Articles from the February 13, 2014 edition

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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 13, 2014

Council advances marijuana ordinance

Cheney’s City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to move the city’s interim marijuana facility zoning ordinance forward in the process that could result in it becoming law. The council approved Resolution E-196 that “adopts the...

 By AL STOVER    Front Page    February 13, 2014

AH plans to talk STEP to Spokane

During the Feb. 10 Airway Heights City study session, Mayor Patrick Rushing announced that the Spokane City Council reversed their decision on the Spokane Tribe Economic Project (STEP). Rushing said he was requested to go to the Feb. 24 Spokane City...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 13, 2014

Local dentists provide free smiles for area students

A pair of local dentist offices were filled with smiles last Friday, albeit smiles of the "Open wide" type. The office of doctors Marshall Gibbs and Bob Stockton, along with the Inland Center for...

 By AL STOVER    Front Page    February 13, 2014

Joanna Williams named 2013 Medical Lake Senior Citizen of the Year

At noon, Joanna Williams was greeting guests at the door and having them sign in before they went to their tables. One hour later, she would in front of a podium to receive an honor that has been...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    February 13, 2014

Historic Preservation Commission finally views bylaws

The Cheney Historical Preservation Commission’s first meeting of 2014 featured a look at what might be considered a historical document – one most, if not all, of the members had never seen before. The commission is beginning the year with a revi...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    February 13, 2014

Cheney commission begins hearing on Clay Street rezone

Cheney’s Planning Commission opened a somewhat unusual public hearing Monday night on a proposed rezone that has some local residents not only frustrated about the proposal, but also that the area is even zoned the way it is in the first place....

 Neighborhood    February 13, 2014

Like it or not, America is addicted to drugs

A and B are two individuals sitting in the mall arguing. A says,“America is addicted.” B counters, “What are you talking about? Not me, I’m not addicted.” A points a finger in B’s face, “Yes you are. Do you want to do without your...

 Neighborhood    February 13, 2014


Emmanuel Lutheran Church Emmanuel Lutheran Church invites you to worship with us this Sunday, Feb. 16, as we celebrate the sixth Sunday after Epiphany at 10:30 a.m. Christian education for grade school through adult meets at 9 a.m. Fellowship hour...

 Obituaries    February 13, 2014

GESCHKE, Bertie I. (Heng)

GESCHKE, Bertie I. (Heng) Passed away on Friday Feb. 7, 2014 in Cheney, Wash. Bertie was born June 21, 1916, in Barnesville, Minn., to John and Elsie (Wilson) Heng. Upon graduating from school,... Full story

 Neighborhood    February 13, 2014

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Feb. 19, 2004 Medical Lake was turned down in its request to Spokane County for $10,000 in funding to assist with improvements to Coney Island Park. Cheney and Rogers High School engaged...

 Calendar    February 13, 2014

What's Happening on the West Plains

City of Cheney • Feb. 14, Baby Play and Learn Storytime (0 – 18 months), community library, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. • Feb. 14, StageWest auditions for spring play, Emmanuel Lutheran Fellowship Hall 7 – 8 p.m. • Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day... Full story

 By Dr. E. KIRSTEN PETERS    Neighborhood    February 13, 2014

Those small, short-lived but splendid snowflakes

Those of us living in the northern half of the country can be forgiven for being tired – at this stage of winter – of shoveling snow. I enjoy the brightness snow can bring to dark winter days,...

 Education    February 13, 2014

Cheney FBLA Club to head to state conference in April

The Cheney Future Business Leaders of America just completed another very successful 2014 Northeast Regional Winter Conference at the Eastpoint Church in Spokane Valley. Cheney was able to qualify 56...

 Education    February 13, 2014

Board of trustees begins search for next president

The EWU Board of Trustees will not waste any time in looking for a replacement for President Rodolfo Arévalo, who is set to retire in the summer. In a statement, EWU board of trustees chair Pat Tanaka said that the board held in a special meeting,...

 By AL STOVER    Education    February 13, 2014

Hallett Elementary PTSO hosts annual carnival

The sound of laughter and happy screaming filled the Hallett Elementary school gym as children played carnival games such as Hole-N-One Golf, Ring Toss and Rad Racer skee ball. The Hallett Elementary...

 Education    February 13, 2014

Cheney Middle School FLBA sends three to state conference

The Cheney Middle School Future Business Leaders of America Club just completed competition in the 2014 North East Regional Winter Conference at the Eastpoint Church in Spokane Valley. The Cheney Middle School Club was able to acquire three spots...

 Education    February 13, 2014

Whitworth University students qualify for Laureate Society

The following Whitworth University students have been named to the Whitworth University Laureate Society for fall semester 2013: Danielle Burris, Medical Lake and Donna Schrock, Medical Lake. The student(s) qualified for the academic honors society...

 Education    February 13, 2014

Cheney and Medical Lake residents make Dean's lists

The following is a list of Cheney and Medical Lake high school alumni that have been named to their college academic performance lists. Creighton University:Teresa Jensen, Medical Lake. Gonzaga University: Caley Edwards, Medical Lake, Deanna...

 Calendar    February 13, 2014

West Plains Briefs

Libraries closed Presidents Day All Spokane County Library District facilities will be closed Monday, Feb. 17, to observe Presidents’ Day. Regular hours resume Tuesday, Feb. 18. District online services remain available 24/7. STCU Cheney blood... Full story

 Opinion    February 13, 2014

Bar's behavior unprofessional and unnecessary

A new business has drawn the ire and eyes of many citizens in eastern Washington. Daiquiri Factory, a bar and grill that operates in downtown Spokane, revealed their drink menu that features a drink titled “Date Grape Kool Aid,” prior to its...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    February 13, 2014

House bill would limit public's ability to be informed about public meetings

Openness is important in maintaining public trust in our governmental organizations. Openness means access to what public officials do. It can be difficult, especially when it comes to obtaining records created by government. But openness also means...

 Opinion    February 13, 2014

Families can benefit from hosting exchange students

Responsible parents looking for ways to supplement the educational and personal growth opportunities for their children should consider hosting a teenage exchange student for an academic semester or year. Children and adults alike by interacting on...

 Opinion    February 13, 2014

'Perfect Wedding' wraps up production

Another successful StageWest Community Theatre production has come to a close. We had some good crowds for our production of “Perfect Wedding” by Robin Hawdon. There was a lot of laughter coming from the audiences.  We would like to thank the c...

 Opinion    February 13, 2014

What do coal and oil trains bring Cheney?

How does Cheney benefit from coal and oil trains? Cleaner air?  Not so much. Healthier population? Not so much. Quieter nights? Not so much. Safer and clearer intersections? Not so much. Priority passage for emergency vehicles? Not so much....

 Opinion    February 13, 2014

License fees not good for Medical Lake

Medical Lake now uses SCRAPS to handle pet license’s. For a neutered/spayed dog the price went from $10 to $25. That’s a little steep for people with multiple pets. Not a very good deal for the people of Medical Lake. Thanks. Jim Phelps Medical...


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