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Articles from the March 14, 2019 edition

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A loss of historic proportions

A three-vehicle collision Sunday night not only claimed the life of a Cheney man, but also a large part of local history and perhaps the collective soul of a community. Eastern... — Updated 3/15/2019


Sports Week

(Note: All schedules subject to change. Consult school, club or facility websites to confirm.) College Basketball Men Thursday, March 14, EWU vs Montana State or Idaho at quarter finals of Big Sky Conference Championship, Boise,... — Updated 3/14/2019


EWU's wheelchair basketball team take on tournament competition

By SHANNEN TALBOT Staff Reporter The summer before Liam Doloughan’s senior year of high school, he was running along a trail on a cross-country trip. About three miles out, an... — Updated 3/14/2019


Violet Kapri Morrow named to second team; Grace Kirscher earns honorable mention

A trio of Eastern Washington University women’s basketball players have earned All-Big Sky honors, as announced by the conference on Monday (March 11). Junior Uriah Howard earned the program’s first-ever Top-Reserve of the... — Updated 3/14/2019


Keeping watch on student athletes' mental health

Last week, the family of U.S. women’s pursuit team cyclist and 2016 Olympic Games silver medalist Kelly Catlin announced that she had passed away at age 23. The cause of death? Suicide. Unfortunately, Catlin’s situation is not... — Updated 3/14/2019

 By Lee Hughes    Sports

Snowbound: Spring sports training challenges

Training for spring sports normally has its challenges, but when winter decides to show up several weeks late, then hang on indefinitely, it can make for some adaptations by... — Updated 3/14/2019


Medical Lake 2018-19 Winter All-NEA

Six Medical Lake High School athletes were honored for their athleticism in the Northeast League during the winter sports season. Those athletes are: Boys basketball Alex Stith... — Updated 3/14/2019


Lt. Col. Howard DeLos Ringley

Lt. Col. Howard DeLos Ringley, USAF retired, passed away on March 8, 2019. Howard was born on May 28, 1919 to Roy and Virginia (Rice) Ringley in Pactola Valley in the Black Hills... — Updated 3/14/2019 Full story


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... — Updated 3/14/2019


Nora A. Peterson

It is with sad hearts that the family of Nora A. Peterson announces her passing on March 3, 2019 after a long and courageously fought illness. Nora was born in Spokane, Wash., on July 22, 1946 to Lightner and Christine Barton.... — Updated 3/14/2019 Full story


Looking Back

10 Years Ago March 12, 2009 Medical Lake students performed the play “Arsenic and Old Lace,” with proceeds to go to various local charities. The death of a Cheney High School student in a car accident inspired improved... — Updated 3/14/2019


What's happening on the West Plains

Cheney • March 14, Roger Ralston’s exhibit “Field Research ,” EWU Gallery of Art, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. • March 14, Open Mic Night, The Mason Jar, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. • March 10-16, Waffles for Wheels, participating Cheney... — Updated 3/14/2019 Full story


The story of Robert Early Mill's headstone

This is a story about how the headstone for Robert Early Mill came to be. Shorty Mill, as he came to be called, was born to John and Emma Mill on the homestead of his grandfather,... — Updated 3/14/2019


Thank you for supporting local West Plains businesses

A big “thank you” to Cheney Real Estate Management for recognizing and valuing the importance of “shopping local” by purchasing gift cards from a small downtown establishment, The Mason Jar, rather than a large, national... — Updated 3/14/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

Election season has begun with few good choices

I didn’t think it was quite time for political season, but it seems to have started. I was just sitting down to dinner when my phone rang. If it had been 30 seconds later, I would have let the answering machine take it even... — Updated 3/14/2019


Community made Festival of Chocolate a success

Emmanuel Lutheran Church would like to thank the community for helping us with our 10th annual Festival of Chocolate. The turnout was wonderful and all had a great time. We saw folks that come out every year for this event as well... — Updated 3/14/2019

 By AARON BEST    Opinion

Diligence is your best chance at winning life's challenges

In life, rarely is anything worth having easily or immediately achieved. Sure, you may experience an immediate reward from time to time — winning the lottery is the obvious example here — but you did not do much, if anything,... — Updated 3/14/2019

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion

Some thoughts on the passing of Charlie Mutschler

My wife Sheila reminded me Tuesday morning that life can change in the blink of an eye. It’s a familiar statement that is so true — in many ways. Life changed for many members of the Cheney and Eastern Washington University com... — Updated 3/14/2019

 By Lee Hughes    Education

Medical Lake ponders state budget changes

Lawmakers in Olympia have educators wringing their hands wondering what their school district's budget will look like once this year's legislative dust settles. Although in a good... — Updated 3/14/2019


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.... — Updated 3/14/2019


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... — Updated 3/14/2019


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... — Updated 3/14/2019


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 pass... — Updated 3/14/2019


Understanding how things burn

Rich Freier has a favorite saying. Actually, the veteran Spokane Valley Fire Department fire investigator and commissioned law enforcement officer has a lot of them — to talk... — Updated 3/14/2019

 By Lee Hughes    News

A joining of fire forces

The clock is ticking for the Medical Lake City Council to decide to ask voters to consider merging the city’s struggling all-volunteer fire department with Spokane County Fire... — Updated 3/14/2019


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