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Articles from the December 6, 2012 edition

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 By James Eik    Front Page    December 6, 2012

ML council passes pot moratorium

The city of Medical Lake unanimously adopted a moratorium on the processing and retailing of marijuana on land-use applications. Marijuana use, by the passage of I-502 last month, becomes legal today, Dec. 6. The state has until December 2013 to...

 
 By John McCallum    Front Page    December 6, 2012

Off track

An Eastern Washington Gateway Railroad engine ran off a short, deadend siding behind Gatto’s Pizza in downtown Cheney last week during heavy rains, causing damage to the tracks (insert). At press...

 
 By Paul Delaney    Front Page    December 6, 2012

Academic game plan

The trophy that commands the most headlines for Eastern Washington university is the one the football team won in early 2011 in Frisco, Texas where the Eagles were crowned the NcAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision national champions. But...

 
 By James Eik    Front Page    December 6, 2012

Airway Heights’ sewer rates remain same in 2013

Facing another tight budget year, the Airway Heights City Council voted to postpone a reduction in sewer rates for 2013. The City Council received a suggestion from the FCS Group, which recommended reducing rates by 9.63 percent next year, which...

 
 By John McCallum    Front Page    December 6, 2012

Handling the paper trail

The city of Cheney is taking comments on environmental reviews of three buildings proposed for construction in its Commerce and Industrial Park – buildings that only exist on paper, at least for now. The reviews are part of new city efforts to find...

 
 By John McCallum    Front Page    December 6, 2012

Business opportunity

After months of working with the state Department of Transportation, Cheney work crews were finally able last week to erect the sign on SR 904 pointing the way to the city’s downtown business...

 
 By James Eik    Education    December 6, 2012

Positive budget news for Medical Lake

Christmas gifts came a few weeks early for the Medical Lake School District’s budget. At the Tuesday, Nov. 27 school board meeting, business manager Don Johnson said the district had received about 15.3 percent of its projected revenues after two m...

 
 By John McCallum    Education    December 6, 2012

Doing science on the top of Needham Hill

Cheney School District officials are taking the first steps to create an energy-themed STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) site at the district’s new facilities on the grounds...

 
 Education    December 6, 2012

Raising CHS activity funds

Attendance by both vendors and shoppers at the Cheney High School bazaar was very good last Saturday and Sunday. Funds raised at the bazaar will help various activities at the high...

 
 Opinion    December 6, 2012

Washington parks are great, but Discover Pass is not

The state of Washington would like to have you shop with them this Christmas and buy a Discover Pass for all of your favorite outdoor enthusiasts. The Discover Pass is Olympia’s way to try to raise the funds to support a myriad of state outdoor...

 
 By James Eik    Opinion    December 6, 2012

Leave tired old phrases, acronyms behind

Unbelievably, the year 2013 is nearly upon us. We’re nearing the end of the year, and this is the time of year to start reflecting on the previous 340 days of what was 2012. At the same time, it’s a chance to look ahead and hope we’re a lot...

 
 By JOHN TAVES    Opinion    December 6, 2012

Coal exports: Are they opportunity or curse?

A big question these days is whether it would be good or bad to build large coal-shipping terminals in Washington and Oregon, enabling transport of substantial quantities of U.S. coal to China and possibly other Asian countries. The answer is not...

 
 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    December 6, 2012

Larry Danielson’s roots part of local history

Larry Danielson lives on a family farm that was homesteaded in 1891. He helps his son, Dale with the hay crop and cattle. Some of the land is in the government CRP program, which means it rests,...

 
 By Dr E KIRSTEN PETERS    Neighborhood    December 6, 2012

Too much exercise

Medical science increasingly has some evidence of a principal your mother warned you about: there really is too much of a good thing. A few folks throw themselves headlong into aerobic exercise. Most of these hard-core endurance athletes start...

 
 By James Eik    More News    December 6, 2012

Offenders receive job training at Airway Heights

Select offenders at Airway Heights Corrections Center are receiving some invaluable real-world experience during their time at the facility, leading up to their release date. Correctional Industries...

 
 By James Eik    More News    December 6, 2012

Spokane County Commissioners remove Martin Hall funding

Last Thursday, Nov. 29, the board of Spokane County Commissioners voted to pull their funding from Martin Hall Juvenile Detention Center in Medical Lake beginning in 2013. The move is estimated to save the county $320,000 each year for the...

 
 By Paul Delaney    Sports    December 6, 2012

Eastern will meet Illinois State after Wagner win

Wagner College prepared well and won some key battles in their second-round Football Championship Subdivision playoff game last Saturday at Roos Field against Eastern Washington University. The...

 
 By John McCallum    Sports    December 6, 2012

Blackawks open with win over Lakeland

Three games into the young season Cheney boys’ basketball head coach Joel Soter knows his team isn’t where they need to be yet with their game, but he is seeing signs on how to get there. The...

 
 By John McCallum    Sports    December 6, 2012

Money season, ‘er, bowl season is here at last

It’s December and you know what that means? Well yes, that too, but December in the sporting world means it’s bowl season. That annual bellying up to the money trough by the NCAA and it’s associated Division I conferences and teams. Between...

 
 By Paul Delaney    Sports    December 6, 2012

Newcomers pace Eastern to comeback win over Cal Fullerton

Eastern Washington’s men’s basketball team showed off the freshened up Reese Court and a pair of talented freshman last Friday. Both passed the test in the Eagles come-from-behind 79-75 non-confer...

 
 By John McCallum    Sports    December 6, 2012

Lady Hawks rally comes up just short against Ellensburg

The Cheney girls’ basketball team opened the 2012-2013 season with a split of their first two games last week. The Lady Hawks’ aggressive, up-tempo style of play was more than a visiting team from Lakeland High School in Rathdrum, Idaho could...

 
 By Paul Delaney    Sports    December 6, 2012

Firing away

Medical Lake’s Abigail Morrison shoots a jump shot in Friday’s 25-15 non-league basketball win over Deer Park. The Cardinal girls split weekend games falling to visiting Okanogan 63-16 Saturday....