Articles from the June 6, 2013 edition

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 By James Eik    Front Page    June 6, 2013

Transportation plan revealed

The city of Airway Heights previewed an annual update to its six-year transportation improvement plan at the Monday, June 3 meeting of the Airway Heights City Council. Public Works director Kelly Williquette said the items included in the...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 6, 2013

Caution: road work up ahead

If it’s summer – almost – then it must mean it’s time for street projects, and this year the city of Cheney has several slated for the hot months. The largest of the single projects is the $375,000 North Sixth Street preservation project...

 By John McCallum    Front Page    June 6, 2013

Up and away

Journeyman forecaster Laurie Nisbet prepares to release a weather balloon at the National Weather Service Rambo Road station May 17. The post behind Nisbet holds a radiosonde instrument package...

 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    June 6, 2013

Offender crews provide needed fire support

In the upcoming fire season, minimum security offenders from the Airway Heights Corrections Center will be working with Department of Natural Resources crews, fighting fires in the region. Part of the...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    June 6, 2013

Spokane International Airport's future is not only about flying

McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas promotes the primary local industry – gambling – right in the faces of arriving passengers who must pass banks of slot machines on the way to fetch...

 By JAMES EIK    Education    June 6, 2013

Students show STEM potential at board meeting

Making its final stop at Hallett Elementary during its annual visit to different schools in the district, the Medical Lake School District board of directors held its final meeting during the school year. Students at Hallett in Sheila Overman’s...

 Education    June 6, 2013

Salnave Elementary School receives technology grant

Cheney Middle School isn’t the only district school to receive a hefty technology grant. Last Thursday, May 30, Salnave Elementary School teachers Celina Brennan and Ann Ottmar were awarded a $5,000 grant from CenturyLink’s Teachers and...

 Education    June 6, 2013

EWU graduation features honor cords for military

Eastern Washington University is recognizing veterans and military students during the spring commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 15, with special commemorative graduation cords. In addition to cap and gown attire, veterans and military...

 Education    June 6, 2013

Cheney School District provides students summer meals

Cheney Public Schools announces the sponsorship of the Seamless Summer Feeding Program for Children. Meals will be available at no charge to attending children 18 years of age and younger. All meals are available without regard to race, color,...

 Opinion    June 6, 2013

New tax would send airplane prices further skyward

Reprinted from The Orange County Register Planning to fly cross-country? You soon might be paying considerably more for your ticket as part of a proposal in the new federal budget President Obama is putting before Congress. “The Obama...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    June 6, 2013

Ordering: it's about eating, not selling

I don’t know about you folks but I’m tired of the upsell. I realize that’s what our consumerism society is all about, buying more whether we need it or not. After all, bigger is always better. But I’m tired of it, especially when it comes to...

 Opinion    June 6, 2013

Thanks for strong Memorial Day event

The annual Memorial Day service was held Monday, May 27, at the Medical Lake Cemetery with very good attendance. This was a special time to reflect and remember each of the 61 veterans from the Indian Wars, Civil War, World War I and World War II,...

 Opinion    June 6, 2013

Gardeners thank the community

The Gardeners of Cheney thank the community for their wholehearted support of our plant sale. It raised funds for horticultural activities at Cheney High School and Medical Lake High School, as well as scholarships for students in the horticultural...

 Opinion    June 6, 2013

Mayfest is only made possible by an engaged community

How delightful to again experience a fun family event in downtown Cheney. Following the success of the first annual Winterfest, it was decided to revive the annual Mayfest celebration, held this year on May 11. Monies raised by these and future such...

 By ROBERT DODGE    Opinion    June 6, 2013

The first rule of fracking is to do no harm

Our country is addicted to oil and gas. In recent years the technique of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, or fracking, has gotten greater attention, both positive and negative. It is a Trojan horse, sold to us as a way to become energy...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    June 6, 2013

Charged to save lives and property

There’s a saying: “If you don’t like the weather, wait 10 minutes. It will change.” How it changes and what it changes into is the main reason why warning coordination meteorologist Andy...

 By CHRIS THOMAS    More News    June 6, 2013

Will part-timers be dropped from state health plans?

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The move has gotten national publicity: The state of Washington could skirt the intent of the Affordable Care Act, in order to save money. Some state senators are advocating dropping part-time state workers from the health insurance...

 More News    June 6, 2013

Cut down to size

A crew from Davey’s Tree Service of Kennewick was busy early this week removing an old tree that used to tower above Second Street across from Cheney City Hall. The tree was removed as part of the...

 Neighborhood    June 6, 2013

No, I've never herded cats; no I don't want to

By LUELLA DOW Contributor I’ve heard the phrase, “It’s as bad as herding cats” several times and wondered what the person meant. I’ve herded cattle and sheep, but never had enough cats to...

 Neighborhood    June 6, 2013


Emmanuel Lutheran Church Emmanuel Lutheran Church celebrates the third Sunday after Pentecost this Sunday, June 9. This Sunday will conclude grade school children Sunday school. Adult education will continue through the summer months at 9 a.m. All... Full story

 Neighborhood    June 6, 2013

Mike Paulson

Mike Paulson Mike James Paulson passed away at home on May 26, 2013. He was born Sept. 7, 1966, in Pullman, Wash. to Bill and Connie Paulson. He was a graduate of Pullman High School and Spokane... Full story

 Neighborhood    June 6, 2013

Looking Back

10 Years Ago June 12, 2003 The Cheney City Council voted 6-1 with Curt Huff casting the only nay to approve new language for single family dwelling occupancy. The new code now specifies what...

 By Dr E KIRSTEN PETERS    Neighborhood    June 6, 2013

Spring birthdays and multiple sclerosis correlation

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a nasty disease that attacks the central nervous system. Various people with MS experience different symptoms, and even for one person symptoms may vary over time. Some common complaints of people with MS are numbness,...

 By JAMES EIK    Neighborhood    June 6, 2013

Feed Medical Lake: Growing strong and steady after two years

Feed Medical Lake is still going strong, two years into its operation. The progress made by the monthly program easily puts a smile on organizer Joanna Williams’ face, when looking back at all of the families it has served at St. John’s Lutheran...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    June 6, 2013

Blue Devils hope to bounce back after 2012's fall

The Spokane Blue Devils AAA American Legion baseball team hopes to rebound from their struggles in 2012 and if coach Tony Byrne has his way a group of Cheney players will play big parts. Coming off a...


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