Articles from the April 4, 2013 edition

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Needing to relieve growing pains

A crowd of 50-plus school district patrons gathered last Wednesday night at the Cheney High School library for a preliminary look at a proposed expansion and renovation of the grade 9-12 facility...

 
 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    April 4, 2013

ML council has first look at zoning regulations

The Medical Lake City Council approved the first read of an ordinance amending portions of regulations within the city at its Tuesday, April 2 meeting. The regulations, discussed by the Planning Commission last week, corrected some spelling errors,...

 
 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    April 4, 2013

Defense cases strain Airway Heights court

A growing number of cases requiring public defense means some changes could be coming to Airway Heights’ Municipal Court in the very near future. At the Monday, April 1 Airway Heights City Council meeting the city’s public defender, Ronnie Rae,...

 

Cheney deaths ruled case of murder/suicide

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office investigators are confident the two bodies found Saturday morning in a Cheney apartment are the result of a homicide-suicide. Cheney police officers were called to the Rosebrook Inn, 314 W. First St. to perform a...

 

Experts speak at garden club

Monday April 8, two gardeners from the Cheney-West Plains area will give short talks at the Gardeners of Cheney meeting and interested people are invited. Berniece Schindler will speak on growing and decorating gourds, and Jay and Julie Martin will...

 

Rarin' to go

Seven-year-old Salnave Elementary School student Tre’ Burks-Jenkins can hardly contain himself as mother Angela points out locations of colored, candy-filled eggs and other goodies prior to the...

 
 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    April 4, 2013

Searching with a smile

Youngsters begin their hunt for eggs at Medical Lake’s Waterfront Park in the annual Easter egg hunt Saturday, March 30 sponsored by Medical Lake’s Kiwanis group. Golden eggs placed throughout...

 
 By JAMES EIK    News    April 4, 2013

Planning Commission survey gains momentum

Residents in Medical Lake could be seeing a survey coming their way in upcoming months, asking about their vision for the city in the near future. Continuing on its discussion from the February meeting, the Planning Commission further developed its...

 

Prescribed fires at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge

This spring the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge will be conducting prescribed burns. Depending on weather conditions, burning should occur sometime between April and May. These burns will accomplish Refuge...

 

First half 2013 property taxes due to county by April 30

It’s that time of year again for Spokane County property owners. County treasurer Rob Chase is reminding taxpayers that their first half property taxes are due by April 30, as per Washington State law.  If payments are mailed to the Treasurer’s...

 

Cheney Clean Sweep offers a time to protect self, help neighbors

The annual Cheney Clean Sweep, taking place April 20 isn’t just a chance to clean up around house and lawn; it’s an opportunity to clean out sensitive records and get protection from identity theft and fraud.    Cheney Federal Credit Union is...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    April 4, 2013

Area firefighters reach top of Seattle's Columbia Center

Eight West Plains area firefighters were among the 1,475 total from around the United States and several foreign counties who competed in the 22nd annual Scott Firefighter Stair Climb March 10 in Seattle, climbing 788 feet up the stairwell of the...

 

Annual Turnbull Wildlife Refuge work party May 11

Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge and Spokane Audubon Society will host a community work party on Saturday, May 11. The work party is part of an ongoing community effort to restore native riparian habitat to benefit birds and other wildlife species....

 
 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    April 4, 2013

Egg rush

As their parents watch, second- and third-graders hustle to grab one of thousands of eggs at Airway Heights’ Easter egg hunt Saturday, March 30. Volunteers began placing eggs at Sunset Park around...

 

Egg-pede

Kids weren’t the only ones doing the scurrying Saturday at the Cheney Kiwanis’ Easter Egg Hunt. Many parents found themselves in the human rush as well, trying to keep track of their little...

 

CHS announces February students of the month

Cheney High School has released its list of Students of the Month for February 2013. They are as follow by department, name and grade standing: Agriculture, Arseniy Tepp, freshman; Art, Tiare Kuala,...

 

Robots will return to EWU April 4-6

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 electrifying FIRST Robotics Competi...

 

March award winners at Hallett Elementary

Hallett Elementary recently released the names of students receiving various awards for the month of March. Students winning the HAWK Award are: Isabelle Hasley, Elizabeth Gies, Timmy Bridges, Brookelyn Gallup, Rheese Stevens, Rebecca James, Kayla...

 

CMS names students of the month

Cheney Middle School has released its list of Students of the Month for January and February 2013. January students are as follows: Kameryn Skillingstad, Kendra Wells, Kalum Klausner, Jasmine Harmon, Carissa Teeters, Gavin Turner, Madysen Thompson,...

 

Recognition

Cheney School District carpenter Gary Albrecht receives applause from school board members and district staff upon being named the district’s Classified Employee of the Year at last Wednesday’s...

 

Other peoples' money is so easy to waste

Just what is it about how our government leaders approach the way they spend other people’s money? Or as in the case of the Spokane County Commissioners, how they find ways to apparently waste large amounts of our hard earned dollars? Waste as in...

 

Embracing societal improvement

As our society has decayed over the last 35 years or so, and with national level politicians unable and/or willing to transfer at least half of their political and social power directly to the American people, it may be time to consider a 360 degree...

 
 By JAMES EIK    Opinion    April 4, 2013

Goldsmith breathes life into Mariners games

There is nothing quite like opening day for a new season of baseball. The anticipation is there, the hope to see your team do well and still trying to figure out who’s who after a long postseason. This becomes even more maddening when your team is...

 

April is the cruelest month of the year, for American taxpayers

When you’re president, every day is a holiday. This April is National Financial Capability Month, as declared last week in a presidential proclamation. “I call upon all Americans to observe this month with programs and activities to improve...

 
 By Marc Dion    Opinion    April 4, 2013

The simple, yet revealing story of a mouse on welfare in the workplace

In the newsroom where I work, there is a mouse, and he is a freeloader, a non-working bum of a mouse addicted to the entitlements of cookies, taco chips, granola bars, candy and all the other wonderful treats to be found in the desk drawers of...

 

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