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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Officials explain regional housing issues to West Plains Chamber

WEST PLAINS — According to several local officials, housing availability in the area — and particularly the West Plains — ranges from “grossly inadequate” to even worse. “We have a housing crisis,” Tom Hormel,... — Updated 2/27/2021

 
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West Plains Police News

CHENEY Feb. 15 Trespassing was reported on the 2200 block of 1st Street. Third-degree theft was reported on the 1000 block of Betz Road. Tools were taken from a vehicle. Feb. 16 Third-degree malicious mischief/domestic violence... — Updated 2/25/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Council chooses Pritchard to fill vacant seat

MEDICAL LAKE – After first meeting for 10 minutes in executive session, City Council members voted returned to open session at their Feb. 16 meeting and voted unanimously to name Chad Pritchard to the vacant council Position 7... — Updated 2/25/2021

 

Spokane County Library District to re-open buildings to the public

SPOKANE COUNTY — Library district officials have announced that all libraries in the county will re-open buildings to the public on Monday, March 8. “We are looking forward to opening and assisting library customers in... — Updated 2/25/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Learning Cheney is at your fingertips

CHENEY — If you want to learn more about your house, the land it sits on or some other dwelling or parcel in the city — and more — that information is only a couple computer... — Updated 2/25/2021

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News 

Plenty on AWH council plates for March 1 meeting

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — There’s homework aplenty for members of the Airway Heights City Council — even the new ones — following a Feb. 22 study session. In a lengthy 2-hour session, the deliberative board for the city’s... — Updated 2/25/2021

 
 By Paul Delaney    News 

Clearing the way

Eastern Washington University grounds crews plow new snow at Roos Field last Friday, Feb. 19, in order to prepare the red turf for football practice. The Eagles open their... — Updated 2/25/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

No Ball and Dodd deal

MEDICAL LAKE — City Council members voted unanimously at their Feb. 16 meeting to turn down an offer by national retailer Dollar General to purchase the former Ball and Dodd Funeral Home property at the southwest corner of the... — Updated 2/25/2021

 

I-90 collision partially blocks lanes

GEIGER HEIGHTS -- Washington State Patrol is reporting a three-vehicle collision that is partially blocking several lanes on Interstate 90 near milepost 274, three miles west of Spokane. The accident occurred at 8:21 a.m. Two... — Updated 2/25/2021 Full story

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

Council approves fire grant application

CHENEY - Fire Department officials are pursuing another engine upgrade, but this time are looking to the federal government for funding assistance. At the Feb. 9 meeting, City Council gave approval to Fire Chief Tom Jenkins to purs... — Updated 2/22/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Help comes to Malden

MALDEN – Mayor Dan Harwood accepted a $20,000 check Tuesday, Feb. 16, on behalf of the Fire Department. The donation from the Washington Fire Chiefs association was presented to t... — Updated 2/18/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Roundabout tip-over

A 52-foot gooseneck vehicle hauler and pickup tipped over Wednesday evening, Feb. 10, in the roundabout at the intersection of state Highway 902, West Geiger Boulevard and West... — Updated 2/18/2021

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News

Bubb, Malet to fill Airway council slots

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — Art Bubb and Dave Malet were chosen out of a pool of six finalists at the Feb. 16 meeting to fill two vacancies on the Airway Heights City Council. On a motion by councilmember Veronica Messing, Bubb will fill... — Updated 2/18/2021

 

Senate panel approves Holy bills addressing COVID-19 issues

OLYMPIA - Two bills sponsored by 6th District Sen. Jeff Holy addressing issues arising since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic have been approved by the Senate Labor, Commerce... — Updated 2/18/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

Medical Lake receives fire dispatch refund

MEDICAL LAKE — City coffers were expanded a bit by an unexpected financial surprise recently. At the Feb. 2 City Council meeting, Spokane County District 3 Fire Chief Cody Rohrbach told members that with the coming online of the... — Updated 2/18/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

Council approves city fuel upgrade

CHENEY — The City Council gave its blessings to an expansion of the Public Works fuel station, a renewing of the annual powerline clearance contract and reviewing proposals for a photovoltaic facility at the wastewater treatment... — Updated 2/18/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

Cheney Multicare physical therapy closes

CHENEY – Officials at Multicare / Rockwood have confirmed that the organization’s physical therapy clinic at 1727 1st St. has been closed permanently. “In an effort to streamline our physical therapy services, MultiCare... — Updated 2/18/2021

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Feb. 8 A wallet, identification and credit/debit cards were found on the 600 block of West 1st Street. Second-degree theft was reported on the 600 block of Marcella Avenue. Clothing, sunglasses, backpack, tools, cash and a... — Updated 2/18/2021

 
 By Sydney Brown    News

Mandated homeless shelters draw criticism

OLYMPIA — Senate Bill 5107 would require counties with populations exceeding 50,000 to establish emergency housing and homeless shelters. The bill sponsored by Sen. Phil Fortunato, R-Auburn would also require mental health,... — Updated 2/18/2021

 

Avista hosts public meeting on integrated resource plans

SPOKANE — Avista Utilities is hosting a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 5-7 p.m. to gather public feedback on its electric and natural gas integrated resource plans. The integrated resource plan (IRP) looks at... — Updated 2/18/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

Outlining a recreational future

CHENEY – City officials are in the process of updating the 10-year parks and recreation comprehensive plan — and they want to know what residents think and would like to see in... — Updated 2/16/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

Cheney, Medical Lake school levies passing

WEST PLAINS — Cheney and Medical Lake school districts’ Educational Programs and Operations levies were passing with comfortable majorities on Tuesday night — but not quite as comfortable as similar levies three years ago.... — Updated 2/11/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

Occupancy, water conservation ordinances head to council

CHENEY — The Planning Commission is advancing two ordinances, one dealing with residential occupancy and one with water conservation measures including landscaping limitations, to the City Council for consideration at upcoming me... — Updated 2/11/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

Council candidates present themselves

MEDICAL LAKE – Four candidates vying for a vacant seat on the dais introduced themselves and described what they expected to bring to council to current members at the Feb. 2 meeting. Health Wilbur, Howard Griffith, Chrystal... — Updated 2/11/2021

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News

AWH council candidates make their pitches

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — On Feb. 1 the Airway Heights City Council learned about the 13 candidates who had tossed their names into consideration to fill a pair of openings on their panel. Later in executive session that list was down to... — Updated 2/11/2021

 

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