Articles from the May 16, 2019 edition

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 By Lee Hughes    News

ML OKs District 3 agreement

The big topic of the evening at the Medical Lake City Council meeting on May 7 was approval of a pre-annexation agreement between the city and Spokane Fire District 3. The city and... — Updated 5/16/2019

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News

Air Force response to AH claims is silence

Representatives from several levels of the United States Air Force had little to say last week in response to an Airway Heights letter demanding nearly $47 million in damages because of the 2017 contamination of its water supply.... — Updated 5/16/2019

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

EWU dedicates restoration, center projects

Eastern Washington University officially launched two long-time initiatives with dedication ceremonies last Wednesday. A crowd of around 100 people stood by on the wind-swept hill n... — Updated 5/16/2019

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News

Airway Heights officials: 'Much ado about nothing'

Airway Heights residents were alarmed over the weekend when the city’s Public Works Department announced that one of two interties with Spokane was to be shut down for relocation and asked all residents to begin conserving water... — Updated 5/16/2019

 

Cheney adopts new elementary math curriculum

It was an unusual start to a school board meeting as Cheney district officials, employees and families gathered in the Cheney Middle School cafeteria on May 8 for the district’s Employee Recognition Night. Several teachers were... — Updated 5/16/2019

 

Medical Lake High School JROTC receives award

The Medical Lake High School Washington 81st Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps is scheduled to be awarded the Silver Star Community Service with Excellence Award at a ceremony... — Updated 5/16/2019

 
 By Leann Burton    Education

Cheney High School April Students of the Month

Cheney High School’s April Students of the Month are pictured above from left to right: Nicole Murray, Abigail Blazon, Kaylee Sullivan, Corrina Storkson, Seth Wilcox, Ryan... — Updated 5/16/2019

 

Cheney band enters to win $100K in instruments

Cheney High School announced on Thursday, May 9, that it has ­­­entered the running for a $100,000 instrument grant from award-winning musician Barry Manilow. Manilow and his foundation, the Manilow Music Project, are... — Updated 5/16/2019

 
 By MARCO VARGAS    Education

Spokane County Library District seeks levy approval

The Spokane County Library District is seeking levy restoration for maintenance and operations of its 11 libraries to keep services at existing levels throughout Spokane County, increase digital materials and replace outdated... — Updated 5/16/2019

 

Air Force partners with West Plains fire agencies for training

Several West Plains fire agencies partnered with the Fairchild Air Force Base Fire Department on Thursday, May 16, for an aircraft collision training scenario in preparation for... — Updated 5/16/2019

 

EWU's board of trustees creates stadium task force

Eastern Washington University’s Board of Trustees (BOT) is announcing the creation of a task force to conduct a comprehensive study of the football stadium renovation project. Appointed by Board Chair Uriel Iñiguez, the task... — Updated 5/16/2019

 

West Plains Fire and EMS monthly statistics

Airway Heights Fire Department Emergency Medical Services 127 Fire 12 Total 139 Cheney Fire Department Structure fire 3 Emergency medical service 91 Extrication rescue 1 Dispatched/canceled en route 5 Wrong address/no emergency 1... — Updated 5/16/2019

 
 By Lee Hughes    News

Are you prepared for a long, hot and dry fire season?

Enjoy the clear blue spring sky while you can. By all accounts, this year will be host to yet another hot, dry and smoky summer fire season. “We’re already really dry,... — Updated 5/16/2019

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

Cheney addressing brown water issues

Cheney crews are working to alleviate several cases of brown, stinky water emerging from residents water faucets. Public Works Director Todd Ableman told the City Council at its... — Updated 5/16/2019

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

Taves named Cheney Yard of the Month

The home of John and Jolene Taves has been selected as Yard of the Month for May by the Cheney Kiwanis and Gardeners of Cheney. Taves has been a Yard of the Month selection before,... — Updated 5/16/2019

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    Opinion

Georgia reproductive bills should concern us all

An inescapable news topic in recent weeks has been Georgia’s new legislation governing abortion, signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp last week and sparking outrage and debate across the country. The much-buzzed-about “heartbeat... — Updated 5/16/2019

 
 By KRISTINE MEYER    Opinion

Courage counts most when you feel like you are at your worst

Imagine what it feels like to lose. Multiply that several times over. How tempting is it to throw up your hands in defeat and get really mad about it? When I was in junior high I went to a small school that wouldn’t be able to... — Updated 5/16/2019

 

His brother's keeper

After 27 years, Wes Anderson came to accept who and what he was. So it was that, in 1995, after years of personal struggles he “came out” — as a Vietnam veteran. Two years... — Updated 5/16/2019

 

Phyllis Marie Perrotta

Phyllis Marie Perrotta, born April 23, 1941, left this earth on May 3, 2019. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, wife and... — Updated 5/16/2019 Full story

 

West Plains Briefs

Bees and flowers talk of the town on May 22 “Flowers that make bees dance” is the subject of master beekeeper Jim Miller’s presentation at Cheney Congregational Church for their fourth Wednesday series “Things I Learned... — Updated 5/16/2019 Full story

 

Churches

Cheney Congregational Church Everyone is invited to join the Sunday morning worship service at 10 a.m. Pastor David Krueger-Duncan will deliver the sermon. Coffee and refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall following... — Updated 5/16/2019 Full story

 

Looking Back

10 Years Ago May 14, 2009 After one year as Medical Lake’s code enforcement officer, Don Mayfield announced his resignation at the May 5 City Council meeting, saying he’d accepted a position with another organization. The... — Updated 5/16/2019

 

Kick up your heels

Cheney's Mayfest brought hordes of people to downtown Cheney May 10 - 12 to dance, play and celebrate spring. Left: Two young dancers practice their two-step to the musical... — Updated 5/16/2019

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports

Blackhawks finish third at District 7 meet

Cheney High’s contingent to this weekend’s regional track and field competition at Central Washington University in Ellensburg may not be large, but it will be potent. The... — Updated 5/16/2019

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports

Cardinals send eight to state track and field meet

The Medical Lake High School track and field team advanced eight athletes out of District 7 competition last weekend to the State 1A track meet at Eastern Washington University in... — Updated 5/16/2019

 

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