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Articles from the July 26, 2012 edition

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Of Cabbages and Kings

Siera Zehm channels love for animals into career By LUELLA DOW Contributor Siera Zehm plunged right into the care of animals right out of high school. She juggled two jobs by working at Canine Aquatics and at Blackhawk Veterinary Hospital. An hour's... Full story


Write to the Point Batman films set new level for filmmaking

By JAMES EIK Staff Reporter Going to the movies is an interesting part of life. They have the power to inspire, to influence change but most of all, the power to entertain. A movie has the ability to provide escape from difficult situations, even if... Full story


In Our Opinion: Government really needs to get down to business

Where should business experience go on a presidential candidate's résumé? Front and center, at the bottom or not even mentioned? Mitt Romney has used his business experience as a major selling point for his candidacy, even suggesting in May that...


Letters to the Editor

Thanks from the McKeehan family in a time of difficulty The McKeehan Family would like to thank the Cheney community for their outpouring of support during our most difficult time. My father loved living in Cheney. He would have been so happy with...


Medical Lake expects less from some grants in 2012-13

By JAMES EIK Staff Reporter Expecting another year of decreasing funds from grants, the Medical Lake School Board approved grant applications for the 2012-13 school year. Business manager Don Johnson and director of teaching and learning Dan Mueller...


Mike McKeehan: A caring, passionate person

Cheney teacher, City Council member died July 19 at age 67 By BECKY THOMAS Staff Reporter Mike McKeehan was a Cheneyite through and through. He moved here with his family at the age of 13. Last week he died here at the age of 67 after 14 years as a C... Full story


Four candidates in primary vie for representative seat

Oakley, Keller, Holy and Dellwo running to represent West Plains in Dist. 6 Pos. 2 By BECKY THOMAS Staff Reporter Legislative redistricting in Washington has brought much of the West Plains out of District 9 and into District 6, which also includes t... Full story


Cheney council remembers Mike McKeehan

By BECKY THOMASStaff Reporter The Cheney City Council mourned longtime council member Mike McKeehan at its Tuesday meeting. McKeehan, a 14-year council member, died suddenly July 19. Mayor Tom Trulove spoke about McKeehan's impact on Cheney, and...


Preventing, not fighting fires, is primary job for Turnbull crews

Fire management changed after 1988 Yellowstone fires (Editor's Note: This is the second of a two-part series on fire fighting crews at Turnbull Wildlife Refuge.) By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter A n event nearly a quarter century ago changed the way...


Fun in the sun at annual Lakeland Village open house

The annual open house at Lakeland Village attracted a large number of guests to the facility in Medical Lake. The Big Mumbo Blues Band and the Ryanwood Trio took part in the festivities, providing upbeat music for clients and others gathered on a...


Cheney's Tree of Knowledge bookstore closing

By BECKY THOMAS Staff Reporter Allan Gainer said he was in denial for much of the first half of 2012. “We've been in the red for months,” he said. Textbook sales, which make up the vast majority of revenue for the Tree of Knowledge bookstore,... Full story


Lightning knocks out power to Medical Lake wells

By JAMES EIK Staff Reporter Lightning storms charging through the region last Monday night knocked out three water wells in Medical Lake, two of which belonged to the state. The city's well, one of three that lost power, had a reserve generator that... Full story


Lois Claire (Grose) Klein

Lois Claire (Grose) Klein (Age 82)  Went to be with her precious Lord on July 20, 2012, after a second stroke. Born March 15, 1930 to Wesley and Pearl Grose in Spokane, Lois attended Havermale Jr. High and graduated from North Central High School...


Joan Louise Hattemer (Baken)

Joan passed away July 14, 2012. She was born on May 31, 1939 to Clarence and Dorothy Baken of Lacrosse, Wash. She enjoyed growing up on a farm there and graduated from Lacrosse High School in 1957. Joan graduated from Washington State College with a... Full story


Michael McKeehan

Dr. P. Michael (Ekim) McKeehan passed away early Thursday morning. Born in 1944, Mike moved to Cheney with his parents in 1957. Mike graduated from Cheney High School in 1962 and attended Haverford College in Philadelphia. After graduation, Mike enro... Full story


Elizabeth Louise Andren Babb

Our mother, Elizabeth Louise Andren Babb passed into the care of our Heavenly Father on July 18, 2012 at age 91. Elizabeth was born on June 15, 1921 in Cheney, Washington. Her parents were George Leopold Andren and Vena Shonkwiler Andren. She grew...


Carl Junior Dixon

Carl Junior Dixon was born to Glen and Viola Dixon in Novinger, Missouri on March 24, 1934. He was a son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. He married Hallie B. Jones in the Asotin County Courthouse on September...


Looking Back

10 Years Ago Aug. 1, 2002 After a thorough investigation, the Spokane Regional Health District had determined a recent e. coli outbreak at Eastern Washington University was traced back to romaine lettuce served at a dance camp. Medical Lake police...



United Methodist Church Please join us for worship Sunday morning at the United Methodist Church. The Rev. Terry Hall will lead the service. Summer worship begins at 10 a.m. each week. Whether you are just visiting, new to the community or Cheney...


Community rallies behind Gleason after brain aneurysm

By JAMES EIK Staff Reporter Friends and loved ones across the Medical Lake and Spokane region are coming together to help support Jackie Gleason. Gleason, a fifth-grade teacher at Michael Anderson Elementary, suffered a brain aneurysm June 25 while... Full story


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