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Articles from the July 10, 2014 edition

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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 10, 2014

Cheney adopts solid waste disposal plan

In what was really more a formality, the Cheney City Council adopted the city’s Comprehensive Municipal Solid Waste, Recycling and Moderate Risk Waste Management plan by a unanimous vote at its meeting Tuesday night. The city has long expressed...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 10, 2014

Criminal activity rises in Cheney

Cheney crime reports took an upswing in the April – June timeframe, enough so that overall the city is 6.5 percent ahead of where it was this time last year, ending a year and a half trend that had seen reports dropping each month. So far through...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    July 10, 2014

Market music

Megumi Call (left) helps violinist Alex Brown (right) tune her instrument during a break from playing at this past Tuesday's Cheney Farmers Market. The two are part of a new Cheney band, "The...

 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 10, 2014

Airway Heights enlists outside help on negotiations

The city of Airway Heights is continuing to look at all options when it comes to their solid waste, even if it means speaking with the county. During the July 7 meeting, the City Council passed a professional services agreement with Chicago Bridge...

 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 10, 2014

Medical Lake's 2013 report shows water meets all drinking standards

The city of Medical Lake released their water quality report for the year 2013. According to the report, published on the city’s website, the drinking water met and exceeded all federal and state requirements for safe drinking. The source of the...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 10, 2014

'We've called Cheney home'

Unlike several of his predecessors, new Cheney City Administrator Mark Schuller said he doesn't view his new position as a steppingstone to something greater. "We've called Cheney home for a number of...

 News    July 10, 2014

New state motorcycle laws in effect

SPOKANE COUNTY — On June 12, Senate Bill 5141 went into effect changing rules governing motorcyclists on public roadways. The new law adds a section to RCW Chapter 46.61 governing the rules of the road for Washington State.  The Spokane County...

 Calendar    July 10, 2014

West Plains Briefs

Feed Medical Lake July 14 Feed Medical Lake is serving kale salad, sliced turkey, bread sticks and ice cream, July 14, from 5-6 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 223 S. Hallett St. Everyone is welcome to attend. There will also be free... Full story

 By AL STOVER    News    July 10, 2014

Airway Heights, community library hold health fair

In an effort to promote recreational options within the city and focus on the healthier aspects of life, the Airway Heights Parks Department and the Airway Heights Library will be hosting the first...

 News    July 10, 2014

Fogle Pump and Supply acquires Ricard Drilling

By AL STOVER Staff Reporter Fogle Pump and Supply, which has a branch located at 12019 W. Sunset Highway in Airway Heights, is welcoming a familiar face back into the fold. Fogle Pump and Supply...

 News    July 10, 2014

Federal government offering drought relief emergency loans

SPOKANE – The federal government automatically activated a disaster relief program on May 28 for farmers and ranchers in Chelan, Lincoln and Walla Walla counties affected by recent drough conditions. According to a Farm Service Agency news...

 By AL STOVER    News    July 10, 2014

Seven firefighters graduate from West Plains Academy

Pat Smart was working construction when he decided he wanted to do something more than just sit at a desk. He wanted something “more active.” “I took an ‘in the meantime’ type job in Spokane,” Smart said. “I started talking to the guys...

 News    July 10, 2014

Cheney High alumni reunion July 19

The Cheney High School alumni reunion is Saturday, July 19. There will be a picnic at Salnave Park from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. so bring a lunch, a folding chair and a donation. Family, friends and former students are welcome and disabled parking and...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 10, 2014

Training ride

Members of the Cheney Rodeo 2014 Grand Entry team warm up before practice last Thursday. The 47th annual rodeo opens this Friday with "Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night" where many participants and...

 News    July 10, 2014

West Plains Police News

CHENEY June 30 Domestic violence/verbal dispute was reported on the 1200 block of West First Street. Third-degree theft was reported on the 600 block of Fourth Street. A Jazzercise banner was taken. Third-degree theft was reported on the zero...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    July 10, 2014

Cheney School District using summer to deal with deferred repairs

While students and staff may have the summer off, projects in the Cheney School District will be keeping maintenance personnel and local contractors pretty busy. The district is doing about $4.2 milli...

 Education    July 10, 2014

Medical Lake School District approves budget

By AL STOVER Staff Reporter The Medical Lake School District has their budget for the 2014-15 school year. The board of directors approved a resolution to pass the budget at the June 24 school board meeting. Business manager Don Johnson said this...

 Education    July 10, 2014

West Plains students make CWU honor roll

Elizabeth Sande and Anna Parker, both of Cheney, and Jessica Sampson, of Medical Lake, made the Central Washington University spring honor roll. CWU undergraduate students who earn a 3.5 or better grade point average, on a 4.0 scale, while carrying...

 Opinion    July 10, 2014

Volunteering starts with the individual

During the summer, there are community events — big and small — that bring citizens together, including Medical Lake’s Founder’s Day, the Cheney Rodeo and the Cheney Jubilee. These events are run by organizations and unpaid volunteers who...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    July 10, 2014

Fourth of July holiday a great time to reminisce

Seems that the Fourth of July is the perfect time to revisit history. So as I sat around the campfire at Apgar Campground along the shores of Lake McDonald, just inside the confines of Glacier National Park, it got me thinking about Independence...

 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    July 10, 2014

Mocsulski brothers built a relationship with Mitchell's Harvest Foods customers

Once upon a time, about 35 years ago, Mitchell’s Harvest Foods in Cheney was a little grocery store owned by the Ribas brothers. About that time, two brothers, Mitchell and Ron Moczulski, were on...

 Obituaries    July 10, 2014

James E. (Jim) Davis

James E. (Jim) Davis passed away July 4, 2014. He was born in Reedsburg, Wisc. March 8, 1928. Jim grew up in Reedsburg. In 1947 he met his wife to be, Wilma C. Wood and they married in August 1948 in... Full story

 Obituaries    July 10, 2014

Thomas Homer Hutchings

Thomas Homer Hutchings passed away June 27, 2014 at his home in Cheney, Wash. He was born July 13, 1934 at Surveyor, Penn. Mr. Hutchings served 20 years and 8 months in the U.S. Air Force before retiring at the rank of staff sergeant. He moved to... Full story

 Calendar    July 10, 2014


City of Cheney • Current through Sept. 23, Cheney Farmers Market, City Hall parking lot, 2 – 7 p.m. • July 11, Rodeo Days Weekend Friends of the Cheney Library annual used book sale, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. • July 11, “Fizz, Boom, Read Magic... Full story

 Neighborhood    July 10, 2014

Looking Back

10 Years Ago July 15, 2004 An increase in property taxes was the Cheney City Council’s answer to counter tax slashing Initiative 864. When that measure failed to get on the ballot the council decided to rescind the tax increase. A variety of park...


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