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Airway Heights council to say no

The Airway Heights City Council is preparing to take an official stance on the Cheney School District’s $52 million bond proposal. During Monday night’s study session, the council forwarded a resolution with some changes, to its Jan. 17 meeting,...

 

Crime is up in Cheney

Crime reports in Cheney jumped 16.8 percent in 2016, according to year-end statistics from the Cheney Police Department. The increase comes after a decline in 2015 of 8.68 percent over 2014 numbers -...

 

Tower of cheering Blackhawks

Cheney High School cheerleaders perform a routine for the fans at last Friday night's girls basketball game with the visiting Clarkston Bantams....

 

Cheney commission discusses over-occupancy

Over-occupancy of single-family homes in Cheney took center stage at the Jan. 9 Planning Commission meeting. During a comprehensive plan review of the city’s housing chapter, senior planner Brett Lucas noted language about housing balance under...

 

Winter weather is likely here to stay for a while

Hate the snow that is making driving and walking a true effort? Dislike the bone-chilling cold that has been a regular visitor? Better get used to it because this LaNina winter does not appear to be...

 

Holy sworn in for third term as 6th District legislator

Rep. Jeff Holy, R-Cheney, was sworn in for his third term as 6th District state representative on Monday as the 2017 legislative session got under way.  "There is much work to be done," Holy said in...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    January 12, 2017

Winter months increase the risk of structure fires

During the winter months, the use of electricity and heating increases — this also escalates the risk of structure fires. In an email, Debby Dobson, division chief, and district education officer for Spokane County Fire District 3, said most...

 
 By John McCallum    News    January 12, 2017

Tricky commute

As if a heavy weekend snowfall and the first day of classes wasn't enough to snarl traffic, drivers coming into Cheney Monday morning also had to wait 10-12 minutes for a slow moving BNSF grain train...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    January 12, 2017

Not much change expected in Medical Lake comprehensive plan

The city of Medical Lake is following suit with Cheney and Airway Heights in that it is gearing up to work on its comprehensive plan update in 2017. However, City Administrator Doug Ross said he does not foresee any major changes. Unlike the other...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    January 12, 2017

Woman, son of Fairchild officer killed in Brooks Road crash

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office responded to a crash involving a train and a vehicle on Saturday morning, Jan. 7. The incident, which took place outside of Medical Lake city limits, claimed the lives of two people. According to a news release from...

 

New judge in town

Cheney Finance Director and Clerk Cindy Niemeier (left) administers the oath of office to new Cheney Municipal Court Judge Richard Leland (right) during Tuesday's City Council meeting. Leland, who...

 

Some nuts and bolts of the Cheney school bond

The Cheney School District’s capital facilities bond voters will begin considering later this month has many more parts and pieces than the $44.88 million measure that failed to receive a needed 60-percent majority twice in 2015. That bond was for...

 

'22 Boots' display

The Eastern Washington University Veterans Resource Center is holding its "22 Boots" display in the JFK Library Alcove until Jan. 24. The display, which actually consists of 24 pairs of combat boots,...

 

MLSD provides resources for homeless families

When it comes to working with homeless students and their families, the Medical Lake School District’s mission is a simple one — to have the same free educational opportunities as their classmates. Kim Headrick, who is the director of teaching an...

 

Cheney's Zapf receives national honors

Cheney High School student Sydney Zapf was selected as a 2017 National Honorable Mention recipient of The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in...

 

Hallett Elementary announces December PACE winners

Hallett Elementary School its Partners Advancing Character Education (PACE) award winners for December. PACE/Caring — Owen Pritchard, Kambria Boone, Marie Rauscher, Josie Boyd, Colton Stoltz, Kenalie Brogan, Isabella Giles, Mary Mong, Gwyneth...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    January 12, 2017

Barrelhouse Pub and Pizza opens in former Zentropa

The butcher paper is off the windows just as planned and the new Barrelhouse Pub and Pizza opened for business this past Monday, Jan. 9, right on schedule. The former Zentropa Restaurant at 122...

 

CMA elects new officers

While snow cancelled the Jan. 9 meeting of the Cheney Merchants Association, it did not stall voting for the organization’s new officers as the results of several weeks of email-submitted balloting were announced, Jan. 10. Fifty-percent of the CMA...

 

Education briefs

From News and Staff Reports Bryant makes University of Oregon winter Dean's List Medical Lake's Kristina Bryant was one of 520 students who made Eastern Oregon University's Dean's List for the 2016...

 

Legislative fixes for education disappointing

It wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to deem the state legislative session getting underway this week as the “Education Legislature.” Education will be front and center, particularly how best to fund it and hence live up to the directives of...

 

A stranger's kindness is appreciated - especially when stuck

By JOHN McCALLUM Editor For the second time in about six months, I’ve been saved by a young girl. In August, I wrote about a recent mission trip to Guatemala, of trying to hike into a village during a rainstorm along narrow, muddy, slick footpaths...

 

Passage of Cheney school bond needed to accommodate growth

The Cheney School District has chosen to go for round three of the bond proposal vote. In 2015, the voters rejected the $44.8 million bond twice. I have pleaded with the school board, at their meetings, to come up with a lower bond amount and only...

 

School bond's passage is essential for tomorrow's workforce

I have been a school and department secretary for Cheney Public Schools for 17 years, and I am writing in support of the proposed bond being put to voters Feb. 14, 2017. Enrollment is increasing. Our district resides in some of the fastest growing...

 

Real plan for Cheney High School needs further discussion

Cheney School District has a unique identity because of its diversity. A university town serves as its anchor supported by yet another small town with its commercial/manufacturing weight. We extend to Eagle Ridge, slide over Four Lakes and down...

 

Busy Snow Angels could use more volunteers

This is turning out to be a busy year for Cheney’s Snow Angels. In 2012, City Councilman John Taves saw a need and organized a small band of volunteers to shovel or snowblow sidewalks and driveways for residents who are unable to clear their own...

 

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