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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 23, 2016 

Help wanted: business recruiter

The Cheney Planning Commission has forwarded a recommendation to the City Council regarding how economic development is done in the city. At its June 13 meeting, the commission asked council to consider creating and filling an in-house economic devel...

 
 Front Page    June 23, 2016 

'Current' weather conditions

The weather turned lively in Cheney last Thursday evening as a brief, but intense, thunderstorm rumbled through the area. Cheney resident Randy Weatherbee took this photo of a lightning strike from...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 23, 2016 

AH farmers market presented to council

Plans for a farmers market in Airway Heights moved a little closer to reality with a briefing given to the City Council at its June 20 meeting. During a presentation updating the council on activities in the city by the Spokane Regional Health Distri...

 
 Front Page    June 23, 2016 

Looking for deals

By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The Cheney City Council approved a pair of resolutions at its June 14 meeting that in one case saved the city money on a Light Department purchase, and in the other may save money down the road. The council approved a $36,864...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 23, 2016 

Water conservation is the law in Medical Lake

While some cities are asking residents to voluntarily adhere to an irrigation schedule, in Medical Lake, when you are allowed to water is the law. In 2007, the City Council passed an ordinance establishing restrictions on irrigation from June –...

 
 By Grace Pohl    Front Page    June 23, 2016 

Church planting

Church members JW Dalton and Christie Hoffman plant vegetables last Sunday in the new community garden located at the front of Cheney's St. Pauls Episcopal Church. See the story in Neighbor News,...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 16, 2016

Putting more feet on the streets

There are two reasons why the city of Cheney recently engaged in a reorganization of its police department. The first is to make sure as many officers are out on the streets engaged in patrol work as is possible. The second is to make sure that in a...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    June 16, 2016

The smell of success

Kevin Gerhart pulls fresh loaves of bread from the oven at The Lefevre Street Bakery Café. Medical Lake's newest business has been a hit so far, with patrons lining up outside to get...

 
 Front Page    June 16, 2016

Inslee gives STEP green light

l: the project respects the sovereignty and economic development of the tribe, protects the vitality of the state's military installations, supports priorities of local governments and communities and...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 16, 2016

Joe Pakootas hosts Cheney town hall

Campaign 2016 blew into town on June 2 in the form of Democratic candidate Joe Pakootas. The native of Inchelium, Wash., is running for the 5th Congressional District seat occupied by Rep. Cathy...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    June 16, 2016

Airway Heights receives grant for fire equipment

The Airway Heights Fire Department will soon be getting some new equipment. During the June 13 Airway Heights study session, Fire Chief Mitch Metzger informed City Council that the Fire Department was approved for a $171,715 Assistance to...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 9, 2016

Water tower painting delayed

Airway Heights City Council voted unanimously at its June 6 meeting to defer a decision on awarding a contract for repainting the exterior of the city’s 43-year-old water reservoir tower at Sunset Park. The deferment vote took place after Public...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 9, 2016

A rethinking of history

Visitors to historical sites are tending to be older and fewer in numbers. Adding to that, according to several history experts, is that teaching about the past is becoming less and less of a priority within the nation’s public education system....

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    June 9, 2016

Quinn ends 49-year Eastern teaching career

Eastern Washington University's current longest teaching career - just shy of a half century - ends this week when geography department professor, Dr. Bob Quinn finishes spring quarter. Quinn was...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 9, 2016

CHS senior restores welcome sign

Olivia Swenson said she has a lot of respect for Cheney, and on Sunday, May 29, she turned that respect into action. The Cheney High School senior, who walked down the commencement aisle June 3, said...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 9, 2016

Manual override

Eastern Washington Gateway Railroad conductor/signal maintenance engineer Lee Patten hangs on to the crossing-gate arm to prevent it from dropping and blocking northbound traffic on State Route 904...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 2, 2016

Council OKs salary ordinance

Cheney’s City Council adopted seven ordinances at its May 24 meeting, most dealing with construction but also one that will pave the way for a reorganization of the city’s Police Department. Ordinance W-92 amends the city’s 2016 wage structure...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 2, 2016

City asks for vigilance

While malicious mischief is a frequent occurrence, several recent incidents of vandalism have Cheney officials asking residents to follow one simple directive City Administrator Mark Schuller relayed...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 2, 2016

Quiet and at rest

While hundreds of people coming to area Memorial Day observances paid respects to deceased servicemen and servicewomen with music, speeches and ceremony, others such as this woman at the Washington...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    June 2, 2016

Medical Lake's 'Godfather'

Talk to relatives and others who, over the past 50-plus years, knew and worked with Howard Jorgenson and "shy" or "reserved" would not be words that come to mind when describing this iconic community...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 2, 2016

Grants help Cheney with lighting project

While residents likely haven’t noticed, Cheney’s nights are becoming a bit brighter. Thanks to funding from the Washington state Transportation Improvement Board and the Bonneville Power Administration, Cheney Light Department crews have been...

 
 By STAFF AND NEWS SOURCES    Front Page    June 2, 2016

News briefs

Schoesler, Baumgartner honored by WFIA Washington Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler and Sen. Michael Baumgartner were recognized this week for their views on legislation important to local independent grocers, suppliers and other members of the...

 
 Front Page    June 2, 2016  
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    May 26, 2016

ML council picks new member

In a reversal of a previous decision, the Medical Lake City Council conducted interviews at its May 17 meeting and named a community member to fill the seat vacated by the resignation of the late-Councilman Howard Jorgenson on Jan. 19. After a 20-min...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    May 26, 2016

Dispatch life after Eastern

Roughly six months after Eastern Washington University decided to part ways with the Cheney Police Department for dispatch services, things are “going very well,” according to Cheney Police Chief John Hensley. Without much of an explanation to...

 

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