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 By AL STOVER    Front Page    March 5, 2015

Airway Heights proposes to buy mobile home parks

Airway Heights is taking more steps to thin out property south of Highway 2 that encroaches on Fairchild Air Force Base. As a part of its Fairchild Protection and Community Empowerment Project to help thin out density in the Accident Potential Zone...

 

Someone CARES

The story of the beginnings of Eastern Washington University’s CARES Program is maybe not all that different from a memorable television commercial. Remember, the one with the lines, “You got your chocolate in my peanut butter,” followed by...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    March 5, 2015

Seaport Steel expansion underway

Seaport Steel began construction on its approximately 60,000 square foot facility on South Hayden Road. The expansion will include the installation of a new 1,900-foot rail spur next to the...

 

To rerun, or not to rerun

If the number of those testifying and amount of applause is any indication, most of those attending the Feb. 25 Cheney School Board meeting enthusiastically agree that the board should rerun the just...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    March 5, 2015

AH council says Sunset Park project complete

The Airway Heights City Council breezed through another short agenda at its March 2 meeting. The council accepted the completion of the Sunset Park Restroom/Sidewalk Project. Parks, Recreation and Com...

 

Corrections

Fisher Building meeting at Betz Due to inaccurate information, last week’s West Plains Brief announcing a public hearing at the March 11 Cheney School Board meeting to discuss the possible sale of the district’s Fisher Building contained an...

 

Ice Age Floods lecture and hike coming March 12 and 14

The Cheney-Spokane Chapter of the Ice Age Flood Institute is planning a pair of events for March. The first is a free lecture by scientist Michael McCollum, “The Incredible Shrinking Glacial Lake: A nonfiction account of the rise and downfall of...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    March 5, 2015

Holly Petraeus visits Fairchild to provide financial education

In an effort to educate military personnel, veterans and their families on financial options, Fairchild Air Force Base held a town hall meeting Feb. 24 during "Military Saves Week." Holly Petraeus,...

 

Cheney School District enrollment up 43 students

Following conclusion of a public meeting on re-running the school district’s high school construction bond, the Cheney School Board made quick work of an otherwise light agenda. The board received a student enrollment and financial update from the...

 
 By AL STOVER    Education    March 5, 2015

Medical Lake FFA prepares for March competitions

Several members of Medical Lake High School's Future Farmers of America's (FFA) sales team take notes as a representative from Fogle Pump and Supply in Airway Heights explains the inner workings of...

 

Sixty Cheney FLBA members qualify for state

The Cheney High School FBLA Club (Future Business Leaders of America) completed competition in the 2015 North East Regional Winter Conference at the Eastpoint Church in Spokane Valley, Feb. 8. The Cheney club had 60 of its 78 attending members place...

 

Medical Lake honors PACE students

Medical Lake Middle School honored six students who were selected for the February Partners Advancing Character Education (PACE) Student of the Month award. They received certificates and T-shirts...

 

Cheney residents make U of W's dean's list

Several Cheney residents were named to the University of Washington’s dean’s list for fall quarter. Kayla Marie Fox, Hayden B. Gerstenkorn, Jessica Rose Ormsby, Max A. Schreiber, Danielle Marie Von Lehe and Cassidy Kaylane Weatherbee. Peter John...

 

West Plains Briefs

ML book club meeting The Medical Lake Book Club welcomes local author Reade Brown to their March 9 meeting. The meeting starts with refreshments and a social at 12:30 p.m. Brown will discuss his book “Fifty Years of Fur, Feathers, and Fins”,... Full story

 

Bond failure needs to generate community debate

With the county’s certification of the Feb. 10 special election last Wednesday, Feb. 25, the Cheney School District’s nearly $44.8 million construction bond for expanding and remodeling the high school has come up short of the needed 60 percent...

 

Quality of facilities play a role in student's education

As a parent, community member and educator I ask Cheney’s citizens to consider the important role quality facilities can play in the education of our youth, and also about the message sent to the children and educators in our community when people...

 

Take a closer look at alternative approach

Cheney has incredible teachers and schools. The high school may be in need of additional classrooms but I find most of the other items on the bond to be excessive. Bill Johns’ alternatives to the school bond are informative and well...

 

Increased taxes will affect families

Any time we talk about levies and bonds, it is important to remember they are simply taxes, specifically taxes on homes and property. We need to be very careful that we don’t endanger our neighbors’ ability to keep their homes, for the sake of...

 

Cheney students deserve better

I am writing to encourage the residents of Cheney School District to get behind our kids and vote “Yes” to rerun the bond for the remodel of Cheney High School. We only had 30 percent of our voters turn out for this election. Our kids need you...

 

Taxpayers should ask questions

I attended the school board meeting on Feb. 25 and got to listen to the staff of the school district belittle those who dared question the bond issue for nearly two hours. Various teachers and students demanded and insisted they “deserve” or...

 

Washington Policy Center's agenda is detrimental to the state

I recently listened to a speech by the Spokane director of the Washington Policy Center. His opening claimed the center is an organization dedicated to improving our state, he then, in my estimation, proceeded to explain an agenda detrimental to our...

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Feb. 23 A juvenile was reported missing on the 500 block of Washington Street. The juvenile later returned home. A juvenile was reported missing on the 100 block of Greenbriar Lane. The juvenile later returned home. Feb. 24 Fourth-degree...

 

WSP to host Kiwanis youth law enforcement career camp

OLYMPIA — Washington State high school juniors and seniors with an interest in law enforcement as a career will have an opportunity to spend a week this summer learning about the roles and job opportunities within law enforcement. Applications are...

 

Stephenson takes the reins at the Medical Lake library

Residents and patrons may have noticed a new face at the Medical Lake library in the last couple of months. Theresa Stephenson became the library's supervisor back in January. Stephenson, originally...

 

Bonita Brady and what's beyond the corner

When I first met Bonita Brady, who calls herself Bonnie, I caught a glimpse of a few of my own traits. Then I realized nobody ever catches up with Bonnie. Brady told me she was born in Chicago. Her father was an electrician. I soon understood that...

 

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