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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    May 21, 2015 

Many seats, few candidates

Twenty-five candidates filed for 21 West Plains seats up for election at the close of the filing period last Friday, meaning most seats will have one candidate for voters to chose from in the general election, Nov. 3. There will be several races to...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    May 21, 2015 

Fire merger talks heat up

At its Monday meeting, the Airway Heights City Council agreed to allow the Public Safety committee to reconvene with Spokane County Fire District 10’s board of commissioners in June. The two groups will meet to discuss different options for further...

 
 By Jill Weiszmann    Front Page    May 21, 2015 

Wash down

Kids got a chance to operate a fire hose during the Cheney Fire Department’s open house last Saturday. A steady flow of residents talked with firefighters, checked out their equipment from ladder trucks to medical kits and enjoyed hot dogs,...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    May 21, 2015 

Volunteering to fix the 'whole family unit'

Dealing with domestic violence can be complex and costly, let alone emotional. Since January 2013, A.R.M.S., Abuse Recovery Ministry Services, has been serving as the Cheney Municipal Court’s domestic violence advocate at no charge, handling cases...

 
 Front Page    May 21, 2015 

Clarifications and corrections

A May 14 West Plains Brief stated Feed Cheney events take place the fourth Monday of the month. Feed Cheney’s meals actually take place on the last Monday of the month. As such, next month’s Feed Cheney will take place June 29. A May 7 story...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    May 21, 2015 

Medical Lake Deer committee counts 27 deer in April census

The Medical Lake Citizens Deer Advisory Committee recently conducted another deer count within city limits where they found 27 deer: two bucks, 10 doe and four yearlings — deer that are between 1-2 years old. This is up from last year’s number...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    May 21, 2015 

Cheney reviewing Reid School demolition application

The city of Cheney is currently holding a public comment period on an application from Bernardo Wills Architects on behalf of Eastern Washington University to demolish the former Robert Reid Laborator...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    May 14, 2015

Cheney Hydroponics underway

Cheney's first marijuana production and processing facility is now open for business. Cheney Hydroponics co-owner Bill Youngs updated the City Council about the status of the growing and processing...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    May 14, 2015

Getting heard

Airway Heights’ efforts to reach out to residents and improve the community have not gone unnoticed. In a press release, city officials announced that Airway Heights is one of three finalists for the 2015 Voice of the People Transformation award...

 
 By Mike Huffman    Front Page    May 14, 2015

Banner Day

Westwood Middle School student Kiearra O'Neal and the rest of her color guard and band members for Cheney and Westwood middle schools performed under perfect weather conditions at last Saturday's...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    May 14, 2015

Cheney man is one of two victims in Spokane River plane crash

A Cheney man perished in the crash of a light plane that appeared to experience engine problems prior to striking the Spokane River just above Upriver Dam and sinking last Thursday. Richard Runyon was one of two men aboard a 1996 Piper Malibu that...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    May 7, 2015

Silver Lake milfoil treatment begins

Milfoil has been an issue at Silver Lake for many years and property owners now will have a chance to alleviate it. At an April 29 meeting at St. Anne’s Parish in Medical Lake, Bruce Bruscia, a member of the ASLO (Associated Silver Lake Owners)...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    May 7, 2015

Artistic investiture

Eastern Washington University Ballet Folklorico de Aztlan dancers performed at the Investiture of Dr. Mary Cullinan as the university's 26th president last Friday at Showalter Hall auditorium. The...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    May 7, 2015

Cheney's spring projects given funds

As part of a light agenda last Tuesday night, the Cheney City Council approved a contract with Shamrock Paving for residential street projects later this spring, including work on the city’s 50 Acre Park along Betz Road. Shamrock was the lowest...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    May 7, 2015

Changes coming to Airway Heights records

The Airway Heights Police Department is getting ready to change how they manage their reports and records. During an April 13 study session, Police Chief Lee Bennett informed the City Council that the department is looking to partner with the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    May 7, 2015

Cheney Clean Sweep verdict: Volunteers increase, tonnage drops

While overall tonnage was down, volunteerism at this year’s Cheney Clean Sweep was at an all-time high. The eighth annual community clean up day had 300 individuals ranging from young to old and from college students to long-time residents taking...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 30, 2015

Cheney bond vote falling short

For the second time in just 67 days, the Cheney School District’s $44.88 million construction bond to expand and renovate its high school appears headed for defeat. As of late Tuesday evening, April 28, the bond was receiving 54.20 percent yes...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 30, 2015

Forum details increased rail traffic impacts

The trains, they are a comin.’ At least more than currently pass through Cheney, and a group of residents want to keep their neighbors informed about the future traffic and how it could potentially impact the city and their livelihood. The group...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 30, 2015

Being 'Firewise' keeps homeowners fire safe

While Washington's wildfire season officially started April 15, fire crews around the state have already been busy - including crews in Spokane County Fire District 3. District Division Chief Debby Do...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    April 30, 2015

Spokane Transit Authority amends bylaws, gives small cities extra vote

The cities on the West Plains, as well as Liberty Lake and Millwood, will have more of a presence on the Spokane Transit Authority board of directors. At a special April 23 meeting, the STA board voted 5-4 to amend one of its bylaws to change the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 30, 2015

Opening day celebrations

A sizable number of the 400 area baseball and softball players took part in the 11th annual West Plains Little League opening day festivities last Saturday at Salnave Field. Activities included...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    April 23, 2015

Rushing cleared of traffic charges

Airway Heights mayor Patrick Rushing was recently cleared of misdemeanor citations of hit-and-run and following too close to a vehicle, both of which resulted from a two-vehicle accident back in January. On the morning of Jan. 7, Rushing was driving...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 23, 2015

Cheney police begin tracking firearm checks

Thanks partly to passage of Initiative 594 last November, the Cheney Police Department has another function to keep track of with its Monthly Accountability Report, known as “the MAR.” I-594 expanded background checks for firearms sales and...

 
 By Jill Weiszmann    Front Page    April 23, 2015

Picking up in the neighborhood

Contributed photos by Over 300 volunteers fanned out across Cheney to pick up litter and collect items dropped off by residents during the eighth annual Cheney Clean Sweep....

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    April 23, 2015

Medical Lake Physical Therapy closes doors

One of the longtime businesses in the city of Medical Lake will be closing its doors soon. Medical Lake Physical Therapy, which has been operating in the city for 10 years, will have its last day April 29. Dr. Nola Petrucelly opened the clinic in...

 

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