Articles from the August 27, 2020 edition

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  • New state guidelines wave red flag on motor sport events

    DREW LAWSON, Staff Reporter|Updated Oct 23, 2020

    OLYMPIA — A recent update to proclamations concerning outdoor recreation for counties in Phases 1 and 2 of the state’s re-opening plan has pumped the brakes on many motor sport events and related activities. Gov. Jay Inslee’s Aug. 24 update to the proclamation declared that counties in Phase 1 or 2, which includes Spokane County, aren’t allowed to have active go-kart tracks, ORV facilities, Motocross facilities, raceways and other participant-only motor sports. The proclamation also bans spectators, spectator camping, spectat...

  • Bartholomew Fire spreads to 200 acres, residential home lost

    Drew Lawson, Cheney Free Press|Updated Sep 2, 2020

    MEDICAL LAKE--A brush fire that broke out at 12:32 p.m. north of state Highway 902 and east of Bartholomew Road on Aug. 27 has spread to approximately 200 acres as of 10 a.m. today (Aug. 28). About 50 acres are on Fairchild Air Force Base. Authorities consider the fire to be 80% contained, according to Guy Gifford with the Department of Natural Resources. However, one residential structure and three outbuildings have been lost. "There's a fire trail 100% around the fire,"...

  • Cheney reuse plant improvements hits snag

    John McCallum, Managing Editor|Updated Sep 2, 2020

    CHENEY – The city’s proposed upgrade of its reclamation plant enabling it to produce irrigation-suitable water is on holding pending the outcome of a bid protest by a manufacturer of one of the main components. Nexom, Inc. is protesting the city’s award of the bid to Aqua Aerobic Systems, Inc. for manufacture and installation of a pile-cloth disk filtration system. Nexom, based in Post Falls, Idaho, was the lowest of the two bidders at $349,569, with Aqua Aerobics well above this at $686,031. Nexom’s bid was disallowed after...

  • Man shot in Medical Lake

    Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press|Updated Aug 27, 2020

    MEDICAL LAKE – One person is in serious condition at an area hospital and two others are being questioned in connection with an early morning shooting today, Aug. 27. The shooting occurred at about 3:50 a.m., Spokane County Sheriff's Office Cpl. Mark Gregory said, noting it occurred at a home in the 800 block of North Howard Street. One man was shot; and a man and a woman were detained for questioning, he said, noting that the names have not yet been released. As of 10 a...

  • Cheney's own in business to heal pain

    John McCallum, Managing Editor|Updated Aug 27, 2020

    CHENEY – Jamie DeAndre says she has a desire to heal things. The 1994 Cheney High School graduate also says she’s always had a desire to own her own business. Both of those desires have come together in Enlightened Hands Massage, DeAndre’s business located inside Diamond Beauty and Boutique, 1322 1st St. DeAndre has worked for years in the physical therapy field, including seven years at Lakeland Village in Medical Lake. It was that experience that led her to get into massage...

  • Tractor ignites fire near Shields Road

    Jana Mathia, Whitman County Gazette|Updated Aug 27, 2020

    ST. JOHN – Twelve units responded Tuesday afternoon to a tractor fire that spread to the stubble and windrow straw the tractor had been baling. St. John Fire District responded with three trucks while District 11 supplied nine; three from Colfax, three from Steptoe, two from Diamond and one from Albion. The tractor and baler it was pulling were both a complete loss according to Steptoe Fire Chief Greg Hall. The fire also consumed 60 to 70 acres of stubble and straw. The s...

  • Brush fire breaks out in Medical Lake

    Drew Lawson, Cheney Free Press|Updated Aug 27, 2020

    MEDICAL LAKE - Authorities responded to a fire burning grass, brush and light timber north of state Highway 902, east of Bartholomew Road, at 12:32 p.m. today. The 100-plus-acre fire is burning northeast of the city and on Fairchild Air Force Base. Several homes and other buildings on the northeast side of the fire and off Bartholomew Road are threatened, but none are believed to have burned, a state Department of Natural Resources spokesman said. Level 3 evacuation notices...

  • U.S. Bank to temporarily close Ritzville branch

    Katie Teachout, The Journal|Updated Aug 27, 2020

    RITZVILLE – U.S. Bank will be temporarily closing it's Ritzville branch Friday, August 28. "The Ritzville location has operated on a limited basis since the onset of the COVID-19 public health crisis, and will temporarily close to allow staffing resources to be used in other ways to support our customers," said Vice President Evan A. Lapiska Thursday, August 27. "We will continue to serve customers through our other branches in the area, including lobby service in H...

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  • Annual grain gathering

    Drew Lawson|Updated Aug 27, 2020

    Harvest season has arrived, and farmers are hard at work gathering the wheat crop. This combine was seen combing the hills on South Betz Road Aug. 21....

  • West Plains Police News

    Updated Aug 27, 2020

    CHENEY Aug. 18 Harassment was reported on the 700 block of 1st Street. Aug. 19 Malicious mischief was reported on the 1500 block of 5th Street. A window on a house was broken. Police assisted Child Protective Services with a referral at an undisclosed location in Cheney. Residential burglary was reported on the 100 block of College Avenue. Tools were reported stolen. Domestic violence/verbal abuse was reported on the 100 block of Alki Street. Domestic violence/verbal abuse was reported on the 700 block of Salnave Road. Aug....

  • One of Cheney's Hollywood connections

    John McCallum, Managing Editor|Updated Aug 27, 2020

    HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – It takes a lot to succeed in the movie business — time, skill, patience, hard work and a little luck. Cheney High School alums Andrew and Gina DeCesare have been practicing all of those — and it’s beginning to pay off. For writer and producer Andrew DeCesare, that came with recent high ratings for a project he has been involved in through the company he works for, 5150 Action Productions. DeCesare, 5150 owner and president Mike Gunther and vice preside...

  • Benefiting robotics

    Drew Lawson|Updated Aug 27, 2020

    Volunteers wash cars and hold signs directing passersby to a car wash fundraiser hosted by West Plains Angels and C&S Automotive on 1st Street Aug. 22. Volunteers raised nearly $1,600 during the seven-hour event. All proceeds went to benefit the Cheney High School and Medical Lake High School robotics clubs and the Cheney High band....

  • Churches

    Updated Aug 27, 2020

    Cheney Congregational Church Greetings! Cheney Congregational is currently hosting outdoor Sunday worship services in our parking lot at 8:30 a.m. We have developed a Covid-19 safety plan that is in compliance with guidelines set up by the state. Masks are required and we are using social distancing among other safety precautions. We will be meeting outside in our parking lot for the foreseeable future. We encourage you to bring your own lawn chair, and we will have chairs provided. You are also welcome to pull up in your...

  • Breezy conditions, cooler temperatures for the weekend

    STAFF AND NEWS SOURCES|Updated Aug 27, 2020

    WEST PLAINS – Forecasters at the National Weather Service predict the week will continue to be dry with seasonally warm temperatures, although potentially strong incoming weather system is likely to bring windy conditions and cooler temperatures this weekend. Temperatures should be in the high 80s to start the weekend, but could drop into the 70s on Sunday. The biggest impact will be the wind, with gusts estimated between 20-30 miles per hour for most of the region, resulting in choppy lakes and increased risk of fire s...

  • Arthur "Art" Garfield Logan

    Updated Aug 27, 2020

    Arthur "Art" Logan passed away peacefully at his home in Cheney, Wash. at the age of 93 on Aug. 12, 2020 surrounded by his family. He was a loving son, husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather and a great friend. He was born Feb. 19, 1927 to Arthur and Cecelia Carroll Logan in Bayonne, N.J. where he spent his childhood. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-46. Art then married the love of his life, Barbara A. Haas, on July 11, 1957. They raised four children in Ringwood, N.... Full story

  • Cooking classes offered

    STAFF AND NEWS SOURCES|Updated Aug 27, 2020

    SPOKANE – The County Library District is again offering the popular meal preparation and Instant Pot cooking programs presented by Meegan Ware — but this time it’s online. The lineup is as follows: • Easy & Healthy Freezer Meals, Wednesday Sept. 9, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. • Instant Pot Basics & Recipes, Monday, Sept. 21, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. • Instant Pot Dessert Edition, Monday, Sept. 28, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. These classes are for adults. Registration is required and closes at 5pm the day before each program. You can learn more about...

  • For patients, insurers must begin counting the coupons

    WILLIAM REMAK, Contributor|Updated Aug 27, 2020

    COVID-19 is ravaging the nation — and taking a devastating toll on those living with chronic illnesses. In New York City, our nation’s epicenter, 94 percent of those hospitalized with the virus had a major underlying health condition. It’s no wonder why many Americans with chronic diseases or high-risk conditions listed by the CDC are hesitant to venture outside, even as stay-at-home orders are lifted. Add to this fear the economic damage that has been wrought. The national shutdown has shuttered countless businesses, placi...

  • Colder weather could further chill restaurant recovery

    DON C. BRUNELL, Contributor|Updated Aug 27, 2020

    Sunny summer weather helped restaurant owners and workers recover after they were broadsided by the coronavirus pandemic last March. However, as fall morphs into winter and diners are forced back inside, the big question will be: Are there enough customers to keep what’s left of the restaurant sector financially viable? The worst fears of many American businesses are coming true. With no recovery in sight from the COVID-19 pandemic, 72,842 businesses across the U.S. have p...

  • Claiming your turf

    Drew Lawson|Updated Aug 27, 2020

    Members of the Eastern Washington University women’s basketball team and Athletic Department administration help hand out chunks of the football field’s red turf, or “Inferno.” EWU updated its turf this summer and sold pieces of various sizes of the old turf to fans, who picked up their section Aug. 19....

  • EWU's 100 Women Strong program nationally recognized

    STAFF AND NEWS SOURCES|Updated Aug 27, 2020

    CHENEY – Eastern Washington University’s College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics’ (CSTEM) 100 Women Strong program has been recognized as one of the “Inspiring Programs in STEM” for 2020 by Insight into Diversity magazine. Launched in October 2019, the 100 Women Strong program is dedicated to increasing representation of women in the fields of computer science and engineering by recruiting, retaining, and rewarding female students who pursue degrees in these areas. CSTEM will provide mentoring, scholarsh...

  • Spokane County certifies Aug. 4 primary

    John McCallum, Managing Editor|Updated Aug 27, 2020

    SPOKANE – County election officials made the outcome of the Aug. 4 primary official by certifying the election results last Tuesday, Aug. 18. The simplest explanation of what that means was given in an email last week from Spokane County Elections manager Mike McLaughlin. “The Spokane County Canvassing Board (county auditor, chair of the county commissioners and the county prosecuting attorney) go over the results and ‘Certify’ that they are complete and accurate,” McLaughlin wrote. In actuality, it’s a bit more involved, a...

  • City seeks community feedback on development of city central core

    DREW LAWSON, Staff Reporter|Updated Aug 27, 2020

    AIRWAY HEIGHTS—Airway Heights is growing. The population grew from 6,114 in 2010 to 10,010 in 2020-a 64% growth rate. The city estimates the population will continue to grow to 14,298 by 2037. Therefore, city planners are seeking community feedback on downtown commercial and housing developments under the US 2 Corridor Plan. There is no official area designated as “downtown,” but it is “generally” considered to be the area between Russell and Ziegler Streets east to west, and...

  • Sprague tune up

    Roger Harnack|Updated Aug 27, 2020

    Todd Miller of Spokane Valley rides his race "boat" Saturday, Aug. 22, during a weekend of tuning, riding and camping at Four Seasons Campground and Resort on Sprague Lake. Miller, and his daughter, Jordyn, were among more than a dozen racers who gathered at the rural resort along Interstate 90 to tune skis in preparation for the Idaho Buoy Bash race this coming weekend in Hazelton, Idaho. A few other racers were there to tune for next month's World Finals in Lake Havasu,...

  • Medical Lake council OKs CARES funding allocation

    DREW LAWSON, Staff Reporter|Updated Aug 27, 2020

    MEDICAL LAKE — The city received $150,500 of funding via the federal CARES act. Now, it must decide how to allocate those funds. Council heard a discussion with city administrator Doug Ross and mayor Shirley Maike on such a topic at its Aug. 18 meeting before carrying their proposal for fund divvying. Ross explained that the city can’t use CARES funding to replace lost revenue. However, it can use funds for cleaning supplies, additional staff time due to COVID-19, cleaning the lift station, food security, utility bills and re...

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