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Articles from the April 30, 2015 edition

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Cheney bond vote falling short

For the second time in just 67 days, the Cheney School District’s $44.88 million construction bond to expand and renovate its high school appears headed for defeat. As of late Tuesday evening, April 28, the bond was receiving 54.20 percent yes...

 

Forum details increased rail traffic impacts

The trains, they are a comin.’ At least more than currently pass through Cheney, and a group of residents want to keep their neighbors informed about the future traffic and how it could potentially impact the city and their livelihood. The group...

 

Being 'Firewise' keeps homeowners fire safe

While Washington's wildfire season officially started April 15, fire crews around the state have already been busy - including crews in Spokane County Fire District 3. District Division Chief Debby Do...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    April 30, 2015

Spokane Transit Authority amends bylaws, gives small cities extra vote

The cities on the West Plains, as well as Liberty Lake and Millwood, will have more of a presence on the Spokane Transit Authority board of directors. At a special April 23 meeting, the STA board voted 5-4 to amend one of its bylaws to change the...

 

Opening day celebrations

A sizable number of the 400 area baseball and softball players took part in the 11th annual West Plains Little League opening day festivities last Saturday at Salnave Field. Activities included...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    April 30, 2015

Medical Lake to go out on bid for playground equipment

The city of Medical Lake is in the process of purchasing playground equipment for Pioneer Park, but it’s taking a little longer than expected. During the April 21 City Council meeting, City Administrator Doug Ross informed council that the city...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    April 30, 2015

Fishin' for breakfast

Medical Lake assistant fire chief Corey Stevens (center) speaks with a couple of local residents during the 51st Annual Fisherman's Breakfast, April 25. Stevens was one of many Medical Lake Fire...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    April 30, 2015

Jackson believes West Plains positioned well for growth

Joe Jackson has big dreams. One is that each of the three very different, strong communities on the West Plains has an LED reader board mounted at the main entrance to each city, advertising all...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    April 30, 2015

Steve Makar retires from Airway Heights Police Department

The Airway Heights Police Department had a recent shift in its personnel when code enforcement officer Steve Makar retired April 27. Makar, born and raised in New York, became a police officer for...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    April 30, 2015

K9 Dog Fun Run and Walk

Several residents and their canine companions took part in the Airway Heights Parks and Recreation Department’s 5K9 Fun Run and Walk event April 18 at Sunset Park....

 
 By AL STOVER    Education    April 30, 2015

Medical Lake High band and choir competes at state

Several members of the Medical Lake High School choir and band traveled to Ellensburg to compete in the 2015 WIAA/WMEA (Washington Music Educators Association) State and Ensemble band choir...

 

EWU unveils new recycling center

Eastern Washington University's new recycling center found the perfect time - Earth Day 2015 - to officially unveil its new recycling center. The $1.7 million facility, located on the northwest...

 

Conley, Dotson and King advance to national FBLA conference

The middle level FBLA clubs (Future Business Leaders of America) from Cheney Middle School and Westwood Middle School represented the Cheney School District at the Washington State Business...

 

Eastern fraternity is suspended

Citing undisclosed violations, the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at Eastern Washington University has been suspended. "Eastern Washington University is working in partnership with the national chapter...

 

West Plains Briefs

WPCC May Breakfast Please join the West Plains Chamber of Commerce for their monthly breakfast on May 7 at Eastern Washington University in the Hargreaves Hall reading room at 7 a.m. This month’s breakfast celebrates Youth in Leadership by... Full story

 

Cheney High School announces winter honor roll

JUNIORS 3.9-3.5 GPA — Ethan J. Baker, Guillem Bassedas Ferre, Seth A. Beaudreault, Timothy T. Bennett, Reann K. Black, Hannah C. Blazon, Lacy R. Bunting, Taylor B. Calvert, Jessica Rose T. Camacho, Gillian M. Caruthers, Alberto J. Chavez,...

 

Cheney's loss is Surprise, Arizona's gain

The individual picked by the Cheney School District to replace outgoing athletics director Jim Missel is going to have big shoes to fill. Missel’s actual title is assistant principal for student activities, and it’s more appropriate and accurate...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    April 30, 2015

Jenner's announcement should lead to more understanding

This past weekend, the media was buzzing after reality-television personality and Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner publicly came out as a transgender woman in an April 24 interview with Diane Sawyer on “20/20.” I wasn’t surprised by...

 

Attend the coal and oil train community forum

Next week on Wednesday May 6, you’ll have the opportunity to attend a community forum about the coal and oil trains that pass through Cheney around the clock.  Some of us are concerned about the safety of the loads carried by those trains. I...

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY April 20 Trespassing was reported on the 1100 block of First Street. April 21 Third-degree theft was reported on the 700 block of West First Street. A black bicycle was taken. A vehicle was taken without the owner’s permission on the 800...

 

Kelsey Cook brings 'Ladies First' show to Spokane

Cheney High graduate Kelsey Cook is bringing her stand-up comedy talent back to Spokane this weekend for a Friday night show at the Bing Crosby Theatre. Cook is a 2011 graduate of Washington State...

 

What's Happening on the West Plains

City of Cheney • May 1, Baby Play and Learn Storytime (ages 0 – 18 months), community library, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. • May 4, Dance Class, Wren Pierson Community Center, 7:15 – 8:15 p.m. • May 5, Senior Light Fitness, Wren Pierson... Full story

 

Rewards worth every dollar spent

We all have credit cards that rack up points or miles. The other week my wife cashed in my Alaska airlines miles for a roundtrip ticket for me from Spokane to Tahoe, via the Sacramento airport for a family vacation. Twelve dollars for the ticket, min...

 

Looking Back

10 Years Ago April 28, 2005 Airway Heights was the happening place on the West Plains with solid growth reported community development director Tom Lein. With a population, not counting inmates from the correctional facility, of 2,490, the city was i...

 

Looking back with the Cheney Historical Museum

One hundred twenty-five years ago in 1890, the City of Cheney obtained title to Fish Lake to use as its water supply. Ownership of the lake lasted until 1947. The pumping system came from a Portland firm. Prior to this, the municipal water system...

 

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