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 By Matthew O. Stephens    News 

Under the Bus

This was one of two city buses that got stuck in the snow on January 6. The winter storm created multiple problems for area drivers and people using public transportation.... — Updated 1/13/2022


City Council Votes On COVID Vaccine Mandate

CHENEY – On Monday Jan. 10 the city council decided how they will handle a COVID-19 vaccine mandate issued by OSHA. Resolution E-959 was approved with a vote of six to one. Jill Weiszmann was the one person who voted against Reso... — Updated 1/13/2022

 By Matthew O. Stephens    News 

Airway council pushes mayoral decision

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – Choosing a council chair and Mayor for Airway Heights was moved to the top of the agenda on January 10, and two individuals were nominated to fill the position for the next two years. Deputy Mayor Veronica... — Updated 1/13/2022


Cheney Schools Stay Open Amidst Omicron Surge

CHENEY – School districts around the nation are once again debating about closing down amidst the latest surge of the newest Coronavirus variant deemed colloquially as omicron. Superintendent Rob Roettger released a statement... — Updated 1/13/2022

 By Matthew O. Stephens    News 

State lawmaker looking to eliminate park fees

OLYMPIA – Washington state has a lot of parks and outdoor recreation areas that require people to either pay for an annual $30 Discover Pass or $10 daily passes to visit certain areas including Washington State Parks such as... — Updated 1/13/2022

 By Azeb Tuji    News 

Legislative session gets underway

OLYMPIA — The state Legislature opened its planned 60-day session Monday, Jan. 10, with legislators saying they want to help strengthen economic well-being, manage COVID-19 risks, provide child care help, support mental health... — Updated 1/13/2022

 By Matthew O. Stephens    News 

West Plains Eagles look to a strong season

CHENEY – The West Plains Eagles are a group of athletes that compete in the Special Olympics competitions, and they represent the Northeast area of Washington state. Brenda Devine, who has been the Program Coordinator for the... — Updated 1/13/2022

 By Matthew O. Stephens    News 

Winter storm hits early in 2022

CHENEY – The Spokane area and west plains saw significant snowfall during the winter storm on January 6, and measurements at the Spokane International Airport show over 5 inches... — Updated 1/13/2022

 By Matthew O. Stephens    News 

King Farms expands into equipment service

MEDICAL LAKE – For over 20 years Jeff King has been following his passion and working with tractors, recreational vehicles, utility trailers, and other farm equipment. Over the last five years King has been working to build the... — Updated 1/13/2022


Open government group continues redistricting lawsuit

OLYMPIA -- The Washington Coalition for Open Government will pursue in Thurston County Superior Court its open meetings lawsuit against the state Redistricting Commission for violating transparency laws. The state Supreme Court... — Updated 1/13/2022

 By Matthew O. Stephens    News 

Dollars for Scholars has successful wreath raffle

MEDICAL LAKE – Medical Lake Dollars for Scholars tried a new approach to fundraising during the holiday season and partnered with multiple local businesses to create a holiday wreath raffle. Steven Meltzer, the group’s... — Updated 1/13/2022


Cheney Connections New Year Update

CHENEY – The city of Cheney has released their Cheney Connections newsletter to keep the community updated on city services, meetings, and other comings and goings. Cheney waste crews are picking up Christmas trees. You can leave... — Updated 1/13/2022


West Plains Police News

CHENEY – Here are the police reports from the Cheney Police Department from Jan. 3 to Jan. 10 Jan. 3 Tools stolen from vehicle on the 700 block of Villard Street. License plate stolen from the 1000 block of Betz Road. Jan. 4... — Updated 1/13/2022

 By Matthew O. Stephens    News 

News Briefs

SPOKANE – The Spokane County Library District has announced Beanstack’s 5th Annual Winter Reading Challenge, “Read for a Better World.” A press release from the district said, “A New Year’s resolution of reading more... — Updated 1/13/2022


City Employee Vaccine Mandate Debate Continues

CHENEY – Cheney’s city council is once again debating the efficacy of vaccine mandates amongst themselves and concerned citizens. The Dec. 28 city council meeting started with some routine business before things heated up when... — Updated 1/6/2022


Two Cardinal JV wrestlers take first

HANFORD – Hudson Raulston and Aden Carl from Medical Lake both won their respective weight divisions during the Winter Cup wrestling tournament in Hanford. Overall Medical Lake placed tenth. Raulston wrestled in the 113-pound... — Updated 1/6/2022


Three poached bull elk found on private land

SPOKANE COUNTY- Three Elk were found shot and abandoned on private land roughly 200 yards off the corner of Marsh and Adams Road in Fairfield. At approximately 11:30 AM, Jan. 2, Jason Shuman (Fairfield), discovered three elk lying... — Updated 1/6/2022


Winter Wonderland

This photo taken on New Year's Day shows how Mystic Falls in Spokane is a sight to behold when frozen and is conveniently only 20 minutes from Cheney. It is a great place for an... — Updated 1/6/2022


News Briefs

Spokane District Library announcement SPOKANE – The Spokane County Library District has announced Beanstack’s 5th Annual Winter Reading Challenge, “Read for a Better World.” A press release from the district said, “A New... — Updated 1/6/2022


City Council Meeting Briefs

CHENEY – Here are all of the other resolutions and topics the city council discussed during the Dec. 28 meeting The fire district for the city of Cheney presented a budget amendment to increase the wages of two key positions at... — Updated 1/6/2022


Airway companies penalized for import violations

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – Three companies local to the area have been recently penalized according to records obtained from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Northern Imports LLC located in Airway Heights was issued a... — Updated 1/6/2022


Semi crash sends one to hospital

SPOKANE – Eastbound traffic on Interstate 90 was completely blocked for hours due to a crash near the Garden Springs exit that was caused by a semi driving too fast for conditions according to the accident report. 36-year-old... — Updated 1/6/2022

 By Sarah Stephens    News

Presents with a Purpose Serves 80 Cheney students this year

Former long time Cheney resident Andrew Graham, 26, is a real estate agent who is still making a difference in his hometown with Presents With a Purpose. His organization began... — Updated 1/6/2022

 By Olivia Harnack    News

Kennewick woman killed in crash

FOUR LAKES - A fatal New Year's Eve crash on Friday, Dec. 31, blocked traffic in the high-speed lanes of Interstate 90 Angela Kondratyuk, 28, of Kennewick, died of injuries she sust... — Updated 1/6/2022


Medical Lake swears in, Mayor, council members

MEDICAL LAKE – Terri Cooper was sworn in as the newly elected mayor of Medical Lake, and two new members of city council also recited their respective oath of office. Dawn Olmstead and Bob Maxwell are the two newest council... — Updated 1/6/2022


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