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Airway Heights council debates property taxes

The Airway Heights City Council held a public hearing at their Oct. 15 meeting on revenue sources for the current expense fund for the 2019 budget, sparking conversation about possible property tax increases. In the budget, a 1 percent property tax...

Cheney City Council OKs land purchase

Cheney’s City Council gave its unanimous seal of approval at their Oct. 9 meeting to the purchase of two parcels of land located on Anderson Road across from the city’s Utility Building and Recycling Center. The land, tax parcels 23182.0007 and...

Brown Bear's flashy flowers

Cheney's Brown Bear Car Wash was the site of a "Flower Flash" last Thursday. Local florest Sue Hines decided to celebrate her Medical Lake business's fourth anniversary, and that October is Fruit and...

Growth lifts Cheney revenues

Revenues for the city of Cheney continue to go up — led mostly by an increase in assessed property values but also somewhat by construction activity. During two budget presentations at its Oct. 9 meeting, Finance Director Cindy Niemeier told the...

News Briefs

Turnbull NWR announces prescribed burns schedule The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be conducting prescribed burns on the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge near Cheney. According to an Oct. 12 news release, the burns will take place from...

Turning back the golf clock by playing with hickory shafts

One does not see today's skiers dusting off the old wooden slats. The ones that were physically attached to the feet with tough leather straps on boots tightly laced to the feet. They were a broken...

Medical Lake volleyball remains a longshot for NEA postseason

Needing a win to close on a playoff berth, the Medical Lake High School volleyball team got it. Ending a five-match losing streak, the Cardinals earned a nail-biting 3-2 match win over Newport on Oct. 9 to begin a pivotal week of Northeast A League...

Medical Lake runners know what lies ahead Medical Lake runners know what job lies ahead

Medical Lake cross country now knows who to have in their sights next week at the District 7 championships in Chewelah. For the boys, the defending 1A state champions, it will be both Lakeside and Riverside after the Rams edged the Cardinals 23-26...

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Oct. 8 Two bicycles were turned in to the police station. Caitlyn R. Thurman, 26, was arrested on the 100 block of West First Street for third-degree theft/shoplifting. Fourth-degree assault/domestic violence was reported on the zero hundred...

Sports Week

(Note: All schedules subject to change. Consult school, club or facility websites to confirm.) COLLEGE CROSS COUNTRY Friday, Oct. 26, EWU at Big Sky Championships at Sacramento, Calif. Times TBD. COLLEGE FOOTBALL Saturday, Oct. 20, EWU bye week....

Eagles take break after Weber loss

With a disappointing 14-6 loss to Weber State in their rearview mirror, a bye could not come at a better time for the Eastern Washington University Eagles football team. Bruised bodies and egos deserve some time away from football, head coach Aaron...

'Hawks end GNL season with losses

For now, Cheney High's boys cross country team will have to be content to wait for another shot at dethroning reigning Great Northern League champion Pullman. The visiting Greyhounds knocked off the...

Trickery hands Blackhawks first gridiron defeat

A trick play was what it took to send the Cheney High football team to its first loss of the 2018 campaign. With 30 seconds to play, Clarkston quarterback Kaden Frazier hit wide receiver Austin Armstrong with a bubble-screen, and Armstrong then...

Cheney loses top spot with loss to East Valley

Cheney's varsity soccer team will have to give up the number one spot in the league following a disappointing 3-1 loss to East Valley in a Great Northern League match on Oct. 11, but still managed to...

Riverside edges Medical Lake 14-7 in NEA play

The Medical Lake football team had their Homecoming/Hall of Fame game marked on the calendar months ago as one they needed to have in the win column to make the first season under new head coach...

Brown will get things done in Washington D.C.

As long as I have known Lisa Brown, which is close to 30 years now, she has had a well deserved reputation for getting things done. When people tell me they are voting for Lisa Brown because they are very dissatisfied with the poor performance of...

Celebrate 'Adopt a Dog' month by doing just that

I never thought I would be a dog person. Growing up, my mother was afflicted with devastating allergies that prevented us from having pets. As a teenager, I liked other people's animals, but was...

Voting made easy isn't necessarily voting made better

By FRANK WATSON Contributor I got my voter’s pamphlet in the mail this week. I have more than ample time to study the issues and fill out my ballot before the November deadline. Once I have my ballot filled out and mailed, I no longer need to pay...

Thank you for support of 'Love Letters'

Thank you to all the patrons who attended our performances of “Love Letters” by A. J. Gurney, to Mike Hartman for catering a delicious meal once again for dinner theater, to Emmanuel Lutheran Church for the use of their building and to the...

EWU students for McMorris Rodgers

Local residents and Eastern Washington University students supporting Cathy McMorris Rodgers invite you to visit the campaign’s Cheney field office, located at 207 First St. We are open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4 – 7 p.m. We have...

The many ways Saudi Arabia is getting away with murder

In March I wrote about the visit to Washington of Saudi Arabia’s new leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. At the time most of the media were reporting uncritically about him and his regime. In fact, most were glowing in their praise of...

ML Chromebook program taps into future

Peering into the future is fraught with peril on any front. But trying to see what's ahead in the world of technology and how it might apply to preparing students for their careers might be the...

You can't teach an empty desk

It's no secret that students who miss significant portions of the school year struggle with academic achievement. But new data indicates that in the Cheney School District, chronic absenteeism and...

Cheney School Board hears from staff at October meeting

The Cheney School District School Board listened to several staff reports at their Oct. 10 meeting, where they gave their approval for staff to submit multiple grant applications. The board unanimously approved a grant application for STEM...

EWU receives grant for mental health education

A new federal grant will help Eastern Washington University provide education and training on dealing with mental health issues — including scenarios that might take place while passing someone on the street who is clearly in distress or in a...

Rally round the flag

Cheney High's cross country team huddles up to help get the Blackhawk boys' varsity squad pumped up prior to their meet last Wednesday with visiting Pullman. The...

Crowning glory

Medical Lake High School students selected Faraz Abounorinejad and Sarah Ransom as their king and queen of Homecoming 2018 during halftime of the Cardinals' football game on Oct. 12 with the...

Only your home's decorations should be scary this Halloween 

With Halloween around the corner, homeowners around the country are beginning to decorate with the scariest sights of the year. From ghosts and skeletons to creepy crawlers and spider web...

West Plains Briefs

Cheney blood drive Oct. 26 The Inland Northwest Blood Center together with Cheney community volunteers led by coordinator Duane Isaac will hold a blood drive on Friday, Oct. 26, from 1:30 – 5 p.m. at the Marketplace Bakery & Eatery on First...

Five steps to a more beautiful landscape

Don’t let a busy schedule stop you from creating a beautiful landscape. Incorporate a few of these changes into your fall landscape care. You’ll create beautiful results with a limited investment of time and effort. Cut the grass, recycle fall...

Churches

Cheney Congregational Church Pastor David Krueger-Duncan will deliver the sermon entitled “Who is This Man,” at the 10 a.m. services in the church sanctuary on Sun, Oct 21. The teaching will be about Jesus calming the waters and healing the...

Glenn T. Passey

Glenn Passey passed away, surrounded by family, at his home in Cheney on Oct. 10, 2018 at the age of 78. He was born on Dec. 23, 1939, in Lanark, Idaho to Leo and Ida Howell Passey and was the...

Leroy Henry Reid

Retired Chief Master Sgt. Leroy Henry Reid passed away on Oct. 9, 2018, but he left a mark on this world that will not soon be forgotten. Leroy was born on Jan. 6, 1931 in Texas. Known to everyone...

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