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 Front Page    March 1, 2007

Exploding potholes: Medical Lake City Council discusses state of city's streets

By CARA LORELLO Staff Reporter The streets are popping open around Medical Lake thanks to a series of deep freezes, rain, snow and periods of dryness this winter season. And frankly, there isn't much city officials can do to help the situation until...

 Front Page    March 1, 2007

Fairways sold to local developer

By JOHN McCALLUM Editor New Fairways Golf Course owner Buster Heitman decided a couple months ago that the best way to protect his investments was to invest in something else. Heitman and his wife Laura recently formed West Terrace Golf, LLC, to...

 Front Page    March 1, 2007

Cheney council next stop for Two Boots storage

By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The Cheney Planning Commission gave its final, official approval at its Feb. 12 meeting to the construction of a new self-storage facility on Andrus Road between First Street and Cheney-Spokane Road. Owned by Northwest...

 Front Page    March 1, 2007

EWU begins process to sell Higher Education Center Building

By NEIL PIERSON Staff Reporter Eastern Washington University moved another step closer to selling its Spokane Higher Education Center (SHEC), something that will impact about 3,500 students each quarter. Last Friday, the university's board of...

 Sports    March 1, 2007

Cheney girls still hunting for state berth

By MIKE HUFFMAN Staff Reporter The Cheney Lady Hawks state tournament hopes are still alive, but this week's games will determine whether they will pack for Tacoma as a No. 2 seed or hang up their high-tops for the year. In order for a chance to play... Full story

 Sports    March 1, 2007

McCarthy, West Valley wreck Lady Cards' postseason aspirations

By NEIL PIERSON Staff Reporter When a team's emotions go through a series of peaks and valleys, the final valley is always the toughest one to take. Such was the case for the Medical Lake girls basketball team, which saw its roller coaster season...

 Opinion    March 1, 2007

Letters to the Editor

Principal's lax attitude undermines parents' efforts In response to last week's front-page article “Cheney students define dance standards,” I am very concerned that Cheney High School principal Tom Gresch is unwilling to make a real stand on...

 By Mike Huffman    Opinion    March 1, 2007

Write to the Point- Oscars deathly boring, but Scorsese scores

I'm not sure when, exactly, I started to loathe Oscar night. I'm positive it was somewhere in the ‘90s when Billy Crystal or Whoopi Goldberg would host. They, along with Robin Williams, form an unholy trinity of “comedy” that, sometime... Full story

 Opinion    March 1, 2007

NASCAR financing plan a clunker, Sonics deserve hard look

In Our Opinion For an east-sider, the plans currently floating around to save the Seattle SuperSonics and to bring a NASCAR track to Washington state bring on stomach cramps. Still smarting from the defection of the Seahawks from Cheney in summertime...

 Education    March 1, 2007

Cheney residents honored at EWU

Two Cheney residents are included on the dean's list for the 2006-07 fall semester at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho. They are Ariel Schoenhuth and Sabrina Smith. To be eligible for the academic honor, a student must earn a minimum... Full story

 Education    March 1, 2007

Area students on UW dean's list

Three students from the Cheney area have been named to the dean's list at the University of Washington for autumn quarter. To qualify for the dean's list, a student must have completed at least 12 credits and have a grade-point average of at least...

 Education    March 1, 2007

Betz students jump for a healthy cause

By NEIL PIERSON Staff Reporter Energy is one thing elementary school kids have an abundance of, and Betz Elementary put it to good use last Thursday. This was the ninth year Betz has joined in with Jump Rope for Heart, a fundraiser started by the...

 Education    March 1, 2007

EWU library introduces iPod for checkout

By CARA LORELLO Staff Reporter A new technology feature has just been introduced at Eastern Washington University's JFK Library and, ironically, it involves reading, but not books—technically speaking. It just so happens the library is “testing...

 Neighborhood    March 1, 2007


Joe. W. Chatburn, 91, cherished husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend passed away peacefully at home in Cheney on Feb. 15. Joe was born in Albion, Idaho, on Sept. 12, 1915, one of seven children, to John and Zella Chatburn. He marri...

 Neighborhood    March 1, 2007


Pat and Ron McKinley of Cheney will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at a March 17 open house at Spokane County Fire District 3 Station, located at 10 S. Presley St. in Cheney, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The couple married on March 17, 1957, in... Full story

 Neighborhood    March 1, 2007

West Plains Art and Entertainment

Community March 27 – 7 p.m. Friends of the Cheney Community Library Book Discussion group meets at the library to review Carson McCullers' book, “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.” Jean Bruntlett will lead discussion. Call 235-4490 for more informa...

 Neighborhood    March 1, 2007

In Focus: review of Jim Carry's Number 23

by Kathy Brainard Jim Carrey gets to show off his versatility by playing two dramatic roles in his new suspense film, “The Number 23.” Carrey plays Walter Sparrow, a loving husband and father who works for an animal control agency. He also plays...

 Neighborhood    March 1, 2007

Medical Lake High School grad honored for scoutmaster services

Scoutmaster Curt White will receive the Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award in Seattle on March 13, the highest award presented by a local council. White, who is the son of Ray and Marge White of Silver Lake and a graduate of Medical Lake High...

 Neighborhood    March 1, 2007


Emmanuel Lutheran Church “Who are Lutherans?” Have you ever wondered? Lutherans come from somewhere and would like to be everywhere. Lutherans originated as people who were involved with church reform in Scandinavia and Germany. However, they...

 Neighborhood    March 1, 2007

Eastern minister brings healing message to Cheney through business sponsorship

By LUELLA DOW Contributor Through the sponsorship and invitation from Artist's Cafe and lst Street International Market, Brother Rommel from the Philippines visited Cheney this past weekend. He spoke several times at St. Rose of Lima Church, held a h...

 Sports    March 1, 2007

Higher Hoops offering shooting camp at CHS

Two basketball shooting clinics offered by Higher Hoops will take place at Cheney Middle School, for boys and girls in grades 4-9. Higher Hoops, a non-profit basketball organization based in Spokane, will offer its first clinic on March 3-4 and the... Full story

 Sports    March 1, 2007

Small-town gymnasts, big-city performances

The girls from Mountain View Gymnastics in Airway Heights competed in the Palouse Invitational meet at the University of Idaho on Saturday, Feb. 3. Danielle Bauge, Sara Goemmel and Heidi Pitman performed well enough for qualifying scores to their...

 Sports    March 1, 2007

Nadeau 13th at state meet

By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Editor's note: In last week's edition, Feb. 22, we inadvertently ran last year's story on Ryan Nadeau's performance at the boys' state swimming competition. Below are this year's state results. We apologize for the mix-up....

 News    March 1, 2007

Increasing growth and finite water supply creates dilemma for local agencies

By CARA LORELLO Staff Reporter Declining water levels are being observed throughout the West Plains, and Spokane County has begun to take notice. Representatives from the county and various state departments and universities came together with over... Full story


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