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 By AL STOVER    Front Page    May 18, 2017 

Airway Heights wells tainted

During a May 16 press conference, officials from Fairchild Air Force Base and Airway Heights announced that two water wells used by the city tested over 70 parts per trillion for perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and/or perfluorooctanoic acid...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    May 18, 2017 

Comp plan tabled by commission

Cheney’s Planning Commission has taken the unusual move of tabling approval of the city’s comprehensive plan — the document governing planning decisions over the next 20 years. In doing so, the commission raised the possibility the city could...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    May 18, 2017 

West Plains summer road work kicks off

There are several road projects happening on the West Plains over the summer. In Cheney, State Route 904 will be resurfaced with hot mix asphalt through the city from Betz Road to Mullinix Road....

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    May 18, 2017 

Rhythm section

Brodie Millican got to jam on stage with the Kelly Hughes Band during the Friday Night Street Dance at last weekend's Mayfest in downtown Cheney. The event, in its fifth year, had a plethora of...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    May 18, 2017 

ML hosts well-testing town hall

Fairchild Air Force Base, along with local municipalities and regional regulatory partners have scheduled a town hall meeting on May 23 at the Medical Lake High School auditorium. The meeting is for residents to learn more about the recent well testi...

 

Congregational corrections

Two statements in last week’s story on the Cheney Congregational Church were worded incorrectly. Pastor David Krueger-Duncan said direction from the national church was congregations should welcome LGBTQ individuals by pointing out the differences...

 
 By GRACE POHL    Front Page    May 11, 2017

Mayfest takes over downtown this weekend

The community has a chance to get out of the house this weekend and enjoy the annual Cheney Mayfest downtown. There are new events this year, with the traditional roots of Mayfest still intact. One...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    May 11, 2017

More wells are tainted

Sixteen groundwater wells around the border of Fairchild Air Force Base have tested above Environmental Protection Agency lifetime health advisory levels for Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and/or Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) contamination. In...

 

Creating realism

Production assistant Tim Kippes applies fake blood to an actor lying in a downtown Cheney alley in preparation to film a scene for the movie "The Purple Rose." The thriller, adapted from a book by...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    May 11, 2017

ML council approves J&M LLC stand

The May 2 Medical Lake City Council meeting was not all summer meeting hours and budget talk. Council approved the application for J&M LLC to operate a fireworks stand at 111 W. Brooks Road, beginning July 1 at 9 a.m., until July 4 at 8 p.m. The...

 

Separation strategy

Pastor David Krueger-Duncan believes misinformation is going around about his church's, the former United Church of Christ, Congregational, departure from the national denomination. One reason the...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    May 4, 2017

AH Fire Department shakeup

The Airway Heights Fire Department began what Fire Chief Mitch Metzger referred to as "a new chapter." Don Malone, who was previously the deputy chief of training, was promoted to assistant chief...

 

Cheney's traveling bandstand

When work begins later this spring on rehabilitating Sutton Park's gazebo, residents shouldn't just look at it as an effort to preserve a popular location for concerts, movies and other events in...

 

Cheney council approves receipt of grants

Cheney’s Parks and Recreation Department has been busy pursuing grant funding lately, and it’s meeting with some success. At its April 11 meeting, the City Council approved receipt of a $4,000 grant from the Spokane Parks Foundation to be used...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    May 4, 2017

Medical Lake council sets summer meeting schedule

During its May 2 meeting, the Medical Lake City Council voted unanimously to adhere to its summer meeting schedule beginning next month. From June to September, council will meet only on the third Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., which is something it has done...

 

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....

 

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