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Articles from the March 7, 2013 edition

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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    March 7, 2013

Port district concept returns

The last time creation of a Spokane County port district was floated to area voters, it was trounced 4 to 1 at the ballot box. That was back in the early 1980s. Area officials are again hoping to put a measure before voters to create a special...

 
 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    March 7, 2013

AH street fund would help repair rough roads

City streets in Airway Heights could see some improvement if a Transportation Benefit District is approved by the City Council. The first of two public hearings was held at the Monday, March 4, City Council meeting where public works director Kelly...

 
 Front Page    March 7, 2013

Ball control

Players from the Cheney Parks and Recreation Department’s 4-Rec Youth Sports League took part in an exhibition at halftime of last Saturday’s Eastern Washington University men’s basketball game...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    March 7, 2013

Cheney short-line railroad gears up for busy year

When the railroading season really kicks into high gear later this month the Eastern Washington Gateway Railroad will be roaring to go. A lot of work during the time when train traffic is slower will...

 
 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    March 7, 2013

Survey would scope out ML future

Residents in Medical Lake will soon have the chance to provide insight into what direction they want the city to grow. The Planning Commission, at its Thursday, Feb. 28 meeting, discussed preliminary plans to send out a survey to city residents...

 
 Front Page    March 7, 2013

Buttercup sisters

Nine-year-old Brooklyn Showalter and 11-year-old sister Josie brought in the area’s first buttercup to the Cheney Free Press last Friday, earning $5 as the first girls....

 
 More News    March 7, 2013

Sequestration his Fairchild’s Skyfest

Fairchild Air Force Base officials announced Monday that the popular open house and air show Skyfest 2013, scheduled for May 18-19, has been canceled because of lack of funding due to the federal sequestration. Following sequestration budget cuts, U....

 
 By JAMES EIK    More News    March 7, 2013

Vactor truck will help clean Airway Heights sewers

Airway Heights will be able to maintain and repair the city’s sewer and stormwater systems on its own following a fairly quick Tuesday, Feb. 19 City Council meeting. The City Council approved the purchase of a 1996 International Vactor truck for...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    March 7, 2013

Cheney School board talks about instructional materials, child custody

The Cheney School Board approved changes to its selection and adoption of instructional materials policy, and adopted a new policy centering on how to handle child custody issues at their regular meeting, Wednesday, Feb. 27, held at Betz Elementary...

 
 Education    March 7, 2013

A lesson in putting

Students at Hallett Elementary received some golf lessons taught by staff members at the Fairways Golf Course. Robert Selland, left, founded the non-profit Gift of Golf organization to create...

 
 By JAMES EIK    Education    March 7, 2013

Legislative updates bring up future state funding for districts

Updates regarding the Legislature’s ability to fully comply with the McCleary decision were presented to the public at the Medical Lake School Board meeting Tuesday, Feb. 26. Superintendent Dr. Pam Veltri said high concern was being placed on an...

 
 Education    March 7, 2013

EWU’s Kang is Innovator of the Year

Eastern Washington University senior Susanna Kang has been named Innovator of the Year by Alpha Kappa Psi (AKPsi), a professional co-ed business fraternity dedicated to developing future business...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    March 7, 2013

Cheney students taste some new foods

So far the consensus among Cheney elementary school students is that when it comes to new foods, raw garbanzo beans ain’t making it. At least that’s the results of a taste testing program school...

 
 Education    March 7, 2013

MLHS students win high musical honors

On Saturday, Feb. 9, several Medical Lake High School music students shared their talent at the Northeast region’s solo/ensemble competition at East Valley High School. Stephanie Burris won in the...

 
 Opinion    March 7, 2013

Schools fare better when left up to local direction

Are our schools better off in the hands of local residents, or a non-profit group directed by the state? Senate Bill 5329, currently under consideration, is among the education-related proposals in the Legislature. State senators of both parties...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    March 7, 2013

March is for a lot of things besides politics

I don’t have any special beefs or concerns to write about this week. At least nothing I want to mentally exhaust myself over that is. The sequester is in place, like it or not, and we are awaiting the affects. It was a dumb idea, one that while sig...

 
 Opinion    March 7, 2013

It’s time to get our children healthy

It is clear how unhealthy children are today. I am a mom of three kids in first, fourth and fifth grade. I have studied healthy options for my own childrens’ needs, health and educational needs and so on, as well as the needs of children worldwide....

 
 By Robert Scheer    Opinion    March 7, 2013

Whiny billionaires in need of sequestration

Where is the Occupy movement now that the depravity of the super rich is on full display? The suddenly increased national debt is primarily the result of a deep recession caused by the top bankers and hedge fund hustlers of Wall Street, saved from...

 
 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    March 7, 2013

Fish prove to be highlight of dental visit

At 9 a.m. on the the last Monday of February, 18 orderly kindergarten children from Betz Elementary School filed into Cheney Dental Clinic managed by Dr. Andrew Martinssen. The children marched...

 
 Neighborhood    March 7, 2013

Looking Back

10 Years Ago March 13, 2003 Faced with the likelihood of finding parking for a projected 9,000 students by 2010, Eastern Washington University announced it was beginning to study moving towards a combined public transportation and parking lot...

 
 Sports    March 7, 2013

Kaufman grades out in middle at NFL combine

The intangibles fans from Eastern Washington University and the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision witnessed the last three years from wide receiver Brandon Kaufman, scouts in the National...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    March 7, 2013

Bears hand Eastern women crushing loss; Eagles snap back at UND

The resiliency of the Eastern Washington University women’s basketball team got a stern test last week - and they responded. Following a depressing last-second 67-66 loss Thursday night to Northern Colorado in Greeley, the Eagles recovered for a...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    March 7, 2013

Eagles lose their grip on postseason

The possibility of Eastern Washington University returning to the Big Sky Conference men’s basketball tournament next week has likely slipped through their hands. A pair of home court losses –...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    March 7, 2013

The stock car racer/athlete debate is always in high gear

It’s been 70 races since Carl Edwards last got to do his accustomed backflip to celebrate a NASCAR Sprint Cup stock car victory. But the 33-year-old Missouri native still didn’t miss a beat as he hopped out of his Subway-sponsored Ford Fusion in...

 
 Sports    March 7, 2013

Cheney wins Girls Division state bowling title

The Cheney High School girls bowling team won the Girls Division state championship at the Washington State Bowling Proprietors Association tournament Feb. 16-17 at Acme Bowl in Tukwila. The...

 

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