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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    December 12, 2013

Cheney park might get I-502 applicant

Cheney may soon have its first tenant for the city’s Commerce and Industrial Park – but it’s not who the city was expecting to see. In a staff report to the Cheney Planning Commission Monday night, Public Works Director Todd Ableman informed...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    December 12, 2013

Contracts approved by council

Monetary issues past and present topped the agenda at the Cheney City Council’s Dec. 10 meeting. The council approved a resolution authorizing Mayor Tom Trulove to sign a new four-year contract with the International Brotherhood of Electrical...

 Front Page    December 12, 2013

Lamp light's glow

Frigid temperatures didn't keep a nice crowd of over 100 Cheney children and adults from enjoying singing carols and lighting the city's Christmas tree at the annual tree lighting event last...

 Front Page    December 12, 2013

Medical Lake City Council tackles budget, salary items

The Tuesday, Dec. 3 Medical Lake City Council meeting saw the second hearing on the 2014 budget and the first reading of a salary ordinance. The city is proposing spending $9.29 million in 2014, an increase of about $200,00 over 2013 budge. The...

 By KELSEY LAVELLE    Front Page    December 12, 2013

Cheney's Chet's Flowers named one of top 1,000 florists in nation

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, perhaps even a bit sweeter when they come from the recently honored Chet's Flowers of Cheney. A month ago a package arrived at the door of this local...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    December 12, 2013

EWU trustees vote to stick with quarter system

Eastern Washington University’s exploration of changing from quarters to the semester system appears to be over – at least for now. The university’s board of trustees unanimously adopted a resolution at its Dec. 3 meeting stating it believes ...

 By STAFF AND NEWS SERVICE REPORTS    Education    December 12, 2013

New Eastern trustee has family legacy with university

Uriel Iñiguez, one of six siblings to graduate from Eastern Washington University and the father of a current EWU student, has been appointed the university’s Board of Trustees by Gov. Jay Inslee, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Iñiguez is the oldest of...

 Education    December 12, 2013

EWU engineering students help local senior residents

Students from Eastern Washington University's Mechanical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Technology student club took time out of their busy finals schedule to solve a need for the senior...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Education    December 12, 2013

Bitter cold was Mother Nature's curveball

The record bitter cold the Eastern Washington football team played in, and over 6,100 fans endured last Saturday at Roos Field was the kind the area has not seen in nearly two years. Game time...

 Education    December 12, 2013

Cheney Outreach receives STCU contribution

As part of a “season of giving” marking the start of the holiday season, Spokane Teachers Credit Uunion asked staff at each branch location to choose a non-profit organization to receive a $1,000 contribution from the credit union. Staff at the...

 Calendar    December 12, 2013

West Plains Briefs

Post office contest underway The Cheney Post Office’s annual Christmas coloring contest is underway, and children ages 3-12 are invited to participate for a chance to win a Christmas stocking full of goodies. To do so, stop by the post office and p...

 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    December 12, 2013

One cruise led to many for the Van Kurens

Once upon a time there was a husband who said to his wife, "I want to buy you a hot tub." His wife said, "I want a cruise." It was their 25th wedding anniversary. Ruth Van Kuren packed her suitcase....

 Neighborhood    December 12, 2013


Emmanuel Lutheran Church All are welcome to worship at Emmanuel Lutheran Church this Sunday, Dec. 15, at 10:30 a.m. for the third Sunday of Advent. Christian Education begins at 9 a.m. Fellowship follows the worship service. Emmanuel invites you to a...

 Obituaries    December 12, 2013

Michael Sam Hammack

Michael Sam Hammack was born April 2, 1955, in Seattle, Wash., to Sam and Ruth Hammack.  He passed away on Nov. 29, 2013.  Mike graduated from Queen Anne High School. He entered the Navy in...

 Neighborhood    December 12, 2013

Gary Fitzner

Gary Fitzner In loving memory of Gary Fitzner Sept. 1, 1938- Dec. 7, 2013 Gary was a loving husband, father, grandpa, great grandpa, brother and best friend. He touched everyone's life in some way,...

 Obituaries    December 12, 2013

Mary Lee Adamson

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Mary Lee Adamson, age 81 On Dec. 8, 2013 in Redmond, Wash. Mary was born in Sprague, Wash. on Nov. 25, 1932, to Mary Iva (Billie) and Ernest (Babe) Melville.  She is survived by her daughters,... Full story

 Neighborhood    December 12, 2013

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Dec. 17, 2003 The inability of public power providers such as the city of Cheney and its light department to negotiate a deal for wholesale electrical rates means residents will not get a proposed 10 percent rate rollback. The familiar...

 By Dr SCOTT BORGHOLTHAUS    Neighborhood    December 12, 2013

Do your blood vessels do the twist?

Ret and Ina were out for a leisurely stroll through the jungle (the back yard). Ret was looking at the twisty branches of the willow trees, when he noticed one was a bit off color. Just as he reached out to get a closer look, Ina shouted, “Stop!...

 By KELSEY LAVELLE    Neighborhood    December 12, 2013

Cheney Junior Rodeo and Time of Remembrance team up for Saturday's fundraiser at Fairway's GC

Between the constant bustle and inevitable stress the holidays can bring it can be easy to let the bells of the Salvation Army become background noise and the need for those less fortunate to fall on occupied ears, the Cheney Junior Rodeo...

 Calendar    December 12, 2013

What's Happening on the West Plains

City of Cheney • Dec. 18, Toddler Play and Learn Storytime (ages 1 1/2-3), Cheney Comunnity Library, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. • Dec. 19, Preschool Play and Learn Storytime (ages 3-5), Cheney Community Library, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. • Dec. 20,... Full story

 News    December 12, 2013

West Plains Police News

POLICE REPORTS 12/12/13 Cheney Dec. 2 Domestic violence – verbal dispute – was reported on the 2200 block of Lilac court. Second-degree theft was reported on the 700 block of Chestnut Street. Cash was taken. Prescription medications were lost on...

 Opinion    December 12, 2013

More should adopt Patrol's whole 'person approach'

On Dec. 3 the Washington State Patrol announced it was taking a new direction in the way it screened applicants for employment. In the past, applicants might have been eliminated if it were found they had received a teenage drinking violation, smoked...

 By LAURA FINLEY PhD    Opinion    December 12, 2013

Society doesn't value backing words with associated actions

Authenticity “And what sort of lives do these people, who pose as being moral, lead themselves? My dear fellow, you forget that we are in the native land of the hypocrite.”  Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray Authenticity is one of the...

 Opinion    December 12, 2013

Studio Tour – 'Win-Win Situation and Winners'

Sometimes you can’t help but feel like you hit the jackpot. The “Slightly West of Spokane Artists Studio Tour” members feel exactly that way after our fourth annual tour on Nov. 30. We certainly feel lucky that Mother Nature cooperated with...

 Opinion    December 12, 2013

We'll help you do your Christmas shopping

No time to shop? Don’t know what kids these days like? Christmas Gifts for Cheney Kids has dedicated shoppers who will do the shopping for you. Send a check (clearly marked Christmas Gifts for Kids) to Cheney Outreach, P.O. Box 444, Cheney WA...


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