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Engine ordered, fire department looks at other needs in 2019

One of the Cheney Fire Department’s major accomplishments for 2018 was actually taken care of in October 2017. That was when the City Council pulled the trigger on purchasing the department’s...

 

Life inside the flames: What I learned from West Plains firefighters

"Never let the fire get behind you." The words imparted to me by Airway Heights Fire Department training chief Alex Turner echoed in my brain, bouncing back and forth between my ears until I was sure...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    November 29, 2018

Say again? Curling nationals coming to Cheney

Many people find it surprising that Cheney has an ice rink in the first place. It’s one of just four sheets of ice — Spokane’s ice ribbon not included — in an area between here and Coeur...

 

SO JUST WHAT IS CURLING?

Curling is a sport in which players slide stones on a sheet of ice towards a target area which is segmented into four concentric circles. It is related to shuffleboard. Two teams, each with four players, take turns sliding heavy,...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    November 29, 2018

Targeted development

Ground was recently broken on a new business in Cheney’s Commerce and Industrial Park. JC Steel Targets is a Cheney-business relocating and expanding into a 5,000 square foot facility in the...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    November 29, 2018

Medical Lake council moves ahead with budget

Maybe it was the tug-o-war and preparation for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Or, perhaps, the fact that the front door of City Hall remained inadvertently locked? Or it could be that having had the opportunity Nov. 6 for input on the city’s...

 

Airway Heights fields recreation center question and answers

With the Airway Heights Recreation Complex’s opening looming on the horizon — and the under-construction building doing some looming of its own — the city’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department hosted a question and answer...

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Nov. 19 Domestic violence/verbal dispute was reported on the 1000 block of Betz Road. Nov. 20 An MP3 player was found on the 500 block of First Street. Second-degree theft was reported on the 400 block of North Sixth Street. Unauthorized use o...

 

Fairchild hit with second lawsuit

Two West Plains landowners have filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the federal government in the aftermath of the area’s water contamination, alleging that officials at Fairchild Air Force Base used the fire retardant irresponsibly and...

 

Nickel and dime plans

Without large-item dealerships to bring in huge sales tax amounts, the city of Cheney has had to rely on construction projects, dedicated fees and taxes along with grants to pay for things like public safety, street improvements and its...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    November 22, 2018

Dogs' silo ordeal earns them 'Hambone Award'

First and foremost, Zeus and Ziva, survived the ordeal that saw them lost for 22 days, trapped in a deactivated Nike air defense missile facility beyond their backyard fence in Medical Lake. But... Full story

 

Cheney City Council approves Harvest Bluff final plat

Cheney’s City Council voted unanimously at its Nov. 13 meeting to extend final plat approval on phase four of the Harvest Bluff subdivision. Located across Betz Road from Cheney Middle School, Harvest Bluff is a 136-lot, single-family dwelling...

 

Housing is biggest issue at Fairchild Air Force Base

The new commander of Fairchild Air Force Base addressed West Plains Chamber of Commerce members at their monthly breakfast on Nov. 14, telling them to anticipate even more new growth to the region as...

 

Local firefighter motorcycle club donates to Cheney charities

The Knights of Inferno Firefighter Motorcycle Club presented a substantial donation to two local charitable organizations Nov. 15 at the American Legion Hall Post 72 in Cheney. In total, the club...

 

Airway Heights council approves de-icing equipment

The Airway Heights City Council approved the purchase of salt-brine production equipment to help with snow removal in the upcoming winter months, and tabled a discussion on whether to allow an interfund loan between the Water/Sewer Fund and the...

 

Senate Republicans' plan addresses affordable-housing problem in Washington state 

OLYMPIA — Senate Republicans announced Nov. 13 that they will introduce a package of bills in 2019 to address one of the main causes of Washington’s homelessness problem: the lack of affordable and available housing. At a news conference held at...

 

Arrest made in May 2017 murder

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office major crimes detectives, continuing to investigate the suspicious death of Brenda L. Brown, arrested 49-year-old Ronald A. Beck Nov. 19.  A family member of Brown reported the incident after finding her deceased...

 

SWAT team calendar is available

 Members of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team are currently selling 2019 calendars for $15 each with all proceeds to benefit local charities. There is a limited number of the calendars available and they can be found at the following...

 

Pair of races too close to call

Two local races remain too close to call just one week after last Tuesday’s general election. On the West Plains, the state 6th District House of Representative Position 2 contest between Dave Wilson and Jenny Graham remains close, with Graham...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    November 15, 2018

ML council swings into budgeting

This time of year has football, basketball and hockey seasons. It’s also holiday season of course. And for places like the city of Medical Lake, it’s the start of budget season, as was the case at the Nov. 6 City Council meeting. Along with...

 

Cheney well redrilling proceeding smoothly

City of Cheney officials hope that, with some luck, they will soon be doing pump testing on the city's redrilled well 3. As of Nov. 13, crews with Blue Star Enterprises had reached a depth of 700...

 

Large floral distributor opens location in West Plains

There's old adage that tells us to bloom where we are planted, and a popular coastal floral distributer has chosen to plant a new location smack in the middle of the West Plains, hopeful that it will...

 

Human remains found near transient camp off I-90 near SR-902

A routine inspection of the area surrounding Exit 272 on Interstate 90 at State Route 902 revealed the body of an unidentified man at a transient camp. According to a news release from the office of the Spokane County Sheriff, at about 10 a.m. on...

 

Kenworth Sales Company to relocate to West Plains

Spokane business Kenworth Sales Company is making plans to move out to the West Plains, going so far as to build a new warehouse from the ground up to house their operations, which will eventually provide jobs for about 150 employees. Kenworth is a...

 

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