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 By Drew Lawson    News

Deep Creek Fire burns 109 acres

DEEP CREEK- A blaze that erupted Sunday, Aug. 28, north of U.S. Highway 2 burned 109 acres and two structures, including a shed and barn. The fire was located between Wood Road and... — Updated 9/2/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Lighting up the night sky

Warm temperatures and thunderstorms combined to bring event lightning to the area several nights last week. Pictured, lightning illuminates the sky south of Cheney last... — Updated 9/2/2022

 By Cheney Free Press    News

Heat wave hits

CHENEY – A late summer heat wave was expected to hit much of Eastern Washington, including Cheney and areas to the south, on Wednesday. In advance of the heat wave, the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory that was to... — Updated 9/2/2022

 By Cheney Free Press    News

Policeman guilty of sex crime

SPOKANE – A former police officer has been found guilty of sex crimes while serving the city . A jury found Nathan R. Nash, 38, was guilty of second-degree rape with aggravating circumstances and third-degree rape, court records... — Updated 9/2/2022


Daring duo

Bullfighters dodge a charging bull during the Sunday night performance of the Lincoln County Rodeo. The event included several West Plains competitors, including Ty Uherek and... — Updated 9/2/2022



Fire District No. 3’s proposition No. 1 on the Aug. 2 general election ballot did not pass. The measure received 53.48% support with 3,960 votes. To pass, the measure needed a 60% supermajority. The information was incorrect in... — Updated 9/2/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Wright name 'canceled' at Fairchild AFB

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE – The military leader who led U.S. Calvary troops to victory in the Battle of Four Lakes and the Battle of the Spokane Plains is being “canceled” on... — Updated 8/26/2022


USDA offers conservation help

SPOKANE VALLEY – The deadline to apply for the 2023 USDA Conservation Stewardship Program is Oct. 13. The program is open to producers seeking technical and financial assistance with conservation efforts. Under the program,... — Updated 8/25/2022


Solbrack named Papé Machinery Agriculture & Turf general manager

COLFAX – A local man has been named general manager of Papé Machinery Agriculture and Turf division. The firm has promoted Jeff Solbrack of Colfax to general manager of its Walla Walla Region. “Jeff has proven himself as an ex... — Updated 8/25/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Fire District No. 3 levy passes

CHENEY – Voters in Spokane County Fire District No. 3 have approved the tax levy on the Aug. 2 primary election ballot. Proposition No. 1 passed with 3,960 affirmative votes (53.4... — Updated 8/25/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Motel Cheney destroyed by fire

CHENEY – The Motel Cheney was destroyed in an overnight blaze early Tuesday morning, Aug. 23. Late Tuesday afternoon, city firefighters were still on-scene with a ladder truck... — Updated 8/25/2022

 By Paul Delaney    News

Eastern president at podium

New Eastern Washington University President Shari McMahan got to meet and greet members of the West Plains Chamber of Commerce at that group's annual breakfast at Roos Field on... — Updated 8/25/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Driver injured after Jeep hits railroad trestle pillar

SPOKANE – A local man is facing charges after an alleged alcohol-related crash at the Interstate 90-U.S. Highway 195 interchange on Friday, Aug. 19. Thomas L. Moyles, 42, of... — Updated 8/25/2022


West Plains Police News

CHENEY – The Police Department responded to the following calls for service from Aug. 15-22: Aug. 15 Cellphone found in the 100 block of Third Street. Bicycle found in the 600 block of First Street. Harassment in the 2400 block... — Updated 8/25/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Wheat in harvest

A farmer uses his combine to harvest wheat last week near Latah. The wheat harvest is in full swing south and east of Cheney.... — Updated 8/25/2022

 By Reid Thompson    News

Rock Lake area fires extinguished

PINE CITY - Volunteer firefighters from across the county were pitted against two wildfires this past week, successfully extinguishing both with the help of state fire services. On... — Updated 8/18/2022 Full story


Highway blockage

An excavator on a trailer struck an overpass on U.S. Highway 2 west of Fairchild Air Force Base on Monday, Aug. 15. According to the Washington State Patrol, the crash occurred... — Updated 8/18/2022

 By Cheney Free Press    News

B52 bombers visit Fairchild

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE -- Four B-52H Stratofortresses are here through Aug. 19 to participate in the Agile Combat Employment exercised. The bombers from Barksdale Air Force Base... — Updated 8/18/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Cheney woman injured in three-vehicle crash

SPOKANE – A Cheney woman was injured in a fatal, three-vehicle crash early Saturday morning, Aug. 13. According to the Washington State Patrol, Chelsea A. Ross, 37, of Cheney was... — Updated 8/18/2022

 By Drew Lawson    News

Missiles, murders and mystery

BLUESTEM – Entering the missile site owned by Peter Davenport just north of Bluestem Road between the city of Davenport and Harrington requires unlocking two gates and wandering down old roads largely overgrown by sage brush. To... — Updated 8/18/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Heat advisory issued for area

CHENEY – After a brief reprieve from the summer heat, high temperatures were expected to resume Tuesday and remain through the week. The high-heat prompted a heat advisory to be i... — Updated 8/18/2022

 By Cheney Free Press    News

Commerce earmarks $8M for rural broadband

PULLMAN — The state State Department of Commerce will be funding a one-year, $8 million project to improve access to high-speed internet and support to rural and under-served areas of the state. The project will be undertaken by... — Updated 8/18/2022


News Briefs

Ground work underway near casino AIRWAY HEIGHTS – A local development company has applied for a permit to add water and sewer lines and infrastructure to an 89-acre commercial site just west of the city. Grading is already... — Updated 8/18/2022


Grants offered by USDA

The Journal WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will award up to $12 million to increase the use of conservation practices on grazing lands. Ranchers and farmers can apply for the grants through Sept. 22.... — Updated 8/18/2022


West Plains Police News

CHENEY – The Police Department responded to the following calls for service from Aug. 8-16: Aug. 8 Shawn S. Struck, 52, arrested for fourth-degree assault and Bryce D. Smith, 34, arrested for violation of a court order follow in... — Updated 8/18/2022


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