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Articles from the May 30, 2019 edition

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Public safety by the numbers

In a discussion sure to continue at future meetings, Cheney’s Planning Commission received an overview of public safety issues at its May 13 arising from an increasing population due to development south of the Burlington Norther... — Updated 5/30/2019

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports

Farmen claims 1A triple jump state title

Medical Lake High School’s Jaxyn Farmen’s final Memorial Day weekend as a Cardinal proved to be a good one. The senior hopped, skipped and jumped further than she had ever... — Updated 5/30/2019


Sports Week

(Note: All schedules subject to change. Consult school, club or facility websites to confirm.) College Track Wednesday-Saturday, June 5-8, EWU at NCAA D1 Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Austin, Texas, 8 p.m. Baseball... — Updated 5/30/2019

 By Lee Hughes    Sports

Wrestling icon Wayne Terry to be inducted into National Hall of Fame

It started from nothing, really. Just an idea hatched by a couple of motivated wrestling enthusiasts that, with a handful of local kids, they might start a kids’ folkstyle... — Updated 5/30/2019



Seventy-five years ago during World War II, Larry Montague of the U.S. Navy took second place in the war bond and stamp drive “Pin-Up Man” contest at Eastern Washington College, with sales of $1,229.35. First place went to... — Updated 5/30/2019



Cheney Congregational Church Sunday morning worship service starts at 10 a.m. in the church sanctuary at 423 N. 6th St. Rev. Dr. David Krueger-Duncan will deliver the sermon. June 2 will be his last day at Cheney Congregational Chu... — Updated 5/30/2019


West Plains Briefs

Medical Lake’s Care-N-Share raffle tickets on sale Medical Lake’s Care and Share thrift store is holding a raffle to benefit the Medical Lake Food Bank. The $1 tickets are on sale now at Denny’s Harvest Foods. Prizes include... — Updated 5/30/2019 Full story


Vietnam War vets treated differently: Lack of respect hit one vet hardest

Like many retired military service members of his particular vintage, Jerry Herker served a tour in Vietnam during the war. But unlike many others, his experience didn’t result... — Updated 5/30/2019


When cleaning up becomes a calling

The phrase “The God Squad” brings to mind visions of early crusaders or the television show from the early 2000s, not a crew of teenagers in matching pastel shirts and too-big... — Updated 5/30/2019

 By RIVERA SUN    Opinion

The bottom line in affecting change: Go for the money

It’s rare to hear business magazines admit the power of nonviolent action. As the editor of Nonviolence News, a service that collects and shares 30-50-plus stories of nonviolence in action each week, I often see business journals... — Updated 5/30/2019


Volunteering good for the world and the soul

I didn’t know much about volunteering growing up. As far as I was concerned, the only volunteers that existed were the ones I saw on television handing out food at homeless shelter soup kitchens or on the news passing out water... — Updated 5/30/2019


Hallett students receive monthly PACE awards

Hallett Elementary School announced its Partners Advancing Character Education (PACE), and other awards for the month of February. This months character trait: trustworthiness. PACE Diligence awards Kindergarten Cody Jones Alice... — Updated 5/30/2019


West Plains students honored at PACE Awards

By SHANNEN TALBOT Staff Reporter Several Cheney and Medical Lake students were honored on May 23 in the annual PACE Awards at Eastern Washington University's Hargreaves Hall. PACE,... — Updated 5/30/2019


Creepy crawlies

11-year-old James Christensen grins back at his friends as he holds a tarantula at Sunset Elementary’s Science Night. The evening featured an indoor planetarium from Mobius... — Updated 5/30/2019


West Plains students honored at PACE Awards

By SHANNEN TALBOT Staff Reporter Several Cheney and Medical Lake students were honored on May 23 in the annual PACE Awards at Eastern Washington University’s Hargreaves Hall. PACE, or Partners Advancing Character Education, is a... — Updated 5/30/2019


Images of Memorial Day 2019

West Plains and Spokane County residents took part in Memorial Day observances in numerous ways on Monday.... — Updated 5/30/2019

 By Lee Hughes    News

Geiger work gets underway

Local, state and federal elected officials and dignitaries ceremoniously break ground on the two-year, $14.3 million Geiger Boulevard project scheduled to begin next week.... — Updated 5/30/2019


Ways of taking the hassle out of daily watering duties

Proper watering is key to gardening success, but untangling and dragging heavy hoses across the yard, smashing delicate flowers and young vegetable plants along the way is a common occurrence in many yards. If this describes your... — Updated 5/30/2019


Spokane Casino event series heats up June 1

The first day of summer might not technically be until June 21, but the Spokane Tribe Casino in Airway Heights is welcoming it just a little earlier with a backyard event series and monthly events planned for June, July, August and... — Updated 5/30/2019


Northern Quest Resort & Casino brings Topgolf Swing Suite to Epic

The Kalispel Tribe of Indians and Northern Quest Resort & Casino has announced a new partnership that will bring a Topgolf Swing Suite to the West Plains. Scheduled to open to the public in July, the Topgolf Swing Suite will be... — Updated 5/30/2019


Learning curve

Jenny Graham, 6th District state representative, listens as Cheney water reclamation plant operator Dan Ferguson explains how the facilities supervisory control and data... — Updated 5/30/2019

 By Lee Hughes    News

Paying attention and respect

Veterans salute as the colors are presented and the National Anthem sung during Monday’s Memorial Day ceremonies at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical... — Updated 5/30/2019


Health district advises confronting pests head on

As Spokane residents immerse themselves in warmer weather, many are spending more time outdoors and in their yards, exposing them to spring and summer pests and prompting phone calls to Spokane Regional Health District(SRHD). This... — Updated 5/30/2019


It really does take a village

Last year, the Spokane Regional Health District piloted a “time bank” in a few select Airway Heights neighborhoods. The idea was simple and hearkened back to the 1980s — the online time bank would be an organized way for... — Updated 5/30/2019

 By Lee Hughes    News

Medical Lake approves fireworks applications

The Medical Lake City Council approved two fireworks applications and received an update on events surrounding next month’s Founders Day celebration that includes a visit by The... — Updated 5/30/2019


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