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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Redefining first responders

WEST PLAINS — Medical Lake City Administrator Doug Ross admits that when it comes to defining city workers is essential workers — and thus moving them further up the COVID-19 vaccination ladder — he is pretty much a lone... — Updated 1/14/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Newhouse votes to impeach Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Eastern Washington's two Republican congressional representatives were on opposite sides of the House vote to impreach President Donald Trump for a second time. Fourth Congressional District Rep. Dan Newhouse... — Updated 1/14/2021


Winds creating area outages

Update at 6:04 p.m. -- In a message to parents and staff, Cheney Public Schools Superintendent Rob Roettger said a decision on whether or not school will resume will be made... — Updated 1/14/2021 Full story


Fire destroys shed, semi-trailer at West Thorpe Road business

GEIGER HEIGHTS – A fire Monday evening destroyed a shop and semi-trailer at the Victory Transportation building located at 6207 W. Thorpe Road, just east of the Geiger... — Updated 1/14/2021


West Plains Police News

CHENEY Jan. 4 Second-degree malicious mischief was reported on the 2400 block of Cheney-Spokane Road. Windows were shot out and damaged. Rape was reported at an undisclosed location in Cheney. A civil problem was reported on the... — Updated 1/14/2021

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Spokane Tribe begins casino expansion

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – The Spokane Tribe of Indians broke ground in early December 2020 on its planned casino expansion. The 20,000-square-foot expansion will double the casino's... — Updated 1/14/2021 Full story


Graham sworn in

Spokane County Clerk Tim Fitzgerald administers the oath of office for 6th District Rep. Jenny Graham, R-Spokane at the Spokane County Public Works Building - an official event... — Updated 1/14/2021

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Inferno Wings takes flight in Cheney

CHENEY – What do you do when you are in-between quarters in school and not getting many hours at work? Start a business, of course. That was Cheney resident Myrinn Kern’s... — Updated 1/14/2021


Avista customers in Sprague to experience planned power outage

SPOKANE – Approximately 480 Avista electric customers in Sprague and the surrounding area will experience a planned power outage on Saturday, Jan 16. The planned outage will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. No road closures are... — Updated 1/14/2021


Covid-related relief tops state budget priority list

OLYMPIA — Desperately needed COVID-19 relief is a top priority for this year’s Legislature, and Republicans and Democrats generally agree it will be necessary to get that aid out as soon as possible. The parties are split,... — Updated 1/14/2021


SERE graduates class with historically low attrition

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. – The 336th Training Group held a graduation ceremony for its most successful Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Specialist Apprentice... — Updated 1/14/2021

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Offer made on Ball and Dodd property

MEDICAL LAKE – At its first meeting of 2021, the City Council tabled a discussion on an offer to purchase the former Ball and Dodd Funeral Home location at the southwest corner... — Updated 1/14/2021


Strong winds possible in Eastern Washington

AIRWAY HEIGHTS -- National Weather Service forecasters warn that a strong cold front scheduled to pass through Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho beginning late Tuesday night and through Wednesday could bring strong winds,... — Updated 1/13/2021 Full story

 By Roger Harnack    News

Two arrested on opening day of legislative session

OLYMPIA – Two people were arrested this morning, Monday, Jan. 11, as the Legislature entered session behind locked gates. Early in the morning, a woman parked her RV in front of... — Updated 1/12/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Guardsmen, troopers ready for protests

OLYMPIA -- The Washington National Guard and the Washington State Patrol took up positions around the Capitol today in advance of the opening of the legislative session. Their... — Updated 1/10/2021


COVID-19 vaccinations begin

WEST PLAINS – Local first responders and selected health care workers have begun receiving vaccinations of one of the COVID-19 vaccines — with plans being discussed on how to more widely distribute doses once those become... — Updated 1/7/2021


West Plains Police News

CHENEY Dec. 28 Taking motor vehicle without owner’s permission was reported on the 500 block of 2nd Street. A silver 1997 Chevy Camaro was reported stolen. Robert K. Shaner, 29, was arrested on a Kootenai County, Idaho, felony... — Updated 1/7/2021


Minimum wage increase began Jan. 1

OLYMPIA — As of Jan. 1, low-wage earners and some salaried employees are being paid more for their efforts on the job. Across Eastern Washington and some areas west of the... — Updated 1/7/2021


State Parks to repair Rosalia trestle

ROSALIA — Washington State Parks will open bids Jan. 21 for a project to repair the historic train trestle here after incidents in recent years of small pieces of concrete... — Updated 1/7/2021


Medical Lake leadership discusses 2021 outlook

MEDICAL LAKE—A popular sentiment after the shutdowns and hardships of 2020 may be for residents to plead for everything to “get back to normal.” However, simply hoping for things to get back to the way they were may not... — Updated 1/7/2021


'Sonny' times ahead for Airway Heights?

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — James “Sonny” Weathers is in the last of his initial four-year term as a city council member, elected in 2017. He’s also now in his first year as mayor, taking over for Kevin Richey, who resigned at the... — Updated 1/7/2021


State releases new regional COVID-19 plan

CHENEY — Area restaurants, bars and gyms may be able to reopen indoor services as soon as Jan. 11 under another coronavirus-related plan release by Gov. Jay Inslee during a press... — Updated 1/7/2021


Pushing back against bureaucratic harassment

SPOKANE - Extortion, blackmail and harassment. That's what the more than 50 area restaurant and tavern owners and their supporters called Liquor and Cannabis Board officers' threats... — Updated 1/7/2021


Council tables deputy mayor selection

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — The domino effect of former Mayor Kevin Richey’s resignation, former Councilman Steve Lawrence’s resignation and Councilwoman Jennifer Morton’s approved extended absence for several months due to... — Updated 1/7/2021


Alliance Tire Pros permanently closes

CHENEY-A lack of Eastern Washington University students on campus due to pandemic restrictions and online classes took a chunk out of the city's economy. Now, it has played a part i... — Updated 12/30/2020


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