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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    November 20, 2014 

Cheney council OKs 2015 levy amounts

The Cheney City Council unanimously approved a pair of ordinances at their Nov. 12 meeting, setting annual increases to the city’s regular property tax and emergency medical service levies. Increases are limited by state law to 1 percent of the...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    November 20, 2014 

Changes small in AH budget

Like every year, the different Airway Heights city departments will see minor increases or decreases in their revenues and expenditures for next year. City Manager Albert Tripp explained that several...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    November 20, 2014 

Meeting Cheney's budget needs, and restless nights

During a June workshop, Cheney department heads were asked to answer three questions for attending City Council members: What are your department's short-term needs? What are its long-term needs?...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    November 20, 2014 

ML's deer committee to draft feeding ordinance, conduct deer counts

The Medical Lake Citizens Deer Advisory Committee took a couple of steps toward addressing the city’s deer population at its Nov. 12 meeting. One of those steps included the draft of an ordinance that would prohibit Medical Lake residents from...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    November 13, 2014

Little change in Medical Lake budget

It’s once again budget season for the city of Medical Lake and the city’s 2015 preliminary numbers show little change. The current expense fund for 2015 is set at $3.2 million, which is approximately $10,000 less than last year. The ending...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    November 13, 2014

The new Missoula Flood

Once upon a time the Lake Missoula Floods covered Cheney with water over 100 feet high. Now, every other year, another flood from Missoula covers Cheney, this one with quite a bit of cash. That's...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    November 13, 2014

A naming of names

The Medical Lake Kiwanis Club erected a "wall" on Tuesday, Nov. 11, with the names of community members who have served in the military. The wall at the corner of Lefevre Street and Brooks Road will...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    November 13, 2014

Parks and Recreation receives youth program award

Cheney’s Parks and Recreation Department was one of 15 organizations in King, Pierce and Spokane counties recently honored by the Raikes Foundation for providing “high quality out of school time programs to young people as part of its Youth...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    November 13, 2014

Medical Lake's Dingfields dish out second chances

When Audry and Jim Dingfield decided to step into the world of adoption, their mission seemed simple. To give some deserving children from across the globe a fresh start in the land of opportunity. Li...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    November 6, 2014

Planning for some catch up in 2015

Joe Noland, Cheney's light department director, is the first to admit his plans for 2015 are pretty ambitious. Noland has a list of eight projects, totaling an estimated $710,000, included in his $8.7...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    November 6, 2014

Ea-ghouls

The staff at Rockwood Clinic got their "Red" on and then some last Friday, dressing up in Halloween costumes and posing with Eastern Washington University mascot Swoop at Roos Field as part of a...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    November 6, 2014

AH budget looks at increasing services

Airway Heights City Manager Albert Tripp presented the preliminary budget for 2015 to the City Council at its Nov. 3 meeting. One of the focuses for next year’s budget is maintaining and increasing city services. Tripp said the budget uses...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    November 6, 2014

Eastern deals with potentially bleak 2015-17 budget

Arguably, the Great Recession ended in 2010. But don’t tell revenues in the state of Washington, which still limp along, forcing agencies to look everywhere to fund their programs. And higher education is once again one of the first places the...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    November 6, 2014

Planning Commission recommends banning marijuana in Medical Lake

The Medical Lake Planning Commission ended its talks about marijuana at its Oct. 30 meeting. The commission voted 4-1, to forward an ordinance to City Council that prohibits the production, process and sale of marijuana within the city limits....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    November 6, 2014

Adding color to education

Westwood Middle School recently commissioned stained-glass artwork created by Seattle-based artist Sonja Blomdahl, of which two of the piece's eight panels are shown above. See the story in...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    November 6, 2014

Planning Commission recommends banning marijuana in Medical Lake

The Medical Lake Planning Commission ended its talks about marijuana at its Oct. 30 meeting. The commission voted 4-1, to forward an ordinance to City Council that prohibits the production, process and sale of marijuana within the city limits....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    October 30, 2014

Thoroughly cleaning Cheney's budget

For City Administrator Mark Schuller and Finance Director Cindy Niemeier, Cheney's $6.728 million 2015 General Fund budget may be one of the most reviewed and scrubbed general fund budgets ever done....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    October 30, 2014

Council gets 2015 income outlook

In order to have a budget you have to have revenues matching expenses, and the Cheney City Council got a first look at what income the city can expect in 2015 at their Oct. 28 meeting. Cheney’s assessed valuation has been climbing each year, and...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    October 30, 2014

Airway Heights 2015 budget preserves, increases services

It’s budgeting season and the city of Airway Heights is working to have their balanced budget for 2015. Airway Heights City Manager Albert Tripp will submit a preliminary budget for 2015 at the Nov. 3 City Council meeting. According to Tripp, the...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    October 30, 2014

Photo by Al Stover Jarms has their red on

The crew at Jarms Ace Hardware got into the spirit of supporting the Eastern Washington football team last Friday. Wear your red this Friday in celebration of EWU's Homecoming as the Eagles take on...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    October 30, 2014

Crime reports, overtime and calls for service on the rise in Cheney

While overall crime in Cheney continues to inch upwards, perhaps the most startling increase shown in the Police Department’s recent Monthly Accountability Report (MAR) is the amount of overtime paid through nine months of the current budget year....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    October 30, 2014

One isn't always the loneliest number

One (Audrey Schlotter) confronts Red (Lillian Barlow) about bullying while Purple (Leanne Johnson), Green (Adam Estock) and Yellow (Colin Chen) look on during presentation of author Kathleen Otoshi's...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    October 23, 2014

Council begins Airway Heights budget talks

The city of Airway Heights had its first of three public hearings for the 2015 budget and revenue sources at the Oct. 20 City Council meeting. Clerk-Treasurer Richard Cook explained that under Washington state law, the city has to hold public hearing...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    October 23, 2014

Watching for smoke

With a little luck, Cheney and southwest Spokane County residents may see a plume or two of smoke rising into the air in the next couple of weeks. Weather conditions permitting, officials at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge are planning on conductin...

 
 Front Page    October 23, 2014

Eagles' support West Plains wide

Eagles' support West Plains wide OK, it may be Medical Lake Cardinal red, and their work uniforms may be red (kind of lucky actually), but staff at Denny's Harvest Foods (top left) and Washington...

 

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