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 By Roger Harnack    News 

State patrol loses troopers over mandate

CHENEY – As Gov. Jay Inslee’s get a shot or get fired vaccine mandate deadline passed Monday, Oct. 18, schools, health agencies started reporting the impact. On Tuesday, the... — Updated 10/21/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Sports 

Homecoming Time Machine

Rosalia High School classes took turns putting on various era-theme chapters of an overall Time Machine-themed skit during Homecoming festivities Wednesday night, Oct. 13. Freshman... — Updated 10/21/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Cheney harriers compete in Richland

CHENEY – The Blackhawks boys junior and senior cross country team finished inside the Top 10 of the 52nd annual Max Jensen Richland Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 9. Meanwhile, th... — Updated 10/14/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Blackhawks, Cardinals girls struggle

CHENEY – The Blackhawks girls volleyball team dropped was swept in nine straight sets over the last week, losing games to Mount Spokane, Gonzaga Prep and Central Valley. Cheney... — Updated 10/14/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Halftime show

The Cheney High School Marching Band took to the football field during halftime of Friday night's football game against Mead. The performance portrayed a lonely girl who found... — Updated 10/7/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Palouse Falls meeting on proposals rescheduled

OLYMPIA – Washington State Parks officials have rescheduled a public meeting on a proposal that would end camping and require a hiking permit at Palouse Falls. The rescheduled... — Updated 10/7/2021

 By ROGER HARNACK    Opinion

Time for businesses to object

The last week has not been good for small businesses in our part of the state. The U.S. Postal Service began slowing “snail mail” services. Stores were ordered to stop using... — Updated 10/7/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Blackhawks boys take fourth in Battle for the 509

CHENEY – The Blackhawks boys took fourth-place in the fourth Battle for the 509 cross country meet Saturday, Oct. 2, at Fairways Golf Course. The boys finished with 187 points, be... — Updated 10/7/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Schools fall in gridiron matchups

CHENEY – The two high school boys football teams on the West Plains both lost Friday night, Oct. 1. The Mead Panthers rolled over the Blackhawks, 44-0, in Cheney in a Greater Spok... — Updated 10/7/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Palouse Falls plan ends camping, requires permits

OLYMPIA – A new plan for managing Palouse Falls State Park may end camping and require hiking permits if its approved. Washington State Parks officials will take comments on the... — Updated 9/30/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Gonzaga Prep dominates Cheney

SPOKANE – It was all Bullpups. A bad snap on the first play from scrimmage cost the visiting Blackhawks 13 yards and set the tone for Friday night's game as Gonzaga Prep rolled... — Updated 9/23/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Inslee extends eviction moratorium

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee this afternoon extended his coronavirus-related eviction moratorium through Oct. 31. Calling the moratorium a “bridge,” Inslee said his action will allow municipalities to put in place financial... — Updated 9/23/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

WSU orders 4-H volunteers to get vaccinated

PULLMAN – The Washington State University Extension Office is applying the governor’s Wuhan coronavirus vaccination requirement to all 4-H volunteers. In a letter dated Sept. 3,... — Updated 9/16/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Wear masks outdoors

OLYMPIA – Under a revised order by Gov. Jay Inslee last Thursday, Sept. 9, residents and visitors are now required to cover their faces when attending outdoor events that attract... — Updated 9/16/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Shot order for 4-H volunteers goes too far

Talk about a bureaucrat with delusions of grandeur. On Sept. 3, Washington State University Extension Office Director Vicki A. McCracken took it upon herself to dictate that all... — Updated 9/16/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Newman Lake access closed Sept. 12-14 for milfoil treatment

SPOKANE VALLEY — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is closing the Newman Lake Access Area from Sept. 12-14 for milfoil treatment. A contractor hired by Spokane County and the Newman Lake Flood Control Zone District will... — Updated 9/9/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Breaking away

Several southern Spokane County residents participated in the Lincoln County Open Rodeo last Friday and Saturday nights in Davenport. Cory Perryman of Spangle was among the ranch... — Updated 9/2/2021



Kelly Cordill of Cheney, 12, gives her Hampshire crosses a drink of water Thursday at the Lincoln County Fair in Davenport. Cordill was among area residents participating in the... — Updated 9/2/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Overkill, Gold Rush repeat as winners

ST. JOHN – Several thousand race fans turned out Saturday for the second installment of Sprint Boat racing at Webb's Slough. The fastest time was posted by the No. 69 boat,... — Updated 9/2/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

High school football kicks off Friday night

CHENEY – The high school football season officially gets under way Friday night with Cheney at home and Medical Lake and Liberty (Spangle) on the road. The Cheney Blackhawks will... — Updated 9/2/2021


Parents protest student masking

SPANGLE — Several hundred people stood on the Liberty High School baseball field Thursday evening, Aug. 12, singing the National Anthem. A World War II-era P-51 fighter flew... — Updated 8/19/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Car overturns west of Cheney

Rescue units from Lincoln County and Spokane County Fire District No. 3 responded to a one-vehicle injury crash Monday morning at Milepost 257 of westbound Interstate 90, between... — Updated 8/19/2021

 By ROGER HARNACK    Opinion

Parents should push back on Olympia masks in schools mandates

Parents of public school students in the 9th Legislative district have had enough of coronavirus-related mandates from Olympia. Shutter schools, curtail sports, wear masks, limit fi... — Updated 8/12/2021


Sheriffs', police chiefs concerned over new laws

SPOKANE VALLEY — Leading law enforcement officers from across Eastern Washington are warning residents that new laws will make it difficult to serve the public on possible... — Updated 7/29/2021

 By ROGER HARNACK    Opinion

Columbia River Treaty needs renegotiating

Power shortages, rolling brownouts and blackouts? In the Pacific Northwest? One regional utility alone – Avista – had brownouts that affected 15,307 ratepayers last Monday,... — Updated 7/8/2021


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