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 By AL STOVER    Front Page    January 12, 2017 

Airway Heights council to say no

The Airway Heights City Council is preparing to take an official stance on the Cheney School District’s $52 million bond proposal. During Monday night’s study session, the council forwarded a resolution with some changes, to its Jan. 17 meeting,...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    January 12, 2017 

Winter months increase the risk of structure fires

During the winter months, the use of electricity and heating increases — this also escalates the risk of structure fires. In an email, Debby Dobson, division chief, and district education officer for Spokane County Fire District 3, said most...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    January 12, 2017 

Not much change expected in Medical Lake comprehensive plan

The city of Medical Lake is following suit with Cheney and Airway Heights in that it is gearing up to work on its comprehensive plan update in 2017. However, City Administrator Doug Ross said he does not foresee any major changes. Unlike the other...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    January 12, 2017 

Woman, son of Fairchild officer killed in Brooks Road crash

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office responded to a crash involving a train and a vehicle on Saturday morning, Jan. 7. The incident, which took place outside of Medical Lake city limits, claimed the lives of two people. According to a news release from...

 
 By AL STOVER    Education    January 12, 2017 

'22 Boots' display

The Eastern Washington University Veterans Resource Center is holding its "22 Boots" display in the JFK Library Alcove until Jan. 24. The display, which actually consists of 24 pairs of combat boots,...

 
 By AL STOVER    Education    January 12, 2017 

MLSD provides resources for homeless families

When it comes to working with homeless students and their families, the Medical Lake School District’s mission is a simple one — to have the same free educational opportunities as their classmates. Kim Headrick, who is the director of teaching an...

 

Blackhawk Wrestling Invite

The Cheney and Medical Lake wrestling teams competed in the annual Blackhawk Invitational tournament, Jan. 7. Cheney finished fourth as a team and had several athletes make it to the podium,... Full story

 
 By AL STOVER    Sports    January 12, 2017 

Cheney defeats Clarkston in Great Northern match

During their Jan. 5 Great Northern League match against Clarkston, the Cheney High wrestling team was down 21-0 when Zack Nguyen stepped on the mat to wrestle Jake Freeman. After he was down 6-1, Nguy...

 
 By AL STOVER    Sports    January 12, 2017 

Cheney takes fourth in gymnastics meet

The Cheney High gymnastics team began 2017 with a fourth-place finish with 127.2 points at a Jan. 4 Greater Spokane League meet. Alexis Miller finished sixth in all around scoring with 33.875 and the balance beam (8.55). She was seventh in the floor...

 

Airway Heights gets rec center

Airway Heights residents have something to look forward to in the next couple of years - the completion of a recreational center. In August, residents approved a $13 million unlimited tax general obli...

 

Roettger replaces Clemens

Cheney Public Schools saw the beginning of a new era in 2016. Dr. Deb Clemens resigned as superintendent, a post she held since 2013, in March to take up the superintendent position at the North Thurs...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    January 5, 2017

Work unseen

Crews are currently removing portions of the Fisher Building's interior in order to begin renovation. When completed, estimated for this fall, the former Cheney School District educational facility...

 
 By AL STOVER    Sports    January 5, 2017

CHS volleyball wins league, district titles

How does the Cheney High volleyball team and head coach Heather Zorrozua top their 2015 season, which concluded with a share of that year's Great Northern League championship with Pullman? Try...

 
 By AL STOVER    Sports    January 5, 2017

Rousey's loss does not diminish her legacy, or footprint on sport

Having watched mixed martial arts for several years, I’ve seen many fighters fall at the hands of a better opponent. That’s why I wasn’t too surprised when former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey lost to current titleholder Aman...

 
 By AL STOVER    Sports    January 5, 2017

Nguyen takes home Freeman Invite title

History repeated itself on Dec. 30 at Freeman High School when Cheney High wrestler Zack Nguyen won his second Freeman Invitational championship. Nguyen tore through the 138-pound bracket, defeating West Valley’s Gaje Caro, via a 12-1 majority...

 

Medical Lake renews court agreement with Cheney

Medical Lake will continue to hold its court in the city of Cheney. At its Dec. 20 meeting, the City Council renewed the city’s interlocal agreement with Cheney for municipal court services and facilities. City Administrator Doug Ross said the...

 

All is well at AH reclamation plant

The Airway Heights wastewater reclamation plant recently celebrated its fifth year in operation. According to Chuck Clawson, lead operator of the facility, things have been going pretty well in the last five years. “We’re well within compliance...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    December 29, 2016

West Plains academy graduates 19 recruits

The West Plains Recruit Structural Academy graduated 19 recruits from its recent class, along with six crew leaders, during a Dec. 22 ceremony at Medical Lake High School's auditorium. The academy...

 

Medical Lake District chosen as STEM Lighthouse School

The Medical Lake School District continues to serve as a beacon for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in the area. This year, the state Office of Public Instruction (OSPI) selected the Medical Lake as one of the Washington STEM...

 
 By AL STOVER    Sports    December 29, 2016

Blackhawks defeat Pullman in first GNL match

The Cheney High wrestling team began Great Northern League competition with a 45-31 win against Pullman, Dec. 20. Two days later they had several wrestlers place in the Tri-County Tournament at Central Valley. Head coach Brad Rasmussen said the Pullm...

 

Volunteers needed in ML

One of Ivanna Lomas’ duties as the Medical Lake Parks and Recreation coordinator is to organize the city’s youth sports program. This includes getting equipment ready, managing the registration and finding volunteer coaches for teams. That last...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    December 22, 2016

Wreaths Across America

The Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake held its Wreaths Across America ceremony, Dec. 19 - rescheduled from Dec. 17 because of weather conditions. Hundreds of veterans, families and...

 

Budding young ML actress in real life drama

One of Caitlin Butcher's passions is theater. Butcher, who is 11 years old and attends Medical Lake Middle School, saw her first show, "Annie," when she was seven. She loves to watch dramas and...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    December 22, 2016

To believe, or not to believe in Santa? - that is the question

Note: This column contains sensitive information about the existence of Santa Claus. Adults should silently read this piece in the presence of young children. In the last couple of weeks, some parents have probably had their children ask them that on...

 

Gifts for Ethel

Ethel Laird (left) holds a teddy bear she received from Connie Provoncha (right) on Dec. 16 at a Medical Lake Food Bank giveaway. Laird was also given a quilt to take home. Provoncha, along with...

 

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