Columbia Basin Water Group elects 2020 board, officers

MOSES LAKE -- The state’s organization serving as the “voice” of the Columbia Basin Project elected new board of trustees to serve in 2020. The Columbia Basin Development League (League) has supported the Bureau of... — Updated 11/19/2019

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Nov. 5 An abandoned auto was reported on the 800 block of West 1st Street. A blue 1989 GMC Sierra was impounded. Two 16-year-old males were arrested for fourth-degree assault on the 800 block of Golden Hills Drive.... — Updated 11/14/2019

Cheney police still looking for Exxon armed robbery suspect

(The following story is updated from a version that appeared online at on Thursday, Nov. 7) CHENEY – Police are still looking for one, possible two males... — Updated 11/14/2019

Spokane airport awarded $11.3 million facility grant

SPOKANE COUNTY — Local and federal officials announced on Tuesday, Nov. 6, a $11.3 million transportation grant award for the construction of the Rail-Truck Transload Facility... — Updated 11/14/2019

Airway Heights, Medical Lake council and school board results

By LEE HUGHES Staff reporter Airway Heights City Council Incumbent Councilman Larry Bowman defeated challenger Jared Lacambra by a large margin to maintain his seat on the Airway Heights council. Bowman received 519 of the 810... — Updated 11/14/2019

Cheney capital facilities measure on its way to passage

By JOHN McCALLUM Managing Editor CHENEY – In a dramatic turnaround, the Cheney School District’s $4.27 million capital facilities levy has gone from a losing proposition to apparent passage. As of Tuesday, Nov. 12, ballot... — Updated 11/14/2019

ML commission recommends no change to comp plan

MEDICAL LAKE - Members of the Medical Lake Planning voted to recommend the City Council not approve a request to amend an individual parcel designation of a future land use map in... — Updated 11/14/2019

Medical Lake schools pause for Veterans Day

MEDICAL LAKE — The Medical Lake middle and high schools took time out from classes to honor veterans and their families ahead of Monday’s Veteran’s Day holiday, and to hear... — Updated 11/14/2019

ML Council approves tax rate hike, considers budget

MEDICAL LAKE — The Medical Lake City Council approved two city-wide tax increases and held a preliminary budget hearing during its regular bi-monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 5.... — Updated 11/14/2019

Cheney commission debates parking and home occupancy

CHENEY – The Planning Commission is again scheduled to take up discussion at its Nov. 18 meeting of an issue whose resolution has evaded local officials for decades — how to... — Updated 11/14/2019

Eagles take season's first winning streak to Cal Poly

CHENEY — Be wary of teams holding a grudge and hungry for a victory. The Eastern Washington University football team goes on the road for a second-straight week when it plays at... — Updated 11/14/2019

Blackhawks romp over East Valley (Yakima) in cross over action

CHENEY – It may not have been the 2A playoffs, but the Blackhawks football team found a way to get a little post-season action — and their sixth win in the process. After... — Updated 11/14/2019

Sports Week

(Note: All schedules subject to change. Consult school, club or facility websites to confirm.) College football Saturday, Nov. 16, EWU at Cal Poly, 5:05 p.m. College men’s basketball Wednesday, Nov. 20, EWU at Boston College, 4... — Updated 11/14/2019

Cheney volleyball crew to state

CHENEY — The post-season Cinderella story of the Lady Blackhawks volleyball team continued after they defeated Prosser three sets to one, on Saturday, Nov. 9, to advance to the... — Updated 11/14/2019

Monday Night Football just not the feature event it used to be

I watched the “Criminal Minds” marathon this past Monday night. Pretty engrossing show, if a bit graphic sometimes. That’s not the point of my column. Note the date ... — Updated 11/14/2019

Blackhawks boys place seventh at state cross country

CHENEY – Cheney High School’s Derek Slaughter gets to keep his current hair color — at least until the next season’s wager. The Blackhawks cross country head coach had... — Updated 11/14/2019

Lady Blackhawks blitz Othello in regionals

CHENEY – There was little doubt last Saturday about the Lady Blackhawks chances in 2A soccer post season play. Cheney took an early 1-0 lead, and then poured it on with three... — Updated 11/14/2019

ML cross country third at state

MEDICAL LAKE — The Medical Lake cross country team came back from the state 1A cross country championship meet with a trophy — just not the one they had hoped for. The... — Updated 11/14/2019

Too much election corruption

I have been following Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers’s voting record for more than 10 years.  She has a consistent record in supporting deregulation and “freedom.” Just recently, according to the Thomas Voting... — Updated 11/14/2019

Foreign adversaries don't act to make America great

In my 20 years of military service followed by over two decades of national security work in intelligence, counterintelligence and information operations, I recognized the former Soviet Union, now the Russian Federation, as a... — Updated 11/14/2019

Greatest generation quickly slipping into history

Just before Veterans Day, the last known survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor died at age 98. With the passing of George Hursey of Massachusetts, it closed that chapter... — Updated 11/14/2019

Legislature should listen to the voice of the people

The House has decided to make the closed door inquiry an official impeachment process. The headlines indicated that they had enough votes to unveil their activities. I heard rumors that some Democrats were going to vote against... — Updated 11/14/2019

Of civics and being Americans worth fighting for

At a recent high school assembly marking Veterans Day, keynote speaker retired Gen. Neal Sealock suggested that students be the “kind of American worth fighting for.” He... — Updated 11/14/2019

Medical Lake picked for pilot program

MEDICAL LAKE — The Medical Lake School District has been selected as one of two state districts to participate in a joint University of Washington, Seattle Children’s Hospital... — Updated 11/14/2019

A little hallway music

Camber Moad (left) and Stuart Crawford perform Gavotte’s Cello Suite No. 6 at the second annual Arts and Culture Night at Cheney High School Nov. 8, hosted by the... — Updated 11/14/2019

Helping out

The Columbia Plateau Wildlife Management organization recently donated $500 to the Cheney Food Bank. Pictured above left to right are Columbia Plateau members Wayne Baker and Jerry... — Updated 11/14/2019

West Plains Briefs

Twelfth annual Turkey Trot coming on Thanksgiving The 12th annual Turkey Trot is taking place Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28. The 2-3 mile run/walk kicks off at 9 a.m. at Cheney High School and is open to walkers and runners of all... — Updated 11/14/2019

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Nov. 12, 2009 Some Cheney businesses were considering re-forming the former chamber of commerce after expressing dissatisfaction with the 10-year-old West Plains Chamber of Commerce. The Cheney High School girl’s... — Updated 11/14/2019


Cheney Community Church Cheney Community Church invites you to worship with us during this Thanksgiving season. Our Sunday service is at 10 a.m. Bible classes for adults, young adults and youth are available at 9 a.m. Coffee is... — Updated 11/14/2019

Shirley J. Wilson

Shirley was taken home to be with the Lord on November 3, 2019 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Shirley was born April 25, 1925 and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, the... — Updated 11/14/2019

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