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Articles from the January 24, 2013 edition

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Back at the transportation table

The Cheney City Council unanimously approved a new interlocal agreement with the Spokane Regional Transportation Commission that included one major, long-sought after provision – a voice in regional transportation. “It does give the city of...

 

AH council ends STEP agreement

At its Tuesday, Jan. 22 meeting, the Airway Heights City Council unanimously voted to fully terminate the interlocal agreement between the city and Spokane County regarding services and impacts of tribal gaming on Indian lands. The interlocal...

 

Bringing history to life

Lt. Col. James O’Connell, from the 92nd Air Refueling Wing at Fairchild Air Force Base, talks about the base’s history in the Spokane area at the Airway Heights Library, Wednesday, Jan. 16....

 

Founder’s Day desperately needs volunteers

Founder’s Day in Medical Lake is an annual tradition reaching back decades in time, celebrating the founding of the city and its rich history. The third Saturday in June, is arguably the biggest day each year for Medical Lake, drawing countless...

 

Cool colors

Bands of yellow, magenta and salmon pink streak the western sky last Friday evening. The warm colors belie the cold temperatures, which should finally reach the 30s this week after several frigid...

 

Moving, but not yet

Jarms Hardware owner Tom Jarms said he had a couple calls last weekend when word came out that the family-owned business on Second Street was moving to a new location next to the Trading Company at 6 Cheney-Spangle Road. Apparently some believed the...

 
 By James Eik    News    January 24, 2013

More details emerge in Airway Heights shooting

More details were released last week regarding a shooting just north of Airway Heights on the 4000 block of North Garfield Road the morning of Sunday, Jan. 13. Mark Cavazos, 53, called police around 4:23 a.m. Jan. 13 reporting a homicide and that he...

 
 By Zoey Palmer    News    January 24, 2013

Bills ignite debate on health insurance abortion requirement

WNPA Olympia News Bureau Two bills introduced early in this legislative session would require any health-insurance plan in Washington state that covers maternal care to also cover abortions. HB 1044 and SB 5009, collectively known as the...

 

Consumers should check their receipts closely for “checkout fees”

Spokane Teachers Credit Union is reminding consumers that starting Jan. 27 they may start seeing signs in some of the places they shop, notifying them that a surcharge of up to 4 percent is being added to purchases made with any credit card. It...

 
 By CHRIS THOMAS    News    January 24, 2013

Washington joins backlash against ‘Citizens United’ decision

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington lawmakers are being asked to take a stand on campaign finance reform. On Jan. 17, a coalition called WAMEND presented the Legislature with 10,000 signatures, asking...

 

For frustrated families, strategies for homework help

SEATTLE - Homework does not have to be a battle between kids and parents. At a workshop in Seattle today, after-school care providers are learning strategies to help kids of all ages with their homework assignments. The trainer, Karen Summers with...

 

Cheney music students head to prestigious conference

Seven Cheney High School music students have been selected to participate in the 2013 Washington Music Educators Association All-State and All-Northwest performing groups, Feb. 14-17 in Portland,...

 

Sonora Hetrick serves as legislative page for Sen. Mark Schoesler

Sonora Hetrick, a 10th grade student from Cheney High School, spent last week working as a page for the Washington State Senate at the Capitol in Olympia. Hetrick was one of 16 students who served as...

 

CHS announces junior honor roll for 2012-13

The following Cheney High School juniors received placement on the 2012-13 first trimester honor roll. In order to qualify for placement, students must earn a grade point average of 3.50 or above. Amy D. Anderson, Fletcher D. Aukerman, Samantha L....

 

CHS announces students of the month

Cheney High School recently named its students of the month for December 2012. They are listed follows for department, name and grade: Agriculture, Nicolas Best, freshman; Art, Darien Brophy, senior;...

 

CMS November students of the month

Cheney Middle School students of the month for November are Anya Guadamuz, Jacob Hubbard, Anthony Quiroz, Kari Kane, Sergey Kushnerchuk, Drake Johnson, Collin Peirone, Robert Murray, Zoe Engle,...

 

CHS announces sophomores in first trimester 2012-13 honor roll

The following Cheney High School sophomores received placement on the 2012-13 first trimester honor roll. In order to qualify for placement, students must earn a grade point average of 3.50 or above. Ashleigh A. Allington, Caleb A. Athonvarangkul,...

 

Finding ways to make people pay for their crimes

Why 23-year-old Joseph Knop broke into the Lake Assembly Church in Medical Lake Jan. 13 and did an estimated $50,000 in damage still remains a mystery. Doors destroyed, shattered glass vases and windows. Electronics and musical instruments ruined and...

 

Re-defining the meaning of greatest country in the world, through happiness

I’ve recently developed an interest in lists. Actually it’s always been there, starting likely with David Letterman’s show in the 1980s and his top 10. When I lived in Seattle there was “The Lame List,” on a comedy show called “Almost...

 

Public access could become much tougher, if bills pass in Legislature

Two bills making their way through Washington Legislature aim to take away the public’s right to transparent government and review of public decision making. If your city, or the state ever made a decision you questioned, or if you joined a...

 

Gun control debate misses the point for school safety

As professors of sociology and criminology, we would like to say we are pleased that conversations about how to make schools safer are occurring across the nation. Prompted by the tragic shooting of 26 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook...

 

Tom Jarms loves supporting the ‘small town atmosphere.'

In 1972 Ron Jarms, who worked for Osco Drug Stores in Iowa, was confronted with a choice of moving to Chicago or coming west. Ron gathered his family and came to Cheney where the Edgett brothers were...

 

Hodgins helps fuel EWU women to three straight wins

A fire has been built under the Eastern Washington women’s basketball team, fueled by the play of redshirt freshman Haley Hodgins. With the Pasco product scoring a career high 22 points this past...

 

Saturday’s Spirit Game lets us see how it used to be ‘back in the day’

Back in “the day,” that magical time when it seems so many things were so much better, cleaner and real, filling the basketball gym on a Friday night was as automatic as students battling back and forth with the classic cheer: “We have spirit,...

 

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