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Cheney 2017 budgeting calmer

In years past, the annual budget process for Cheney Finance Director Cindy Niemeier has been stormy, particularly when it comes to revenues, which haven’t been all that great lately. This year, there is much more of a sense of calm. The city is...

 

AH seeing rise in new development

There has been a recent influx of development happening in Airway Heights. One of the upcoming bigger residential projects is the Basalt Ridge Apartments, which is being built on the northeast corner...

 

Cheney growth addressed at open house

Cheney residents who wish to have some input into how the city grows should take a short trip down to the Wren Pierson Community Center Monday night, Nov. 14. The 90 minutes then spent at the Planning Commission’s monthly meeting and land use open...

 

AH Police Department begins youth mentoring program

The Airway Heights Police Department is taking a proactive approach in helping the youth of the community. The department partnered with Spokane Regional Health District’s Neighborhood Matters program, Cheney Public Schools and Big Brothers Big...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    November 3, 2016

Record October rainfall is winter's early warning

Retired Eastern Washington University meteorology professor Bob Quinn just can't fully be pushed out the door. He's been hired part-time for spring quarter 2017 to teach one of his true loves, a...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    November 3, 2016

Cheney, EWU ink new fire services contract

Cheney and Eastern Washington University have agreed to a long-term contract for fire services that city officials believe is good for both parties. The contract pays the city $568,216 annually, beginning Jan. 1, 2017 and running through Dec. 31,...

 

Handing out treats

Jazlyn Blake (left), daughter of Medical Lake volunteer firefighter Brooke Blake, gives a plastic fireman's hat to one of the many children who came to the fire department's open house on...

 
 By GRACE POHL    News    November 3, 2016

Air dry

Eastern Washington University officials had to take some special measures to keep the Eagles' soccer field dry in preparation for the upcomig Big Sky Championships, including using a local helicopter...

 

Cheney school board reviews drugs and alcohol policies

The Cheney Public Schools board of directors held first readings at their Oct. 26 meeting on policies designed to keep drugs and alcohol out of its workplaces and vehicles, as well as one reaffirming professional student and staff boundaries....

 

More mentors needed in Cheney School District

People who want to make a difference in their community should consider becoming a mentor for Cheney Public Schools. There are currently 78 mentors, but the goal is to have 100-200 for the school district. Eastern Washington University students make...

 

Bingo!

Hallett Elementary School held its annual Pumpkin Bingo, Oct. 28. Student Tommy Wethington enthusiastically raises his hand to indicate he got a Bingo....

 

Medical Lake school board approves updated tobacco policy

The Medical Lake school board went through several items at its Oct. 25 meeting. The board held the first and second readings of the updated “Use of Tobacco and Nicotine Products and Delivery Devices” policy. Superintendent Tim Ames said the poli...

 

CHS Special Education to host transition fair

Cheney High School Special Education is hosting a transition fair on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the high school cafeteria. The transition fair will provide special education students and their families the opportunity to learn more ab...

 

Betz PTA to hold carnival and auction Nov. 4

The Betz Elementary PTA is holding its annual carnival and silent auction on Friday, Nov. 4 from 5 – 8 p.m. The event is open to the community, so come out and enjoy a fun family time. There will be carnival games, bounce houses, face painting and...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    November 3, 2016

New Cheney Glass owners will keep fixing what breaks

Dennis Baumgarten needed to find time to check off a sizeable list of chores at home. The only way he knew it could get done was shedding his day job as owner of Cheney Glass, a business he recently...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    November 3, 2016

Sisters celebrate five years of operating ML Veterinary Clinic

It's been five years since sisters Dr. Trina Dutton and Dr. Heather O'Bannan took over the Medical Lake Veterinary Clinic and things have been working out so far. "We love this community, it's been...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    November 3, 2016

'Summerizing' winter tools and winterizing summer tools

No matter how one looks at the months ahead, be it something felt in the bones, or data derived from a big computer, the promise of another winter with some decent snowfall seems real. And that leaves area residents with at least two jobs to make...

 

Hey bartender!

Eastern Washington University peer health educator Carrie Cutler explains the difference in alcohol volume in a can of Keystone Light compared to other alcoholic drinks during Health, Wellness and...

 

Big data uses threaten personal privacy, combats fraud

What would you give up to cut back medical fraud while also improving your doctor’s ability to anticipate your medical needs before they actually occur? Would you give up your personal privacy? According to a recent Los Angeles Times story, we migh...

 

The small numbers are really pretty big in STA's Prop 1

By Staff Reporter It is seemingly such a miniscule ask from the Spokane Transit Authority on the November ballot for their Proposition 1. A yes vote will authorize a mere two-tenths of 1 percent of the sales tax to improve their service to Spokane Co...

 

Trump is only choice for president

With the presidential election less than a couple of weeks to go, this campaign will go down as one of the nastiest in history. As a retired military member with 30 years of service, I have been all over the world to protect our country. With all...

 

Morgan on CMR and GOP values

Unfortunately, Cathy McMorris Rodger’s political ambition has left behind any moral principles. My party and McMorris Rodgers have crossed the line supporting Donald Trump and have abandoned not only standards of decency but true conservatism....

 

Blackhawks Scramble a success

The Cheney Kiwanis Club would like to belatedly thank all who helped make the Blackhawk Scramble golf event a big success this last July. Cheney Federal Credit Union was our main sponsor. Hole sponsors were: Owl Pharmacy, Copy Junction, Collins Denti...

 

Single-payer health care is the way to go - ask Canada

In 2009, all Republican and two Democratic senators killed Obama Care’s proposed “public option” that likely would have led to a national, single-payer health care. Now Hillary Clinton has suggested reintroducing this Medicare-for-all option....

 

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