Articles from the February 19, 2015 edition

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Cheney High School bond comes up short

With election certification the only step remaining, the Cheney School District is poised to go 1 for 2 with last Tuesday’s special election ballot proposals. The district’s three-year Educational Programs and Operations (Maintenance and...

 

A question of collusion

By JOHN McCALLUM Editor A local citizen has filed a complaint with Washington’s Public Disclosure Commission against the Cheney School District and the Committee for Support of Good Schools alleging the two organizations worked too closely in...

 

Buttercups galore

In something of a rarity, there was a three-way tie in the Cheney Free Press's annual first buttercup contest. Stopping by the office with indications that spring is not far off were 8-year-old...

 

Unexpected consequences

OLYMPIA— I-1351, the voter-approved initiative last fall, requires the state to limit class sizes in grades K-12, but doesn’t provide an enabling funding source. It presumes funds would be allocated by the state so school districts could hire...

 

Planning Commission continues discussion on Airway Heights goals

At its Feb. 11 meeting, the Airway Heights Planning Commission continued its discussion of its priorities and goals for 2015-16. Development Services Director Derrick Braaten presented a draft of the City Council’s goals, which focus on more...

 

Looking back with the Cheney Historical Museum

One hundred twenty-five years ago on Feb. 23, 1890 a fire started in O’Donnell’s hardware store and destroyed ten businesses including the Post Office, Tom Devaz’s saloon, J.E. Thomas’ photography studio, Switzer’s Drug store, James...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    February 19, 2015

James named ML Senior Citizen Volunteer of the Year

Peg James has never sought recognition for the time she put in at the Medical Lake food bank over the years but that did not stop the spotlight from being shined on her. James, food bank director,...

 

Sunday morning accident knocks out power to North Cheney

About 500 Cheney Light customers in the north end of the city were without power for part of Sunday after a vehicle struck a main switch cabinet on the southwest side of North Sixth Street in front of the Cheney School District transportation yard....

 

AARP Free Taxaide offering tax assistance in Cheney until April 11

The AARP Free Taxaide service is once again open at the Cheney Library. Over 10 volunteers have been IRS-certified to assist taxpayers with their taxes including the Affordable Care Act. The tax site will be open Friday and select Saturdays until...

 

Cheney School District agrees to lease fiber optic capabilities

The Cheney School District is planning on putting some of its excess fiber optic capacity — known as “dark fiber” — to a money making use through a contract with TW Telecom. The school board voted 4-0 at its first regular monthly meeting...

 

Circuit Breakers gear up for robotics competition season

The Medical Lake High School Circuit Breakers robotics team is getting ready for competition season. Since Christmas break, the team, which is in its third year, has worked four days a week on...

 

West Plains residents make Eastern 2014 fall quarter dean's list

Several West Plains residents made the Eastern Washington University dean’s list for the 2014 fall quarter. Airway Heights — Ericka Rickards. Cheney — Cody Ableman, Abdullah Al Mughairah, Khaled Almuhaidib, Ahmed Almutairi, Abdullah Alqasem,...

 

EWU president emeritus correction

A Feb. 12 story in the Cheney Free Press on Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo being voted president emeritus status had some incorrect information. The correct information is as follows: Dr. Arévalo and H. Fredrickson are not the only two EWU presidents granted...

 

Senior moment

Members of the Medical Lake band were honored Feb. 10 on Senior Night. They include (L-R): Stephanie Burris, Josh Miller, Enoch Seaman, Ivie Fleur Rabon, Monta Lea Harper, Kris Isherwood. Not...

 

Anti-racist educator to speak Feb. 24 at EWU

Tim Wise, one of the nation’s most prominent anti-racist essayists and educators will appear at Eastern Washington University for a lecture from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24, in Showalter Auditorium. Wise’s lecture, “Combating Racism:...

 

Sweeney earns honors at Wichita State University

WICHITA, Kan. — Wichita State University has announced that Cheney High School graduate Adam Sweeney has been named to the Witchita State University fall quarter 2014 Dean’s Honor Roll. Sweeney joins more than 2,300 students who have received...

 

Whitworth University students qualify for Laureate Society

SPOKANE – The following Whitworth University students have been named by the Laureate Society for fall semester 2014: Shelby Beedle, Cheney; Danielle Burris, Medical Lake and Ashley Sievers, Spangle. The students qualified for the academic honor...

 

CHS announces freshmen and sophomore honor roll

Note: This is a continuation of the Cheney High School fall quarter honor roll that was published in the Feb. 12 issue of the Cheney Free Press. SOPHOMORES 4.0 GPA Hannah N. Brown, Megan R. Carroll, Matthew G. Christianson, Jennifer N. Harbick,...

 

West Plains Briefs

St. John’s Pancake Supper The Easter season begins at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 223 S. Hallett St., Medical Lake on Feb. 19 with a pancake supper at 6 p.m. Every Thursday during Lent there will be a soup and sandwich supper at 6 p.m. Holy Week...

 

Yes, vaccinations do their part to help fight diseases

Vaccinations have been a hot subject over the years but it has been put at the forefront due to the recent outbreak of measles in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been 121 cases of measles... Full story

 

Community should show support for high school remodel

I am writing this letter to voice my sincerest concerns over the news that our Cheney School Districts bond on the latest ballot did not pass. As happy as I was to learn that our renewal Levy passed, I was heartbroken to learn that our current...

 

Overcrowding at the school is a big problem

I find it tremendously sad that I have to write this letter to the residents of the Cheney School District, when over the years, you have been consistently telling Cheney’s youth, “We believe you are important and worth the investment.” So what...

 

District should have an open discussion on bond

Sean Dotson, of the Cheney School District, was quoted in the Spokesman Review, Feb. 12 issue, “If we don’t pass it, we will have to reach out and educate about the need.” I voted against the bond with full knowledge of what is truly a...

 

Cheney Schools thanks community for support

Thank you so very much for your overwhelming support of our Educational Programs/Maintenance and Operations Levy! This local funding provided through the levy ensures the continuation of our programs and the staffing levels on which we rely to...

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Feb. 9 Questionable text/photos were reported at Cheney High School. Identity theft was reported on the 600 block of Irene Place. Jarred C. Hopkins, 19, was arrested for third-degree theft on the 100 block of West First Street. Possible child...

 

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