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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 15, 2019 

Cheney water rates to go up

Cheney water rates are going up — again. City Council members voted unanimously at their July 23 meeting to approve a 10 cent increase in usage rates from $1.47 per 100 cubic feet (CF) of water — about 748 gallons — to $1.57/100 CF. The change...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    August 15, 2019 

Spokane Gun Club targets West Plains

The West Plains may be getting a gun range soon if the Spokane Gun Club’s efforts work in their favor. But not everyone is thrilled with the idea. Located in Spokane Valley since 1892, the gun club...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    August 15, 2019 

New building planned for downtown Medical Lake

Medical Lake may be seeing a new building downtown, at least if the plans of Bob and Jennifer Maxwell come to fruition. The couple has purchased the lot, including the building commonly known as the...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    August 15, 2019 

Car chase that starts in Airway Heights ends in Spokane River

A car chase that began in Airway Heights last weekend led to a man leaping into the Spokane River in an attempt to hide from police. On Friday, Aug. 9 at 4:28 a.m., Airway Heights police attempted to pull over a black Volkswagen four-door sedan with...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    August 15, 2019 

Bluegrass under cloudy skies

Members of the bluegrass band Whiskey Deaf keep the crowd entertained Saturday at the 18th annual Blue Water Bluegrass Festival at Medical Lake’s Waterfront Park last weekend....

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    August 15, 2019 

Medical Lake, District 3 fire annexation and levy pass

The organization that has been serving the citizens of Medical Lake for 115 years will soon be no more. With the overwhelming passage of Proposition 1 earlier this month, the Medical Lake Fire...

 

Cheney to flush water mains beginning Aug. 19

The Cheney Water Department will begin water main flushing from area fire hydrants beginning the week of Aug. 19. Flushing these water mains will cause water to discolor. Residents who experience colored water should flush their cold water tap...

 

West Plains Fire and EMS monthly statistics

Airway Heights Fire Department Fires 30 Emergency Medical Service 179 Total 209 Cheney Fire Department Fire 39 Emergency Medical Service 84 Total 123 Medical Lake Fire Department EMS/Medical 44 Structure fire calls 9 Alarm 10 Brush fire 5 Hazardous...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    August 15, 2019 

Choice Hotels International plans to build new hotel on West Plains

And the development just keeps on coming — the West Plains will soon be welcoming a new hotel, Choice Hotels International Inc. announced last week. Choice is partnering with Brar Hotels Group, LLC for the development of a Cambria hotel located...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 15, 2019 

Wild Dogs raises funds for Cheney dog park

The Cheney Dog Park Association staged a triathlon on Aug. 3 for youth ages 5-14 to help raise money for a place for their furry friends. Ostensibly billed as “Wild Dogs,” the triathlon taking place at Cheney’s municipal pool raised $295 to go...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    August 15, 2019 

Summer heat slow to get going

How does warmer mean we’re cooler? When the vast northern Pacific Ocean sea surface temperatures are just a bit above normal which has meant so far in July 2019 has been notably cooler than most of the five prior first full months of summer....

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Aug. 6 A wallet found at the Gorge Amphitheatre near George, Wash., was turned in to the Cheney Police Department. A 31-year-old female was arrested on a Spokane misdemeanor theft warrant on the 200 block of Washington Street. A 43-year-old...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    August 8, 2019

AH council plans for housing

The Airway Heights City Council faced an extensive agenda at its Aug. 5 meeting, honoring local legislators and hearing a presentation relating to a proposed Highland Village development resolution. Council first unanimously passed a resolution...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 8, 2019

Commission OKs repairs at Alpha Phi

Exercising its responsibility to review appropriate changes to historic properties, the Cheney Historic Preservation Commission gave its approval — with conditions — at its Aug. 1 meeting to $11,000 in repair work to a historic house at 306 F...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    August 8, 2019

Area firefighters respond to Eastern State Hospital

Firefighters from multiple agencies were dispatched to Eastern State Hospital for a reported commercial structure fire in the northwest wing of the hospital at 12:11 p.m., Wednesday, July 31 — only...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 8, 2019

Baccarella retires at Coldwell Banker

Pete Baccarella is retiring - again. The long-time Cheney Realtor is planning to step aside from his management role at Coldwell Banker Tomlinson in order to free up more time for him and family. But...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    August 8, 2019

Fingers crossed for Lefevre Street Bakery & Deli

What’s going on with the Lefevre Street Bakery and Café in Medical Lake? That question has been on many people’s minds since the restaurant suddenly shut down just over a month ago. A July 6 post...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    August 8, 2019

Fire Academy seeks regional emphasis

The West Plains Fire Academy is once again accepting applications for new volunteer and career firefighters, and local fire officials say it’s hoping to foster a new, more regional focus. Spokane County Fire District 10 Division Chief of...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 8, 2019

Depot moving proceeding despite some snags

Plans to move the historic Cheney Railroad Depot are close to becoming a reality, despite a slight slowdown in logistics. In a July 10 email, Cheney Depot Society secretary Sue Beeman said the...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    August 1, 2019

E.Coli found in Medical Lake water

Some 131 Medical Lake residents received disturbing news last week. A notice, hand delivered by city maintenance personnel on Wednesday, July 24, informed them that routine water samples had tested positive for E.coli bacteria. The notice advised...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    August 1, 2019

Anatomy of a wildfire fight

Set up at the intersection of Cameron Road and State Route 904 just west of Cheney on Wednesday, July 24, the incident command post consisted of a truck tailgate, a whiteboard and a lot of squawking h...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    August 1, 2019

Q & A with Airway Heights City Council candidates

Three unknowns are vying for the Airway Heights City Council Position 7 seat, currently held by Dave Malet, ahead of the August primary election. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Aug. 6 and 24 dropbox locations are listed on the county...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    August 1, 2019

Medical Lake, County Fire District 3 seek voter approval on annexation

The Aug. 6 primary is next Tuesday, and among other items on the ballot, both Medical Lake and Spokane County Fire District 3 voters are being asked to consider a merger of the Medical Lake Fire...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    August 1, 2019

Bottling success: Cheney graduates join forces to launch respective businesses to new heights

For Cheney High School graduates Jacob Mager and Robby Stevens, a routine visit to catch up after high school turned into a business opportunity that would help them both down the path of...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    August 1, 2019

Ken Johnson takes over at Fire District 10

Spokane County Fire District 10 welcomed a new fire chief this week, with its Board of Commissioners announcing the appointment of former Cheney firefighter Ken Johnson to the position. Johnson served with the Cheney Fire Department as a lieutenant a...

 

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