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 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    August 15, 2019 

Car chase that starts in Airway Heights ends in Spokane River

A car chase that began in Airway Heights last weekend led to a man leaping into the Spokane River in an attempt to hide from police. On Friday, Aug. 9 at 4:28 a.m., Airway Heights police attempted to pull over a black Volkswagen four-door sedan with...

 

Kenworth Sales expands plans for West Plains facility

The Cheney Free Press reported in November 2018 Spokane manufacturer Kenworth Sales Company’s plan to build a new warehouse in the West Plains, just west of South Thomas Mallon Road on a 20 acre parcel located at 9010 W. Geiger Blvd. Now, new...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    August 15, 2019 

Choice Hotels International plans to build new hotel on West Plains

And the development just keeps on coming — the West Plains will soon be welcoming a new hotel, Choice Hotels International Inc. announced last week. Choice is partnering with Brar Hotels Group, LLC for the development of a Cambria hotel located...

 

Williams named Cheney Yard of the Month

Christine and Eric Williams accept the award for Cheney Yard of the Month. The couple have had a passion for gardening since they bought their house more than 16 years ago and recently started...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    August 8, 2019

AH council plans for housing

The Airway Heights City Council faced an extensive agenda at its Aug. 5 meeting, honoring local legislators and hearing a presentation relating to a proposed Highland Village development resolution. Council first unanimously passed a resolution...

 

Cheney district adopts capital projects levy

The Cheney School Board’s July 31 meeting was a swift one, as multiple staff members delivered reports on matters essential to the future of the district. Superintendent Rob Roettger said the district has been working with Davis Demographics, a K-1...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    August 8, 2019

Fire Academy seeks regional emphasis

The West Plains Fire Academy is once again accepting applications for new volunteer and career firefighters, and local fire officials say it’s hoping to foster a new, more regional focus. Spokane County Fire District 10 Division Chief of...

 

Finally, legislation gets tough enough on sports-related assault

Last week, spurred by the crimes of former U.S.A. Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, two U.S. Senators released a 235-page report summarizing an 18-month investigation into sexual abuse in sports. But the senators — one a Democrat from Connecticut,...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    August 1, 2019

Q & A with Airway Heights City Council candidates

Three unknowns are vying for the Airway Heights City Council Position 7 seat, currently held by Dave Malet, ahead of the August primary election. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Aug. 6 and 24 dropbox locations are listed on the county...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    August 1, 2019

Bottling success: Cheney graduates join forces to launch respective businesses to new heights

For Cheney High School graduates Jacob Mager and Robby Stevens, a routine visit to catch up after high school turned into a business opportunity that would help them both down the path of...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    August 1, 2019

Ken Johnson takes over at Fire District 10

Spokane County Fire District 10 welcomed a new fire chief this week, with its Board of Commissioners announcing the appointment of former Cheney firefighter Ken Johnson to the position. Johnson served with the Cheney Fire Department as a lieutenant a...

 

The upholstery artists of AH Corrections Center

Christopher Huntzinger ran a seafoam green cushion cover through an industrial sewing machine on Wednesday, July 17, tattooed hands confidently guiding stitches through the tough outdoor fabric. The...

 

U.S. gun violence strategy is to do bare minimum

One would think a small-town garlic festival would be the least-likely candidate for the site of unspeakable violence. But that illusion was shattered Sunday, July 28, when three people were killed by a gunman at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    July 25, 2019

Airway Heights code woes

Tucked away in a mobile home park off of Sunset Highway in Airway Heights, a drama worthy of a telenovela has quietly been playing out since late June, expanding to involve city departments, local off...

 

Cheney School District works on capital projects levy

The Cheney School Board is bracing itself for an onslaught of new students in the coming years as it heard details on a new enrollment report at its July 17 meeting. The report indicates the district may be facing a student population of nearly 10,00...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    July 18, 2019

AH crime rates spike

Crime in Airway Heights increased 97.4 percent from 2017 to 2018, according to the “2018 Crime in Washington Annual Report” released last week by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. Airway Heights experienced the...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    July 18, 2019

Reported July 3 shooting in Airway Heights results in no injuries

An Airway Heights shooting listed in last week’s Cheney Free Press police reports may have raised a few eyebrows, but local police said it was less concerning than it first appeared. Just after 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, police received a report...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    July 18, 2019

Airway Heights City Council talks fire and fireworks

The Airway Heights City Council zipped through their agenda on Monday, July 15, despite having barely enough members present to make a quorum. Only Mayor Kevin Richey, Deputy Mayor Doyle Inman and council members Steve Lawrence and Larry Bowman were...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    July 18, 2019

Man arrested in connection with May Airway Heights hit and run

Local officers have arrested the suspect in May’s fatal hit-and-run, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office announced in a press release last week. According to the release, Traffic Unit Corporal Jeff Welton developed probable cause to charge...

 

Cheney hires new student support administrator

Cheney Public School’s director of student support services, Robin Andrus, will be leaving the district and school officials have hired Franklin Day to fill the position going forward, the district announced on Tuesday. Andrus has served in her...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    July 11, 2019

AH council OKs police body camera contract

The Airway Heights City Council had several issues to tackle at its July 1 meeting, including the filling of an open Planning Commission seat and the approval of a contract for police department body camera purchases. The council unanimously...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    July 11, 2019

Another business: Selkirk Pharma moves into West Plains facility

Spokane injectable-drug manufacturing and packaging company Selkirk Pharma Inc. is the latest business to set its sights on the West Plains, filing plans last week for a $30 million, 63,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. According to a...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    July 11, 2019

Fireworks fail - Northern Quest fireworks show cancelled early after starting five nearby brush fires

The highly-touted fireworks show at Northern Quest Resort and Casino fizzled July 4 when the show billed as the largest “between Seattle and Billings, Montana” sparked five brush fires and was cancelled nearly as quickly as it began. The Airway...

 

Betz recognized with state award

In honor of its significant growth in student reading, math and attendance, Cheney School District’s own Betz Elementary was presented with a Washington State Recognized School award last month, one of just 137 other elementary schools in the state...

 

Epstein sex case reveals deep cracks in our nation's integrity cracks in our nation's justice system

Those following the news recently have probably heard of the Palm Beach multi-millionaire Jeffery Epstein, thrust back in the spotlight after more than 10 years this week when he was charged with sex trafficking and a horde of lewd photographs of...

 

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