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Eloyse Grace Casselman Longcore

Eloyse Grace Casselman Longcore Eloyse Grace Casselman Longcore passed away on March 1, 2019. She is preceded in death by her husband William and a son Donald. She leaves a daughter... — Updated 3/21/2019 Full story


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 no... — Updated 3/21/2019

 By Lee Hughes    Sports

Don't let sports get in the way of academics or civics

So, I was cruising the Internet and came across a 2013 article from The Atlantic magazine, “The case against high school sports.” Search for it, it’s a valuable read. We are... — Updated 3/21/2019

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports

Blackhawks sweep Ephrata in season opener

Sometimes, desperate times call for desperate measures. Not that local high schools’ sports teams are experiencing desperate times, but with snow blanketing most playing surfaces,... — Updated 3/21/2019


Eagle men fall in Big Sky title game

The run by the Eagles ran out of magic. The Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team fell short its bid to advance to the NCAA Tournament by falling to Montana 68-62 on... — Updated 3/21/2019


Medical Lake residents fear cat shot, call 911

A neighbor on East Jim Darby Drive in Medical Lake called law enforcement on Tuesday afternoon, March 12, to report they feared a cat had been shot, according to the Spokane County... — Updated 3/21/2019



Cheney Congregational Church Our Sunday, March 24, 10 a.m. worship service is open to everyone. Pastor Dave Krueger-Duncan will deliver his sermon, “My garden for the Lord,” this week. Everyone is invited to enjoy coffee and... — Updated 3/21/2019


West Plains Briefs

EWU holds memorial service for Dr. Mutschler Eastern Washington University is holding a memorial service at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 23 at Showalter Auditorium (second floor) for university archivist and interim library dean Dr.... — Updated 3/21/2019


What's happening on the West Plains

Cheney • March 19, Roger Ralston’s exhibit “Field Research ,” EWU Gallery of Art, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. • March 21, Jamison Sampson Live, The Mason Jar, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. • March 23, Cheney High School’s “Cinderella,” CHS... — Updated 3/21/2019 Full story


Looking Back

10 Years Ago March 19, 2009 The principal of Medical Lake’s Michael Anderson Elementary, Mandi Poindexter, entered a charity marathon in honor of student and leukemia survivor Michael Lumbreras. A local family gave the Tyler... — Updated 3/21/2019


Former Medical Lake fire chief honored

Current and past Medical Lake firefighters and former chiefs came together on Saturday at the Medical Lake City Hall to honor former Medical Lake Fire Chief Gino Palomino with a... — Updated 3/21/2019


Changing times: today's 'extreme' Democratic policies once mainstream

How times have changed! Current Democratic presidential candidates’ proposed policies labeled “extreme” by Republicans today were actively mainstream when I was young. Examples: 70 percent income tax on the highest bracket.... — Updated 3/21/2019

 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Oil companies betting on electric technology

Across the pond, London-based BP and Netherlands-headquartered Shell are looking to invest in innovative electric technology, which is very good news. The two international oil... — Updated 3/21/2019


Contrary to column, human-influenced climate change has been long-established

James Ebisch’s guest commentary on climate change (CFP, March 7, 2019) is rife with misinformation. Given the lack of climate understanding he demonstrates in his commentary, his tone is particularly unfortunate, detracting from... — Updated 3/21/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

Despite excess labor, universal living wage right around the corner

Homelessness has been cussed and discussed with no solution in sight. With no viable plan, most government officials wring their hands and hope the problem will go away. The latest suggestion is to pay the homeless a living wage.... — Updated 3/21/2019


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... — Updated 3/21/2019


Medical Lake draft Water System Plan meeting scheduled April 4

The city of Medical is holding an informational meeting at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 4, at the Medical Lake Maintenance Building, 801 S. Lefevre St. to discuss elements of the city’s Draft Water System Plan. The purpose of the... — Updated 3/21/2019


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 posit... — Updated 3/21/2019


Medical Lake's Hallett Elementary School students receive awards

Hallett Elementary School announced its Partners Advancing Character Education (PACE), and other awards for the month of February. PACE: Honesty awards Kindergarten Elijah Gromlich Mason Chapman Joseph Zuber Allegra Petrin First... — Updated 3/21/2019


Cheney High School February Students of the Month

Cheney High School's February Students of the Month are pictured above. Front row right to left: Trenaty Dunlap, Marisity Jagim-Kern and Violet Turner. Middle row right to left:... — Updated 3/21/2019


Water contracts top Cheney City Council's agenda

Public Works Department business dominated the Cheney City Council's March 12 agenda. Three of the nine resolutions brought forward by Public Works Director Todd Ableman involved... — Updated 3/21/2019


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... — Updated 3/21/2019

 By Lee Hughes    News

Don't build it and they won't come

Is there room for growth in Medical Lake? Opinions vary depending on who one speaks with. But one thing is becoming increasingly clear: the West Plains is growing economically, and... — Updated 3/21/2019


Field prep

Cheney High School pole vault coach Tom Stralser uses a snowblower to clear the white stuff from the Blackhawks football field Tuesday afternoon. Many area spring sports teams have... — Updated 3/21/2019


Cheney to consider traffic fees

By JOHN McCALLUM Managing Editor Cheney’s Planning Commission got a closer look at its March 11 meeting at how proposed transportation impact fees might be imposed on development in the city — but not before doing a bit of... — Updated 3/21/2019


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