarterback Gage Gubrud who was making his first start, the Eagles stunned the Cougars 45-42 back on Sept. 3, 2016 at Martin Stadium. The Eagles and Cougars meet Sept. 15 in a rematch. This... Full story

Leaving no doubt

When we last visited the Eastern Washington Eagles football team in 2017 they were licking the wounds of having been left out of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. That helped the team... Full story

Cards battle

The Medical Lake Cardinals, under new head coach Jeremy Bahr, opened their 2018 football season falling to St. Maries, Idaho 42-20, Aug. 31 at Holliday Field. While the Cards have now lost 19... Full story

Cards battle

The Medical Lake Cardinals, under new head coach Jeremy Bahr, opened their 2018 football season falling to St. Maries, Idaho 42-20, Aug. 31 at Holliday Field. While the Cards have now lost 19... Full story

William (Bill) Lindsley Arnold

William (Bill) Arnold was born to Ben and Marguerite (Peg) Arnold on Feb. 11, 1932, in Livingston, Mont. He passed away Aug. 22, 2018 at his home in Cheney. It was Bill's desire to live out his days... Full story

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