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Local tree lot helps pave road to recovery

At the height of his addiction, a homeless Earl Curry locked himself in a public restroom and tried to cut his own throat. "I was sawing at my neck with a knife and somebody saw me and called the...

 

Cheney's boundary review process progressing

On Dec. 6, the Cheney School District hosted the third of three community forums designed to get additional feedback from residents on the attendance review process currently underway. The district bo...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    December 13, 2018 

Airway Heights mobile home fire requires full response

The Airway Heights Fire Department may have been escorting Santa Clause around the city over the weekend, but that didn’t stop them from focusing on their primary duties and taking a break from...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    December 13, 2018 

Airway Heights struggles to reach wage agreement with its Public Safety Guild, others get pay increase

The city of Airway Heights has not yet reached a wage agreement with its Public Safety Guild, and it looks like that discussion could stretch into 2019. At the City Council’s Dec. 3 meeting, members heard the first reading of an ordinance to set...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    December 13, 2018 

County medical examiner confirms identity of Assembly crash victim

The Spokane County Medical Examiner has confirmed the identity of the woman who died as the result of a Nov. 23 vehicle accident on Assembly Road. Felia Sharkey, a 34-year-old mother of two, was travelling south and was killed when her car left the...

 

Cheney gymnastics battles eligibility, takes fifth at first meet

The Cheney High School gymnastics team snagged the fifth-place spot in their meet at Shadle Park High School on Dec. 6, showing potential despite much of the team being ineligible to compete due to a lack of practices thus far this season. “Only a...

 

Airway Heights council addresses 2019 budget

The Airway Heights City Council had a short agenda to tackle at their Dec. 3 meeting, hearing first readings of multiple ordinances relating to the city’s 2019 budget. One of those was Ordinance C-916, which will adopt the budget for the fiscal...

 

Some hands-on learning how money moves

On Friday, Nov. 30, Medical Lake Middle School students were presented with fictional budgeting scenarios outlining imaginary occupations, incomes, family structures and expenses. What they learned, put succinctly by one eighth-grader: “Everything...

 

Defendant sentenced in 2017 Airway Heights death

Twenty-year-old Christian Palmer was sentenced last month to 24 months in state prison after pleading guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the baseball-bat beating that left 53-year-old Airway Heights resident Terry Toner dead in 2017. Palmer and...

 

Equality shouldn't vanish at home

Women in the workplace have come a long way in terms of opportunities, respect and equality in the last 50 years. Heck, up until 1974 a woman couldn’t get a credit card in her own name without a husband’s signature. But a new study recently...

 

Airway Heights Winter Festival draws crowd

Despite the chilly temperatures, dozens of Airway Heights residents bundled up and ventured outside for a community tree lighting as part of the Airway Heights Winter Festival on Saturday, Dec. 1,...

 

Cheney wrestlers kick off season with big win over Deer Park

The Cheney High School varsity wrestling team racked up its first win of the season on Friday, Nov. 30, edging out Deer Park 31-30 in non-league action for the first time in several years. The Blackhawks came out on top in about half the weight class...

 

Life inside the flames: What I learned from West Plains firefighters

"Never let the fire get behind you." The words imparted to me by Airway Heights Fire Department training chief Alex Turner echoed in my brain, bouncing back and forth between my ears until I was sure...

 

WIAA says that no off-season contact means no camps

Coaches hoping to host youth sports camps during the school year are often out of luck due to a statewide rule that prohibits contact between coaches and players outside of their regular season, but coaches in the Cheney School District are prepared...

 

Airway Heights fields recreation center question and answers

With the Airway Heights Recreation Complex’s opening looming on the horizon — and the under-construction building doing some looming of its own — the city’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department hosted a question and answer...

 

Apple Cup band incident shows true meaning of football

Growing up in the Spokane area, chances are good you’ll be a Cougar fan. When you add in a WSU alumni parent, that chance increases tenfold. I was no exception. My family rooted for the Cougs for decades, wearing our crimson and gray with pride....

 

Fairchild hit with second lawsuit

Two West Plains landowners have filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the federal government in the aftermath of the area’s water contamination, alleging that officials at Fairchild Air Force Base used the fire retardant irresponsibly and...

 

Cheney district sets goals for 2019 Legislative session

It was a packed house at the Cheney School Board’s Nov. 14 meeting as they unanimously approved the district’s 2019 legislative priorities and discussed its ongoing boundary review. Summed up, the district’s requests center around the...

 

Housing is biggest issue at Fairchild Air Force Base

The new commander of Fairchild Air Force Base addressed West Plains Chamber of Commerce members at their monthly breakfast on Nov. 14, telling them to anticipate even more new growth to the region as...

 

Local firefighter motorcycle club donates to Cheney charities

The Knights of Inferno Firefighter Motorcycle Club presented a substantial donation to two local charitable organizations Nov. 15 at the American Legion Hall Post 72 in Cheney. In total, the club...

 

Airway Heights council approves de-icing equipment

The Airway Heights City Council approved the purchase of salt-brine production equipment to help with snow removal in the upcoming winter months, and tabled a discussion on whether to allow an interfund loan between the Water/Sewer Fund and the...

 

Large floral distributor opens location in West Plains

There's old adage that tells us to bloom where we are planted, and a popular coastal floral distributer has chosen to plant a new location smack in the middle of the West Plains, hopeful that it will... Full story

 

Recognizing veterans

Eastern Washington University's Veterans Resource Center presented a display last week where visitors could view memorabilia from local service members and former Eastern graduates now serving in the...

 

Kenworth Sales Company to relocate to West Plains

Spokane business Kenworth Sales Company is making plans to move out to the West Plains, going so far as to build a new warehouse from the ground up to house their operations, which will eventually provide jobs for about 150 employees. Kenworth is a...

 

Newsflash - The media is not out to get you

Last week, the White House took a rare step and suspended the credentials of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta after an intense exchange with President Trump at a press conference, later relying on a heavily-edited video to justify Acosta’s removal....

 

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