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Articles from the October 31, 2013 edition

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 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    October 31, 2013

Fire districts look to formalize cooperation

Spokane County Fire District 10, the Airway Heights Fire Department and the Medical Lake Fire Department are looking to perform a cooperative services assessment to find better ways of working together. The three agencies are hoping to consolidate...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    October 31, 2013

Little change in Cheney general fund budgets

Budget season has officially begun in Cheney, although city staff have been working on numbers for some time now. At its Oct. 22 meeting, City Council members heard presentations from departments that rely on general fund income, namely revenues...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    October 31, 2013

Parks budget keeps director position

When it comes to the coming year for Cheney’s Parks and Recreation, the concerns might not be budgetary, but administrative. The biggest change in 2014 is the departure of Paul Simmons, Parks and Recreation director since the department was...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    October 31, 2013

Garlic 101

Eastern Washington University biology professor Dr. Robin O'Quinn shows students at the univeristy garden's new location behind the Red Barn how to plant garlic as part of national Food Day last...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    October 31, 2013

Krause the teacher earns place in Inland Empire Sports Hall of Fame

Former Eastern Washington University head basketball coach Jerry Krause was inducted into the Inland Empire Sports Hall of Fame in ceremonies held at the Spokane Arena, Oct. 22. He joined four...

 
 More News    October 31, 2013

Sheriff's Office alerts public to suspicious individual

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is alerting the community about an individual that has exhibited behavior that is concerning to law enforcement. Since 1997, a 55-year-old white male, who law enforcement is familiar with, has contacted numerous... Full story

 
 More News    October 31, 2013

StageWest ends 'Dark and Stormy Night,' holds auditions

StageWest Community Theatre finished its run of the play “It Was a Dark and Stormy Night,” and in a news release extends its thanks to the community members who provided great and appreciative audiences and to the congregation at Cheney’s Emman...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    October 31, 2013

Cheney headcounts remain flat while FTEs increase

Cheney School District’s headcount enrollment remained flat through the first two months of the 2013-2014 school year, while full-time equivalent students increased by almost 14. A total of 4,196 students occupy desks and lockers within the distric...

 
 By JAMES EIK    Education    October 31, 2013

Survey reveals mixed results for Medical Lake

Medical Lake’s biannual Healthy Youth Survey yielded mixed results during a report at the Medical Lake School District board of directors meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 22. The anonymous survey is administered to students in grades six, eight, 10 and 12,...

 
 By NEWS SERVICE REPORTS    Education    October 31, 2013

CHS names September students of the month

Cheney High School students of the month for September are listed as follows per department, name and class standing: Agriculture, Delrae Danielson, senior; Art, Cheyenne Wright, junior; Business,...

 
 By NEWS SERVICE REPORTS    Education    October 31, 2013

EWU's Arévalo appointed to national college board

Eastern Washington University President Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo has been named to the 2014 board of directors for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). Arévalo will be one of 15 presidents from around the country serving...

 
 By NEWS SERVICE REPORTS    Education    October 31, 2013

Hallett announces October student awards

Hallett Elementary announced students earning awards for the month of October. The character trait of the month was trustworthiness. Pride awards: Evan Dennis, Lonnie Lindley, Owen Beal, Joy-Anna Bentley, Andrew Griffey, Avery Hammac, Cody Petersen,...

 
 Education    October 31, 2013

Jones to unveil Gold Award project

Cheney High School senior MacKenna Jones will unveil her Girl Scout Gold Award project at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake this weekend. Months of hard work to finalize the Fallen Soldier statue will conclude this Saturday,...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    October 31, 2013

Blessing learning

Spokane Tribe of Indians member Pat Moses (right) leads drummers in an opening song of blessing at the dedication ceremony for Eastern Washington University's new residence hall, Snyamncut Hall...

 
 More News    October 31, 2013

West Plains Briefs

St. John’s sale is Nov. 1-2 St. John’s Lutheran Church Annual Bazaar and Rummage Sale will be held at 223 S. Hallett St., Medical Lake, Fri., Nov. 1, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. (Rummage closes 4 p.m.) and Sat. Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Rummage closes...

 
 Opinion    October 31, 2013

Spokane County dropped the ball with Prop 1

Has Spokane County earned a “yes” vote on Proposition 1? The ballot item would raise $18 million over nine years through property tax increases county-wide to remove seven mobile home parks in Fairchild Air Force Base’s Accident Potential Zone...

 
 By JAMES EIK    Opinion    October 31, 2013

Run for the hills, it's a deerpocalypse in Medical Lake!

Brace yourselves, the deer apocalypse has struck! Protect your petunias, fence up your ferns and for heaven’s sake, lock up your lavender, the deer are coming! Well, at least that’s the way it seems to be in Medical Lake. A new ordinance that...

 
 Opinion    October 31, 2013

Consumer advocate magazine agrees with I-522

Consumers Union, which publishes “Consumer Reports,” has reviewed I-522 and determined that it is well written, makes sense, gives shoppers clear accurate information, and shouldn’t raise the cost of groceries. If you’re still on the fence,...

 
 Opinion    October 31, 2013

Come have coffee with Michael Baumgartner

To my neighbors and friends in Medical Lake and Airway Heights, have you ever wanted to ask your 6th District senator a question face to face? Here’s your chance to have a cup of coffee and a donut – or two – with Mike Baumgartner. Come to...

 
 Opinion    October 31, 2013

Dolle deserves board vote for Cheney School Board

It is with great pleasure that I am writing a letter in support of our current Cheney School Board president Suzanne Dolle who is running for a second term on the Cheney School Board of Directors. I have gotten to know Suzanne through shared work on...

 
 By Cathy McMorris Rodgers    Opinion    October 31, 2013

Remembering Tom Foley, an Eastern Washington giant

Together we remember the life of an Eastern Washington giant, Tom Foley, who represented our Fifth Congressional District with distinction for 30 years.  Even today, wheat farmers and all the citizens of our district benefit from the tremendous work...

 
 Opinion    October 31, 2013

Being a realtor, Hilton isn't the right choice for Cheney City Council

I would like to thank the Cheney Free Press for sharing their interviews with the four candidates seeking a position on the City Council. However, when I add this information to that gained from candidate talks at the forum, I am concerned about one...

 
 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    October 31, 2013

Chelsie Sunde completes desire to return to Guatemala

In July 2012, Chelsie Sunde, with other teens and leaders, spent three weeks in Guatemala working and playing with the children. When she arrived home she said, "I would like to go again." This year,...

 
 Neighborhood    October 31, 2013

Churches

Emmanuel Lutheran Church All Saints Sunday will be celebrated this Sunday beginning with preschool through adult education at 9 a.m. followed by worship at 10:30 a.m. Fellowship hour follows the worship service at 11:30 a.m. Emmanuel Lutheran Church...

 
 Neighborhood    October 31, 2013

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Nov. 6, 2003 Unofficial election results showed Bob Stockton holding an overwhelming lead in the only contested city council race. Stockton enjoyed a 664-379 edge in votes over Arlene Mowatt. Medical Lake’s 44-14 win over Newport, led...

 

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