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20 years ago November 28, 1996 Funding sought for colored water problem It’s a chance, an exhaustive guessing game. What color will my water be today? Is it orange or clear as a... — Updated 11/26/2021


Longtime resident recognized for lifetime achievements

MEDICAL LAKE – Local business owner and resident Gerri Johnson never expected to be nominated for a lifetime achievement award, let alone win one, but that is exactly what happened this year at the West Plains Chamber of... — Updated 11/24/2021


Cheney hosts exchange student from Lebanon

CHENEY – A foreign exchange student from Beruit, Lebanon, said she is enjoying her time at Cheney High School. Tala Daouk, 16, is a junior staying with host family Scott and... — Updated 11/24/2021


Richards signs with St. Norbert

CHENEY – Senior Janie Richards recently signed her letter of intent to accept scholarships and swim for St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisc. Richards was offered a four-year... — Updated 11/24/2021


West Plains Briefs

Grant helps teacher with efficiency CHENEY – Middle school teacher Amy Bumpus has used a $150 Spokane Teachers Credit Union grant to purchase classroom supplies. She purchased 150 12-sided dice, 36 whiteboard markers, five sets... — Updated 11/18/2021


Bazaars, sales kick off Christmas shopping season

CHENEY – The Christmas shopping season will be ushered into the area following Thanksgiving, with at least three shopping events taking place in Cheney and Medical Lake. From Nov. 27 to Dec. 4, local businesses will participate... — Updated 11/18/2021


Cheney girls win state floriculture contest

CASTLE ROCK – Five Cheney High School girls won Future Farmers of America awards for their floriculture group presentations Nov. 6. The girls are 15-year-old sophomores Madison... — Updated 11/18/2021


Cheney hosting student from Spain

CHENEY - An exchange student spending the year here from Spain is finding she likes the local high school. "It has a lot of things that let you socialize with people," Coral Manjon... — Updated 11/18/2021


Looking Back

20 years ago Nov. 21, 1996 Monument to get updated When the women’s Relief Corps raised nearly $400 in less than a year in the 1920’s, it was proof that our country’s history was very important not only to the ladies, but to... — Updated 11/18/2021


Writer's Workshop

FANTASY WANTED AND FOR SALE ADS For Sale: Used Coach Pumpkin-colored, low mileage (Once around the kingdom) Enchanted bill of sale. Must sell before midnight!!! Property for Sale: Charming cottage on Tiger Lilly Cove. In Never... — Updated 11/11/2021


Looking Back

10 years ago November 10, 2011 Tankers begin returning to Fairchild Air Force Base on rebuilt runway With the completion of its runway construction, Fairchild Air Force base is returning to full operation status. Aircraft were... — Updated 11/11/2021


Looking Back

10 years ago November 3, 2011 Spokane Tribe brings Arby's to West Plains, plans Heritage Celebration The Spokane Tribe of Indians is busy with two projects this November, one in Spo... — Updated 11/4/2021


The Ritual

Sharpened axe and a killer instinct honed by years of dealing death. Slathered sunscreen and a brimmed hat secured with a strap. Tonight we dine on the blood of our enemies. Actually, tonight we dine on fried chicken, maybe some po... — Updated 11/4/2021


Halloween events planned in West Plains this coming weekend

Whether you live in Airway Heights, Cheney or Medical Lake, there’s plenty of Halloween fun planned for this coming weekend. In Cheney and Tyler, three different “trunk or treat” events are on tap. Cheney Conoco’s second an... — Updated 10/28/2021


Writer's Workshop

HALLOWEEN 2021 by Lisa Conger Halloween night lifts the veil, thin as smoke, between life and death, in a manner we mock with disguise and masquerades. In efforts to scare ourselves, we make fun of that which terrifies us--... — Updated 10/28/2021


Medical Lake Homecoming 2021

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The perfectly round enormous moon rose higher and higher in the September night sky. Above the leafy maples and lofty pines it evaded the wispy nocturnal clouds. The earth below was transformed by the moonlight and the landscape... — Updated 10/21/2021


Carlos Fuentes: A small town success story

CHENEY – Entrepreneur Carlos Fuentes is a solid example of a small town success story. At 25, Fuentes operates several businesses in the area. When he moved from Mexico to... — Updated 10/14/2021



United Methodist Church Please join us for worship at the United Methodist Church this week as we continue the sermon series based on the Epistle of James. The series theme is Doers of the Word,” with this week’s focus on... — Updated 10/14/2021



Vern Hopkins The old he-wolf was shaded up under the edge of a chokecherry bush. Ever testing the wind with his super-keen sense of smell, he was aware of everything that was happening in the meadow that stretched out below him. A... — Updated 10/14/2021


West Plains Briefs

Still time to donate a coat CHENEY – There is still time to donate to this year’s Community Coat Drive. There are collection boxes at Mitchell’s, Owl Pharmacy, Wren Pierson, Copy Junction, Grocery Outlet and BiMart for... — Updated 10/14/2021


Looking Back

10 years ago October 13, 2011 Bissell, Igbinoba lead Blackhawks in 47-23 win over Ontario It’s hard to tell in a game of big plays which one was the biggest. In the end, the biggest thing for the Cheney football team was what... — Updated 10/14/2021


Local Business Hosts Fire Education Event

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – The Airway Heights Fire Department was on site to help teach kids and families about different alarms and hand out some bags with snacks and information to the gu... — Updated 10/7/2021


West Plains libraries update hours

CHENEY -- The Spokane County Library District expanded library hours Sunday, Oct. 3.  Select libraries will have open hours on Sundays, as well. The libraries in Cheney, Airway Heights, and Medical Lake will operate under the... — Updated 10/7/2021 Full story


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