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Articles from the January 16, 2014 edition

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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 16, 2014

Marijuana facility hearing draws crowd

Tuesday's hearing on a conditional use permit application by Cheney Hydroponics for a marijuana producing and processing facility in the city's Industrial and Commerce Park brought out hard...

 Front Page    January 16, 2014

Foggy start

Fog hugs the ground in bottom land just west of the Cheney Rodeo Grounds Tuesday morning, helping make for some slippery road conditions for local commuters on the way to work and...

 By AL STOVER    Front Page    January 16, 2014

Airway Heights discusses local fire departments study

The Airway Heights City Council discussed several items at the Jan. 13 study session that will come forward during future legislative sessions. City Manager Albert Tripp brought up the first item, which is an interlocal agreement with the fire...

 By AL STOVER    Education    January 16, 2014

Medical Lake City Council passes marijuana zoning moratorium

At it’s Jan. 7 meeting the Medical Lake City Council held a public hearing on the acceptance and processing of land use applications for the production, processing and retailing of marijuana. The council passed a moratorium immediately after the...

 By KELSEY LAVELLE    News    January 16, 2014

Former EWU professor sees U.S. as Third World country in new book

Merriam-Webster defines the Third World as the aggregate of the underdeveloped nations of the world. With clean running water, daily access to technology and coffee stands in abundant supply it is...

 News    January 16, 2014

West Plains residents' hospitalized after collision

Four West Plains’ residents were involved in a three-car collision that sent two to local hospitals Friday morning. According to a Washington State Patrol press memo, a 2006 Dodge pickup driven by Medical Lake resident Sandra R. Cooper, 70, lost...

 News    January 16, 2014

Fewer arrests made in holiday DUI patrols

Local law enforcement agencies made fewer driving under the influence arrests over the recently finished holiday season than they did in 2012. According to numbers released by the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission, 228 motorists in Spokane,...

 News    January 16, 2014

'Rosie the Riveters' wanted

The American Rosie the Riveter Association is trying to locate women who worked on the home front during World War II. Thousands of women worked to support the war effort as riveters, welders, electricians, plant inspectors, sewing clothes and...

 Calendar    January 16, 2014

West Plains Briefs

Libraries closed to honor King All Spokane County Library District facilities will be closed Monday, Jan. 20 to observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Regular hours resume Tuesday, Jan. 21. SCLD online services remain available 24/7. West Plains... Full story

 By Al Stover    News    January 16, 2014

Airway Heights residents can get in shape from head to toe

For citizens of Airway Heights, who are looking to transform themselves in 2014, the Parks and Recreation Department offers the “New Year, New You,” adult fitness class. The class will be eight weeks and will help teach workouts participants can...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    January 16, 2014

Cheney will play where the numbers are

When it comes to enrollment figures shifting area schools between sports classifications, and causing re-alignment of some leagues, Cheney High School’s situation is pretty straightforward. In fact, the way Blackhawks’ athletics director Jim Miss...

 By AL STOVER    Education    January 16, 2014

Medical Lake students take in college jazz scene

Students of Medical Lake middle school and high school jazz bands saw a possible glimpse into their musical futures as they came to Eastern Washington University to display their skills as a part of...

 Opinion    January 16, 2014

Guarantees needed to lift oil export ban

If there could be guarantees that lifting the almost 40-year-old ban on exporting U.S. crude oil would drastically reduce gasoline prices we’d say doing so should be a no brainer. Lift the ban. Unfortunately there are many factors that determine...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    January 16, 2014

The news cycle is a crazy and most unpredictable thing

The news cycle and what garners the attention of editors, producers, talking-head anchors and reporters is a crazy and most unpredictable thing. Sometimes it’s actually driven by events that affect people. Like the bitter cold that gripped much of...

 Opinion    January 16, 2014

Thank you Medical Lake and surrounding areas

My deepest appreciation and thanks to the citizens of Medical Lake and nearby areas who have helped get my mini-van equipped with the wheelchair lift I needed installed and new tires. Just a few practice runs this week of loading and unloading my...

 By Mark Shields    Opinion    January 16, 2014

What did Christie know, when did he know it?

There are legitimate reasons why we voters have been a lot more willing to trust the tough job of president to governors -- 11 separate times, with Franklin Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush -- rather than...

 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    January 16, 2014

Facts about life and language in the 1800s

I’ve been looking through an old book. The book isn’t old but most of the words in it are. It’s titled “Everyday Life In The 1800s.” There must be some things my ancestors said in there somewhere. Not going back too far I remember one of...

 Neighborhood    January 16, 2014


United Methodist Church Please join us for worship at the United Methodist Church this Sunday. Worship is at 10 a.m. preceded by Sunday school classes at 9 a.m. The Rev. Terry Hall will lead us in worship and in Holy Communion. An evening worship...

 Obituaries    January 16, 2014

Bertha (Beth) Elaine Boyd Robinson

Bertha (Beth) Elaine Boyd Robinson Jan. 19, 1933 – Jan. 11, 2014 Our beloved wife, mother and grandmother passed away Jan. 11, 2014. She had been a resident of Cheney for over 35 years. Bertha was... Full story

 Neighborhood    January 16, 2014

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Jan. 22, 2004 The Cheney City Council affirmed Mayor Amy Jo Sooy's decision to require the Myer's family to remove a sign for their DJ's nightclub located at Fish Lake. Club owner Mike...

 By Dr E KIRSTEN PETERS    Neighborhood    January 16, 2014

New lessons for an aging geologist

When I was a young geology student, I learned the basics of petroleum production as they were then understood. Deep layers of sedimentary rocks, including shale, were the “source rocks” for hydrocarbons. The source rocks were too difficult to...

 By Dr. SCOTT BORGHOLTHAUS    Neighborhood    January 16, 2014

Ocular surface disease symptoms can resemble those of allergies

Cornelius: “My eyes been waterin’ a lot since I tried petting our new kitty. Maybe I got allergies.” Glandy: “Whooee, my eyes are waterin too. What color were that there cat?” Cornelius: “Oh, black with a little white stripe.” Do your...

 Calendar    January 16, 2014

What's Happening on the West Plains

City of Cheney • Jan. 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, all offices closed. • Jan. 21, Budgeting 101, community library, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. City of Airway Heights • Jan. 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, all offices closed. City of Medical Lake •... Full story

 By AL STOVER    Sports    January 16, 2014

Cheney gets swim meet wins versus Prosser, Grandview

The Cheney High School boys' swimming team returned to action as they took on Prosser and Grandview at a meet, Jan. 8, at the EWU pool. Cheney took first and second place in several events, including...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    January 16, 2014

Eastern sweeps Montana, Montana State

There was a lot to like following Eastern Washington's come-from-behind Big Sky Conference men's basketball 77-72 victory over Montana State last Saturday afternoon at Reese Court. Coupled with the...


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