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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    May 10, 2018

Police investigate reports of man with weapon near EWU

Eastern Washington University and Cheney School District facilities were placed in temporary lockdown as law enforcement searched the area for a possible armed individual last Thursday afternoon. EWUPD Lt. Jay Day said they received a report of a...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    May 10, 2018

Cheney institutes cyber ban

Uneasiness by city officials over the possibility of Cheney becoming a destination for power-hungry cryptocurrency mining businesses led the City Council to pass a moratorium on the practice at its April 24 meeting until regulations can be developed...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    May 10, 2018

Dressed to celebrate

Light poles in downtown Cheney are festooned with banners in preparation for this weekend's Mayfest celebration. The annual festival, coupled with Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge's "Floods, Flowers...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    May 10, 2018

Busting 'puppy mill' presented challenges

Closing down the illegal West Plains kennel that animal control officers raided and rescued dozens of dogs on April 26 presented a challenge from the get-go. Perhaps the biggest was just confirming that a still as yet unidentified property owner on...

 
 By Grace Pohl    News    May 10, 2018

Airway Heights City Council moves along Spokane water intertie

At the May 7 Airway Heights City Council meeting, the board awarded a bid to construct the Spokane water intertie project to DW Excavating, Inc. in the amount of $130,662.58. The new intertie connection was authorized recently to amend the water...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Education    May 10, 2018

Medical Lake JROTC earns special honor

The Medical Lake High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps unit sits among some very special company - in the world. The unit and its instructors, Col. (Ret.) Lyle Powell and Chief Master...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Education    May 10, 2018

Michael Anderson Elementary to hold fundraiser

Michael Anderson Elementary School on Fairchild Air Force Base will stage its eighth annual ASB fundraiser, but unlike the one-night events most are familiar with, theirs will take place over a period of two weeks. “We are calling our fundraiser...

 

Medical Lake's Hallett Elementary School announces April award winners

Hallett Elementary School has announced its award winners for April, 2018. Kindergarten: Danker: Maesa Chimienti, Ava Grace, Elisha “Butch” Turnbough. Musselwhite: Cameron Christanson, Harmony Clark, Tyler Chicoine. Williams: Skylar Aguilar,...

 

Spring arrives with Cheney Mayfest, Turnbull festivals

By JOHN McCALLUM Managing Editor The sixth annual Cheney Mayfest takes place this Friday and Saturday downtown. Coupled with the eighth annual Floods, Flowers and Feathers Festival at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, the pair of celebrations offer...

 

Spokane International Airport announces overhead sign project

Spokane International Airport will be installing new overhead signs on inbound and outbound Airport Drive during the next two weeks dependent on weather conditions. The new signage will provide passengers with the most up-to-date information and...

 

News Briefs

Cheney fire department holds May 12 open house The Cheney Fire Department is holding an open house on Saturday May 12. The event is sponsored by Cheney Professional Firefighters Local 1919 in conjunction with the Cheney Volunteer Firefighters and...

 
 By Grace Pohl    News    May 10, 2018

Airway Heights library now offering GED classes

After having success at the Cheney Library, the GED and High School 21+ programs are now being offered by the Community Colleges of Spokane at the Airway Heights location on Thursdays from 1 – 5...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    May 10, 2018

Medical Lake City Council set for summer schedule

Summer is still officially over a month away but the Medical Lake City Council was thinking about it early at their May 1 meeting. Councilman John Paikuli made a motion for the governing body to set its usual once-a-month summer meeting schedule...

 
 By Grace Pohl    News    May 10, 2018

5K-9 fun run/walk returns to Airway Heights

If somebody needs an excuse to walk their dog, the fourth annual 5K-9 Fun Run/Walk in Airway Heights is a perfect reason to get your pet out of the house and enjoy the day. The fun run and walk, sponsored by Ginnie O’s Dog and Cat Grooming, takes...

 

West Plains Briefs

CHENEY April 30 A credit card was found on the 200 block of Fourth Street. A rape was reported on the 200 block of South Cheney-Spangle Road. Incident allegedly occurred in December 2017. Possible harassment/neighborhood dispute was reported on the...

 

Add gardening space with elevated gardens

Elevate your gardens to waist high level for convenience and easy access. Elevated gardens are easy on your back and knees and are perfect for the patio, balcony, deck or any area where a bit of...

 

Looking Back

10 Years Ago May 8, 2008 Dozens of families and children turned out for the annual “Fishing Kids” event at Clear Lake, an activity that was run by volunteers with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. The National Endowment of Humanities...

 

Elvin Maynard Salter

Elvin Maynard Salter was born on May 13, 1925 in Almira, Wash. to parents Milton C. Salter Sr. and Gerda Eliason Salter. Elvin was raised by Ollie and Lillian Flenton when his mother passed when he... Full story

 

Churches

Emmanuel Lutheran Church Emmanuel Lutheran Church invites you to worship with us this Sunday. Coffee hour follows the service. Christian education for grade school through adults begins at 9 a.m. You may watch our pastor’s sermons on YouTube at...

 

West Plains Briefs

Feed Medical Lake May 14 Feed Medical Lake is serving Cuban chicken, buttered noodles, cucumber salad and orange Jell-O on Monday, May 14. Grocery distribution begins at 4:15 p.m. with cafeteria-style supper at 5 p.m., all at 223 S. Hallett St....

 

What's Happening On The West Plains

Cheney • May 11-12, Mayfest, downtown Cheney, various activities and times • May 12, Cheney Wetland Trail Run, Cheney/Spangle Centennial trial head, 10 a.m., $15 or $25 with a shirt. • May 12, Friends of the Cheney Library Book Sale, community... Full story

 

LOOKING BACK WITH THE CHENEY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

To stop a run on the bank during the financial panic of 1893, board members Ed Jordan pledged $5,000, Joe Alling pledged $8,000, and Johnny Williams pledged another $5,000. Williams was the only one to follow through, he became angry and quit the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    May 10, 2018

Skilled, civilized drivers we are definitely not

I am constantly amazed at how much our nation can sometimes resemble a Third World country. Having been to a couple, one of my observations is that normal day-to-day activities often function without any semblance of order or rules. Take driving,...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    May 10, 2018

Teacher's unions may be good for teachers, but not so for students

My first teaching job was in a Spokane middle school. I was hired for one semester while an experienced teacher had both knees replaced. It was an interesting assignment. A week or so after I began, I was given notes for the kids to take home...

 
 By KYLE ISAKOWER    Opinion    May 10, 2018

NAFTA supplies America with energy and power

The Trump Administration unveiled an agenda for “energy dominance” shortly after taking office, promising to curb the global influence of countries like Russia and China with American energy exports. Whether or not the administration succeeds...

 

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