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 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...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    March 19, 2015

Cheney council declares emergency to buy electrical parts

The Cheney City Council approved a resolution declaring an emergency in order to waive the competitive bid process and proceed with purchasing needed electrical components to repair a main underground switch cabinet damaged in a Feb. 15 auto...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    March 19, 2015

Pacific Northwest Qualifier volleyball major event for area

Quick, name one of the area's sporting events that makes interest in hotel rooms spike and something area merchants dig.  Nope, it's not Hoopfest, nor is it Bloomsday.  Months in advance teams...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    March 12, 2015

More heavy rail traffic ahead for Cheney

The Spokane County Planning Commission took a step closer to the possibility of increasing train traffic on the West Plains — and consequently through Cheney — by approving a proposal at its Feb. 26 meeting to change zoning in the rural and...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    March 12, 2015

Paikuli is back on ML council

The Medical Lake City Council welcomed a familiar face to its fold at its March 3 meeting. They voted 4-0 to reappoint John Paikuli to the council. Councilwoman Shirley Maike and Councilman Art Kulibert were absent from the meeting. Paikuli will...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    March 12, 2015

Willow Springs Station Restaurant closes abruptly

Another long-time Cheney business has shut its doors. Willow Springs Station Restaurant is closed, and the status of the restaurant that hosted meetings for local organizations and served as an early...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    March 12, 2015

Richard Cook retires after 11 years as Airway Heights clerk-treasurer

Airway Heights residents who stop by City Hall or attend City Council meetings may notice a familiar face is no longer there. Clerk-Treasurer Richard Cook will officially retire from his position...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    March 5, 2015

Airway Heights proposes to buy mobile home parks

Airway Heights is taking more steps to thin out property south of Highway 2 that encroaches on Fairchild Air Force Base. As a part of its Fairchild Protection and Community Empowerment Project to help thin out density in the Accident Potential Zone...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    March 5, 2015

Someone CARES

The story of the beginnings of Eastern Washington University’s CARES Program is maybe not all that different from a memorable television commercial. Remember, the one with the lines, “You got your chocolate in my peanut butter,” followed by...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    March 5, 2015

Seaport Steel expansion underway

Seaport Steel began construction on its approximately 60,000 square foot facility on South Hayden Road. The expansion will include the installation of a new 1,900-foot rail spur next to the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    March 5, 2015

To rerun, or not to rerun

If the number of those testifying and amount of applause is any indication, most of those attending the Feb. 25 Cheney School Board meeting enthusiastically agree that the board should rerun the just...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    March 5, 2015

AH council says Sunset Park project complete

The Airway Heights City Council breezed through another short agenda at its March 2 meeting. The council accepted the completion of the Sunset Park Restroom/Sidewalk Project. Parks, Recreation and Com...

 
 Front Page    March 5, 2015

Corrections

Fisher Building meeting at Betz Due to inaccurate information, last week’s West Plains Brief announcing a public hearing at the March 11 Cheney School Board meeting to discuss the possible sale of the district’s Fisher Building contained an...

 
 Front Page    February 26, 2015

EWU draws national research event

By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Come mid-April, don’t think your calendar is out of sync when the Eastern Washington University campus is buzzing with activity like a fall football weekend. The uptick in visitors will be due to the National...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 26, 2015

Cheney buys pole trailer

The Cheney City Council conducted a couple financial transactions at its final regular meeting in February. Tuesday night, Feb. 24, the council unanimously approved the sale of a 4,000 square foot piece of property in Golden Hills Phase II Addition o...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 26, 2015

And I add it to...

Snowdon Elementary School Principal Shawna Fraser explains to third-grade student Shaelynn Lowry some of her cooking uses for basil during an herb planting activity as part of the school's Heart...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 26, 2015

cheney proposes moving portion of railway along sr 904

Cheney Mayor Tom Trulove believes that if you're going to point out a problem then you should also think about offering a solution. For Trulove and other city officials, the problem is the...

 

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