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 By Scott Davis    News 

Heated mask discussion at school board meeting

CHENEY – A conversation regarding contingency plans due to rising COVID-19 infection rates elicited an impassioned response from community members at the Sept. 9 School Board meeting, including an attendee who was asked to... — Updated 9/16/2021

 

Remembering 9/11

On Saturday, Fairchild Air Force Base personnel observed the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., with a... — Updated 9/16/2021

 
 By Matthew O. Stephens    News 

Losh to lead West Plains chamber

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – The West Plains Chamber of Commerce has a new executive director. Mark Losh recently joined the chamber as the new executive director. "I am very excited about th... — Updated 9/16/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News 

WSU orders 4-H volunteers to get vaccinated

PULLMAN – The Washington State University Extension Office is applying the governor’s Wuhan coronavirus vaccination requirement to all 4-H volunteers. In a letter dated Sept. 3,... — Updated 9/16/2021

 
 By SCOTT DAVIS    News 

Two local businessmen recognized

CHENEY – Two local businessmen have been honored for their community service work. Tom Jarms of Jarms Hardware and Dennis Williams of System Transport were presented awards for... — Updated 9/16/2021

 
 By Dean Henrich    News 

Sits with hogs

Carter Baldwin of Medical lake hangs out with his 6-month-old hog, “Buddy,” a Hamp X breed. “I have to feed him. Walk him, and give him a whole bunch of mud so he can cool down in the hot sun,” Baldwin said. Baldwin... — Updated 9/16/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News 

Wear masks outdoors

OLYMPIA – Under a revised order by Gov. Jay Inslee last Thursday, Sept. 9, residents and visitors are now required to cover their faces when attending outdoor events that attract... — Updated 9/16/2021

 
 By Cheney Free Press    News 

Third roundabout work begins off Geiger

AIRWAY HEIGHTS -- Travelers who use the Geiger-Grove intersection just north of Interstate 90 will experience extended detours due to continued construction near the interchange. Contractors are moving into the second stage of... — Updated 9/16/2021

 
 By DEAN HENRICH    News 

All-Alaskan Racing Pigs return to fair 

SPOKANE VALLEY -- The All-Alaskan Racing Pigs are regulars each year at the Spokane County Interstate Fair. The “racetrack” is on the North Lawn at the fairgrounds, with show times daily through the run of the fair.  Owner... — Updated 9/16/2021

 
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West Plains Police News

Cheney September 6 Harassment was reported on the 500 Block of 2nd Street. September 7 A blue 1994 Wilson utility trailer was stolen on the 2300 Block of the Cheney Spokane Road. Attempted prescription fraud was reported on the 100... — Updated 9/16/2021

 
 By Joy Wilken    News 

Sprague Days offered family fun

SPRAGUE – Residents and dozens of visitors hit downtown over the weekend for the annual Sprague Days celebration, enjoying the sunny weather. The theme of the event was... — Updated 9/16/2021

 
 By SCOTT DAVIS    News

Local veteran and author reflects on Afghanistan

CHENEY -- A betrayal of the Afghan people. That's how local author, humanitarian and National Guard veteran Trent Reedy characterizes the Aug. 31 American withdrawal from... — Updated 9/15/2021

 
 By SCOTT DAVIS    News

Former Cheney firefighter dies in fall

SPOKANE – Former Cheney fire Lt. Cody Traber was killed in the line of duty Aug. 26 after falling from a bridge in north Spokane while serving with Spokane County Fire District... — Updated 9/9/2021

 
 By Matt O. Stephens    News

Local man to open tattoo parlor here

CHENEY – Residents and visitors can expect to find a new tattoo shop in town, as Skot Weston plans to open the doors to Cheney Tattoo on Oct. 5. Weston had been hoping to move... — Updated 9/9/2021

 
 By Dean Henrich    News

Interstate Fair proceeds with caution

SPOKANE VALLEY – Eating elephant ears, guessing the weight of giant pumpkins, sheep, cows, pigs and much more are all part of the annual experience presented by the Spokane County Interstate Fair. This year’s 70th anniversary... — Updated 9/9/2021

 

Utility bills are coming as moratorium ends

OLYMPIA – Protection from having electricity, water, natural gas, sewer service from being shut off ends on Sept. 30. An emergency measure proclamation by Gov. Jay Inslee was to ease the financial pressure of people who lost... — Updated 9/9/2021

 

Avista seeks to raise natural gas prices

SPOKANE – An increase in rates for natural gas of 10% and a 0.3% decrease in electricity rates start Nov. 1 for Avista customers. Avista requested permission for two annual rate adjustments with the Washington Utilities and... — Updated 9/9/2021

 
 By Matt O. Stephens    News

Childcare shortage remains topic for council

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – A lack of childcare outlets in the region has been under discussion for some time by the City Council. Airway Heights was allocated $57,200 by the state Department of Commerce to help pay for a study to determine... — Updated 9/9/2021

 

West Plains Police News

Cheney August 30 A cable lock was cut in an apparent attempt to steal a go-cart on the 1000 Block of Betz Road. Keys were found on the 2700 Block of Bethany Street. A vehicle was broken into and a suitcase, clothing, personal items... — Updated 9/9/2021

 

Medical Lake Cemetery Association prepares for fall work day

MEDICAL LAKE – The Medical Lake Cemetery Association is planning a community work day for Saturday, Sept. 25. Volunteers with the organization will be cleaning up the grounds for... — Updated 9/9/2021

 

Local man joins Cheney news team

CHENEY – A local photographer has been hired as a reporter at the Cheney Free Press. Matthew O. Stephens, 39, of Cheney, will be covering the cities of Medical Lake and Airway... — Updated 9/2/2021

 
 By SCOTT DAVIS    News

Clover Street Rezoning Project deferred by City Council

The Clover Street Rezoning Project, an ongoing effort to redesignate an R-2 multi-family zone to an R-1 single-family zone within the Clover Court/West 6th Street area, was deferred by City Councilmembers due to legal... — Updated 9/2/2021

 
 By Matt O. Stephens    News

Medical Lake School discusses new policies

MEDICAL LAKE – The School Board discussed a trio of new policies Aug. 24 regarding student learning programs, personal records and fees. The board also talked about facility readiness and final preparations before campuses... — Updated 9/2/2021

 

Union sues Gov. Inslee over vaccine edict

OLYMPIA – The Washington Federation of State Employees is suing Gov. Jay Inslee over his requirement that all state employees, and healthcare and education workers get a coronavirus vaccine or lose their jobs. The governor’s... — Updated 9/2/2021

 

West Plains Police News

Cheney August 23 Theft in the Second-degree was reported on the 200 Block of Gregory Drive. Money was stolen through a phone scam. Third-degree malicious mischief reported on the 600 Block of 3rd Street. A building was damaged... — Updated 9/2/2021

 

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