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Arrest made in Deep Creek area shooting incident

DEEP CREEK -- Spokane County Sheriff's Office deputies have arrested a 51-year-old man in connection with a shooting incident Tuesday night north of U.S. Highway 2 and Brooks Road.... — Updated 2/18/2020


Comments sought on Interstate 90 improvements

SPOKANE – The public is invited to provide feedback on options to improve safety while considering conservation of basalt rock along a 15-mile stretch of Interstate 90, just west of Spokane in the Four Lakes and Tyler area. IN a... — Updated 2/12/2020


Cheney crime declines

CHENEY – Crime in the city dropped by almost 10 percent in 2019, something officials attribute mainly to one aspect of the city’s police department — it’s size. The department has been able to hire some new patrol officers... — Updated 2/7/2020


Reported cougar attack near Cheney-Spokane Road likely coyote

CHENEY – Reports of a possible cougar attack off of Cheney-Spokane Road last week may have actually been something a bit less sinister but no less dangerous. Social media accounts on Wednesday reported a “confirmed cougar... — Updated 2/6/2020


Council OKs purchase of $70,000-plus pickup truck

CHENEY – Purchasing was on the minds and agenda of the City Council at their meeting on Jan. 28. The council approved a request from the Light Department to purchase a 2020 F550 Ford pickup modified for use as a dump truck and... — Updated 2/6/2020


Spokane Tribe Casino partners with Shock football

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – The Spokane Tribe of Indians and the new Spokane Shock Indoor Football League (IFL) franchise have announced a collaboration that includes naming the team’s... — Updated 2/6/2020


WDFW seeks hunting season comments

OLYMPIA — The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking public comments on proposed recommendations for 2020-2021 hunting seasons, according to a press release. Between Feb. 6 – Feb. 26, WDFW will accept... — Updated 2/6/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News

Franklin County Republicans back Rep. Shea

PASCO — Franklin County Republicans joined the growing call Tuesday night, Feb. 4, to have Rep. Matt Shea reinstated to his previous party and committee statuses. The embattled Shea, accused of being a domestic terrorist, was pre... — Updated 2/5/2020


Free Press Publishing hires new editor for Davenport Times

DAVENPORT – A local man has been hired as the new editor of the Davenport Times. Chris Person, 40, took over the newsroom Jan. 20. "This is a great opportunity to integrate and... — Updated 2/5/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News

Four senators apparently don't want to hear directly from voters

OLYMPIA — Four Western Washington senators apparently don't want to hear what voters think of tax and fee increases approved by the Legislature. They are co-sponsoring a bill to... — Updated 2/5/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News

Washtucna woman killed in crash

WASHTUCNA — A local resident was killed and another injured in a head-on crash Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 5. Sally J. Graves, 76, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash near Milepost 57 on state Highway 261, the Washington... — Updated 2/5/2020 Full story


Cheney places boys basketball coach on administrative leave

CHENEY – Blackhawks boys basketball head coach Frankie Keplinger has been placed on administrative leave, according to a statement from school district officials, while an... — Updated 2/3/2020 Full story


West Plains Police News

CHENEY Jan. 21 Police conducted a welfare check on the 700 block of West 1st Street. Taking motor vehicle without owner’s permission was reported on the 2800 block of 1st Street. A 1994 Mazda pickup was taken. It was recovered... — Updated 1/30/2020


Legislature hears ideas to pay for roads

OLYMPIA – Washington state lawmakers will consider a gradual transition from the state’s current gasoline tax to a system that would charge drivers fees based on how many miles they travel. This comes amid rising concerns over... — Updated 1/30/2020

 By Lee Hughes    News

County Fire District 3 renovating for the future

CHENEY/MEDICAL LAKE — Spokane County Fire District 3 and the community it serves is growing, and the department is busy making room for its expanding staff in Medical Lake and at... — Updated 1/30/2020

 By Lee Hughes    News

Medical Lake accepts road improvement grants

MEDICAL LAKE —A full City Council, including newly elected councilman Art Kulibert attending his first meeting, took 15 minutes to work through a short agenda at its regular Tuesd... — Updated 1/30/2020

 By Lee Hughes    News

Sleeping burglar awakened by deputies

SPOKANE COUNTY — Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a burglar caught sleeping in a spare bedroom, then linked the suspect to two other nearby burglaries, according to a... — Updated 1/30/2020

 By Lee Hughes    News

Lawsuit against Spokane Gun Club fails

MEDICAL LAKE — A lawsuit filed in Spokane Superior Court contesting Spokane County’s removal of a no-shooting designation ahead of development of the Spokane Gun Club’s... — Updated 1/30/2020


At home solo

Cheney Middle School honors choir soloists Tailasha Bear (front) and Taryn Mullins (rear) sing their parts during a performance of “Homeward Bound.” The choir performed what... — Updated 1/30/2020


Raising the roof

Medical Lake students try to out-yell their Cheney counterparts during a competition that was part of last Saturday’s annual Golden Feather Spirit Game between the two schools.... — Updated 1/29/2020


Snow protocol - or who does what when the white stuff falls

CHENEY – While temperatures are warming, with the end of winter still officially over two months away the chances are still good the area will see more snow - including some heavy snowfalls. For instance, after a fairly dry... — Updated 1/26/2020


Working the halls in Olympia

OLYMPIA – With the Legislature in session for a short 60 days, most of the action will be pretty fast and furious, with 150 bills having already been pre-filed for consideration. Seven of those belong to 6th District Sen. Jeff... — Updated 1/26/2020

 By Lee Hughes    News

Footprints in snow lead to Medical Lake prowler arrest

MEDICAL LAKE — A Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy arrested an alleged vehicle prowler after backtracking the man’s footprints in the snow early Monday morning, Jan. 13. Deputy... — Updated 1/23/2020


Council delays Mary Street easement

CHENEY – The City Council unanimously approved extending a public hearing on a request to vacate a portion of a city right of way on 1st Street in order to make a more sellable piece of property for the owner of two adjacent... — Updated 1/23/2020

 By Lee Hughes    News

Long-time Medical Lake city attorney retiring

MEDICAL LAKE — After 37 years as the city’s legal representative, city attorney Cynthia McMullen is hanging it up — finally. Hired by Mayor Don Johns as city attorney and pro... — Updated 1/23/2020


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