Articles from the July 11, 2013 edition

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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 11, 2013

Eastern's budget is now official

Eastern you have a budget – finally. Eastern Washington University board of trustees made it official by unanimously adopting its 2013-2015 budget at a special meeting Tuesday afternoon in Hargreaves Hall. With several members attending via phone...

 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    July 11, 2013

After one year in new digs, ML food bank still goes strong

For the past year, the food bank has enjoyed its spacious new location at 207 S. Washington St. It’s reaped the benefits of having a very accessible location in Medical Lake, next to the library and post office. “The new facility is half again...

 Front Page    July 11, 2013

Banner event

Cheney residents and visitors know it’s Rodeo time when city work crews annually hang the banner across First Street downtown, which they successfully accomplished Monday....

 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    July 11, 2013

Zoning policies sent to Airway Heights City Council for final OK

After many delays and much deliberation, the Airway Heights Planning Commission gave its recommendation to the City Council regarding amendments to the city’s general commercial and mixed-use overlay policies. Development Services Director Derrick...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    July 11, 2013

Mitchell and Kumar win LifeSmarts title for Cheney High School

A pair of 2013 Cheney High School seniors have earned a first for the school that might be difficult to repeat – a national championship. Graduates Austin Mitchell and Jessica Kumar teamed to win...

 Opinion    July 11, 2013

Potential for big success with Rodeo and Jubilee – together

This weekend is arguably the biggest event for Cheney in any year – and it’s getting bigger. Outside of maybe an Eastern Washington University-University of Montana football game, more people come here for the Cheney Rodeo than at any other...

 By James Eik    Opinion    July 11, 2013

Rodeos aren't for everyone, but they can be fun

I’m not a rodeo guy. Roping cattle, wearing chaps and staring down the eyes of a raging bull just aren’t really my cup of tea and the closest I get to cattle tends to be around dinnertime. My grandpa enjoyed rodeos, however, and I was lucky to...

 By Robert Scheer    Opinion    July 11, 2013

A gift from the United States to mideast zealots

The U.S. government has long been a hypocritical champion of democratic governance, claiming to honor free elections but historically attempting to subvert their outcomes when the result is not to our liking. But the rank betrayals of our commitment...

 By JAMES EIK    Neighborhood    July 11, 2013

After vandalism, church is back in its sanctuary

In January, the Lake City Assembly of God church in Medical Lake was vandalized, with damage strewn throughout the building. The church banded together to make repairs and get back into the sanctuary as quickly as possible. Now about half a year...

 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    July 11, 2013

Taco truck delivers authentic Mexican taste to Cheney streets

Have you seen the Patty’s Tacos truck parked beside First Street in Cheney? The owner, Patty Pineda is from Mexico and is in charge of Patty’s Tacos truck No. 1 and truck No. 3. This is a family o...

 Neighborhood    July 11, 2013


Emmanuel Lutheran Church Join us for worship this Sunday, July 14 at 10:30 a.m. to celebrate the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost. Adult Bible study begins at 9 a.m. Emmanuel invites everyone to attend the Vacation Bible School welcoming potluck for...

 By Dr E KIRSTEN PETERS    Neighborhood    July 11, 2013

Sailing through stunning landscapes in the name of science

Each year at this time thousands of tourists embark on cruises along Alaskas stunning coastal waters. If they are lucky, the tourists experience dry weather, relatively calm seas, and breathtaking vistas. In some places the ships can get up close...

 Neighborhood    July 11, 2013

DNR raises fire level

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced July 2 the following changes in fire danger rating and burn restrictions on DNR-protected lands.  Effective midnight, July 2, the fire danger rating in Spokane and Lincoln...

 Neighborhood    July 11, 2013

Looking Back

10 Years Ago July 17, 2003 Cheney Police Chief Greg Lopes decided not to retire after all, postponing his decision to step down from the job by a full year at the request of Mayor Amy Jo Sooy. The job to change how parking in downtown Cheney is...

 Obituaries    July 11, 2013

Dennis Alnutt

Dennis Alnutt Dennis West Alnutt (1947-2013) passed away peacefully on June 27 with his daughter Cinnamon and his granddaughter Crystal at his side. He resided in Spokane for many years, married his... Full story

 Obituaries    July 11, 2013

Grace Betz

Grace B. Betz (age 93) passed away June 20, peacefully in her sleep. Grace was born Sept. 22, 1919 to James and Kathryn Shindler in Malden, Wash.  She moved with her parents and sister Edna Weigand t... Full story

 Neighborhood    July 11, 2013

West Plains Clubs and Organizations

CHENEY Al-Anon Meets every Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 639 Elm St. For more information, call 235-8954 or cellphone 768-4792. Alcoholics Anonymous Meets Mondays and Fridays from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the United...

 News    July 11, 2013

Cheney Sears owners take over Oldies But Goodies

By DREW PETERSON Staff Intern Oldies But Goodies Auto Sales is under new ownership and is now Auto Services Plus. Former owner Harlan Shellabarger, who took over Oldies But Goodies in 2008, made the...

 By DREW PETERSON    News    July 11, 2013

Klink's undergoes name, tenant change

Regulars of Klink’s Resort at Williams Lake may notice something slightly different this summer season. While everything may appear the same at first glance, the wildly popular Klink’s restaurant has undergone a tenant change and is now The...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 11, 2013

A&S Custom Welding and Paint opens in Cheney

Josh Schrock, Michael Adams and Gary Munoz share several traits. One is a desire for a little occupational independence. The other is a love for making things. Both of these led the trio to open A&S...

 News    July 11, 2013

Chase leads to arrest of Lamont man

What started as a possible driving under the influence call ended with a Lamont, Wash. man in custody for three felony charges Fourth of July morning. About 11 a.m. Cheney Police Officer Matt Pumphrey responded to Mitchell’s Harvest Foods on a...

 News    July 11, 2013

West Plains Police News

CHENEY July 2 A vicious animal was reported on the 1100 block of Heron. Owners of a pit bull were contacted as were Spokane County Regional Animal Protective Services (SCRAPS). July 4 A report of a possible driver operating a motor vehicle under the...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    July 11, 2013

Cheney sizzles, then fizzles in Woodbat play

Like fireworks sometimes do, there can be the spectacular bangs, flashes and light shows. Or they can occasionally be a dud. That might best sum up the Cheney SummerHawks’ run through the Woodbat...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    July 11, 2013

Medical Lake turns to having fun in Woodbat Classic

Medical Lake AA American Legion baseball coach Kerry Kelly might think he has the cure for the grind of a summer baseball season that involves nightly practice and games on top of that – more...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    July 11, 2013

Blue Devils need players to step up

Spokane Blue Devils’ coach Tony Byrne thought some rest might benefit his team because during the month of June they played on 19 of 30 days, and practiced on a number of others. So in the lead-up to both the July 4 Woodbat Classic, and the...


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