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 News    May 2, 2019

The Traveling Wall

A traveling half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., called The Traveling Wall, will arrive in Medical Lake on June 12 and will be available for viewing at 250 S. Prentis St., Medical Lake, on the Medical Lake Middle... Full story

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    May 2, 2019

Cheney moves on traffic fees

Cheney’s City Council voted unanimously at its April 23 meeting to follow recommendations by the Planning Commission and move forward to approve the establishment of traffic impact fees in the city municipal code. The fees are aimed mainly at resid...

 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    May 2, 2019

Cleaning up crime

Diving through the mobile home parks on the south side of Airway Heights is a study in opposites. Neat, brightly painted homes share a fence with residences that seem abandoned, with windows boarded...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    May 2, 2019

Elements of water...and fire

Medical Lake High School Junior ROTC members, along with volunteers from three other Cheney and Medical Lake organizations, braved chilly and windy conditions to try and break a world record at the...

 By Lee Hughes    News    May 2, 2019

Major remodel underway at Eastern State Hospital

If there’s an analogy for the challenges facing the state’s mental health system, it might be found in the sweltering heat in the office of Eastern State Hospital CEO Mark Kettner. On a...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    May 2, 2019

Cheney City Council OKs Well 3 interfund loan

Cheney’s City Council approved a resolution and an ordinance at its April 23 meeting to pay for repairs to aspects of the city’s water supply system. The ordinance authorized an interfund loan from the Light Department and Sewer Department...

 By Lee Hughes    News    May 2, 2019

If it's spring, it's high school assessment season

After hearing from one high school group on the instructional use of new Chromebook computers in Spanish language studies, and watched a demonstration of Knowledge Team students who had placed seventh in state competition this year, the Medical Lake...

 News    May 2, 2019

EWU to host inaugural Cinco de Mayo Latino forum

Eastern Washington University is set to host the first-ever Cinco de May Latino Forum as part of its ongoing commitment to recruit, retain and graduate a diverse group of students in innovative new ways. In an April 30 news release, university...


Westwood releases third-quarter honor roll

Officials at Cheney School District’s Westwood Middle School have released the names of students named to the third-quarter honor roll. Part one of two begins below. 4.0 Thayne E. Acedo, Elizabeth S. Bae, Lily J. Bare, Elsa B. Bertelsen, Alyssa R....

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    May 2, 2019

Cheney dust bowl

Lady Blackhawks softball player Parker Cagle watches as several of her teammates are temporarily swallowed up in a swirling dust cloud during last Saturday’s doubleheader with visiting Pullman....

 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    May 2, 2019

Electric sportscar maker plans jobs for West Plains

A luxury electric sports car manufacturer has signed a letter of intent to build a 1.3-million –square-foot facility on the West Plains, and county and company officials say that space is just the beginning. Fresh off of introducing its product at...

 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    May 2, 2019

Airway Heights Corrections Center employees recognized

Five employees working at the Airway Heights Corrections Center on the West Plains were honored for exemplary performance at the state Department of Corrections annual agency awards on Friday, April 26. A total of 162 employees out of 1,050 across th...


Fixing, cleaning out and sweeping up

More than 200 volunteers took part in last Saturday's Cheney Clean Sweep, the city's 12th annual day of cleaning up not only the city's public spaces but also residents' homes and personal items....

 By SHANNEN TALBOT    Opinion    May 2, 2019

Kids offer insight if given opportunity

This week I had the privilege of eating lunch at a local middle school while working on a story. In the process, I talked to school officials and some students about what they were eating and the importance of a good meal during the school day. Over...

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    May 2, 2019

Religious freedom condemns terrorism

On March 15, a small group of white supremacists attacked a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 50 worshipers. Political and religious leaders throughout the world condemned the act and the terrorists. The six gunmen were rounded up and...

 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion    May 2, 2019

E-Waste reduction requires innovative approaches

“One of the biggest challenges of the 21st Century is dealing with the progress of the 20th Century — especially old computers, monitors, cellular phones and televisions. These appliances depend on potentially hazardous materials, such as...


Most Americans reject Trump's "America First" policy

As president, Donald Trump has leaned heavily upon what he has called an “America First” policy. This nationalist approach involves walking away from cooperative agreements with other nations and relying, instead, upon a dominant role for the...


Few chances left to see 'Savannah Sippin' Society'

Local theater goers wishing to catch a performance of StageWest’s “The Savannah Sipping Society” have a few more chances to do so. And according to the West Plains production company’s officials, audiences might want to hurry and get tickets....

 By Lee Hughes    Neighborhood    May 2, 2019

A Cavalier career

Medical Lake resident Gary Starr had a talent for hitting the target while in the Army. His first assignment as newly-minted second lieutenant was platoon leader in an U.S. Army mechanized infantry...


What's Happening On The West Plains

All events are free unless posted otherwise. To get your event or meeting in the weekly What’s Happening section, send an email with date, time, location and event to Cheney • May 2, Historic Preservation Commission meet... Full story


Logan David Herriman

Logan David Herriman of Cheney, Washington tragically passed away April 20, 2019 in a car accident. Logan was born April 18, 2001 in Spokane, Washington. From a young age Logan was destined to be a... Full story



United Methodist Church The United Methodist Church will begin worship this Sunday at 10 a.m. Pastor Alissa Bertsch will begin a new sermon series called “The Catch.” This week’s topic is “Becoming Relentlessly Outward Focused.” Service...


Looking Back

10 Years Ago April 30, 2009 The Cheney City Council approved a resolution to accept a $69,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to install a remotely monitored camera in the downtown corridor in efforts to reduce and investigate...


West Plains Briefs

ML Dollars for Scholars yard sale fundraiser this week If you have been here before, you know we have the “stuff” you need and want! Lots of furniture, clothing, tools, household goods, books, electronics and even some antiques hidden in plain...


James T. Grant

James T. Grant, a beloved husband and father, died April 27, 2019 at the age of 87. He is preceded in death by his sister Emma Louise and his parents. James was born Dec. 7, 1931, in Omaha, Neb. to... Full story


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