Spokane International sets new total passenger record

SPOKANE – Spokane International Airport reached a historic milestone in 2019. According to a Jan. 22 news release, over 4.11 million people traveled through the airport on their... — Updated 1/22/2020

Sleeping burglar awakened by deputies

SPOKANE COUNTY — Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a burglar caught sleeping in a spare bedroom, then linked the suspect to two other nearby burglaries, according to a... — Updated 1/22/2020

Bill mandates controversial 'inclusive' sex ed starting with kindergarten

OLYMPIA – A bill that passed the state Senate today, Jan. 22, could mean young public schools pupils will be exposed to "inclusive" sex education. In a 28-21 vote, Engrossed... — Updated 1/22/2020 Full story

Senate Democrats push for mandatory training for conceal-carry permit

OLYMPIA -- A proposal by Senate Democrats would require concealed pistol license applicants  to complete a safety course. Senate Bill 6294 would require conceal-carry permit holders to complete a eight hours of training that... — Updated 1/21/2020 Full story

Palouse to Cascades trail report to legislators seeks input from Adams County landowners

A meeting about the Adams and Whitman County portion of the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail was well attended in Ritzville on Jan. 8, with over 30 community members,... — Updated 1/21/2020

Counties' Republicans want Rep. Shea reinstated

SPOKANE VALLEY – As the Legislature opened its 60-day session, Republicans outside Olympia lined up behind Rep. Matt Shea, saying he's being "Trumped" by Democrats and Republican... — Updated 1/18/2020

Proposed law adds a fee to plastic bags at check out

OLYMPICA -- In an attempt to reduce plastic pollution, a bill banning retailers from handing out free single-use plastic bags in the state of Washington is moving in the... — Updated 1/17/2020

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Jan. 5 Second-degree theft was reported on the 200 block of College Avenue. Cash was taken. Jan. 6 Police took an information report only for the school resource officer on the 200 block of G Street. A civil dispute was... — Updated 1/16/2020

Deputies defuse and help disorderly, paranoid male

SPOKANE — Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies successfully defused a probable drug-related disorderly, paranoia situation in North Spokane last week. On Jan. 9, at approximately 3:50 a.m., deputies responded to several 911... — Updated 1/16/2020

Republicans aim to guarantee $30 car tabs amid court hang-up

As Initiative 976, the car tabs measure approved by voters in November, is held up in the State Supreme Court, Republicans proposed laws that would guarantee the $30 car tabs Washington voters approved. “It is just a clean $30... — Updated 1/16/2020

Liberty girls wrestle at Othello

OTHELLO – The Liberty (Spangle) girls wrestling team finished 20th Saturday in the Lady Huskies Invite. The Lancers girls came home with 56 team points, the best of any 1B/2B... — Updated 1/21/2020

Golden Feather girls game time changed

CHENEY -- The tip-off time for Saturday's Golden Feather Spirit Game match up between the Cheney and Medical Lake girls basketball teams has been changed. The Lady Blackhawks and Lady Cardinals game will begin at 6 p.m. at... — Updated 1/16/2020

Golden Feather to take over Reese Court Saturday

CHENEY – The Blackhawks achieved a milestone last year in the annual Golden Feather Spirit Game with Medical Lake — they finally won the spirit contest. The competition renews... — Updated 1/16/2020 Full story

Cardinals crushed by Cashmere

CASHMERE — It was a good news, bad news trip to Cashmere on Saturday for the Lady Cardinals basketball team. The bad news first: the Cardinals traveled seven hours round-trip to... — Updated 1/16/2020

Cheney swimmers win three

CHENEY – The Blackhawks boys swimming team chalked up three more wins in league action last week at Eastern Washington University’s pool. Cheney swam to wins over Selah,... — Updated 1/16/2020

Sports Week

(Note: All schedules subject to change. Consult school, club or facility websites to confirm.) College men’s basketball Thursday, Jan. 16, EWU at University of Idaho, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, EWU at Montana State, 3:05 p.m.... — Updated 1/16/2020

Blackhawks move ahead in gymnastic standings

CHENEY – The Blackhawks gymnastics team improved its Greater Spokane League record to 3-9 with wins in meet competition Dec. 18 and Jan. 7. In both cases, the wins came over... — Updated 1/16/2020

EWU football player's death apparent suicide

GRIDLEY, CALIF. – The high school alma mater of Eastern Washington University freshman lineman George Becker released a statement over the weekend saying the former Bulldog died... — Updated 1/16/2020

Blackhawks drop one to East Valley, two to the weather

OTIS ORCHARDS – The Blackhawks boys and girls varsity basketball teams each dropped a game last week — with the weather taking the rest. Heavy snow on Friday postponed a visit... — Updated 1/16/2020

Card wrestlers top Colville

MEDICAL LAKE — Cardinal head wrestling coach Matt Leenhouts, coming off a hard-fought, close loss against Cheney at the Scabland Scuffle the day before, bragged that he worked... — Updated 1/16/2020

Far from the sea and behind unaffected doors

Last night (Jan. 9) I watched the opening of “Just Mercy” with several Black American friends. After the movie, a woman in the bathroom stall next to me was weeping. A very well-educated man I have tremendous respect for... — Updated 1/16/2020

REAL life in these United States

In response to Nancy Street’s letter on Jan. 9, I’d like to give a positive look at our lives in the United States. Yes, we sit in our comfortable houses watching TV, read the sports pages, tailgate with our friends, go to... — Updated 1/16/2020

Shielding public employee birthdates isn't about privacy

The Washington State Legislature once again is attempting to make government records more obscure, this time by trying to shield public employee birthdates from disclosure with the introduction of HB 1888. Rep. Zack Hudgins, of... — Updated 1/16/2020

Matt Shea says 'domestic terrorist' claims are lies

Under our Constitution, anyone accused of a crime has right to see all the evidence against them, to face their accusers, and to call witnesses in their defense. I have been falsely accused of being a “domestic terrorist” by... — Updated 1/16/2020

Shawna Moore named Teacher of the Month

AIRWAY HEIGHTS -- Cheney School District teachers have done it again. In an assembly this morning, Sunset Elementary School third-grade teacher Shawna Moore was surprised by... — Updated 1/16/2020

EWU Entrepreneurship Program receives national honors

CHENEY -- Eastern Washington University's Entrepreneurship Program has received the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship's (USASBE) 2020 Top Emerging... — Updated 1/16/2020

Dollars for Scholars seeks donations

The Medical Lake Dollars for Scholars is asking for donations of gift baskets, gift certificates or cash to support its upcoming bi-annual fundraising event, according to a fundraising press release. Last year Dollars for... — Updated 1/16/2020

CHS December Students of the Month

Contributed photo by Leeann Barton Cheney High School has released its list of Students of the Month for December 2019. Pictured above from left to right front row are Courtney... — Updated 1/16/2020

School board updates fees, fines and charges policy

CHENEY – School board members passed revisions to a policy regarding student fees, fines and charges at an otherwise light agenda for its first meeting in 2020 last Wednesday,... — Updated 1/16/2020

Looking back with the Cheney Historical Museum

Fifty years ago on Jan. 21, 1970, the Catholic congregation held its first mass in the St. Rose of Lima church at 460 North 5th St. Learn more about our area’s history at w... — Updated 1/16/2020

West Plains Briefs

Library facilities closed Jan. 20 All Spokane County Library District facilities will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20, to observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Regular library hours resume Tuesday, Jan. 21.  Spokane County Library... — Updated 1/16/2020

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Jan. 14, 2010 The Cheney City Council welcomed two new members to its ranks. After being sworn in, Councilman Fred Pollard took his seat, while Tom Truelove once again filled the mayor’s chair, his third... — Updated 1/16/2020


Cheney Congregational Church Pastor Matt Goodale is starting the New Year by looking at Jesus’ parables and what they teach about the Kingdom of God. The Jan. 19 sermon will cover the Beatitudes. There is a children’s area... — Updated 1/16/2020

Donald Lee Rhoades

Donald “Dusty” Rhoades, 81, passed away early Jan. 13, 2020, and is now reunited with his beloved wife Galen in Heaven. He was born June 9, 1938 in Tonasket, Wash., the second... — Updated 1/16/2020

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