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 Education    June 12, 2014

Graduation: end of a journey

Photos by John McCallum and Al Stover...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 12, 2014

Cheney Middle School's Schwendiman second in Holocaust art contest

Like many people, eighth-grader Larissa Schwendiman is not one to talk openly about her feelings. Drawing is what she uses to communicate what she is thinking, and drawing also helps bring out another...

 By AL STOVER    Education    June 12, 2014

New ML superintendent ready to step into role

Tim Ames was sitting at dinner when he learned he would be the new superintendent of Medical Lake School District. He celebrated with a fist pump to while his wife cried tears of joy. “I was so thrilled,” Ames said. “I wanted to start the day...

 News    June 12, 2014

Sorority raises money for Cheney Care Center

Alpha Pi Sigma members Madison Azim and Olivia Ybarra Arizmendi present a check to the administration staff at the Cheney Care Center. Alpha Pi Sigma held their "Take a Chance, Make a Change"...

 News    June 12, 2014

SNAP 5K run to benefit assistance programs for Spokane County residents in need

The second annual Chase Strides for SNAP 5K Run is taking place Sunday, June 22, at Plantes Ferry State Park in Spokane Valley. The run begins at 10 a.m., and is a partnership between Chase Bank and SNAP, Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners, to...

 By AL STOVER    News    June 12, 2014

Medical Lake talks to Spokane about emergency water intertie

Medical Lake has been meeting with the city of Spokane to hook up an intertie to a water main as an emergency source of water for the summer. The water main, owned by Spokane, is located on SR 902 less than 500 feet from one of the four wells...

 By AL STOVER    Front Page    June 12, 2014

Cheney School District presents proposed Sunset Elementary expansion

The city of Airway Heights got a possible glimpse into the future of Sunset Elementary in regards to its structure. At the City Council’s June 9 study session, officials from Cheney School District presented a plan created by NAC Architecture to... Full story

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 12, 2014

Cheney council OKs police officer funding application

Cheney will try once again to obtain funding to hire another police officer through the grant process. At it’s first regular meeting in June Tuesday night, the City Council approved a Police Department request to file electronically for a $125,000...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 12, 2014

One road ends, another begins

Cheney School District K-12 arts coordinator and Cheney High School concert choir director Harlan Henderson directs the choir's performance of Jay Rouse's "May the Road Rise Up" at commencement...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 12, 2014

Reviewed by peers

The Cheney Police Department has become the first law enforcement agency in Spokane County and one of just a handful east of the Cascade Mountains to receive re-accreditation from the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    June 12, 2014

Move to president's office easy one for Fuller

Becoming the next president of Eastern Washington University would seem to be a simple transition and easy move for Rex Fuller. The office vacated in July by Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo, is just a few doors...

 By Paul Delaney    Front Page    June 12, 2014

Retention, college costs crucial to Cullinan

If Eastern Washington University presidential finalist Mary Cullinan were to have parents have the final say on who would succeed Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo, who is retiring this summer, she might have an...

 Education    June 12, 2014

Michael Anderson May award winners

Michael Anderson Elementary released the names of their May award winners. Student of the Month — Alice Zurita, Henley Gilstrap, Jaxon Turner, Madeline Rodriguez Del Toro, Gabriella Ornelas, Jaela Kendall, Ethan Barta, Makenna Marshall, Landyn...

 Calendar    June 12, 2014

West Plains Briefs

Cheney Farmers Market The Cheney Farmers Market is now open. The market is open every Tuesday from 2 – 7 p.m. from now until Sept. 23 in the City Hall parking lot. There will be plenty of fresh, local produce along with handmade arts and crafts. Ba... Full story

 Opinion    June 12, 2014

Where do we draw the line with integrity?

This year we’ve been fortunate to collaborate with the West Plains chapter of Partners Advancing Character Education (PACE) to help promote good character. The trait for this month is integrity. PACE describes integrity as living with a set of valu...

 By AL STOVER    Opinion    June 12, 2014

When walking through life, always carry a pocketknife

I had intended to write this as a potential graduation commencement speech for Wolf Point High School, similar to Mary Schmich’s essay she wrote for The Chicago Tribune back in 1997 where she recommended that young folks wear sunscreen — among...

 Opinion    June 12, 2014

Prisoner trade not good for America

Do you feel safer now? Our president has traded the freedom of one American prisoner of war for five of the most vicious, dangerous men in the world. They have probably been planning for months what they will do to America now that they are free....

 News    June 12, 2014

West Plains Police News

CHENEY June 2 Cheney police assisted Washington State Patrol on the zero hundred block of Simpson Park Way by gathering information on an ongoing Patrol investigation. Third-degree theft was reported on the 200 block of G Street. A UPS box was...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 12, 2014

Suspect arrested for forgery and theft

Video surveillance footage helped Cheney Police Department investigators track down a pair of individuals who forged checks using a city of Cheney routing number. Department Cmdr. Rick Campbell said they received a report May 7 from City Hall that...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 12, 2014

SR 904 resurfacing to cause delays

Cheney residents traveling State Route 904 should expect delays and slower than usual traffic as resurfacing work on the four-mile stretch between Betz Road and Interstate 90 kicks off Monday, June 16. The $872,473 project was awarded to Inland...

 By AL STOVER    News    June 12, 2014

Fire destroys trailer on Salnave Road

Spokane County Fire District 3, Medical Lake Fire Department, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and American Medical Response responded to a structure fire on South Salnave Road, outside of Medical Lake. According to Spokane County District 3 Fire...

 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    June 12, 2014

Alvina Ditton excels at pie making, despite run-ins with Mr. Trouble

When Alvina and John Ditton first came to Cheney, he found the job he liked best working for the Cheney School District. Alvina's work came looking for her. Their home was near the college campus....

 Obituaries    June 12, 2014

Marilyn J. (Watts) Betts

Marilyn J. (Watts) Betts (age 77) Of Medical Lake, Wash. died Saturday, June 7, 2014 from complications following a stroke she suffered on April 5, 2014. She was born Oct. 25, 1936 to Howard and Esther Watts in Pomona, Kan. She moved from Kansas to... Full story

 Neighborhood    June 12, 2014


Cheney United Church of Christ On Sunday June 15, the Rev. Dr. George Abrams will once again preach during the regular 10 a.m. service. The congregation of Cheney UCC offers sincere thanks to George for being willing to fill in when pastor Dave is...

 Neighborhood    June 12, 2014

Looking Back

10 Years Ago June 17, 2004 The Cheney City Council took the first step towards putting a measure on the September ballot to counter Initiative 864, a measure proposed by Tim Eyman that would slash the city’s property tax revenues by about...


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