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Articles from the March 26, 2015 edition

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Cheney electrical rates to go up May 1

For the first time in 14 years, Cheney residents will likely see an increase in the rate they are charged to consume electricity. At its last meeting in March on Tuesday night, the Cheney City Council unanimously approved a 6 percent increase in the...

 

Missel reduction

An era will end June 30 as Cheney High School assistant principal and athletics director Jim Missel has announced his retirement at the end of the school year. Missel said the decision has been in the works for awhile, and this past weekend he and...

 

Swoop speak

Eastern Washington University mascot Swoop provides some "remarks" to the crowd at Northern Quest Casino and Resort after winning the "Uniquely West Plains" award at the West Plains Chamber of...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    March 26, 2015

Spokane County proposes area park improvements

When Spokane County published a list of potential park improvement projects to gain public input and to help prioritize and guide future decisions, Airway Heights Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director J.C. Kennedy was surprised to see...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    March 26, 2015

Medical Lake City Council says 'yes' to curbside local recycling

Medical Lake will be the latest city in Spokane County to participate in curbside recycling. At its March 17 meeting, the City Council unanimously approved a resolution to amend utility rates and fees to add $3 to the current $14.70 in garbage fees t...

 

Cheney High School announces tours

The public is invited to tour Cheney High School to learn more about the Cheney High School $44.88 million construction bond. The dates available for the tour are Wednesday, April 1; Thursday, April 16; and Monday, April 20. All tours begin at 8:15...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    March 26, 2015

Osborne resigns from Airway Heights commission

The Airway Heights Planning Commission dropped one member at its March 11 meeting. Development Services Director Derick Braaten announced that Rita Osborne officially resigned from her position as commission chair due to personal reasons. Osborne...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    March 26, 2015

Medical Lake housing development queued north of SR 902

An area north of State Route 902 in Medical Lake will continue to have some growth in housing developments in the upcoming months. Back in February, city staff approved a short plat — or subdivision — for housing developments along Stanley...

 

Museum needs phone books

The Cheney Historical Museum is seeking donations of Cheney phone books from 1970 to 2000. The local phone book has a wealth of historical information. The museum has large gaps in its collection, and no one else in the community has a complete...

 

Looking back with the Cheney Historical Museum

On Thursday, March 26, 1896, Anna Deakin Marshall wrote in her journal, “Wind all day and cloudy.” Learn more about our area’s history at www.cheneymuseum.org....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 26, 2015

Fender bender?

Neither driver was seriously injured in this two-car collision that took place Tuesday morning at the intersection of North Sixth Street and Betz Road in Cheney....

 

ML Boy Scouts pizza feed to raise money for hike

Medical Lake Boy Scout Troop 307 is holding a pizza feed, silent auction and bake sale to raise funds to buy equipment for their 50-mile hike this summer. The fundraiser takes place Saturday, March 28, from 4 – 7 p.m. at Medical Lake’s Pizza...

 
 By AL STOVER    Education    March 26, 2015

ML board approves policy to change credit requirements

At its March 17 meeting, the Medical Lake school board of directors went through a lengthy agenda that included approving a first reading of a policy that would change the number of credits required... Full story

 

Homelessness presents unique challenges for Cheney schools

Cheney School District Director of Student Support Services Kristi Thurston is worried when she thinks about homeless students in the district. When it comes to homeless students, there are many worries. Worries about getting those identified as...

 
 By AL STOVER    Education    March 26, 2015

Medical Lake Middle School March PACE winners

Medical Lake Middle School honored six students who were selected for the March Partners Advancing Character Education (PACE) Student of the Month award. They received certificates and T-shirts and...

 

CHS February students of the month

Cheney High School has released its February Students of the Month. Students are listed by name, department and their class standing as follows: Trevor Babcock, health and fitness, sophomore;...

 

Hallett Elementary honors PACE students

Hallett Elementary announced the Partners Advancing Character Education (PACE) award winners for February. The trait of the month is honesty. PACE — Alison Brogan, Garrek Papiez, Lillian Jeffries, Tanna Pedersen, Dillon Crewdson-Bahr, Isaiah...

 
 By AL STOVER    Education    March 26, 2015

'No Rules' rocks St. Anne's

Members of the "No Rules" band performed at the St. Anne's Parish Hall during the March 21 Medical Lake Dollars for Scholars "Spring Thing" fundraiser....

 

West Plains Briefs

Helen Boots honored Helen (Babb) Boots, a long-time Cheney resident will be honored with an open house sponsored by the Cheney Beta Sigma Phi on Saturday, March 28 from 2 – 4 p.m. at the United Church of Christ fellowship hall. Everyone who lives... Full story

 

More input needed in next Cheney bond vote

On April 28 the Cheney School District will rerun its $44.88 million bond issue intended to fund a massive remodeling of Cheney High School. Call it “Bond Version 2.0” if you will as if it were compared to the latest release of a software...

 

Sorry, fossil fuels are not going away soon

Folks in the Pacific Northwest may not like what Matt Ridley has to say, but we should consider his points about energy. Ridley, a British journalist and author of several popular books on science, the environment and the economy, is a businessman...

 

Thank you from StageWest Community Theatre Inc.

StageWest Community Theatre, Inc. just finished their run of Paul Elliott’s “Exit Laughing.” We enjoyed large crowds for most of our performances. We would like at this time thank the members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church for the generous use of...

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY March 13 After further investigation of a minor in possession and conspiracy to commit theft incident earlier in the day, police arrested Nolan F. Atoa, 18, for third-degree theft/shoplifting and MIP. March 16 Second-degree theft was reported...

 

West Plains Chamber of Commerce recognizes 'Best of the West'

 Last Friday evening, 270 attendees gathered Friday evening at Northern Quest Resort and Casino to congratulate award recipients at the West Plains Chamber of Commerce's "Best of the West" annual rec...

 

What's Happening on the West Plains

City of Cheney • March 27, Baby Play and Learn Storytime (ages 0 – 18 months), community library, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. • March 27, Free AARP Tax-Aide, community library, noon – 5 p.m. • March 30, Dance Class, Wren Pierson Community... Full story

 

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