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Articles from the April 10, 2014 edition

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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 10, 2014

Cheney council passes on depot offer

The Cheney City Council has said “thanks, but we’ll pass” to an 11th-hour offer that might save the historic Northern Pacific train depot from the wrecking ball. At its April 8 meeting Tuesday night, the council was presented with a proposal...

 By AL STOVER    Front Page    April 10, 2014

The deer counter

Animal control was one of the main focuses of the April 1 Medical Lake City Council meeting. During their report, Mayor John Higgins and City Administrator Doug Ross announced they had been getting complaints about deer in the city. Ross said he...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 10, 2014

Beyond Coal hosts Cheney meeting on coal and oil trains

The issue of increased coal - and now oil - train traffic through Cheney is back. The Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign is holding a public meeting Wednesday morning, April 16, from 7:30 a.m. to...

 By AL STOVER    Front Page    April 10, 2014

Airway Heights CPR classes gives public emergency aid preparation

Eastern Washington University student Macey Brown practices 100 compressions on a mannequin. Once she is finished, her friend and Whitnie Whitman takes over and begins pushing on the mannequin. Brown...

 By PAUL DELANEY    News    April 10, 2014

And now, it's back to a normal spring weather pattern

After a strange start, winter returned to normal in February. And normal is what we can expect our spring to be according to Eastern Washington University meteorological and geography professor, Bob...

 By AL STOVER    News    April 10, 2014

AH sales tax rate change takes effect

At the April 8 Airway Heights City Council meeting, Clerk-Treasurer Richard Cook announced that the retail sales tax rate change went into effect at the beginning of the month. Back in November 2013, citizens voted to pass a sales tax increase from...

 By AL STOVER    Education    April 10, 2014

Veltri ready for new journey and challenges in Mead

The Medical Lake School District will be saying goodbye to one of their longtime leaders. In an email to school staff back in March, Superintendent Dr. Pam Veltri announced her resignation and explained that she will be taking a position as an...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    April 10, 2014

Passport helps students keep up with the changing world

Next time you run into a student from Cheney's Betz Elementary School, ask them what level they are in the Passport Club? If they're a "Geo Whiz," they should respond by naming all 195 countries in th...

 Education    April 10, 2014

CHS announces March students of the month

Standing left to right: Jessica Camacho, Amanda Hosmer, Johanna Sherman, Mya Geisler, Kymberly Zachman, Samantha Oldman, Kora Wevers and Elena Munoz-Zamora. Sitting left to right: Tyler McBride,...

 By AL STOVER    Education    April 10, 2014

MLSD celebrates 15th annual book festival

Students and their parents packed the Medical Lake High School Gym, April 3, as the school district held its 15th annual book festival. Every child who came to the event received at least eight new...

 Education    April 10, 2014

Hallett Elementary School reveals award winners

Hallett Elementary School announced students earning awards for the month of March. The character trait of the month was caring. Pride Braden Durbin, Bailey Kutch, Eli Whitehead, Evan Gardner, Kailyn Wilder, Rya Monroe, Jamal Shyvers, Jessa...

 Calendar    April 10, 2014

West Plains Briefs

ML library book sale “Spring” in to the Medical Lake Library Book Sale, April 11-12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and sponsored by the Medical Lake Friends of the Library. Proceeds are used to support children’s programs and other activities at the... Full story

 Opinion    April 10, 2014

State should spread ferry replacement funds across regions

During the last legislative session the state passed House Bill 1129, which requires vehicle owners who register online or at a county auditor’s office to pay $5 for registration renewal and $12 for transferring a certificate of title. Money from...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    April 10, 2014

A tale of tragedy and a tale of travesty

As a parent, and now grandparent, my heart aches, my eyes roll and I had to shake my head over two recent news stories. They both involved families doing family things. Each had different outcomes. One ended in tragedy while the other, luckily,...

 Opinion    April 10, 2014

The world should act now to ensure a livable planet

The editorial board piece in the March 20 Cheney Free Press said that we should proceed with caution and open minds when it comes to climate change. That’s good advice if we’re debating how to deal with climate change, but not if we’re still...

 By JOHN R BALMES and MD GEORGE D. THURSTON DSc    Opinion    April 10, 2014

Climate change and air quality can affect health

The third National Climate Assessment report, due to be released this month, confirms both the role of human activities in causing climate change and the broad range of adverse health consequences that climate change brings. The federal...

 By LYNETTE HAGEL    Neighborhood    April 10, 2014

Genealogists unite to support and encourage

"Genealogy is like a puzzle, you take little bits here and there and put it all together," Don Seamen, a Family Search Center Volunteer, said. "Solving the mystery is the exciting part of genealogy...

 By KELSEY LAVELLE    Neighborhood    April 10, 2014

HOPE School prepares local hearing impaired students for the hearing world

There has been a growing habit among travelers of checking for any fussy infants before boarding a flight, or overhearing a conversation of someone talking loudly on a cell phone in line for coffee. These scenarios are often viewed as annoyances and...

 Neighborhood    April 10, 2014


Emmanuel Lutheran Church This Sunday, April 13, Palm Sunday is about making an entrance. We wave palm branches and sing “Hosanna.” This Sunday is not only about entrances, but it is also the Sunday of the Passion, when we tell the story of what...

 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    April 10, 2014

The Boormans hide from spies in the colonies

When my 17-year-old granddaughter, Kindsay Dow, studied genealogy, she showed me what she had discovered about our ancestry, and I became interested. I discovered all authorities did not always agree on specifics. What you are reading shall be...

 Calendar    April 10, 2014

What's Happening on the West Plains

City of Cheney • April 10, Preschool Play and Learn Storytime (ages 3 – 5), community library, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. • April 11, Baby Play and Learn Storytime (ages 0 – 18 months), community library, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. • April 14,... Full story

 Neighborhood    April 10, 2014

Looking Back

10 Years Ago April 15, 2004 The second phase of developer Rob Brewster's building plans in downtown Cheney, a 108-bed dorm similar to one completed two years earlier, received a conditional use...

 Obituaries    April 10, 2014

Daniel Thomas Maggs

Daniel Thomas Maggs passed away Sunday, March 30, in Austin, Texas, at the age of 80. Dan was born in Roslyn, and at an early age moved to Renton where he attended high school. After graduation, he... Full story

 Obituaries    April 10, 2014

Carol Prentice

Carol Prentice, a resident of Cheney since 1972, passed away at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane on March 28, following a scheduled hip replacement. She was 68 years old. Between 1972 and 1989, she was... Full story

 Sports    April 10, 2014

Blackhawks down Pullman in battle for first-place

By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The Cheney boys’ soccer team survived their longest road trips of the season last week, emerging with a pair of wins at Clarkston and Pullman that gave them sole possession of first place in the Great Northern League....


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