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St. Paul's Episcopal Church All are welcome! The Fifth Sunday of Easter. Holy Eucharist at 11 a.m. Rev. Christine Soule, priest, will preach and preside. Child care is available. Cheney High School Baccalaurate Service is Sunday, May 22, at 7 p.m....


Cheney Historical Museum

Looking back at entertainment in our community 125 years ago, the Northwest Tribune advertised that Cheney's Brass Band would hold a grand ball in Mounts Hall. They promised the best music and that a canvas floor had been provided for dancing. Learn... Full story


Hot 3-point shooter Jordan Hickert signs with Eastern

FROM NEWS SERVICE REPORTS Jordan Hickert, one of the best junior college 3-point shooters in the nation during the 2010-11 season, has signed a letter of intent to attend Eastern Washington University and play basketball, new head coach Jim Hayford...


Cheney considers changes for opening of new community center

Park board looks to Wren Pierson reopening with new rental fees, policies By BECKY THOMAS Staff Reporter The Wren Pierson Building renovation is advancing quickly, with glass installed outside and paint beginning to cover the inside walls. Cheney's c...


Medical Lake takes neutral stance on STEP

City Council elects to steer clear of taking sides in West Plains casino dispute By RYAN LANCASTER Staff Reporter The Medical Lake City Council has decided not to take sides in the battle over whether or not the Spokane Tribe should be able to build...


ML's Emerson graduates from WWU

Kaley Howard Emerson from Medical Lake has earned a bachelor of arts degree in East Asian Studies from Western Washington University. She was awarded her diploma at the conclusion of the 2011 winter quarter. Maverick Jay Evans-McLanahan from Cheney... Full story


Cheney High FCCLA LifeSmarts team first at state

The Cheney High School FCCLA LifeSmarts team of Jacob Mager, Nash Springberry, James Borchers, David Leong, and Solomon Springberry took first place at the May 3 state competition after tallying the top score in the online Life Smarts competition....


Wetland Trail Run marks the start of a great tradition

By BECKY THOMAS Staff Reporter I participated in the Cheney Wetland Trail Run this past Saturday. It was a great first-time event and a sign of good things in Cheney's future. The event itself seemed to be fairly well organized, with plenty of signs...


Medical Lake looks at building better beaches to fulfill state requirements

By RYAN LANCASTER Staff Reporter Aside from some invasive weeds, erosion and an unfortunate abundance of goose poop, the three miles of Medical Lake shoreline are in pretty good shape. But in order to further improve these areas, and to comply with...


April sees increase in Cheney crime, budget issues continue

By BECKY THOMAS Staff Reporter The Cheney Police Department saw an increase in crime last month as it continues to deal with staffing and budget issues. According to the department's Monthly Accountability Review for April, crime rose nearly 60... Full story


Sprague Avenue realignment rolls forward

Airway Heights, Kalispel Tribe come together on infrastructure plan that could assist in development of area south of Northern Quest By RYAN LANCASTER Staff Reporter A public hearing was held at the May 16 Airway Heights City Council meeting... Full story


Old Man Winter is set to finally loosen his hold on Inland Empire

Spring's record cold, precipitation have made area snowpack massive By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Did you like that little taste of shorts and sunglasses weather last week? While it seems like a fleeting memory after some recent gully-washing... Full story


Medical Lake student arrested for making alleged racist threats

School officials expell high school student A 17-year-old Medical Lake High School student was arrested May 12 after school officials and a Spokane County Sheriff's deputy determined he had been threatening another male student with threats of harm...


Of Cabbages and Kings

Marylu Wade used obstacles as motivators in fight against disability By LUELLA DOW Contributor Marylu Wade had hip replacement surgery in February of 2002. She was a teacher. At that time, she said, “I could hardly walk from one end of the school t... Full story


MLSD issues pink slips, awaits a state budget

District, union differ on how much of a reserve fund should be used to offset impacts of expected state cuts By RYAN LANCASTER Staff Reporter Nine layoff notices were sent out last week to provisional employees in the Medical Lake School District,...


Gardening in Our Area

There's always something new to learn about gardening By LaVERLE McCANDLESS Contributor “No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth…and no culture comparable to that of the garden…But though an old man, I am but a young... Full story


Police Reports May 4-17

CHENEY May 9 Vincent J. Ash, 51, was arrested on the zero block of B Street on a trespassing warrant from Spokane Municipal Court. A red bicycle was found on the 200 block of South Cheney-Spangle Road. May 10 Edward J. Steetle, 21, was arrested on...


Walk to School Day is May 24

West Plains schools will join others in Spokane County to celebrate an official Walk to School Day Tuesday, May 24. Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD), law enforcement, Spokane Community Oriented Policing (SCOPE) and various cities' engineers...


Honors all around for those at CSD

Cheney district gives credit to employees, retirees and volunteers during annual recognition ceremony By BECKY THOMAS Staff Reporter As another school year nears its end, Cheney School District employees gathered to honor each other at an employee...


Results of Junior Livestock Show for Cheney, ML FFA

Local results for the 76th Anniversary Junior Livestock Show of Spokane, held May 3-8 at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center are as follows: Beef: FFA Prospect Steer: Grand Champion – Kaylee Oliver – Medical Lake FFA Reserve Champion –...


In Our Opinion: It's time to rethink the senior all-nighter

The senior all-nighter is viewed by most as a much deserved chance for the graduating class to stay up playing games, eating junk food and winning prizes until the wee hours of the morning after their big day. Some students see it as a rite of...


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