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Teen in custody over bomb threat

MEDICAL LAKE – A local boy who remains in the custody of the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center used high school computers to research bomb-making before threatening on social media to blow up the school. The 16-year-old... — Updated 11/11/2021


West Plains Police News

CHENEY — Here are the Police Department’s calls for service for Oct. 25-Nov. 1: Oct. 25 Amy L. Ford, 49, arrested for fourth-degree assault-domestic violence in the 500 block of Cambridge Lane. Vehicle door damaged in the 800... — Updated 11/4/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Smiley raises nearly $2 million in Senate race

ELTOPIA - A local farm girl taking on entrenched Sen. Patty Murray for a U.S. Senate seat has raised almost $2 million in her campaign bid. And Tiffany Smiley added several... — Updated 11/4/2021


Mayor Weathers supports increasing taxes

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – Mayor Sonny Weathers said Monday, Nov. 1, that he supports a 1% tax increase. Deputy Mayor Veronica Messing agreed with him. Weathers’ support of a tax increase came at 5:57 p.m, Monday, during the first... — Updated 11/4/2021 Full story


Airway Heights focuses on diverse housing

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – Developing adequate housing is on the forefront of the minds designing the comprehensive plan for the city. And according to City Planner Heather Trautman, the plan is to develop a variety of housing options. The... — Updated 11/4/2021

 By The Gazette    News

Rep. Schmick calls for repeal of long-term care tax

COLFAX – A local lawmaker is calling for the new long-term care insurance program passed in 2019 to be repealed just as the law goes into effect. Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, joined Rep. Peter Abbarno, R-Centralia, in drafting... — Updated 11/4/2021


News Briefs

Branch libraries to close for Veterans Day CHENEY – Spokane County Library District branch libraries will be closed Thursday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day. Libraries in Cheney and Medical Lake will both be shuttered... — Updated 11/4/2021


Airway Heights moving to build schools

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – Plans are in the works for a second elementary school and eventually a new middle and high school in the city. The topic was discussed by local leaders Oct.19. Principal Planner Heather Trautman said the Cheney... — Updated 11/4/2021


Broadband, business and utility assistance considered

MEDICAL LAKE – Mayor Shirley Maike requested council help categorize funding from the American Rescue Plan Act during a meeting Tuesday, Nov. 2. She also advocated utility and small business assistance when Councilwoman Heather... — Updated 11/4/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Pandemic politics

CHENEY – Pandemic politics may have cost two incumbent School Board members their seats in the Tuesday, Nov. 2 general election. As of press time, incumbents Marcie Estrellado... — Updated 11/4/2021


Elections 2021

CHENEY – Here are the initial Spokane County results of the Tuesday, Nov. 2 general election. Some elections include areas of adjacent counties; those counties’ results are not included. State Advisory No. 36 · Repealed... — Updated 11/4/2021


Man held on $1 million bail in slaying

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – A Spokane man is being held in the Spokane County Jail on $1 million bail in connection with the killing of a local teenager a year ago. John Brooks Eisenman, 60, is charged with first-degree murder in the... — Updated 11/4/2021

 By Sarah Stephens    News

Cheney hosting three Danish students

CHENEY – A trio of 16-year-old foreign exchange students from Denmark are living here with host families and studying at Cheney High School this year. Camilla Eriksen of Aarhus,... — Updated 11/4/2021


Challenger Cooper leading in mayoral race

MEDICAL LAKE – Challengers in at least three races have resounding leads in their bids to unseat incumbent elected city officials following the initial count of the Nov. 2... — Updated 11/4/2021

 By Dean Henrich    News

Liberty Lake and Millwood vote for mayors

SPOKANE VALLEY — The polls have closed on another General Election Day and the early results are coming into focus. In the Liberty Lake mayoral race, Cris Kaminskas was validated by being elected to the position she was... — Updated 11/3/2021


West Plains Police News

Oct. 18 Lawrence R. Simmons, 61, arrested for hit-and-run crash with property damage in the 100 block of Washington Street. Vehicle prowl in the 200 block of South Cheney-Spangle Road. Wallet, debit card cash and social security... — Updated 10/28/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Divided council rejects vaccine mandate

CHENEY – In a split 4-3 vote Tuesday night, Oct. 26, the City Council rejected a last-minute ordinance that would require employees and volunteers – but not elected officials... — Updated 10/28/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

West Plains to get its own voting district

CHENEY – The West Plains may have stronger representation in county government under a final redistricting plan developed by the Spokane County Independent Redistricting... — Updated 10/28/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Mayoral candidates differ on policing

MEDICAL LAKE – The Nov. 2 all-mail general election is underway with voters having to decide a number of important races in the coming days. One of the most important is the... — Updated 10/28/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Moosin' around

A family of moose cross through the wetland in the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge along Cheney Spangle Road last week.... — Updated 10/28/2021


Airway Heights mulls 1% tax

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – At least one city employee is calling for an ad valorem property tax increase to fund emergency services. During a recent meeting, the city Finance Department’s Stanley Schubert said the city should consider... — Updated 10/28/2021


Ready for duty

A new U.S. Postal Service mailbox was installed in Pine Creek on Oct. 20. Pine Creek Community Restoration reports the mailbox should be ready for use this week.... — Updated 10/28/2021


News Briefs

North 40 store opens on U.S. Highway 2 SPOKANE – North 40 has opened a new store on U.S. Highway 2 between Spokane International Airport and the Airway Heights city limits. Last week, the new store had a “soft opening” that... — Updated 10/28/2021


Airway Heights to form Art Council City looks to develop more recreation

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – After being in the works for several months, a plan to establish the first city Art Commission was announced Oct. 20. Planning technician Zachary Becker said the city will implement the commission and establish... — Updated 10/28/2021

 By Cheney Free Press    News

Wellpinit cadets visits Fairchild AFB

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE — Wellpinit High School Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets visited Fairchild Air Force Base on Oct. 21 to learn first-hand about the different Air Force careers. “It was an awesome... — Updated 10/28/2021


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