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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    October 11, 2018 

The one that almost got away

A wayward campfire has been determined the cause of a wildland fire that sprang up quickly last Tuesday in south Cheney, threatening several businesses and scorching almost 30 acres of woodlands before being contained. Cheney Fire Chief Tom Jenkins...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    October 11, 2018 

Commission OKs Alki land swap

Expressing feelings of frustration, Cheney's Planning Commission approved a request during a public hearing at its Sept. 10 meeting to swap the zoning of land along Alki Street slated to be developed... Full story

 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    October 11, 2018 

High-speed car chase in Airway Heights

The Airway Heights Police Department engaged in a high-speed vehicle pursuit on Oct. 3, chasing a suspect in multiple stolen vehicles all over the city before apprehending him along Highway 2. The pursuit began on South Lawson Street when... Full story

 By PAUL DELANEY    News    October 11, 2018 

'Moving Wall' discussion dominates ML Council

The planned visit of the Moving Wall Vietnam War tribute next June will have the blessing and backing of the city of Medical Lake. Just how that happens, however, will remain somewhat up in the air following the Oct. 2 meeting of the Medical Lake Cit... Full story

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    October 11, 2018 


Cheney High School drill team member Sienna Spencer performs with the Blackhawks marching band during halftime of last Friday's Homecoming game against East Valley. The band's show, which they also...

 By PAUL DELANEY    News    October 11, 2018 

Record yields for 2018 Eastern Washington wheat crop

The first indication that the 2018 wheat harvest has been pretty good for farmers across the northern tier of Washington state is visible to those who travel Interstate 90 near Four Lakes. There, at...

 By Carlene Hardt    News    October 11, 2018 

Unexpected visitors

You never know what you are going to see at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. A flock of Great Egrets (also known as the common egret, large egret, great white egret or great white heron) were...

 By PAUL DELANEY    News    October 11, 2018 

Former EWU Deputy Police Chief Gasseling laid to rest

Gary Gasseling, the former deputy chief of the Eastern Washington University Campus Police Department and the man with an ever-present smile, was laid to rest on Oct. 6 at the Latah Cemetery in...


News Briefs

Five injured in SR 902 crash A two-car collision on State Route 902 east of Medical Lake sent five people to the hospital last Friday. According to a Washington State Patrol press memo, a 2014 four-door Honda Accord driven by Eric L. Thompson, 59,...

 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    October 4, 2018

Winds stoke Cheney fire

A tree goes up in flames during the early stages of Tuesday's fire along First Street in south Cheney. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze within 2-3 hours with the help of local Fire Boss... Full story

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    October 4, 2018

Cheney council OKs SRO contract

Cheney’s City Council gave its approval at its Sept. 25 meeting to renewing a contract with Cheney Public Schools to supply a school resource officer to the district. Unlike previous contracts where the officer floated between the district’s...

 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    October 4, 2018

Airway Heights buys building for firefighters

The city of Airway Heights finalized a property purchase last week of a building to be used for firefighter housing and training, according to city officials. The city acquired the identical building behind the Airway Heights police station at 13315...

 By PAUL DELANEY    News    October 4, 2018

Don Kennedy adds more to his already very full plate

The true extent to which Don Kennedy might go to give back may have been best illustrated 20 years ago on a cold and snowy Sunday in February. "It was snowing to beat the band and one of the...

 By PAUL DELANEY    News    October 4, 2018

Medical Lake School Board ratifies employee contract

A month later than originally planned, the Medical Lake School Board officially signed off on a new three-year contract for teachers and classified employees in the district at its Sept. 25 meeting. The new contract provides teachers with a 9.76...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    October 4, 2018

Cheney dog park organizers kick off fundraising efforts

Proponents of a dog park in Cheney got their fundraising efforts off the ground last Saturday with a "Doggy Dash" event at Crunk's Field. The event billed as a "family friendly, pet friendly 5K walk/r...

 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    October 4, 2018

Airway Heights council gets preliminary 2019 budget view

The Airway Heights City Council made quick work of a short agenda at their Oct. 1 meeting, presenting a community excellence to a local business and authorizing new equipment purchases in preparation for the winter. To kick off the meeting, the...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    October 4, 2018

Cheney depot in line to receive large state grant

The Cheney Depot Society received good news in late August from the Washington State Historical Society that their project to purchase and relocate the historic former Northern Pacific station was...


Cheney fire burns 30 acres

A fire that broke out along railroad tracks near Mullinix Road was quickly whipped by strong winds and consumed 30 acres of scrub timber and forced evacuations of businesses and the Peaceful Pines RV...


West Plains Police News

CHENEY Sept. 24 Truancy was reported on the 1700 block of Seventh Street. Nine students were returned to school. A wallet was found on the 700 block of Cedar Street. A verbal argument between individuals in a parking lot was reported on the 100...


Why did Amazon choose us?

As mega-corporation Amazon builds its 600,000 square foot Fulfillment Center on the north side of Geiger Boulevard, many West Plains and Spokane County residents are asking: Why here? Why us? The...


Native, not lush lawns

Cheney’s Planning Commission got an overview of proposed landscaping regulations officials would like to implement in order to encourage water conservation in the city. The regulations would apply to all residential developments as well as...


Another West Plains freeway fire breaks out

For the third time in the past several months a series of brush fires broke out along a stretch of Interstate 90 on Monday, Sept. 24, threatening evacuations at one point in the afternoon. The origin...


Kennedy chosen for Medical Lake City Council vacancy

Medical Lake will finally operate with a full contingent of city council members following the selection of Don Kennedy as the replacement for John Paikuli at the conclusion of its Sept. 18 meeting...


Frank Caliendo, REO Speedwagon at Northern Quest

Northern Quest Resort and Casino will be the place for comedy and classic rock in early January as they welcome comedian Frank Caliendo and REO Speedwagon to the Pend Oreille Pavilion state Jan. 11 and Jan. 17. Famous for his impressions of sports, H...


Patterson chosen ML Yard of the Month

The yard of Donna Patterson was chosen as the most recent Gardeners of Cheney/Medical Lake Kiwanis "Yard of the Month." Patterson was honored with the receipt of a $25 gift certificate from LeFevre...


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