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Temporary burn restrictions in parts of Eastern Washington

OLYMPIA - The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in cooperation with partner agencies, is implementing the following burn restrictions on DNR-protected lands... — Updated 4/15/2021 Full story

 
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Smiley to challenge Sen. Murray

PASCO - A local veterans advocate has announced her candidacy for U.S. Senate. Republican Tiffany Smiley, 38, of Pasco, will challenge incumbent Sen. Patty Murray, R-Shoreline, in... — Updated 4/14/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News 

Gov. Inslee to sign bill to replace Whitman statues today

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to sign a bill today that would begin the process of removing statues of perhaps the state's most prominent figure from the Capitol building and the National Statuary in Washington, D.C. The... — Updated 4/15/2021

 
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Whitman County rolling back to Phase 2

OLYMPIA - Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that he will be moving three counties backwards in their coronavirus reopening effective Friday. Those counties are Cowlitz and Pierce in... — Updated 4/12/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Gov. Inslee threatens return to Phase 2

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday, April 8, that moving a county backwards for at least three weeks in his phased reopening plan may provide the impetus to improve vaccination rates. During his press conference, the... — Updated 4/8/2021

 
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West Plains Police News

CHENEY March 29 Vehicle impounded in 200 block of Betz Road Verbal domestic dispute in 700 block of Salnave Road Rape reported; location not reported. March 30 Verbal domestic dispute reported in 1500 block of First Street. Shawn... — Updated 4/8/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

STA begins Four Lakes station work

SPOKANE - Travel between Cheney and all points north on State Route 904 is going to become much more congested over the next 4-5 months as construction of Spokane Transit Authority'... — Updated 4/8/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News 

No, you go

A herd of elk cross Cheney Spangle Road, near Jennings Road, early morning on Mar. 25.... — Updated 4/8/2021

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News 

Schuller is out as EWU women's hoops coach

CHENEY - After 20 years on the bench at Eastern Washington, women's basketball coach Wendy Schuller will not return for a 21st. In a March 31 statement EWU Athletics Director Lynn... — Updated 4/8/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Cheney schools return to full time

CHENEY - Come April 19, all students in the Cheney School District should be back to full-time, in-person instruction. The final piece of the transition from all-online instruction... — Updated 4/8/2021

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News 

Airway Council adopts ordinance changes

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — A tight and brief agenda, coupled with the idea that members of the Airway Heights City Council and city staff had some place else they wanted to be meant the April 5 meeting seemed to be over almost before it... — Updated 4/8/2021

 
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Bill would phase out subminimum wages

WASHINGTON, D.C. – An Eastern Washington congresswoman is co-sponsoring a bill to help workers with disabilities get the training they need to be gainfully employed. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, partnered with Rep.... — Updated 4/8/2021

 
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Dye's city heat bill heads to governor

OLYMPIA – A bill to help cool heat-emitting cities such as Seattle passed the House and Senate unanimously, and is on its way to the governor. The measure was introduced by Rep. Mary Dye, R-Pomeroy, who represents the 9th... — Updated 4/8/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Outdoor burns bring increasing danger

SPOKANE COUNTY – Fire protection agencies and regional air-quality officials are concerned about a growing increase in illegal outdoor burning activity in the county. In a March 31 news release, fire officials say they are... — Updated 4/8/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

Parking violation fees increasing

CHENEY — Violators may find their wallets a little lighter in the near future as the city is set to increase its fines for parking and safety infractions. At its March 23 meeting, City Council agreed to hike parking fees to $40... — Updated 4/1/2021

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY March 22 Second-degree theft was reported on the zero hundred block of Erie Street. A wallet, credit/debit cards and Washington adult driver’s license were stolen from a vehicle. A runaway juvenile was reported on the 200... — Updated 4/1/2021

 

Gold Star families gather for sign unveiling on SR 902

MEDICAL LAKE - Gold Star family members gathered Friday, March 19, in a small ceremony to unveil new signs designating State Route 902 as a Gold Star Memorial Highway. SR 902 is... — Updated 4/1/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

State's online eligibility tool no longer required

OLYMPIA — Phase Finder, the state’s online vaccine eligibility tool, is no longer be required to verify COVID-19 vaccine eligibility. The move was effective beginning March 31, according to a March 29 news release.... — Updated 4/1/2021

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News

Selkirk Pharma construction underway near SIA

SPOKANE — The wide open spaces of the West Plains continue to become slightly less so each day. In a report from the Inland Northwest Business Watch, Selkirk Pharma has announced that the pharmaceutical manufacturer has... — Updated 4/1/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

City council approves labor contract

CHENEY — The City Council approved a new three-year contract with local Chapter 270-C of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union at its March 23 meeting, granting a pay raise each year along with... — Updated 4/1/2021

 

New COVID-19 variant found in Spokane County

SPOKANE — The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) notified Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) on March 25 of the presence of one case of the COVID-19 B.1.427 variant and four cases of the B.1.429, discovered through... — Updated 4/1/2021

 
 By John McCallum    News

Acknowledging their service

Medical Lake resident and Vietnam veteran Wayne Terry pauses to gather his thoughts and control his emotions during remarks he made Monday, March 29, at a Vietnam Remember Day... — Updated 4/1/2021

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News

David Riley is new EWU men's coach

CHENEY - Continuing the tradition of hiring from within and rewarding program loyalty, Eastern Washington promoted associate head coach David Riley to fill the vacancy left when... — Updated 4/1/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

Clean Sweep returns – sort of

CHENEY – After being modified due to COVID-19, the city’s 14th annual Clean Sweep will be returning to its regular slot at the beginning of spring, but will still take place in a modified format. The pandemic moved last... — Updated 4/1/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

'Someone knows something'

CHENEY — Police are investigating an incident of racist vandalism taking place on the morning of March 18 at Eagle Point Apartments. The vandalism was directed against Eastern Washington University students. According to the... — Updated 3/26/2021

 

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