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 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    April 11, 2019 

Airway Heights police chase ends in arrest

A suspect wanted for stealing his mother’s car and forcibly attempting to take her purse led Spokane County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a chase through Airway Heights last Wednesday evening, injuring a police officer and eventually being...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    April 11, 2019 

County Fire District 10 chief plans for June retirement

Spokane County Fire District 10 chief Nick Scharff is one of those rare firefighters who stays with one department their entire career. Now, after nearly 44 years, the end of that career is...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    April 11, 2019 

Kalispels receive grant to help trafficking victims

Late last month, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the award of grant funds to the Kalispel Tribe of Indians, specifically to expand victims’ services for survivors of human trafficking. The $679,259 grant will be used to build the capacity...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    April 11, 2019 

Business center planned for Airway Heights

A multi-tenant building will soon be going up in Airway Heights, but just who those tenants will be remains to be seen. According to documents filed with the city, Legacy Interests, LLC is planning to construct a warehouse facility called Garfield...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    Sports    April 11, 2019 

Cheney soccer tops Pullman in routine shootout

The Cheney boys soccer team faced off against Pullman April 2, winning 2-1 in a — you guessed it — penalty shootout. Pullman (2-7, 2-2) scored an early goal in the third minute of the first half with Cheney’s Sam Fix making a goal for the...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    April 4, 2019

'They talk about transparency, but we haven't seen it.'

The contamination of much of the West Plains’ water supply via firefighting foam may have been revealed two years ago, but to many local residents the problems it brought have only grown worse with...

 

Cheney School Board considers policy tweaks

The Cheney School Board was left with a lot to consider at its March 27 meeting, hearing first readings of half a dozen school policy revisions. Kicking off the meeting, the board recognized National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) Rebecca Hansen,...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    April 4, 2019

Airway Heights council welcomes fire deputy chief

The mood in the Airway Heights City Council chamber was celebratory at the council’s April 1 meeting, and not because of April Fool’s Day. The sole agenda item for the evening was the swearing in...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    Sports    April 4, 2019

Blackhawk soccer racks up the wins

The Cheney boys soccer team maintained its momentum this week, earning two victories in rapid succession against East Valley and Mount Spokane. In a March 28 Great Northern League game, the Blackhawks defeated the the Knights (2-4, 0-1) 2-1 thanks...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    Sports    April 4, 2019

Cheney golfers test skills in tournament

The Great Northern League hosted its first golf tournament on March 28, with the Cheney girls team playing at the Quail Ridge Golf Course and the boys playing at Clarkston Country Club. The Cheney boys took fifth in the tournament, behind...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    Sports    April 4, 2019

East Valley thumps Cheney boys tennis

The Cheney boys tennis team stumbled in a March 28 match against East Valley, losing 3-4 after several disappointing doubles match-ups. In singles play Cheney’s Logan Ray defeated the Knights’ Julian Gunderson 6-0, 6-4, while Blackhawk Jared...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    Sports    April 4, 2019

Cards soccer taste defeat thanks to Colville

It was a fierce fight to the finish for Medical Lake’s boys soccer team in its March 28 league game against the visiting Indians, with Colville (3-0, 3-0) taking the win in a shootout after neither team scored all game. The back and forth battle...

 

Cheney jazz bands taake on competition

The Cheney High School jazz band had two successful trips to local jazz festivals in two weeks, one at the University of Montana and the second at Mead High School in Spokane. At the University of Mon...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    March 28, 2019

Airway Heights refocuses attention, energy on downtown study

After a slight hiccup as city leaders focused on local public art projects, Airway Heights’ downtown study is getting back underway, with officials planning to approach property owners within the next three months. The city’s downtown study...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    March 28, 2019

Airway Heights recreation center grand opening approaches

The new Airway Heights recreation center will soon be open for business, with city workers gearing up for its official grand opening in May. A tentative date of May 1 has been set for a ceremonial ribbon cutting at the new facility, which has been...

 

Cheney soccer starts strong

The Cheney High School varsity soccer team’s season is off to a strong start, with the Blackhawks winning three of their first four games. In a non-conference game against Lewis and Clark on March 1...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    March 21, 2019

Airway Heights police share position on I-1639

In November 2018, nearly 60 percent of Washington voters approved Initiative-1639, one of the strictest pieces of gun safety legislation in the country. Since then, sheriffs and police chiefs across the state have said they will not enforce the new l...

 

Cheney school board considers property purchase timeline

The Cheney School Board covered a variety of topics at its March 13 meeting, recognizing the classified employee of the year and discussing the pressing need for additional school site property. The board first recognized Windsor Elementary...

 

Sean Dotson accepts superintendent position in Tumwater

At the Cheney School Board’s March 13 meeting, Superintendent Rob Roettger announced the departure of Assistant Superintendent Sean Dotson, who has accepted a superintendent position with the Tumwat...

 

When getting a pet, be prepared for long haul

When writing this column, I generally try to think about what’s happening on a local, regional or national scale. I like to talk about topics with far-reaching consequences that require diverse perspectives and affect a variety of people. But not...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    March 14, 2019

United Methodist Churches may flout new rules

Last month, a familiar battle raged on at the United Methodist Church General Conference in St. Louis, Mo., one concerning human sexuality and its place in the church. After several days of discussion, United Methodist leaders passed “The Tradition...

 

Eastern Washington's SHE Academy inspires local teens

“Show me your friends, and I will show you your future.” Last week, Eastern Washington University’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion launched its first ever Self-Esteem and Higher Education...

 

Cheney High School jazz band is runner up at annual Idaho festival

The Cheney High School Jazz Band took top honors on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the University of Idaho’s 2019 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, taking the runner-up spot in the 3A Instrumental Ensembles Division at the Young Artist’s Concert. More than...

 

West Plains Support Network plans for the future

The recently-formed West Plains Support Network (WPSN) met last week to set 2019 goals and discuss how those goals may be accomplished. The WPSN was created in February 2017 to address issues facing the West Plains community. Several members work...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    March 14, 2019

Fire District 10 burns donated property for training

Spokane County Fire District 10 (SCFD10) hosted a live fire demonstration on March 2 when a West Plains community member donated their property for firefighter training. The owner of the property on...

 

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