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Articles from the October 24, 2013 edition

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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    October 24, 2013

Cheney council gets first look at budget

Cheney’s City Council began its 2014 budget deliberations Tuesday night with a look at general fund revenues and expenses and the departments funded through property taxes and other fees. The city’s property tax assessed valuation is expected to...

 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    October 24, 2013

AH begins budget preparation

The annual budget season started up in Airway Heights at the Monday, Oct. 21 City Council meeting with a public hearing that outlined the budget presentation schedule over the next couple of months. Airway Heights has a reported assessed valuation...

 Front Page    October 24, 2013

The end is nigh

A Cheney firefighter watches while the city's ladder engine lowers the effigy of Eastern Washington University's Homecoming opponent - the Southern Utah Thunderbirds - at last Thursday's bonfire. The...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    October 24, 2013

Cheney's crime rate still continuing under 2012 levels

While showing a slight up tick over the last months of summer, crime in Cheney continues to be lower than this same time last year. And while the increase might be attributable to more people back in... Full story

 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    October 24, 2013

New SCRAPS codes means slight changes in Medical Lake

In addition to hearing from Spokane County and its pursuit of approving Proposition 1 in the November election, at its Oct. 17 meeting the Medical Lake City Council heard from the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) on its...

 By PAUL DELANEY    More News    October 24, 2013

Beekeeping classes hope to change bee's bad rap

Bees are pretty remarkable creatures that get a bad rap and the West Plains Beekeeping Association is out to try to change their reputation and perception. In a series of classes that begin Saturday,...

 More News    October 24, 2013

Cheney site of regional transportation public meeting

The Spokane Regional Transportation Council (SRTC) is taking public opinion on the future of transportation investments in the Spokane-area. The SRTC has completed a draft of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), Horizon 2040, and is making it...

 More News    October 24, 2013

A royal evening

Trevan Estrellado and Irina Nazar were crowned Cheney homecoming king and queen last Friday....

 More News    October 24, 2013

A royal evening

Medical Lake high school crowned Darby Evans and Bradley Norris as homecoming king and queen last Friday....

 By JAMES EIK    More News    October 24, 2013

Project would provide affordable housing in Airway Heights

A public hearing at the Airway Heights Planning Commission’s meeting last week offered in-depth details into a proposed multifamily housing project on South Craig Road near Highway 2. After missing the last two meetings due to a lack of a quorum,...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    October 24, 2013

Shadix challenges Dolle for Cheney School Board Position 2

In the only contested West Plains school board race, Cheney School Board president Suzanne Dolle faces a challenge from political newcomer Kippie Shadix for the District 2 seat. Dolle was elected to the seat in 2009. She studied elementary education...

 By DREW PETERSON    Education    October 24, 2013

Estrellado seeks spot on board

Marcie Estrellado, a 10-year Cheney School Board member and incumbent for District Position 1 may be running unopposed, but her determination and admiration for her school board duties are at an all time high. “I really love being a part of the...

 By DREW PETERSON    Education    October 24, 2013

Browne wants to return to CSD board

Residents of the Cheney area might be asking what can Browne do for you? Taking over the Cheney School Board District 3 position in January after previous incumbent Kerry O’Connor resigned, Henry Browne is looking to pick up right where he left...

 By JAMES EIK    Education    October 24, 2013

Curriculum, budget are focus in ML

Since 1989, Peggy Schweikhardt has served on the Medical Lake School District board of directors, and is running unopposed for another four-year term on the board in the Nov. 5 election. At the time, she worked in the Spokane School District, but...

 Front Page    October 24, 2013

Hallett announces monthly student award recipients

from news service reports Hallett Elementary recently announced the students winning its monthly Pride and Can awards for September. Students winning Pride awards: Connor Charette, Layla Burris, Hailey Scott, Rianna Layton, Ella Mizzoni, Shaellyn...

 Education    October 24, 2013

Eastern holds annual tours and carnival for Halloween

Eastern Washington University is holding its annual Harvest Tours and Carnival Thursday, Oct. 31 – Halloween – for kids in costume from toddler through fifth-grade. Tours leave the Pence Union Building lower lobby (by the Bookstore) between...

 More News    October 24, 2013

West Plains Briefs

Feed Cheney returns to Wren Pierson Oct. 28 Feed Cheney will be back at the Wren Pierson Community Center, 615 4th St., Monday Oct. 28.  From 5:30-6:30 p.m. a free dinner will be served restaurant style, free groceries from 2nd Harvest will be... Full story

 Opinion    October 24, 2013

Keep kicking the debt can until the next time

Last Wednesday, Congress did what they appear to be experts at – and that’s very little. Sure, they did do their best at dueling demagoguery. It’s seemingly what they spend the most time at earning their $175,000 a year. Oh, they did get their...

 Opinion    October 24, 2013

Labeling foods is needed, I-522 fulfills that need

Labeling genetically engineered foods tells us more than just what has been done to the food; it tells us what has been done to our land and our water. Farmers who grow crops from genetically engineered seeds are required to sign a contract agreeing...

 Opinion    October 24, 2013

Pollard brings experience with Cheney historical preservation on City Council

One of the highlights of my two terms serving with Cheney’s Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) was when Fred Pollard was first elected to the City Council and immediately began attending HPC monthly meetings. As a business owner in historic...

 Opinion    October 24, 2013

A Taves vote is for quality, honesty

In the Cheney City Council race, a lot has been made of my dad’s professional experience and his résumé, which are both excellent. As his daughter, I have a slightly different view of my dad. He is one of the most patient, hard working, honest...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    October 24, 2013

I can hardly wait to see what's next with the ACA

It’s hardly original thinking to offer the notion that the Obama Administration really welcomed the partial government shutdown. That’s despite all their rhetoric in wanting to get the latest continuing resolution signed, sealed and delivered to...

 Opinion    October 24, 2013

Shadix fills the need for a community voice on school board

Kippie Shadix is currently running for election to the Cheney School Board. She fills the need for a voice that speaks to the needs of the district, the reality that preparation for advanced education is important whether it is skill and technical...

 Opinion    October 24, 2013

Property rights invaluable

Dr. Ludwig von Mises said, “The preservation of private property has tremendous social implications as well as legal ramifications. If history could prove and teach us anything it would be the private ownership of the means of production as a...

 More News    October 24, 2013

West Plains Police News

MEDICAL LAKE Oct. 14 The Department of Transportation completed an inspection report on East Percival Street and North Stanley Street. Officers took a Crime Check report of theft on the 100 block of South Hallett Street. Delphine O’Reilly, 40, was...


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