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Articles from the January 23, 2014 edition

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 By John McCallum    News    January 23, 2014

REVISION to breaking news update: Cheney calls special meeting to review marijuana ordinance

Since release Thursday, Jan. 23, of a special meeting of the Cheney City Council, several changes have taken place with regards to the meetings agenda. Below is a revised story with hopefully the last changes as of noon, Friday Jan. 24. There will...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 23, 2014

Fisher Building back on the market

Cheney’s nearly 84-year-old former high school and administration building is once again on the commercial real estate market. Cheney developer Steve Emtman, who entered into a contract with the school district to purchase the Fisher Building this...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    January 23, 2014

Criminal reductions

Overall, 2013 was a down year for the Cheney Police Department – and that’s a good thing. Data released in the department’s end of year Monthly Activity Report show overall crime in the city decreased just over 20 percent as compared to 2012,...

 Front Page    January 23, 2014

Winning night

Medical Lake students hoist the Golden Feather trophy high after winning the annual spirit contest with Cheney, but it was the Blackhawks who came out on top on the court, knocking of the Cardinals...

 By AL STOVER    News    January 23, 2014

Consultants brought in to help local fire departments

The fire departments of Medical Lake, Airway Heights and Spokane Fire District 10 are once again putting their heads together, but this time they are bringing in an outside source for help. The three fire departments have entered into an interlocal...

 Front Page    January 23, 2014

Reps. Parker and Holy host telephone town hall conversation Jan. 23

Sixth District state legislators Kevin Parker and Jeff Holy are looking for input on issues facing the Legislature via a telephone town hall Thursday, Jan. 23 to speak directly with constituents back home. “Our telephone town halls are a great way... Full story

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    January 23, 2014

Cheney commission approves zoning updates, six-year facilities plan

Cheney planning commissioners unanimously approved updates to the city’s municipal zoning code under Chapter 21 at their regular meeting held Jan. 13. The commissioners held a public meeting prior to the vote to receive any testimony on the...

 By Al Stover    Education    January 23, 2014

Hallett Elementary students bust myths in lab

A Hallett Elementary School student pulls off a tablecloth, resulting in dishes and silverware crashing on the floor. Several feet away, two of his classmates sit at a table, attempting to pull apart...

 By Al Stover    Education    January 23, 2014

Airway Heights families learn about making fast food at home

Sunset Elementary school hosted a Cooking with Families/Nutrition class for local families, Jan. 16, in the gymnasium. Sunset holds cooking classes every few months as a part of health and wellness...

 Education    January 23, 2014

'A Light for a Life' speaker

Eastern Washington University alum Tommy Williams Jr. speaks at the “A Light for Life” anti-violence candlelight vigil, presented by the EWU Black Student Union, Jan. 17....

 By Al Stover    Education    January 23, 2014

Airway Heights to vote on youth and senior commissions

Two more boards may join Airway Heights as Park and Recreations is looking to establish both a youth and senior advisory commissions. The idea for these commissions came up after meetings between J.C. Kennedy, Mayor Patrick Rushing and Councilman...

 By Al Stover    Education    January 23, 2014

Memorial program to host Jan. 25 ceremony at Washington State Veterans Cemetery

The Veterans Military Tribute Program will host its first event of 2014, Jan. 25, at the Committal Shelter, at 1 p.m., at the Washington State Veterans Ceremony, 21702 West Espanola Road. The program honors deceased veterans from the community who di...

 Calendar    January 23, 2014

West Plains Briefs

Feed Cheney resumes Jan. 27 The monthly Feed Cheney free hot dinner and grocery distribution will be Monday Jan. 27, at the Wren Pierson Community Center, 615 Fourth St. Feed Cheney is a partnership with the Women and Children’s Free Restaurant,... Full story

 Opinion    January 23, 2014

Ericksen's pilot project prompts questioning

This past week, state Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, announced his intentions to introduce a bill in legislative session in regards to a $10,000 incentive to state workers who agree to switch from their state pension plan to a 401(k)-style...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    January 23, 2014

Who are the people in your neighborhood who legalized marijuana?

Anyone sitting through the Jan. 14 hearing on a proposed marijuana growing and processing facility in Cheney likely took away any number of observations. What struck me was the emotion those opposing the facility projected during testimony. The...

 Opinion    January 23, 2014

We should work toward renewables, keep fossil fuels

Alexandra Ammonette’s letter of Jan. 9 calling for support of alternative energy sources and a carbon tax seems more an emotional plea that a logically consistent argument based on fact. She begins with a false claim, “We know we can’t keep...

 Neighborhood    January 23, 2014

Ronnie Van Knowe: Life is much more than tires for Cheney's Auto Services Plus manager

By LUELLA DOW Contributor Do you know Ronnie Van Knowe at Auto Services Plus? My car got well acquainted with him when he gave it a cold shower recently. You know how cars are. They seem to enjoy...

 Neighborhood    January 23, 2014

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Jan. 29, 2004 Concerns over proposed service cuts to the Spokane Transit Authority, estimated to trim 38-50 percent of the organization’s budget, were voiced at a recent Medical Lake City Council meeting. Cuts would affect the...

 Neighborhood    January 23, 2014

What's Happening on the West Plains

City of Cheney • Jan. 23, Play and Learn Storytime (ages 3-5), community library, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. • Jan. 24, Baby Play and Learn Storytime (ages 0-18 months), community library, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. • Jan. 28, Cheney Book Club,...

 Neighborhood    January 23, 2014


Emmanuel Lutheran Church Emmanuel Lutheran Church will celebrate the third Sunday after Epiphany this Sunday, Jan. 26 at 10:30 a.m. Christian education for age’s grade school through adults begins at 9 a.m. Emmanuel Lutheran Church is hosting...

 By LYNETTE HAGEL    Neighborhood    January 23, 2014

A 'Daily Dose' is enough

An opportunity was presented and Cheney-area residents Bruce and Janet Holloway jumped in full force. Since April 2013, they have headed up the "Daily Dose" English program for the West Plains...

 Neighborhood    January 23, 2014

Local shut-ins receive quilts from Martha Chapter of Order of Eastern Star

Members of Cheney's Eastern Star Martha Chapter recently visited shut-ins in the area, and delivered handmade quilted lap blankets. The chapter supports local charities including Cheney Food Bank,...

 Neighborhood    January 23, 2014

StageWest's 'Perfect Wedding' is door-slamming fun

Cast of “Perfect Wedding” Bill the groom - Jeff Keller Tom the best man - Phil West Rachel the bride - Kathrin Louis Judy the girlfriend - Lindsey Beckemeyer Julie the chambermaid - Jessie Smylie Daphne the bride’s mother - Lee Simon...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    January 23, 2014

Fast start helps Lady Hawks hold off Medical Lake

A strong first half against visiting Medical Lake was all Cheney's girls' basketball team needed to notch their third win of the season. The Lady Hawks held the Cardinals scoreless in the first...


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