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 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    July 4, 2013

AH receives housing project funds

Airway Heights received some welcome news late last week from the Washington state Legislature regarding the state budget. City Manager Albert Tripp said the Legislature included $2.7 million for purchasing land in Accident Potential Zone Two. Includ...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 4, 2013

Board gets high school upgrade OK

The Cheney School District board of directors heard a recommendation to renovate the district’s high school at their only meeting in June last Wednesday night. Directors were also offered an alternate plan presented by one of the members of the Cit...

 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    July 4, 2013

Online bill pay option starts soon in Medical Lake

The city of Medical Lake is receiving a big upgrade to its utility billing system which will allow customers the opportunity and convenience of paying bills online. The wheels for the software conversion started moving three or four years ago, City...

 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    July 4, 2013

Deceptively bad looking

Cheney firefighters survey one of the vehicles damaged in a two-car collision last Wednesday near Safeway on SR 904. The minor-injury crash caused traffic to back up for a period of...

 Front Page    July 4, 2013

Summer burn ban to take place on all DNR-protected lands

OLYMPIA – The Washington state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced June 29 that there would be a statewide burn ban on all DNR-protected lands beginning July 1 and running through Sept. 30, 2013. The burn ban will apply to all...

 Front Page    July 4, 2013

New arrivals

The trumpeter swans on Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge have recently increased the size of their flock with some new additions. Above, the family on Middle Pine pond take a leisurely...

 News    July 4, 2013

Al French elected secretary of MRSC executive team

Spokane County Commissioner Al French has been elected secretary by the board of directors of the Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington (MRSC). As a result of his election, French will automatically become MRSC vice-president in 2014...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    July 4, 2013

Cheney district enacts emergency financial measures

Faced with financial uncertainties due to the lack of a state budget the Cheney School Board enacted three resolutions at its June 26 meeting designed to keep the district operating until state funding for the 2013-15 biennium comes through. The...

 By JAMES EIK    Education    July 4, 2013

Second year of ML's STEM grant builds on foundation

Last year, the Medical Lake School District was busy gearing up for its first year heavily immersed in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). This summer will be just as busy as the...

 By JAMES EIK    Education    July 4, 2013

Board approves sports ticket price increases

The Medical Lake School District board of directors approved an increase in the sports and season ticket prices for the 2013-14 school year. Among the reason for the increase includes the district needing two officials instead of three for basketball...

 News    July 4, 2013

Pain treatment changes for injured workers begin

The Department of Labor & Industries has changed the amount of time doctors can prescribe narcotics (opioids) for injured workers without agency authorization from 12 to six weeks. After six weeks, L&I insurance coverage for opioids will depend on...

 Education    July 4, 2013

Declaring our independence in a modern view

There are 1,338 words in the Declaration of Independence, 356 of which will likely be highlighted as our country celebrates its 237 years of existence this week. Of those 356 words, most of the attention is given to just 55, and of those, “We hold...

 By Marc Dion    Opinion    July 4, 2013

Rooskies love ratski, and can find plenty in Snowden

So plucky little NSA rat Edward Snowden is safe in Russia, a country that has apparently started to give free speech lessons to America. Beautiful. We used to want to beat the Rooskies in the Olympics; now they’re hiding out our whistleblowers, gai...

 By Walter Williams    Opinion    July 4, 2013

People in the US have a distrust in government

Recent opinion polls demonstrate a deepening distrust of the federal government. That’s not an altogether bad thing. Our nation’s founders recognized that most human abuses are the result of government. As Thomas Paine said, “government, even...

 News    July 4, 2013

West Plains Police News

CHENEY June 23 Third-degree malicious mischief was reported on the 300 block of Nolan Brown. A car was damaged. June 24 A suspicious circumstance was reported when a man turned in what he believed to be drugs to the Cheney Police Department....

 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    July 4, 2013

Shelly Wheeler always manages to find the bright side

Everybody has a story to tell. Shelly Wheeler’s story ranges from periods of happiness to deepest hurts. Through it all she said, “I have looked on the bright side of things. I was born in Denver...

 Neighborhood    July 4, 2013


Emmanuel Lutheran Church Emmanuel Lutheran Church celebrates the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost this Sunday, July 7. Join us at 9 a.m. for Bible study. All are welcome to worship at 10:30 a.m. Fellowship follows at 11:30 a.m. A “two-site”...

 Obituaries    July 4, 2013

Larry Montague

Larry Montague Larry passed away June 20, 2013 in Spokane, Wash. He was born June 1, 1924 in Spokane to Edward and Louvenia Montague. Larry was raised in Mondovi, Wash, moved to Cheney in 1930,... Full story

 Obituaries    July 4, 2013

Norman V. Vigfusson

Norman V. Vigfusson Eight-two years of life. With his loving family around him, Norman V. Vigfusson passed away peacefully at the age of 82, after a courageous battle with cancer. Though our hearts... Full story

 Obituaries    July 4, 2013

Maureen Becht Thompson

Maureen Becht Thompson Maureen Becht Thompson, a mother, grandmother, registered nurse, community organizer and wife of 62 years to Dr. Norman Thompson, died Friday, June 7 at Swedish Hospital in...

 Neighborhood    July 4, 2013

Looking Back

10 Years Ago July 10, 2003 One and a half years after a head-on crash killed five Cheney residents on SR 904, the grassroots effort to improve safety on that stretch of road became reality with the beginning of the Memorial Highway Traffic Safety Pro...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    July 4, 2013

Blue Devils bounce SummerHawks in exhibition

It was billed as an exhibition game, which means it could have been a ho-hum deal with a who cares outcome. But last Thursday’s baseball game between the Cheney AA American Legion SummerHawks and...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    July 4, 2013

Chris Dunn hired as new Cheney High boys' basketball coach

Cheney High School announced in a news release that it has hired Chris Dunn to be the new high school boys’ basketball coach. Dunn replaces Joel Soter who left after two seasons to take the head...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    July 4, 2013

Cheney gets out the bats in pair of wins over NE 49ers

Cheney’s AA American Legion baseball team got the bats going big time last Wednesday getting both a pair of baseball victories, and maybe a little payback, routing the Northeast 49ers 17-6 and 12-4...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    July 4, 2013

Medical Lake earns wild win to cap Legion baseball sweep

Medical Lake’s AA American Legion coach Kerry Kelly was concerned some rust might build up on his team after some time off. His fears proved to be unfounded as ML scored a doubleheader sweep of Northwest Christian 15-1 and 8-7 last Friday in a...


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