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Fairchild hit with second lawsuit

Two West Plains landowners have filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the federal government in the aftermath of the area’s water contamination, alleging that officials at Fairchild Air Force Base used the fire retardant irresponsibly and...

 

Nickel and dime plans

Without large-item dealerships to bring in huge sales tax amounts, the city of Cheney has had to rely on construction projects, dedicated fees and taxes along with grants to pay for things like public safety, street improvements and its...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    November 22, 2018

Dogs' silo ordeal earns them 'Hambone Award'

First and foremost, Zeus and Ziva, survived the ordeal that saw them lost for 22 days, trapped in a deactivated Nike air defense missile facility beyond their backyard fence in Medical Lake. But... Full story

 

Cheney City Council approves Harvest Bluff final plat

Cheney’s City Council voted unanimously at its Nov. 13 meeting to extend final plat approval on phase four of the Harvest Bluff subdivision. Located across Betz Road from Cheney Middle School, Harvest Bluff is a 136-lot, single-family dwelling...

 

Steps to stopping school violence before it starts

School shootings always seemed to happen someplace else — until they don’t, as was the case just over a year ago at Freeman. Hitting really close to home suddenly made school safety a much higher...

 

Cheney district sets goals for 2019 Legislative session

It was a packed house at the Cheney School Board’s Nov. 14 meeting as they unanimously approved the district’s 2019 legislative priorities and discussed its ongoing boundary review. Summed up, the district’s requests center around the...

 

Hallett Elementary October awards

Hallett Elementary School announced its awards for October, 2018. Kindergarten Williams: Kiya Rudy, Addison Miller Zyler Trocki. Musselwhite: Ruby Smith, Soren Bauman, Genevieve Robinson. Haase: Sydney Richards, Maxlynn Hanks, Kayson Chappell....

 

Housing is biggest issue at Fairchild Air Force Base

The new commander of Fairchild Air Force Base addressed West Plains Chamber of Commerce members at their monthly breakfast on Nov. 14, telling them to anticipate even more new growth to the region as...

 

Local firefighter motorcycle club donates to Cheney charities

The Knights of Inferno Firefighter Motorcycle Club presented a substantial donation to two local charitable organizations Nov. 15 at the American Legion Hall Post 72 in Cheney. In total, the club...

 

This Thanksgiving, be thankful for where you're at

Each time I get to write this column for the Thanksgiving edition I like to relate some sort of story about why I am thankful. Thankful not just this year, but in all years. This year is no different, mostly. It has been an interesting year for me...

 

Here are some lessons learned from the recent election

The mid-term election results could have been much worse. The Democrats got control of the house, but the results were far short of the predicted overwhelming blue wave. Actually, I think it is good that neither party is in total control of...

 

If you want to find corruption, just look to the right

When I was growing up a long time ago there was a presumption of prudential integrity for politicians. Yes, I suppose I was naïve, but as a boy from Minnesota I came to think of politics as a clean game in my formative years.  This may explain why...

 

Keep your money at home this holiday season by shopping local

This holiday season, will you be among 83 percent of consumers who plan to do some portion of their holiday shopping at a small, independently owned retailer or restaurant? These types of businesses are what keep our small communities thriving. Up an...

 

Airway Heights council approves de-icing equipment

The Airway Heights City Council approved the purchase of salt-brine production equipment to help with snow removal in the upcoming winter months, and tabled a discussion on whether to allow an interfund loan between the Water/Sewer Fund and the...

 

Senate Republicans' plan addresses affordable-housing problem in Washington state 

OLYMPIA — Senate Republicans announced Nov. 13 that they will introduce a package of bills in 2019 to address one of the main causes of Washington’s homelessness problem: the lack of affordable and available housing. At a news conference held at...

 

Swoop-straction

Swoop, the Eastern Washington mascot, has a variety of jobs at the many events and activities at which he attends. At last Saturday’s 2K Empire Classic basketball game between Eastern and...

 

Waiting game

Eastern Washington head football coach Aaron Best and daughter Tenli wait patiently on Sunday for the news that the Eagles would earn a berth in the upcoming Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. Not only did Eastern receive that good news,...

 

The power of flowers:

Lifetime Cheney resident Sue Hines has always been around flowers. Her great-aunt and uncle started Chet's Flowers in the 1940s; her grandmother grew a rose garden so prolific that it was often called...

 

Slightly West Artists Tour is slightly smaller

The ninth edition of the Slightly West of Spokane Artists Studio Tour — taking place this Saturday, Nov. 24 — is featuring slightly fewer artists than in previous years. “I have no explanation...

 

What's happening on the West Plains

Cheney • Nov. 19, EWU Faculty Art Exhibit, EWU Gallery of Art, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. • Nov. 24, Small Business Saturday, Cheney, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. • Nov. 24, Slightly West of Spokane Artists Studio Tour, self-guided tour, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. • Nov.... Full story

 

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Nov. 20, 2008 The Cheney Municipal Court began offering internet-based hearings and payments for the first time. A new ordinance classifying street gang activity as a public nuisance was approved by the Airway Heights City Council in...

 

Churches

Cheney Congregational Church We invite everyone to join us for services Sunday, Nov. 25, at 10 a.m. Pastor David Kruegar-Duncan will continue his series on women in the early church with a sermon on “The Task of Erasing Women From the Early...

 

West Plains Briefs

Spokane County solid waste holiday closures The Spokane County Public Works Department and Environmental Services Department will be closed Thursday-Friday, Nov. 22-23, 2018, in observance of the annual Thanksgiving holiday. The Spokane County...

 

'It's a Wonderful Life' coming to StageWest this December

StageWest Community Theatre presents the Lux Radio Theater Production of “It’s A Wonderful Life,” directed by Chris Booth. The play is based on the classic holiday movie but staged as a live radio broadcast. Actors portray numerous characters a...

 

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