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FBI offers reward for political vandalism information

SPOKANE VALLEY – The FBI and the Spokane County Sheriff's Office are asking for the public's assistance in identifying the individual or individuals responsible for nearly... — Updated 11/23/2020

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Teller windows to be installed at Finance Department

CHENEY — City Hall visitors may soon find themselves navigating some construction work at the city’s Finance Department. At their Nov. 10 meeting, the City Council approved a $75,500 request from the Light Department to pay... — Updated 11/25/2020


Small Business Saturday expands to week-long event

SPOKANE COUNTY – Many businesses have turned to an online format to keep their customers shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Spokane County Library District is following suit to keep an annual national tradition alive... — Updated 11/25/2020

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Cure worse than the disease

OLYMPIA – Mike Volz has added his name to the growing list of people upset about new restrictions announced last Sunday, Nov. 15, by Gov. Jay Inslee. In a statement last Friday, Nov. 20, 6th District Representative and Spokane... — Updated 11/25/2020

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education 

Shifting amounts between buckets

CHENEY — The school district board of directors could propose a regular operations and maintenance levy in February that would shift money collected from the capital facilities... — Updated 11/25/2020

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education 

Scholarships EWU's focus on Giving Tuesday

CHENEY – Fundraising during a pandemic has proven to be a challenge — but Eastern Washington University officials have met that challenge with some success. On Dec. 1, they are hoping the public will help them continue their... — Updated 11/25/2020

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Playing a serious game

CHENEY – When it comes to coronavirus contact tracing at school, School District Assistant Superintendent Tom Arlt asked school board members to picture the number five on a dice. “Visualize that center dot on the number five... — Updated 11/25/2020

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion

Service takes many forms, and all should be appreciated

I’ve been reading my grandfather’s diary. For the year 1943. Grandpa McCallum was a chaplain with a U.S. Army unit in the South Pacific. It’s a role I have always found interesting — men and women of peace operating during... — Updated 11/19/2020


Northwest Flight Service lands a new hangar at Felts Field

SPOKANE VALLEY – Northwest Flight Services announced on Nov. 10 that it has entered into an agreement with a development group, CRISTALL Holdings LLC, to be the sole tenant of a... — Updated 11/19/2020


Inslee announces holiday rollbacks

OLYMPIA – In what was probably one of the worst kept secrets of 2020, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced a new set of restrictions on Sunday, Nov. 15, that officials hope will lead to a reduction in the rapid spread of... — Updated 11/19/2020


Medical crisis averted

SPOKANE COUNTY – Local fire chiefs and officials with American Medical Response have reached an 11th-hour agreement keeping ambulance service in place for all jurisdictions except the city of Spokane. If an agreement had not... — Updated 11/19/2020


Public safety levy not permanent

CHENEY – Apparently, the city’s “permanent” general fund levy lid lift to help public safety needs wasn’t so permanent after all. Passed by 59.32 % of voters in 2015, the lift was to dedicate the difference between the... — Updated 11/19/2020


Depot historic registry listing recommended

CHENEY – The Historic Preservation Commission took a major step last Thursday, Nov. 5, towards possibly creating a new icon for downtown Cheney. The commission gave its approval... — Updated 11/13/2020

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion

Meeting service levels during a pandemic

CHENEY – City officials are predicting some revenue shortfalls in the Public Works Department in 2021, specifically in the building, planning and street departments. In a budget presentation at the City Council’s Oct. 27... — Updated 11/12/2020


Covid-19 impacts illuminating

CHENEY – Impacts of Covid-19 played a part in the budget presentation made by the Light Department at the City Council’s Oct. 27 meeting. Light Department While noting the department’s fee structure was stable, Light Departme... — Updated 11/12/2020


Respiratory illness double-down

CHENEY – As if dealing with Covid-19 isn’t bad enough, health officials are bracing for the coming impacts of another serious respiratory illness — the flu. The potential... — Updated 11/12/2020


Turnbull Refuge schedules controlled burns

CHENEY – U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials have announced they will be conducting prescribed burns on the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge from now through February, 2021. Inland Northwest Refuge Complex fire management... — Updated 11/5/2020


Planning to virtually honor veterans

CHENEY – School district students and staff are planning a time-honored tradition of recognizing veterans on Nov. 11 — it’s just that they are planning on doing it a different way. With Covid-19 protocols keeping most... — Updated 11/5/2020


Health officer firing leads to confusion

WEST PLAINS – Prior to last March, Cheney School District Superintendent Rob Roettger didn’t even know who the Spokane County health officer was. That changed as the onset of COVID-19 prompted weekly meetings between area schoo... — Updated 11/5/2020


Cheney council delays capital facilities plan

CHENEY – For the second time, the City Council has postponed the third reading and final passage of the city’s capital facilities plan — with both postponements stemming from council members’ desires to call for additional... — Updated 11/5/2020


Cheney first and second-graders resume in-person

CHENEY – The school district has instituted a second phase of re-opening its facilities to students whose families are prepared to return to in-person instruction, bringing in first-grade students this week followed by... — Updated 11/5/2020


Kerns, Kuney win commissioner seats

SPOKANE COUNTY – Republicans have maintained their lock on the county commissioners board as both incumbents Josh Kerns and Mary Kuney won re-election Nov. 3. Kerns won his second term with a 12-point win over Democratic... — Updated 11/5/2020


School summer feeding program extended

CHENEY – An extension of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s summer feeding program is allowing the district to provide students meals both at school and at home until at least late July, 2021. The Simplified Summer Food... — Updated 10/29/2020


Precautions and prescriptions for the next snowfall

CHENEY – While not as early as last year’s first snowfall, Friday’s snowstorm created about as much damage and confusion — especially when it comes to who does what when... — Updated 10/29/2020


Sidewalks destroyed near EWU Visitor Center

CHENEY – Police are still looking for the individuals who caused over $3,000 of damage to sidewalks near Eastern Washington University's Visitor Center sometime Tuesday evening,... — Updated 10/29/2020


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