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Terra Vista moratorium enacted

The Cheney City Council has imposed a six-month construction moratorium on land located east of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific railroad tracks — known as Terra Vista. The moratorium prohibits the issuing of any new...


More training, less paying

Thanks to a new lease agreement with the Spokane County Raceway in Airway Heights, county sheriff’s deputies will be gaining nearly 100 training days a year on the track in exchange for a reduction in the raceway’s annual fees. The Spokane...


Airway Heights council OKs subdivision plan

The Airway Heights City Council focused on wrapping up loose ends for their last meeting of the year on Dec. 17. In a unanimous vote, the council approved a resolution finalizing Sekani Fourth Addition, a 28-lot single-family subdivision on Ninth... Full story


Airway Heights council OKs subdivision plan

By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter  (Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part examination of Lakeland Village’s College In-Resident Volunteer (CIRV) program which is slated for closure in 2019.) In the end, it appears that money will win the...

 By PAUL DELANEY    News    December 20, 2018

CIRV: Some things just can't be measured in money

(Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part examination of Lakeland Village’s College In-Resident Volunteer (CIRV) program which is slated for closure in 2019.) In the end, it appears that money will win the tug-o-war with emotion when it...


It's grants galore for Cheney School District

One hopes that the Cheney School District likes the color green, because they’ll be seeing a lot of it this upcoming school year. Superintendent Rob Roettger announced at the Dec. 12 school board meeting that the district will be the recipient of...


Cheney School Board tackles full agenda at year's end

The Cheney School Board buckled down for a long night at their Dec.12 meeting, approving several policy revisions and tackling housekeeping measures to help ease the way into the new year. The board held elections at the start of the meeting,... Full story


Eastern Washington University unveiling new campus safety signs

If someone asked for directions to Patterson Hall, how would you respond? Those who have previously struggled to navigate Eastern Washington University’s campus can rest assured: EWU Construction...

 By LEE HUGHES    News    December 20, 2018

Retiring to The Fischin' Hole Saloon 'felt right'

People driving along East Lake Street in downtown Medical Lake may have noticed a new logo on the window of a former bar and restaurant The Fischin’ Hole Saloon, a riff on the name of the new...


Amendment proposed to transportation improvement program

The Spokane Regional Transportation Council (SRTC) is looking for input from the public on an amendment to the 2019-2022 Transportation Program (TIP) that would add 27 new projects and change the details of 11 projects already in the program. ...

 By Lee Hughes    News    December 20, 2018

Signed and delivered

Eastern Washington Eagles quarterback Eric Barriere (3) signs an autograph for a young fan after the Eagles routed the University of Maine Black Bears Saturday 50-19 at Roos Field to advanced to the...


College In-Resident Volunteers in their own words

“First, let me start with the lifelong effects the program has had on me. Aside from providing an affordable option for housing while I was in school, it literally changed the way that I look at the...


No public comment - Cheney adopts 2019 budget

Cheney’s City Council engaged in some housekeeping items at it’s next to last meeting in 2018 on Dec. 11 — including the passage of the 2019 budget along with fee and wage increases. Council approved the city’s almost $29.45 million 2019...


Best decorated

Prian and Tina Sikkema’s house at 636 Salnave Road was the winner of the Gardeners of Cheney/Kiwanis Club’s first Christmas lights Yard of the Month contest. The Sikkema’s won a $25 gift...


The past 4,490 days have been pretty darn fun

By admission, traditional math has never been my strong point I blame it all on the latest and greatest new-fangled educational notion from the 1960s —“New Math.” This, I swear, sent me spiraling into some calculational black hole. It made... Full story


Christmas tends to bring out memories of all shapes and sizes

During our last family reunion, some of my siblings and I relived some of our childhood Christmas memories. We were not the most affluent family in town. Dad raised 10 kids on a factory worker’s pay, so to provide special holiday memories, our...


Christmas wreaths help to ease holiday pain

Christmas is a difficult time for anyone grieving the death of a loved one. It is especially hard when they were slain in the line-of-duty while protecting our country. It hit home again last month... Full story


Biblical take on immigration has consequences

Several weeks ago, in this paper, those who support the policies of out federal government were blasted by Mr. Tom Hastings. Last week Nancy Street decided to take her shot at them. I’d like to reply to Ms. Street: 1) Do not presume that because I... Full story


Keep holiday plants looking their best

The holiday season has arrived. That means you will be on the giving or receiving end of a poinsettia, Christmas cactus, cyclamen, amaryllis or other holiday plant. Extend the beauty and longevity...


Looking Back

10 Years Ago Dec. 25, 2008 The Airway Heights Correction Center donated more than 250 cords of wood to local families in need following record low temperatures and 24-hour snowstorms. A snowstorm hit Cheney for the second year in a row, and city... Full story



Cheney Community Church Come join us for our Christmas Eve service on Monday, Dec. 24, at 5 p.m. The Advent candles will be lit. There will be congregational singing of Christmas carols, lots of music, devotionals and lighting of individual candles... Full story


West Plains Briefs

Spokane County Library District holiday closure  All Spokane County Library District facilities will be closed on Monday, Dec. 24, and Tuesday, Dec. 25 to observe Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Regular library hours resume Wednesday, Dec. 26.... Full story



Fifty years ago in 1968, Bob Hampton first hung Homer Dickerson’s orange cap on the wires in middle of First and F streets intersection to celebrate the holidays. Learn more about our area’s history at


Anne Carlene Davis

Anne Carlene Davis of Colbert Wash., surrounded by her family, passed away on December 1, 2018 at Holy Family Hospital. Ann was born July 19, 1938 in Elk City, Kan. to Raymond and Dollie Crossfield....


Charles Carmen DeAndre

Charles Carmen DeAndre, known to all as "Charlie", "Chaz" and "Charbo", but mostly Charlie, was born on March 16, 1981 and left his earthly body on Dec. 9, 2018. Charlie was extremely witty on so... Full story


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