Articles from the May 21, 2015 edition

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Many seats, few candidates

Twenty-five candidates filed for 21 West Plains seats up for election at the close of the filing period last Friday, meaning most seats will have one candidate for voters to chose from in the general election, Nov. 3. There will be several races to...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    May 21, 2015

Fire merger talks heat up

At its Monday meeting, the Airway Heights City Council agreed to allow the Public Safety committee to reconvene with Spokane County Fire District 10’s board of commissioners in June. The two groups will meet to discuss different options for further...

 

Wash down

Kids got a chance to operate a fire hose during the Cheney Fire Department’s open house last Saturday. A steady flow of residents talked with firefighters, checked out their equipment from ladder trucks to medical kits and enjoyed hot dogs,...

 

Volunteering to fix the 'whole family unit'

Dealing with domestic violence can be complex and costly, let alone emotional. Since January 2013, A.R.M.S., Abuse Recovery Ministry Services, has been serving as the Cheney Municipal Court’s domestic violence advocate at no charge, handling cases...

 

Clarifications and corrections

A May 14 West Plains Brief stated Feed Cheney events take place the fourth Monday of the month. Feed Cheney’s meals actually take place on the last Monday of the month. As such, next month’s Feed Cheney will take place June 29. A May 7 story...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    May 21, 2015

Medical Lake Deer committee counts 27 deer in April census

The Medical Lake Citizens Deer Advisory Committee recently conducted another deer count within city limits where they found 27 deer: two bucks, 10 doe and four yearlings — deer that are between 1-2 years old. This is up from last year’s number...

 

Cheney reviewing Reid School demolition application

The city of Cheney is currently holding a public comment period on an application from Bernardo Wills Architects on behalf of Eastern Washington University to demolish the former Robert Reid Laborator...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    May 21, 2015

Airway Heights Planning Commission says 'yes' to Highway 2 plan

At its May 13 meeting, the Airway Heights Planning Commission finally passed a resolution recommending City Council approve the Highway 2 Safety and Revitalization Vision concept plan. The council approved the plan at its May 18 meeting. Development...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    May 21, 2015

Airway Heights City Council approves police records management contract with county

The Airway Heights Police Department is taking its partnership with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office to a different level. At its meeting Monday night, the Airway Heights City Council approved several items, one of which was a contract for the...

 
 By Jay McNall    News    May 21, 2015

Good rides

Organizers of the second annual Stars, Stripes, Boots & Spurs Car Show held in Cheney last Sunday said the event was a great success with 38 entries and 12 trophies awarded. Trophies were awarded...

 

Cheney schools seeing end of year growth spurt

At a time when enrollment tends to decline, full time equivalent student counts in the Cheney School District continue to grow. In a report presented to the Cheney school board at its regular meeting last Wednesday, Kassidy Probert, the district’s...

 
 By AL STOVER    Education    May 21, 2015

Watchel receives "Spirit of Theater" drama award

Skyler Watchel sat quietly as Cardinal Players adviser Janine Warrington and drama teacher Heidi Peterson gave a speech about the qualities and characteristics of the student who would receive the...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Education    May 21, 2015

Eastern seniors to present visual design projects in a two-week exhibition

Transferring the skills learned in college to the real world is one of the goals graduates want to have mastered by the time they are finished with their education, even when it comes to art. A trio o...

 

CHS April students of the month

Cheney High School officials have released the names of students selected as April Students of the Month. They are listed as follows along with the department they were selected in and their class...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Education    May 21, 2015

Kenady creates healthy Hobbit House for Books2Eat

Homeschooler Bradley Kenady of Medical Lake didn't end up having the winning entry in this year's Eastern Washington University Books2Eat competition but it certainly was interesting and drew its...

 

Cheney School District provides summer feeding program

The Cheney School District is once again sponsoring the Seamless Summer Feeding Program for Children. The program provides meals for children 18 years of age and younger at no charge. All meals are available without regard to race, color, national...

 

West Plains Briefs

ML Memorial Day service The Medical Lake Cemetery Association invites the community to a Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 25 at 9:30 a.m.. The cemetery is located at 21419 West Thorpe Road, off of Brooks Road. Contact Janice Radmer at 299-5269... Full story

 

EWU player departure needs better perspective

Quick — somebody get the name of the bus that just ran over Eastern Washington University women’s basketball head coach Wendy Schuller and her program. And get the names of those individuals who tossed her under that careening, out-of-control...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    May 21, 2015

Youth sports is more than just about winning, it's about growth

If you’re a sports fan and are looking for something to take your mind off the bad news that’s happening in athletics, look no further than in your neighborhood — and I’m not referring to the college students throwing flying discs in the...

 

Love is displayed when we help those in need of it

In the May 7 edition of the Cheney Free Press Mr. Norm Luther states that Jesus never talked about homosexuality. Mr. Luther may be right, to my knowledge Jesus never used the word homosexual. Mr. Luther uses this detail as justification for his feel...

 

Thank you, Cheney Care Center for luncheon

I would like to comment on the Mother’s Day Luncheon at the Cheney Care Center on Sunday, May 10. I was invited to attend with my mom,  as a guest and was amazed at how pleasant the whole event was.  Everyone was made to feel special by the...

 

Medical Lake seniors showcase artwork

On a quiet, residential street in the little town of Medical Lake is an art gallery. It was the scene of a real live art exhibit this past Saturday afternoon. The gallery belongs to Dennis Smith, a...

 

House sitting turns complicated in StageWest's 'Bedside Manners'

StageWest Community Theatre proudly presents "Bedside Manners" by Derek Benfield, produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. and directed by Chris Booth. When Ferris reluctantly agreed...

 

What's Happening on the West Plains

City of Cheney • May 22, Baby Play and Learn Storytime (ages 0 — 18 months), community library, 10:30 — 11:30 a.m. • May 25, Memorial Day — All city offices closed. Garbage pickup one day late. • May 25, Memorial Day Observance... Full story

 

Looking Back

10 Years Ago May 19, 2005 Groundbreaking for Cheney’s new Holiday Inn Express was scheduled for July according to developers Randall Gillingham, Dick Vandervert, Steve Emtman and Brian Anderson. An arsonist set fire to the police car of an off-duty...

 

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