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 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    March 21, 2019

Airway Heights police share position on I-1639

In November 2018, nearly 60 percent of Washington voters approved Initiative-1639, one of the strictest pieces of gun safety legislation in the country. Since then, sheriffs and police chiefs across the state have said they will not enforce the new l...

 

Cheney to consider traffic fees

By JOHN McCALLUM Managing Editor Cheney’s Planning Commission got a closer look at its March 11 meeting at how proposed transportation impact fees might be imposed on development in the city — but not before doing a bit of housecleaning...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 21, 2019

Field prep

Cheney High School pole vault coach Tom Stralser uses a snowblower to clear the white stuff from the Blackhawks football field Tuesday afternoon. Many area spring sports teams have seen early-season...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    March 21, 2019

Don't build it and they won't come

Is there room for growth in Medical Lake? Opinions vary depending on who one speaks with. But one thing is becoming increasingly clear: the West Plains is growing economically, and with that growth comes the need for more housing and businesses to...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 21, 2019

Water contracts top Cheney City Council's agenda

Public Works Department business dominated the Cheney City Council's March 12 agenda. Three of the nine resolutions brought forward by Public Works Director Todd Ableman involved Cheney's water...

 

Cheney school board considers property purchase timeline

The Cheney School Board covered a variety of topics at its March 13 meeting, recognizing the classified employee of the year and discussing the pressing need for additional school site property. The board first recognized Windsor Elementary...

 

Cheney High School February Students of the Month

Cheney High School's February Students of the Month are pictured above. Front row right to left: Trenaty Dunlap, Marisity Jagim-Kern and Violet Turner. Middle row right to left: Jimmy Gutierrez,...

 

Sean Dotson accepts superintendent position in Tumwater

At the Cheney School Board’s March 13 meeting, Superintendent Rob Roettger announced the departure of Assistant Superintendent Sean Dotson, who has accepted a superintendent position with the Tumwat...

 

Medical Lake's Hallett Elementary School students receive awards

Hallett Elementary School announced its Partners Advancing Character Education (PACE), and other awards for the month of February. PACE: Honesty awards Kindergarten Elijah Gromlich Mason Chapman Joseph Zuber Allegra Petrin First Grade Kendall Dunlop...

 

Medical Lake draft Water System Plan meeting scheduled April 4

The city of Medical is holding an informational meeting at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 4, at the Medical Lake Maintenance Building, 801 S. Lefevre St. to discuss elements of the city’s Draft Water System Plan. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss...

 

When getting a pet, be prepared for long haul

When writing this column, I generally try to think about what’s happening on a local, regional or national scale. I like to talk about topics with far-reaching consequences that require diverse perspectives and affect a variety of people. But not...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    March 21, 2019

Despite excess labor, universal living wage right around the corner

Homelessness has been cussed and discussed with no solution in sight. With no viable plan, most government officials wring their hands and hope the problem will go away. The latest suggestion is to pay the homeless a living wage. Thus, the...

 

Oil companies betting on electric technology

Across the pond, London-based BP and Netherlands-headquartered Shell are looking to invest in innovative electric technology, which is very good news. The two international oil giants, both of which have oil refineries in northwest Washington,...

 

Contrary to column, human-influenced climate change has been long-established

James Ebisch’s guest commentary on climate change (CFP, March 7, 2019) is rife with misinformation. Given the lack of climate understanding he demonstrates in his commentary, his tone is particularly unfortunate, detracting from his message and...

 

Changing times: today's 'extreme' Democratic policies once mainstream

How times have changed! Current Democratic presidential candidates’ proposed policies labeled “extreme” by Republicans today were actively mainstream when I was young. Examples: 70 percent income tax on the highest bracket. It was over 90...

 

Former Medical Lake fire chief honored

Current and past Medical Lake firefighters and former chiefs came together on Saturday at the Medical Lake City Hall to honor former Medical Lake Fire Chief Gino Palomino with a Lifetime Achievement...

 

What's happening on the West Plains

Cheney • March 19, Roger Ralston’s exhibit “Field Research ,” EWU Gallery of Art, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. • March 21, Jamison Sampson Live, The Mason Jar, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. • March 23, Cheney High School’s “Cinderella,” CHS Little Theater, $1... Full story

 

Looking Back

10 Years Ago March 19, 2009 The principal of Medical Lake’s Michael Anderson Elementary, Mandi Poindexter, entered a charity marathon in honor of student and leukemia survivor Michael Lumbreras. A local family gave the Tyler Store a new lease on...

 

West Plains Briefs

EWU holds memorial service for Dr. Mutschler Eastern Washington University is holding a memorial service at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 23 at Showalter Auditorium (second floor) for university archivist and interim library dean Dr. Charles Mutschler....

 

Churches

Cheney Congregational Church Our Sunday, March 24, 10 a.m. worship service is open to everyone. Pastor Dave Krueger-Duncan will deliver his sermon, “My garden for the Lord,” this week. Everyone is invited to enjoy coffee and conversation in the...

 

Eloyse Grace Casselman Longcore

Eloyse Grace Casselman Longcore Eloyse Grace Casselman Longcore passed away on March 1, 2019. She is preceded in death by her husband William and a son Donald. She leaves a daughter, Dona, of Cheney,... Full story

 

Medical Lake residents fear cat shot, call 911

A neighbor on East Jim Darby Drive in Medical Lake called law enforcement on Tuesday afternoon, March 12, to report they feared a cat had been shot, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. The person, who told deputies that the sound of t...

 

Eagle men fall in Big Sky title game

The run by the Eagles ran out of magic. The Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team fell short its bid to advance to the NCAA Tournament by falling to Montana 68-62 on Saturday, March 16...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    March 21, 2019

Blackhawks sweep Ephrata in season opener

Sometimes, desperate times call for desperate measures. Not that local high schools’ sports teams are experiencing desperate times, but with snow blanketing most playing surfaces, unusual measures have been required to get some competition going. S...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Sports    March 21, 2019

Don't let sports get in the way of academics or civics

So, I was cruising the Internet and came across a 2013 article from The Atlantic magazine, “The case against high school sports.” Search for it, it’s a valuable read. We are regularly told that sports are good for young people. It teaches... Full story

 

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