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 By Roger Harnack    News 

Chicken Dancing

The annual Deutchesfest celebration in Odessa attracted several thousand visitors to the small farm town, including several from the West Plains area. Above, Renee Daniels of... — Updated 9/22/2022

 
 By Roger Harnack    News 

Turkey season returns

CHENEY – Turkey hunting is coming to Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge in the fall of 2023. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials are opening 1,883 acres in the Long Lake Unit... — Updated 9/22/2022

 
 By Roger Harnack    News 

Man facing charges after stabbing friend

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – A local man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly stabbed his friend in the chest and fled. Bobby E. Lewis, 22, was booked into the Spokane County Jail... — Updated 9/22/2022

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Pastures new

A herd of cattle caused a temporary early evening traffic jam on Spangle-Waverly road near Liberty high school on September 10th.... — Updated 9/15/2022

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Methodist church has new pastor

CHENEY – United Methodist Church of Cheney has a new pastor. Damian Carruthers, 33, now of Cheney, arrived here from Frankfurt, Germany, on Aug. 4. He began as pastor of the... — Updated 9/8/2022

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Lighting up the night sky

Warm temperatures and thunderstorms combined to bring event lightning to the area several nights last week. Pictured, lightning illuminates the sky south of Cheney last... — Updated 9/2/2022

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Learn history; don't cancel it

Last week, Fairchild Air Force announced it was erasing Col. George Wright because the history surrounding him is considered by some as divisive. In place of his name being associat... — Updated 9/2/2022

 
 By Roger Harnack    Sports

West Plains Cowpokes compete

DAVENPORT – Dozens of Eastern Washington cowboys and cowgirls competed Friday and Saturday nights in the annual Lincoln County Rodeo. The West Plains area was well-represented,... — Updated 9/1/2022

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Wright name 'canceled' at Fairchild AFB

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE – The military leader who led U.S. Calvary troops to victory in the Battle of Four Lakes and the Battle of the Spokane Plains is being “canceled” on... — Updated 8/26/2022

 
 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Medical Lake to face ranked 2B teams

RITZVILLE – The Class 1A Medical Lake Cardinal boys will see how their brand of smash-mouth football matches up against a couple ranked Class 2B teams on Saturday, Aug. 27. The... — Updated 8/25/2022

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Fire District No. 3 levy passes

CHENEY – Voters in Spokane County Fire District No. 3 have approved the tax levy on the Aug. 2 primary election ballot. Proposition No. 1 passed with 3,960 affirmative votes (53.4... — Updated 8/25/2022

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Motel Cheney destroyed by fire

CHENEY – The Motel Cheney was destroyed in an overnight blaze early Tuesday morning, Aug. 23. Late Tuesday afternoon, city firefighters were still on-scene with a ladder truck... — Updated 8/25/2022

 

'Pirates' coming to St. John

ST. JOHN – Several families are combining their stage skills for three performances of "The Pirates of the Penzance" this coming Friday and Saturday. Directed by Eastern... — Updated 8/25/2022

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Driver injured after Jeep hits railroad trestle pillar

SPOKANE – A local man is facing charges after an alleged alcohol-related crash at the Interstate 90-U.S. Highway 195 interchange on Friday, Aug. 19. Thomas L. Moyles, 42, of... — Updated 8/25/2022

 
 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Sprint boats to make waves at St. John

ST.JOHN – The 2022 Webb’s Slough sprint boat season wraps up Saturday, Aug. 27. The race is the second and final of the season in Whitman County. But it’s not the only thing... — Updated 8/25/2022

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Wheat in harvest

A farmer uses his combine to harvest wheat last week near Latah. The wheat harvest is in full swing south and east of Cheney.... — Updated 8/25/2022

 
 By Roger Harnack    Sports

West Plains riders compete in Omak Stampede

OMAK - Three West Plains competitors were in the money at the annual Omak Stampede and World-Famous Suicide Race over the weekend. Cheney's Ty Schlect and Lindsey Brash and Medical... — Updated 8/22/2022

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Cheney woman injured in three-vehicle crash

SPOKANE – A Cheney woman was injured in a fatal, three-vehicle crash early Saturday morning, Aug. 13. According to the Washington State Patrol, Chelsea A. Ross, 37, of Cheney was... — Updated 8/18/2022

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Heat advisory issued for area

CHENEY – After a brief reprieve from the summer heat, high temperatures were expected to resume Tuesday and remain through the week. The high-heat prompted a heat advisory to be i... — Updated 8/18/2022

 
 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Catch as many as you like at Williams

CHENEY — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has suspended the fishing limits for Williams Lake in preparation for poisoning the lake with rotenone. The unlimited daily... — Updated 8/18/2022

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Williams Lake Fire chars nearly 1,900 acres

CHENEY - A fire that prompted evacuation notices Aug. 3 is still burning south of the city. The Northwest Interagency Fire Center reported Tuesday, Aug. 9, that the Williams Lake... — Updated 8/11/2022

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Woman arrested for theft of U-Haul truck

CHENEY – A woman believed to be living out of a U-Haul truck or camping nearby was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 2 for possession of a stolen U-Haul box truck. Leah J. Foster, 31, was... — Updated 8/11/2022

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Looking for a few correspondents

Over the last several decades, many journalists saw hometown community columns as quaint links to how newspapers once operated. But with few journalists left in the Pacific... — Updated 8/11/2022

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Outdoorsmen expected to take state wildlife officials to task

COLFAX – Several outdoorsmen and Eastern Washington county commissioners are expected to take the state Fish and Wildlife Commission to task during its three day meeting this... — Updated 8/4/2022

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Couple arrested in vehicle prowl

MEDICAL LAKE — A couple was arrested July 29 after they allegedly smashed a window in a vehicle and stole a number of items. Ty A. Holland, 25, and Rachell M. Brown, 35, both of... — Updated 8/4/2022

 

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