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Articles from the April 18, 2013 edition

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 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    April 18, 2013

AH council passes pot moratorium

An emergency moratorium banning medical cannabis patient providers, collectives or co-operatives was issued by the Airway Heights City Council at its Monday, April 15 meeting. City planner Derrick Braaten said the moratorium was proposed due to a...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 18, 2013

Misconduct alleged at Cheney Crime Lab

Washington State Patrol investigators are looking into allegations the former manager of the Cheney Crime Laboratory mishandled and misrepresented work on case files stretching back possibly five years or more. A statement from the WSP on Tuesday...

 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    April 18, 2013

New home for West Plains Relay for Life

Relay for Life is looking to renew itself in Medical Lake this year. The event hopes it’s finally found a consistent home at Medical Lake High School after moving around the past couple of years,...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 18, 2013

Happy debate

Eastern Washington University juniors Robyn Wallin (green jacket) and Natalya Kulinich (white top) talk to fellow students entering JFK Library about taking the happiness survey and other upbeat...

 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    April 18, 2013

Construction begins for Aspen Grove Park

After years of planning, construction has finally begun on Aspen Grove Park in the city of Airway Heights. Located just east of Craig Road north of Highway 2, the park is in the adjacent area of...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    April 18, 2013

Contemplating a community farm

A proposed addition to Cheney’s zoning codes might make it easier for individuals to keep and raise farm animals and bees within city limits. Cheney’s Planning Commission got a preliminary look at a new chapter, 28.820 – Animal Keeping, in the...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 18, 2013

Crime down in first three months of 2013

While it might not exactly be a technical term, the word “blah” is how Cheney Police Department Cmdr. Rick Campbell describes crime in the city over the first three months of 2013. “Which is a good thing,” Campbell adds. According to...

 News    April 18, 2013

As weather heats up, slow down in work zones

OLYMPIA – Transportation workers, along with all roadway and utility workers, ask drivers to remember one rule when they see those bright orange signs and cones:  just slow down. It’s that simple.   As weather heats up, more orange cones and...

 News    April 18, 2013

Annual Ice Age Floods Institute spring lecture, field trip May 3-4

The Ice Age Floods Institute, Cheney-Spokane Chapter is sponsoring a free public lecture, Friday, May 3, “Anatomy of Cheney-Palouse Scabland Tract,” at 7 p.m. in the JFK Library auditorium, Eastern Washington University, Cheney campus. Dr. Gene...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    April 18, 2013

Placing a price tag on history and memories

The Cheney School District now has an idea of a bottom line asking price should it decided to sell its 84-year-old administration and services building and former high school. At a workshop as part...

 Education    April 18, 2013

EWU's Brockmann receives national award recognition

Eastern Washington University student Paul Brockmann, a senior pursing his BS in mechanical engineering, has been named the next New Face of Engineering: College Edition for 2013 by a national building technology society. The American Society of...

 Opinion    April 18, 2013

Many questions remain about going 4-20 friendly

Psst! Psst! Are you 4-20 friendly? What? You know, 4-20 friendly; do you smoke pot? If you didn’t already know some of the new vernacular related to last November’s passage of Initiative 502, Washington’s “marijuana reform” measure, now...

 Opinion    April 18, 2013

Minnie Creek lost in development

Liars! Before Bi-Mart came to Cheney they promised everyone a “Garden of Eden” for Minnie Creek. They promised native plants, trees, and bushes to make this a wonderful place better than it ever was. This has not come true.  There is a...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    April 18, 2013

Finding the roots of the Boston bombing

So here we are once again my friends, drenched in blood from a terrorist act in our own backyard, bomb-induced fireballs on our city streets. We’ve seen the headlines: three dead, 176 injured in two bomb blasts near the end of the prestigious,...

 By Susan Estrich    Opinion    April 18, 2013

Monday's Boston attack hits home for many

I’m from Boston. Over the years, I lived in two apartments within a stone’s throw of Monday’s bombings. Over the years, I stood and cheered marathon runners countless times. I know every square inch of the area in all the pictures, which is har...

 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    April 18, 2013

Researching the common thread in mass school shootings

Anita Robinson, a friend through Republican circles and who does a lot of research, has provided through her investigation, a glimpse into the horrible massacres and suicides sweeping our country. We ask, “Why, why? How could this be?” There is...

 Neighborhood    April 18, 2013


Emmanuel Lutheran Church Join us for worship this Sunday, April 21 at 10:30 a.m. to celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter. Christian education classes for grade school children through adults begin at 9 a.m. StageWest thanks Emmanuel Lutheran Church...

 Neighborhood    April 18, 2013

Looking Back

10 Years Ago April 24, 2003 Following the dissolving of the Cheney Parks and Recreation Department because of budget cuts, Spokane County Commissioners Phil Harris and Kate McCaslin were said to be considering assisting the city to open the... Full story

 Neighborhood    April 18, 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...

 By Dr E KIRSTEN PETERS    Neighborhood    April 18, 2013

Bringing a new apple to stores everywhere

Today there are lots of options in the grocery store when it comes to apples, from the traditional varieties like Jonathan and McIntosh to newer varieties like Honeycrisp and Jazz. Where do all these new varieties come from? The answer is that there...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    April 18, 2013

Finally – Lady Hawks find West Valley's number

The last time Cheney beat Great Northern League rival West Valley in softball it was to earn a trip to the 2A state tournament. That was May 2010. Since then the Lady Hawks have dropped 11 straight to the Eagles. That includes five losses last year,... Full story

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    April 18, 2013

Blackhawks down Pullman for first league track and field win

It was a busy first week back from spring break for the Cheney High track and field teams. Both boys and girls squads notched their first Great Northern League dual meet win of the season Thursday ove...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    April 18, 2013

Medical Lake rebounds from Riverside loss with Lakeside win

A big win can produce a big fall. So after Medical Lake earned a crucial Northeast A League baseball sweep over Chewelah April 6 it was not out of anyone’s imagination they might serve up a clunker. That happened with a 4-0 loss last Thursday at...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    April 18, 2013

Surprises emerge for Cardinals from windy Freeman track meet

The first Northeast A League track meet produced some pleasant surprises for Medical Lake. The meet, which featured Medical Lake and Newport visiting Freeman last Wednesday saw the Cardinals turn in...

 Sports    April 18, 2013

Arakawa earns second Big Sky AOW honor

Jordan Arakawa of the Eastern Washington University men’s track and field team was selected as the Big Sky Conference men’s field athlete of the week for the week of April 16 after his performance in the hammer throw at the UNLV Randall...


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