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Articles from the May 2, 2013 edition

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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    May 2, 2013

Cheney Fire takes on code enforcement duties

One of the Cheney’s solutions to closing a $700,000 loss in state revenue without the need for large layoffs or taxes in its 2013 budget was to rearrange duties. In other words, some departments are wearing more hats, and one of those is the Fire...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    May 2, 2013

Safety work for Cheney-Spokane

Travel on Cheney-Spokane Road will be a bit more difficult this summer during weekdays. Besides the $11 million construction of a new diamond-interchange taking place at the intersection with U.S. 195, work will also be done making safety... Full story

 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    May 2, 2013

Visible for all to see

Lunnell Haught has fond memories of Fish Lake. “I can remember when they had the best French fries in Spokane County at Myers’ Resort,” the longtime area resident said. “I go back that...

 Front Page    May 2, 2013

From father to son

Former Cheney High and current Clark College baseball player Parker Franklin (left) prepares to catch a pitch from his father Ed while Medical Lake senior baseball player Adam Paulson (right) awaits...

 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    May 2, 2013

Project Appleseed puts marksmanship abilities on display

This weekend at the Lone Pine Range just west of Medical Lake, members of Project Appleseed will put their marksmanship skills to the test. The event, which takes place on a monthly basis three other times this summer, is a two-day rifle clinic...

 News    May 2, 2013

Cleaning the roadside

Eleven Tyler Grange No. 610 members cleaned up roadside trash along State Route 904 April 24. Every year they are a part of Adopt a Highway Volunteers. This year the group of 11 people worked...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    May 2, 2013

School board tables cellphone use, Fisher Building decision

The Cheney School Board tabled a decision on two pieces of business at its April 24 meeting, including a policy change already heard and discussed at a previous meeting, a somewhat rare move. The...

 Education    May 2, 2013

Several Cheney FBLA club members advance to state competition

The Cheney High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Club took part in the Washington State Business Leader conference this past weekend, April 25-27, in Spokane. Over 1,500 students from around the state attended. CHS club members and...

 Education    May 2, 2013

Hallett announces student award winners

Hallett Elementary recently announced students winning monthly awards at the school. Awards focus on guidelines for successful behavior. Students earning the Hawk Award are: Meeya Matthews, Andrew Griffey, Abby Aris, Xander Mcgehee, Payton Pfaff,...

 Education    May 2, 2013

Cheney students win at state art competition

Two Cheney High School students were winners of the 2013 state art competition from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Sophomore Payton Thorson won a State Board of Education award...

 By JAMES EIK    Education    May 2, 2013

Board hears pros and cons of GMO foods

Last week, students in the Future Farmers of America class at Medical Lake High School showcased their presentation about genetically modified organism foods to the Medical Lake School District board of directors at its monthly meeting. The...

 Opinion    May 2, 2013

Title-only bills can leave us with a bad taste

As the Washington state Legislature was on the verge of sending things into “overtime” – officially a special session – the term title-only bill began to show up in conversations. Call it “drive-thru” law making if you will. Title-only bi...

 Opinion    May 2, 2013

Bi-Mart should stick to agreements

Thank you Mr. Tompson (April 18) and Mr. Nation (April 25) for reminding us of the failed promises made by Bi-Mart to the citizens of Cheney with regard to restoration of Minnie Creek. A company whose logo is “Just Right for the Northwest”...

 Opinion    May 2, 2013

A friendly warning about CISPA

This warning by Robert Williams, publisher of Capitol Hill Daily, Baltimore Maryland, caught my eye. “Last week while you were immersed in the Boston bombing events, the House quietly passed CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act),...

 By JAMES EIK    Opinion    May 2, 2013

Century-old predictions can turn out eerily accurate

Flying cars, automated kitchens, plastics and hoverboards. Visions of the future sometimes turn out different from what people predicted decades ago. While they can be accurate every now and then, we can all be thankful we’re not using laserdiscs...

 By Mark Shields    Opinion    May 2, 2013

A square deal for the little guy

By Mark Shields Columnist To listen to the language of American political campaigns, you could reasonably conclude that “big” is bad and “small” is good. Who has too much power and influence in Washington? Of course, Big Business, Big Banks...

 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    May 2, 2013

Tyler Grange is the little grange that does

Sometimes a small community is unnoticed as busy people pass it by on their way to somewhere else. It rises up and says, “Hey, Look at me!” For many years members of Tyler Grange No. 610 quietly went about their business, giving to those in...

 Neighborhood    May 2, 2013


Emmanuel Lutheran Church Emmanuel Lutheran Church celebrates the Sixth Sunday of Easter this Sunday, May 5, 2013. Christian education for grade school children through adults begins at 9 a.m. All are welcome to worship at 10:30 a.m. Fellowship...

 Neighborhood    May 2, 2013

Looking Back

10 Years Ago May 8, 2003 Spokane County Commissioners decided against taking over operation of the Cheney city swimming pool, saying residents could use the facility at Eastern Washington University instead. The city of Medical Lake decided to begin...

 By CHRISTIE BRUNTLETT    Neighborhood    May 2, 2013

New and veterans help 'Arsenic' shine

The StageWest Community Theatre production of the classic comedy, “Arsenic and Old Lace” by Joseph Kesselring, opened last Friday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Cheney. The action all takes place in the home of two spinsters, the Brewster...

 Obituaries    May 2, 2013

Clifton B. Rock

Clifton B. Rock of Cheney, Wash., passed away peacefully at the Spokane Hospice House April 21, 2013. Clif was born April 30, 1922, the son of Oliver and Hannah (Brown) Rock of Beverly, Mass. He grew... Full story

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    May 2, 2013

Cards bounce back after Lakeside loss to win NEA title

Resiliency. That might be the word that best describes the Medical Lake Cardinals baseball team this season. Because after each of their three losses so far this year, they’ve rebounded well,...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    May 2, 2013

If Sonics return, they should be homegrown

As much as I loved the Seattle SuperSonics and wish professional basketball would return to the region, part of me hopes the bid to bring the Sacramento Kings north doesn’t succeed. The NBA’s Relocation Committee on Monday shot down the proposed...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    May 2, 2013

Offense gets upper hand in Red-White

Officially it was the Red-White Spring Football Game, but last Saturday’s final scrimmage of spring football for Eastern Washington University might as well be called Cooper Kupp’s coming out...

 Sports    May 2, 2013

Former Eagles sign NFL free-agent deals

Former Eastern Washington University football player Brandon Kaufman has company. One of the biggest groups of NFL free agent signees in school history – plus one who will receive a tryout today (May 2) – are among the five players who will have...


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