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SR 902 in Medical Lake to close for railroad crossing replacement

MEDICAL LAKE — Travelers using State Route 902 will experience detours and delays due to railroad crossing replacement. The closure will begin at 5 p.m., Wednesday, June 23, until 5 p.m., Friday, June 25. Contractor crews... — Updated 6/23/2021


Excessive heat warning issued through June 29

SPOKANE -- The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Central and Eastern Washington as well as North Idaho as temperatures are predicted to climb into... — Updated 6/22/2021

 By John McCallum    News 

Rollover accident in Cheney

CHENEY -- Police and Fire Department personnel are currently onsite of a rollover accident near Oak and North 5th streets. Roads in the area have been blocked off. This is a... — Updated 6/18/2021

 By John McCallum    News 

Stealing from the community

CHENEY - Sue Beeman and other Cheney Depot Society members have a message to the individual, or individuals who recently stole bricks from the site of the relocated historic... — Updated 6/18/2021


Spokane County holds free PPE distribution for small businesses, non-profits

From staff and news sources SPOKANE COUNTY — Spokane County is holding free Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) distribution events to assist small businesses and non-profits continue operations to keep employees and the public... — Updated 6/18/2021

 By John McCallum    News 

Council sets in-person meetings

CHENEY — The City Council took steps at their June 8 meeting to resume holding its regular meetings in-person. Like all other legislative bodies, Cheney’s City Council has been holding its twice-monthly meetings remotely via... — Updated 6/17/2021


Driver killed in collision near South Thomas Mallon Road

WEST PLAINS — An adult male was killed in a one-car accident last Thursday evening, June 10, near South Thomas Mallon Road. According to a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office release, emergency personnel responded to a report of a... — Updated 6/17/2021


Avista customers in Rosalia and surrounding area to experience a planned power outage

SPOKANE — Approximately Avista electric customers in Rosalia, Malden, Pine City and the surrounding area will experience a planned power outage on Thursday, June 24. The planned outage will begin at 10 p.m. and end at 6 a.m. on... — Updated 6/17/2021


Medical Lake man injured in fiery SR 902 crash

MEDICAL LAKE — A local man was arrested after a fiery crash on State Route 902 last Friday night. According to the Washington State Patrol, 28-year-old Dustin Williams of Medical Lake was on SR 902 five miles west of Medical... — Updated 6/17/2021


West Plains Police News

CHENEY June 7 Police assisted Spokane County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a domestic violence investigation on the 400 block of North 6th Street. Domestic violence/verbal dispute was reported on the 200 block of North 11th... — Updated 6/17/2021


Small business workshops, online training resources boost know-how

SPOKANE — When local businesses thrive, the whole community thrives. That’s why Spokane County Library District is offering workshops, resources and services dedicated to businesses, entrepreneurs, and their employees. This... — Updated 6/17/2021

 By Paul Delaney    News 

EWU trustees OK staying in 'Sky, D-I

CHENEY — In what might be considered a strong show of support for the future of athletics at Eastern Washington University, the school’s Board of Trustees voted 6-1 during a special June 11 meeting to remain a Division I... — Updated 6/17/2021

 By Paul Delaney    News 

AWH Council ponders public safety funding

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — The idea that Airway Heights remains the fastest growing city in the state of Washington is by now old news. And how city officials continue to wrestle with all that has been the topic of many city council... — Updated 6/17/2021

 By Paul Delaney    News

Public hearing set on county Raceway sale

SPOKANE - There's a red flag waving at the proposed sale of Spokane County Raceway to the Kalispel Tribe. And now, pursuant to Washington state laws, and according to a June 15... — Updated 6/16/2021

 By John McCallum    News

Cheney council holds special meeting June 15

CHENEY -- Changing zoning in the city's Industrial and Commerce Park, how to fund public safety and how to spend almost $3.5 million in American Recovery Plan Act money will be the subject of a June 15 special City Council meeting.... — Updated 6/16/2021

 By John McCallum    News

EWU to now require COVID-19 vaccinations

CHENEY - Eastern Washington University has switched gears and is now requiring students, faculty and staff to get a Covid-19 vaccination. The revised policy and reasons behind it... — Updated 6/14/2021

 By John McCallum    News

Cheney's municipal drinking water gets a passing grade

CHENEY — The city’s drinking water has received the federal Environmental Protection Agency seal of approval when it comes to allowed level of contaminants contained with in the system’s eight wells, five reservoirs and... — Updated 6/14/2021

 By John McCallum    News

A lifetime of West Plains education

CHENEY - Perhaps it's Kaye Aucutt who best summed up retiring Windsor Elementary School Principal Vince Songaylo. "Mr. Area," Windsor's principal prior to Songaylo hiring there in... — Updated 6/10/2021


Department of Ecology issues drought advisory for most of the state

OLYMPIA - Following an extremely dry couple of months, the Department of Ecology has issued a drought advisory for most of Washington state, including all areas east of the Cascade... — Updated 6/10/2021


Rosalia Trestle work may finish June 23

ROSALIA - Crews working on the Rosalia Trestle restoration project expect to wrap up around June 23. In the meantime, motorists on Rosalia Road can expect delays of up to 20... — Updated 6/10/2021


Airway fire damages apartment complex

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — A fire just after midnight on June 7 caused significant damage to six units of the Cedar Summit Estates Apartments at 10620 W.12th Ave. According to Airway Heights Fire Chief Mitch Metzger, there were no... — Updated 6/10/2021


Suspending licenses for not paying fines unconstitutional

OLYMPIA — Drivers whose licenses were suspended because they didn’t pay traffic fines may be able to get back on the road by June 16. A Thurston County Superior Court Judge has ruled that it’s unconstitutional to suspend a... — Updated 6/10/2021


West Plains Police News

CHENEY June 1 Third-degree malicious mischief was reported on the 300 block of Nolan Brown Street. Graffiti was found on a vehicle. Trespassing was reported on the 2600 block of 1st Street. A wallet was found on the 200 block of... — Updated 6/10/2021

 By John McCallum    News

Area fire chiefs enact burn restrictions

SPOKANE COUNTY — Acknowledging that the local wildfire season is “off to a strong start,” area fire chiefs joined together to issue a burn restrictions order last Friday. The order began June 4 and remains in effect... — Updated 6/10/2021


Ninth Circuit rules for Spokane Tribe

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — Let the expansion continue as planned for the Spokane Tribe. Buoyed by a major ruling June 1 from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, the Spokane Tribe of Indians appear to have a clear road... — Updated 6/10/2021


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