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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 3, 2014

Council approves Cheney street work

Transportation was the name of the game in action items at the Cheney City Council’s June 24 meeting. And with that, city residents should expect to see a lot of Shamrock Paving gear around town. The Spokane-based company secured three contracts fo...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 3, 2014

Save Our Station wish list

Cheney's Save Our Station (SOS) organization has narrowed a list of "potential' sites for relocation of the former Northern Pacific train depot from 10 down to five. Group member Sue Beeman...

 Front Page    July 3, 2014

Low flyer

A cropduster begins a spraying run on fields straddling Salnave Road just outside Cheney Monday evening....

 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    July 3, 2014

New EWU president Cullinan meets, greets and chats

When new Eastern Washington University President Dr. Mary Cullinan was officially introduced June 26 at a reception at Hargreaves Hall, not only did her unveiling draw a standing-room-only crowd inside but Mother Nature seemed to pause outside and...

 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 3, 2014

Medical Lake Planning Commission continues marijuana discussion

The Medical Lake Planning Commission continued discussions about whether or not to allow a marijuana retail, production and processing facility in city limits at their June 26 meeting. City Administrator Doug Ross presented numbers on how residents...

 By PAUL DELANEY    News    July 3, 2014

EWU has new prominence in Spokane's University District

Eastern Washington University will no longer be hidden away in downtown Spokane's University District. The university recently announced that the Phase 1 building at 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd., located...

 News    July 3, 2014

Sheriff's Office provides online sex offender tracking link

SPOKANE COUNTY The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office has a quick and efficient method of tracking sex offenders living near resident’s home, business, daycare or other locations. There is a link on the Sheriff’s Office main page, located at...

 News    July 3, 2014

Cheney Farmers Market open on Tuesdays

The Cheney Farmers Market is open for business. The market is open every Tuesday from 2 – 7 p.m. from now until Sept. 23 in the City Hall parking lot, corner of Second and D streets. There will be plenty of fresh, local produce along with handmade...

 News    July 3, 2014

Crunk's sports fields dedicated

As Mayor Tom Trulove, city, school district and county officials look on, Cheney School Board student adviser McKinna Kent cuts the ribbon officially dedicating the school district's Crunk's Sports...

 News    July 3, 2014

Kevin Ottosen agency award

Cheney’s Kevin Ottosen was one of 107 Washington insurance agency owners to receive the Allstate Premier Agency designation in 2014. According to a company news release, local small business owners such as Ottosen are recognized for their customer...

 Calendar    July 3, 2014

West Plains Briefs

All-Class reunion July 19 Please mark your calendar and plan on attending the Cheney All-Class reunion Saturday, July 19. Pack a lunch and head to Salnave Park in Cheney. Not hungry? Just come to visit. People start arriving around 10 a.m. but come... Full story

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    July 3, 2014

Cheney School District adopts 2014-2015 budget

The Cheney School District's board of directors unanimously passed the district's $45.7 million 2014-2015 general fund budget at their regular meeting June 25. The amount is just over 8.4 percent more...

 By AL STOVER    Education    July 3, 2014

ML Middle School honors Litzinger for contribution and services

It was 1974 when Tom Litzinger painted the cougar on the center of the floor and on the wall of the Medical Lake Middle School gym. Forty years later those paintings are still in the gym. During the middle school’s promotion ceremony, the district...

 By Ed FEULNER    Opinion    July 3, 2014

Taking the measure of Lyndon Johnson's 'Great Society'

One of the lessons I learned in my first management course is you can’t improve something unless you can measure it. So let’s apply that to government. As ambitious government programs go, it’s hard to top the “Great Society,” which...

 By AL STOVER    Opinion    July 3, 2014

Professional wrestling has something for everyone

Sunday night I decided to let my inner child take over and watch the WWE’s — formerly the WWF — “Money in the Bank” event.The show had its big moments and it took me back to what I enjoyed watching wrestling when I was younger. I’ll...

 Opinion    July 3, 2014

SCOPE fundraiser successful

We wish to thank the following businesses for supporting your EWU/Cheney SCOPE with our annual fundraiser and rest area donations: Blackhawk Veterinary Hospital, Mitchell’s Harvest Foods, Copy Junction, Sandi’s Expression, Rosa’s Pizza, Les...

 Opinion    July 3, 2014

Thank you Cheney Care staff

We would like to thank the staff at the Cheney Care Center for all the help and support they gave to both our mother and our father over the last several years. Director Keith Fauerso, Shannon Reitan and all of the staff at the Assisted Living...

 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    July 3, 2014

Friendship is paramount for June Labish

I was the "new kid on the block" in a group of rural women who called themselves Merry Makers when I first met June Labish. Some of the women stared at me. Others ignored me. June smiled and made me...

 Obituaries    July 3, 2014

Carole Francis Hubbard

Carole Francis Hubbard passed away peacefully, with her husband at her side, in the early morning of June 24. At her request, a service will not be held, but her life was celebrated June 28. Carole was born Oct. 29, 1942 in Leeds, England, to John... Full story

 Obituaries    July 3, 2014

Patricia Louise "Pat" McConnell

Pat passed peacefully with family by her side on June 15, 2014 at Sacred Heart Hospital Spokane, Wash. Pat was born to Orville and Bess Elmore on Sept. 8, 1932 in Cheney, Wash. She was an only child.... Full story

 Obituaries    July 3, 2014

Raymond P. Whitfield

Long-time Cheney resident Raymond P. Whitfield passed away Saturday, June 21, at Cheney Care Center at age 98. Born in Big Timber, Mont., Ray moved with his family to Sunnyside, Wash. in 1918.  He grew up in Sunnyside, graduating from Sunnyside... Full story

 Neighborhood    July 3, 2014


Cheney Community Church “Christmas in July” is the theme for Vacation Bible School which begins at Cheney Community Church Monday, July 7 and runs through July 11. VBS meets 9 a.m. - noon each day. Pre-registration is open now by calling the...

 Calendar    July 3, 2014

What's Happening on the West Plains

City of Cheney • July 4, State, county and city offices closed. • July 7, “A Bird’s Eye View of the Lake Missoula Floods,” community library, noon. • July 7, Cheney Farmers Market, City Hall parking lot, 2 – 7 p.m. • City... Full story

 Neighborhood    July 3, 2014

Looking Back

10 Years Ago July 8, 2004 Cheney’s population was quickly coming close to the milestone 10,000 mark as current census numbers showed 9,855 residents in the city. In an effort to provide necessary funding, Medical Lake City Administrator Curt...

 By AL STOVER    Sports    July 3, 2014

Webb to take the reins of Cheney volleyball

The Cheney High School volleyball team will welcome Courtney Webb as new head coach for the 2014 season. Webb, who grew up in Ephrata, Wash., played varsity volleyball, girls' basketball and tennis...


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