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 By Roger Harnack    Opinion 

Time to recall, reconnect, give thanks

The last 20 months have been exceedingly difficult for most Americans. A-cross the country there have been coronavirus mandates, riots, increasing taxes, job losses and more. The... — Updated 11/24/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Democrat to replace Wyman

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee has named a Lake Stevens Democrat to replace a Republican stepping down as secretary of state.. Sen. Steve Hobbs will replace Republican Kim Wyman in... — Updated 11/18/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Driver arrested for eluding Cheney police

CHENEY – An Idaho man was arrested for attempting to elude police responding to a fight at an apartment complex early the morning of Nov. 14. Alberto R. Arroyo, 18, was arrested... — Updated 11/18/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Spangle team brings home state trophy

YAKIMA – The Liberty Lancers girls volleyball team returned from the Yakima Valley SunDome on Friday, Nov. 12, with a seventh-place state 2B trophy. The Lancers, the No. 13 seed,... — Updated 11/18/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Cheney girls advance to state

SPOKANE – The Cheney girls soccer team punched its ticket to the Class 3A state tournament Saturday, Nov. 6, by knocking off Mead, 2-0. The Blackhawks scored with 33 minutes left... — Updated 11/11/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Blackhawks compete at state

PASCO – Three Cheney Blackhawks competed Saturday in the state cross country meet at Sun Willows Golf Course. In the boys, 5,000-meter race, senior Dylan Thornburg posted the... — Updated 11/11/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Lancers headed to state 2B volleyball tournament

SPANGLE – The Liberty Lancers girls volleyball team is headed to the Class 2B state volleyball tournament in the Yakima Valley SunDome. The local girls are seeded No. 13 and will... — Updated 11/11/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Two Spangle runners compete at state

PASCO – One boy and one girl represented Spangle at the state cross country meet Saturday at Sun Willows Golf Course. In the Class 2B boys 5,000-meter race, Liberty Lancer... — Updated 11/11/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Cheney runners headed to state

CHENEY – Three Blackhawks cross country team members have qualified for the state meet Saturday in Pasco. Samantha Habegger is the only girl to qualify from Cheney. Luke Hurd and... — Updated 11/4/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Smiley raises nearly $2 million in Senate race

ELTOPIA - A local farm girl taking on entrenched Sen. Patty Murray for a U.S. Senate seat has raised almost $2 million in her campaign bid. And Tiffany Smiley added several... — Updated 11/4/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Pandemic politics

CHENEY – Pandemic politics may have cost two incumbent School Board members their seats in the Tuesday, Nov. 2 general election. As of press time, incumbents Marcie Estrellado... — Updated 11/4/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Pandemic politics hit elections

CHENEY – Pandemic politics may have cost two incumbent School Board members their seats in the Tuesday, Nov. 2 general election. As of press time, incumbents Marcie Estrellado... — Updated 11/3/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Divided council rejects vaccine mandate

CHENEY – In a split 4-3 vote Tuesday night, Oct. 26, the City Council rejected a last-minute ordinance that would require employees and volunteers – but not elected officials... — Updated 10/28/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

West Plains to get its own voting district

CHENEY – The West Plains may have stronger representation in county government under a final redistricting plan developed by the Spokane County Independent Redistricting... — Updated 10/28/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Mayoral candidates differ on policing

MEDICAL LAKE – The Nov. 2 all-mail general election is underway with voters having to decide a number of important races in the coming days. One of the most important is the... — Updated 10/28/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Moosin' around

A family of moose cross through the wetland in the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge along Cheney Spangle Road last week.... — Updated 10/28/2021



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 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Cheney faces Ferris this Friday

CHENEY – The Cheney boys football team will look for its first win of the season this Friday, Oct. 29, as the Blackhawks (0-8) travel to Ferris to take on the Saxons (2-6).... — Updated 10/28/2021

 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    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


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