Articles from the October 3, 2013 edition

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 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    October 3, 2013

Economics challenges in mayoral elections

Leadership of Medical Lake comes down to two people in the Tuesday, Nov. 5 election for the city’s Mayor position. The two candidates were asked a series of seven questions each, focusing on some of the hot topics surrounding Medical Lake. John Hig...

 By DREW PETERSON    Front Page    October 3, 2013

Three join Cheney Fire Department

The Cheney Fire Department has welcomed three local college students to their resident firefighter program, bringing their total outfit to the maximum of six residents. Nineteen-year old Cole Gerard and 18-year-old Slater Stanbaugh, both of Eastern W...

 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    October 3, 2013

Multi-family rezone request hits Medical Lake planning

In its first meeting since March, the Medical Lake Planning Commission heard a proposal to rezone nine acres within the city from Multifamily Residential to Single Family Residential. Planner Glenn Scholten said if kept at the multifamily zoning, the...

 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    October 3, 2013

Silver Lake milfoil spraying proposal resurfaces

Homeowners along the southern end of Silver Lake have submitted a request to spray milfoil using herbicides. The applicants have requested to use “2,4-D,” a relatively fast-acting selective herbicide that kills the entire plant, according to the...

 By PAUL DELANEY    News    October 3, 2013

College rodeo to return to EWU

After some 20 years on hiatus Eastern Washington University will once again field a rodeo team. EWU had a rodeo team in the early1990s, according to team spokesman Donaye Smith. “Actually it’s...

 News    October 3, 2013

New Eastern Washington residence hall name honors Spokane Tribe of Indians

Working in consultation with elders from the Spokane Tribe’s Language/Culture Program, Eastern Washington University’s newly opened residence hall has been named Snyamncut Hall (sen-yam-en-sut). The EWU board of trustees unanimously approved the...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    October 3, 2013

Trulove foresees difficult budgeting in Cheney

When it comes to possessing a lot of the experience necessary for an elected office, there aren’t many who possess more than incumbent Cheney Mayor Tom Trulove. Which might explain why no one is...

 By JAMES EIK    News    October 3, 2013

Patrick Rushing seeks another term in Airway Heights

In the Tuesday, Nov. 5 election, Airway Heights voters will have the opportunity to choose their mayor for the next four years. Only one candidate filed to run for the next term: Patrick Rushing Running unopposed, the incumbent Mayor Rushing can poin...

 News    October 3, 2013

Two women injured in SR904 accident

A one-car, rollover accident on West State Route 904 Sunday evening sent two area women to a Spokane hospital. According to a Washington State Patrol press memo, a 1996 Ford Explorer driven by Colleen M. Drewery, 22, of Cheney was westbound on SR...

 By DREW PETERSON    News    October 3, 2013

Cheney Trading's Miller hopes to 'bag' a championship

Cheney Trading Company customers take notice. Next time courtesy clerk Mel Miller asks you if you prefer paper or plastic, appreciate the skill and technique that it took to get your eggs and bread bagged quickly and safely and throw a good luck his...

 News    October 3, 2013

Government shutdown closes Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge

The federal government shutdown due to budget battles in Washington, D.C. has taken a local flavor as U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offices announced Oct. 1 that the Turnbull and Inland Northwest National Wildlife Refuge Complex office will be close...

 By STAFF AND NEWS SERVICE REPORTS    News    October 3, 2013

Government shutdown hits Fairchild air base operations

The partial federal government shutdown hit the West Plains earlier this week at Fairchild Air Force Base, where some services were temporarily suspended due to the inaction in Washington, D.C. According to a press release by Fairchild,...

 News    October 3, 2013

Annual Coats 4 Kids drive continues

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...

 News    October 3, 2013

First Thursday drive-thru

Eastern Washington University and Cheney police investigate the scene of an accident early Friday morning on the university’s campus. A student apparently tried to take a short cut across campus...

 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    October 3, 2013

Clock never struck midnight on Conrath's fairytale

Pat Conrath was born in St. Maries, Idaho. The family moved to Emida, Idaho. “My father, William Clute, owned a store,” she said. “We lived there until I was 10. I was number three of six...

 Neighborhood    October 3, 2013


Emmanuel Lutheran Church All are welcome to worship at Emmanuel Lutheran Church Sunday, Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m. for the 20th Sunday after Pentecost. Preschool through adult education begins at 9 a.m. Fellowship follows the worship service. Emmanuel...

 Neighborhood    October 3, 2013

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Oct. 9, 2003 Lubricants used in drilling a new well near Showalter Hall at Eastern Washington University proved to be the culprit in soapy looking water recently. The chemicals would not...

 Obituaries    October 3, 2013

Lauren E. McKay

Lauren E. McKay of Cheney, Wash. passed away Sept. 30 in Spokane, Wash. at the age of 64. Lauren was born in Kansas City, Mo. Oct. 30th, 1948.  The family moved to Washington and he was a graduate... Full story

 Obituaries    October 3, 2013

Lawrence Vernon Means

Lawrence Vernon Means passed away Sept. 26 at the age of 52. In his early years, Lawrence worked in Alaska and afterwards attended Washington State University. Once finished, he took a job with... Full story

 By Dr. SCOTT BORGHOLTHAUS    Neighborhood    October 3, 2013

Is your computer vision becoming a pain in the neck?

Lenz: “This here computer is makin my vision fuzzy.” Iris: “Are ya wearin yer readin glasses?” Lenz: “Oh, yeah, I fergot about that.” Millions of people each day suffer from Computer Vision Syndrome. Its symptoms include blurred vision,...

 Neighborhood    October 3, 2013

What's Happening on the West Plains

City of Cheney • Oct. 4, Baby Play and Learn Storytime (ages 0-18 months), 10:30 a.m., Cheney Library • Oct. 5, Spokane Symphony Ensembles, 2 p.m., Cheney Library • Oct. 9, Toddler Storytime (ages 1 1/2-3), 10:30 a.m., Cheney Library • Oct.... Full story

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    October 3, 2013

Enrollment numbers show Cheney schools still growing

The Cheney School Board received its first look at enrollment numbers for the 2013-2014 school year, and early figures indicate the district is still continuing to see steady student growth. September numbers show a total headcount of 4,198...

 By NEWS SERVICE REPORTS    Education    October 3, 2013

Empire Health Foundation receives HUD award for helping fight obesity

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Council and Foundation announced Sept. 25 that Empire Health Foundation of Spokane is one of 10 foundations across...

 By DREW PETERSON    Education    October 3, 2013

Cheney School Board approves annual I-grant application for bilingual instruction

The Cheney School Board approved an annual I-grant application for the State Transitional Bilingual Instructional program at their Sept. 11 meeting. This will ensure language services are provided to students who do not speak English as their...

 Opinion    October 3, 2013

Bipartisanship has lost its way in the US

Bipartisanship. It’s the buzzword tossed around state and federal capitals as if it’s some magic talisman, a holy elixir that simply by uttering authenticates and justifies any and all pieces of legislation. But what does it really mean....


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