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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 28, 2013

Cheney council agenda mostly FYI

Cheney’s final City Council meeting in February was long – relatively – on information items and short on action. Council members were briefed by Spokane County GIS manager Ian Van Essen and Greater Spokane Incorporated vice president for...

 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    February 28, 2013

ML turns down new proposal

Discussions regarding Spokane County’s Joint Land Use Study continue in Medical Lake, which remains the only jurisdiction that hasn’t approved the document. Medical Lake sent Spokane County a memorandum of understanding with certain provisions...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 28, 2013

Stepping up to the challenge

It’s a challenge. Ask any of the over 1,500 firefighters signed up for Seattle’s 22nd annual Scott Firefighter Stair Climb Sunday March 10 why they’re willing to don their protective gear and as...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    February 28, 2013

Code Red gives Eastern’s Reese Court a new vibe

Reese Court got a physical remake in 2012 with new seats and a video display. Those improvements at the home of Eastern Washington University’s basketball and volleyball programs have now been...

 By JAMES EIK    News    February 28, 2013

Medical Lake responds to last week’s council critique

The Medical Lake City Council faced criticism last week during its legislative session, much of which according to Mayor John Higgins, wasn’t warranted. “It was a bit out of line,” he said. City resident Bob Kibling told the City Council it...

 By JAMES EIK    News    February 28, 2013

Estes steps down as Medical Lake Fire Chief

The Medical Lake Fire Department is in a state of transition right now, with the departure of Fire Chief Jeff Estes. Assistant Chief Jason Mayfield is serving as interim chief until a final decision is made on the top job. City Administrator Doug...

 News    February 28, 2013

Eastern Washington is again host to FIRST Robotics teams

As part of their ongoing effort to promote programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Eastern Washington University with the assistance of Greater Spokane Incorporated will once again bring the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) to...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    February 28, 2013

Love of classroom helps Ray Picicci earn state award

Most people think of the role of assistant principle as disciplinarian in chief. While there is some of that, Cheney High School assistant principal Ray Picicci believes the role is much more –...

 Education    February 28, 2013

Hallett Elementary students win January awards

Students at Medical Lake’s Hallett Elementary School earning the HAWK Award for January are: Levi Dunham, Connor Preeo, Cailee Hawkins, Rianna Layton, Josh Henry, Makenna Wieck, Kobe Turnbough, Bryan Hawkins, Atlas Martin-Labrucherie, Vanessa...

 Education    February 28, 2013

Blackhawks January Students of the Month

Standing left to right: sophomore Andrew Tenney, world languages; sophomore Madison Neperud, science; senior Kendall Case, family & consumer science; junior Konstantin Mikhalchuk, social studies;...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    February 28, 2013

D’Tails Pet Salon opens to take care of furry friends

“Dogs leave paw prints on your heart.” The phrase stenciled on a blue wall, next to a pair of paw prints, at D’Tails Pet Salon may be about owner Shelley Clark’s personal preference for our...

 By JAMES EIK    News    February 28, 2013

No Surrender Tattoo parlor opens in Airway Heights

Tattooing is just an art form for Matt Quale at his new shop in Airway Heights, No Surrender Tattoo. Quale and his wife Terese opened the shop about three weeks ago at 12924 W. Sunset Highway, hiring four tattoo artists. Combined, everyone in the...

 Opinion    February 28, 2013

The Sequester: Another end-of-the-world tall tale

OK, we survived the Mayan apocalypse Dec. 21 and not long after were steered away at the last minute from the fiscal cliff Now we’re led to believe if we listen to President Obama that come March 1 there’s yet another end-of-the-world as we know...

 Opinion    February 28, 2013

Federal workers shouldn’t be the go-to source for sequester cuts

Over the last 29 years of my life, I have worked for the federal government- both in military and civilian status. For the most part I have enjoyed working my career, but I like many of my hard working and dedicated colleagues we have endured many...

 By JAMES EIK    Opinion    February 28, 2013

It’s no longer about the light bulb; it’s about the future

Things are about to change. It might not be apparent just yet, but the world is living in an exciting time for technology. In truth, we’re living among the Teslas and Edisons of today’s generation and the level of technological growth is just...

 Opinion    February 28, 2013

A cultural tipping point in the United States

We, the U.S.A., have reached a cultural and economic tipping point, the recent school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the recent killing of Christ Stevens, ambassador in Libya, the refusal of our former Secretary of State to take full and unconditional...

 Opinion    February 28, 2013

Graduation alternatives could help save a life

I am writing this due to the short memory of some of our high school senior parents. It is amazing to me that some parents view their lack of convenience as more important than the safety of the entire class on graduation night. Unlike a few of...

 Opinion    February 28, 2013

Late night food spots are needed in Cheney

As a Cheney resident I look out my window and see many hungry college kids wandering the streets at night. I think that this has great potential for the members of our society to be brought together through their hunger. All of the places in Cheney...

 Opinion    February 28, 2013

Obama started the sequester

Didn’t know what to make of it. President Obama’s denunciation of sequestration, and the plagues, pestilence, death, destruction and horrible heartburn that he assures us are sure to follow if sequestration goes into effect, had me thinking...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Neighborhood    February 28, 2013

Cheney’s Nancy Gasper plays duel roles in ‘Speech & Debate’

It can be a challenge playing what Nancy Gasper termed the “designated adult” in a play centered on teenagers and their struggles for identity. In Gasper’s case, the Cheney resident is playing...

 Neighborhood    February 28, 2013

National American Legion Auxiliary president visits Cheney chapter

Cheney is in for a rare treat as American Legion Auxiliary national president Peggy Thomas pays a visit in early March during a swing through Washington. Thomas will be the guest speaker at a dinner...

 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    February 28, 2013

Steve and Colleen Messeter are busy people who get things done

There is an old saying, “If you want something done ask a busy person.” Those words ring true many times. Say hello to Steven and Colleen Messetter. Both of them grew up in Montana. They met in...

 Obituaries    February 28, 2013

Joyce N. Smith

Joyce N. Smith passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in her sleep Feb. 17, 2013 at the age of 77. She was born in Cashmere, Wash. to Edward and Esther Hoff on June 12, 1935. She grew up in Marlin,... Full story

 Obituaries    February 28, 2013

JoAnn L. Keele

JoAnn L. (Neglay/Johnson) Keele, age 73 died Feb. 18, 2013 at her home in Cheney, Wash. She was born to the late Dale and Margaret Neglay on June 11, 1939. JoAnn married the late Merril (Butch)... Full story

 Neighborhood    February 28, 2013

Looking Back

10 Years Ago March 6, 2003 The search for a new superintendent of schools for Cheney was pared down to three, including Terrell Dinicht from Twin Falls, Idaho; Michael Dunn, Spokane School District...


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