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Local levies headed for passage

School district administrators throughout Spokane County were breathing easier Tuesday evening as all of the educational and programs and operations levies appeared headed for passage. That included measures in Cheney and Medical Lake districts. At p...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    February 15, 2018

Medical Lake council deals with fire, EMS issues

With one levy vote for schools already complete, Medical Lake residents can set their sights down the road for another. At the Feb. 6 City Council meeting, Fire Chief Jayson Mayfield gave a brief and...

 

All you need to do, is ask

Cheney Freemasons Greg Ammons and Rob Steiner want the community to know that local Masonic Temple Lodge No. 42 is alive, doing well and looking for new members. The latter is a situation many...

 
 By Grace Pohl    News    February 15, 2018

Airway Heights council discusses Crime Check use

At the Feb. 12 Airway Heights City Council study session meeting, Police Chief Lee Bennett told the council that the city could now use Crime Check if they wanted to go forward with it. “It is just something to think about,” Bennett said....

 

Petek races along non-stop at Medical Lake

By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Medical Lake High School's senior dynamo Hannah Petek seemed just a bit relieved this past Monday when she had to say, "I didn't make it on the court." That's the group...

 

Cheney School District names Blackhawk alum new director of finance

The Cheney School District has hired a former Blackhawk as its new finance director. The district announced in a Feb. 8 news release it had selected Jamie Weingart as the next director of finance. Weingart replaces Kassidy Probert, who announced last...

 

Bruess makes Norwich University dean's list

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University has announced that former Cheney resident Brayden W. Bruess has been recognized on the university’s dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester. Dean’s list recipients are full-time undergraduate students at...

 
 By GRACE POHL    News    February 15, 2018

Grocery Outlet offers continuing fundraiser for Sunset

Grocery Outlet in Airway Heights recently started a new program for families at Sunset Elementary School. The owners, Dylan and Tanja Hartung, sent out a letter to everyone at Sunset that included a...

 

Eastern Washington University to move programs to Spokane

Eastern Washington University has been growing over the years in Cheney and it is now even expanding in Spokane. It was announced on Feb. 6 that EWU was selected as the primary tenant in Avista Develo...

 

Lodging tax grant applications accepted

The city of Cheney is now accepting applications for funding for events that promote tourism in the city of Cheney. The sources of the funds are the lodging taxes that are collected on overnight stays in lodging establishments within the city of...

 

Cheney commission gets code enforcement update

Cheney police department Capt. Rick Campbell explained to the city’s Planning Commission at its Feb. 12 meeting why it’s a good idea for residents to make sure their grass is mowed and yards are free of debris. Campbell has been handling code...

 

A delightful display at Turnbull

In spite of the chilly temperatures last Saturday morning, Feb. 10, nearly a dozen visitors to Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge were entertained and impressed by two pairs of Trumpeter Swans that...

 

Celebrated Irish group Celtic Woman comes to Northern Quest

Global and cultural phenomenon Celtic Woman will bring the rich musical and cultural heritage of Ireland as part of their Homecoming Tour to Northern Quest Resort & Casino’s Pend Oreille Pavilion for two shows on Wednesday, May 30 and Thursday, May...

 

Free tax assistance and e-file now available

The AARP Free Tax-aide assistance program is running now through April 13 at three locations on the West Plains. AARP Tax-aide in partnership with the IRS, sponsors the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE)...

 

Schoesler leads Senate in honoring the lives of John and Lois Spellman

OLYMPIA – The Washington Senate paused during deliberations Feb. 13 to remember former Gov. John Spellman and former First Lady Lois Spellman and their service to the people of state. Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler (9th District –...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    February 15, 2018

You might want to re-think about thinking spring

They're playing golf at The Fairways, some flowers are starting to peek through the ground and, yes, even the occasional convertible with its top down is seen sometimes. But while the last couple of w...

 

News Briefs

One arrest in Medical Lake exit accident An early morning collision on Interstate 90 near the Medical Lake exit was apparently caused by a cellphone. According to a Washington State Patrol press release, at approximately 12:05 a.m. Feb. 7, a black,...

 

Unified Olympic Korea offers hope, if somewhat tainted by reality

Like many people watching the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics opening ceremony Friday night, I felt some pride and a sense of hopefulness during the entry of the unified Korean team. South and North Korean athletes marching together, under the same flag...

 

Our cities are balancing their budgets with fees to the citizens

Have you carefully checked your utility bills lately? Most people don’t unless they are monsters like the ones for garbage in Scranton, Pennsylvania and Los Angeles. In Vancouver, Washington our garbage and recycling bill now has an added 3.6...

 

The homeless problem has several solutions

I see my eye specialist five or six times a year. My normal route to his office takes me past the homeless gathering under the I-90 bridge across from Lewis and Clark High School. They don’t seem to be hurting anybody, and there is no law against...

 

Poor posture Trump's nuclear doctrine resumes Cold War

While elected officials of our increasingly dysfunctional democracy debated “memogate,” the world became more dangerous as President Donald Trump’s Nuclear Posture Review was officially released on Friday, Feb. 2. Ignoring scientific studies...

 

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Feb. 14, 2008 In efforts to improve the relations between the community and law enforcement, the Cheney Police Department begun its community-policing program. Cheney Lt. Dave Mather...

 

Churches

Cheney Congregational Church On Sunday, Feb. 18, Cheney Congregational Church invites the community to join us in celebrating our 137th birthday. Our Church was founded above a saloon on First Street in Cheney. We have a proud history in the Congrega...

 

LOOKING BACK WITH CHENEY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Fifty years ago on January 20 1968, the Cheney Public Library was dedicated under the board of Joan Tracy, chair; Woody Johnson, J. Eugene Fletcher, Ronald P. Lemmen, and Stutley Pierce. Learn more about our area’s history at ww...

 

Dr. Meta Margaretha Gibbs

Dr. Meta Margaretha Gibbs , a resident of Cheney, passed away in Marple Township, Pa. on Dec. 31, 2017, following a two-year battle with cancer at 75. In her final days she was with her entire... Full story

 

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