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 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    June 13, 2019 

Looking forward

A student at Cheney High School’s 2019 commencement ceremony shows off a decorated graduation cap complete with glittery flamingo....

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    Education    June 13, 2019 

Cheney School District sponsors federal summer food program

The Cheney School District announced this week the sponsorship of the Simplified Summer Food Program for Children. Meals will be made available at no extra charge to attending children 18 years of age and younger. One of the things that sets the Chen...

 

Seattle Seahawks visit Fairchild

The Seattle Seahawks wrapped up their annual 12 Tour over the weekend, stopping Friday, June 7, in the West Plains to tour Fairchild Air Force Base. Active defensive backs Neiko Thorpe and Tedric...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    Sports    June 13, 2019 

Retired Seahawk Babineaux gives advice for up and coming athletes

When former Seattle Seahawk defensive back Jordan Babineaux visited Fairchild Air Force Base last week, he had some advice to offer aspiring football players and new athletes of all kinds. That...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    June 6, 2019

AH council gets update on coming smart meters

The Airway Heights City Council had a full plate at its June 3 meeting, hearing a presentation from Avista Utilities on the introduction of smart meters to the West Plains and getting a legislative update from the city’s governmental affairs repres...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    June 6, 2019

Police identify suspect in Airway Heights hit and run

Police have identified a suspect in May’s fatal hit and run that killed a man near the intersection of North Hayford Road and East Sprague Avenue in Airway Heights. The man hit was identified as 39-year-old Jackson Lawless. Lawless was crossing...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    May 30, 2019

It really does take a village

Last year, the Spokane Regional Health District piloted a “time bank” in a few select Airway Heights neighborhoods. The idea was simple and hearkened back to the 1980s — the online time bank would be an organized way for people to trade their...

 

When cleaning up becomes a calling

The phrase “The God Squad” brings to mind visions of early crusaders or the television show from the early 2000s, not a crew of teenagers in matching pastel shirts and too-big gardening gloves....

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    May 23, 2019

Cheney Pawn's Thompson retires, sells to new owner

Spring is often thought of as the season of change, and that adage has certainly proven true for a staple Cheney business. William Thompson, the owner of Cheney Pawn on 1st Street, is retiring and has sold his business to a new owner through a...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    May 23, 2019

West Plains Chamber hears from Gary Chandler

The West Plains Chamber of Commerce’s May breakfast broke in the banquet hall at the new Airway Heights recreation center as local business leaders gathered to watch a legislative recap presentation by Association of Washington Businesses Vice...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    May 23, 2019

Conservation District presents at Airway Heights City Council

The Airway Heights City Council was so busy at their Monday, May 20, meeting that several agenda items were pushed back to a later meeting date as council members heard a presentation from the Spokane Conservation District. District Director Vicki...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    May 23, 2019

Police seek information on Airway Heights fatal hit and run

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit investigators attempting to piece together a hit and run collision that left a pedestrian dead believe they’ve found the suspect vehicle after searching for nearly five days. Spokesperson Cpl. Mark...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    May 23, 2019

Grant gives new air packs to Fire District 10

Thanks to a government grant, some West Plains firefighters should be able to breathe a little easier. Spokane County Fire District 10 received 78 new self-contained breathing apparatuses via a Federal Emergency Management Act grant worth more than...

 

Cheney craft retreat draws national audience

Last weekend, an ordinary conference room in Cheney's Holiday Inn Express was transformed into a cotton candy colored paradise thanks to the 3 Craft Chicks crafting retreat May 17-19. The "Under the S... Full story

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    Sports    May 23, 2019

Springtime brings yearning for simpler times in summer days

This time of year is always a bit nostalgic for me. It’s the long, slow slide from spring into summer when the sun is just starting to soak into the grass, and the smell of spring in the air that makes you want to drive the long way home and keep...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    Sports    May 23, 2019

West Plains golfers go to state

The Cheney boys golf team saw two of its golfers, Thomas Baycroft and Nate Koohns, make an appearance at state thanks to a first-place win in District 7 2A play last week. Baycroft took the top spot...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    May 16, 2019

Air Force response to AH claims is silence

Representatives from several levels of the United States Air Force had little to say last week in response to an Airway Heights letter demanding nearly $47 million in damages because of the 2017 contamination of its water supply. Fairchild personnel...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    May 16, 2019

Airway Heights officials: 'Much ado about nothing'

Airway Heights residents were alarmed over the weekend when the city’s Public Works Department announced that one of two interties with Spokane was to be shut down for relocation and asked all residents to begin conserving water immediately. That a...

 

Cheney adopts new elementary math curriculum

It was an unusual start to a school board meeting as Cheney district officials, employees and families gathered in the Cheney Middle School cafeteria on May 8 for the district’s Employee Recognition Night. Several teachers were nominated for...

 

Cheney band enters to win $100K in instruments

Cheney High School announced on Thursday, May 9, that it has ­­­entered the running for a $100,000 instrument grant from award-winning musician Barry Manilow. Manilow and his foundation, the Manilow Music Project, are conducting a nationwide...

 

Air Force partners with West Plains fire agencies for training

Several West Plains fire agencies partnered with the Fairchild Air Force Base Fire Department on Thursday, May 16, for an aircraft collision training scenario in preparation for Air Force events...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    Opinion    May 16, 2019

Georgia reproductive bills should concern us all

An inescapable news topic in recent weeks has been Georgia’s new legislation governing abortion, signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp last week and sparking outrage and debate across the country. The much-buzzed-about “heartbeat bill,” HB 481,...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    Sports    May 16, 2019

Grandview dashes Cheney soccer hopes

The Cheney High School boys soccer season came to an end on May 11 when the Grandview Greyhounds eliminated the Blackhawks 4-1 in a district crossover match. An easy win in the Great Northern League championship match against Clarkston at Eastern...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    Sports    May 16, 2019

Medical Lake golfer qualifies for state

Medical Lake girls golfer Sierra Brock qualified for state on May 7 at the Deer Park Golf Course, according to head coach Jerry Ornelas. At sub-districts on May 7, several Cardinal girls made their...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    Sports    May 16, 2019

Cheney tennis ends season with pride

After finishing fourth in the Great Northern League, the Cheney High School boys tennis team headed to Washington State University for districts May 10-11, winning some and losing some against West Valley and Pullman. “The team gave great efforts...

 

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