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EMS, property tax revenues up

Cheney’s City Council officially got their budget season underway at their Oct. 27 meeting by following up a public hearing on the city’s 2017 general property and emergency medical services (EMS) levies with the passage of ordinances...

 

ML begins budgeting process

The Medical Lake City Council took its first step in its 2017 budgeting process. At its Oct. 18 meeting, council held the first readings of ordinances that propose a 1 percent increase to property tax and emergency medical services rates for 2017....

 

AH council gives input on upcoming projects

During an Oct. 24 workshop, the Airway Heights City Council had the opportunity to give their input on concepts for the U.S. Highway 2 Revitalization project and 20-year land use plan update. In 2015, the city adopted the Highway 2 Visioning Report...

 

Providing stress relief on four legs

Eastern Washington University Police Department's newest officer doesn't carry a gun or drive a patrol car. If she did, that would be a story of epic proportions. What Officer Hilani does is provide...

 

Yellow is the new green

Photo by John McCallum Fall is bringing its myriad of colors to the West Plains, as looking up at some changing leaves on maple trees in Cheney's Sutton Park indicates....

 
 By AL STOVER    News    October 27, 2016

Airway Heights TBD funds mostly used for matches

During the Oct. 17 Airway Heights Transportation Benefit District (TBD) meeting, Councilman Doyle Inman posed a question to Public Works Director Kevin Anderson. "Where is the money going?" Inman...

 

News Briefs

Local authors read for Friends of the Library membership event The Friends of the Spokane County Library District invite the public to come hear local authors, enjoy refreshments from local vendors and find out more about the Friends of the Library....

 

Cheney marching band has another successful year

While in attendance at a Cheney High School football game, it is hard to miss the halftime show: The Cheney High School marching band. The band has started off their year with great success. Earlier t...

 

Medical Lake Middle School working its way out of Focus status

Medical Lake Middle School is in its third — and hopefully final — year of being designated as a “Focus” school. The Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction classified the middle school as “Focus” status in 2014...

 

Twister

Senior RJ Viloria attempts to keep his balance in a game of Twister during last Medical Lake High School's homecoming assembly, last Friday....

 

Eastern receives grant to research STEM teacher prep in Washington

Eastern Washington University is part of a statewide $3 million collaboration grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help improve the next generation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teacher-preparation...

 

Former raceway property to have new development

One of a number of parcels of the former Spokane Raceway Park that are adjacent to Hayford Road is sprouting something other than sage brush and cheat grass. Local car dealer and entrepreneur, George...

 

U.S. drivers waste more than $2.1 billion annually on premium gasoline

According to new research from the American Automobile Association, U.S. drivers wasted more than $2.1 billion dollars last year by using premium-grade gasoline in vehicles designed to run on regular fuel. With 16.5 million U.S. drivers having used...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    October 27, 2016

Deer sighting

A deer was spotted on a lawn across the street from Hallett Elementary School in Medical Lake, Friday Oct. 21....

 

Education briefs

Snowdon’s Schlotter earns state honors Catheleen Schlotter, Snowdon Elementary School assistant principal and intervention and re-engagement specialist, was named the “Washington State School Social Worker of the Year” at a recent conference...

 

Priorities for leaders to focus on after election is over

In the 1973 Western classic “High Plains Drifter,” Clint Eastwood’s man-with-no-name character is asked by another what they are supposed to do after the citizens of the town of Lagos kill three cowboys they backstabbed after hiring them to...

 

Clinton, Trump should take a page from Gerald Ford's playbook

It’s D-Day for American voters. With Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump carrying unusually low approval ratings and having a deep antipathy for one another, no matter which one ultimately is elected, the nation will be bitterly polarized. Hopefully,...

 

Pakootas would show more concern for 5th District if elected

Cathy McMorris Rodgers, our representative in the U.S. House of Representatives 5th District for over a decade, boasts of three major accomplishments — hydropower, which almost nobody is against, and two bills which benefited the disabled or...

 

Holy's interests contrary to Cheney's

Jeff Holy (6th District representative, R-Cheney) must go. Reading his biography in the Spokesman Review convinced me he is not a proper representative for this legislature. He has a positive stance on charter schools, which is contrary to the...

 

Trump endorsement a deal breaker

Unfortunately, 5th District Represenative Cathy McMorris Rodger’s political ambition has left behind any moral principles. My party and McMorris Rodgers have crossed the line supporting Donald Trump and have abandoned not only standards of decency...

 

Trump's 'locker room talk' is not heard in this locker room

Regarding “locker room talk” I can’t help but comment and share my own experiences. I’ve been using a gym of some kind now for 50-plus years and have heard hundreds of locker room conversations. Not once in 50 years have I ever heard any...

 

Pick Pakootas to improve Congress

I am proud to be a supporter for the campaign of Joe Pakootas for U.S. Representative for the 5th Congressional District. I have volunteered to help campaign for him in 2014 and 2016, by phone work, sign waving, encouraging everyone to vote for Joe...

 

SCSO offers women's self-defense course

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is offering an introductory women’s self-defense course, Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. – noon at its training center located at 6011 North Chase Road, Newman Lake. The course teaches basic women’s self-defense...

 

Care Cars service seeks volunteer drivers

Care Cars is looking for volunteer drivers in Spokane County. Care Cars, which is set up through Frontier Behavior Health, is a volunteer transportation service for seniors and disabled individuals who cannot use other transportation options to...

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Oct. 17 Taking motor vehicle without owners permission was reported on the 300 block of Vine Street. The vehicle was recovered on Oct. 21 in Spokane. A 15-year-old male was arrested for third-degree theft on the 2700 block of First Street. Jat...

 

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