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Articles from the June 22, 2017 edition

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 By Al Stover    Photos    June 22, 2017

Duffy's Point dedication

Family and friends of Vincent "Duffy" Ready III came together June 16 for the dedication of the Duffy's Point memorial. The memorial is dedication to the life and memory of Ready. Many of his... Full story

 By Al Stover    Photos    June 22, 2017

Hallett Elementary School talent show

Hallett Elementary School celebrated the end of the school year with a talent show. The event featured students singing and dancing, as well as some comedy and magic.... Full story

 By Al Stover    Photos    June 22, 2017

Medical Lake Founders Day | Pt. 1

Several businesses, organizations, clubs and groups participated in the annual Medical Lake Founders Day parade. Fairchild Air Force Base 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander Col. Ryan Samuelson was the... Full story

 By Al Stover    Photos    June 22, 2017

Medical Lake Founders Day | Pt. 2

The 2017 Medical Lake Founders Day celebration had a plethora of events for all ages. On Friday (June 16) there was the return of the street dance, featuring four area bands. On Saturday, there were... Full story

 By Paul Delaney    Photos    June 22, 2017

West Plains Little League: Froyo wins first-place battle

The final game of West Plains Little League's AAA Baseball came down to a battle for first place between undefeated Froyo and Martinssen, one game behind. But Froyo's starter, Mia Ashcroft, and... Full story


Cheney on Parkside: Let's talk

Cheney’s City Council reached a consensus at its June 13 meeting on a proposal by Mayor Tom Trulove to approach developers of the Parkside Commons student housing project to see if a negotiated agreement could be reached on the contentious issue. T...

 By Al Stover    Front Page    June 22, 2017

AH teams with DV firm

The Airway Heights Municipal Court will go through a new consultant for advocate services that it provides to domestic violence victims. During its June 19 meeting, the Airway Heights City Council approved a $7,500 contract between the city and...

 By Al Stover    Front Page    June 22, 2017

Airway Heights' splash pad is still not on

Normally during the summer, the Airway Heights' splash pad in Sunset Park would be operating and children would be playing on it. However, there have been a couple situations has kept the city from...

 By Paul Delaney    Sports    June 22, 2017

Local track athletes land in Eagles' nest

Over the decades, interest shown to West Plains high school athletes from the school down the road - Eastern Washington University - could be described as tepid at best. In the past 50 years or so...

 By Al Stover    News    June 22, 2017

Mosquitoes, ticks, black flies – oh my

The health district recommends draining anything with standing water, such as old tires and beverage coolers (pictured) to avoid mosquitoes. The presence of insects and things like bug bites can put a damper on anyone’s summer. That’s why...

 By Al Stover    Sports    June 22, 2017

Medical Lake's Grundstroms making waves in roller derby

Medical Lake is known for producing good high school athletes, particularly in track, cross country, basketball and baseball. However, there are a couple local kids in the city who are making waves...


Fire danger increases in Eastern Washington due to cold front

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced in a June 20 news release that it is increasing the fire danger rating in several Eastern Washington counties. The move comes due to a dry, cold front passing through...


Learning to ride a bus through stories 

Spokane County Library District in partnership with Spokane Transit Authority is holding a “Touch-a-Bus Storytime” at selected branches this summer. A continuation of the Library District’s Touch-a-Truck Storytimes where kids could explore...


County Sheriff's Office to offer women's self-defense classes

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is holding a women’s self-defense class Saturday, July 29. There will be two sessions available, 8 a.m. – noon or 1 – 5 p.m. Cost of the class is $35 per person for women ages 14 and up, and registration must...


EWU needs to tap all sources for donations

If Eastern Washington University alumni want better facilities for the college’s athletics programs, they are going to have to open their wallets and checkbooks. That’s the conclusion the Spokesman Review’s Jim Allen came up with in a June 13...


Consider veterans scars this Fourth

We shall soon be celebrating Independence Day (the Fourth of July) when we are supposed to remember how valuable our freedoms are. Part of this celebration for many involves discharging private fireworks. Such a practice is not only a terrible fire...


Comey has integrity this GOP lacks

James Comey originally identified as a Republican. He first gained public acclaim for his integrity while serving temporarily as Acting Attorney General under John Ashcroft in 2004 where he rushed to Ashcroft’s intensive-care hospital bedside to...

 By Paul Delaney    Sports    June 22, 2017

Hartman hits home run with 'they learned it in Little League' essay

The now threadbare and well-used book title tells us that according to minister and author Robert Fulghum, “All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” That is actually the first title of a group of works Fulghum penned in 1986 that...

 By Al Stover    Sports    June 22, 2017

Family, friends come together for 'Duffy' Ready memorial dedication

See a photo gallery from the event here....

 By Paul Delaney    Sports    June 22, 2017

Sports Week

(Note: All schedules subject to change. Consult school or facility websites to confirm.) AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL AA Thursday, June 23, Medical Lake hosts Freeman (2), 5 p.m. Friday, June 23, Medical Lake hosts N.W. Christian (2), 5 p.m. Monday,...


Sports Briefs

Suarez joins EWU basketball staff Bobby Suarez, who has spent the last four seasons at Florida State University, has been hired by first-year head coach Shantay Legans as an Eastern Washington men’s basketball assistant coach. The 2012 graduate of...

 By Paul Delaney    Sports    June 22, 2017

Medical Lake errors counter team's suddenly hot bats

The Medical Lake bats certainly came alive last week in American Legion play. But a problem with their gloves - the catching ones - helped turn the potential of an undefeated week into one where the...

 By Paul Delaney    News    June 22, 2017

Looking ahead to more 'greener' times

It's survived decades of issues with water. Then a change in ownership at the outset of the recent "Great Recession," served up yet more challenges for The Fairways Golf Course. And one person, Kris... Full story

 By Grace Pohl    News    June 22, 2017

Shaddy brings home birthing practice to the West Plains

Rebekah Shaddy was born at a home birth in Cheney and has continued the legacy by bringing the practice back to the West Plains area. Shaddy has five brothers and sisters and was home schooled. She en...


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