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Sheriff's deputy fired for violent racial epithets, sexual harrassment

A Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy was fired Thursday, June 13, following an internal investigation that found he discussed killing black people, used racial slurs and sexually harassed a female colleague. The 18-year veteran of t... — Updated 6/20/2019


Dario Romero to be Inducted into Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame

Dario Romero had a game for the ages for the Eastern Washington University football team back in 1997, but that was only the beginning for what would become an All-America collegiate campaign and 11-year professional career for... — Updated 6/20/2019

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports

Summerhawks split summer baseball record

Cheney’s AA American Legion team evened its season record at 4-4 with a 12-2 home win over Mead on Monday, June 17. The Summerhawks also earned a doubleheader split with Riverside on Saturday, June15, edging the visitors 13-12... — Updated 6/20/2019


Sports Week

(Note: All schedules subject to change. Consult school or facility websites to confirm.) Baseball American Legion AAA Thursday, June 20, Cannons at Yakima Beetles, Yakima Tournament, Yakima Valley CC, 7 p.m. Friday, June 21,... — Updated 6/20/2019

 By Lee Hughes    Sports

Cardinal basketball has new head coach

Jordan Starr, Medical Lake High School assistant athletic director, has been named the new Cardinal head basketball coach. In a telephone interview, Starr said his goal for the... — Updated 6/20/2019


Sports Illustrated's new publisher brings baggage

One of the largest publications in sports, Sports Illustrated, has announced a new publisher. It’s an interesting choice, and one could argue not the wisest given their new hire’s controversial past. The editorial content of... — Updated 6/20/2019

 By Lee Hughes    Sports

Legion AAA Cannons struggle at tournament

The Spokane Cannons, the American Legion AAA league team, is the summer home of West Plains boys of summer the likes of Sam Gollehon, Mason Hammond and Trevor Hurt-Moran of Medical... — Updated 6/20/2019

 By Lee Hughes    Sports

American Legion Post 196 AA breaking even at season halfway mark

The Medical Lake American Legion AA Post 196 baseball squad went into a doubleheader against Riverside on the road on Tuesday with a two-game wining streak as of press time,... — Updated 6/20/2019


The Moving Wall: reminder of Vietnam veterans sacrifices

There was no shortage of visitors to Medical Lake this weekend along the reflective black wall engraved with the names of 58,318 Americans who didn't make it home alive from the... — Updated 6/20/2019



Twenty-five years ago in 1994, 95 million viewers watched the low-speed police chase of O.J Simpson. Simpson was arrested for the killing of his wife Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman. OJ Simpson was later acquitted of the... — Updated 6/20/2019


Esther M. Peterson

Esther Peterson entered eternity with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on June 13, 2019. Esther Mae was born on February 20, 1927, the eldest of three daughters of Theodore and Ollie Ellenwood. Esther was preceeded in death by her... — Updated 6/20/2019


Mary (Schmidt) Marsh

Mary was born on March 8, 1926 to Johann and Elsie Schmidt in Espanola, Washington. She went to be with her Lord on June 12, 2019. Mary was a graduate of Cheney High School, class... — Updated 6/20/2019



Cheney Congregational Church We hope you’ll join us for our Sunday morning worship service at 10 a.m. Our church is located at 423 N. 6th Street. This Sunday Rev. Scott Kinder-Pyle will deliver the sermon, followed by coffee and... — Updated 6/20/2019


Heading for twenties, living with wild wild Right

From recent evidence that Boeing sacrificed safety for profit with Federal Aviation Administration complicity (essentially letting Boeing self-regulate and the last country to ground 737s), we again realize we vitally need strong... — Updated 6/20/2019


Cheney Depot Society appreciates donations

Citizen-led efforts to save, relocate and restore Cheney’s 1929 Northern Pacific Railway Depot received a solid boost last month with a donation of $10,000 from a local donor who wishes to remain anonymous, but who asked that... — Updated 6/20/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

President Trump putting Chinese exports on hold

The criticism of President Trump’s tariff war continues to grow. The attacks are mostly centered around the American consumer. I understand the concern. I don’t want the prices at the checkout to be any higher than they absolut... — Updated 6/20/2019


Accentuate the positive for your health

When I planned to spend last weekend out of town, I had visions of carefree walks on the beach, cocktails at interesting coastal cafes and hours wiling away walking my pups against the serene backdrop of nature. Anyone who’s... — Updated 6/20/2019

 By Lee Hughes    News

Founder's Day celebration

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Skyfest 2019 coming in hot

With Skyfest 2019 right around the corner, West Plains residents with a need for speed will soon be satisfied as Fairchild Air Force Base hosts the annual airshow and open house on Saturday, June 22 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The... — Updated 6/20/2019


Northern Quest's RV resort open for business

Travelers and local camping aficionados both have reason to celebrate as the new Northern Quest RV Resort & Casino kicks off this summer. The resort officially opened June 1 and offers a “luxury resort experience,” according... — Updated 6/20/2019


Betz's got talent

On Thursday, June 13, Betz Elementary students gathered for an artistic extravaganza in the form of talent show performances from teacher Cindy Tilque's second-grade class.... — Updated 6/20/2019


'Nothing really simple'

As school districts across the region announce significant layoff plans, Cheney School District officials have said they have no plan to do so. While no doubt a relief to many West Plains parents and teachers, it also sparks the... — Updated 6/20/2019


Bovine blues

Multiple Betz Elementary administrators had to face the music Wednesday, June 12, and pucker up: to a one-year-old, brown and white steer named Phoenix. The smooch heard round the... — Updated 6/20/2019

 By Lee Hughes    News

Re*Imagine Medical Lake

Terri Cooper’s demeanor was an equal measure of near-exhaustion and exhilaration on Wednesday, June 12, at the Medical Lake Middle School soccer field, where volunteers were... — Updated 6/20/2019


Cheney approves trenching

By JOHN McCALLUM Managing Editor Cheney’s City Council approved three resolutions at its Tuesday, June 12, meeting that will advance construction projects in the city. In a 7-0 vote, the council approved a $57,000 appropriation... — Updated 6/20/2019


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