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Terra Vista moratorium extended

Cheney’s City Council agreed at its May 28 meeting to extend a moratorium on development south of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific railroad tracks by another seven weeks. Originally enacted at the council’s... — Updated 6/6/2019


Cheney has 38 named to all-league teams

Baseball First team Julian Chabot Senior Pitcher Luke Martin Senior Catcher Peyton McPherson Junior Infield Nick Berman Senior Outfield Second team Kyle Peabody Junior Infield Koby... — Updated 6/6/2019


Auditions held for StageWest's 'Stranger in the Attic"

StageWest Community Theatre is proud to announce that the first production of the 2019-2020 season is the grand premier on the West Coast of John Kaasik’s play “Stranger in the Attic.”  The play is set in the country home... — Updated 6/6/2019


West Plains Briefs

June 10 is Feed Medical Lake’s anniversary dinner Feed Medical Lake’s eighth annual anniversary supper is Monday, June 10, beginning at 5 p.m. Hot dogs, barbecue chicken and picnic fare will be served. Grocery distribution... — Updated 6/6/2019



Cheney Congregational Church The community is invited to join us for Sunday morning worship. The service starts at 10 a.m. in the church sanctuary at 423 N. 6th Street in Cheney. Plan to stay for coffee, refreshments and conversati... — Updated 6/6/2019


Looking Back

10 Years Ago June 4, 2009 During their regular meeting on May 28, the Medical Lake Planning Commission revamped more guidelines to the resource lands and critical areas section included in the city’s comprehensive plan chapter... — Updated 6/6/2019


From combat Marine to missionary

It was an impulsive decision. Born in Lakewood, Ohio, in 1945, Jerry Foster chose to join the U.S. Marine Corps in 1962, four days after he turned 17. He hadn’t even finished high... — Updated 6/6/2019


Price controls on drugs limit access more than price

Congressional Democrats want to fundamentally transform Medicare by imposing socialist price controls on prescription drugs. But they know such drastic changes would be dead-on-arrival in the Republican-held Senate. In the... — Updated 6/6/2019


Don't put foreign pharmaceutical price controls on a pedestal

President Trump vowed to expand patient access to prescription drugs on the campaign trail. But with one proposal, his administration seems to be working against this goal. The Department of Health and Human Services recently... — Updated 6/6/2019

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion

Honoring our war dead where they live

Memorial Day weekend was busier than usual this year in Cheney. Here are some thoughts on that. This year saw the first staging of a reenactment of the American Civil War by the Washington Civil War Association. In partnership... — Updated 6/6/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

Recycling gains from tariffs offers lesson for other industries

The first law of economics is Murphy’s Law. The second, right behind Murphy, is the Law of Unintended Consequences, which says: “Any outside input into the free market tends to disrupt its normal flow.” The free market can... — Updated 6/6/2019

 By Lee Hughes    News

Kulibert's named Yard of the Month

The home of Art and Donna Kulibert has been named the Medical Lake Yard of the Month for June. From left are Jean Nelson of the Gardeners of Cheney, Dan Dorshorst of the Medical... — Updated 6/6/2019


Police identify suspect in Airway Heights hit and run

Police have identified a suspect in May’s fatal hit and run that killed a man near the intersection of North Hayford Road and East Sprague Avenue in Airway Heights. The man hit was identified as 39-year-old Jackson Lawless.... — Updated 6/6/2019


Astronomical programs for kids, adults at the library

All summer long adults, kids, and families can explore the planets, stars and more at Spokane County Library District during “A Universe of Stories.” The district has partnered with the Spokane Astronomical Society for Astronom... — Updated 6/6/2019


Cheney police to host prescription drug drop off

Cheney residents will soon have a permanent location where they can dispose of unused, out-of-date prescription drugs. Once approvals are given, the Cheney Police Department will be home to a drop box that residents can use to safe... — Updated 6/6/2019


New PCC railroad section operator named

A new operator is coming to one of three branches of the state-owned Palouse River and Coulee City (PCC) rail system.  After requesting proposals to run the railroad’s P&L Branch, the Washington State Department of... — Updated 6/6/2019

 By Lee Hughes    News

The end of an era: Lakeland Village CIRV program to close permanently after half century of service

They came to Waterfront Park in Medical Lake on Saturday from across the country to celebrate the end of an era. About 100 current and former Lakeland Village College in-Resident... — Updated 6/6/2019


Seasonal weight restrictions lifted on Spokane County roads

The Spokane County Public Works Department announced on June 4 that seasonal weight restrictions have been removed on county roads.  According to a news release, typically, each winter the region experiences a freeze-thaw cycle... — Updated 6/6/2019

 By Lee Hughes    News

Services, ceremonies - parking

After 18 months of planning, The Moving Wall, a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C., will be arriving at the Medical Lake Middle School... — Updated 6/6/2019

 By Lee Hughes    Education

Medical Lake School Board approves new digital learning platform

The Medical Lake School Board considered a number of policy revisions and resolutions, and heard reports on a recent state audit and other updates at its regular monthly meeting... — Updated 6/6/2019

 By MARCO VARGAS    Education

EWU panel looks at media and government

The Easterner and Associated Students of Eastern Washington University held a discussion panel called “Media and Politics” on May 16 to focus on the relationship between the med... — Updated 6/6/2019


Hose check

As smoke from a 5,000-plus acre wildfire in Grant County filled the local air, volunteer firefighters with Spokane County Fire District 3 tested their hoses on Fred Johns Way in... — Updated 6/6/2019


Cheney Care Center seeks rezone for development

The Cheney Care Center has submitted a rezone application to the city in order to proceed with the next phase of its Blackstone Estates project. The application, submitted April 15... — Updated 6/6/2019

 By Tony Blount    News

Food pantry shopping spree

The non-profit organization West Plains Angels, assisted by Yoke’s Fresh Market and Copy Junction, presented the Eastern Washington University Pop-up Food Pantry with a $600... — Updated 6/6/2019


AH council gets update on coming smart meters

The Airway Heights City Council had a full plate at its June 3 meeting, hearing a presentation from Avista Utilities on the introduction of smart meters to the West Plains and getting a legislative update from the city’s governme... — Updated 6/6/2019


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