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Former Airway Heights Corrections Center guard claims he was fired for wearing 'Black Lives Matter' shirt

AIRWAY HEIGHTS--A former on-call guard at the corrections center is suing the Department of Corrections, claiming that he was fired for wearing a "Black Lives Matter" T-Shirt. Enow-Tambong Agbor-Baiyee was hired into the position... — Updated 12/4/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News 

Governor unveils virus notification application

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled a new cellphone-based coronavirus exposure notification system Monday. During an afternoon press conference, Inslee touted the new "WaNotify" application designed in corroboration with... — Updated 12/3/2020


Davenport woman injured in Airway Heights crash

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – Two people were injured, including a 26-year-old Davenport, Wash. woman, in a two-car collision Wednesday evening, Nov. 25, on State Route 2. According to a Washington State Patrol press memo, a 2010 Subaru... — Updated 12/3/2020


West Plains Police News

CHENEY Nov. 23 Police confiscated an improperly displayed license plate on a vehicle on the 100 block of West 1st Street. A 1998 Subaru Legacy stolen out of Spokane was recovered on the 200 block of Vine Street. Police assisted Spo... — Updated 12/3/2020


Schoesler steps down as Senate minority leader

RITZVILLE — A local lawmaker is stepping down from his leadership position in the state Senate, but he is not retiring. Sen. Mark G. Schoesler, R-Ritzville, confirmed Tuesday... — Updated 12/3/2020

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Cheney produces a 'lean' budget for 2021

CHENEY – The City Council unanimously approved the first reading of the city’s nearly $32.74 million 2021 budget at its Nov. 24 meeting. The figure is roughly $560,000 less than 2020’s $33.3 million budget — partly a... — Updated 12/3/2020

 By DREW LAWSON    News 

Airway Heights nabs $2.5 million transportation grant

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — The city’s plans to expand transportation options just received a boost. The West Plains Connection project has been awarded a $2.5 million grant from the Transportation Improvement Board. The money will be... — Updated 12/3/2020


Best of West awards are announced

AIRWAY HEIGHTS - Each year as part of capping their year, the West Plains Chamber of Commerce celebrates achievement in various areas through its "Best of the West" Awards Gala. In... — Updated 12/3/2020

 By DREW LAWSON    News 

Ballot measure would tweak how Airway Heights selects mayor

AIRWAY HEIGHTS—Council and city manager Albert Tripp discussed tweaking the way the city chooses its mayor at council’s Nov. 23 study session before Mayor Kevin Richey and councilmembers unanimously agreed that the tweak... — Updated 12/3/2020

 By DREW LAWSON    News 

A cross-county donation

AIRWAY HEIGHTS - The Airway Heights Fire Department recently had to decide what to do with a 2001 Central States Fire Engine surplus. After presenting several options to council,... — Updated 12/3/2020

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Transport and video tape

CHENEY – The city’s police and fire chiefs were asked by City Council at its Nov. 24 meeting to peer into their crystal balls and offer a view of what their departments might look like in the future should certain aspects of... — Updated 12/3/2020

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Showing the virus' nearness

CHENEY – The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are hitting closer to home on the West Plains, and with more seriousness. According to the Spokane Regional Health Center and other media sources, the county’s first person under... — Updated 12/3/2020


Medical Lake School District unveils updated re-opening plan

MEDICAL LAKE--The district released a new plan for phasing students back to in-person learning today, Dec. 1. The new plan detailed when all grade levels would return; currently, only preschoolers through second graders have any... — Updated 12/1/2020


Proposed Medical Lake budget would leave city in the black in 2021

MEDICAL LAKE—Budget season is in full force. While many municipalities grapple with budget shortfalls, Medical Lake’s proposed 2021 ending fund balance wouldn’t leave the city trying to operate out of a deficit. A first... — Updated 11/25/2020


Airway Heights auto licensing shop moves to new building

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — The building where Rosa’s Pizza used to be located on West 14th Avenue is now the home of Airway Auto Licensing. The building has gone through a complete re-model to serve the auto licensing location. The... — Updated 11/25/2020


West Plains Police News

CHENEY Nov. 16 Second-degree theft was reported on the zero hundred block of Alki Street. Window washing tools and equipment were taken from a vehicle. Third-degree malicious mischief was reported on the 700 block of West 1st... — Updated 11/25/2020


Cheney extends application time period for COVID-19 business relief grant funding

CHENEY – Officials have announced that there are still funds remaining in the city’s Small Business Assistance Grant Program and are extending the previous deadline to all more local businesses to apply for funding. The... — Updated 11/25/2020


Teller windows to be installed at Finance Department

CHENEY — City Hall visitors may soon find themselves navigating some construction work at the city’s Finance Department. At their Nov. 10 meeting, the City Council approved a $75,500 request from the Light Department to pay... — Updated 11/25/2020


Cure worse than the disease

OLYMPIA – Mike Volz has added his name to the growing list of people upset about new restrictions announced last Sunday, Nov. 15, by Gov. Jay Inslee. In a statement last Friday, Nov. 20, 6th District Representative and Spokane... — Updated 11/25/2020


Allegiant Air offers nonstop service from Spokane

SPOKANE – Allegiant Airlines announced Nov. 17 that it was offering two new nonstop routes from Spokane International Airport: one to Las Vegas, Nev. and the other to Orange... — Updated 11/25/2020


Council views preliminary 2021 budget

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — Like many municipalities across the country grappling with a struggling economy amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the city faced revenue losses in 2020. As a result, developing the 2021 budget has been a challenge,... — Updated 11/25/2020


Playing a serious game

CHENEY – When it comes to coronavirus contact tracing at school, School District Assistant Superintendent Tom Arlt asked school board members to picture the number five on a dice. “Visualize that center dot on the number five... — Updated 11/25/2020


Sky-high birthday celebration

FAIRCHILD AFB-Nov. 17 was the 92nd Air Bombardment Wing's 73rd birthday at Fairchild Air Force Base. To celebrate, the base hosted members of the media, including reporter Drew... — Updated 11/22/2020


Medical crisis averted

SPOKANE COUNTY – Local fire chiefs and officials with American Medical Response have reached an 11th-hour agreement keeping ambulance service in place for all jurisdictions except the city of Spokane. If an agreement had not... — Updated 11/19/2020


Public safety levy not permanent

CHENEY – Apparently, the city’s “permanent” general fund levy lid lift to help public safety needs wasn’t so permanent after all. Passed by 59.32 % of voters in 2015, the lift was to dedicate the difference between the... — Updated 11/19/2020


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