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Flag tradition carries on for Memorial Day

RITZVILLE — Flags will be put up to honor veterans in observance of Memorial Day at 10 a.m. Friday at the Ritzville Memorial Cemetery, followed by placement of flags at the... — Updated 5/21/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

One dead in Ritzville shooting

RITZVILLE -- One person is dead in an early morning shooting here at a home at the corner of Seventh Avenue and Washington Street. Police Chief Dave McCormick said the shooting... — Updated 5/14/2020

 By John McCallum    News

EWU to stay online

CHENEY – Eastern Washington University officials announced that they will continue with the current online instruction format created about seven weeks ago in response to measures imposed to slow the spread of the acute... — Updated 5/14/2020


Candidates file for federal, state races

SPOKANE COUNTY – The following is a list of candidates who have filed to run for office in 2020. The list is as of Tuesday, May 12, and does not reflect possible candidates who have announced their intentions of run but have not... — Updated 5/13/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News

State will be tracing infected residents' movements, personal interactions

OLYMPIA — If you test positive for conoravirus, be prepared to be quarantined at home. That’s the message Gov. Jay Inslee shared during a Tuesday afternoon press conference on his plan for “contact tracing” of the virus.... — Updated 5/13/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News

Despite shutdown order, Airway Heights tavern to reopen Wednesday

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — The owners of a local tavern plan to be open from 2 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday despite the coronavirus quarantine. Village Tavern co-owner Jean Moore hopes other bars and restaurants will join her in opening in def... — Updated 5/12/2020

 By John McCallum    News

EWU records first COVID-19 case

CHENEY -- Eastern Washington University officials announced today (May 8) that it had recorded its first case of COVID-19. In a statement on its website, the university said it had been contacted by Spokane Regional Health... — Updated 5/8/2020 Full story


West Plains Police News

CHENEY April 27 A debit card was found on the 2400 block of 1st Street. Third-degree theft was reported on the 100 block of North 6th Street. An xBox gaming system was stolen but later recovered. An abandoned vehicle was reported... — Updated 5/7/2020

 By John McCallum    News

Second Harvest distributes food at Cheney Middle, Sunset Elementary schools

CHENEY – One of the elements of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is that it has brought the special needs of local communities more into the light. Needs that while always... — Updated 5/7/2020


Community joins forces to feed community

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, foodbanks, churches, community members and businesses are teaming up to feed those in need. Cleone’s Closet Food Pantry... — Updated 5/7/2020


Profile: Nurse Crystal Carter

“When you’re in need, I want you to know I’ve got you. We will get through it.” That is what Medical Lake’s Crystal Carter said when asked why she does what she does. Cart... — Updated 5/7/2020

 By John McCallum    News

Cheney reopens Recycling Center - with a twist

CHENEY – Public Works officials have reopened the city’s Recycling Center, sidelined in late March due to restrictions enacted to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The city announced on May 1 that it was reopening the center... — Updated 5/7/2020


A show of support

MEDICAL LAKE - Spirits were bright and faces were smiling -if only for short while - as Medical Lake High School seniors were celebrated by staff and community members Friday. "Any... — Updated 5/7/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News

Dusty named appropriately

DUSTY — A duststorm caused near-zero visibility and led to at least three crashes in the area Monday, April 27. According to the Washington State Patrol, three people were cited... — Updated 4/30/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News

Area lakes to reopen May 5th

FOUR LAKES – Fishing will resume here and on other lakes and rivers statewide beginning May 5. Following two weeks of growing protests over the state’s ban on fishing, Gov. Jay... — Updated 4/30/2020

 By John McCallum    News

Spokane, Kalispel tribes impacted by coronavirus

WEST PLAINS – Like everyone else, the Spokane and Kalispel tribes have been feeling the impacts of COVID-19, physically and economically. Particularly the latter, where shutting down of casinos and retail outlets has drastically... — Updated 4/30/2020


West Plains Police News

CHENEY April 20 A mental health issue was reported on the 200 block of Simpson Parkway. Subject was involuntarily committed. Anthony P. Nowak, 48, was arrested for third-degree theft/shoplifting on the 2700 block of 1st Street.... — Updated 4/30/2020


Studded tires must be removed by May 15

 OLYMPIA – As the state sees more spring weather, drivers are reminded that the extension given to remove studded tires expires May 15. The original date of March 31 was extended first to April 30 and then to Friday, May 15, due... — Updated 4/30/2020

 By John McCallum    News

Possible confusion on location of Medical Lake Food Bank

MEDICAL LAKE – While the Food Bank has been serving the community for years, volunteers at the city’s resource for low-income residents are concerned many people may not know where it is located. Volunteer Terri Cooper said... — Updated 4/30/2020


Fireworks ban pitched in Airway Heights

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — Public events may be canceled for now, but that did not stop the Airway Heights City Council from thinking about the future in its study session Monday night. Code Enforcement Officer Kristina Blake joined the... — Updated 4/30/2020


EWU chemistry department makes 'Eagle Sanitizer"

By JEREMY BURNHAM Staff reporter CHENEY — With Eastern Washington University going online only for the rest of the year, most lab classes have been canceled. That left the... — Updated 4/30/2020

 By John McCallum    News

Mayfest postponed to September

CHENEY – With any luck, the Mayfest celebration may coin a new phrase this year — “May-tember.” Or maybe not, but the if all goes well with efforts to reopen the state amid the coronavirus pandemic, organizers hope... — Updated 4/30/2020


Medical Lake cancels events through October

MEDICAL LAKE — No public event will be approved in Medical Lake city limits until Oct. 31 at the earliest, city administrator Doug Ross announced at the April 21 city council meeting. This means events like Founders Day and the... — Updated 4/30/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News

Local business owners attend Spokane protest against quarantine

SPOKANE – An April 22 protest against Gov. Jay Inslee’s quarantine orders was led by several Cheney-Medical Lake area residents and business owners. More than 300 people turned... — Updated 4/30/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Tons of Spuds

RITZVILLE – Tons of spuds - 20 tons to be more accurate. About 40,000 pounds of potatoes were given away along Main Street today, April 29. Another 20 tons scheduled to be... — Updated 4/30/2020


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