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 By John McCallum    Front Page    June 25, 2015 

Fish Lake fire units demobilized

Quick response by local emergency personnel helped contain a fast-moving wildfire that broke out last Wednesday afternoon east of Fish Lake, threatening several homes in forested land southeast of Mar...

 
 By John McCallum    Front Page    June 25, 2015 

Trains, trains and - trains

It might seem ironic a town that started life thanks to a nearby railroad would have trouble with trains. Such has been the city of Cheney’s lot lately, but through the efforts of city and railroad officials, some of those problems may be finding...

 
 By Al Stover    Front Page    June 25, 2015 

Medical Lake seeks to decrease water use

At its June 16 meeting, the Medical Lake City Council adopted the Water Use Efficiency Goals for the Years 2015-2020. The city is required by Washington State Municipal Water law to set water use efficiency goals and measure usage every six years....

 
 By John McCallum    Front Page    June 25, 2015 

Cheney Rodeo organizers put out call for volunteers from community

There are three reasons why the Cheney Rodeo has been bringing three days worth of fun and excitement for the past 48 years to the West Plains and Spokane region - volunteers, sponsors and the...

 
 Front Page    June 25, 2015 

Trains, trains and - trains

It might seem ironic a town that started life thanks to a nearby railroad would have trouble with trains. Such has been the city of Cheney’s lot lately, but through the efforts of city and railroad officials, some of those problems may be finding...

 
 Front Page    June 25, 2015 

Noodling it through

Photo by John McCallum Cheney Pool lifeguard Ben Balderree braces for impact with the water during the annual "noodle dive" lifeguard staff ritual at last Friday's "Pool Bash." Over 700 people came...

 
 By Al Stover    Front Page    June 25, 2015 

Medical Lake seeks to decrease water use

At its June 16 meeting, the Medical Lake City Council adopted the Water Use Efficiency Goals for the Years 2015-2020. The city is required by Washington State Municipal Water law to set water use efficiency goals and measure usage every six years....

 
 By John McCallum    Front Page    June 25, 2015 

Cheney Rodeo organizers put out call for volunteers from community

There are three reasons why the Cheney Rodeo has been bringing three days worth of fun and excitement for the past 48 years to the West Plains and Spokane region - volunteers, sponsors and the community. "Without those three things, there's no...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    June 18, 2015

ML gets curbside recycling update

Medical Lake residents received an update of when the city’s new curbside recycling service would begin. During Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Dustin Bender, Sunshine Disposal and Recycling general manager, said the first wave of recycling...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 18, 2015

Council has electric night

Electrical issues took center stage at the Cheney City Council’s June 9 meeting. The council agreed to sell the Light Department’s 15-year-old digger/derrick truck to the city of Chewelah for $23,000, contingent upon the truck’s condition at...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    June 18, 2015

Important words

Eastern Washington University graduates and their guests heard a keynote speech from EWU grad and Spokesman Review columnist Shawn Vestal at last Saturday's morning ceremony at Roos Field. Among the...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    June 18, 2015

STEP gets Department of the Interior OK

The Spokane Tribe Economic Project (STEP) passed another one of its hurdles. According to a news release, the U.S. Department of the Interior sent a letter to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, voicing its approval for the project. In the letter, Kevin...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    June 18, 2015

Medical Lake's historical artifacts to get new home on the web

Medical Lake residents who want to view artifacts that detail the city's history, but do not have the time to go to the library, will be able to look at them from their own home. In 2014, the Medical...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    June 11, 2015

West Plains gears for hot summer

Cities throughout Washington state, including the West Plains, are gearing up for another hot summer. In May, Gov. Jay Inslee declared an drought emergency for the state. According to the Washington state Department of Ecology, the declaration comes...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 11, 2015

Done almost all, time to go

When Joe Noland took a job as lineman for the Cheney Light Department in 1985, his plan was to work just long enough to see what it was like to collect 12 months worth of paychecks. Now, Noland is...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 11, 2015  
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 11, 2015

Cheney Pool kicks off summer with a 'bash'

Cheney’s Parks and Recreation Department is kicking off the summer swimming season with six hours of games, activities and other festivities during “Pool Bash 2015.” The “bash” runs from 1 – 7 p.m. Friday, June 19, and takes place not onl...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    June 11, 2015

Peg James to step down as Medical Lake Food Bank director

After six years of overseeing the operations of the Medical Lake Food Bank, director Peg James is resigning from her position and is preparing to move out of the city. James became the food bank director in 2009 after she took over for Fran and Ron...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 4, 2015

Someone's loss is Cheney's gain

Thanks to another area agency’s inability to obligate funding, the city of Cheney is positioned to begin work on a major road project ahead of schedule. The City Council signed a pair of agreements at its May 26 meeting allowing it to receive...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    June 4, 2015

Moratorium on medicinal pot put in place

At its May 26 study session, the Airway Heights City Council passed an emergency moratorium on medical marijuana cooperatives and dispensaries. The moratorium is a result of Gov. Jay Inslee passing a new state bill referred to as the “Cannabis...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 4, 2015

Cheney High School receives national award

Cheney High School has again received a bronze ranking on U.S. News and World Reports’ “2015 Best High Schools.” According to a May 12 news release, the rankings are produced in conjunction with RTI International, a global nonprofit social...

 
 By Rachel Stuart    Front Page    June 4, 2015

Up in the air

Kacey Brantley (above) and fellow members of the Spokane Aerial Performance Arts' troupe wowed Cheney festival goers with complex and colorful routines last Saturday during the third annual Cheney...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    June 4, 2015

Reimagine Medical Lake works to preserve the past and build future

There’s a revitalization movement poised to happen in the Medical Lake. Leading the charge is Reimagine Medical Lake, a group of citizens, that is looking to preserve the city’s history, as well as help it thrive in the future. The group is...

 
 Front Page    June 4, 2015

Mayfest 2015

According to organizers, Cheney's third annual Mayfest, celebrated last weekend, May 29-30, was a great success. Good crowds both days enjoyed a variety of activities and events do...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    May 28, 2015

Kidnapping attempt thwarted

Cheney Police arrested a 15-year-old female on alleged second-degree kidnapping charges in an incident that took place Sunday morning, May 24. Department Cmdr. Rick Campbell said an officer originally responded to a dispute call from Cheney Trading...

 

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