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  • West Plains Police News

    Updated Apr 3, 2019

    CHENEY March 18 An abandoned auto was reported on the 300 block of West 3rd Street. A gray Infinity I35 was impounded. Financial fraud, fraudulent student loan, was reported on the 100 block of Washington Street. Mental health issue was reported on the 300 block of North 11th Street. Subject was involuntarily committed. A 15-year-old female was arrested for possession of marijuana under 40 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia on the 400 block of North 6th Street. A purse was found on the 2300 block of University Lane....

  • Updated Mar 28, 2019


  • After short off-season, Eagles return to Roos on April 2

    Updated Mar 28, 2019

    The 2019 season began just as the extended 2018 season ended on Jan. 5 at the NCAA Division I Championship Game in Frisco, Texas. Following the all-important winter conditioning and strength training workouts which concluded in mid-March, the Eastern Washington University football team now hits the field again as it opens spring practices on Tuesday, April 2, at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash. A total of 48 returning letterwinners will be on hand this spring and next fall when head coach Aaron Best begins his third season at the...

  • Cheney High alums in the headlines

    Updated Mar 28, 2019

    By JOHN McCALLUM Managing Editor Cheney High School graduate Rylie Pease set a Princeton University javelin record as the Tigers began their 2019 outdoor season at the University of North Florida on March 20. According to a news release, Pease, a sophomore, set the school record on her sixth attempt, turning in a toss of 157 feet, 6 inches. The mark is seven feet, three inches farther than the previous record of 150-03 set by Missy Hake in 1991, and is the seventh best throw in Ivy League history. It also places her 10th in...

  • EWU's Larry Still breaks own record, receives honors

    Updated Mar 28, 2019

    After a record-breaking showing at the Sam Adams Classic last Saturday (Mar. 23), senior Larry Still was honored as the Big Sky Conference Men’s Field Athlete of the Week, the league office announced on Monday (Mar. 25). Still earned first place in the pole vault with a vault of 17-1 3/4, which puts him No.10 in NCAA Division I in the pole vault. The mark, achieved on his second attempt at that height, broke his own school record of 17-0 3/4 set in the 2016 season. “Larry is a driven performer,” said head coach Stan Kerr....

  • EWU soccer welcomes new assistant coach

    Updated Mar 28, 2019

    Eastern Washington University head soccer coach Chad Bodnar has announced the addition of Mackenzie German to his staff on March 21. German brings several years of high-level playing and coaching experience to Cheney and completes Bodnar’s staff along with second-year associate head coach, Pete Showler. “I am very excited and honored to have the opportunity to work with Chad and Pete, two talented coaches who have proven track records in the work they have done throughout their careers,” said German. “Eastern Washing...

  • Lady Blackhawks open season at Warden and Sunnyside with win, loss

    John McCallum, Managing Editor|Updated Mar 28, 2019

    Like many of their fellow spring sports athletes around the region, Cheney High School’s softball team finally made it onto the competitive field with a pair of road games last week. The Lady Blackhawks opened with a trip to Warden on Thursday, March 21. The perennial 1A state tournament contending Cougars (3-0) of the South Central Athletic Conference pounded out 12 hits against Cheney pitching, and helped by five Lady Blackhawks errors, notched an 8-1 win, scoring at least one run in every inning except the sixth. Cheney m...

  • Sports Week

    Updated Mar 28, 2019

    (Note: All schedules subject to change. Consult school, club or facility websites to confirm.) College Tennis Men Thursday, March 28, EWU at UC Irvine, TBA Sunday, March 31, EWU at UC San Diego, 10 a.m. College Track Thursday - Friday, March 29 - 30, EWU at AI Manuel Invitational, Missoula, Mont. College Golf Women Sunday - Tuesday, March 31 – April 2, EWU at Georgia Tech, John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate at Eagles Landing Country Club, Stockbridge, Ga. High School Baseball Thursday, March 28, Medical Lake at Colfax, 4 p...

  • Eastern Falls to CSUN 7-0

    Updated Mar 28, 2019

    The Eastern Washington University women’s tennis team competed against CSUN today (March 26) to a loss of 7-0. After today’s match, the Eagles now have an overall record of 8-8 and 4-1 in Big Sky Conference play. “This was a really close match even though the results don’t immediately indicate that,” said head coach Dustin Hinson. “We faced a tough team who knew how to make a lot of balls. We battled back really tough in singles and took three matches to the deciding set. I thought we did a nice job of fighting even though...

  • Cheney track and field gets a taste of competition at Whitworth

    John McCallum, Managing Editor|Updated Mar 28, 2019

    Cheney’s track and field teams finally got to do some running, jumping and throwing for real this past weekend, competing in a five-team mini-invitational meet at Whitworth University March 23. The Blackhawk boys finished second with 154 points, besting squads from Gonzaga Prep, East Wenatchee’s Eastmont High School and Shadle Park. Central Valley won the meet with 215.3 points. Cheney’s girls were third with 68 points, finishing ahead of Shadle Park and Eastmont. G-Prep was second while Central Valley’s 252 points were ag...

  • NCAA brackets should be fun, even with billions as stake

    John McCallum, Managing Editor|Updated Mar 28, 2019

    According to a March 18 news release by the American Gaming Association (AGA), about 47 million American adults will wager $8.5 billion on this year’s NCAA mens basketball tournament. Other findings in a survey conducted by the AGA indicate $4.6 billion will be wagered on a collective 149 million brackets by more than 400 million people. Nearly 18 million people will wager $3.9 billion at a sportsbook establishment (4.1 million people), online (5.2 million, likely at illegal offshore sites) or with a bookie (2.4 million) o...

  • Medical Lake baseball falls to Kiona-Benton

    Lee Hughes, Staff Reporter|Updated Mar 28, 2019

    The Card baseball crew dropped their first game against Kiona-Benton in a 2-1 match-up on the road Thursday, March 21. But the loss isn’t something second-year head coach Austin Sharp is losing sleep over. In fact, he sees plenty of positives in the game, considering it was the team’s first time on the grass — even in practice — this season. “A two-one loss we can work with for the first time on the grass this year,” Sharp said. “We’ve only been in the parking lot so far.” The...

  • Cheney soccer starts strong

    SHANNEN TALBOT, Staff Reporter|Updated Mar 28, 2019

    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 15 the team struggled to find its footing, losing 4-0 and making just four shots to LC’s 14. “One of the things we’re trying to work on are those mental lapses,” head coach René Caro said. “We know that we won’t be on top all the time and there will be hills and valleys in the game s...

  • Blackhawks split diamond action with West Valley

    John McCallum, Managing Editor|Updated Mar 28, 2019

    Field conditions forced the Cheney High School baseball team to switch its Great Northern League opening doubleheader with West Valley from Cheney to the Eagles’ field in Millwood. The result was a split for both teams, with West Valley withstanding a last-inning rally by the Blackhawks for an 8-6 win in game. Cheney kept that offensive barrage going in game two, pummeling the home team 11-0 in the nightcap. In game one, the Eagles rallied with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to regain the lead from Cheney, g...

  • George Leslie Krauss

    Updated Mar 28, 2019

    In loving memory of George Leslie Krauss. Born April 9, 1939, George passed away peacefully on March 21, 2019 at the age of 79. Heaven has received on more angel. He is survived by his two daughters, Cindy Aiken of Medical Lake, Wash. and Carol Carrier of Puyallup, Wash. He also has five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Thank you to the team members on the sixth floor of Sacred Heart Medical Center and to the staff at Hospice House of Spokane.... Full story

  • Leonard Stuart Meredith

    Updated Mar 28, 2019

    Leonard (Lenny) was born April 25, 1946 in Sheridan, Wyo. and passed away March 17, 2019 in Spokane, Wash. He lived in Sheridan until he was 12, then moved to Alliance, Neb. He graduated from high school there, then went to Chadron College in Chadron, Nebraska. He was the president of Alpha Phi Omega fraternity. He received a degree in marketing and economics. Len worked as a pharmaceutical salesman, then in health and life insurance until he stopped at Myers Park Resort for... Full story

  • Joan Isabelle Tracy

    Updated Mar 28, 2019

    Joan Isabelle Tracy died on March 8, 2019, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She spent her last year in assisted living, but had lived in Cheney, Wash. for over 50 years. Joan was born on Dec. 9, 1928 in Tacoma, the first of three children. She graduated from the University of Washington in 1950. While there she met her future husband and WWII vet, Keith Tracy, in a creative writing class. They married on April 8, 1949, and Joan would have enjoyed reaching the 70-year milestone. Joan t...


    Updated Mar 28, 2019

    Today (March 28) is the 175th birth anniversary of Lucy Robbins Switzer, born in 1844. She was a prominent suffragette, women’s rights activist and a leader in the temperance movement in Washington. She lived to see Prohibition enacted and women attaining the right to vote in this state and the country. Learn more about our area’s history at

  • West Plains Briefs

    Updated Mar 28, 2019

    Airway Heights Numerica to close lobby for renovations Renovations for an open concept lobby at Numerica Credit Union’s Airway Heights branch on 1210 South Hayford Road began March 25. During the renovation, the credit union will run daily operations from a portable office unit located adjacent to the branch. The closure of the lobby is expected to last about three months. Drive through windows will still be operating normal business hours, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. For r...