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 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    September 13, 2018 

Code enforcer makes progress in Airway Heights

After three months on the job, Airway Heights code enforcement officer Kristina Blake is making serious headway on the problems facing the city and the results speak for themselves. In June, Blake became the city’s first code enforcement officer...

 

Cheney District reaches agreement with teachers

After months of negotiations and more than 25 meetings, the Cheney School District and its teachers’ union avoided a strike and reached a tentative deal on a new collective bargaining agreement on Monday, Sept. 10. The Cheney Education Association...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    September 13, 2018 

Airway Heights council OKs recreation center jobs

The Airway Heights City Council moved swiftly through a busy action agenda at their Sept. 4 meeting, discussing eco-friendly operations possibilities and planning for the new job positions that will...

 

Fairchild helps check off local boy's bucket list

On Sept. 7, four-year-old Jimmy "LJ" Now climbed out of the car and took his mom's hand, showing off a blue satin Captain America cape. It was his favorite outfit, specially chosen for the high-flying...

 

Blackhawks smash East Valley, come up short against other rivals

East Valley showed off an impressive repertoire of tricks and fancy footwork in the Sept. 6 game against Cheney, but it was no match for the Blackhawks' rock-solid defense, allowing the Blackhawks to...

 

Airway Heights court hires a third public defender

The city of Airway Heights will be hiring its second public defender this year and its third overall due to increased population growth and increased activity in the courts, according to city officials. The City Council approved the hiring of a...

 

Former Cheney patrol officer takes on SRO duties at high school

Former patrol officer with the Cheney Police Department Dane Gilman has taken on a new role this year, filling the position of school resource officer at Cheney High School. Retired Sgt. Kelly Hembach has been the school’s SRO for several years,...

 

Airway Heights welcomes Ghost Quarter Games

Every city needs a little bit of magic. What kind of magic is often up for interpretation. For Nick Garcia-Reid and his father, Brian Reid, it's Magic the Gathering, a popular trading card game with m...

 

Airway Heights progresses in addressing quality of life issues

Now that Airway Heights’ new 46,000 square foot recreation center is taking shape, the city is focusing on taking the next steps toward the future of its non-profit, Citizens Associated for Recreation, Education and Sports (CARES.) The non-profit...

 

The focus should be on athletes' skills, not their skirts

In a recent interview with Tennis magazine, the president of the French Tennis Federation Bernard Giudicelli moved away from mere athletics and instead discussed a matter of fashion, stating that a new dress code will be implemented in the French...

 

Cheney volleyball season kicks off with a win

The Lady Blackhawks won their first game of the season by a close margin last Friday against Northwest Christian School, eking out the win 16-14 in the fifth and final set. "It was a close game. We...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    August 30, 2018

School wear

Incoming Cheney High School freshman Rebecca Purviance prints some shirts at the Future Business Leaders of America Club's press at the high school. The shirt design Purviance was working on for the...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    August 30, 2018

Airway Heights council approves public art program

The Airway Heights City Council put into motion at their Aug. 20 meeting a plan to develop a public art program for U.S. Highway 2. Several roundabouts are planned to go along U.S. 2 in the coming months, and these roundabouts present a unique opport...

 

Luis Cruz addresses Cheney staff on reaching students

Not even a fire alarm and a brief evacuation could keep the teachers of the Cheney School District from switching roles and becoming students for the day on Aug. 23. The district welcomed renowned...

 

New coal regulations not worth the risk

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency released the details of its new plan to roll back federal pollution restrictions on coal-burning power plants in an attempt to buoy the languishing coal industry and replace stricter Obama-era...

 

Airway Heights plans to move Sunset Park telemetry

The Airway Heights City Council at their Aug. 20 meeting approved a project to move water telemetry equipment from the restrooms in Sunset Park to another location and demolish the restroom building. Telemetry equipment that gives the city’s...

 

Spokane Tribe Casino launches live music series

The Spokane Tribe Casino is hosting a live music series at the Three Peaks Bar + Kitchen, the restaurant inside the casino. The music series, titled “Live at Three Peaks,” will take place on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and feature a variety...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    August 23, 2018

Airways Heights growing fast - fastest in county

Airway Heights is the fastest-growing city in the county and the fourth fastest-growing city in the state, according to a recently released report by the forecasting and research division of the state Office of Financial Management. The city is...

 

Cheney works to support low-income students

A study released this summer by Johns Hopkins University found that supporting low-income students and families is key to boosting district graduation rates, and school officials say Cheney is already taking steps to do just that this upcoming...

 

Cheney district hires Realtor to scout new school sites

The Cheney School District will be hiring a Realtor to work with the school district analyzing where future growth is occurring and planning for future school sites, the school board decided at their Aug. 15 meeting. The school board went through an...

 

Futurism in food

L.J. Klinkenberg is feeding your kids lentils. The internationally-recognized executive chef turned director of nutrition services for Cheney School District has proven to be a powerful force for... Full story

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    August 16, 2018

Amazon to pay for Hayford traffic mitigation

Amazon is voluntarily paying a $178,640 traffic mitigation fee to Airway Heights to be used for improvements to the intersection of Hayford Road and U.S. Route 2, primarily for a second southbound left turn lane, according to city officials. The fee...

 

Cheney elementary registration underway

Registration for kindergarteners and new elementary students in the Cheney School District began Monday, Aug. 13, at all local elementary schools. Registering students before school starts is convenient for parents and for the school district, said S...

 

Cheney to destroy special education records

In accordance with state law, the Cheney school district will be destroying past students’ special education records unless they hear from the child’s parent or guardian by Sept. 30. Under state and federal law, special education records must be...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    August 16, 2018

Kalispel Tribe Utilities contracts with Itron for electricity delivery

Recently launched Kalispel Tribe Utilities has selected an Itron Inc. solution for electricity delivery with the goal of building a world-class utility, the tribe announced Aug. 7. The tribe signed a contract with Itron to deploy their OpenWay...

 

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