County health officer now recommending students study at home

COLFAX — A spike this week in positive COVID-19 cases has prompted the Whitman County Health Department to consider recommending schools in Whitman County keep campuses... — Updated 8/9/2020

Medical Lake students will study from home this fall

MEDICAL LAKE — Local students will be starting the school year mostly online learning model, School District Superintendent Tim Ames announced today, Aug. 7. The decision followed state and regional health recommendations for... — Updated 8/7/2020

WSU students bringing coronavirus to county

PULLMAN — Returning university students are bringing the coronavirus with them. Whitman County has 105 total positive COVID-19 tests, with eight cases added Aug. 6. That brings... — Updated 8/7/2020

Republicans narrow gap slightly in bid to unseat Gov. Inslee

OLYMPIA — After counting of almost 500,000 late-arriving ballots, Republican candidates have cut into incumbent Gov. Jay Inslee's lead in the Aug. 4 primarily. As of 6:15 p.m.... — Updated 8/7/2020

West Plains Police News

CHENEY July 27 Third-degree malicious mischief was reported on the 100 block of College Hills Street. An apartment window was broken. Third-degree theft was reported on the 2400 block of University Lane. Stereo equipment and... — Updated 8/6/2020

Slow year for firework mishaps on the West Plains, authorities say

First responders in Airway Heights and Medical Lake enjoyed a slower than normal year regarding firework incident responses around July 4. The Airway Heights Fire Department responded to three fires that night, according to Fire... — Updated 8/6/2020

Cheney's purple pipe

CHENEY – The City Council gave its approval to several projects last Tuesday, July 28, allowing a residential development to proceed along with a long-anticipated move towards utilizing reclaimed wastewater for irrigation... — Updated 8/6/2020

Cementing a home

Crews from Walker Construction poured the foundation for the relocated Cheney Depot last week. Once foundation and utility work is complete at the depot's new home on 1st Street,... — Updated 8/7/2020

City Council raises hook-up fees

CHENEY – The City Council took steps to bolster the city’s water reserve fund while protecting rate payers from subsidizing new development by approving increases to water connection charges at its July 28 meeting. The... — Updated 8/6/2020

New logistics commander opens door, heart to Airmen

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE – An adage older than the Air Force itself: take care of your people and they will take care of you.  Every day there is an air mission and along with... — Updated 8/7/2020

Big Sky pushes conference season to early spring

OGDEN, Utah — A conference football season in which Big Sky powers Montana, Montana State and Weber State were slated to visit Eastern Washington University's newly-turfed Roos... — Updated 8/7/2020

Raising funds in spite of COVID

The Medical Lake 24-hour Tennis-A-Thon had a different look this year with COVID-19 restrictions. Despite the challenges, the annual fundraiser collected $11,109 and 350 pounds of... — Updated 8/7/2020

Havens takes third at Idaho 200 despite car issues

POST FALLS — Braeden Havens of Airway Heights placed third out of 26 racers at the Idaho 200 race at Stateline Speedway Event Center in Post Falls over the weekend. He overcame a lost alternator, motor issues and only seven... — Updated 8/6/2020

It's Democrats who won't accept election results

In his column, contributor Mel Gurov frets that President Trump might not accept the results of the fall election if they are not in his favor and sheds considerable crocodile tears over the consequence to democracy. Honestly,... — Updated 8/6/2020

How will history view COVID-19 measures whiners?

 My Dad was born in October, 1917, in New Cumberland, West Virginia, my Mum in November, 1919, in Somerset, England. During Dad’s first year of life, the 1918 flu pandemic struck; Mum’s first year was during the second... — Updated 8/6/2020

Gutting Patent Protection Won't Cure COVID-19

To ensure that coronavirus vaccines and treatments are “available at a price affordable to all people,” Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and several other House Democrats recently proposed a radical solution to the coronavirus... — Updated 8/6/2020

West Plains Chamber of Commerce offers small business help

Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy, and on July 27, the West Plains Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with other regional partners launched the OPENTogether Small Business and Non-profit Grant program to help... — Updated 8/6/2020

Former EWU President Frederickson passes away

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Dr. H. George Frederickson, the lightning rod president who oversaw the transformation of Eastern Washington State College to Eastern Washington University,... — Updated 8/7/2020

School districts combine to purchase personal protective equipment supplies

WEST PLAINS – Cheney and Medical Lake school districts have teamed with other districts around the state to hopefully prove there is power in numbers – especially when it comes to buying personal protective equipment needed... — Updated 8/6/2020

Medical Lake school board hears draft of back-to-school plan

MEDICAL LAKE — Superintendent Tim Ames and Assistant Superintendent Kim Headrick presented a draft of the school district’s re-opening plan to the board at its meeting July 28. The board approved a school start date of Sept.... — Updated 8/6/2020

Churches

Cheney Congregational Church Greetings! Cheney Congregational began hosting outdoor Sunday worship services in our parking lot on Aug. 2 at 8:30 a.m. (we chose an 8:30 a.m. start time to protect against the summer heat. We had a... — Updated 8/6/2020

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