Articles from the February 20, 2014 edition

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 By AL STOVER    Front Page    February 20, 2014

West Plains road plan drafts presented

Spokane Planning and Development Services held an open house at the Airway Heights Library, Feb. 12, to present updated drafts of proposed road improvements and projects for the West Plains sub-area plan. Representatives were also on hand to receive...

 News    February 20, 2014

Bone marrow cheek swab today at Cheney Fire Department

Cheney and West Plains area residents can take the first step to save a life by joining the “Be The Match Registry” between 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today (Friday), Feb. 21, at the Cheney Fire Station, 611 Fourth St. A simple cheek swab is all that is...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 20, 2014

More than marijuana

The Feb. 11 Cheney City Council meeting covered more subjects than what to do about a interim zoning ordinance regarding the location of marijuana production, processing and retail outlets in the city. Besides wrapping up a public hearing and...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 20, 2014

Salnave fifth-grader wins Bloomsday poster design contest

Bloomsday founder Don Kardong stood in the Salnave Elementary School commons surrounded on three sides by enraptured students. While a few might have been focused on the former Olympic distance...

 Front Page    February 20, 2014

Free Press Publishing acquires Adams County Journal

Free Press Publishing Company has assumed full ownership of The Ritzville Adams County Journal, acquiring the newspaper from Stephen McFadden. The acquisition, McFadden said, will serve to strengthen The Journal during a time when newspapers across...

 Front Page    February 20, 2014

Tuesday's Cheney power outage due to blown 'transmission'

Cheney residents were left in the dark for a period of time late Tuesday afternoon thanks to a citywide power outage. According to city personnel, the “bump down” came as a result of a blown “transmission.” Power was out for about five...

 By KELSEY LAVELLE    News    February 20, 2014

Gibbs buys Cheney dental practice

Nobody likes going to the dentist. Everyone knows that, even Dr. Marshall Gibbs who recently acquired the former Stockton & Gibbs Dentistry practice. Gibbs is fully aware of the distaste folks...

 By KELSEY LAVELLE    News    February 20, 2014

Cheney Spinal Care brings in acupuncturist

We no longer rely on leeches and bloodletting to cure diseases, or regard convulsions and hysteria as symptoms of possession or witchcraft. Science has allowed for progress in medicine to go beyond these medieval practices. One practice that is...

 News    February 20, 2014

Holy to host telephone town hall Feb. 20

Sixth District lawmaker Rep. Jeff Holy, invites constituents to take part in a telephone town hall tonight, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Residents can call toll-free (800) 278-6179 to join the call. To ask a question of Holy during the live hour-long event,...

 Calendar    February 20, 2014

West Plains Briefs

State employees meet Feb. 26 The Washington State Retired Public Employees Chapter 14 will hold their monthly meeting at the Medical Lake City Hall (upstairs), Feb. 26, starting at noon, with a potluck lunch. The guest speaker will be Dr. Dale Clark... Full story

 By AL STOVER    News    February 20, 2014

Spokane council to reexamine decision on STEP

The Spokane Tribe Economic Project has taken a small step closer to becoming a reality. At their Feb. 3 meeting, Spokane’s City Council introduced a resolution that would rescind an earlier one regarding the council taking a position on the...

 By AL STOVER    News    February 20, 2014

Drivers hospitalized after SR 902 accident

A West Plains resident and an Arizona driver were taken to the hospital following a two-car collision, Friday, Feb. 14. According to a Washington State Patrol memo, a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban, driven by Samantha L. Turnbough, 34, of Medical Lake, was...

 News    February 20, 2014

No fish in this river

Last week's rain and warm temperatures made short work of what little snowpack this area had, created large amounts of standing water and in some cases, such as this stormwater ditch along Fred Johns...

 By AL STOVER    Neighborhood    February 20, 2014

Daddies and daughters dance the night away while mothers and sons save the day

The sound of Frank Sinatra filled the air as fathers and daughters walked on the red carpet into the Sunset Elementary School gym where stars, streamers and balloons were scattered all over the...

 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    February 20, 2014

Do you know what a coyote looks like? Know your nature

It’s been years since I’ve stopped to visit “Cat Tales” on Highway 2. Every time I drive by I say to myself, “Stop one of these days and see the animals.” And every time I whiz on by. We Americans seem to be forever in a rush to somewhere...

 Neighborhood    February 20, 2014


Emmanuel Lutheran Church Emmanuel Lutheran Church will celebrate the Seventh Sunday after Epiphany this week Feb. 23, at 10:30 a.m. Christian education for ages grade school through adult begins at 9 a.m. Mark your calendars and plan to join us in...

 Obituaries    February 20, 2014

Kenneth M. Claussen

Kenneth M. Claussen Kenneth M. Claussen passed away Feb.11, 2014 with his daughters Dawn Denise and KenniKay at his side. Due to failing health and needing more assistance, Kenny had been a resident... Full story

 Neighborhood    February 20, 2014

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Feb. 26, 2004 With the 9th District Position 2 seat in the Washington State Legislature being vacated by Rep. Mark Schoesler who would run for the senate seat, the first candidate to file for the office was Jeff Phelps from Pullman. Don...

 Neighborhood    February 20, 2014

What's Happening on the West Plains

City of Cheney • Feb. 21, Baby Play and Learn Storytime (ages 0 – 18 months), community library, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. • Feb. 24, LWR Quilters meeting, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 1 p.m. • Feb. 24, Al-Anon meeting, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 5 ... Full story

 By AL STOVER    Sports    February 20, 2014

Wessels, Waterman advance to state wrestling

Seven Cheney Blackhawks wrestlers went to West Valley High School to compete in regionals, Feb. 14-15. Of the seven, two will make the trip to Mat Classic XXVI, the state championships that take...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    February 20, 2014

Eastern sweeps Sac State, Northern Arizona

Eastern Washington brought out the long-range artillery Saturday with Tyler Harvey taking aim to shoot Northern Arizona out of Reese Court during the Eagles' 84-65 crushing of the Lumberjacks in a...

 By NEWS SERVICE REPORTS    Sports    February 20, 2014

Jersey of EWU legend Ron Cox to be retired on March 8

More than 30 years later, No. 30 is going to be hung on the wall in the venue he helped open. Ron Cox, who earned All-America recognition all four seasons he played basketball for Eastern Washington...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    February 20, 2014

Asking those tough questions is never easy

For those who saw NBC sports reporter Christin Cooper’s interview with skier Bode Miller after he tied for a bronze medal in the super-G at the Sochi Olympics, one request. Don’t be so quick to judge, unless you’ve been there. Cooper has...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    February 20, 2014

Reclassification: Looking how our neighbors approach it

There’s a lot that’s alike when it comes to how the schools in the state of Washington, and those in the neighboring states of Idaho and Oregon, organize their athletics and activities. But there are significant differences, too, in how each...

 Sports    February 20, 2014

Eastern women host S. Utah, travel to Portland St.

FROM NEWS SERVICE REPORTS With three weeks of conference play remaining, the Eastern Washington women’s basketball team will look to solidify its spot in the Big Sky Tournament with a pair of games this week. Southern Utah visits Reese Court...


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