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Spokane International Airport receives federal grant to build rail, freight project

The Spokane International Airport has been awarded a federal grant that completes funding for a rail and truck transload facility project designed to attract aerospace and manufacturing industries on the …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Amazon posts two job listings for West Plains fulfillment center

Amazon is beginning to hire employees for its proposed fulfillment center on the West Plains, with two new job listings posted to the company’s website.


A ‘win for development’: Spokane County, city pursue tax revenue sharing in 3 areas

After talks were held up over disagreements on revenue sharing, Spokane County Commissioners agreed to split their share of the revenue from two public development authorities equally, and join the …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 14, 2019

Ecology Department will collect and incinerate toxic firefighting foam

The Washington Department of Ecology announced Monday it will begin collecting and incinerating stockpiles of a toxic fire retardant foam that was used by fire departments for decades before the …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019

Amazon plans to open fulfillment center on West Plains by mid-2020

Amazon plans to open its fulfillment center on the West Plains by mid-2020, with hiring to begin two months prior to completion of the project, according to an Amazon spokeswoman.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 23, 2019

New Spokane Gun Club project moves forward

The Spokane Gun Club has filed preliminary permits with Spokane County to build a new location on the West Plains.


Cambria hotel under development on West Plains

Rockville, Maryland-based Choice Hotels International Inc. is expanding its Cambria Hotels brand to Washington state, with the first property under development on the West Plains.


Spokane Gun Club eyes potential new site on the West Plains

The Spokane Gun Club has found a 450-acre site on the West Plains and is requesting Spokane County remove the land from its designation as a no-shooting area to build …


UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019

Kenworth Sales Co. building $15 million facility on the West Plains

Salt Lake City-based Kenworth Sales Co. plans to build a $15 million sales and service facility on the West Plains. Kenworth Sales Co. filed plans with Spokane County to build …


Primary choices for seat on Spokane County Fire District 10 board includes candidate suing district

Gordon Hester and John Koberstine have many years of experience working in the district, while Kevin Haughton grew up in the West Plains and is a lieutenant for the Spokane …


UPDATED: Fri., June 21, 2019

Selkirk Pharma plans $30 million manufacturing facility on the West Plains

Selkirk Pharma, a contract manufacturing startup in the pharmaceutical industry, is planning to build a $30 million manufacturing facility on the West Plains.


Partnership to build electric car on West Plains could be economic powerhouse for region

When Mullen Technologies announced plans to assemble the Qiantu K50 electric sports car on the West Plains, it brought promise of more than 860 jobs within seven years.


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019

Waste Management employee fired after West Plains landfill fire

At the end of a shift on a Friday afternoon, Waste Management employees failed to fill up a water truck and didn’t put enough soil over a layer of industrial …


UPDATED: Mon., May 13, 2019

Airway Heights calls off water shortage alert after Spokane crews quickly re-establish connection during road work

A Facebook post on Friday alerted Airway Heights residents they may need to conserve water after one of two water connections with Spokane was interrupted due to road work. Airway …


UPDATED: Wed., April 24, 2019

Spokane chosen for electric sports car factory with promise of 850 jobs

California-based Mullen Technologies announced plans Wednesday to lease a large assembly and manufacturing plant on the West Plains for development of its electric sports car, ultimately bringing more than 850 …


Spokane Riverkeeper hosting public forum on PFAS chemicals that tainted West Plains drinking water

The two-hour forum, organized by the Spokane Riverkeeper, will begin at 6 p.m. April 17 in the Barbieri Courtroom at Gonzaga’s School of Law. It will be free and open …


Once-sleepy West Plains towns consider pushing boundaries

Officials in Airway Heights and Cheney are considering if they should push to expand their urban-growth boundaries.


With at least 2,000 new jobs on the horizon, West Plains poised for rapid growth

After decades as Spokane’s low-profile neighbor, the West Plains is suddenly in the spotlight for employment, population growth and commercial development. Rapid development, bringing at least 2,000 new jobs, will …


UPDATED: Sat., March 9, 2019

State of the County: West Plains growth focus of county’s economic efforts, Kuney says

Teamwork is helping Spokane County make great strides with criminal justice reform and economic development, Commissioner Mary Kuney said in her first State of the County address Friday.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 22, 2019

CDC to study chemical exposure at Fairchild Air Force Base, seven other military installations

Fairchild Air Force Base is one of eight U.S. military installations where federal scientists will study human exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, the toxic man-made chemicals that have contaminated …


Cheney to redraw school boundaries

Spurred by surging growth on the West Plains, the Cheney School District is considering changes to its elementary and middle school attendance boundaries as construction is completed on new classrooms.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 19, 2018

Housing shortage looms on Spokane’s West Plains

Job growth will bring thousands of new residents to the West Plains over the next two years. Finding places for them to live will be a challenge.


Amazon showcases progress of West Plains fulfillment center

Amazon showed off progress on its new West Plains fulfillment center Friday, which will be finished in fall 2019.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 7, 2017

Fairchild officials testing 100 more wells for firefighting chemicals

About 100 more wells near Fairchild Air Force Base will be tested for toxic firefighting chemicals, officials said Monday.


UPDATED: Sat., July 15, 2017

Airway Heights water contamination spurs talks for West Plains water deals

The City of Spokane is looking at ways to update its existing water agreement with Airway Heights and possibly adding Medical Lake to its list of customers. Contamination identified in …


UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017

Three challenge Breean Beggs for Spokane City Council seat representing South Hill

Challengers seeking Breean Beggs’ appointed seat on the Spokane City Council criticize policies he’s floated on oil and coal trains and ways to pay for more police, but the 44-year-old …


UPDATED: Tue., May 30, 2017

County plans lawsuit over Spokane Tribe’s casino in Airway Heights

Spokane County leaders plan to sue the federal government over its role in approving the Spokane Tribe’s long-planned $400 million gaming and retail development on the West Plains.


UPDATED: Fri., May 5, 2017

Hunter finds human remains on the West Plains

A hunter reported finding a human skull partially covered by dirt in the general area of Brooks and Thorpe Road on the West Plains Wednesday morning.


Front & Center: Pearson CEO focuses on being indispensable in manufacturing

Picture all the products in your refrigerator, pantry and bathroom. If any were manufactured by Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, Unilever or MillerCoors, there’s a good chance West Plains-based Pearson Packaging …


UPDATED: Fri., March 17, 2017

Pooled taxes to benefit West Plains development

City, county and airport officials plan to create a public development authority that would pool property tax revenue to accelerate construction on the West Plains.