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 By BECKY THOMAS    Front Page    October 26, 2012

Cheney council digs into budget

The Cheney City Council dug into the details of the city’s 2013 budget at its Tuesday night meeting. The council heard presentations from department leaders in finance, the municipal court, community development, police, fire and parks and...

 By BECKY THOMAS    Front Page    October 26, 2012

Cheney in $700,000 budget hole

A continued sluggish economy combined with the local effects of state budget cuts equals trying times for the city of Cheney as budget season kicks off. City Administrator Arlene Fisher estimated revenues would be down around $700,000 by the end of...

 Front Page    October 26, 2012

Homecoming 2012

Cheney was a lively place last weekend as both Cheney High School and Eastern Washington University held their Homecoming festivities. Top: A Cheney firefighter helps ignite the bonfire for... Full story

 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    October 26, 2012

ML SCOPE volunteers take on a bigger role

The Medical Lake police office is slowly but surely opening its doors thanks to help from volunteers at the Medical Lake-Espanola SCOPE office. Volunteers have begun to handle basic administrative duties in the front office in an effort to relieve ot...

 Front Page    October 26, 2012

Turkey Trot fun run takes place Nov. 22

Thanksgiving is right around the corner – and so is the fifth annual Turkey Trot. The two or three mile walk/run takes place at 9 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, at the Cheney High School track for walkers/runners of all ages. Entry fee is $5 or...

 News    October 26, 2012

Cheney, county recognized for conservation efforts

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office recognized Spokane County and the city of Cheney at two special presentations on Tuesday for their outstanding projects to conserve... Full story

 By JAMES EIK    News    October 26, 2012

Budget discussions, JLUS dominate council study session

Two action items were passed at the Airway Heights City Council study session Monday, Oct. 23. Another extension of the city’s emergency moratorium on mixed-use building applications was passed, and will last until Dec. 3. The city has worked under...

 By JAMES EIK    News    October 26, 2012

Dry goods needed at Medical Lake Food Bank

The Medical Lake Food Bank is facing a dry goods shortage, which has lasted for the past several weeks. While the organization is doing well with other products, such as fresh fruits and vegetables,...

 By BECKY THOMAS    Education    October 26, 2012

Quilting for a cause at Cheney High School

It was a project to sew together, literally, the past and the present to benefit the future. Members of the Cheney High School Family Career and Community Leaders of America club recently completed a...

 By Editorial Roundtable    Opinion    October 26, 2012

Charters may push public schools to reform the hard way

There’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding I-1240, the initiative on next month’s ballot to create public charter schools in Washington. For those living in the world of public K-12—and there are a lot of them in our community—it could signal...

 By JAMES EIK    Opinion    October 26, 2012

Witnessing Spokane’s charitable nature

The past summer has been an incredible time for charitable giving in the Spokane region. First, Saturday, Sept. 29, Dutch Bros gave $1 from every $2 medium drink toward Cat Davis, a 25-year-old Spokane resident suffering from scleroderma. A second fu...

 By BECKY THOMAS    News    October 26, 2012

Polio, then and now

Polio. People in their 50s and 60s can instantly recall their childhoods and the fear of the polio epidemic. Everyone stood in the long lines to receive the liquid vaccine, often dropped on a sugar... Full story

 By JAMES EIK    News    October 26, 2012

Trunk-or-treat event comes to Airway Heights

An additional alternative to the trick-or-treat rounds is coming to Airway Heights this Halloween. Airway Heights’ Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with the Sunset Elementary parent-teacher organization for the first annual “trunk-or...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    October 26, 2012

Cheney girls advance to state as runners-up at districts

One point. That’s the margin that separated the Cheney boys’ cross country team from an upset win over Deer Park at District 7 competition Friday afternoon at Plantes Ferry State Park in Spokane...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    October 26, 2012

Cheney upsets West Valley 38-31

For the second time this season the Cheney football team were giant killers on a Friday night. Two weeks ago the Blackhawks spoiled East Valley’s unbeaten season with a 34-28 win over the then...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    October 26, 2012

Top-ranked Eagles survive Sac State again

The last time Eastern Washington University had Sacramento State in town as guests it took a heroic last-minute rally to secure a win that helped pave the way to the 2010 NCAA Division 1 national...

 Sports    October 26, 2012

Volleyball losing streak ends at 22 for Eastern

FROM STAFF AND NEWS SERVICE REPORTS The nagging futility streak finally ended Monday night for the Eastern Washington University volleyball team, which saw its 22-game losing streak come to an end at Reese Court. The Eagles swept past Sacramento...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    October 26, 2012

Medical Lake, Freeman clash Friday with home field on line

How much is riding on the outcome of Friday’s final regular season home football game at Medical Lake with Freeman? For one it’s the difference between burning a lot of diesel fuel the following Friday. But the best reason is the winner of the 7...

 Sports    October 26, 2012

Cheney swimmers wrap up dual meet schedule, prepare for districts in Ellensburg

By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The Cheney girls’ swimming team wrapped up its dual meet portion of the 2012 season with competition last Tuesday in Pullman, losing 121-39 to the much deeper Greyhounds. The Blackhawks 400-yard freestyle A relay team of...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    October 26, 2012

Lady Hawks’ wins earn No. 4 seed; face West Valley in loser-out action

Cheney’s volleyball team wrapped up a fourth-place finish in the Great Northern League by winning two of its final three matches last week. The Lady Hawks played well and showed potential for advancing in the coming postseason with 3-1 wins over...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    October 26, 2012

Lady Hawks show improvement on the pitch in final three games

Even though the Cheney girls’ soccer team lost two of its final regular season games last week, head coach Nels Radtke sees positive results from those outcomes. The games were against three of the top four teams ahead of the Lady Hawks in the...

 Sports    October 26, 2012

EWU topples No. 2 Montana State, 27-24

Punt block, interception return for touchdown 59 seconds apart turn tide in Eastern win By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Two years ago on their trip to Bozeman it was a 35-7 thumping at the hands of Montana State that Eastern Washington head coach...