Articles from the January 2, 2014 edition

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 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    January 2, 2014

Top 2013 stories from Medical Lake - Medical Lake church is vandalized

Vandals caused the Sunday service at Lake City Assembly of God in Medical Lake to be put on hold, after doing extensive damage throughout the church and its property. The break-in, which took place between Saturday, Jan. 12, and Sunday morning, Jan....

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 2, 2014

Top 2013 stories from Cheney - School board votes to surplus Fisher Building

The Cheney School District board of directors voted unanimously to declare the district's Fisher Building as surplus property. It's the first step in the process of selling the 84-year-old former...

 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    January 2, 2014

Top 2013 stories from Airway Heights - Lost in the service to their country

On Friday,May 3, three airmen from Fairchild Air Force Base perished in the crash of a KC-135 aircraft near Chon-Aryk, Kyrgyzstan. Capt. Mark T. Voss, 27, of Boerne, Texas; Capt. Victoria A. Pinckney,...

 By JAMES EIK    News    January 2, 2014

Top 2013 stories from the West Plains - Defeat of County Proposition 1 leaves many questions

Voters turned down Spokane County Proposition 1 on Tuesday, Nov. 5, defeating it by 51.2 percent, leaving many questions hanging in the balance. Proposition 1 would have raised $18 million in property taxes over nine years to buy mobile home parks...

 By JAMES EIK    News    January 2, 2014

Top 2013 stories from Medical Lake - Tensions elevate at ML Council meeting

The Medical Lake City Council was described as having done nothing to enhance the city or the community at its Tuesday, Feb. 19 meeting. Medical Lake resident and food bank president Bob Kibling spoke at length regarding a lack of support for the...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    January 2, 2014

Top 2013 stories from Cheney - Eastern, union approve collective bargaining agreement

Eastern Washington University and the United Faculty of Eastern have approved a new three-year collective bargaining agreement that will bring the university’s faculty compensation package to an on-par level with national peer institutions. The...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    January 2, 2014

Top 2013 stories from Cheney - Cheney to buy piece of history in Williams Lake Plunge Pool

The city of Cheney took one step closer to owning a piece of geological history. The City Council authorized Mayor Tom Trulove to sign a purchase and sale agreement for the purpose of buying 15 acres of property overlooking what is known as the...

 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    January 2, 2014

Attack dogs span the ages when it comes to politics

Once I sat in a group of people who were just talking, each saying whatever they wanted to. A woman spoke. It was her turn. What she said almost knocked me out of my chair. She said, "George...

 Neighborhood    January 2, 2014


United Church of Christ  Projecting the scripture, the essence of the teaching and the words of hymns with the new audio-visual system, Pastor David Krueger-Duncan will lead the communion service during the 10 a.m. worship service. The United...

 Calendar    January 2, 2014

What's Happening on the West Plains

City of Cheney • Jan. 4, Let there be Legos, Lego build day at Cheney community library meeting room, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Jan. 8, Kids Explore and Discover Club, Cheney community library, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. • Jan. 9, Play and Learn Storytime...

 Neighborhood    January 2, 2014

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Jan. 8, 2004 A cold weather snap descended on Cheney recently with temperatures on Jan. 6 falling to a near-record minus-22 degrees with the next punch of 8-12 inches of snow expected....

 Obituaries    January 2, 2014

Bud Lloyd Nokleby

Nokleby service is Jan. 11 A memorial service for Cheney resident Bud Lloyd Nokleby, who passed away at age 81 or Nov. 29, 2013, will be held Saturday, Jan. 11 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cheney at 11 a.m. A reception will follow in the... Full story

 Obituaries    January 2, 2014

Wanda M. (Gober) Heinemann

Wanda M. (Gober) Heinemann Mother was born Oct. 31, 1918 in Klamath Falls, Ore. to Marion James Gober and Maxie Myrtle (Pardue) Gober. She peacefully passed away Dec. 26, 2013 at the Cheney Care... Full story

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    January 2, 2014

Cheney is no longer a boy's soccer bridesmaid

In the end, it took two kicks and four feet to ease the pain of four years of frustration for the Cheney High School boys' soccer team in the state 2A title game. The first came from midfielder Micah...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    January 2, 2014

It was quite a year for Ryan Gray, but best lies ahead

Ryan Gray will look back pretty fondly at 2013. Eleven wins at various Pro Rodeo Cowboy’s Association events, a return to the National Finals in Las Vegas and a No. 4 ranking in the wild world of bareback bronc riding – the profession of doing...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    January 2, 2014

Eastern's youth will be called upon in big way

If Eastern Washington University men’s basketball coach Jim Hayford was going to realize his goal in year-three of getting his team to the Big Sky Conference tournament he’ll do it under some less than normal circumstances. Hayford’s Eagles wou...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    January 2, 2014

Top 2013 stories from Medical Lake sports - Medical Lake cruises to 2013 state cross country crown

Micah Dingfield led the Medical Lake boy's cross country team to Pasco and gave them the chance to win a state championship. And the team returned the favor, helping carry the weight last Saturday...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    January 2, 2014

Top 2013 stories from EWU sports - Eastern records record-setting, memorable football season

Following Eastern Washington’s failed attempt to track down Sam Houston State in a 2012 Football Championship Subdivision semifinal playoff game, and the pending graduation of a talented receiving corps, there was a certain amount hand-wringing. Wh...

 By STAFF AND NEWS SERVICE REPORTS    Sports    January 2, 2014

Eastern hangs with UConn, but fades in end

Eastern Washington fell short of the tall order of toppling legendary basketball giant, the University of Connecticut, but it certainly was not for lack of trying. The Eagles hung with the No. 15 UConn Huskies off and on most of the game before...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    January 2, 2014

Top 2013 stories from Cheney sports - Cheney girls prove to be little team that did

Cheney girls track and field head coach Tom Stralser knew at the beginning of the season that the Blackhawks were going to be a good, big-meet team. Turns out he was right. With just seven athletes the Blackhawks competed their way to a third place...

 By Al Stover    Sports    January 2, 2014

Hawks' wrestle at Colville, Yakima

The Cheney Blackhawks wrestling team continues to grind through the season. The team traveled to Colville to wrestle the Indians, Dec. 18. Colville would win the meet, 53- 24. Despite losing losing the meet in points, several Cheney wrestlers put on...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    January 2, 2014

Top 2013 stories from Medical Lake sports - Cards baseball state-bound after sweep

Medical Lake has passed its biggest test of the season so far on the baseball diamond. Now the exams continue, and probably get tougher. Following a 6-0 win Saturday morning over Brewster, plus surviving to claim an 8-7 victory over defending state...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    January 2, 2014

Top 2013 stories from EWU sports - Benson reconnects with past success at EWU

Wade Benson is doing his best to dispel the notion that you can’t come home again. And so far, the current – and former – Eastern Washington University volleyball coach is winning that argument on numerous fronts. Benson returned to his old...

 News    January 2, 2014

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Dec. 2 Domestic violence – verbal dispute – was reported on the 2200 block of Lilac Court. Second-degree theft was reported on the 700 block of Chestnut Street. Cash was taken. Prescription medications were lost on the 900 block of Fourth...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    January 2, 2014

Top 2013 stories from Education - 'Lead, Contribute, Respect, Play, Courage, Learn'

Ask Phil Snowdon Elementary School principal Shawna Fraser or any of her staff members what is the most common phrase used by people viewing the new school for the first time, and to a person that...


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