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Council punts on Parkside rezone

The saga that is the Parkside Commons rezone request continues. After meeting in a closed-door session for 32 minutes at its April 25 meeting, the Cheney City Council reconvened in open session and voted 6-0 — Councilwoman Jill Weiszmann was...

 

A chance to serve

When it comes to West Plains elected offices, it’s either feast or famine. Last year featured no positions in the cities of Airway Heights, Cheney, Medical Lake, either of the two school districts or any special districts — fire, sewer/water —...

 

Now boarding for Zone 1

Cheney School District bus driver Tom Davis greets Clean Sweep volunteers catching a ride to their assigned zone in Cheney's southwest corner during last Saturday's annual Clean Sweep. This was the...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    April 27, 2017 

ML applies for emergency program funds

The city of Medical Lake might receive some federal assistance in repairing its damaged streets. During the April 18 City Council meeting, Mayor John Higgins informed council that staff might rent a paving truck to do some street patching....

 

Cheney holds water meeting

The city of Cheney wants to hear from residents on how to reduce the impacts of demand on the city’s potable water supply system. A public meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 2, at 5 p.m. at the Wren Pierson Community Center to present...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    April 20, 2017

Lawsuit filed over STEP

The Kalispel Tribe of Indians filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Interior on April 12 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. According to court documen...

 

Striking it rich

Dane and Kristin Paulson watch as their 21-month-old daughter Savanna lays her hands on the mother of all eggs - the Golden Egg - at the Cheney Kiwanis Easter egg hunt last Saturday at Salnave Park....

 

Cheney seeks parks grant funds

Parks and Recreation took center stage during the resolution portion of the April 11 Cheney City Council meeting. The department, which typically doesn’t present at council meetings, has received one grant and is in the process of applying for...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    April 20, 2017

AH council OKs agreement with District 10

The Airway Heights City Council went through a plethora of items at its April 17 meeting. Council approved an amendment to the intergovernmental agreement with the city and Spokane County Fire District 10 for deputy fire chief services. Councilman Do...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    April 20, 2017

Happy dash

Kids, with their parents in tow, charge onto Medical Lake's Waterfront fields to find as many eggs and candy as they can at last Saturday's Kiwanis Easter egg hunt....

 

Parkside decision postponed

After roughly 90 minutes plus of testimony and closed-door deliberations, the Cheney City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to postpone a decision on the controversial Parkside Commons apartment...

 

BPA could implement CRAC fee

By JOHN McCALLUM Editor An above-normal snowpack and a historically wet spring has led to a lot of water in the Pacific Northwest. In many ways, that’s a good thing. Those conditions have also created a lot of power via the region’s dams — not...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    April 13, 2017

Gearing up

Posh Marsh, a member of Medical Lake High School's robotic club the Circuit Breakers places a gear delivered to him from his team's robot on a rotor during the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition...

 

Bus transporation offered at 10th Clean Sweep

Cheney's 10th annual community clean-up day is right around the corner, and has a couple changes in store. Cheney Clean Sweep takes place Saturday, April 22, with volunteers gathering at Veterans...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    April 13, 2017

Airway Heights council to renew agreement with Fire District 10

At its April 10 study session, the Airway Heights City Council agreed to forward an amendment to the interlocal agreement between the city and Spokane County Fire District 10 regarding deputy fire chief services to its April 17 meeting. In 2016, the...

 

Best ball begins

New Eastern Washington University head football coach Aaron Best strolls the red turf during spring practice last week....

 

Being advised on appearance

Cheney’s City Council received a little issue education at their March 28 meeting, courtesy of city attorney Stanley Schwartz. Schwartz counseled council members on the “appearance of fairness doctrine,” in part to prepare them to conduct a...

 

Fire district hopes to lift the levy lid

By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Spokane County Fire District 3 commissioners are asking residents within its boundaries to approve a one-year levy lid proposition on the upcoming April 25 special election...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    April 6, 2017

AH council OKs downtown plan for U.S. 2

The Airway Heights' Highway 2 Revitalization and Safety project continues to be developed, one piece at a time. During its April 3 meeting, City Council approved a request to contract with Studio...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    April 6, 2017

Medical Lake's water blues

Like most municipalities in Washington state, the city of Medical Lake has been experiencing some trouble with the fallout from the high water levels resulting from the snowpack melt and recent rain....

 

Cheney Federal CU breaks ground on new branch

In 2013, the Cheney Federal Credit Union expanded its footprint on the West Plains. And on April 3, they got working on a new shoe. Officials of CFCU, and those associated with general contractor, Bak...

 

No commission recommendation

By JOHN McCALLUM Editor After almost two-and-a-half hours of public testimony over two separate days, 19 comment letters and several staff reports, the Cheney Planning Commission deadlocked on a vote at the March 23 special meeting regarding a...

 

Sidewalk comments from hearing improperly attributed

Due to a reporter’s error, a statement made in the March 16 story on the Parkside Commons public hearing was incorrect. The statement about sidewalks around the apartment complex being a “benefit (to) pedestrian safety on those sides of the...

 

Following historical guidelines

Several members of Cheney's Historic Preservation Commission got the chance to check on the progress of renovation work at the Fisher Building. The building, which served the Cheney School District...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    March 30, 2017

A place to gather

Sherridan Connors tests out a race track he built out of foam tubing at the kick off for Community Center Saturdays in Medical Lake on March 25. The program, held at the middle school and in...

 

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