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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 3, 2017

Contamination closes Cheney pool

Cheney parks and recreation department staff have a simple request: if your child is sick or has been sick, don't send them to the swimming pool. Cheney's pool has been forced to close six time so...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    August 3, 2017

Thunderbirds deliver as expected

The wait appeared to be worth it for the 10s of thousands of people who endured long lines and brutal heat to step inside Fairchild Air Force Base last weekend for the Skyfest air show which...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    August 3, 2017

Maike takes initial lead in Medical Lake Mayor's race

The initial release of results in the Aug. 1 primary election shows a number of clear leaders in races for mayor and a variety of seats on the Medical Lake City Council. With all but 5,000 ballots county-wide left to count, Shirley Maike collected 28...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 3, 2017

Council finalizes Parkside Commons rezone

The Cheney City Council unanimously approved final adoption of an ordinance at its July 25 meeting changing the zoning of a 3.6-acre parcel of land bordered by North Eighth, Cedar, Erie and Oak streets — clearing the way for development of a...

 
 By Grace Pohl    News    August 3, 2017

Twenty-one wells near Fairchild test above EPA levels

In a news release from Fairchild Air Force Base on July 28, it was announced that 50 residential wells were tested from the north and south of the base. Twenty-one of them had Perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    August 3, 2017

Medical Lake School Board passes 2017-18 budget

The Medical Lake School Board got the heavy lifting out of the way July 25 and then breezed through their monthly meeting agenda. The big consideration was passage of the 2017-18 budget that included $22.8 million in general fund expenditures and...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    August 3, 2017

Behind the scenes of Skyfest prep

The rigorous security that exists in order to find one’s way inside the gates of Fairchild Air Force Base gets a little makeover during events like last weekend’s Skyfest. That’s not to say much changes below the surface when the very active...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 3, 2017

Bomb scare forces temporary Sutton Park closure

Cheney's Sutton Park was shutdown last Thursday due to a suspicious object law enforcement officials thought might be a bomb found inside the park's gazebo. Police Chief John Hensley said they receive...

 
 By Grace Pohl    News    August 3, 2017

AWH Planning Commission votes on Highway 2 improvements

At the special Planning Commission meeting on July 26, the committee voted on approving the Highway 2 Revitalization Plan, also known as the U.S. 2 Corridor Plan, after a presentation from Studio Cascade to the board. The board passed the plan with...

 

Southwest starts non-stop service to Sacramento

Spokane International Airport announced Aug. 1 that Southwest Airlines launched new daily year round nonstop service to Sacramento International Airport. The flight is operated with a 143-seat Boeing 737-700 aircraft. In addition to service to the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 3, 2017

Loomer named August's Cheney Garden Club Yard of the Month

Cheney's Shirley Loomer summation of her yard, named the August Yard of the Month by the Cheney Garden and Kiwanis clubs, is pretty succinct. "I don't have a yard, I have a park," she said last...

 

Special school board meeting Aug. 9 on high school ed specs

The Cheney School District board of directors has scheduled a special school board meeting for Wednesday, Aug. 9, at 5:30 p.m. at Cheney High School, 460 N. Sixth St. The board will hold discussion and take possible action on a “new business”...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    August 3, 2017

Fewer people turn out to see Cheney's 50th rodeo

There was plenty to see at the 50th edition of the Cheney Rodeo that completed its run July 9 at the Bi-Mart Arena. Problem was just not as many eyes as usual watched over the three days of the...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    August 3, 2017

STA breaks ground on transit hub

The heavy equipment from Halme Construction beat the shovels to the punch turning the first dirt for a new transit hub on the West Plains. But that did not diminish the enthusiasm members of area...

 

Race to toll likely to clip Washington drivers

In 2014, President Barrack Obama opened the door for states to collect tolls on interstate highways. This year Oregon lawmakers, much to the chagrin of Washington drivers and truckers, unilaterally took advantage of the new funding opportunity....

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    August 3, 2017

Sad numbers come out of primary vote totals

I’m a numbers guy. We’re not talking the bank account kind either. When it comes to making sure every penny in the monthly credit union statement is accounted for, close is good enough. Certain kinds of figures intrigue me and get my Q & A pot si...

 

Solution for dams is common sense for the Northwest

There’s good news for the Pacific Northwest and the federal hydrosystem that powers it. Inland Power supports our legislators in their effort to save the dams and protect our natural, renewable and affordable energy source. Key members of our...

 

Roberts maintains grace under pressure

The July 18 Medical Lake City council meeting had a full house. All went fine until the second reading of a proposed code on fire pits was scheduled to be read. At the June meeting, Councilwoman Jessica Roberts made a motion to table the proposal...

 

Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival turns 16

One of the driving forces of bluegrass music in the Inland Northwest reaches a milestone birthday in 2017. Medical Lake's Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival celebrates its 16th season as the Inland...

 

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Aug. 2, 2007 Faced with uncertainty over its strained water supply, the Cheney City Council used its meeting to pass a pair of emergency six-month moratoriums on building permits and subdivision applications. A rolling pickup truck took...

 

From the archives: 1967

Cheney High School’s class of 1917, photographed on the steps of the old junior high school building. The group planned a half-century reunion open to students and teachers at Cheney in the early 1920s and interested townspeople. Front row (left...

 

Airway Heights Kiwanis connects the community

The Airway Heights Kiwanis club has been around for about six years, but has made an impact in the community from the start. “In regards to my personal experience with Kiwanis, I actually started as a member of Key Club in High School, and have...

 

Churches

Emmanuel Lutheran Church Emmanuel Lutheran Church invites you to worship with us this Sunday. Pastor Everett Arnold will preside. You may also watch our pastor’s sermons on our website at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Cheney. Christian education will...

 

StageWest Children's Theatre Workshop a success

StageWest Community Theatre, with the association of Medical Lake School District, wrapped up the 2017 Children’s Theatre Workshop with two separate performances on Saturday July 22 that mixed portions of the classic tales of “The Wizard of...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    August 3, 2017

True tennis celebrities appear at Tennis-A-Thon

Normally the celebrity spotlight at Medical Lake's annual Tennis-A-Thon shines on members of the community who participate in a challenge match. With apologies to the duo of Mayor John Higgins and his...

 

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