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 By Roger Harnack    News 

Winter Storm Watch issued

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Friday afternoon and night in advance of a cold front that's expected to bring moderate to heavy... — Updated 10/21/2020


Truck tip-over closes Geiger ramp

SPOKANE — The eastbound on-ramp onto Interstate 90 is closed after a tractor-trailer tipped over around 2:15 p.m. Oct. 19. The truck driver was taken to the hospital as a... — Updated 10/21/2020

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Sidewalks carved up near EWU Visitor Center

CHENEY – Police are looking for the individuals who caused over $3,000 of damage to sidewalks near Eastern Washington University's Visitor Center sometime Tuesday evening, Oct.... — Updated 10/21/2020


Reported brush fire is farmers preparing for winter

CHENEY--Fire District No. 3 received a call from a person concerned a "huge" fire had broken out after seeing plumes of smoke near South Graham Road, just southwest of Cheney at... — Updated 10/21/2020

 By Drew Lawson    News

Collision between hay truck and car causing delays on Highway 2

AIRWAY HEIGHTS--Both eastbound lanes and one westbound lane on Highway 2 at milepost 276 near Rambo Road by Fairchild Air Force Base are blocked after an accident between a hay... — Updated 10/15/2020


Gusty winds expected late Tuesday

EASTERN WASHINGTON -- A cold front moving through the region beginning Monday night is expected to bring more rain and windy conditions to the area Tuesday. Rain is expected in the morning, with winds picking up through the... — Updated 10/13/2020

 By Drew Lawson    News

Richey to resign as Airway Heights mayor

AIRWAY HEIGHTS--City mayor Kevin Richey will resign from his position effective Dec. 31, 2020, he announced at council's study session tonight. Richey, currently a sergeant with the Spokane Valley Police Department, recently... — Updated 10/12/2020


Medical Lake/Interstate 90 interchange eastbound closing Oct. 11

MEDICAL LAKE -- State Department of Transportation crews working on the Interstate 90/Medical Lake - State Route 902 interchange will be closing the eastbound off ramp to reconstruct the ramp and complete the interchange's final... — Updated 10/9/2020


Ballots to be mailed this week

SPOKANE – It’s finally almost here. The Nov. 3 General Election is just 13 days, and by now most voters in Spokane County should have received their ballots. If you haven’t received a ballot, or haven’t registered and wish... — Updated 10/21/2020

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

EWU cancels fall trick-or-treat festival

CHENEY – Eastern Washington University’s Fall Festival for kids is going to be taking a one-year hiatus – hopefully. University officials have canceled this year’s event that invites area youth to come to and tour specific... — Updated 10/15/2020


West Plains Police News

CHENEY Oct 5 Harlan M. Jordan, 20, was arrested on a Spokane warrant for second-degree driving while license suspended on the 700 block of West 1st Street. Randall B. Easley, 61, was arrested for third-degree driving while license... — Updated 10/15/2020

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Making it safe to walk to school

CHENEY – Construction crews will be soon wrapping up a project that should make pedestrian and bicycle travel safer in the neighborhood around Cheney High and Betz Elementary scho... — Updated 10/15/2020

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Putting a hold on block grants

CHENEY – City officials are planning to hold off for now on making a specific application for Community Development Block Grant funding from Spokane County. Public Works Director told the Planning Commission during a public... — Updated 10/15/2020

 By Drew Lawson    News 

Covering all the bases

The first day of school on Monday for Medical Lake kindergartners carried all of the usual uncertainties – plus some new ones. Masks were the norm for those leaving their parents... — Updated 10/15/2020

 By DREW LAWSON    News 

Mayor Richey resigns

AIRWAY HEIGHTS—Kevin Richey will resign from his position as city mayor effective Dec. 31, 2020. He informed council of this decision at council’s study session Oct. 12. Richey recently accepted a new job as assistant chief of... — Updated 10/15/2020


Making a last impression

CHENEY – "Why do you need donations, you're a state-assisted school." It's a statement Eastern Washington University Vice President for University Advancement and Executive... — Updated 10/13/2020


Eastern coronavirus outbreak

CHENEY – Eastern Washington University is facing an outbreak of COVID-19 barely two weeks into fall quarter and the implementation of measures it and the city hoped would prevent large outbreaks from occurring. University... — Updated 10/12/2020


Parkside development moves forward

CHENEY – The City Council concurred with a recommendation from the Planning Commission and unanimously approved a preliminary plat for a 46-unit residential development at their Sept. 22 meeting that could bring higher-end homes... — Updated 10/8/2020


West Plains Police News

CHENEY Sept. 28 Guillermo Torres-Lucatero, 20, was arrested for fourth-degree assault/domestic violence on the 1000 block of Betz Road. Police assisted another agency on a fraud investigation on the 100 block of Alki Street.... — Updated 10/8/2020


Commission approves repairs to historic Ballinger House

CHENEY – The Historic Preservation Commission approved an application for repair work on one of the city’s original homes that served as the residence for an early area pioneer and mayor. New owners of the I.J. Ballinger House... — Updated 10/8/2020


Airway Heights approves proposed budget changes

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — Facing a $1.9 million city budget gap largely brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, council approved ordinance C-943 to amend certain parts of the budget at its Oct. 5 meeting. According to meeting documentation,... — Updated 10/8/2020


Fire provides opportunity to aid motorists

CHENEY – The August fire that roared through the Williams and Badger lakes area left a scorched wasteland in its wake, consuming about 90 percent of the vegetation in its path... — Updated 10/8/2020


Where's the spending going?

DISTRICT 6 — Running a political campaign isn’t free, but some running for office tend to spend more than others. Last week, the Cheney Free Press reported on campaign contributions for the four candidates running for the... — Updated 10/8/2020


Following the money

CHENEY — Incumbent Republicans are up for re-election against Democrat challengers in the race for both Position 1 and 2 in the House of Representatives in District 6, which covers the West Plains and portions of Spokane outside... — Updated 10/1/2020


Malden residents learn about rebuilding

MALDEN, Wash. — The smoke has pretty much subsided, and with fall officially in the books and winter ahead, the victims of the Babb Road Fire gathered Sept. 23 to learn what the... — Updated 10/1/2020


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