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 By Paul Delaney    News    June 14, 2018

West Medical gets fish treatment

(Editor's Note: This is part one of a two-part series on the planned treatment to remove an invasive population of goldfish in West Medical Lake.) A Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)...

 
 By Paul Delaney    Photos    June 14, 2018

Raceway's Oval opener

As he wrote in the June 14 edition of Crunch Time, reported Paul Delaney was on hand 40 years ago to take in the first-ever stock car race at Spokane Raceway Park. Some of those photos from decades... Full story

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 14, 2018

Cheney institutional zone moves to council

Cheney Planning Commission gave its blessing at its June 11 meeting to the creation of a new zone in the city. The “Institutional Zone” would establish areas that provide greater development flexibility for public structures and uses such as educ...

 
 By Paul Delaney    News    June 14, 2018

Permit application filed for massive project

That hush-hush big building project planned for the West Plains near Spokane International Airport, rumored to be a massive Amazon fulfillment center, has a permit application in front of Spokane Coun...

 
 By GRACE POHL    News    June 14, 2018

Airway Heights council looks at water/sewer resolution

A water and sewer rate resolution to the new development of Highland Village was discussed at the June 11 Airway Heights study session meeting. Public Works Director Kevin Anderson asked the council to consider reducing the general facility...

 

Auto restoration business opens in Medical Lake

By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter A long-vacant corner of Medical Lake commercial real estate is getting spiffed up by making vehicles of all kinds look, and maybe run, nice. Rick Wright has recently tak...

 

Avista to perform substation maintenance in Sprague

Avista Utilities announced in a June 11 news release that it is performing maintenance to its substation in Sprague. Approximately 433 customers in the town will experience an outage starting at 10 p.m. on June 19 to 4 a.m. on June 20. Customers who...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 14, 2018

Farmers opens in Cheney Merchants Center

Marc Hughes cuts the ribbon opening his Cheney branch of Farmers Insurance last Friday morning, June 8. Hughes office is located at 1833 First St....

 
 By Paul Delaney    News    June 14, 2018

Open for nice smiles

Best Impression Dental's Dr. Alicia Burton (right) with husband Jonathan (left) and West Plains Chamber of Commerce executive director, Toby Broemmeling, were on hand with employees and others on...

 

Frontier announces new nonstop service to Las Vegas

Spokane International Airport officials announced in a June 5 news releasse that Frontier Airlines has new nonstop service from Spokane International Airport (GEG) to Las Vegas. The twice-weekly year-round service will begin on August 13, 2018. The...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 14, 2018

Cheney planners seek public input on downtown

Cheney Planning Department officials are inviting residents to come to the City Hall auditorium or the Wren Pierson Community Center later this month to answer one question. What kind of city is Cheney? The meeting, which takes place June 25 at 5...

 
 By GRACE POHL    Education    June 14, 2018

Graduating awards

Graduating Cheney High School students were recognized at last week's senior assembly, including athletes (above) who received the Mayor's Award. Also receiving awards were Evarosa Perry and Hunter...

 

News Briefs

Department of Licensing takes steps to comply with Real ID Act Starting July 1, 2018, the Department of Licensing (DOL) will begin marking all standard driver licenses and ID cards with the language, “federal limits apply.” The change aims to...

 
 By GRACE POHL    Education    June 14, 2018

EWU receives College Spark Washington Grant

As the academic year at Eastern Washington University is winding down, the most recent funds given to EWU was the College Spark Washington Grant. This grant will provide EWU with $149,573. The organization gave $1.5 million overall in community grant...

 

Sendoff at Shriner's

Medical Lake Alternative High School held its commencement ceremony on Friday, June 8, at the Shriner's Event Center. Those receiving diplomas included, front row (L-R): Autumn Port, Jami Williamsen,...

 

Hallet Elementary announces May, June awards

Kindergarten Musselwhite: Ryley Paul. Nkechukwu Okemgbo. Danker: Andrew Freeman, Tatianna Hartwell. Williams: Kaden Eckel, Josias Martinez, Maeve Halme. Haase: Alex Medina-Sanchez, Arianna Ramson, Ben Halme. First Grade Coriell: Shelby Stevens,...

 

Andrus named to student support services role

Cheney Public Schools announced in a June 11 news release that it has named Dr. Robin Andrus as the assistant director of Student Support Services. Andrus earned her bachelor’s degree at Eastern Washington University, graduating cum laude, as well...

 

Three Springs grads celebrate

Graduates of Cheney's Three Springs High School celebrate their achievement with the traditional mortarboard toss after their June 7 commencement at City Hall. Graduates are Cassidy Anderson, Jeusha...

 
 By GRACE POHL    Opinion    June 14, 2018

Graduation is a time for reflection

I could sit here and write about politics this week since there seems to be a lot going on, but I just really don’t enjoy diving into that. And who wants to really and truly read about it? Not me. So I am going to talk about graduation and the...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    June 14, 2018

Plastic straws are public enemy number one

By FRANK WATSON Contributor Seattle is leading the effort to save our planet from ourselves. They have joined Portland and a host of California cities in the battle against plastic drinking straws. A school boy noticed discarded straws outside fast...

 

Who benefits from the 'Booming Economy?'

Although the U.S. mass media are awash with stories about America’s “booming economy” the benefits are distributed very unequally, when they are distributed at all.  Buoyed by soaring corporate profits and stock prices, the richest Americans h...

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY June 4 Financial fraud was reported on the 700 block of Clover Street. Someone was having someone else’s mail forwarded to another address. Suspicious circumstances were reported on the 200 block of South Cheney-Spangle Road. A third-party...

 

Cheney United Methodist choir hits Carnegie Hall

Cheney United Methodist Church choir director Mary Jane Shevais had never heard of Distinguished Concerts, International New York City until the day last September when she returned home from judging...

 

Celebrate 2018 with four special garden honorees

It's a year-long celebration of flavor and beauty as we honor and grow the beet, coreopsis, calibrachoa and tulip. The National Garden Bureau (NGB) has declared 2018 the year of these garden...

 

Looking Back

10 Years Ago June 12, 2008 Despite intermittent rain and cool temperatures, amplified by incessant wind, the Cheney Farmers Market kicked off its 2008 season. This marked the fifth year the event was held. Medical Lake School District’s fastest...

 

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