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Airway Heights officials: 'Much ado about nothing'

Airway Heights residents were alarmed over the weekend when the city’s Public Works Department announced that one of two interties with Spokane was to be shut down for relocation and asked all residents to begin conserving water immediately. That...

EWU dedicates restoration, center projects

Eastern Washington University officially launched two long-time initiatives with dedication ceremonies last Wednesday. A crowd of around 100 people stood by on the wind-swept hill near the...

Air Force response to AH claims is silence

Representatives from several levels of the United States Air Force had little to say last week in response to an Airway Heights letter demanding nearly $47 million in damages because of the 2017 contamination of its water supply. Fairchild...

Taves named Cheney Yard of the Month

The home of John and Jolene Taves has been selected as Yard of the Month for May by the Cheney Kiwanis and Gardeners of Cheney. Taves has been a Yard of the Month selection before, and a regular... Full story

Are you prepared for a long, hot and dry fire season?

Enjoy the clear blue spring sky while you can. By all accounts, this year will be host to yet another hot, dry and smoky summer fire season. “We’re already really dry,” Spokane County District... Full story

Cheney addressing brown water issues

Cheney crews are working to alleviate several cases of brown, stinky water emerging from residents water faucets. Public Works Director Todd Ableman told the City Council at its May 14 meeting they received 11 calls Tuesday morning from residents...

ML OKs District 3 agreement

The big topic of the evening at the Medical Lake City Council meeting on May 7 was approval of a pre-annexation agreement between the city and Spokane Fire District 3. The city and the district will be asking voters to approve the annexation of the...

West Plains Fire and EMS monthly statistics

Airway Heights Fire Department Emergency Medical Services 127 Fire 12 Total 139 Cheney Fire Department Structure fire 3 Emergency medical service 91 Extrication rescue 1 Dispatched/canceled en route 5 Wrong address/no emergency 1 System operation...

Lady Blackhawks shutout Clarkston in playoff opener

For Cheney High School softball head coach Gary Blake — and many of his spring sports counterparts — “prom” is a four-letter word. The annual spring social function creates a myriad of distractions in most teenagers minds, and in Blake’s...

Medical Lake golfer qualifies for state

Medical Lake girls golfer Sierra Brock qualified for state on May 7 at the Deer Park Golf Course, according to head coach Jerry Ornelas. At sub-districts on May 7, several Cardinal girls made their... Full story

Search on for Medical Lake man reported missing

As of press time, Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies were attempting to locate 69-year-old Gregory D. Thompson, last seen Monday, May 13, at 7 p.m., according to a press release. Sheriff’s deputies responded to a missing person call in Medical...

Card softball crew end season with loss

Its over for the Medical Lake softball team after losing back-to-back games against Freeman last week. The Scotties (7-5, 14-7) traveled to Medical Lake on Tuesday, May 7, for the final game of the...

Blackhawks finish third at District 7 meet

Cheney High’s contingent to this weekend’s regional track and field competition at Central Washington University in Ellensburg may not be large, but it will be potent. The Blackhawks boys and...

Ditch the graphics during the action

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of humankinds first walk on the Moon, which you must admit is an interesting way to start out a sports column. I say that because it’s an event I have memories of when it happened — how old I was (9) and...

Card girls tennis closes season at districts

The 2019 Medical Lake girls tennis team ended the season last weekend with a 3-9 record, 3-10 overall, and sixth among the seven Northeast A teams, after the district tournament at Mead High School...

Grandview dashes Cheney soccer hopes

The Cheney High School boys soccer season came to an end on May 11 when the Grandview Greyhounds eliminated the Blackhawks 4-1 in a district crossover match. An easy win in the Great Northern League championship match against Clarkston at Eastern...

Cheney tennis ends season with pride

After finishing fourth in the Great Northern League, the Cheney High School boys tennis team headed to Washington State University for districts May 10-11, winning some and losing some against West Valley and Pullman. “The team gave great efforts...

Cardinals send eight to state track and field meet

The Medical Lake High School track and field team advanced eight athletes out of District 7 competition last weekend to the State 1A track meet at Eastern Washington University in two weeks, May...

Georgia reproductive bills should concern us all

An inescapable news topic in recent weeks has been Georgia’s new legislation governing abortion, signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp last week and sparking outrage and debate across the country. The much-buzzed-about “heartbeat bill,” HB 481,...

Courage counts most when you feel like you are at your worst

Imagine what it feels like to lose. Multiply that several times over. How tempting is it to throw up your hands in defeat and get really mad about it? When I was in junior high I went to a small school that wouldn’t be able to field a girls...

Spokane County Library District seeks levy approval

The Spokane County Library District is seeking levy restoration for maintenance and operations of its 11 libraries to keep services at existing levels throughout Spokane County, increase digital materials and replace outdated building heating and...

Cheney adopts new elementary math curriculum

It was an unusual start to a school board meeting as Cheney district officials, employees and families gathered in the Cheney Middle School cafeteria on May 8 for the district’s Employee Recognition Night. Several teachers were nominated for...

Medical Lake High School JROTC receives award

The Medical Lake High School Washington 81st Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps is scheduled to be awarded the Silver Star Community Service with Excellence Award at a ceremony tomorrow, Friday,... Full story

Cheney High School April Students of the Month

Cheney High School’s April Students of the Month are pictured above from left to right: Nicole Murray, Abigail Blazon, Kaylee Sullivan, Corrina Storkson, Seth Wilcox, Ryan Reimer-Golden, Chloe... Full story

Cheney band enters to win $100K in instruments

Cheney High School announced on Thursday, May 9, that it has ­­­entered the running for a $100,000 instrument grant from award-winning musician Barry Manilow. Manilow and his foundation, the Manilow Music Project, are conducting a nationwide...

Air Force partners with West Plains fire agencies for training

Several West Plains fire agencies partnered with the Fairchild Air Force Base Fire Department on Thursday, May 16, for an aircraft collision training scenario in preparation for Air Force events... Full story

EWU's board of trustees creates stadium task force

Eastern Washington University’s Board of Trustees (BOT) is announcing the creation of a task force to conduct a comprehensive study of the football stadium renovation project. Appointed by Board Chair Uriel Iñiguez, the task force is composed of...

His brother's keeper

After 27 years, Wes Anderson came to accept who and what he was. So it was that, in 1995, after years of personal struggles he “came out” — as a Vietnam veteran. Two years later he made...

Kick up your heels

Cheney's Mayfest brought hordes of people to downtown Cheney May 10 - 12 to dance, play and celebrate spring. Left: Two young dancers practice their two-step to the musical stylings of the Kelly...

West Plains Briefs

Bees and flowers talk of the town on May 22 “Flowers that make bees dance” is the subject of master beekeeper Jim Miller’s presentation at Cheney Congregational Church for their fourth Wednesday series “Things I Learned Somewhere.” Jim... Full story

Looking Back

10 Years Ago May 14, 2009 After one year as Medical Lake’s code enforcement officer, Don Mayfield announced his resignation at the May 5 City Council meeting, saying he’d accepted a position with another organization. The Cheney High School...

Churches

Cheney Congregational Church Everyone is invited to join the Sunday morning worship service at 10 a.m. Pastor David Krueger-Duncan will deliver the sermon. Coffee and refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall following the service. The... Full story

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 Eberly and led a wonderful life with him by her... Full story

Phyllis Marie Perrotta

Phyllis Marie Perrotta, born April 23, 1941, left this earth on May 3, 2019. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, wife and companion. Motorcycles,... Full story

West Plains Police News

CHENEY May 6 Police confiscated a vaping device on the 500 block of North 5th Street. Police assisted the Cheney Fire Department on the 800 block of West 1st Street with a welfare check that required entry into a residence because of circumstances...

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