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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Masks now required – along with shirts and shoes

WEST PLAINS – A statewide order requiring all businesses to prohibit customers from entering their facilities unless wearing a mask kicked into gear on Tuesday, July 7. The “No mask, no service” order from Gov. Jay Inslee... — Updated 7/9/2020

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education 

Making a successful flight

CHENEY – Webster's Dictionary describes the word "vision" as "a thought, concept or object formed by the imagination," or even as "a mode of seeing or conceiving." Eastern Washing... — Updated 7/9/2020

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Parks and Recreation revamps programs

CHENEY – Summertime Parks and Recreation programs are a mixture of the old and the new this year. While many planned offerings have been canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic health and safety restrictions, Cheney staff have worked... — Updated 7/9/2020


Health District announces curbside COVID-19 test sites

SPOKANE – The Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) has announced it is providing curbside COVID-19 testing at a number of school sites in Spokane. The testing, which began July 7, will be available Tuesday – Thursday through... — Updated 7/8/2020


Fireworks sale and discharge through July 5

Update July 4 at 10:49 .m. -- Discharge of fireworks in Airway Heights are only allowed on July 4 from 8 a.m. to midnight on private property in the city limits. Sales are allowed f... — Updated 7/4/2020


Positive COVID-19 tests closes Dutch Bros. Airway Heights location

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – Dutch Bros. Coffee Company announced that its Airway Heights location will be closed after two employees tested positive for the novel coronavirus and the... — Updated 7/3/2020


World War II warbirds flyover Eastern Washington

SPOKANE VALLEY – A small piece of history will pass through eastern and central Washington skies on July 4. Five World War II vintage aircraft owned by Hangar 180 air museum in... — Updated 7/3/2020


Ambulance service contract expires

CHENEY – As of July 1, Cheney residents are technically without ambulance service. That was the day Spokane County’s five-year contract — of which Cheney and other jurisdictions are a part of except the city of Spokane ... — Updated 7/2/2020


Cheney school board adopts 2020-2021 budget

CHENEY – The school district board of directors unanimously approved an $88.77 million budget for the 2020-2021 school year at their June 24 Zoom meeting. The budget consists of five separate funds, with the largest chunk being... — Updated 7/2/2020


Council approves receipt of CARES funding

CHENEY – The City Council approved the receipt of $372,300 in funding from the federal Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act at its June 23 meeting. In doing so, Cheney became the last city on the West... — Updated 7/2/2020


EWU trustees approve budget reductions

CHENEY – After two days of meetings — including one that featured some often contentious and angry public input — Eastern Washington University’s Board of Trustees approved a $270.44 million supplemental 2021 fiscal year... — Updated 7/2/2020


A pandemic's tempest

CHENEY – In a way, the COVID-19 crisis was Eastern Washington University’s perfect storm. Already engaged in a college realignment and facing declining enrollment, the pandemic that hit earlier this year has culminated recently... — Updated 7/1/2020


Level III sex offender locates to Cheney

CHENEY – A woman convicted of molesting an 18-month-old girl and who admitted to having as many as 15 other child victims has relocated to Cheney. Laura Faye McCollum, 62, was convicted of the molestation charge in 1990 and was c... — Updated 6/25/2020


EWU faculty to hold no confidence vote on Cullinan

CHENEY – Saying “It’s time to have the courage of our convictions,” members of the Eastern Washington University Faculty Organization are planning to hold a no confidence vote on university President Dr. Mary Cullinan. The... — Updated 6/25/2020


Multicare, SRHD offering COVID-19 testing in Airway Heights

SPOKANE – Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) officials have announced that a COVID-19 testing site has been established in Airway Heights. The site is in partnership with Multicare Rockwood Clinic and is located at the organ... — Updated 6/25/2020


A journey of 91 years and five blocks

CHENEY – The goose has landed! DB Davis owner Dell Davis's pronouncement may not have the poetic sounds of astronaut Neil Armstrong's famous statement trumpeting mankind's first l... — Updated 6/25/2020


Class of 2020 – You Matter!

Medical Lake High School held its commencement exercise last Saturday night at Holladay Field – drive-in movie style. Vehicles were escorted into rows, maintaining the six-foot... — Updated 6/23/2020


EWU Faculty Senate issue no confidence vote of president

CHENEY -- Members of Eastern Washington University overwhelmingly approved a vote of no confidence in President Dr. Mary Cullinan during a meeting today, June 22. In an news release, Faculty Organization President Julia Smith said... — Updated 6/23/2020


St. Paul's Episcopal is first Cheney church to reopen

CHENEY – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church has announced that it is resuming in-person services this Sunday, June 18, for the first time since closures and social distancing measures were enacted in late March to combat the spread... — Updated 6/18/2020


Reopening K-12 schools mixes rigidity with flexibility

WEST PLAINS – School districts in Washington finally received some guidance on resuming in-person operations this fall with the release of the state’s “Reopening Washington Schools 2020: District Planning Guide” on June 11.... — Updated 6/18/2020


Spokane County far from Phase 3 reopening

CHENEY – Spokane County is not going forward in its reopening from COVID-19 restrictions any time soon. That was the verdict delivered to the City Council last Tuesday night by City Administrator Mark Schuller. It’s also the... — Updated 6/18/2020


Council approves Washington Street repaving contract

CHENEY – The City Council has approved a contract with Shamrock Paving to begin work on one of the city’s larger street projects this summer. The Washington Street Preservation project will remove the old asphalt and repave... — Updated 6/18/2020


Arrowleaf final plat approval targeted for June 15

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – The City Council voted to advance approval of the final plat of the Arrowleaf Townhomes development out of their study session Monday night, June 8, for final consideration at the upcoming regular meeting June... — Updated 6/11/2020


Cheney School District hears financial update

CHENEY – Despite uncertainties with the economy, the Cheney School District’s ending fund balance has remained relatively stable. While tracking less than it did in 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 beginning in February and running thro... — Updated 6/11/2020


West Plains construction picking up

WEST PLAINS – Construction is alive and well on the West Plains. That was the verdict at a May 28 West Plains Chamber of Commerce virtual meeting on the state of economic development — and continues to show evidence of... — Updated 6/11/2020


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