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 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...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    April 2, 2015

Responder William Allen puts community first

Captain William Allen of the Medical Lake Fire Department never thought he would win the West Plains Chamber's "First Responder of the Year" award, March 20 at the organization's awards banquet, let a...

 
 Front Page    April 2, 2015

If it's April, it's time to trim Cheney trees

In order to prevent electrical outages, the city of Cheney has hired a contractor to trim trees near power lines in Cheney. Tree trimming will begin in April and will continue through May. If there are trees near power lines needing to be trimmed or...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    March 26, 2015

Cheney electrical rates to go up May 1

For the first time in 14 years, Cheney residents will likely see an increase in the rate they are charged to consume electricity. At its last meeting in March on Tuesday night, the Cheney City Council unanimously approved a 6 percent increase in the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    March 26, 2015

Missel reduction

An era will end June 30 as Cheney High School assistant principal and athletics director Jim Missel has announced his retirement at the end of the school year. Missel said the decision has been in the works for awhile, and this past weekend he and...

 
 Front Page    March 26, 2015

Swoop speak

Eastern Washington University mascot Swoop provides some "remarks" to the crowd at Northern Quest Casino and Resort after winning the "Uniquely West Plains" award at the West Plains Chamber of...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    March 26, 2015

Spokane County proposes area park improvements

When Spokane County published a list of potential park improvement projects to gain public input and to help prioritize and guide future decisions, Airway Heights Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director J.C. Kennedy was surprised to see...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    March 26, 2015

Medical Lake City Council says 'yes' to curbside local recycling

Medical Lake will be the latest city in Spokane County to participate in curbside recycling. At its March 17 meeting, the City Council unanimously approved a resolution to amend utility rates and fees to add $3 to the current $14.70 in garbage fees t...

 
 Front Page    March 26, 2015

Cheney High School announces tours

The public is invited to tour Cheney High School to learn more about the Cheney High School $44.88 million construction bond. The dates available for the tour are Wednesday, April 1; Thursday, April 16; and Monday, April 20. All tours begin at 8:15...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    March 19, 2015

Cheney High School bond round two

The Cheney School District board of directors voted 4-1 to rerun the district’s $44.88 million bond proposal for expansion and renovation of its high school on the upcoming April 28 special election ballot. The district previously ran a vote on...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    March 19, 2015

AH council talks cars and trucks

Vehicles and transportation were major topics at the March 16 Airway Heights City Council meeting. The council approved the Parks Maintenance Department’s request to purchase a 2004 Dodge Ram for $25,347 from Dishman Dodge. Parks, Recreation and Co...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    March 19, 2015

Second-round smiles

An afternoon of nervously waiting to hear the name of Eastern Washington University called during Selection Sunday for the NCAA Basketball Tournament ended with smiles from players and coaches...

 

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