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Council Oks Grocery Outlet easement

Cheney’s City Council opened the door at their March 26 meeting for a new grocery store in the city. By a unanimous vote, the council approved a partial easement release on property in north Cheney along 1st Street owned by Main... — Updated 4/4/2019


Thank you for your service

West Plains Angels vice president Roger Hanner (right) presents a $500 check to Cheney VFW Post 11326 Commander Dan Hillman (left) and Post Commander of the Past Roger Hagenbuch... — Updated 4/4/2019


West Plains Briefs

Feed Medical Lake April 8 Feed Medical Lake is serving sweet and sour pork, sticky rice, vegetable blend, Jell-o parfait and fortune cookies (if available) on April 8. Grocery distribution starts at 4:15 p.m., with supper at 5... — Updated 4/4/2019



Looking back with the Cheney Historical Museum Did you know that 2nd Street was once a boulevard with trees down its center? One hundred years ago in 1919, those trees were removed from College Avenue to Union Street to improve... — Updated 4/4/2019



Cheney Congregational Church Everyone is invited to join our Sunday morning worship service and communion at 10 a.m. On Sunday, April 7, pastor David Krueger-Duncan’s sermon will be “The Wedding at Cana” where Jesus performed... — Updated 4/4/2019


John Mill: A Washington Territory Pioneer

When John and Emma Mill moved into the new house not all six of their children moved into the house with them. Their daughters Ella, Mary and son Perry moved in with them. It is thought that Roy and Boone had their own places to... — Updated 4/4/2019


Looking Back

10 Years Ago April 2, 2009 The Cheney School District suspended its regular meeting for a public hearing on the possible closure of Reid Elementary, a 50-year-old school. Cheney sixth graders competed in the 14th annual bowling... — Updated 4/4/2019


Cheney museum to ask 'why we collect'

What do you collect? That’s what the folks at Cheney’s Historical Museum would like to know. Just as importantly, why do you collect these items, and would you be willing to... — Updated 4/4/2019


Speaking up for children of this country

My heart goes out to the children who are caught up in our adult problems: migrant children separated from families and abused at the southern border; Palestinian children in Israeli jails and in the March of Return, Nigerian girl... — Updated 4/4/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

Our tax system makes no sense, needs an overhaul

Yippeee! I finished my taxes. I was concerned after the media horror stories of taxpayers who expected considerable refunds only to discover they owed thousands to the IRS. I didn’t know what to expect. I was happy to discover... — Updated 4/4/2019


Gov. Jay Inslee should be using his own resources in national campaign

Recently I learned that the Washington State Patrol has added additional officers, and resources to Gov. Inslee’s protection detail because of his presidential campaign. This begs the question of why we the citizens of Washington... — Updated 4/4/2019


Trustworthiness is hard to get, but easy to lose

Trustworthy is the PACE character trait for April. As a former school counselor and now teacher, I’ve learned a lot about trustworthiness working with students and families. To be trustworthy means to be someone that others can t... — Updated 4/4/2019

 By Lee Hughes    Opinion

Ignorance: the scourge of democracy

Our democracy has become dysfunctional, and it’s all part of the sideshow of distraction. Meanwhile, special interests — read moneyed interests — have taken over the... — Updated 4/4/2019


'They talk about transparency, but we haven't seen it.'

The contamination of much of the West Plains’ water supply via firefighting foam may have been revealed two years ago, but to many local residents the problems it brought have... — Updated 4/4/2019


House Democrats propose budget that includes new taxes

The House of Representatives’ budget proposal includes a capital gains and real estate excise tax along with business and occupation tax changes to raise revenue. The operating, capital, and transportation budget proposals were... — Updated 4/4/2019


Interstate 90 first ramp meter goes live on U.S. 195

With the debut of Spokane’s first ramp metering system on April 9, weekday commuters will travel more smoothly as they merge onto eastbound Interstate 90 from northbound U.S. 195. Traffic engineers from the Washington State Depar... — Updated 4/4/2019


Fire and EMS monthly statistics

March 2019... — Updated 4/4/2019


Construction digging causes natural gas outage in north Cheney

A number of commercial and residential natural gas customers were left without service on March 27 when a line was broken in Cheney. Avista Utilities communications manager David Vowels said a contractor digging at a construction... — Updated 4/4/2019


Airway Heights council welcomes fire deputy chief

The mood in the Airway Heights City Council chamber was celebratory at the council’s April 1 meeting, and not because of April Fool’s Day. The sole agenda item for the evening... — Updated 4/4/2019


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 4/4/2019


Westwood movie night benefits homelessness

The Westwood Middle School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) held a movie night on Feb. 21 to support the Salvation Army in their battle against homelessness in Spokane. This was a part of their Community... — Updated 4/4/2019

 By Lee Hughes    Education

Medical Lake School Board gets federal aid overview

The Medical Lake School board received updates on a variety of topics at its regularly scheduled meeting March 26 at Medical Lake Middle School. Director of Finance Chad Moss... — Updated 4/4/2019

 By Leann Burton    Education

Cheney High March Students of the Month

Cheney High School’s March Students of the Month are pictured above as follows. Front row left to right: Ella Hilliard, Ainsley Johnson, Brianna Nielson, Gianna Terrille, Ethan... — Updated 4/4/2019


Cheney School Board considers policy tweaks

The Cheney School Board was left with a lot to consider at its March 27 meeting, hearing first readings of half a dozen school policy revisions. Kicking off the meeting, the board recognized National Board Certified Teachers... — Updated 4/4/2019

 By Lee Hughes    News

From the Pacific to the Inland Northwest

This is a story of sea captains, a car ferry in an unexpected place, and true love. Driving north from Wilbur over the rolling wheat fields along the northern edge of the Columbia... — Updated 4/4/2019


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