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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 30, 2015 

Cheney bond vote falling short

For the second time in just 67 days, the Cheney School District’s $44.88 million construction bond to expand and renovate its high school appears headed for defeat. As of late Tuesday evening, April 28, the bond was receiving 54.20 percent yes...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 30, 2015 

Forum details increased rail traffic impacts

The trains, they are a comin.’ At least more than currently pass through Cheney, and a group of residents want to keep their neighbors informed about the future traffic and how it could potentially impact the city and their livelihood. The group...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 30, 2015 

Being 'Firewise' keeps homeowners fire safe

While Washington's wildfire season officially started April 15, fire crews around the state have already been busy - including crews in Spokane County Fire District 3. District Division Chief Debby Do...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    April 30, 2015 

Spokane Transit Authority amends bylaws, gives small cities extra vote

The cities on the West Plains, as well as Liberty Lake and Millwood, will have more of a presence on the Spokane Transit Authority board of directors. At a special April 23 meeting, the STA board voted 5-4 to amend one of its bylaws to change the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 30, 2015 

Opening day celebrations

A sizable number of the 400 area baseball and softball players took part in the 11th annual West Plains Little League opening day festivities last Saturday at Salnave Field. Activities included...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    April 23, 2015

Rushing cleared of traffic charges

Airway Heights mayor Patrick Rushing was recently cleared of misdemeanor citations of hit-and-run and following too close to a vehicle, both of which resulted from a two-vehicle accident back in January. On the morning of Jan. 7, Rushing was driving...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 23, 2015

Cheney police begin tracking firearm checks

Thanks partly to passage of Initiative 594 last November, the Cheney Police Department has another function to keep track of with its Monthly Accountability Report, known as “the MAR.” I-594 expanded background checks for firearms sales and...

 
 By Jill Weiszmann    Front Page    April 23, 2015

Picking up in the neighborhood

Contributed photos by Over 300 volunteers fanned out across Cheney to pick up litter and collect items dropped off by residents during the eighth annual Cheney Clean Sweep....

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    April 23, 2015

Medical Lake Physical Therapy closes doors

One of the longtime businesses in the city of Medical Lake will be closing its doors soon. Medical Lake Physical Therapy, which has been operating in the city for 10 years, will have its last day April 29. Dr. Nola Petrucelly opened the clinic in...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 23, 2015

Cheney councils awards bid based on 'most advantageous' criteria

The Cheney City Council did something a little unusual at its April 18 meeting by awarding a bid for an upgrade to its information technology system to a company that was not the lowest bidder. The city opened two bids on April 10 for the project...

 
 Front Page    April 23, 2015

STA figures correction

The figures of anticipated sales tax revenue that appeared in the April 9 Write to the Point column on the upcoming Spokane Transit Authority’s Proposition 1 ballot measure on April 28 should have read $270-300 million for the 10-year life of the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 16, 2015

Cheney is among state's safest cities

With a good quality school system, well-maintained streets and a neighborly, small-town feel, Cheney has always been seen as a great place to live. According to a recently released survey by the consumer research company ValuePenguin, it’s also...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    April 16, 2015

Recreation revision

A park near Walmart, a 70-acre regional sports complex and a wheelchair-accessible van. These are just a few of the projects the Airway Heights Parks and Recreation Department is considering as it...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    April 16, 2015

Last-minute modifications

Hallett Elementary fourth-grader Connor Gall makes some last-minute adjustments to his robot race car, dubbed "Turbo Engine." Gall is one of several students in Hallett's after-school STEM (Science,...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    April 16, 2015

Medical Lake/Cheney court collaboration a smooth one

It’s been seven months since the city of Medical Lake collaborated with Cheney for court services and it appears to have gone pretty smooth. During a report, Cheney court administrator Terry Cooper informed the Medical Lake City Council at its...

 
 Front Page    April 16, 2015

Bring out your trash - Cheney Clean Sweep takes place April 18

Every year hundreds of Cheney residents come together to spruce up the town in what is known as “Cheney Clean Sweep.” This year’s Cheney Clean Sweep takes place Saturday, April 18, Earth Day, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The Cheney Clean Sweep...

 
 Front Page    April 16, 2015

Last chance to tour Cheney High School

The public is invited to tour Cheney High School to learn more about the proposed $44.88 million construction bond. The final tour date is Monday, April 20, beginning at 8:15 a.m. Please RSVP by contacting CHS Principal Troy Heuett at...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 9, 2015

Betz Elementary School evacuated after bomb threat

A bomb threat last Tuesday afternoon, March 31, led to the evacuation of students at Cheney’s Betz Elementary School. Cheney Police Chief John Hensley said at 1:04 p.m. a woman contacted 911, telling the operator “I have a bomb in my car and a...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 9, 2015

Components of an electrical rate increase

If you think there is something fishy about Cheney's upcoming 6 percent power rate increase, you'd be correct. The City Council recently approved the increase, the first in 14 years, in order to...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    April 9, 2015

Medical Lake City Council talks public safety

It was a light agenda at the Medical Lake April 7 City Council meeting. During the public safety report, the council approved a permit for a TNT Fireworks stand to operate in the Denny’s Harvest Foods parking lot, at E. 215 SR 902. The permit is...

 
 Front Page    April 9, 2015

Grinding Gears

Competitors at Thursday's competition in the Pacific Northwest FIRST Robotics district championships staged at Eastern Washington University were intense. Medical Lake High School's Circuit Breakers...

 
 Front Page    April 9, 2015

Cheney High School announces tours

The public is invited to tour Cheney High School to learn more about the district’s $44.88 million construction bond. The dates available for the tour are Thursday, April 16 and Monday, April 20. All tours begin at 8:15 a.m. Please RSVP by...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 2, 2015

Your not-so-private ballot

On the surface, co-chair of the Committee for the Support of Good Schools Richard Harris’ remarks to the Cheney School Board during the public comment portion of the board’s Feb. 25 meeting likely went unnoticed. In advocating for rerunning the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 2, 2015

Changing of the guard

West Plains Chamber of Commerce Executive director Kathleen Schreiber stepped down from her position March 31, but didn't have to go to far to begin her next career opportunity. In fact, she moved two...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    April 2, 2015

Business as usual when it comes to water treatment

The combination of light snowfall during the winter months and March rainstorms have had little impact on the various wastewater treatment facilities in the West Plains. Steven Cooper manages the...

 

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