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Cheney council approves lobbyist contract

In a short regular meeting Tuesday night, the Cheney City Council approved a one-year contract with the city’s Olympia consultant Jennifer Ziegler. According to the contract, Ziegler represents the city on legislative, regulatory and...

 

ML talks curbside recycling

Curbside recycling might become a reality in the city of Medical lake. At the Feb. 3 City Council meeting, Mayor John Higgins and City Administrator Doug Ross informed the council they had met with Sunshine Disposal and Recycling to discuss curbside...

 

Change of direction

Ending weeks of speculation, Eastern Washington University's All-American and record-setting quarterback Vernon Adams has elected to forgo his final year of eligibility and transfer to Eugene, Oregon...

 

Airway Heights in dispute with state for snow removal services

Airway Heights is in a dispute with the Washington state Department of Transportation (WSDOT) concerning snow removal on the section of Highway 2 that runs between the city’s east and west boundaries. Both sides have contacted state lawmakers...

 

Cheney police dispatch is more involved than just 'calling all cars'

Watching Cheney Police Department dispatcher Valerie Richey handle her duties at the police station is like watching a concert musician perform on a cathedral organ. Richey balances the telephone...

 

Cheney commission briefed on overlay ordinance

The Cheney Planning Commission held an informational workshop Feb. 9 on Ordinance W-58, an ordinance that establishes a Marijuana Overlay Zone in the city’s municipal zoning code. The workshop is part of the state’s legal process that began when...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    February 12, 2015

Exotic Metals to receive temporary certificate of occupancy

It was almost a year ago when Exotic Metals Forming Company (Exotic) announced at a March 14 press conference that it was opening a facility in Airway Heights that would hire up to 150 local employees. Eleven months later and the facility, which is...

 

Against the Grain to return fabric supplies to Cheney

The rumors are true - Mim is back! To individuals existing outside the world of quilting and other fabric endeavors that sentence likely means nothing. To those who love to turn yards of colorful clot...

 
 By ALICE DAY    News    February 12, 2015

Voters' demand: Lower class sizes; school districts' dilemma: Paying for it

OLYMPIA-School districts around Washington are priming their fiscal pumps in the coming weeks, asking local constituents to support special maintenance and operations tax propositions to maintain...

 

Cheney Middle School track named for Van Kurens

Almost 150 people gathered at Cheney Middle School Jan. 29 to honor and name the school's track and field complex after a Cheney couple who are legendary in the sport. The Lawson and Ruth Van Kuren...

 

Medical Lake band and choir students advance to state

The Medical Lake High School band and choir programs came off a successful solo/ensemble festival Feb. 7 with 10 students winning first place in several categories. These musicians will perform at the WIAA/Washington Music Educators Association...

 

Arévalo voted President Emeritus

One of Eastern Washington University’s most beloved past presidents was honored with a rare designation at the Jan. 30 meeting of the school’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo, who retired this past July after having served as president...

 

Hallett honors PACE award winners

Hallett Elementary announced the Partners Advancing Character Education (PACE) award winners for January. PACE/Pride — Abigail Hall, Savanah Evans, Gabby Estes, Jess Harrison, Evan Dennis, Elliott Bovey, Elliot Mylan, Triana Canty, Hunter Hooper,...

 

Cheney High students meet with legislators about career and technical education

Cheney High School students Adrianna Suiter, Keenan Loughery, JJ Bobzien, Morgan Thueson, Jamie Bradley, Kaitlyn Nguyen, Sam Abbott and Career and Technical Education (CTE) Sports Medicine instructor...

 

Jespen makes Peru State College's dean's list

Peru State College announced Tuesday that Medical Lake graduate JayDee Jepsen, earned a place on the Dean’s List for the fall 2014 semester. To make the Dean’s List students must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the semester, have...

 

CHS announces senior and junior fall quarter honor roll

Cheney High School has released its honor roll list for fall quarter 2014. SENIORS 4.0 GPA Ashleigh A. Allington, Peter J. Condon, Matthew S. Dery, Keith C. Emert, Sarah E. Fillmore, Valentina C. Grisafi, Anthony M. Hartman, Sonora M. Hetrick,...

 

West Plains Briefs

‘Daddy, Daughter Dance’ The Airway Heights Parks and Recreation Department is having its “Daddy Daughter Dance: Fairy Tale Ball” Saturday Feb. 21 from 6 — 8 p.m. at the Sunset Elementary Gym. There will be dinner, crafts, games and other... Full story

 

Williams' 'misremembering' is sad on many fronts

Somewhere Walter Cronkite, Chet Huntley, David Brinkley and Peter Jennings are either turning in their graves, rolling their eyes — or both. Brian Williams, the anchor and editor of NBC Nightly News, has peacock egg on his face after having been...

 

Make your Friendivus one that you will never forget

By AL STOVER Staff Reporter Well folks, Valentine’s Day is two days away. To some people, this holiday is a concoction conceived by the candy, floral and greeting card companies on Feb. 14 to make some extra cash. For others it’s the day to...

 

Support state bill 5087 regarding trains

The train derailment in Cheney just weeks ago is an alarming realization that train derailments do happen — whether minor like this one or catastrophic like the one in Lac Magnetic, Quebec that killed 47 people.  With an average of 52 Burlington...

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Feb. 2 Alarms were reported on the 2200 block of First Street. A citation was issued. A 16-year-old juvenile was arrested at the Cheney Middle School on a warrant for failure to comply with conditions. Teresa R. Byrd, 44, was arrested on the...

 

Late-night stroll leads to arrest

In a news release, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office announced that on Feb. 3, 2015, just after 9:30 p.m., Deputy Julian Covella arrested Timothy M. Clement, 41, for possession of a controlled substance/methamphetamine and on a warrant for...

 

An idea borne on the wind

My friend Cally, sat in the chair and spread her arms, “I’ve had this idea for many months, Luella but I’ve never been able to get anybody interested in buying my lovely greeting cards. They’re just there, day after day and nothing...

 

Open for reading

Cheney Middle School student Beckett Schoenleber (right) stands with homeowners Samantha and Logan Cook next to the Little Free Library he and his parents built and installed on the Cook's property...

 

What's Happening on the West Plains

City of Cheney • Feb. 13, Baby Play and Learn Storytime (ages 0 – 18 months), community library, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. • Feb. 13, Free AARP Tax Aide, community library, 12 – 5 p.m. • Feb. 14, POUND Fitness Free Demonstration Class, Wre... Full story

 

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