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 By Katie Teachout    News 

Seamstresses pitch in for public safety

RITZVILLE - Area seamstresses have been sewing fast and furiously to get cloth masks donated to area hospitals, medical facilities, senior centers and other organizations. Their... — Updated 4/3/2020

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Cheney Care Center resident tests positive for COVID-19

CHENEY -- A resident at the Cheney Care Center has tested positive for the severe acute respiratory disease COVID-19. According to news reports, the resident was transferred to a local hospital on March 30 and tested positive for... — Updated 4/3/2020 Full story

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Inslee extends stay home order to May 4

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee has extended his "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order until May 4. The order, issued to slow the spread of the severe acute respiratory disease COVID-19, was set to expire on Wednesday, April 8. The order has... — Updated 4/3/2020 Full story

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Serving home meals doesn't stop with virus

SPOKANE COUNTY – Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels is in need of coolers, ice packs and volunteers to bring meals to over 1,000 participants — many who are over age 60. In a March 30 press release, GSC Meals on Wheels... — Updated 4/3/2020 Full story

 By Roger Harnack    News 

Senate Minority Leader Schoesler reacts to quarantine extension

RITZVILLE - Senate Minority Leader Mark Schoesler doesn't agree with extending the statewide quarantine until May 4 due to the coronavirus outbreak. Responding to Bainbridge Island... — Updated 4/3/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News 

Rattlesnake Flat Windfarm forges ahead

LIND — Nearly $42 million worth of construction costs in building permits were issued for Adams County between Feb. 1 and March 25. The bulk of the permits were issued March 24-25 for work contracted by Blattner Energy Inc. for... — Updated 4/3/2020

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Airway Heights council to consider water supply issues, roundabout at April 6 meeting

AIRWAY HEIGHTS -- The City Council moved five items out of last Monday's study session for passage consideration at its next meeting April 6 -- one of which dealt with what to do once the Air Force releases its analysis of options... — Updated 4/3/2020


Spokane, Medical Lake intertie bid approved

MEDICAL LAKE – Years in the making, Medical Lake’s water intertie with the city of Spokane moved an important step closer to fruition recently. The low bid $651,692.45 from General Industries, Inc. from Spokane was accepted, bu... — Updated 4/3/2020


West Plains Police News

CHENEY March 23 A vehicle prowling was reported on the zero hundred block of West 3rd Street. Vehicle was rummaged through but nothing was apparently taken. A vehicle prowling was reported on the 200 block of Betz Road. Vehicle... — Updated 4/2/2020

 By Leann Burton    News 

Cheney High School February Students of the Month

Cheney High School Students of the Month for February are pictured above as follows: Front row left to right Arianna Craig, Lorelei Johnson-Harboe, Kylie Mitchell and Kennady Ose.... — Updated 4/2/2020


Medical Lake Census project is COVID victim

MEDICAL LAKE – There are many casualties of COVID-19, aside from the actual virus victims themselves. And one of those was an effort to assist Medical Lake residents tackle the every decade chore of completing the U.S. Census.... — Updated 4/2/2020

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Transparency victim of COVID-19

CHENEY – Most changes involved in slowing the spread of the COVID-19 disease have been announced publicly. One, however, was done almost quietly in the dead of night. Gov. Jay Inslee signed a proclamation March 24 amending his... — Updated 4/2/2020


Last Rays

The setting sun is captured last Tuesday by Rhonda Madison from the deck of her home near the West Terrace developments.... — Updated 4/2/2020


Council passes emergency resolution

By JOHN McCALLUM Managing Editor CHENEY – The City Council gave its official blessing at its March 24 meeting to measures already implemented to combat the spread of the severe acute respiratory disease COVID-19. City officials... — Updated 4/2/2020


Ottosen retires after 23 years at All-State

CHENEY – Long-time Cheney All-State Insurance agent Kevin Ottosen is hanging up his policy-writing pen, selling his business to another long-time Cheney individual Jeff... — Updated 3/31/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News

Gov. Inslee suspends portions of public meetings, records laws

OLYMPIA - With no fanfare or disclosure, Gov. Jay Inslee quietly amended a month-old coronavirus-related proclamation, so that it now strips residents and news organizations of the... — Updated 3/28/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News

Plowing halted on scenic passes

MAZAMA — Eastern Washington residents wanting to use highways through scenic mountain passes to get to the Puget Sound area or Pacific Ocean are going to have to wait. On Thursday, state Transportation Secretary Roger Millar orde... — Updated 3/27/2020 Full story



OLYMPIA – State officials said a proclamation announced by Gov. Jay Inslee Monday night requiring everyone to stay home in order to attempt to slow the spread of the novel... — Updated 3/26/2020


What happens when COVID-19 is in our midst

MEDICAL LAKE – Superintendent of Schools Tim Ames wryly remembered the phone call he got on Saturday, March 14 as being when the “fun” began. But Ames was not first in line to learn that an unnamed school district employee... — Updated 3/26/2020


Opposition delays Cheney connection charge increase

CHENEY – A city proposal to increase the water system development charge paid by developers ran into a bit of opposition at the March 10 meeting of the City Council. Developer Ryan Geschke took issue with the city’s plans — p... — Updated 3/26/2020


It's business kinda' as usual at ML City Hall

MEDICAL LAKE – “Domino’s Pizza,” came the reply on the other end of the phone, followed by a laugh. But please pardon Medical Lake City Administrator Doug Ross for this injection of levity in a before business hours call... — Updated 3/26/2020

 By Wes Willand    News

Special delivery

A Cheney School District volunteer hands a student a breakfast and lunch sack as part of the district’s efforts to provide nutrition to students who would normally receive free... — Updated 3/26/2020


Making do in COVID-19's world

MEDICAL LAKE — It’s one thing to be one of 200-plus school districts in the state to be relative observers in the daily COVID-19 reality show. But when it hits home like it did in Medical Lake where a teacher tested positive... — Updated 3/26/2020


West Plains Police News

CHENEY March 16 An abandoned auto was reported on the 800 block of Oakland Street. Police impounded a red 1997 Buick Park Avenue. A violation of a court order was reported on the 2600 block of 1st Street. Fourth-degree... — Updated 3/26/2020


Cheney High gets 11 named to winter sports all-league teams

CHENEY – Cheney High School winter sports teams posted 11 selections to All-Great Northern League teams. Wrestling led the way with nine selections, including five first-team picks, with head coach Jason Connor being named the... — Updated 3/26/2020


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