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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    May 16, 2013

Council makes mid-course moves

Cheney’s City Council unanimously approved a pair of ordinances Tuesday night, one making changes to some wages and another that paid bills for budgeted projects and services. Human resource manager Mark Schuller explained the ordinance fixing...

 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    May 16, 2013

STEP critics decry tribe-funded study

Last Wednesday, local representatives and business leaders opposed to the proposed casino and hotel in the Spokane Tribe Economic Project criticized the tribe’s recent study that claimed it posed...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    May 16, 2013

Lavender landscape

Unseasonably hot temperatures last week helped bring out the area wildflowers, such as this field of lupins along Cheney-Plaza Road. Temperatures have since returned to a more seasonable...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    May 16, 2013

Cheney restructures development functions

Cheney planning commissioners found out at their regular monthly meeting Monday that they are now under new management. Two managers to be precise. City Administrator Arlene Fisher told commissioners that the departure of Community Development...

 By Mike Huffman    Front Page    May 16, 2013

Electric footwear

Whether her flashy socks helped or not, Cheney senior Janessa Day had a good time at last week’s District 7 track and field championships, winning the 200- and 400-meter dash titles and helping the...

 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    May 16, 2013

Medical Lake surpluses dozens of scrap items

Dozens of items in the maintenance shop were approved as surplus by the Medical Lake City Council at its Tuesday, May 7 meeting. The shop has become something of a storage location for broken items that don’t work, as well as other items like aband...

 Front Page    May 16, 2013

Imperial Styling is open

In the May 9 story “Filling children’s needs” it was incorrectly stated that Cheney’s Imperial Styling was closed. The salon is open for business at 424 First St., around the corner from its previous location on College Av... Full story

 Front Page    May 16, 2013

Annual plant sale May 18

Will those plants you see on sale thrive in the Cheney climate? Yes, because they’re locally grown, if you buy them at the Gardeners of Cheney Spring Plant Sale. It will be held from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Mitchell’s Harvest...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    May 16, 2013

Candidate filing period ends May 17

Depending on the number of filings, it could be a busy election season for cities and districts on the West Plains. Those interested in public office have until 4 p.m. Friday, May 17, to file an application with the Spokane County Elections Office...

 News    May 16, 2013

In pursuit of unbuckled and distracted drivers

After years of taking on driving under the influence and not paying attention to pedestrians crossing roadways, local law enforcement are finally focusing on another issue – distracted drivers, particularly those included to talk or text on cell...

 News    May 16, 2013

EWU's annual Books2Eat returns to JFK Library May 22

Calling all cakes and edible confections of all kinds. It’s time for Books2Eat, the annual edible book festival sponsored by the Eastern Washington University’s JFK Library and volunteer friends of the library. The all-you-can-eat event takes...

 By JAMES EIK    News    May 16, 2013

Spokane comment delays Airway Heights planning

The journey to finalize Airway Heights’ new C-2 general commercial and mixed-use overlay documents will have to wait one more month. At the Monday, May 13 meeting of the Airway Heights Planning Commission, development services director Derrick...

 By JAMES EIK    News    May 16, 2013

Change orders approved for Airway Heights' Aspen Grove Park

In a short Monday, May 6 meeting, the Airway Heights City Council approved two change orders for the Aspen Grove Park development project, totaling $25,425.80. Included in the change orders is a modification to the access slopes. Parks, recreation...

 News    May 16, 2013

Turnbull 'Floods, Flowers and Feathers Festival' Saturday

Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge announces the second annual “Floods, Flowers, and Feathers Festival.”  This event is open to the public and offers free entrance to the Refuge and free events to families and individuals of all ages on...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    May 16, 2013

School board votes to surplus Fisher Building

The Cheney School District board of directors voted unanimously to declare the district’s Fisher Building as surplus property. It’s the first step in the process of selling the 84-year-old former...

 By JAMES EIK    Education    May 16, 2013

Medical Lake School District's website has a new, sleek design

For the past month, the Medical Lake School District has been enjoying a digital facelift following the debut of its new website design. Mary Kay Rolwes, librarian and teacher at Medical Lake Middle...

 Opinion    May 16, 2013

Airway Heights needs a solution for rising municipal court cases

Airway Heights is stuck between a rock and a hard place with the high number of criminal activity along Hayford Road. Take one glance at the police reports and each week 25 to 50 percent occur between the Walmart shopping complex as well as Northern...

 Opinion    May 16, 2013

McMorris Rodgers' votes in the Congress reflect bad values

We know Mother’s Day is a day in which we honor women for the good they have done. However, some Congressional folks just don’t agree. Ironically, one of those Congressional women is Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington State’s 5th District....

 By Susan Estrich    Opinion    May 16, 2013

All about Benghazi and Lewinsky

On its face, the murder of Americans in Libya, including our ambassador, has absolutely nothing to do with the inappropriate relationship former President Bill Clinton had with a White House intern. But politically, that’s another story. The...

 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    May 16, 2013

Welcome to Young Life

We people are interesting creatures. You turn around once and somebody has thought of another idea. Welcome to Young Life. Young Life began with a few simple ideas about sharing the truth of God’s l...

 Obituaries    May 16, 2013

Roger Zimmerman

ZIMMERMAN, Roger Alan (age 75) – Born May 19, 1937 in Beatrice Neb. Passed away suddenly of a heart attack, on May 12, 2013 in Cheney, Wash, doing what he liked best…”going for a drive with our... Full story

 Neighborhood    May 16, 2013


Emmanuel Lutheran Church Join us for worship this Sunday, May 19, at 10:30 a.m. to celebrate the Day of Pentecost. Please remember to wear red. Christian education classes begin at 9 a.m. Mark your calendars. Emmanuel Lutheran Church will hold its...

 Neighborhood    May 16, 2013

Looking Back

10 Years Ago May 22, 2003 The Spokane County Sheriff’s color guard raised the American flag at the newly dedicated Cheney police station. Pathways to Progress was celebrating its third year of existence with a new mission, that of improving the...

 By Dr E KIRSTEN PETERS    Neighborhood    May 16, 2013

The softer side of veterinary science

Modern veterinary science is a technically advanced field. Some animals receive not just X-rays, but sophisticated scans like MRIs. If you visit a large veterinary hospital you will find cats getting chemotherapy and dogs on the receiving end of...

 Neighborhood    May 16, 2013

West Plains Clubs and Organizations

If your club or organization’s meeting time has changed, or you currently are not listed in this column, call 235-6184. A complete listings for each organization, including times and place, is available online at CHENEY...


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