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 By Paul Delaney    Front Page    August 27, 2015 

Schwab receives street vacation nod

With no live public comment offered at their meeting, and none received by the city in the past several weeks, the Cheney City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to vacate a portion of Spokane Street to accommodate the expansion of Les Schwab...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    August 27, 2015 

Boorman takes over at Cheney Light Department

"The lowest possible cost for the highest possible service." It's the mission statement Cheney's new Light Department Director Steve Boorman adheres to as much as possible. It's one that operates on...

 
 By Al Stover    Front Page    August 27, 2015 

Settlement with Kennys reached

At its Aug. 18 meeting, the Medical Lake City Council voted 4-1 to approve the settlement agreement between city and Brian Kenny and Carola Kenny. Councilman Art Kulibert was the dissenting vote and council members Howard Jorgensen and Laura Parsons...

 
 By Paul Delaney    Front Page    August 27, 2015 

Bad air makes teams scramble

There's the tragedy associated with the 2015 edition of Washington's devastating wildfire season: death, destruction and personal loss. And then there's the inconvenience. When measured against what...

 
 Front Page    August 27, 2015 

Air quality, fire info:

While Spokane County officials were projecting unhealthy air conditions through Wednesday, fires in North Central and Northeast Washington are continuing to rage with very little containment having been made. As weather conditions change, it is...

 
 Front Page    August 27, 2015 

Help sought for fire victims

Editor’s Note: The following piece has been provided by Scott Wilson Publisher of the Port Townsend and Jefferson County Leader as he tries to spread the word about helping wildfire victims. Your brothers and sisters of the community newspapers...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    August 20, 2015

Salnave area break-ins solved

Cheney and Spokane police departments combined forces last week to put an end to a burglary ring responsible for at least eight break-ins in the Salnave area since July 20 — and possibly more than that in Spokane. Cheney Police Sgt. Rick Beghtol sa...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    August 20, 2015

Rushing resigns

The city of Airway Heights is ready to move forward from the air of controversy that surrounded it this past month. At its Monday meeting, the City Council voted 4-0 to accept the resignation of Mayor Patrick Rushing. Council members Jack Collins...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    August 20, 2015

Sutton fun

Two unrelated events brought Cheney residents to Sutton Park last Wednesday evening. Bottom, Pete and Jewell Baccarella performed under the park's gazebo as part of the city's 2015 Summer Concert...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    August 20, 2015

Timber stand to be removed for Salnave Glen

Cheney Community Development Department officials have released a mitigated determination of non-significance on an application for construction of a three-story, three-building 72-unit apartment complex on West First Street near Salnave Park....

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    August 20, 2015

Airway Heights commission recommends medical marijuana changes

The Airway Heights Planning Commission voted 3-0 to forward a resolution to City Council recommending they adopt amendments to the city’s municipal code regarding medical cannabis standards. Commission chair Larry Bowman was absent from the...

 
 Front Page    August 20, 2015

State puts out calls for volunteers to fight wildfires

Editor’s note: In response to the number and size of wildfires burning in Eastern Washington the state Department of Natural Resources has put out the following press release asking for help from residents in combating the blazes. OLYMPIA – For...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    August 13, 2015

Cheney clinic gets fed money

Plans for a community health clinic in Cheney serving low-income West Plains residents are back on track, thanks to a second round of federal funding. Officials at Community Health Association of Spokane — CHAS — were notified Tuesday morning...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    August 13, 2015

Council hits Rushing with further limits

The Airway Heights City Council took further steps to limit Mayor Patrick Rushing’s duties and representation on local boards. At Monday’s study session, council agreed to move forward several items to the Aug. 17 legislative meeting, including a...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    August 13, 2015

Jam-tastic good time

Bluegrass fans gathered at Waterfront Park in Medical Lake for the 14th Annual Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival last weekend. Continuing seasonal good weather enhanced each day, including Friday night...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    August 13, 2015

Save Our Station ramps up preservation efforts

Efforts to save the historic Cheney train depot are picking up steam, and preparing to leave the station, heading down the tracks in search of funding to move, refurbish and maintain the 86-year-old former Northern Pacific terminal. “We’re ready...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    August 13, 2015

Reimagine Medical Lake to make historical documentary film

Residents and visitors will someday get a chance to learn more about Medical Lake’s rich history. Reimagine Medical Lake, a grassroots organization that is looking to preserve the city’s past, as well as prepare it for the future, is creating a...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    August 6, 2015

AH Council removes mayor from local boards

The sanctions City Council imposed on Airway Heights Mayor Patrick Rushing started taking effect. During Monday’s meeting, council voted 5-0 to remove Rushing as the Airway Heights representative on the Spokane Regional Transportation Council....

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    August 6, 2015

Growing trends

While many tout the West Plains' potential for business expansion, the region continues to grow in terms of population. In June, the state Office of Financial Management issued a news release stating...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    August 6, 2015

Businesses to shut down at month's end

Two Cheney businesses have announced plans to close down at the end of August. Communications provider CenturyLink will be closing the customer service portion of its Cheney location while Cheney...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    August 6, 2015

Cheney chapter celebrates Kiwanis International's 100th anniversary

If you’re passing by Cheney’s Sutton Park the evening of Aug. 12 , and happen to see a group of people laughing uproariously, don’t be alarmed. In fact, that group would like you to stop in and ask them some questions — perhaps why they are...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    August 6, 2015

Bremer Band rocks Waterfront Park

Bobbie Bremer, (right) Ray Smith (left), Ralph Schneider and Brian Seagrave (not pictured), collectively known as the "Bobby Bremer Band," performed at Waterfront Park in Medical Lake, July 31. The...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    August 6, 2015

Animal knocks out power to West Plains customers

Over 3,000 electricity customers lost power this morning (Thursday, Aug. 13) due to the return of a past foe of all-things electrical equipment — the tiny squirrel. Cheney Light Department Director Steve Boorman said a squirrel managed to find its...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 30, 2015

Council approves levy lid lift

The Cheney City Council voted unanimously at its July 28 meeting to pass an ordinance lifting the city’s state law imposed levy lid limit and send a proposed property tax increase to the Nov. 4 general election ballot. The proposed increase would...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 30, 2015

Cheney crime through first half of 2015

With a few exceptions, most categories in the Cheney Police Department's year-to-date figures from the June Monthly Accountability Report (MAR) reflect a downward trend when compared to this time...

 

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