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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 29, 2015 

Creating more space for education

Students and staff refer to it as "Red Square." It's the point of intersection between two main hallways in Cheney High School. During class change times, it's more jammed up with bodies than...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 29, 2015 

A less expensive alternative

In his quest to learn all he could about student habits at Cheney High School, resident and member of the Citizens Facility Advisory Committee Bill Johns said he went to the school one day during lunch and noticed school staff had only set up six...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    January 29, 2015 

There's a town out there...somewhere

Cheney and other Spokane County cities have experienced extremely foggy conditions over the past week, not only reducing visibility but also creating slick conditions on local road...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    January 29, 2015 

Medical Lake discusses legal action against the state

At its Jan. 20 meeting, the Medical Lake City Council breezed through a quick agenda, as well as discussed the possibility of the city pursuing legal action against the state. In 2014, Mayor John Higgins spoke with legislators and representatives...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    January 29, 2015 

Airway Heights Planning Commission begins goal discussions

At its Jan. 14 meeting, the Airway Heights Planning Commission began its discussions on its 2015 work plan, goals and priorities. Due to the absences of Commission Chair Rita Osborne and Commissioner Aspen Monteleone, the commission tabled approving...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 22, 2015

Local mayors: 'Give us our money back

The message delivered by local mayors at the Jan. 8 West Plains Chamber of Commerce breakfast was polite, but clear. It was the same one delivered again at a Jan. 12 press conference outside the city...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 22, 2015

Increasing demands for service

No matter one's familiarity with the Cheney Police Department's year-end report, the statistic still jumps out at you like a bright, flashing neon sign. In 2014, dispatchers in the department's...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    January 22, 2015

AH considers nuisance code process modifications

The city of Airway Heights is taking a slightly different approach to taking care of nuisances within the community. At the Jan. 12 City Council study session, Development Services Director Derrick Braaten presented an ordinance that would change...

 
 By Al Stover    Front Page    January 22, 2015

Grain train jumps the tracks

A 30-car Eastern Washington Gateway grain train derailed Thursday, Jan. 15, before 1:30 a.m., closing the Cheney-Spokane road on the northeast side of Cheney until Saturday. No injuries were...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 15, 2015

Cheney City Council nixes power deal

Power issues were on display at the Cheney City Council's Jan. 13 meeting, the first of 2015. The main issue swirled around what to do with one megawatt (MW) of Tier Two power the city purchased in...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 15, 2015

Zoning measures approved

Cheney’s Planning Commission approved a pair of measures at its regular monthly meeting Jan. 12 recommending changes to the city’s municipal code Chapter 21 on zoning. The first was Ordinance W-55 that proposed housekeeping amendments to address...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 15, 2015

Mop up

Firefighters clean up the scene of a one-car accident that took place last Wednesday west of Cheney on State Route 904 and Cameron Road. According to Washington State Patrol Trooper Jeff Sevigney,...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    January 15, 2015

Medical Lake Fire Department shows steady call volume in 2014

The Medical Lake Fire Department had a steady year of calls in 2014. At the Jan. 5 City Council meeting, Assistant Fire Chief Corey Stevens announced that the department had 46 calls for December with...

 
 Front Page    January 15, 2015

Holiday delays trash pick up

Garbage pick up in the city of Cheney will be one day late next week due to the Martin Luther King Day holiday, Monday, Jan. 19....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 8, 2015

Police overtime remains a concern in Cheney

Cheney Police Chief John Hensley has a concern about the new contract with the city’s Police Guild. Hensley’s concern is with what he feels might be unrealistic expectations from the public and City Council members that new staffing levels contai...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    January 8, 2015

AH council OKs change orders to local road projects

The Airway Heights City Council kicked off the new year with some old business at its Jan. 5 meeting. The council approved a change order for the Hayford Road Overlay project. Public Works Director Kelly Williquette explained that as staff was...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    January 8, 2015

The Cheney 'Gas War'

Cheney residents got an unexpected Christmas gift this year. Cheap gas. In a throwback to the 1960s - except one needs to add about $2 to the price-per gallon - as gas stations in the city engaged in...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    January 8, 2015

Medical Lake's Care and Share store installs security cameras

Customers who browse through the Care and Share's men's department and glance at the corner above the sorting room will see a security camera with a sign hanging below that has a yellow smiley face dr...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    January 1, 2015

Cheney OKs Marijuana Overlay Zone

The final Cheney City Council meeting of 2014, held Dec. 23, might have been short, but it certainly was impactful when it came to the budding marijuana business in the city. By a unanimous vote, with Chris Grover absent, the council approved...

 
 By Al Stover    Front Page    January 1, 2015

ML takes small steps to address deer issue

The deer population has been an issue in Medical Lake for the last few years. The city attempted to address the matter when staff introduced an ordinance that would prohibit residents from feeding...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 1, 2015

Contention puts marijuana zoning at top of Cheney list

While there were many big stories in and around Cheney in 2014, few generated the same amount of citizen comments as the one that began quietly in late 2013. At its Nov. 12, 2013, meeting, Cheney's...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    January 1, 2015

Exotic Metals leads the way for more industry in Airway Heights

This past year, the city of Airway Heights saw some businesses move their operation to the city. Exotic Metals Forming Co. LCC (Exotic), an aerospace company based out of Kent, Wash., purchased 56.6...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    December 25, 2014

CMS track to be named after local couple

Few people would argue there are individuals more influential when it comes to creating good Cheney cross country and track and field athletes and programs than Lawson and Ruth Van Kuren. In fact, few would dispute that the long-time Cheney couple’...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    December 25, 2014

Medical Lake approves budget

The Medical Lake City Council finished its budget season at its Dec. 16 meeting. The council voted, 5-0 on the second reading of ordinances that adopted the 2015 final budget and set salaries for appointive officers and city employees. Councilman...

 
 Front Page    December 25, 2014

Seasonal artistry

The Cheney Post Office’s annual Christmas coloring contest always draws out the best of Cheney’s young artists, with the winners receiving a stocking-full of wonderful goodies. This year’s winners pictured above are back row Grace Clark, age...

 

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