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Articles from the August 1, 2013 edition

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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    August 1, 2013

Emtman makes Fisher Building offer

Cheney School District board of directors will hold a public meeting Wednesday, Aug. 7 to consider a proposal to sell the district’s former high school building to a local developer. Steve Emtman, o...

 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    August 1, 2013

National acts set to impress at Blue Waters Bluegrass

The annual Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival is just one week away, and talented musical acts are slated to perform throughout the three-day show, Aug. 9-11 at Medical Lake’s Waterfront Park. Music... Full story

 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    August 1, 2013

Cheney's new IT contract adds security, service for citizens

The Cheney City Council’s approval of a new agreement at their July 23 meeting with Intrinium Networks to manage information technology appears to be a win-win deal. The city wins with the agreement that will pay the Spokane Valley firm just shy...

 Front Page    August 1, 2013

Cool times on hot day

Hudson Fillion (background) and Derek Humphries (right) chase after the puck with an unidentified skater in last Friday’s session of the Hockey Ministries International hockey school at EWU’s...

 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    August 1, 2013

CFCU's Keller keeps busy in business and life

Jeff Keller, marketing coordinator at Cheney Federal Credit Union, has his own quiet office. He is sort of the lone ranger among the 11 women at the Credit Union he calls his big sisters. Aside from b...

 Neighborhood    August 1, 2013


United Methodist Church Worship is at 10 a.m. each Sunday morning at the United Methodist Church. Please join us. The Rev. Terry Hall will lead the service. Prior to the worship hour there will be Vacation Bible School planning at 9 a.m. Sunday...

 Neighborhood    August 1, 2013

Richard Reeby Thomson

Richard Reeby Thomson (Age 59), Passed away July 23 at the Thomson family cabin after a great day with his family at Priest Lake, Idaho. Richard "Rich" Thomson, was born Feb. 21, 1954, in Spokane,... Full story

 Neighborhood    August 1, 2013

Looking Back

10 Years Ago August 7, 2003 Washington State Highway 904, which travels from Four Lakes to Tyler and through Cheney, was officially renamed the Col. Michael P. Anderson Memorial Highway. Anderson died in the explosion of the Space Shuttle Columbia,...

 By DREW PETERSON    Neighborhood    August 1, 2013

J&M Fabrication building themselves quite the reputation

J&M Fabrication runs like much of the work Justin Miller and his employees perform: a few individual parts welded together to create something much greater. What is now a six-man operation performing...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    August 1, 2013

EWU fishermen hope to land college bass title

Another national title could be in Eastern Washington University’s future but any banner or sign would hang on the walls of the Pence Union Building. At least that’s the hope of Nick Barr and...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    August 1, 2013

Gray on top of bareback standings

Another solid week crisscrossing the West has vaulted Cheney’s Ryan Gray to the top of the Pro Rodeo Cowboy’s Association bareback standings as the month of July comes to an end. He’s won...

 By DREW PETERSON    Sports    August 1, 2013

Meyer's 'spring fling' helps Shock quarterback rediscover love for game

The grass has been ripped up and replaced by red turf: the field changed from Woodward to Roos. But no matter the changes, Eastern Washington University will always be home to Erik Meyer. And home is...

 Sports    August 1, 2013

Eastern special teams appear to be in good hands in 2013

Special teams were extremely special – and deep – in 2012 for the Eastern Washington University football team, and three of those key players return for the 2013 season. Senior Kevin Miller,...

 Sports    August 1, 2013

Eastern football practices to start August 7

The season opener is just over a month away, and the Eastern Washington University football team will start preseason practices Wednesday, Aug. 7 at the EWU Sports and Recreation Center practice fields in Cheney. Players will report Aug. 5 and 6,...

 By JAMES EIK    Education    August 1, 2013

Medical Lake School District reveals 2013-14 budget

The Medical Lake School District will be working with a $19.15 million budget in the 2013-14 school year. At the July 23 board meeting, the budget was passed unanimously. Included is $18.75 million in general fund revenues, which increased by $1.25...

 By Paul Delaney    News    August 1, 2013

Baling it up

July is harvest time for some crops in the Northwest. Round bales of hay sit on the field next to the Bi-Mart Arena just outside Cheney. Bales hold their shape either from plastic netting or...

 By PAUL DELANEY    News    August 1, 2013

Fire claims pets' lives

An early morning fire Monday, July 29 burned through the New West apartments in Airway Heights. Two adults and three children were displaced by the fire, with one adult sustaining minor injuries. Two...

 By JAMES EIK    News    August 1, 2013

Survey shows growth at Cheney Library

The Spokane County Library District gave the Cheney City Council a rundown of its five-year survey results, noting service increases across the board at the Cheney Library. At the Tuesday, July 23 meeting, the library noted the various conversations...

 News    August 1, 2013

Several offices remain vacant before start of elections

No candidates filed for several open offices during the regular filing period. In the interest of filing these offices through the election process, the Spokane County Elections Office will open a special three-day filing period beginning Wednesday,...

 Opinion    August 1, 2013

Ballot measure to clear housing from APZs is a winner

The always seemingly endless war to save Fairchild Air Force Base – and the enormous economic impact it has in the region – has been waged with battles on many fronts and by many kinds of citizen soldiers over the years. Soon, a new army, the...

 By JAMES EIK    Opinion    August 1, 2013

Fireworks concert is a Spokane area staple

This past Sunday, sounds of the baroque period filled Riverfront Park for the last time, marking the end of an era. The Royal Fireworks Concert has been a staple of my Julys for a number of years now, and it’s an event I thoroughly enjoy....

 By Betsy McCaughey    Opinion    August 1, 2013

Defunding: the framers' remedy for presidential lawlessness

Two weeks ago, the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee voted to strip the scandal-ridden Internal Revenue Service of nearly one-quarter of its 2014 budget as punishment for its targeting of political groups and its costly boondoggles....