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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 7, 2019

Cheney council confirms Barthels

Cheney’s City Council welcomed its newest member last Tuesday night, Feb. 26, as Vince Barthels was sworn in to serve on the Position 2 seat left vacant after the resignation of Doug Nixon in late 2018. Nixon, who served since 2007, stepped down...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 7, 2019

Crime in Cheney declines

While even one report of a crime is one too many, Cheney Police Chief John Hensley is proud of the fact that reported incidents in the city last year dropped by 4.76 percent over 2017 totals. “I think it reflects well on the community and the polic...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    March 7, 2019

Medical Lake district dedicates new room

There’s a new room at Medical Lake High School that’s partially painted in various shades of Air Force blue. A scale model of a KC-135 tanker sits in one corner; the Fairchild Air Force Base logo...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    March 7, 2019

Airway Heights council hears from Spokane Transit

Moving around Airway Heights may soon be a lot easier, according to a Spokane Transit Authority (STA) presentation at the Airway Heights City Council’s March 4 meeting. STA announced the introduction of Route 63 in September, which will connect...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    March 7, 2019

New Cheney school boundaries approved

The Cheney School Board checked one major item off the district’s to-do list at its Feb. 27 meeting, unanimously approving new attendance boundaries for local elementary and middle schools in a...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Education    March 7, 2019

ML school board hears of assessments and finances

The Medical Lake School Board had a full agenda at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Feb. 26, when they considered variety of topics including policy revisions, special education successes, and a...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Education    March 7, 2019

ML High School sends 10 musicians to All-Northwest performance

The Medical Lake High School music department sent 10 of its musicians and singers on Feb. 14-17 to Portland, Ore. to the National Association for Music Education, Northwest Division All-Northwest...

 

Eastern hosts Roger Ralston's 'Field Research'

Eastern Washington University Gallery of Art is pleased to present “Field Research,” an exhibition of recent works by Roger Ralston, March 13 through April 25, 2019. An opening reception will be h...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    March 7, 2019

West Plains cleaning company opens office in Cheney

Cheney residents driving down 1st Street might have noticed a slight change in the landscape this month, with local business Clean-R-Up moving into its first brick-and-mortar location since its...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Opinion    March 7, 2019

In the mythical pursuit of happiness

Sometimes it’s hard to see the forest because of the trees. The U.S. Constitution guarantees those inalienable rights to which the founding fathers referred in the Declaration of Independence — life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness....

 

Look at Earth's history - climate change nothing new

One of the main jobs of Earth scientists is to unravel the history of the Earth. They have determined that climate change has been with us throughout Earth’s history. The Earth has undergone thousands of episodes of cooling and warming. In fact, fo...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    March 7, 2019

Michael Cohen: A tempest in the testimony

I normally watch the news as I brew my morning cup of tea. As we were experiencing a significant winter storm, I was anxious to check school closures and road conditions. I was disappointed to find all news channels filled with Michael Cohen’s cong...

 

Congress' Medicare for All bill is worthy of our support

The other night while watching the PBS news, Washington state representative Pramila Jayapal, from the 7th District, was being interviewed about the “Medicare for All “ Bill 1384 which is to be presented in Congress. I felt so proud and inspired...

 

Jarms Hardware steps up to help Cheney Chipsters

I spent the major portion of my working years in Cheney so when I need to make a purchase, checking with local merchants is my first choice. This week my choice was 12-foot two by fours at Jarms Hardware so the Cheney Chipsters could make the trucks...

 

One blessing leads to another in ML

When is a business a business, and when is it part of the fabric of a community? Medical Lake may find out soon if things don't turn around for Care and Share, the 30-year-old landmark thrift store...

 

Looking Back

10 Years Ago March 12, 2009 Stunning stock market declines led to an 80 percent drop in Eastern Washington University’s endowment fund. In response, the college sent out an SOS — Save Our Scholarships, a grassroots campaign to help the...

 

West Plains BRIEFS

Feed Medical Lake returns After having to cancel all February meals due to snow, Feed Medical Lake is hitting the reset button for March 11, serving open-face beef sandwiches, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn and tri-fold cake. The sweet and sour pork...

 

Churches

Emmanuel Lutheran Church The congregation of Emmanuel Lutheran Church invites you to worship with us at 10:30 a.m. this Sunday, March 10, as we celebrate the first Sunday in Lent. Fellowship follows the worship service. Adult education precedes the...

 

Church of the Nazarene names new senior pastor

After a long selection process, Cheney’s Church of the Nazarene has named Rev. Chuck Perry as its next senior pastor. According to a Feb. 26 news release, Perry and his wife Valerie have been involved in pastoral ministry for 28 years, and the past...

 

Helen Elisabeth Babb Boots

Helen Elisabeth Babb Boots Helen Elisabeth (Babb) Boots, 98, lifelong resident of the Cheney area, died March 3, 2019 at her home in Cheney. Mrs. Boots was born on the family farm, southeast of Chene...

 

Clyde Thomas "Tom" Holbert

Clyde Thomas “Tom” Holbert passed away Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 in Cheney, Wash. He was born Nov. 29, 1936 in Humansville, Mo. to Lee and Helen Holbert. Tom grew up in Kansas and finished his...

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Feb. 11 Second-degree theft was reported on the 300 block of North 7th Street. A trumpet was taken. Domestic violence/verbal dispute was reported on the 1000 block of Betz Road. Feb. 12 Rape was reported on the 100 block of North 9th Street....

 
 By Lee Hughes    Sports    March 7, 2019

ML girls close season with fifth place

The Medical Lake girls arrived home after four days of state playoff games at the Hardwood Classic at the Yakima SunDome, bringing with them a fifth place title for the second year in a row after...

 

Cheney 2018-19 Winter All-GNL

Cheney High School landed 11 winter sports athletes on various All-Great Northern League teams, as announced by school officials on Feb. 26. Those athletes are: Boys basketball Devin Cook Senior...

 

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