Articles from the November 7, 2013 edition

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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    November 7, 2013

Election 2013

Tuesday’s preliminary general election results indicated two things. One, it was a good night for incumbents, especially on the West Plains; and two, it was a bad night for ballot measures. After the first count of 81,352 ballots countywide, all...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    November 7, 2013

Restoring community

When Cheney Parks and Recreation Director Paul Simmons arrived at his new office in the old Wren Pierson Building all he had was a chair, a desk, and a phone he found in a back closet. Furniture, howe...

 Front Page    November 7, 2013

Tired trick or treater

Cheney firefighter Cole Gerard passes out candy to a young trick or treater during Eastern Washington University's annual Harvest Tours and Carnival last Thursday. The event joins area youth from...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    November 7, 2013

Cheney Library turns 25

The Cheney City Library has come a long ways in a relatively short time. From most humble beginnings in a storefront, the library celebrates a milestone Tuesday, Nov. 12, the present location's 25th b...

 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    November 7, 2013

Airway Heights continues budget work

A second public hearing at the Monday, Nov. 4 Airway Heights City Council meeting regarding the 2014 budget covered a summary of projected expenses next year. Continuing the beginning stages of the city’s budgeting season, City Treasurer Richard...

 By JAMES EIK    News    November 7, 2013

Regional transit plan officials hear Cheney comments

Last Tuesday, Oct. 29, representatives from Horizon 2040 held an open house at the Cheney Library for the public to comment on the future of transportation in the Spokane region. The event was to gaug...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    November 7, 2013

Cheney police seek to maintain level of service with money

When it comes to department goals in the coming year, Cheney Police Chief John Hensley is keeping it pretty simple. “Providing the same level of service as last year,” Hensley told the City Council at its Oct. 22 meeting. The department is...

 News    November 7, 2013

Medical Lake High School holds blood drive Nov. 13

Inland Northwest Blood Center along with the Medical Lake High School volunteers led by Darby Evans will be coordinating a blood drive Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the high school. Donation hours are 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. INBC needs an average of 200...

 News    November 7, 2013

Cheney Light offers BPA rebate program

The Cheney Light Department through the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) has rebates available for commercial lighting retrofits. If you are planning to upgrade a commercial building from T-12 lights to high efficiency T-8 lights please contact...

 News    November 7, 2013

CHS Turkey Trot registration

The Cheney High cross country team’s sixth annual Turkey Trot is taking place Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28 at 9 a.m. at the high school track. The 2-mile walk or 3-mile run is for runners and walkers of all ages. The entry fee is $5 without a... Full story

 News    November 7, 2013

Provance fundraiser Saturday

The family of Cheney resident Jeremy Provance is holding a fundraiser for the cancer patient Saturday, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Cheney Trading Company, 4 Cheney-Spokane Road. There will be a bake sale and, weather permitting, a car... Full story

 By JAMES EIK    Education    November 7, 2013

Medical Lake's SAT reading, math scores trend up

Standardized test scores at Medical Lake High School remained steady in recent years, including the latest numbers for the class of 2013, which were recently released. Director of Teaching and Learning Kim Headrick gave a brief report on SAT and ACT...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    November 7, 2013

Cheney students travel to Seattle to listen to sports medicine experts

Seven Cheney High School student athletic trainers in sports medicine instructor Kyle Loughery’s program got to hear from the pros about real-life experiences of those involved in sports medicine at a Sept. 23 symposium sponsored by the Seattle...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    November 7, 2013

Salnave students stand up to bullying

Students at Cheney's Salnave Elementary School took part in a national campaign last week to "Take a Stand, Lend a Hand, Stop Bullying!" According to information from the school district, the campaign...

 Calendar    November 7, 2013

West Plains Briefs

Free ML meal is Nov. 11 Feed Medical Lake offers two meals in the “Giving Thanks” month of November. Monday, Nov. 11, Feed Medical Lake thanks our veterans for defending our freedom. There will be a menu of French bread pizza, salad, fruit and...

 Opinion    November 7, 2013

It's important to remember all conflicts on Veterans Day

Monday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, a time to honor those who serve or have served, living or dead. It’s a time of memorializing and acknowledging with gratitude the sacrifices our men and women in uniform make for this country. Most of us on the...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    November 7, 2013

Prayer is best when it's done away from the public eye - Write to the Point

On Wednesday, Nov. 6, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in its first case regarding prayer during legislative sessions since 1983, and while I’m not privy to what will be presented by either side, it’s unlikely the above passage from...

 Opinion    November 7, 2013

Thanks to veterans' service to country on Veterans Day

The members of American Legion Auxiliary Cheney Unit 72 would like to express our sincere appreciation for the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces. Thank you for serving this great country. Thank you for protecting us. Thank...

 Opinion    November 7, 2013

Coat drive collections help many families in the area

It will be a warmer winter for many area families this year! The 17th annual Community Coat Drive was a wonderful success with over 500 coats collected locally and 344 coats distributed at three sites, Salnave Elementary, Westwood Middle School and...

 By PHIL KIVER    Opinion    November 7, 2013

Strength of our veterans is everywhere around us

“It was 4:30 a.m. January 30th 1968. We began taking fire, from all directions in Lai Khe, Vietnam. I was in my underwear and made it into a bunker just behind another soldier.  As another rocket came in my friend Harvey was diving into the...

 Opinion    November 7, 2013

Positive auto experience

I wish to write you a letter in reference to a wonderful experience I encountered Monday, Oct. 28. A year ago I took my 1998 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 truck into an auto service center in Spokane, for just an oil, filter and lube service. There was nothing...

 Opinion    November 7, 2013

Thanks for successful bazaar

St. John’s Lutheran Church thanks all who shopped or dined at our annual bazaar and rummage sale. Proceeds will go to various benevolences from community to worldwide. Congratulations to the winners of the quilts and table runner: Joe Conner,...

 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    November 7, 2013

Our understanding pets are smarter than we think

We all have human friends. How about the four-legged kind? A recent portrayal on television proved that animals do have emotions and do express them. Some people will say, "Aw, don't be silly." Others...

 Neighborhood    November 7, 2013

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Nov. 13, 2003 The new structure of the revived Cheney Parks and Recreation Department continued to take shape with the recommendation that a department head be named. Just three votes separated Medical Lake City Council candidates...

 Neighborhood    November 7, 2013


Emmanuel Lutheran Church Emmanuel Lutheran Church invites you to join us this Sunday, Nov. 10 beginning 9 a.m. for all age Sunday school followed by worship at 10:30 a.m. This Sunday we celebrate the 25th Sunday after Pentecost. Emmanuel thanks every...


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