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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Inslee extends school closures

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee and Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal today announced the extension of school closures for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The order keeps both public and private schools... — Updated 4/6/2020

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Homeowner shoots suspect in West Plains home invasion

SPOKANE COUNTY -- A man who said he was just doing a homeowners dishes was shot by the homeowner in a possible occupied residential burglary last night. According to a Spokane County Sheriff's Office report, deputies and Airway... — Updated 4/6/2020

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Spokane County COVID cases top 200

Updated April 5, 5:39 p.m. -- Spokane County Department of Emergency Management officials have announced the number of cases of COVID-19 have risen. As of Sunday, April 5, the number of cases in the county is 219 individuals. The... — Updated 4/5/2020

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Kalispel Tribe, Northern Quest file suit against 3M, Tyco Fire Products

AIRWAY HEIGHTS --The Kalispel Tribe of Indians, its economic authority and the Northern Quest Resort & Casino have filed a $21.27 million lawsuit against companies including 3M and Tyco Fire Products along with the United States... — Updated 4/5/2020

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Serving home meals doesn't stop with virus

SPOKANE COUNTY – Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels is in need of coolers, ice packs and volunteers to bring meals to over 1,000 participants — many who are over age 60. In a March 30 press release, GSC Meals on Wheels... — Updated 4/4/2020

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Cheney Care Center resident tests positive for COVID-19

CHENEY -- A resident at the Cheney Care Center has tested positive for the severe acute respiratory disease COVID-19. According to news reports, the resident was transferred to a local hospital on March 30 and tested positive for... — Updated 4/3/2020

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Inslee extends stay home order to May 4

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee has extended his "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order until May 4. The order, issued to slow the spread of the severe acute respiratory disease COVID-19, was set to expire on Wednesday, April 8. The order has... — Updated 4/3/2020

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Airway Heights council to consider water supply issues, roundabout at April 6 meeting

AIRWAY HEIGHTS -- The City Council moved five items out of last Monday's study session for passage consideration at its next meeting April 6 -- one of which dealt with what to do once the Air Force releases its analysis of options... — Updated 4/3/2020


COVID cases possible in Cheney, Airway Heights

CHENEY – Fire Department emergency personnel responded to five potential COVID-19 cases last week, according to Fire Chief Tom Jenkins. Additionally, Jenkins said that close to a dozen other calls paramedics responded to were... — Updated 4/2/2020


Feed ML to offer grab-and-go

MEDICAL LAKE – Feed Medical Lake officials have announced they will be providing weekly “grab-and-go” sack lunches/dinners as originally planned. The meals will take place every Monday, beginning March 30, at 11 a.m. at St.... — Updated 4/2/2020

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Transparency victim of COVID-19

CHENEY – Most changes involved in slowing the spread of the COVID-19 disease have been announced publicly. One, however, was done almost quietly in the dead of night. Gov. Jay Inslee signed a proclamation March 24 amending his... — Updated 4/2/2020


It may be tough, but take time to Give Joy on April 3

CHENEY – Eastern Washington University is using its birthday to bring a little joy into the hearts and minds of students, faculty, staff and community. April 3 is the university’s 138th birthday and also the annual “Giving... — Updated 4/1/2020


Ottosen retires after 23 years at All-State

CHENEY – Long-time Cheney All-State Insurance agent Kevin Ottosen is hanging up his policy-writing pen, selling his business to another long-time Cheney individual Jeff... — Updated 3/31/2020


Holy's apprenticeship bill signed into law

OLYMPIA – A bill sponsored by 6th District Sen. Jeff Holy helping students seeking a vocational trade with the cost of their apprenticeship materials has been signed into law. Sen... — Updated 3/31/2020


Spokane County COVID cases rise

SPOKANE COUNTY -- Spokane Regional Health District officials reported that confirmed cases of the severe acute respiratory disease COVID-19 continues to rise even as state measures keeping many businesses closed and residents at ho... — Updated 3/30/2020


Spokane County COVID-19 death toll rises

SPOKANE -- Spokane County health and emergency management officials have announced a second death resulting from the spread of the novel coronavirus and the disease it carries COVID-19. In a joint release this afternoon, Spokane... — Updated 3/30/2020


Layoffs coming at Eastern Washington University services

CHENEY -- Eastern Washington University officials have indicated there will be some layoffs in response to changes on campus resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The layoffs will take place in the housing and dining services due... — Updated 3/28/2020


Cheney school board suspends district policies

CHENEY – Citing unprecedented times, the Cheney School District board of directors unanimously approved a resolution at their March 25 meeting suspending “provisions of and/or entire board polices” and administrative... — Updated 3/27/2020



OLYMPIA – State officials said a proclamation announced by Gov. Jay Inslee Monday night requiring everyone to stay home in order to attempt to slow the spread of the novel... — Updated 3/26/2020


Combating unseen foe

CHENEY – It was just a matter of time. Spokane County and the rest of Eastern Washington found itself finally caught up in the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 disease pandemic with a... — Updated 3/26/2020

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion

Maintaining control of an out-of-control situation

Losing control can lead to a lot of things like fear, panic, suspicion, emotions of that nature. That’s one of the aspects of the spread of the coronavirus and the disease it carries, COVID-19. Despite our best efforts, there... — Updated 3/26/2020


Opposition delays Cheney connection charge increase

CHENEY – A city proposal to increase the water system development charge paid by developers ran into a bit of opposition at the March 10 meeting of the City Council. Developer Ryan Geschke took issue with the city’s plans — p... — Updated 3/26/2020


Cheney School District initiates help measures

CHENEY – When superintendents in Eastern Washington Educational Service District 101 met Friday morning, March 13, their intention was to provide direction for Gov. Jay Inslee to... — Updated 3/20/2020

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion

Taking this disease lightly serves no good purpose

It’s times like these that bring out the best and worst in people. Unlike previous crisis, this one surrounding the spread of novel coronavirus and the disease it carries, COVID-19, has elements of politics mixed in. It also is... — Updated 3/19/2020


Turnbull Refuge begins prescribed burns this month

CHENEY – Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge has announced that it will begin its program of prescribed burns in mid-March. The annual to bi-annual program will run through May. Refuge fire management specialist Ken Meinhart said w... — Updated 3/19/2020


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