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 By AL STOVER    Front Page    December 1, 2016 

EWU affirms protection of students

Eastern Washington University’s board of trustees, along with staff, are doing what they can — within their legal limits — to make the campus a safe place for all students. After a special Nov. 22 meeting, the board issued a statement...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    December 1, 2016 

Airway Heights OKs Kalispels agreement

At its Nov. 21 meeting, the Airway Heights City Council approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the city and the Kalispel Tribe of Indians to resolve a pending appeal before it reached the U.S. Department of the Interior Board of...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    December 1, 2016 

District gives AH council bond overview

At Monday night’s study session, the Airway Heights City Council got a look at a potential capital facilities bond the Cheney School District hopes to put on the February election ballot. District administration presented a $55 million proposal...

 
 By AL STOVER    Education    December 1, 2016 

ML school board approves property purchase

The Medical Lake School District maintenance staff is going to have a new place to put their equipment. At its Nov. 22 meeting, the board of directors approved a resolution to purchase property...

 
 By AL STOVER    Sports    December 1, 2016 

Cheney 2016 Fall All GNL

Cheney High School had 24 student athletes who were selected for 2016 fall Great Northern League teams. Athletes and some of their highlights are listed below. Football Charles Johnson (first team off...

 
 By AL STOVER    Sports    December 1, 2016 

McGregor vacating his UFC featherweight title was right call Gray to hang up his rodeo spurs

In my last Crunch Time column (Nov. 17, 2016), I wrote that mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor, who became the first athlete to simultaneously hold a championship in two weight divisions, (featherweight and lightweight) in the UFC, was...

 

Turkey Trot 2016

Runners of all ages turned out for the ninth annual Cheney High School Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving. The event was put on by the Cross Country booster club. A portion of the event's proceeds went to...

 

ML council begins 2017 budget talks

At its Nov. 15 meeting, the Medical Lake City Council held a first reading of the 2017 budget. According to information provided by the city, the 2017 current expense fund is projected to be just over $3.14 million with $2.37 million going toward...

 

Petitioning for a safe haven in Cheney

Students, staff and community members started a petition that asks the Eastern Washington University board of trustees to make the college a sanctuary campus for undocumented students, staff and...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    November 24, 2016

Airway Heights ready to roll out its 2017 budget

The primary focus of Airway Heights’ 2017 budget, totaled at over $19.32 million, is on four key areas which the city seeks to improve on — public safety, economic development, building and recreation opportunities. “With the new casino coming...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    November 24, 2016

ESH receives national certification, accreditation

In a news release, Eastern State Hospital announced it earned full accreditation by The Joint Commission. The institution added that it had received certification from the Centers for Medicare and...

 

MLHS robotics stage dinner theater fundraiser

Who vandalized the Simpson School of the Sciences' Power Bot 200 and prevented it from entering the competition? That was the question audience members were trying to answer during the Nov. 19...

 

'WeRise. WeFall.'

Jodi Patterson, Eastern Washington University assistant professor of art education, used mop heads and lace to create "WeRise. WeFall." Patterson is one of many professors whose artwork is on display...

 

Using the right tool for the job

When it comes to dealing with delinquent utility accounts, Airway Heights staff is going to use one of the tools it already has. At an August study session, staff proposed Ordinance 878, which amends the city’s municipal codes “Water System” an...

 

AH commission holds SEPA hearing for Basalt Apartments

At its Nov. 9 meeting, the Airway Heights Planning Commission conducted a State Environmental Policy Act public hearing on the Basalt Ridge Apartment Complex project. The complex, which is being developed by Whitewater Creek Inc.on the northeast...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    November 17, 2016

AH council moves public defender amendment forward

At its Nov. 14 study session, the Airway Heights City Council moved several items forward to its next meeting. One was an amendment of public defender professional service contract with Maurer Law. The amendment proposes to increase the contract...

 

Honoring veterans

The Medical Lake High School music program honored veterans at different events last week....

 

Plethora of scholarships available for high school seniors

This is the second part in a two-part series about resources for high school seniors to pay for college. This installment focuses on scholarships. Another way for Cheney and Medical Lake high school students to pay for college is by scholarships....

 

EWU to hold 'Giving Joy Day' to encourage kindness, philanthropy

Eastern Washington University is encouraging students and residents to participate in “Giving Joy Day,” Nov. 29. According to Lisa Poplawski, director of alumni advancement, Eastern’s Giving Joy Day is inspired by “Giving Tuesday,” which is...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    November 17, 2016

Tasteless political jokes belong outside of the wrestling ring

As you know, I am a longtime fan of professional wrestling. Usually when someone involved with wrestling makes the news, it’s not for a good reason, and this past weekend was no different. Joey Styles, an announcer and commentator who had worked...

 
 By AL STOVER    Sports    November 17, 2016

Cheney volleyball ends season with 1-2 record at state

The Cheney High volleyball team wrapped up a stellar season after they finished with a record of 1-2 in the 2A state tournament in Lacey Wash., Nov. 11-12. The Blackhawks opened the tournament on Friday with a sweep of Steliacoom (25-20, 25-15,...

 
 By Al Stover    Sports    November 17, 2016

McGregor seeking part ownership of UFC is smart business move

Last weekend, the UFC staged its first event in New York City at Madison Square Garden, which has had a plethora of historical combat sports memories within its walls — and it added another moment. In the main event of UFC 205, the company’s...

 

Federal aid, a resource to help pay for college

Note: This is the first installment of a two-part series that focuses on resources for high school seniors to help them pay for college. Part one is about federal aid that is available to students. Next week, part two will focus on scholarships....

 

Hallett Elementary puts together 'Going Through Changes' group for students

For Hallett Elementary School students whose parents are going through a separation or divorce, counselors Tami Earthman and Ashlee King are once again putting together a “Going Through Changes” support group. The group will meet for 30 minute...

 

Medical Lake Middle School PACE Winners

Medical Lake Middle School honored six students for the Partners Advancing Character Education (PACE) award for October. October's trait is Responsibility. Students received certificates and T-shirts...

 

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