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 By Clare McGraw    News 

Suspect arrested for driving forklift into store's glass doors

SPOKANE VALLEY – Deputies rushed to respond to a local store in the 16200 block of E. Broadway Avenue. The disturbance involved a suspect driving a forklift straight into the store’s glass doors, leaving a trail of destruction... — Updated 2/29/2024

 
 By Clare McGraw    News 

Council votes to continue contract with Barr-tech

MEDICAL LAKE – The Council unanimously approved the extension of the city’s contract with Barr-tech at a meeting Feb. 20. City Finance Director Koss Ronholt presented the terms of the contract to the council. “Barr-tech is... — Updated 2/29/2024

 
 By Clare McGraw    News 

Contract for animal control in Medical Lake

MEDICAL LAKE – The council discussed the continuation of the contract with Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) at the meeting on February 20. Sonny Weathers, the city manager, said that the 2020 contract... — Updated 2/29/2024

 
 By Roger Harnack    News 

Reichert to stump in Tekoa

TEKOA - The effort to bring candidates for public office to town to interact with area voters and present their platforms has landed a gubernatorial candidate. The Event Center on C... — Updated 2/29/2024

 

Three of the six initiatives to get hearings

OLYMPIA — Relenting to pressure from residents statewide, three initiatives will be get hearings before the Legislature. The Legislature will debate I-2113 on reasonable police pursuit, I-2081 on codifying parental rights in thei... — Updated 2/29/2024

 
 By Clare McGraw    News 

City discusses hiring a new HR employee

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – Proposed changes to the city’s human resources department were a focal point of discussion at the recent Airway Heights City Council meeting held on February 26. Stanley Schubert, the finance director,... — Updated 2/29/2024

 
 By Clare McGraw    News 

Medical Lake strategic plan unveiled

MEDICAL LAKE – City Administrator Sonny Weathers unveiled the city’s new strategic planning initiative at the Feb. 20 council meeting. The initiative aims to streamline the city’s efforts and objectives into clear and actiona... — Updated 2/29/2024

 
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EWU's 2003-04 team to be honored

CHENEY - The Eastern Washington team that launched the school's basketball program into a level of success that it maintains to this day will be honored Saturday, March 2 vs.... — Updated 2/29/2024

 
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Sports Briefs

Liberty boys eliminated by Wahkiakum CHEHALIS — The Liberty (Spangle) boys basketball season came to an end Feb. 24 after a 66-53 loss to the Wahkiakum Mules. The playoff game at W.F. West High School featured the No. 13 Lancers... — Updated 2/29/2024

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports 

Eastern women maintain BSC lead

CHENEY — The Eastern Washington women’s basketball team ran its latest winning streak to seven and maintained their lead in Big Sky Conference standings following a sweep of a pair of Reese Court games last week. Eastern... — Updated 2/29/2024

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports 

Eastern men maintain lead

CHENEY — The Eastern Washington men’s basketball team let a late lead slip away Feb. 22 in a 78-71 loss at Northern Arizona. But they made sure that didn’t happen two days later in Greeley against Northern Colorado and... — Updated 2/29/2024

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports 

Cardinal boys have big turnaround

MEDICAL LAKE — The turnaround the Medical Lake boys’ basketball team made in 2023-24 was quite remarkable under first-year coach Brett Ward. Ward — who moved from the girls bench last year as their head coach with the... — Updated 2/29/2024

 
 By Clare McGraw    News 

Council discusses supplying mobile home park with water

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – During a Feb. 26 meeting, the council discussed the water system challenges faced by residents of West Plains Village Mobile Home Park. “West Plains Village has experienced a decline in groundwater... — Updated 2/29/2024

 
 By Stacker    News 

The US airlines most likely to arrive on time in the last year

Picture the scene: Your alarm wakes you at the crack of dawn. The suitcase you packed the night before stands accusingly in the corner. You brace yourself for the long ride to the... — Updated 2/29/2024

 
 By Clare McGraw    Neighborhood 

Clothing Exchange expands hours

CHENEY – The Cheney Community Clothing Exchange, nestled between the Community Cupboard and the Cheney Outreach Center, has extended its hours to accommodate the increasing needs... — Updated 2/29/2024

 
 News 

Spangle man indicted for fraud

Cheney Free Press SPANGLE — A local man has been indicted on 14 counts counts of fraud in connection with an alleged illegal business scheme that bilked other businesses out of more than $5 million. Christopher Lee Terry Sr., 39,... — Updated 2/29/2024

 
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Public Records

Airway Heights AIRWAY HEIGHTS — City police arrested the following individuals from Feb. 16-23: Feb. 16 Anthony T. Garcia arrested for driving while under the influence and driving without an ignition interlock on U.S. Highway... — Updated 2/29/2024

 

Ruth Ann (Martin) Van Kuren

Ruth Ann (Martin) Van Kuren was born Dec. 10, 1943, to Chester and Helen (Scharpenberg) Martin. Ruth was the oldest of five children and passed away at the age of 80 on Feb. 24,... — Updated 2/29/2024 Full story

 

Rose Mary "Rocky" Henson

Rose Mary "Rocky" Henson, age 79, of Sprague, Wash. passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024. She was born on July 28, 1944, in Spokane, Wash. Rocky enjoyed time spent with her... — Updated 2/29/2024 Full story

 

Butterfly Wings

I hope to be known as a Proponent of Pollinator Protection. So much so I belong to a group known as the Pollinator Committee. We PPP’s (only slight traces to Urinary Tract Malfunction) are enthusiasts of educating the public abou... — Updated 2/29/2024

 
 By Carol Beason    Neighborhood 

What to do?

Dearest One, It saddens me to address you in this manner but I don’t know what else to do. You do not listen to me. So, that being the case, I will have to let you know in writing that our relationship is over. I am done! I have... — Updated 2/29/2024

 
 By Teresa Simpson    News 

Malden celebrates new building

MALDEN - A packed crowd filled the new town Fire Station on Thursday, Feb. 15, to cut a ribbon commemorating completion of the new building. Community members, supporters and... — Updated 2/29/2024

 

I-2113 would make Washington safer

Among the many problems plaguing Washington now, crime is perhaps the greatest concern for citizens and communities throughout our state. In fact, we have reached a crisis point in our state because of skyrocketing crime. Thanks... — Updated 2/29/2024

 

Small, albeit impactful wins

Let me begin with some political realities about your state Legislature. Republicans, and I am one, are in the minority. The Senate Republican Caucus, of which I am the chairwoman, has 20 members. Our Democratic colleagues have a... — Updated 2/29/2024

 
 By Stacker    News 

People in these 19 industries donated the most money to Donald Trump

As the Trump campaign actively courts deep-pocketed donors, it's worth looking at which groups and industries have donated most heavily to him during the current election cycle.... — Updated 2/29/2024

 

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