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Dance Party

Eastern Washington University students busted out their best moves during an impromptu dance party before the annual "Pass Through the Pillars" ritual at Showalter Hall. Read about some of the...

 

Getting a little construction help

The city of Airway Heights is getting a little help with the $13 million recreation center construction bond voters approved in August. At its Sept. 19 meeting, the City Council approved a...

 

Re*Imagine Medical Lake picks up steam

It’s been 15 months since Re*Imagine Medical Lake was formed by a group of citizens who wanted to preserve the city’s history, revitalize the downtown area and help the community grow. The grassroots organization began their meetings at Umpqua...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    September 22, 2016 

Medical Lake council approves ambulance services contract

The Medical Lake City Council breezed through a quick Sept. 20 meeting that featured a light agenda. In action items, council approved an extension of countywide service contract with American Medical Response for 911 ambulance ground transport servi...

 
 By AL STOVER    Education    September 22, 2016 

MLHS band program gears up for another year

Before first period starts at Medical Lake High School, the sound of music can be heard from behind the auditorium. If a person looks into the room they will see several students playing instruments,...

 
 By AL STOVER    Education    September 22, 2016 

McGirk takes over Medical Lake alternative high school program

The Medical Lake Alternative High School has a new facilitator: Lyra McGirk. McGirk, a long time Spokane resident and Ferris High School graduate, went into the workforce before she attended and acquired her bachelor’s degree at Eastern Washington...

 
 By AL STOVER    Education    September 22, 2016 

Eastern Health, Wellness and Prevention Services provides support to students

For Eastern Washington University students who are going through challenges, particularly in mental and physical health, the university’s Health, Wellness and Prevention Services is there to give them the help and support in developing a balanced a...

 
 By AL STOVER    Sports    September 22, 2016 

Blackhawks football loses at home to Post Falls

It was another tough night at Tom Oswald Field for the Cheney High football team, who lost to 4A Inland Empire League's Post Falls, 21-0, Sept. 16. The Blackhawks' defense managed to keep the Trojans...

 
 By AL STOVER    Sports    September 22, 2016 

Media, police not to blame for Cougars' off-field troubles

Is it really the media and the police’s fault for the Washington State University football team’s recent troubles off the gridiron? That’s a question that has been running through my mind in the last couple of weeks relating to the four...

 
 By AL STOVER    Sports    September 22, 2016 

Lady Blackhawks soccer continues undefeated

The Cheney High girls’ soccer team continued their undefeated streak in Great Northern League play after a 3-2 win over Clarkston (Sept. 13) and a 3-0 shutout over West Valley two days later. In the Clarkston match, the Lady Blackhawks were tied...

 
 By AL STOVER    Sports    September 22, 2016 

Cheney volleyball goes 1-1 in Great Northern League play

The Cheney High volleyball team went 1-1 in Great Northern League matches this past week, first sweeping Clarkston, 3-0, on Sept. 13, then getting swept by West Valley, 3-0, Sept. 15. While Cheney defeated Clarkston in three sets (27-25, 25-14 and...

 

New projects added to plan

In a special Sept. 6 meeting, the Airway Heights City Council passed a resolution that added a couple of key capacity-related elements to the city’s transportation improvement plan, specifically improvements at the U.S. Highway 2 Hayford and Craig...

 

AH Planning Commission workshop seeks city identity

Just what is the identity Airway Heights residents want for their city? That is what city staff, the Planning Commission and consultants were trying to get a sense of during a public workshop at the commission’s Sept. 7 meeting. Consultants from...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    September 15, 2016

Bill and Curt's Hobbies is about giving back

Residents who frequently stop at local stores like Yoke's Fresh Market and Denny's Harvest Foods may notice some bird houses on the shelves for sale. What they may not know is these items are created...

 

Pendell begins second year as ML School District SRO

Medical Lake residents may notice a Spokane County Sheriff's vehicle outside of school buildings on weekdays. The vehicle belongs to Deputy Travis Pendell, who is starting his second year as the...

 

It's National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, start listening

In trying to find a topic for this week’s column, I came across an image that was making the rounds on social media. The picture was of a person with the caption “Just found out there’s a number to the suicide hotline I can text now! Relieved...

 
 By AL STOVER    Sports    September 15, 2016

Lady Blackhawks soccer continue undefeated

One of head coach Nels Radtke's goals for the Lady Blackhawks soccer team this year was to start the season with a winning record and it seems he can check that off the list. Cheney continued their...

 
 By AL STOVER    Sports    September 15, 2016

Blackhawks come from behind to defeat North Central

After losing their home opener against 4A Sunnyside, the Cheney Blackhawks football team bounced back to capture a 22-21 win over 3A Greater Spokane League’s North Central at Joe Albi Stadium, Sept. 8. “It was a great win for us in that we came...

 
 By AL STOVER    Sports    September 15, 2016

Cheney volleyball begins season with Pullman win

The Cheney High volleyball team began their season on a high note after a close 3-2 Great Northern League win over Pullman, Sept. 8, followed by a seventh-place finish in the Gold Division at the Lakeland Invite, two days later. The game scores for...

 

ML water consumption drops slightly

The city of Medical Lake continues its efforts to provide clean water to its residents, as well as lower its overall water usage. According to its most recent water quality and efficiency report, Medical Lake produced and purchased 286.7 million...

 

Erin Lance joins Airway Heights Police force

Officer Erin Lance has been with the Airway Heights Police Department for two months and she has described her time so far as "a perfect fit." "Out of the four departments I've been with so far, this...

 

Weathering the storm

Cheney football fans wait out a thunderstorm that delayed last Friday's Blackhawks' game with Sunnyside for about an hour. See the story in Sports....

 
 By AL STOVER    News    September 8, 2016

Gepford named Medical Lake Garden of the Month

Janice Gepford's home at 311 N. Jefferson St., is the Medical Lake Kiwanis and Cheney Garden Club's September selection for Garden of the Month. She received a $25 gift certificate from Umpqua Bank....

 

Medical Lake School District rolls out Sound Discipline program

Last year, Medical Lake School District had implemented Positive Behavior Intervention Support as a way to improve school climate and it is now ready to roll out “Sound Discipline.” Sound Discipline is a program that focuses on helping students...

 

Welcome freshmen

Left: Medical Lake High School students step into the gym for the first time as freshmen during an Aug. 31 assembly. Below: MLHS Associated Student Body President Joey Jasmer welcomes his classmates...

 

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