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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    April 4, 2019

Council Oks Grocery Outlet easement

Cheney’s City Council opened the door at their March 26 meeting for a new grocery store in the city. By a unanimous vote, the council approved a partial easement release on property in north Cheney along 1st Street owned by Main & Main Capital...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    April 4, 2019

'They talk about transparency, but we haven't seen it.'

The contamination of much of the West Plains’ water supply via firefighting foam may have been revealed two years ago, but to many local residents the problems it brought have only grown worse with...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    April 4, 2019

From the Pacific to the Inland Northwest

This is a story of sea captains, a car ferry in an unexpected place, and true love. Driving north from Wilbur over the rolling wheat fields along the northern edge of the Columbia Plateau, one will...

 

Cheney School Board considers policy tweaks

The Cheney School Board was left with a lot to consider at its March 27 meeting, hearing first readings of half a dozen school policy revisions. Kicking off the meeting, the board recognized National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) Rebecca Hansen,...

 

Cheney High March Students of the Month

Cheney High School’s March Students of the Month are pictured above as follows. Front row left to right: Ella Hilliard, Ainsley Johnson, Brianna Nielson, Gianna Terrille, Ethan Hall and Clayton...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Education    April 4, 2019

Medical Lake School Board gets federal aid overview

The Medical Lake School board received updates on a variety of topics at its regularly scheduled meeting March 26 at Medical Lake Middle School. Director of Finance Chad Moss presented an annual report of the district’s asset prevention program....

 

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...

 

Westwood movie night benefits homelessness

The Westwood Middle School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) held a movie night on Feb. 21 to support the Salvation Army in their battle against homelessness in Spokane. This was a part of their Community Service Project for the...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    April 4, 2019

Airway Heights council welcomes fire deputy chief

The mood in the Airway Heights City Council chamber was celebratory at the council’s April 1 meeting, and not because of April Fool’s Day. The sole agenda item for the evening was the swearing in...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    April 4, 2019

Construction digging causes natural gas outage in north Cheney

A number of commercial and residential natural gas customers were left without service on March 27 when a line was broken in Cheney. Avista Utilities communications manager David Vowels said a contractor digging at a construction site in the 300...

 
 By EMMA EPPERLY    News    April 4, 2019

House Democrats propose budget that includes new taxes

The House of Representatives’ budget proposal includes a capital gains and real estate excise tax along with business and occupation tax changes to raise revenue. The operating, capital, and transportation budget proposals were released on Monday,...

 

Interstate 90 first ramp meter goes live on U.S. 195

With the debut of Spokane’s first ramp metering system on April 9, weekday commuters will travel more smoothly as they merge onto eastbound Interstate 90 from northbound U.S. 195. Traffic engineers from the Washington State Department of Transporta...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Opinion    April 4, 2019

Ignorance: the scourge of democracy

Our democracy has become dysfunctional, and it’s all part of the sideshow of distraction. Meanwhile, special interests — read moneyed interests — have taken over the legislative decision-making processes that are intended for all, not just...

 

Trustworthiness is hard to get, but easy to lose

Trustworthy is the PACE character trait for April. As a former school counselor and now teacher, I’ve learned a lot about trustworthiness working with students and families. To be trustworthy means to be someone that others can trust and count on t...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    April 4, 2019

Our tax system makes no sense, needs an overhaul

Yippeee! I finished my taxes. I was concerned after the media horror stories of taxpayers who expected considerable refunds only to discover they owed thousands to the IRS. I didn’t know what to expect. I was happy to discover my small refund was...

 

Gov. Jay Inslee should be using his own resources in national campaign

Recently I learned that the Washington State Patrol has added additional officers, and resources to Gov. Inslee’s protection detail because of his presidential campaign. This begs the question of why we the citizens of Washington should subsidize t...

 

Speaking up for children of this country

My heart goes out to the children who are caught up in our adult problems: migrant children separated from families and abused at the southern border; Palestinian children in Israeli jails and in the March of Return, Nigerian girls kidnapped from th...

 

Cheney museum to ask 'why we collect'

What do you collect? That’s what the folks at Cheney’s Historical Museum would like to know. Just as importantly, why do you collect these items, and would you be willing to share that story and...

 

John Mill: A Washington Territory Pioneer

When John and Emma Mill moved into the new house not all six of their children moved into the house with them. Their daughters Ella, Mary and son Perry moved in with them. It is thought that Roy and Boone had their own places to live, or they lived...

 

Looking Back

10 Years Ago April 2, 2009 The Cheney School District suspended its regular meeting for a public hearing on the possible closure of Reid Elementary, a 50-year-old school. Cheney sixth graders competed in the 14th annual bowling tournament. The UPS...

 

Churches

Cheney Congregational Church Everyone is invited to join our Sunday morning worship service and communion at 10 a.m. On Sunday, April 7, pastor David Krueger-Duncan’s sermon will be “The Wedding at Cana” where Jesus performed his first miracle....

 

West Plains Briefs

Feed Medical Lake April 8 Feed Medical Lake is serving sweet and sour pork, sticky rice, vegetable blend, Jell-o parfait and fortune cookies (if available) on April 8. Grocery distribution starts at 4:15 p.m., with supper at 5 p.m. The “Soup,...

 

LOOKING BACK WITH THE CHENEY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Looking back with the Cheney Historical Museum Did you know that 2nd Street was once a boulevard with trees down its center? One hundred years ago in 1919, those trees were removed from College Avenue to Union Street to improve traffic flow for the...

 

Thank you for your service

West Plains Angels vice president Roger Hanner (right) presents a $500 check to Cheney VFW Post 11326 Commander Dan Hillman (left) and Post Commander of the Past Roger Hagenbuch (center) in honor and...

 

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