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 By John McCallum    News 

Highest daily total for coronavirus recorded

SPOKANE – Regional Health District officials announced today another 23 confirmed new positive cases of the novel coronavirus and the disease it carries, COVID-19. The new cases bring the county total so far during the pandemic t... — Updated 5/27/2020

 
 By Brock Hires    News 

Lawsuit against Gov. Inslee delayed

OKANOGAN — A lawsuit filed Friday in Douglas County against Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home order was continued to 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 29, in Okanogan County Superior Court this morning. The case was moved to Okanogan County... — Updated 5/27/2020

 
 By John McCallum    News 

Report: COVID-19 spread increasing in Eastern Washington

CAMP MURRAY, WASH. – A report released late Tuesday evening, May 26, indicates that transmission of the coronavirus and the disease it carries, COVID-19, is trending upwards in counties east of the Cascade Mountains. The report a... — Updated 5/27/2020

 
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Cheney hit with unemployment fraud

CHENEY – A financial fraud apparently launched in Africa has found its way to the West Plains. According to police, so far at least 18 incidents have been reported of an unemployment scam authorities are calling very... — Updated 5/27/2020

 

Spokane County gets OK to go to Phase 2

CAMP MURRAY -- Spokane County has received approval of its variance application to move to Phase 2 of the state's reopening plan from restrictions imposed to battle the spread of coronavirus. Other counties eligible for the... — Updated 5/22/2020

 

Two dead in head-on crash on I-90 east of Moses Lake

MOSES LAKE — Two people were killed in a head-on crash in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 90, about four miles east of the city about 2:37 p.m. Monday, May 18. Robert J. Miller, 59, of Auburn, and Emanuel G. Schaible, 87, of... — Updated 5/22/2020

 
 By John McCallum    News 

A more solemn Memorial Day

WEST PLAINS – Like many other things in life right now, Memorial Day is going to look different this year. All three cemeteries on the West Plains have canceled their respective observances due to prohibitions on large... — Updated 5/22/2020

 

Memorial Day closures, service changes

WEST PLAINS – Government offices in Airway Heights, Cheney and Medical Lake will be closed Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. Additionally, garbage and recycling collections will be delayed. In Cheney, residential... — Updated 5/21/2020

 
 By Wes Willand    News 

No play date

West Plains resident Wesley Willand took his grandson Race Cantagallo by Snowdon Elementary School on Hallett Road Saturday where the youngster couldn’t resist demonstrating his... — Updated 5/21/2020

 

Sheriff's Office seeks DOC escapee whereabouts

SPOKANE -- The Spokane County Sheriff's Office Property Crimes Task Force is asking for the public's help to find the following wanted fugitive. Douglas J. Farmer is wanted for... — Updated 5/21/2020

 
 By John McCallum    News 

Dogs needed to cheer up Care Center residents

CHENEY – Cheney Care Center recreation director Kris Bahr wanted to do something to cheer up the residents who have been prevented from going outside the care facility since early March due to coronavirus restrictions. She... — Updated 5/21/2020

 
 By Katie Teachout    News

Apprehended

PORTLAND, Ore. - A man wanted in connection with the shooting death of his father in Ritzville remained in the Multnomah County Inverness Jail on Tuesday morning, booked on several... — Updated 5/21/2020

 
 By JEREMY BURNHAM    News 

Airway Heights accepts, spends, $50,000 grant

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — The Airway Heights city council voted unanimously earlier this month to accept a $50,000 grant from the state of Washington. Minutes later, the council voted to apply the grant as a payment to an existing... — Updated 5/21/2020

 
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West Plains Police News

CHENEY May 11  Residential burglary was reported on the zero hundred block of Erie Street. A wallet and its contents and a video game system were taken and recovered on May 16 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho by CDA police. An... — Updated 5/21/2020

 
 By JEREMY BURNHAM    News 

New 'Phase 2' variance criteria allows Spokane County to apply to reopen

SPOKANE — Spokane County is one of 10 counties that can now apply to move on to Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s plan to reopen Washington’s economy. The new criteria allow counties to apply to reopen if they have fewer than 10... — Updated 5/21/2020

 
 By John McCallum    News 

Lenny's in Cheney closes for good

CHENEY – A dining favorite in the city has shut its doors permanently. Lenny's American and Italian Fine Cuisine on 1st Street has officially closed. While a post on the... — Updated 5/21/2020

 
 By John McCallum    News 

Council extends data contract with Kalispel Tribe

CHENEY – The City Council found its way to doing some non-coronavirus related business last Tuesday night, passing resolutions approving project engineering services, building a wall on a Light Department building, entering into... — Updated 5/21/2020

 

The day the mountain roared and the base went dark

Editor's note: This story was originally published in March 2017 for the Cheney Free Press's special section commemorating the 75th anniversary of the founding of Fairchild Air... — Updated 5/20/2020

 
 By John McCallum    News

The day a mountain came to Cheney

Sunday, May 18, 1980 was a warm, cloudless day in the Inland Northwest. For Tom Trulove, that meant mowing the lawn. Pushing the mower in his front yard, the Eastern Washington... — Updated 5/19/2020

 

Whitman County enters Phase 2 reopening

COLFAX — The state Secretary of Health has approved a Phase 2 waiver request for Whitman County, effective immediately, Friday, May 15. The request for a variance of quarantine orders comes two days after the county sought to... — Updated 5/15/2020

 

Free drive-in theater springs up in Moscow

MOSCOW, Idaho — A free drive-in movie theater will be set up in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center gravel parking lot for the next four Saturdays. The Moscow Drive-In gate opens at... — Updated 5/15/2020

 
 By John McCallum    News

Blackhawks drive-in commencement

CHENEY – High school officials are hoping a plan they have submitted for holding commencement will receive official state approval. At the Wednesday, May 13, school board... — Updated 5/15/2020

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY May 4 Dumping was reported on the 700 block of 1st Street Domestic violence/verbal dispute was reported on the 1100 block of 1st Street. A 16-year-old female and a 15-year-old female were arrested for minor in possession on... — Updated 5/14/2020

 
 By John McCallum    News

A fuzzy economic vision for West Plains

WEST PLAINS – Even under normal circumstances, municipal budget experts are cautious about their revenue projections — often preferencing statements with “We think” or “We hope.” A global pandemic is certainly not a... — Updated 5/14/2020

 
 By JEREMY BURNHAM    News

Hike on: Turnbull Wildlife Refuge open

CHENEY — With Gov. Inslee relaxing some restrictions on outdoor activities, people are free to visit many local, state and national parks and recreational areas. One new restriction that is in place is that people recreate close... — Updated 5/14/2020

 

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