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 By Lee Hughes    News    April 11, 2019 

Medical Lake seeks equity

What recourse does a municipality have when it feels the state owes it more money for providing a state agency police and fire services? That’s the challenge the city of Medical Lake has struggled with since 2014, when officials realized the city...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    April 11, 2019 

Turnbull burns to take place

If you see gray and white smoke plumes rising to the east and south of Cheney, don’t be too alarmed. It’s not the start of an early wildland fire season, but prescribed burns being carried out on...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    April 11, 2019 

Airway Heights police chase ends in arrest

A suspect wanted for stealing his mother’s car and forcibly attempting to take her purse led Spokane County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a chase through Airway Heights last Wednesday evening, injuring a police officer and eventually being...

 
 News    April 11, 2019 

Cheney to seek preservation grant for downtown walking tours

By JOHN McCALLUM Managing Editor Cheney’s Historic Preservation Commission gave a thumbs up at its April 4 meeting to a city staff request to apply for state grant funding to be used to develop details on historic buildings and make that...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    April 11, 2019 

Cheney to seek preservation grant for downtown walking tours

Cheney’s Historic Preservation Commission gave a thumbs up at its April 4 meeting to a city staff request to apply for state grant funding to be used to develop details on historic buildings and make that information available online. Commission...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    April 11, 2019 

County Fire District 10 chief plans for June retirement

Spokane County Fire District 10 chief Nick Scharff is one of those rare firefighters who stays with one department their entire career. Now, after nearly 44 years, the end of that career is...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    April 11, 2019 

Kalispels receive grant to help trafficking victims

Late last month, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the award of grant funds to the Kalispel Tribe of Indians, specifically to expand victims’ services for survivors of human trafficking. The $679,259 grant will be used to build the capacity...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    April 11, 2019 

Business center planned for Airway Heights

A multi-tenant building will soon be going up in Airway Heights, but just who those tenants will be remains to be seen. According to documents filed with the city, Legacy Interests, LLC is planning to construct a warehouse facility called Garfield...

 
 News    April 11, 2019 

Sheriff's Office holds free boater class in Medical Lake

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Travis Pendell will be presenting free Washington State Boater Education classes at Medical Lake High School auditorium on the evenings of April 17 and 18 from 6 – 9 p.m. each night. Attendees must be at...

 
 News    April 11, 2019 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY April 1 Police assisted with the recovery of a Hyundai Elantra on the 1000 block of Betz Road. The vehicle was reported stolen out of Grandview, Mo. Fraud — online employment scam — was reported on the zero hundred block of 6th Street....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    April 4, 2019

Council Oks Grocery Outlet easement

Cheney’s City Council opened the door at their March 26 meeting for a new grocery store in the city. By a unanimous vote, the council approved a partial easement release on property in north Cheney along 1st Street owned by Main & Main Capital...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    April 4, 2019

'They talk about transparency, but we haven't seen it.'

The contamination of much of the West Plains’ water supply via firefighting foam may have been revealed two years ago, but to many local residents the problems it brought have only grown worse with...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    April 4, 2019

From the Pacific to the Inland Northwest

This is a story of sea captains, a car ferry in an unexpected place, and true love. Driving north from Wilbur over the rolling wheat fields along the northern edge of the Columbia Plateau, one will...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    April 4, 2019

Airway Heights council welcomes fire deputy chief

The mood in the Airway Heights City Council chamber was celebratory at the council’s April 1 meeting, and not because of April Fool’s Day. The sole agenda item for the evening was the swearing in...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    April 4, 2019

Construction digging causes natural gas outage in north Cheney

A number of commercial and residential natural gas customers were left without service on March 27 when a line was broken in Cheney. Avista Utilities communications manager David Vowels said a contractor digging at a construction site in the 300...

 
 By EMMA EPPERLY    News    April 4, 2019

House Democrats propose budget that includes new taxes

The House of Representatives’ budget proposal includes a capital gains and real estate excise tax along with business and occupation tax changes to raise revenue. The operating, capital, and transportation budget proposals were released on Monday,...

 

Interstate 90 first ramp meter goes live on U.S. 195

With the debut of Spokane’s first ramp metering system on April 9, weekday commuters will travel more smoothly as they merge onto eastbound Interstate 90 from northbound U.S. 195. Traffic engineers from the Washington State Department of Transporta...

 

Police News

CHENEY March 26 A wallet was found on the 100 block of West 1st Street. A 25-year-old male was arrested on the zero hundred block of North 9th Street for a criminal traffic violation — failure to transfer title within 45 days. A 20-year-old female...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 28, 2019

Cheney eyes possible fourth grocery store

The Emeryville, California-based supermarket chain Grocery Outlet has submitted paperwork for a new store to be located on 1st Street in north Cheney. According to a Notice of Application dated March...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    March 28, 2019

Fire district merger advances

The Medical Lake City Council moved one step closer to asking voters to approve a merger of current city fire and EMS services with the 565-square-mile Spokane County Fire District 3 that surrounds Medical Lake at its regular meeting Tuesday, March...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    March 28, 2019

Sighting in good reading values

Mary Seagrave of Friends of the Library poses for a photo in one of her favorite places — the Medical Lake Library. The group is hosting its semi-annual book sale at the library on Friday and...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 28, 2019

Everything except animal control

The only position Cheney Capt. Rick Campbell has not held in the police department is that of dog catcher. There’s a good reason for that. Cheney doesn’t currently have such a position, and only e...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    March 28, 2019

West Plains mayors offer state of cities to chamber group

Area mayors provided state of the city reports to the West Plains Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, March 20, at its regular monthly breakfast at Hargreaves Hall on the Eastern Washington University campus. The main theme for the assembled elected...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    March 28, 2019

Airway Heights refocuses attention, energy on downtown study

After a slight hiccup as city leaders focused on local public art projects, Airway Heights’ downtown study is getting back underway, with officials planning to approach property owners within the next three months. The city’s downtown study...

 

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