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Healthcare provider opens call center on West Plains

Multicare Health System, a not-for-profit healthcare organization, opened an access center on the West Plains last month to better serve their Spokane County patients. The center employs more than 45...

Fire destroys District 3 volunteer's home

A fire consumed a single-wide mobile home just off State Route 904 between Cheney and Four Lakes on Feb. 11, leaving a Spokane County Fire District 3 volunteer firefighter homeless in the process....

The secret life of bees

Eastern Washington University was buzzing on Saturday, Feb. 9, when it hosted the Washington State Beekeeper's Association Conference, bringing in beekeeping experts and newcomers from all over the...

Similar fires that ended differently

Cheney firefighters were busy Feb. 4 with a pair of incidents that each had different outcomes because of one device — sprinklers. According to a department report, firefighters responded to an apartment fire at Eagle Point Apartments on the 1000...

Commissioners get Cheney depot update

Cheney residents might notice something different in a couple weeks at the corner of 1st and I streets just south of downtown. Something will be missing — but its removal shouldn’t go unnoticed. Historic Preservation Commission administrative...

PLANTING A BEE-FRIENDLY GARDEN

There are several varieties of plants and flowers that are good for native and honey bees, but the best by far are sunflowers, Sarah Red-Laird of the non-profit “The Bee Girl” said. In a recent study, most bee-friendly flora attracted about...

Marked cars

Cheney police were busy on Tuesday, Feb. 12, designating vehicles for removal from city streets in order to facilitate snow plowing. City codes require vehicle owners to remove them within a certain...

City business or Trump speech?

When is it appropriate for an elected official to skip their duties? That was a point of discussion at the Medical Lake City Council’s regular meeting Tuesday, Feb. 5, after one councilman chose to skip the meeting to instead watch the State of...

Medical Lake boys basketball: win one, lose one in playoffs

The Medical Lake boys basketball team rode a rollercoaster into the first two rounds of NEA post-season play with a road win against the Freeman Scotties on Wednesday, Feb. 6, , followed by a...

Weather woes for Cheney gymnastics team tourney

Thanks to the record-setting snowfall sweeping across Washington this month, regional wrestling tournaments have been cancelled statewide, making this year’s Mat Classic XXXI at the Tacoma Dome a crowded playing field. The Washington...

Blackhawks' season comes to end in overtime thriller

If the Cheney High boys basketball team never sees Nick Drynan again, that will likely be too soon. The 6-foot-1-inch West Valley senior point guard poured in 69 points in two games last week...

Cardinal girls power ahead in NEA playoffs

The top-seeded Medical Lake girls basketball squad were once again victorious in NEA district basketball tournament play on a snowy Friday at West Valley High School, keeping the Colville Indians at...

Cancelled wrestling regionals means major changes at state

Thanks to the record-setting snowfall sweeping across Washington this month, regional wrestling tournaments have been cancelled statewide, making this year’s Mat Classic XXXI at the Tacoma Dome a crowded playing field. The Washington...

Sports Week

(Note: All schedules subject to change. Consult school, club or facility websites to confirm.) College Basketball Men Saturday, Feb. 16, EWU hosts University of Northern Colorado, 2:05 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, EWU hosts University of Idaho, 4:14 p.m....

Lady Blackhawks bow out of post season

It’s difficult to beat a team in back to back games, as Cheney High School’s girls basketball team discovered last week. After earning a hard-fought win over Great Northern League rival West...

Cheney wrestlers dominate districts

By SHANNEN TALBOT Staff Reporter The Cheney boys wrestling team delivered at districts with a vengeance, taking first place in the Great Northern League with 260.5 points and smashing the competition by more than 75 points. East Valley followed...

America is heading down the wrong track

America’s drift away from our market-based economic system is perplexing. Equally, mystifying is the new push to replace entrepreneurs with government bureaucrats in planning and controlling services and products offered to us — the consumers....

Supporting or denying abortion is not government's business

Along with millions of other Americans, I watched last week’s State of the Union Address. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but that wasn’t it. The President was uncharacteristically subdued. He didn’t pick any fights nor call anyone...

Being too quick to label waters down meaning

I have a friend who can cuss up a storm. Talk about making sailors blush — his blue language could peel paint on a battleship. In fact, my friend drops f-bombs so much, it’s more like he’s adopted the word as an adverb or adjective...

Courts, not sheriffs, decide a new law's constitutionality

I am deeply discouraged by the news regarding several county sheriffs and county commissioners, among others, arbitrarily deciding that Initiative 1639 is unconstitutional therefore they are not upholding it as a law. Are these same individuals,...

The metamorphosis of Destiny

Our internal strength comes from controlling our perceptions and reactions to things external to us, or so ancient stoic philosophers believed and practiced. Of all the things Medical Lake High...

Cheney schools boundary review stalls

The Cheney School District did not present attendance boundary recommendations to the school board at their Feb. 13 meeting as originally planned, school officials said Tuesday. Instead, they will be working to revise the current recommendations...

Cheney High School January Students of the Month

Cheney High School’s January Students of the Month are pictured above: front row left to right: Alex Hill, Skyla West, Jamie Sprague, Jasmine Sprague and Madison O’Riley. Back row left to right:...

The life of Robert Mill: A Washington Territory pioneer

By ROBERT BAUER Contributor Robert Mill, one of the first pioneers in the Cheney/Spangle area, was born near Saint Nicholas, Aberdeen, Scotland on Nov. 1, 1803. Robert’s birth name was Robert...

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Feb. 5 A 17-year-old male was arrested for minor in possession of alcohol at Cheney High School. Feb. 6 James B. Copeland, 40, was arrested on charges of alleged unlawful issuance of a bank check in relation to an incident that took place on...

Angels energize Circuit Breakers

The 501 (c) (3) non-profit West Plains Angels organization recently donated $1,000 to the Medical Lake High School “Circuit Breakers” robotics club to help them travel this summer to national...

Lemaster named senior volunteer of the year

Longtime Medical Lake High School tennis coach Leroy Lemaster was named this year's Kiwanis senior citizen volunteer of the year Saturday at St. Anne's Parrish Hall in front of nearly 80 of the...

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Feb. 19, 2009 The National Collegiate Athletic Association slapped Eastern Washington University’s football team with several sanctions for violating participation rules regarding academically non-qualified and ineligible students....

West Plains BRIEFS

StageWest hosts tryouts for ‘Savannah Sipping Society’ StageWest Community Theatre is holding open auditions for the upcoming spring play, “The Savannah Sipping Society,” written by Jessie Jones, Nicolas Hope and Jamie Wooten and directed...

Churches

Cheney Congregational Church Everyone is invited to join our Sunday morning worship service at 10 a.m. On Sunday, Feb. 17, pastor David Krueger-Duncan’s sermon will be “The Triumph of Adam & Eve Sisyphus: Are We Destroying Our Planet?” Plan...

Donald Ray Bell

Dr. Donald Ray Bell, of Cheney, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 at the age of 88 in Spokane, Washington after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Don was born in Foreman, Arkansas in 1930 to...

Denny Harmon

Denny Harmon, 70, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Feb. 4, 2019. He was born in Everett, Wash. on March 27, 1948. The family moved to Walla Walla after Denny’s birth. He...

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