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Articles from the January 3, 2013 edition

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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 3, 2013

Cheney tax measures win big

Voters in Cheney were overwhelmingly sending a pair of tax measures to easy victory in early election returns Tuesday night. Proposition 1 to renew a 4 percent electrical energy and natural gas tax to fund continued repair and replacement of...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 3, 2013

Gateway Project is Eastern’s supersized vision

It might be one of the most complex projects Eastern Washington University has ever dreamed up. It’s called the Gateway Project, and while people who have heard of it might think of it as the plan...

 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    January 3, 2013

Massive turnout for both sides of STEP project discussion

Hundreds of people in support and opposition for the proposed Spokane Tribe Economic Project gathered at Sunset Elementary in Airway Heights Monday, March 26 to voice their opinion to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Around 60 members of the public from...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    January 3, 2013

Naming street for Mike McKeehan a most fitting honor

It was not only the right thing to do to honor the memory of a man who gave back to the community, but the perfect means to memorialize Mike McKeehan. That was the general sentiment of comments...

 By BECKY THOMAS    Education    January 3, 2013

Board approves Clemens as Cheney’s next superintendent

The Cheney School Board decided at last week’s meeting that current associate superintendent Deb Clemens would be the school district’s next superintendent. Pending successful contract negotiations, Clemens will take over for retiring...

 By BECKY THOMAS    Education    January 3, 2013

Mike McKeehan: A caring, passionate person friends, family said

Mike McKeehan was a Cheneyite through and through. He moved here with his family at the age of 13. Last week he died here at the age of 67 after 14 years as a City Council member, 30 years as a teacher in Cheney schools, impacting countless lives in...

 By JAMES EIK    News    January 3, 2013

A time of transition: Newberry takes over at Fairchild Fairchild

The last two weeks have been extremely active at Fairchild Air Force Base, with the change of command taking place Monday, Aug. 6. Former commander of the 92nd Air Refueling Wing Col. Paul Guemmer...

 By JAMES EIK    News    January 3, 2013

Open houses tried to explain JLUS impact

The latest draft of Spokane County’s Joint Land Use Study received mixed reactions when presented to the public at a series of open houses this past March. At the time JLUS was entering the last stage of its drafting process, the document is set...

 By BECKY THOMAS    Education    January 3, 2013

Despite tough times, Cheney school levy passes with ease

A few lines on the February ballot represent nearly a quarter of the Cheney School District’s budget. If voters approve a three-year levy Feb. 14, the levy rate would rise around 23 cents, but officials are assuring voters that the total tax rate...

 By Orange County Register    Opinion    January 3, 2013

Time to blow off 20 years of wind tax credits

After 20 years of taxpayer subsidies and unrealized benefits, Congress should allow tax credits for wind energy to expire Dec. 31. The credits, created in 1992, were supposed to jump-start a nascent wind industry, but have only propped up an...

 By Tom H Hastings    Opinion    January 3, 2013

Guns are not sacred, children are

It is now long long past time to repeal the Second Amendment. It serves evil, not good, violence, not peace, hatred, not love. The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is a relic of a time when the citizens accepted their general powerlessness...

 By Sallie Neillie    Opinion    January 3, 2013

Access to right medicines can mean a healthy new year

Prescription Drug Assistance Foundation (PDAF) Here’s a gift you won’t have to take back in January: the medicines you or a relative need to have a healthy new year. Too many people in Washington state, however, can’t afford the medicines they...

 By Marc Dion    Opinion    January 3, 2013

Asking for it at every new year

If I lived in a small peasant village thousands of years ago where it was customary to dance naked in the fields on New Year’s Eve to ensure a good growing season, I would be the first to drop his fur britches and start cavorting through the...

 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    January 3, 2013

Keeping true love strong

by Luella dow Contributor Becca Storr worked in a plasma center at Davenport, Iowa for a year before she came west to Washington. The company had a policy that an employee could be transferred to anywhere they chose. Becca chose Eastern Washington...

 By BECKY THOMAS    Neighborhood    January 3, 2013

Ben Franklin calls it quits after 33 years in business

Mim Shamblin feels she has been blessed in her career. She runs the fabric department at Cheney’s Ben Franklin store, and has been since 1979. Owner Bill Nation says “she came with the store”...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    January 3, 2013

Economic issues set the tone for Cheney in 2012

Cheney’s top stories of 2012 might be better looked as top issues rather than singular events. To begin with, as in many jurisdictions across the country, the economy took center stage. Cheney saw its share of new development last year, a lot of... Full story

 News    January 3, 2013

Other newsworthy events in Airway Heights

Wastewater treatment plant starts operation: Construction on the city’s $44 million wastewater treatment plant finally came to a close, with a grand opening ceremony in May to celebrate the operation. The facility could go through 650,000 gallons...

 News    January 3, 2013

Other newsworthy events in Medical Lake

Gun thefts spur large, county-wide search: Late September saw the theft of over 20 guns from a Medical Lake residence, spawning a county-wide effort to find the weapons. Some were recovered a month later during a traffic stop, where Cody Wolfley, 20,...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    January 3, 2013

Blackhawks battle, but fall to Fife in final 3-1

You can hardly blame the Cheney boys’ soccer team if they’re walking around with the limp, unfocused gaze of a battle-weary warrior – the thousand-yard stare. The Blackhawks have seen some of...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    January 3, 2013

Winning just part of Lemaster’s lasting tennis legacy

Some of the traditions Leroy Lemaster brought to the Medical Lake boys’ tennis program over the years may indeed fade away now that he’s officially – and finally – fully retired. Never to be f...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    January 3, 2013

Sam Houston holds off second half rally, stops EWU’s Frisco quest

Another record-tying effort for touchdown passes couldn’t do it. Neither could a second half offensive explosion that was unmatched this season, and perhaps in the history of EWU football. The...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    January 3, 2013

Decision was tough to pick a ‘best-of’ for Cheney sports in 2012

It’s a difficult exercise making selections for a “best of” list. Even in doing year in review stories, some events and issues, and in this case, teams and/or individuals, are going to either get left off or won’t receive enough of a write up...

 Sports    January 3, 2013

Eagles extend winning streak with 58-47 win over Warner Pacific

Without a game at Reese Court in more than a month and seven-straight on the road during that time, it took the Eastern Washington University women’s basketball team a little while to settle in on...

 Sports    January 3, 2013

Challenge of Montana trip faces Eastern men after holiday break

The new year starts with a toughie. The Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team plays its first game in nearly two weeks when the Eagles take on the Montana Grizzlies tonight (Jan. 3) at 6:05 p.m. Pacific time at Dahlberg Arena in...

 By BECKY THOMAS    Sports    January 3, 2013

Holland takes crown, meet record at state in 3,200 meters

Not only is Sanne Holland the 2012 2A 3200-meter run champion, but now she holds the meet record. Holland’s 10-minute 48.40-second time is the new state meet record, unbroken since 2007 by... Full story


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