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OPENTogether CARES grant funding reopened until Aug. 14

WEST PLAINS – Officials at the Chamber of Commerce have announced that applications for the OPENTogether Small Business and Non-profit Grant program have been reopened for a very short time. Applications for assistance for... — Updated 8/11/2020


Red flag warning issued for Eastern Washington

SPOKANE -- Local weather forecasters have issued a red flag warning for much of Eastern Washington, including Spokane County and the West Plains. Dry, breezy conditions with wind... — Updated 8/11/2020

 By Drew Lawson    News 

Medical Lake students will study from home this fall

MEDICAL LAKE — Local students will be starting the school year mostly online learning model, School District Superintendent Tim Ames announced today, Aug. 7. The decision followed state and regional health recommendations for... — Updated 8/7/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News 

Republicans narrow gap slightly in bid to unseat Gov. Inslee

OLYMPIA — After counting of almost 500,000 late-arriving ballots, Republican candidates have cut into incumbent Gov. Jay Inslee's lead in the Aug. 4 primarily. As of 6:15 p.m.... — Updated 8/7/2020


WSU students bringing coronavirus to county

PULLMAN — Returning university students are bringing the coronavirus with them. Whitman County has 105 total positive COVID-19 tests, with eight cases added Aug. 6. That brings... — Updated 8/7/2020

 By Jana Mathia    News 

County health officer now recommending students study at home

COLFAX — A spike this week in positive COVID-19 cases has prompted the Whitman County Health Department to consider recommending schools in Whitman County keep campuses... — Updated 8/9/2020

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Cheney starts fall online

CHENEY – The school district board of directors voted unanimously on Aug. 3 to begin the 2020-2021 school year with most students taking part in the remote learning phase of the district’s proposed six-step plan for reopening.... — Updated 8/7/2020

 By DREW LAWSON    News 

McGarry to challenge Graham, Zappone will take on Volz in November election

DISTRICT 6 - Tom McGarry will be the Democratic candidate to face incumbent Jenny Graham for District 6 Position 2 representative. The first count of primary ballots showed McGarry... — Updated 8/7/2020


New logistics commander opens door, heart to Airmen

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE – An adage older than the Air Force itself: take care of your people and they will take care of you.  Every day there is an air mission and along with... — Updated 8/7/2020

 By Jill Weiszmann    News 

Cementing a home

Crews from Walker Construction poured the foundation for the relocated Cheney Depot last week. Once foundation and utility work is complete at the depot's new home on 1st Street,... — Updated 8/7/2020

 By DREW LAWSON    News 

Slow year for firework mishaps on the West Plains, authorities say

First responders in Airway Heights and Medical Lake enjoyed a slower than normal year regarding firework incident responses around July 4. The Airway Heights Fire Department responded to three fires that night, according to Fire... — Updated 8/6/2020


West Plains Police News

CHENEY July 27 Third-degree malicious mischief was reported on the 100 block of College Hills Street. An apartment window was broken. Third-degree theft was reported on the 2400 block of University Lane. Stereo equipment and tools... — Updated 8/6/2020

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Cheney's purple pipe

CHENEY – The City Council gave its approval to several projects last Tuesday, July 28, allowing a residential development to proceed along with a long-anticipated move towards utilizing reclaimed wastewater for irrigation purpose... — Updated 8/6/2020

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

City Council raises hook-up fees

CHENEY – The City Council took steps to bolster the city’s water reserve fund while protecting rate payers from subsidizing new development by approving increases to water connection charges at its July 28 meeting. The... — Updated 8/6/2020

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

President Cullinan retires at EWU

CHENEY — Eastern Washington University President Dr. Mary Cullinan has announced that she is retiring from her position, effective immediately. The university’s Board of Trustees has named Provost and Vice President for... — Updated 8/6/2020

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Fire District 10 EMS levy headed for passage

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – Spokane County Fire District 10 officials felt asking the public to support their Emergency Medical Service levy renewal in the midst of economic hardships brought on by the coronavirus pandemic was a gamble. It... — Updated 8/6/2020


Trio arrested in Geiger Heights robbery

WEST PLAINS – Three suspects were arrested last Friday in connection with the armed robbery of a man in Geiger Heights. According to a Spokane County Sheriffs Office news release, deputies were contacted July 19 by the victim,... — Updated 8/3/2020

 By Drew Lawson    News

Hot prep work

Contractor crews perform some sidewalk and ADA ramp work Tuesday morning, July 28, in conjunction with Cheney’s Washington Street Preservation Project. Public Works Director Todd... — Updated 7/30/2020


EWU board approves reduction targets

CHENEY – Eastern Washington University’s Board of Trustees have approved using more cash reserves and an allocation of reduction targets in order to close a $22.54 million operating budget shortfall. At a special meeting today... — Updated 7/30/2020


Cheney EMS cadet program gets Providence grant

CHENEY – The Fire Department’s fledgling emergency medical services cadet training program received a financial shot in the arm recently with a one-time $5,000 grant from Providence Health Care. The program is a collaboration... — Updated 7/30/2020


Cool play

Three-year-old Joshua Histo gets in some play time while cooling off in the waters of Fish Lake Tuesday afternoon, July 28. With temperatures hitting the high 90s and even low 100s... — Updated 7/30/2020


Keeping 24-hour parking rule in place

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — City code 10.12.020 declares that no vehicle can park in the same location for longer than 24 hours without moving. Code enforcement officer Kristina Blake wants to make sure it stays that way. Blake urged the... — Updated 7/30/2020


Medical Lake park entrance, boat launch closed to vehicles

MEDICAL LAKE-Throughout the first half of July, crowds gathered at Medical Lake waterfront, often without social distancing or wearing a mask. As a result, mayor Shirley Maike and... — Updated 7/30/2020


More homes coming to Cheney

CHENEY – Public comment is being taken on a 46-lot housing development proposed on 16.98 acres of land north/northeast of Cheney High School Parkside 2nd Addition would plat 31 single-family lots an d 15 duplexes on property... — Updated 7/30/2020


It's time to sit down – and vote

SPOKANE COUNTY – The Aug. 4 primary election is right around the corner, with ballots required to be mailed and postmarked by no later than next Tuesday to be counted. According to information from the county Elections Department... — Updated 7/30/2020


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