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Articles from the April 11, 2013 edition

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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 11, 2013

Cheney to buy piece of history

The city of Cheney took one step closer to owning a piece of geological history. The City Council authorized Mayor Tom Trulove to sign a purchase and sale agreement for the purpose of buying 15 acres of property overlooking what is known as the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 11, 2013

Concerns of a more local nature

On a visit to Cheney last Friday, 5th District Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers may not have had to listen to complaints about the impact of sequestration, but she certainly heard about a number of other concerns from local civic and business...

 
 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    April 11, 2013

A robotic romp

Robots and their creators went to battle last week at the FIRST Robotics Regional Competition at EWU’s Reese Court Pavillion. High schools from across the world duked it out, testing whether their...

 
 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    April 11, 2013

Airway Heights comp plan goes to public hearing

Taking a slow and steady approach to final approval of chapter three in Airway Heights’ comprehensive plan, the city’s planning commission gave verbal approval of the latest draft. A public hearing will take place regarding the chapter in June,...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 11, 2013

Running for Mike

For Mike McKeehan, running was a passion. So much so that the former Cheney City Councilman and long time resident who passed away last July was known as a “perennial” – someone who had run in...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    April 11, 2013

Eastern's Pursuit of Happiness Week finds out if you're happy

By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The U.S. Declaration of Independence lays it out in simply language: One of the goals of human endeavors, and an unalienable right is the pursuit of happiness. But how happy are we really? How do we measure it? How does...

 
 By JAMES EIK    Education    April 11, 2013

MLSD updates basic policies at March board meeting

The Medical Lake School District board of directors passed a few updates to district policy at its last meeting, March 26 at Medical Lake Middle School. Among the changes included the new meeting start time of 6 p.m. The school board began meeting...

 
 Education    April 11, 2013

Schools show off robots at FIRST

Frisbees flew and robots climbed at the FIRST Robotics Region Competition last week, held at EWU’s Reese Court Pavilion. Cheney and Medical Lake high schools sent their creations to battle with...

 
 Opinion    April 11, 2013

Cyprus' financial struggles can serve a big lesson

International finances have come under scrutiny as of late with the ever-changing situation in Cyprus. Cyprus is a shipping and energy hub for European countries. Additionally, it has served as a financial powerhouse of sorts for worldwide...

 
 Opinion    April 11, 2013

Relay for Life comes up May 17-18

It’s that time of year again for the West Plains Relay for Life! Relay for Life is an overnight fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. A fundraising event where the community can join us by: signing up a team, making a donation, or...

 
 By Jim Hightower    Opinion    April 11, 2013

Wall Street hogs are still running wild

Wall Street is a beast. And proud of it! In fact, a pair of animals are the stock market’s longtime symbols: One is a snorting bull, representing surging stock prices; the other is a bear, representing a down market devouring stock value. But I...

 
 By Debra Saunders    Opinion    April 11, 2013

Has the AP strayed from its mission of reporting?

The Associated Press announced last week that it no longer sanctions the term “illegal immigrant” in its stylebook. Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll explained that the AP has decided it is wrong for reporters to use the word “illegal” to...

 
 Opinion    April 11, 2013

Growing availability of liquor should be concerning to Washington citizens

On reading an article in the Spokesman-Review Monday, March 4 paper, I became deeply incensed. Over a dozen bills are now before the legislature that have one goal – to make liquor more available to everyone – including teens. I’m unaware of...

 
 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    April 11, 2013

Stevens find personal connections help keep life in perspective

Diane and Paul Stevens were married in 1985. Both were busy with jobs. Diane was a special education teacher and Paul worked with his dad at their production machine and sheet metal shop. They lived...

 
 Neighborhood    April 11, 2013

Churches

Emmanuel Lutheran Church All are welcome to join us this Sunday, April 14 to celebrate the Third Sunday of Easter. Christian education classes for grade school children through adults begin at 9 a.m. Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by...

 
 Neighborhood    April 11, 2013

Looking Back

10 Years Ago April 17, 2003 The perpetual problem of parking in Cheney reared its head again as the second phase of Rob Brewster’s project promised to compound how to manage parking in the downtown core. City Administrator Doug Ross was fielding...

 
 Obituaries    April 11, 2013

William T. Dalling

William T. Dalling (age 86), lifetime resident of the Cheney area passed away April 6, 2013 at his home. He was born Dec. 25, 1926 in Spokane to John and Mary (Mallen) Dalling and was a graduate of Cheney High School, class of 1946. Bill was an army... Full story

 
 Obituaries    April 11, 2013

Donald Eugene Holt

Donald Eugene Holt’s faith became sight on March 23, 2013. He was 86 and a resident of Seaside, Ore. Don was born to Winnifred Lindell and Guy Donald Holt in Spokane, Wash. on Feb. 25, 1927. Don left high school to join the Navy in 1945 and served... Full story

 
 By Dr E KIRSTEN PETERS    Neighborhood    April 11, 2013

Sinkholes claim Florida man and threaten another house

Sometimes “solid rock” turns out to be anything but sturdy stuff. Limestone and a couple other related sedimentary rocks are common in some parts of the country, including in Florida. The chemistry of limestone and groundwater can combine to...

 
 Neighborhood    April 11, 2013

Friends of Turnbull dinner and auction raises funds to support refuge

One of the area’s most important natural resources and attractions is the Turnbull Natural Wildlife Refuge, and a regional organization is holding a fundraiser this weekend in Cheney to help support its mission. The Friends of Turnbull are holding...

 
 Neighborhood    April 11, 2013

West Plains Clubs and Organizations

West Plains Clubs and Organizations If your club or organization’s meeting time has changed, or you currently are not listed in this column, call 235-6184. A complete listings for each organization, including times and place, is available online... Full story

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    April 11, 2013

Cheney commission discusses Fisher Building's fate

The fate of the Cheney School District’s administration facility, the Fisher Building, was the main topic of discussion at last Thursday’s meeting of Cheney’s Historic Preservation Commission. The school district has been phasing out...

 
 More News    April 11, 2013

Washington's wildfire season officially begins April 15

OLYMPIA – Regardless of the wet, rainy spring, wildfire season officially begins April 15, as specified by state law. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reminding people that the risk of wildfires can change rapidly...

 
 More News    April 11, 2013

Large item pickup in Cheney begins Monday April 15

Cheney’s Solid Waste Division begins its large item pickup Monday, April 15, running through Thursday, April 18. For $21.88, residents can leave the equivalent of one full-sized pickup truck bed, large furniture-sized items, along the curbside for...

 
 More News    April 11, 2013

Drivers, pedestrians should know rules of the road

As warmer weather results in more pedestrian traffic, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind both pedestrians and motorists of the rules of the road when dealing with crosswalks.    Pedestrians crossing at marked crosswalks,... Full story

 

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