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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 30, 2015 

Council approves levy lid lift

The Cheney City Council voted unanimously at its July 28 meeting to pass an ordinance lifting the city’s state law imposed levy lid limit and send a proposed property tax increase to the Nov. 4 general election ballot. The proposed increase would...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 30, 2015 

Cheney crime through first half of 2015

With a few exceptions, most categories in the Cheney Police Department's year-to-date figures from the June Monthly Accountability Report (MAR) reflect a downward trend when compared to this time...

 
 By John Waller Spokane County Fire District 10    Front Page    July 30, 2015 

Morning blaze

Airway Heights firefighters called to the scene of an early morning fire Monday at Sixth and Beeman found a good portion of the house fully consumed. See the story in Sect. 1, page...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 30, 2015 

AH commission lacks confidence in Rushing

The Airway Heights Planning Commission followed suit with many residents and staff regarding Mayor Patrick Rushing and his ability to lead the city. At its July 22 meeting, the commission asked staff to draft a document stating they do not agree with...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 30, 2015 

Medical Lake has safe July 4, Fire Department's busy season continues

It was a relatively safe Fourth of July for the city of Medical Lake. At the July 20 City Council meeting, Assistant Fire Chief Corey Stevens said the department had two fire trucks on patrol. They also received help from the Spokane County...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 23, 2015

Avoiding complicity by silence

The Cheney School Board will decide at a July 29 special meeting how it will respond to controversial comments made by Airway Heights Mayor Patrick Rushing on his personal Facebook page that became public almost two weeks ago. Rushing’s comments...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 23, 2015

Sendoff to state

Friends, families and fans gathered at Salnave Park, July 17 to send off the West Plains Little League All Stars as they traveled to Montesano, Wash., to compete in the state tournament. The All Stars qualified for the tournament after winning the...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 23, 2015

Staying put: Rushing refuses to resign

Residents, staff and dignitaries filled the Airway Heights City Council chambers Monday night to watch the political fate of Mayor Patrick Rushing. During its meeting, council approved a resolution, 5-1, that declares Rushing’s Facebook offensive...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 23, 2015

Council briefed on Cheney-EWU dispatch

Perhaps the best way to get Eastern Washington University back to the bargaining table on a dispatch service contract with Cheney Police Department might be to equate the services the city provides the university to another business most about...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 23, 2015

Blue Waters, Bluegrass Festival to pay tribute to Hazel Dickens

Some notable names in bluegrass are coming to Medical Lake to pay tribute to one of the genre's trailblazers. One of the headline acts for the 14th annual Blue Waters, Bluegrass Festival, Aug. 7-9 at Waterfront Park in Medical Lake, is the Hazel...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 16, 2015

Rushing under fire for comments

Airway Heights Mayor Patrick Rushing is under fire for some recent comments made on his personal Facebook account last weekend. Rushing made a comment in response to a friend’s comment, comparing First Lady Michelle Obama to a “gorilla” and...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 16, 2015

Condition yellow

While conservation efforts have led to a restoration of levels in the city’s five-reservoir system, Cheney officials are cautioning residents from a false belief they are out of the woods when it comes to water supply over the remainder of the...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    July 16, 2015

New penalties for leaving animals in hot cars

The next time Jill Weiszmann comes across a pet locked in the roaster oven of a car on a hot summer day, she will have a weapon other than a cell phone and her concern. Weiszmann hopes that what she experienced recently in a Cheney supermarket...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 16, 2015

Blue Waters, Bluegrass festival brings in notable duos and trios

The sounds of fiddles, mandolins, guitars and other instruments will fill the air at Waterfront Park as 14th annual the Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival returns to Medical Lake, Aug. 7-9. Headlining...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 16, 2015

Close contact

Despite wet conditions, many people made it downtown for the Cheney Rodeo Parade and Vendor Roundup, browsing vendor booths and taking part in a number of activities such as this petting zoo in the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 9, 2015

Communications breakdown(?)

The on-again-off-again discussions between Cheney and Eastern Washington University over renewal of a contract for the city’s Police Department dispatch services appears to be on again. Maybe. Contract negotiations, first brokered in 2006-2007, beg...

 
 Front Page    July 9, 2015

West Plains Little League state tournament fundraising

The West Plains Little League 9-10-year-old All-star team blitzed it's way through District 13 competition to win the district title and advance to the state tournament July 18-26 in Montesano. The tournament was originally scheduled to be held in...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 9, 2015

Homemade jewelry

Cindy Wheeler displays her homemade jewelry during the Cheney Farmers Market, July 7. Wheeler also sells artwork made by her mother, with all proceeds from her mother's work going to Mothers Against...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    July 9, 2015

Grain loading facility sprouts overnight

Behind a berm of earth visible from along Interstate 90 a beehive of activity, large parts of it very much obscured, has been taking place for the past eight months. But in the course of a few days...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 9, 2015

Airway Heights responds to nine fires July 4

The city of Airway Heights is coming off a somewhat rocky Fourth of July weekend. During Monday’s City Council meeting, Fire Chief Mitch Metzger informed council and staff that the Fire Department responded to nine fires on July 4. Metzger said sev...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 9, 2015

'Altered' fireworks discovered, disposed of near Petro truck stop

You never know what you might encounter when you’re out walking your dog. West Plains resident Michelle Grimmett experienced this first hand late July 4 when she discovered what looked like some type of explosive device while out walking her dog ne...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    July 2, 2015

The passing of a track legend

When Lawson Van Kuren arrived in Cheney nearly a half century ago to begin his teaching and coaching career he was given his choice of what he would like to coach at Fisher Junior High School. It was...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 2, 2015

...and summer's just barely started

Residents' efforts to comply with the city's request to sharply curtail water use this past weekend helped Cheney avoid a critical situation regarding its water supply. But with more hot weather on th...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 2, 2015

Cheney CHAS clinic hits funding setback

Plans to open a community clinic in Cheney serving the West Plains have hit a snag as hoped for federal funding has fallen through, at least for now. Community Health Association of Spokane — CHAS — announced plans in October 2014 of its...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 2, 2015

Spokane Tribe inks intent letter with Hard Rock Cafe & Casino

The good news keeps coming for the Spokane Tribe Economic Project (STEP). In a news release, the Spokane Tribe of Indians announced they had signed a letter of intent with HRHH IP, LLC (Hard Rock Hotel Holdings, LLC) to bring the Hard Rock Hotel &...

 

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