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Cheney Fire Department to put on annual Candy Cane Hay Ride Dec. 18

For the fifteenth time, Cheney firefighters will escort Santa through Cheney on a Candy Cane Hayride. The event will take place Thursday, December 18th.


Firefighters will start at the the Cheney Fire Station at 5:00 p.m. following the route towards the Salnave area, Around 6:15 p.m. they will head toward the North end of town. This year they will stop in the Safeway complex area for a short time arriving at about 7:00 p.m. The firefighter’s hope the stop at the Safeway complex will allow people who live out of town, or miss them in the neighborhoods, to catch up to Santa. The fire department pointed out it is important to know that all times are approximate.


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Medical emergency halts EWU playoff game

A medical emergency caused the Eastern Washington University football game to be delayed on Saturday.

Near the end of the 4th quarter, emergency crews responded to a spectator in the stands having a medical emergency.

Mary Cullinan, President of Eastern Washington University sent out the following statement:

"On behalf of the Eastern Washington University community, I send my heartfelt support to the student athlete whose father suffered a medical emergency in the stands during the final minutes of Saturday's football game in Cheney. Our thoughts are with the EWU student and his family during this very difficult time.

"I also am grateful to local emergency responders who quickly attended to the patient and performed CPR before transporting him to a Spokane hospital.

"EWU will not release the name or medical status of the individual involved without the consent of the family. Media inquiries regarding the status of the patient should go through EWU Deputy Police Chief Garry Gasseling at 509-359-6012."

Spokane Arts seeks artists to develop memorial honoring fallen heroes

Spokane Arts seeks artists to develop memorial honoring fallen heroes

Spokane Arts Fund, in partnership with the Gold Star Families, the City of Spokane, and the Spokane Public Facilities District seeks an artist, or artist team residing in Washington and Idaho, to develop a memorial honoring fallen heroes that have served post- 9/11.


The memorial will be sited on the south side of the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. The selected artist or artist team will work with Spokane Arts Fund, The Spokane Public Facilities District staff, and the representatives from the Gold Star Families from design through construction of the project. During the design phase, representatives from the Gold Star Families will heavily inform the process.


The artist will work with Spokane Arts Fund, the Gold Star Families and the Spokane Public Facilities District to develop a permanent public art memorial for the Spokane Arena. The desired artistic approach will create a sculptural plaza that suggests a place where people will gather for a variety of observances and events. The artwork should represent and be inclusive of all Armed Services with particular attention to post 9/11 fallen heroes.

Family braces for daughter's kidney transplant

A young girl's life has been turned upside down from illness. Now she has a chance to get better, but her family needs the public's help.

The Harris family has been through the wringer when it comes to family health problems. They have a son with special needs, and the dad recently medically retired from the Airforce. Now, their youngest daughter, Maddyson, needs a new kidney.

7 year-old Maddyson may look and act like any other energetic first-grader, but nine months ago, her life was turned upside down.

"We were actually thrown into Maddyson's illness," her mother Tabitha explained.�"She was diagnosed March 19, 2014 with�end-stage kidney disease and congestive heart failure�and is requiring dialysis for�three days a week for�three and a half hours until she receives a transplant."

For Maddyson, the experience has been tough.

"Why don't you like it?" Tabitha asked.

"Because I'm scared," Maddyson replied. �

Since her diagnosis, the whole family dynamic has changed, from the seemingly simple things like where the family can eat or play, to the more serious, like unexpected medical expenses. .

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Cheney teen found safe

Jackie Doucette was found safe Sunday morning.

The 15-year-old was found walking up to her house in Cheney at around 8:30 a.m. holding a cat.

Jackie's mother, Liz Doucette, said that she could offer no further details other than "Jackie is safe and with the authorities."

Cheney Police Sergeant Rick Beghtol told KXLY 4 that the police are now interviewing Jackie.

According to the F.B.I., Jackie appears to be in good health, but is receiving a thorough medical examination.

Jackie disappeared Thanksgiving night when she went outside to look for her family's two cats, but never came back. Cheney Police officers have been investigating Jackie's disappearance since that night. A Spokane County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team joined the search on Saturday.

Search continues for missing Cheney teen

It's been more than a week since 15 year-old Jackie Doucette went missing from her Cheney home, and the search to find her continues.

Doucette disappeared Thanksgiving night when she went outside to look for her family's two cats but never came back.

The Cheney Police Department received a tip that they should look for Jackie Doucette along the railroad tracks in Cheney. On Saturday, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office sent out Search and Rescue teams to comb the area to look for the missing teen.

"The longer she's missing, the more serious this becomes to us," said Police Chief John Hensley.

On Saturday morning, the Sherriff's Office lead a search for Jackie along the railroad tracks in the southern end of Cheney, going five miles in each direction, and at Centennial Park.

4 displaced in Medical Lake house fire

A fire forced four people from the Medical Lake home early Thursday morning.�

Firefighters arrived to find smoke coming out of a duplex in the 300 block of E. Grace Street around 2:30 a.m.�

Crews say the fire started in the attic and damaged one other room. No one was hurt, but the power had to be shut off at the home.�

The cause is under investigation.�