Articles from the March 6, 2014 edition

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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    March 6, 2014

Help wanted in Cheney, but not just yet

When it comes to hiring a replacement for recently departed City Administrator Arlene Fisher, Cheney is taking the same approach it did when Parks and Recreation Director Paul Simmons left in November 2013 — wait. Mayor Tom Trulove doesn’t antici...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    March 6, 2014

Silverbird airstrip up once again

Cheney Spokane Road residents about a half mile northeast of Cheney will once again find themselves making a case before a Spokane County hearing examiner in opposition to construction of a proposed...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    March 6, 2014

Monday Memorial

Dr. Raphael Guillory, professor and interim Chicano Education Director, speaks at the Monday, March 3 memorial service at Eastern Washington University's Showalter Auditorium honoring Ashley Gonzales...

 By AL STOVER    Front Page    March 6, 2014

Rita Osborne reappointed to Planning Commission

Airway Heights Mayor Patrick Rushing had a couple of big announcements at the March 4 City Council meeting. Rushing said he attended the Feb. 24 Spokane City Council meeting, where he gave a three-minute presentation on the Airway Heights Joint Land...

 By CHRISTOPHER LOPAZE    Front Page    March 6, 2014

Washington cities scrapping for share of marijuana tax revenues

OLYMPIA – A new economic forecast predicts recreational-marijuana businesses will bring millions to the state, and the fight is underway for how the proceeds will be spent, with cities vying for a share. Recreational-marijuana business is...

 By KELSEY LAVELLE    News    March 6, 2014

Flora tells EWU students sustainability is the best way to health

As founder and executive director for Sustainable Obtainable Solutions, Gloria Flora uses her 22- years of experience in the Forest Service to inform and motivate locals to move toward a more sustainable lifestyle. Flora delivered the keynote address...

 By AL STOVER    News    March 6, 2014

Pet owners have choices during animals' final days

For families who need funeral services for their pets there is Northwest Pet Cremation Services, in Airway Heights. James Konitzer, owner and operator of Northwest Pet Cremation Services has spent 30...

 By AL STOVER    News    March 6, 2014

Russ Seaton opens Pro Muffler and Brakes in Airway Heights

Russ Seaton grew tired of the “hustle, rustle and bustle” of Seattle, so he decided to open Pro Muffler and Brakes, on 14022 West Highway 2 in Airway Heights. “I decided to slow down a little bit, so I opened up a ‘mom-and-pop shop’ in...

 By AL STOVER    Education    March 6, 2014

ML School District awarded $100,000 grant

Medical Lake High School will be getting an addition in the future. STEM coordinator Ann Everett announced that the district was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Cornelius E. Hagan Foundation at the Feb. 25 regular Medical Lake school board...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    March 6, 2014

Cheney school enrollment remains above budget, headcount expectations

Enrollment in the Cheney School District, both full-time equivalent (FTE) students and actual headcounts, continues to remain strong and above counts at this time last year. At the Feb. 26 regular Cheney school board meeting, Executive Director of...

 Education    March 6, 2014

Medical Lake High School announces honor students for the fall semester

Editor’s Note: This is a continuation from the list published in the Feb. 26 issue of the Cheney Free Press. Juniors Principal’s Honor Roll: 4.0 — 3.5 GPA — Cameron A. Brumgard, Stephanie T. Burris, Annette J. Carlson, Gabriel N....

 Education    March 6, 2014

Westwood Middle School reveals honor roll for most recent term

Editor’s Note: This is a continuation from the list published in the Feb. 26 issue of the Cheney Free Press. Eighth Grade 3.5 — 3.0 GPA — Keaton I. Mitchell, Zachary J. Nguyen, Ruby M. Thompson, Collin B. King, Gabriel J. Beaudreault, Tiana N....

 By AL STOVER    Education    March 6, 2014

EWU holds drag show fundraiser

Miss Ivy Winters, a contestant from "RuPaul's Drag Race," performs a lip-sync at the annual drag show fundraiser at EWU, Feb. 27, in the PUB MPR. All proceeds from the event went to the Spokane Aids...

 Calendar    March 6, 2014

West Plains Briefs

Alpha Xi Delta spaghetti feed Alpha Xi Delta at Eastern Washington University will be holding its annual spaghetti feed to benefit its philanthropy, Autism Speaks, Friday, March 7 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Alpha Xi Delta house. There is a $5... Full story

 Opinion    March 6, 2014

Diligence should be practiced in all walks of life

Cheney and Medical Lake school districts have been promoting character education at all grade levels since the start of the current school year, using a list of monthly traits developed by the Spokane Valley organization PACE — Partners Advancing...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    March 6, 2014

County commissioners need to be straightforward about Proposition 1, round two

The semi-annual Spokane Regional Council of Governments meeting, known as COG (to everything there is an acronym) proved entertaining and informative last Friday. Particularly when it came to Fairchild Air Force Base and the surrounding environs....

 Opinion    March 6, 2014

Post No. 11326 celebrates 21 years of service to Cheney

With the coming of the New Year our local post, the A. and T. Mautausch Post 11326 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, began our twenty-first year of service to the city of Cheney and the surrounding area. Our mission is to serve veterans of our armed...

 Opinion    March 6, 2014

What ever happened to competition?

Well, well, well, news flash, former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Terry Yonkers has come out and stated that the Spokane Tribe Economic Project has a “low and insignificant disruption to the Fairchild flying mission.” This along with...

 News    March 6, 2014

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Feb. 25 An incorrigible youth was reported at Betz Elementary School. Third-degree theft was reported on the 2400 block of University Lane. A motor scooter was taken. An abandoned blue Dodge Neon was impounded from the city lot. The vehicle,...

 Neighborhood    March 6, 2014

Story of Sanders Branch School more than expected

By LUELLA DOW Contributor When I asked Helen Boots if I could browse through the book she had written about the country school she attended as a girl, I expected it to be a text I could easily hold...

 Neighborhood    March 6, 2014


Emmanuel Lutheran Church The first Sunday of Lent will be celebrated at Emmanuel Lutheran Church this week on March 9. All are welcome to worship at 10:30 a.m. Christian education for grade school children through adult begins at 9 a.m. Emmanuel woul...

 Neighborhood    March 6, 2014

Cheney Spokane IAFI trip; lecture

The Cheney-Spokane Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute is holding its annual spring hiking and field trip to the Lower Palouse Canyon to Palouse Falls Saturday, March 15. The hike runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is led by Lloyd Stoess and Gene Kiver...

 Neighborhood    March 6, 2014

What's Happening on the West Plains

City of Cheney • March 7, Baby Play and Learn Time (0-18 months), community library, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. • March 8, Second Friday Late Night (middle school grades), EWU URC, 6 – 10 p.m. • March 10, LWR Quilters meeting, Emmanuel Lutheran... Full story

 Neighborhood    March 6, 2014

Looking Back

10 Years Ago March 11, 2004 With parking becoming an ongoing problem at Eastern Washington University's Woodward Field, the Cheney Planning Commission decided it better start looking at the school's...


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