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 By Roger Harnack    News

McMorris Rodgers to oppose, Newhouse to approve, Electoral College results

UPDATED Jan. 5, 2021 at 3:56 p.m. -- CNN has just released a statement from 5th District Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers that after witnessing the pro-Trump violence in Washington D.C.... — Updated 1/6/2021 Full story

 By Roger Harnack    News

Spokane protesters to rally at liquor board office

SPOKANE - Protesters are expected to pack the parking lot of the Liquor and Cannabis Board office at 11:45 a.m. Monday, Jan. 4, to rally for restaurants and taverns trying to keep indoor table service - and their businesses -... — Updated 1/5/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Gov. Inslee extends shutdown to Jan. 11

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee this morning extended his coronavirus lockdown measures until 11:59 p.m. Jan. 11, “unless otherwise extended.” Jan. 11 is the opening day of the upcoming legislative session, and Democrats Sen. Andy... — Updated 12/30/2020


Wolffy's Burgers gets creative amidst indoor dining restrictions

AIRWAY HEIGHTS-When Gov. Jay Inslee's updated mandates shut down indoor dining in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and its rising totals in November, Justin and Jessica Davis, owners o... — Updated 12/30/2020

 By Derek Johnson    News


A bull moose takes a rest at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge near Cheney last week.... — Updated 12/30/2020


Zero transmission

CHENEY — One could forgive school officials if they choose to take a victory lap around the 365-square-mile district. In presenting COVID-19 information and contract tracing data to the school board at its Dec. 16 meeting, Assist... — Updated 12/30/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News

The Black Diamond still offering inside service

SPOKANE VALLEY — Despite 447 coronavirus-related complaints about businesses in Spokane Valley between Oct. 1 and Dec. 15, at least one local entrepreneur is keeping his doors open for inside eating and drinking. The Black... — Updated 12/30/2020

 By Jana Mathia    News

Inmate found dead in Whitman County Jail

COLFAX — A Pullman man being held in the Whitman County Jail on charges of kidnapping, attempted murder and three counts of assault committed suicide Saturday afternoon, Dec. 26. Jose Chagollan-Flores, 35, was found hanging from... — Updated 12/30/2020

 By The Gazette    News

Information wanted in two eagle shootings

STARBUCK — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking information on the shooting of a bald eagle and a golden eagle. The first bird was found near Payne Hollow, close to the Columbia-Walla Walla county line two weeks... — Updated 12/30/2020


ML board approves district report card, chooses 2021 roles

MEDICAL LAKE—The board approved the district’s 2019-2020 report card and disbursed board roles for 2021 in a quick meeting Dec. 22 that was over in 15 minutes before everyone wished each other a “Merry Christmas” and... — Updated 12/30/2020

 By Jamie Henneman    News

State takes over wolf management

COLVILLE--The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced in late October that it would be removing endangered species protections for wolves in the lower 48 states, essentially turning management of the predator fully to the state.... — Updated 12/30/2020

 By The Gazette    News

One dead in apparent murder-suicide

OAKESDALE — An elderly resident is dead and his wife hospitalized following an apparent murder-suicide attempt at 1:04 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26. The 82-year-old man was found dead inside his East Bartlett Street home, according to... — Updated 12/30/2020


Medical Lake businesses offer mixed messages

MEDICAL LAKE — Gerri Johnson from Medical Lake’s Farm Salvation business traces her retail roots back to the time when her family operated a small business Spokane. And she’s translated that experience to today as she tries... — Updated 12/30/2020


Cheney Merchants Association head senses the struggle

CHENEY — Among the hats that Doug LaBar wears, along with that of owner of Mason Jar, is captain — well president — of the Cheney Merchants Association. While LaBar has his finger directly on the pulse of his own business,... — Updated 12/30/2020


Airway Heights sets final 2021 budget

AIRWAY HEIGHTS—Council approved the final 2021 budget in its last meeting of the year, a Dec. 21 legislative session. The final budget includes several amendments from the original proposed 2021 budget, in both revenues and... — Updated 12/30/2020


Vehicle prowls on the rise over Christmas weekend

CHENEY — A rash of vehicle prowls at local apartment complexes has police urging residents to lock up their vehicles. Vehicle prowls were reported Dec. 25, 26 and 27, according to police records. “There were five with items... — Updated 12/30/2020


West Plains businesses on Gov's 'Snitch List'

CHENEY — Gov. Jay Inslee’s so-called “snitch list” shows dozens of complaints have been filed against West Plains businesses and government agencies for allegedly violating coronavirus mandates between Oct. 1 and Dec. 15.... — Updated 12/30/2020


City recognizes Richey, taps Weathers as interim mayor

AIRWAY HEIGHTS - A healthy assortment of city and local representatives, lawmakers and public servants gathered via Zoom as outgoing mayor Kevin Richey was recognized for his 12 yea... — Updated 12/24/2020


West Plains Police News

CHENEY Dec. 14 Sexual exploitation of a minor was reported at an undisclosed location in Cheney. Domestic violence/verbal abuse was reported on the 700 block of Villard Street. Taking motor vehicle without owner’s permission was... — Updated 12/24/2020


Holy resumes on Senate higher education, law and justice legislative committees

OLYMPIA – Sen. Jeff Holy (R-Cheney) will continue in his role as Republican leader on the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee when the Washington... — Updated 12/24/2020


Dec. 31 property tax deadline is approaching fast

SPOKANE COUNTY – Taxpayers have until Dec.31 to pay their second half 2020 property taxes without late interest charges. The fall property tax deadline in Spokane County was previously extended for most taxpayers from Oct. 31 to... — Updated 12/24/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Construction of Rattlesnake Flat wind farm complete

RALSTON — A virtual ribbon cutting ceremony took place Dec. 15 to mark the completion of the 160 MW Rattlesnake Flat Wind Farm. Construction of the 57 wind turbines connected to Avista Utilities’ transmission grid as part of a... — Updated 12/24/2020


ML council approves Lokett water tank lease agreement

MEDICAL LAKE—Council approved a lease agreement with Lokket after the city was contacted by the school district about an opportunity to provide Wi-Fi at no charge to families in need. The agreement was discussed and given the... — Updated 12/24/2020


State of the Cities

Addressing infrastructure needs CHENEY — While it’s been a difficult year, the overall state of the city is good, Mayor Chris Grover told participants at last Wednesday’s virtual “State of the Cities” event sponsored by... — Updated 12/24/2020


COVID vaccine arrives

CHENEY – Doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine hit the tarmac at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Monday - with a final destination in the arms of health care workers and first... — Updated 12/17/2020


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