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Airway Heights seeks water costs

The city of Airway Heights sent a letter to the United States Air Force and the United States Department of Defense Thursday, May 2, demanding they pay nearly $47 million in damages as the result of the 2017 contamination of the... — Updated 5/9/2019



Cheney Congregational Church Everyone is invited to join our Sunday morning worship service at 10 a.m. Plan to join us in the fellowship hall following the service. The “Lunch Bunch” will meet in the fellowship hall at noon on... — Updated 5/9/2019


West Plains Support Network meeting covers family violence

Seventy-two people have been victims of domestic violence homicides in Spokane County since 1997, the fourth-highest of any county in the state according to Washington State Domestic Violence Coalition research. Twenty-two of... — Updated 5/9/2019


From the archives: 1979

Rick Mandarino checks the size of a socket while learning what it’s like to work at Hick’s Hardware. Local students visited several Airway Heights businesses to give them... — Updated 5/9/2019


Looking Back

10 Years Ago May 7, 2009 Despite the Washington State Legislature slashing school funding statewide, the Cheney School District plans to not let the budget cuts impact its programs and teaching levels. The Medical Lake School... — Updated 5/9/2019


'We're not heroes. We just did our job.'

Don Turner was a go-to administrator during his 30-year Marine Corps career, and everything a Marine is reputed to be — dedicated, firm but fair, and proven in combat in the... — Updated 5/9/2019


'Dignity and hope'

Airway Heights resident Sadie Reddy is the human embodiment of soda carbonation. The 23-year-old bounces when she sits, routinely throws her arms joyfully around the nearest person... — Updated 5/9/2019

 By Gene Blankenship    News

Thirst quencher

Medical Lake track and field team member Mitchell Hale hands out water to a wheelchair racer at Bloomsday last Sunday. Hale was joined by teammates Mayah Eberhardt, Mia Thompson,... — Updated 5/9/2019


Election decision approaches for West Plains candidates

Do you want to contribute to the greater good of the burgeoning West Plains community and think you have what it takes to get things done? Or maybe you’re tired of how local elected officials are doing the jobs they were elected... — Updated 5/9/2019


Airway Heights to receive state funds from capital budget process

By SHANNEN TALBOT Staff Reporter In the first long budget-writing session to wrap on time in a decade, the Washington State Legislature recently passed a $54.2 billion two-year budget that relies on more than $800 million in new... — Updated 5/9/2019


It's unofficial - NAPA sets carwash world record

When NAPA Auto Parts vowed they would break a world record, they certainly did not disappoint as they met their own expectations. NAPA has unofficially broken the world record of... — Updated 5/9/2019


Our tax dollars shouldn't be spent on torture

Tax season is over, so now we have time to consider how our tax dollars are being spent.  One glaring concern should be our funding of the Israeli military. Part of that money is used to incarcerate and torture Palestinian... — Updated 5/9/2019


Do research on supposed Muslim 'silence'

Frank Watson’s Guest Commentary “Religious Freedom Condemns Terrorism” is another in an unfortunately long history of predominantly conservative commentators criticizing Muslims for not condemning terrorism perpetrated by... — Updated 5/9/2019


Steel tariffs are now stealing your gasoline savings

President Trump’s pro-energy policies are on a collision course with his protectionist policies. Let’s hope, for the sake of the economy and energy independence, energy policies prevail. At a time when U.S. oil production is... — Updated 5/9/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

Affirmative Action has turned into negative reaction

Twenty years ago, Washington voters outlawed ethnic discrimination within our state. Initiative 200, passed by a decisive popular vote, specified that employers or those granting contracts, “shall not discriminate against nor... — Updated 5/9/2019

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion

Facing the battle for America's soul

In just over two weeks, residents will get a chance to see something unique — a fairly accurate depiction of a historical moment that shaped this country into what it is today. The Washington Civil War Association, in conjunction... — Updated 5/9/2019


Airway Heights center opens for business

West Plains leaders and community members gathered on Thursday, May 1, to celebrate a historic Airway Heights achievement — the long-awaited completion of the city’s massive... — Updated 5/9/2019


Cheney American Legion celebrates 100 years

The American Legion is celebrating its 100th birthday this year, and Cheney’s Post 72 is right there with the national organization. According to its website, the American Legion... — Updated 5/9/2019


Silver sounds

The Medical Lake High School band competed at the Music in the Parks festival at Silverwood on Saturday, May 4, coming in first place in their division, and being awarded the best... — Updated 5/9/2019


MLHS students named Spokane Scholars

Six Medical Lake High students were recognized at this years Spokane Scholars award banquet, including Chloe Haynes for English, Megan Goertz for fine arts, Sarah Ransom for science, Kaden Lee for social studies and Hunter Zep for... — Updated 5/9/2019


Westwood Middle School third-quarter honor roll concluded

Officials at Cheney School District’s Westwood Middle School have released the names of students named to the third-quarter honor roll. Last week, students receiving 4.0 and 3.5-3.9 grade point averages were featured. This week,... — Updated 5/9/2019


Highlighting innovations' current and future

Officially, the mission of Eastern Washington University’s first SOAR (Student Online Academic Review) Career Conference is to “support EWU students as they learn about... — Updated 5/9/2019


Cheney Fire conducts practice burn

The Cheney Fire Department will be conducting a live-fire training exercise at 22 I St. on Wednesday, May 15. The training will start at approximately 8:30 a.m. and will end at approximately 2 p.m. Depending on weather conditions,... — Updated 5/9/2019

 By Lee Hughes    News

Medical Lake, state dispute service contracts

If the most recent budget appropriations are any indication, Medical Lake may be losing a long-running battle of wills with the state for funding of municipal services provided to E... — Updated 5/9/2019


Cheney scores with state

Cheney made out well when the smoke and dust from the state Legislature’s budgeting process finally cleared with passage of the capital appropriations package on April 27. While not everything in the Senate’s $136.3 million... — Updated 5/9/2019


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