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Articles from the May 23, 2019 edition

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Mary Lee (Woodruff) Eberly

Aug. 21, 1930 – May 2, 2019 On the evening of May 2, Heaven received another angel, Mary Lee Eberly. Just a short four weeks to the day after her husband’s passing. At age 18,... — Updated 6/10/2019


Cheney council OKs final plat

Cheney’s City Council approved a final plat designation for the fifth phase of the Golden Hills subdivision at its May 14 meeting, a move a Cheney developer made a last minute request to deny due to a property dispute. In a May... — Updated 5/23/2019


Cheney craft retreat draws national audience

Last weekend, an ordinary conference room in Cheney's Holiday Inn Express was transformed into a cotton candy colored paradise thanks to the 3 Craft Chicks crafting retreat May 17-1... — Updated 5/23/2019


Tyler Daze is just around the corner - just down the road

By JOHN McCALLUM Managing Editor It's often said that the only certainties in this life are death and taxes. Cheney-area residents can add one more - in a good way - to that list -... — Updated 5/23/2019


StageWest thanks the public for a successful season

StageWest Community Theatre had great success with the last production of the 2018-2019 Session, “The Savannah Sipping Society” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. Most performances had a capacity crowd and the din... — Updated 5/23/2019


Closing EWU downtown gallery creates an art opportunity

I recently received word that the Eastern Washington University Downtown Student Gallery will be closing soon. I understand that this is due to a lack of funding, not participation, therefore, I would like to make the following... — Updated 5/23/2019


Roundup should be banned

It is garden season which is a passion close to my heart. I find myself cringing in horror whenever I see Roundup weed killer, marketed by Monsanto/Bayer, lining store shelves in Spokane and around the country. I recently read in... — Updated 5/23/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

What happened to justice in American courts?

Our court system is out of control. I was watching a Mariner’s game the other day when the network filled a break in the action with a half dozen commercials. My drink and chip bowl were both full, so I sat back in my recliner... — Updated 5/23/2019

 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Removing Snake River dams is unwise for a multitude of reasons

There are dams that should come down and those that shouldn’t. Hopefully, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts its review of the 14 federal dams on the Columbia and Snake... — Updated 5/23/2019

 By Lee Hughes    Opinion

Don't forget the fallen on Memorial Day

America celebrates Memorial Day this weekend, a long-running and, in the past, controversial holiday eventually made official by President Lyndon Johnson in 1966. The purpose of... — Updated 5/23/2019


Grant gives new air packs to Fire District 10

Thanks to a government grant, some West Plains firefighters should be able to breathe a little easier. Spokane County Fire District 10 received 78 new self-contained breathing apparatuses via a Federal Emergency Management Act... — Updated 5/23/2019

 By Lee Hughes    News

Flood gates

A passing semitrailer sprays accumulated stormwater across the front of Bogle's Auto Repair at 16 1st St., Cheney, after a May 16 thunderstorm that inundated the region with... — Updated 5/23/2019


Police seek information on Airway Heights fatal hit and run

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit investigators attempting to piece together a hit and run collision that left a pedestrian dead believe they’ve found the suspect vehicle after searching for nearly five days.... — Updated 5/23/2019


West Plains Chamber hears from Gary Chandler

The West Plains Chamber of Commerce’s May breakfast broke in the banquet hall at the new Airway Heights recreation center as local business leaders gathered to watch a legislative recap presentation by Association of Washington... — Updated 5/23/2019


Conservation District presents at Airway Heights City Council

The Airway Heights City Council was so busy at their Monday, May 20, meeting that several agenda items were pushed back to a later meeting date as council members heard a presentation from the Spokane Conservation District.... — Updated 5/23/2019


Medical Lake School District hosts Summer Food Service Program

The Medical Lake School District is sponsoring the Summer Food Service Program for children up to age 18. The meals are free, and will be served at Hallett Elementary School, 524 S. Hallett St. Beginning Monday, July 1, breakfast... — Updated 5/23/2019


Cheney Pawn's Thompson retires, sells to new owner

Spring is often thought of as the season of change, and that adage has certainly proven true for a staple Cheney business. William Thompson, the owner of Cheney Pawn on 1st Street, is retiring and has sold his business to a new... — Updated 5/23/2019

 By Lee Hughes    News

Medical Lake interchange project begins late June

If there's a sure sign of summer, it's roadway construction, and like seasonal temperatures, things are beginning to heat up near the Interstate 90 Medical Lake interchange. Work... — Updated 5/23/2019


EWU senior art exhibition 'Traces Of' opens May 23

Eastern Washington University's annual Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Senior Exhibition "Traces Of" is taking place May 24 – June 6 on campus at the Art Department's EWU Gallery of... — Updated 5/23/2019


Cheney High School students named Spokane Scholars

Six Cheney High School students were honored at the 27th annual Spokane Scholars awards banquet on April 15 at the Spokane Convention Center Ballroom. Students receiving Spokane Scholars Foundation Medal of Academic Achievement... — Updated 5/23/2019


Lina's Terporten's big adventure

By LEE HUGHES Staff Reporter In the fall of 2017, one of Lina Terporten's teachers asked her if she would be interested in applying for a scholarship to be an exchange student. He... — Updated 5/23/2019


Hot shot

Cheney Fire Department Lt. Jeff Anderson snaps a group photo of area firefighters engaged in a practice burn last Wednesday of a house at 1st and I streets. The home, built in... — Updated 5/23/2019

 By Lee Hughes    News

Perfect storm of issues leads to common audit finding

A three-year financial audit by the Washington State Auditors Office found that the City of Medical Lake has had issues keeping track of its internal finances. But don’t be... — Updated 5/23/2019


Civil War - Washington may not have participated directly but the conflict's impacts were felt

While the battles and emotions making up the American Civil War took place far from the territory of Washington, the land that would eventually become the 42nd state in the union... — Updated 5/23/2019


Civil War - Memorial Day weekend reenactment provides a living history of conflict

The Civil War is coming to Cheney — or at least a pretty fair approximation of the four-year conflict that ended 154 years ago. Called “The Battle of Cheney/Minnie Creek... — Updated 5/23/2019


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