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Articles from the September 19, 2013 edition

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 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    September 19, 2013

ML approves new firing range contract

The Medical Lake City Council held a quick meeting Tuesday, Sept. 17, approving a handful of items in 15 minutes. Among the items passed included a contract with the Washington State Department of Corrections for use of the city’s firing range....

 Front Page    September 19, 2013

End of the line

Emergency crews huddle around a wrecked vehicle driven by Christopher S. Lloyd, 40, that was involved in a high-speed chase late Saturday night that began in Spokane Valley and ended in Cheney along...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    September 19, 2013

Stocking shelves

When Eastern Washington University staff members got together in summer 2008 to come up with the idea for a community food drive, the intent was to help local food banks simply get through the summer...

 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    September 19, 2013

$3.6 million in water, sewer revenue bonds approved

At the City Council meeting this past Monday, Airway Heights authorized the sale and issuance of up to $3.6 million in water and sewer revenue bonds. City Manager Albert Tripp said the bonds are separate from any part of utilities, and won’t...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    September 19, 2013

Cheney commissioners get 'high' level review of high density codes

Golden Hills platting wasn’t the only item on the Cheney Planning Commission’s Sept. 9 agenda. Commission members continued their whirlwind review of the city’s zoning codes, or as planner Brett Lucas put it, the “30,000 foot overview.”...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    September 19, 2013

Awaiting students return

Eastern Washington University’s Patterson Hall is beginning to look more like an education building as renovation work nears completion. The university hopes to re-dedicate its main classroom...

 By JAMES EIK    News    September 19, 2013

Workshop sets up 2014 ML budget

Last Tuesday, Sept. 10, the Medical Lake City Council held its annual budget workshop meeting, discussing next year’s financial outlook. City Administrator Doug Ross said there aren’t many unexpected budget changes for 2014, given the city’s ta...

 News    September 19, 2013

Cheney's Coats 4 Kids drive gets underway

The annual Coats 4 Kids Cheney community Coat Drive is now underway. Coats can be donated at any local Cheney School District schools or at many local churches and businesses from now to Oct. 19. Collected coats will be cleaned in cooperation with... Full story

 News    September 19, 2013

FACE benefit this Saturday to adults with disabilities

A “Hoedown and Grub” dinner/dance will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Wren Pierson Community Center, beginning at 6 p.m. Music will be provided by Cheney’s own “The Honeybuckets” and dinner by The Mason Jar. Tickets can be purchased at...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    September 19, 2013

September Yard of the Month

Cheney Councilman John Taves’ home on Sunrise Drive is the Gardeners of Cheney and Kiwanis Club winner of the Yard of the Month. Taves said he’s been working on his green thumb for about six...

 By JAMES EIK    News    September 19, 2013

Airway Heights council get info on forclosure initiative

The Monday, Sept. 16 Airway Heights City Council meeting saw some comments on an upcoming initiative placed before the state Legislature. During the public comment portion of the meeting, the City Council heard from two members of the audience,...

 News    September 19, 2013

Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge to hold prescribed burns this fall

This fall the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge will be conducting prescribed burns. Depending on weather conditions, burning should occur sometime between Sept. 12 and Nov. 30. Prescribed burning activities should...

 News    September 19, 2013

Park a ride

Cheney High School was the site this Sunday of a large assortment of classic cars, trucks and hot rods as the Just Park it Tour rolled into town. The show featured 150 vehicles on display, along with...

 Front Page    September 19, 2013

Highlander Invitational

Cheney and Medical Lake runners took on some big schools in the annual Highlander Invitational last Saturday at Shadle Park High School in Spokane. See the results and the rest of the local action...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    September 19, 2013

AH residents ask CSD to consider new local school

For the second meeting in a row, the Cheney School Board received pleas from audience members to consider building a new school in Airway Heights, or at the very least north of Interstate 90. Area resident Kippie Shaddix, who spoke on such a need at...

 Education    September 19, 2013

Medical Lake enrollment numbers hold firm

by drew peterson Staff Intern Superintendent Dr. Pam Veltri reported at Tuesday night’s school board meeting that the Medical Lake School District current enrollment numbers are steady for the 2013-14 school year including a pretty big increase in...

 Education    September 19, 2013

Cheney School District is ready for kindergarten classes

The Cheney School District is kicking off its “READY! for Kindergarten class series in October. READY! for Kindergarten is a free parent education program focusing on the development of skills children need to be ready to succeed in school when...

 Opinion    September 19, 2013

Don't base education quality on money alone

Last week, the state Legislature submitted a report to the Washington State Supreme Court, detailing its progress to fulfilling the now-infamous McCleary decision, requiring the full funding of primary education in Washington. The decision set in... Full story

 News    September 19, 2013

Government news

Sept. 20- 26 City of Cheney • Sept. 24, City Council meeting, 6 p.m., Council Chambers City of Medical Lake • No news City of Airway Heights • Sept. 23, City Council study session, 5:30 p.m., Council Chambers Cheney School District • Sept....

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    September 19, 2013

It's time to reconsider taping executive sessions

At the risk of calling in the proverbial air strike on my head, here goes. In 2008, then Attorney General Rob McKenna joined then State Auditor Brian Sonntag to introduce House Bill 3292 – a measure that would have required the taping of executive...

 By Susan Estrich    Opinion    September 19, 2013

It's not the year of the woman

This year began with women holding commanding leads in races to become the next mayor of America’s two largest cities, New York and Los Angeles. It was “hers to lose,” the chattering class said of Wendy Greuel, former LA city controller and...

 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    September 19, 2013

Cheney's own "Bob the Builder" turns rust into musts

Beauty is not always in a pretty girl or a gorgeous sunset. How about a 1935 Ford ? “I went to college to be a pharmacist and ended up doing cars,” Bob Sbarbaro said. “The particular car I...

 Neighborhood    September 19, 2013


Emmanuel Lutheran Church The 18th Sunday after Pentecost will be celebrated at Emmanuel Lutheran Church beginning with all-age Christian education at 9 a.m. followed by worship at 10:30 a.m. Fellowship hour follows the worship service at 11:30 a.m....

 Neighborhood    September 19, 2013

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Sept. 25, 2003 While not completely official just yet, Cheney’s voters were still saying yes to approving funding for the city’s Parks and Recreation Department through an added utilities tax. Yes votes were ahead 847-600 or by a...

 By Dr SCOTT BORGHOLTHAUS    Neighborhood    September 19, 2013

New digital lenses change the way we see

Bif: “Boy, do I feel dizzy!” Calli: “You been drinkin’ again?” Bif: “No.” Calli: “Get in an accident?” Bif: “No.” Calli: “ Are ya sick?” Bif: “No, I jus got my new glasses.” Have you heard of the new digital lenses that...


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