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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 23, 2015 

Avoiding complicity by silence

The Cheney School Board will decide at a July 29 special meeting how it will respond to controversial comments made by Airway Heights Mayor Patrick Rushing on his personal Facebook page that became public almost two weeks ago. Rushing’s comments...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 23, 2015 

Sendoff to state

Friends, families and fans gathered at Salnave Park, July 17 to send off the West Plains Little League All Stars as they traveled to Montesano, Wash., to compete in the state tournament. The All Stars qualified for the tournament after winning the...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 23, 2015 

Staying put: Rushing refuses to resign

Residents, staff and dignitaries filled the Airway Heights City Council chambers Monday night to watch the political fate of Mayor Patrick Rushing. During its meeting, council approved a resolution, 5-1, that declares Rushing’s Facebook offensive...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 23, 2015 

Council briefed on Cheney-EWU dispatch

Perhaps the best way to get Eastern Washington University back to the bargaining table on a dispatch service contract with Cheney Police Department might be to equate the services the city provides the university to another business most about...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 23, 2015 

Blue Waters, Bluegrass Festival to pay tribute to Hazel Dickens

Some notable names in bluegrass are coming to Medical Lake to pay tribute to one of the genre's trailblazers. One of the headline acts for the 14th annual Blue Waters, Bluegrass Festival, Aug. 7-9 at...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 16, 2015

Rushing under fire for comments

Airway Heights Mayor Patrick Rushing is under fire for some recent comments made on his personal Facebook account last weekend. Rushing made a comment in response to a friend’s comment, comparing First Lady Michelle Obama to a “gorilla” and...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 16, 2015

Condition yellow

While conservation efforts have led to a restoration of levels in the city’s five-reservoir system, Cheney officials are cautioning residents from a false belief they are out of the woods when it comes to water supply over the remainder of the...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    July 16, 2015

New penalties for leaving animals in hot cars

The next time Jill Weiszmann comes across a pet locked in the roaster oven of a car on a hot summer day, she will have a weapon other than a cell phone and her concern. Weiszmann hopes that what she experienced recently in a Cheney supermarket...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 16, 2015

Blue Waters, Bluegrass festival brings in notable duos and trios

The sounds of fiddles, mandolins, guitars and other instruments will fill the air at Waterfront Park as 14th annual the Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival returns to Medical Lake, Aug. 7-9. Headlining...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 16, 2015

Close contact

Despite wet conditions, many people made it downtown for the Cheney Rodeo Parade and Vendor Roundup, browsing vendor booths and taking part in a number of activities such as this petting zoo in the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 9, 2015

Communications breakdown(?)

The on-again-off-again discussions between Cheney and Eastern Washington University over renewal of a contract for the city’s Police Department dispatch services appears to be on again. Maybe. Contract negotiations, first brokered in 2006-2007, beg...

 
 Front Page    July 9, 2015

West Plains Little League state tournament fundraising

The West Plains Little League 9-10-year-old All-star team blitzed it's way through District 13 competition to win the district title and advance to the state tournament July 18-26 in Montesano. The tournament was originally scheduled to be held in...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 9, 2015

Homemade jewelry

Cindy Wheeler displays her homemade jewelry during the Cheney Farmers Market, July 7. Wheeler also sells artwork made by her mother, with all proceeds from her mother's work going to Mothers Against...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    July 9, 2015

Grain loading facility sprouts overnight

Behind a berm of earth visible from along Interstate 90 a beehive of activity, large parts of it very much obscured, has been taking place for the past eight months. But in the course of a few days...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 9, 2015

Airway Heights responds to nine fires July 4

The city of Airway Heights is coming off a somewhat rocky Fourth of July weekend. During Monday’s City Council meeting, Fire Chief Mitch Metzger informed council and staff that the Fire Department responded to nine fires on July 4. Metzger said sev...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 9, 2015

'Altered' fireworks discovered, disposed of near Petro truck stop

You never know what you might encounter when you’re out walking your dog. West Plains resident Michelle Grimmett experienced this first hand late July 4 when she discovered what looked like some type of explosive device while out walking her dog ne...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    July 2, 2015

The passing of a track legend

When Lawson Van Kuren arrived in Cheney nearly a half century ago to begin his teaching and coaching career he was given his choice of what he would like to coach at Fisher Junior High School. It was...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 2, 2015

...and summer's just barely started

Residents' efforts to comply with the city's request to sharply curtail water use this past weekend helped Cheney avoid a critical situation regarding its water supply. But with more hot weather on th...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 2, 2015

Cheney CHAS clinic hits funding setback

Plans to open a community clinic in Cheney serving the West Plains have hit a snag as hoped for federal funding has fallen through, at least for now. Community Health Association of Spokane — CHAS — announced plans in October 2014 of its...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 2, 2015

Spokane Tribe inks intent letter with Hard Rock Cafe & Casino

The good news keeps coming for the Spokane Tribe Economic Project (STEP). In a news release, the Spokane Tribe of Indians announced they had signed a letter of intent with HRHH IP, LLC (Hard Rock Hotel Holdings, LLC) to bring the Hard Rock Hotel &...

 
 Front Page    July 2, 2015

Fire ratings clarification

In last week’s In Our Opinion on fire safety it was mentioned that homes in rural areas carry a fire insurance rating between 8-10. Not so in rural areas of Spokane County Fire District 3. Because of the district’s efforts, Fire Chief Bruce...

 
 By John McCallum    Front Page    June 25, 2015

Fish Lake fire units demobilized

Quick response by local emergency personnel helped contain a fast-moving wildfire that broke out last Wednesday afternoon east of Fish Lake, threatening several homes in forested land southeast of Mar...

 
 By John McCallum    Front Page    June 25, 2015

Trains, trains and - trains

It might seem ironic a town that started life thanks to a nearby railroad would have trouble with trains. Such has been the city of Cheney’s lot lately, but through the efforts of city and railroad officials, some of those problems may be finding...

 
 By Al Stover    Front Page    June 25, 2015

Medical Lake seeks to decrease water use

At its June 16 meeting, the Medical Lake City Council adopted the Water Use Efficiency Goals for the Years 2015-2020. The city is required by Washington State Municipal Water law to set water use efficiency goals and measure usage every six years....

 
 By John McCallum    Front Page    June 25, 2015

Cheney Rodeo organizers put out call for volunteers from community

There are three reasons why the Cheney Rodeo has been bringing three days worth of fun and excitement for the past 48 years to the West Plains and Spokane region - volunteers, sponsors and the...

 

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