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 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    May 9, 2019

Airway Heights seeks water costs

The city of Airway Heights sent a letter to the United States Air Force and the United States Department of Defense Thursday, May 2, demanding they pay nearly $47 million in damages as the result of the 2017 contamination of the city’s water...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    May 9, 2019

Cheney scores with state

Cheney made out well when the smoke and dust from the state Legislature’s budgeting process finally cleared with passage of the capital appropriations package on April 27. While not everything in the Senate’s $136.3 million proposal for the 6th...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    May 9, 2019

Medical Lake, state dispute service contracts

If the most recent budget appropriations are any indication, Medical Lake may be losing a long-running battle of wills with the state for funding of municipal services provided to Eastern State Hospital. The city and the Department of Social and Heal...

 
 News    May 9, 2019

Cheney Fire conducts practice burn

The Cheney Fire Department will be conducting a live-fire training exercise at 22 I St. on Wednesday, May 15. The training will start at approximately 8:30 a.m. and will end at approximately 2 p.m. Depending on weather conditions, residents in the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    May 9, 2019

Highlighting innovations' current and future

Officially, the mission of Eastern Washington University’s first SOAR (Student Online Academic Review) Career Conference is to “support EWU students as they learn about exciting and innovative...

 

Westwood Middle School third-quarter honor roll concluded

Officials at Cheney School District’s Westwood Middle School have released the names of students named to the third-quarter honor roll. Last week, students receiving 4.0 and 3.5-3.9 grade point averages were featured. This week, the honor roll is...

 
 By Craig Johnson    Education    May 9, 2019

Silver sounds

The Medical Lake High School band competed at the Music in the Parks festival at Silverwood on Saturday, May 4, coming in first place in their division, and being awarded the best overall band...

 

MLHS students named Spokane Scholars

Six Medical Lake High students were recognized at this years Spokane Scholars award banquet, including Chloe Haynes for English, Megan Goertz for fine arts, Sarah Ransom for science, Kaden Lee for social studies and Hunter Zep for world languages....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    May 9, 2019

Cheney American Legion celebrates 100 years

The American Legion is celebrating its 100th birthday this year, and Cheney’s Post 72 is right there with the national organization. According to its website, the American Legion was formed in...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    May 9, 2019

Airway Heights center opens for business

West Plains leaders and community members gathered on Thursday, May 1, to celebrate a historic Airway Heights achievement — the long-awaited completion of the city’s massive recreation center....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    May 9, 2019

Facing the battle for America's soul

In just over two weeks, residents will get a chance to see something unique — a fairly accurate depiction of a historical moment that shaped this country into what it is today. The Washington Civil War Association, in conjunction with the city of C...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    May 9, 2019

Affirmative Action has turned into negative reaction

Twenty years ago, Washington voters outlawed ethnic discrimination within our state. Initiative 200, passed by a decisive popular vote, specified that employers or those granting contracts, “shall not discriminate against nor grant preferable...

 

Steel tariffs are now stealing your gasoline savings

President Trump’s pro-energy policies are on a collision course with his protectionist policies. Let’s hope, for the sake of the economy and energy independence, energy policies prevail. At a time when U.S. oil production is at an all-time high,...

 

Do research on supposed Muslim 'silence'

Frank Watson’s Guest Commentary “Religious Freedom Condemns Terrorism” is another in an unfortunately long history of predominantly conservative commentators criticizing Muslims for not condemning terrorism perpetrated by Islamic extremists....

 

Our tax dollars shouldn't be spent on torture

Tax season is over, so now we have time to consider how our tax dollars are being spent.  One glaring concern should be our funding of the Israeli military. Part of that money is used to incarcerate and torture Palestinian children as young as 10...

 
 By MARCO VARGAS    News    May 9, 2019

It's unofficial - NAPA sets carwash world record

When NAPA Auto Parts vowed they would break a world record, they certainly did not disappoint as they met their own expectations. NAPA has unofficially broken the world record of the most cars washed...

 
 News    May 9, 2019

Election decision approaches for West Plains candidates

Do you want to contribute to the greater good of the burgeoning West Plains community and think you have what it takes to get things done? Or maybe you’re tired of how local elected officials are doing the jobs they were elected to fulfill and...

 
 News    May 9, 2019

Airway Heights to receive state funds from capital budget process

By SHANNEN TALBOT Staff Reporter In the first long budget-writing session to wrap on time in a decade, the Washington State Legislature recently passed a $54.2 billion two-year budget that relies on more than $800 million in new tax revenue — and...

 
 By Gene Blankenship    News    May 9, 2019

Thirst quencher

Medical Lake track and field team member Mitchell Hale hands out water to a wheelchair racer at Bloomsday last Sunday. Hale was joined by teammates Mayah Eberhardt, Mia Thompson, Maris Tuck, Allison...

 

'Dignity and hope'

Airway Heights resident Sadie Reddy is the human embodiment of soda carbonation. The 23-year-old bounces when she sits, routinely throws her arms joyfully around the nearest person and brings an aura...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Neighborhood    May 9, 2019

'We're not heroes. We just did our job.'

Don Turner was a go-to administrator during his 30-year Marine Corps career, and everything a Marine is reputed to be — dedicated, firm but fair, and proven in combat in the jungles of Vietnam. But...

 

Looking Back

10 Years Ago May 7, 2009 Despite the Washington State Legislature slashing school funding statewide, the Cheney School District plans to not let the budget cuts impact its programs and teaching levels. The Medical Lake School Board held its annual...

 

From the archives: 1979

Rick Mandarino checks the size of a socket while learning what it’s like to work at Hick’s Hardware. Local students visited several Airway Heights businesses to give them hands-on experience with...

 

West Plains Support Network meeting covers family violence

Seventy-two people have been victims of domestic violence homicides in Spokane County since 1997, the fourth-highest of any county in the state according to Washington State Domestic Violence Coalition research. Twenty-two of those have happened...

 

Churches

Cheney Congregational Church Everyone is invited to join our Sunday morning worship service at 10 a.m. Plan to join us in the fellowship hall following the service. The “Lunch Bunch” will meet in the fellowship hall at noon on May 9. Everyone is...

 

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