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Articles from the July 11, 2019 edition

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Taking steps for senior housing

Cheney’s Planning Commission voted 6-0 to approve a rezone of land near North 6th Street and Simpson Parkway that would allow the construction of new duplexes by the Cheney Care... — Updated 7/11/2019


Too often we find ways to abuse good intentions

My television viewing is normally limited to the news, Mariner’s baseball and Gonzaga basketball. Shut in by bad weather a few weeks ago, I found myself temporarily out of library books, so I was daydreaming while a drama series... — Updated 7/11/2019


Not everything stays at home with China's migrating mandate

What happens in China doesn’t always stay in China. In fact, when it comes to tough new garbage and recycling restrictions, they may migrate elsewhere sooner than you might... — Updated 7/11/2019



One hundred fifty years ago in 1869, John Williams of Pennsylvania settled land near the lake south of Cheney which bears his name. Learn more about our area’s history at www.cheneymu — Updated 7/11/2019


Safety before signage

An update on the city of Cheney’s website last week asks residents to remember that it might be yard and garage sale season, but signs are not allowed on power poles. The staples or nails used to affix signs to wooden poles... — Updated 7/11/2019


Looking Back

10 Years Ago July 16, 2009 The Cheney Police Department saw the lazy days of summer become a reality as the department’s reports dropped 46 percent. The city of Cheney moved closer to resolving a decades-old court case when... — Updated 7/11/2019


From the archives: 1969

Rodeo Association members and their family and friends worked until dark to complete the new covered bleachers. Verna Heiydt can be seen working in the foreground.... — Updated 7/11/2019


Epstein sex case reveals deep cracks in our nation's integrity cracks in our nation's justice system

Those following the news recently have probably heard of the Palm Beach multi-millionaire Jeffery Epstein, thrust back in the spotlight after more than 10 years this week when he was charged with sex trafficking and a horde of... — Updated 7/11/2019


Rising up

Eastern Washington University’s Interdisciplinary Science Center rises between on the Cheney campus between the Science Building (right) and the Pence Union Building to the left.... — Updated 7/11/2019


Betz recognized with state award

In honor of its significant growth in student reading, math and attendance, Cheney School District’s own Betz Elementary was presented with a Washington State Recognized School award last month, one of just 137 other elementary s... — Updated 7/11/2019


Cheney FBLA excels at national conference

The Cheney FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) team had a great showing at the FBLA National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, TX June 30-July 2. The team had 24... — Updated 7/11/2019


Sutton Park concert series kicks into gear

This year’s concert line up at Cheney’s Sutton Park brings something old together with something new — and a little musical something for just about everybody. Several of the... — Updated 7/11/2019


Chemical-free options for managing mosquitoes in your landscape

It’s time to get outside and enjoy summer BBQs, gardening, hikes and much more. Don’t let mosquitoes keep you inside; instead enlist these chemical-free strategies to manage... — Updated 7/11/2019



Cheney Congregational Church It was with great joy that we welcomed our new pastor, Rev. Matt Goodale and his wife Meghan on July 7. Goodale will begin a new series, “A Surprising Family of Faith,” on July 14 at 10 a.m., where... — Updated 7/11/2019


West Plains Briefs

Free grilled cheese at AH Grocery Outlet, donations to help local food pantries The Airway Heights Grocery Outlet will be hosting the Franz Grilled Cheese Machine food truck on Friday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and giving away free... — Updated 7/11/2019

 By Lee Hughes    News

Avista installing 8-inch gas line near Lakeland Village

If you’ve driven down State Route 902 lately you’ve probably run into a construction project on the roadside near Lakeland Village and wondered what’s going on. That... — Updated 7/11/2019


Another business: Selkirk Pharma moves into West Plains facility

Spokane injectable-drug manufacturing and packaging company Selkirk Pharma Inc. is the latest business to set its sights on the West Plains, filing plans last week for a $30 million, 63,000-square-foot manufacturing facility.... — Updated 7/11/2019


Fireworks fail - Northern Quest fireworks show cancelled early after starting five nearby brush fires

The highly-touted fireworks show at Northern Quest Resort and Casino fizzled July 4 when the show billed as the largest “between Seattle and Billings, Montana” sparked five brush fires and was cancelled nearly as quickly as it... — Updated 7/11/2019


Parkside Commons goes up

Construction crews begin work on the second floor of the 96-unit Parkside Commons apartment complex. The student-housing complex is located two blocks north of Eastern Washington... — Updated 7/11/2019

 By Lee Hughes    News

ML kicks fireworks ban down the road

If the Medical Lake City Council was considering any further action regarding a firework ban, a contingent of about 25 citizens were on-hand at the council’s July 2 meeting to... — Updated 7/11/2019


AH council OKs police body camera contract

The Airway Heights City Council had several issues to tackle at its July 1 meeting, including the filling of an open Planning Commission seat and the approval of a contract for police department body camera purchases. The council... — Updated 7/11/2019


What was inside, is now outside

Construction crews have begun demolition on the front portion of Cheney High School in preparation to expand and create a more secure entrance to the facility — in the process... — Updated 7/11/2019


Creating human connectedness

When it comes to talking about suicide, Washington Department of Health’s Sigrid Reinert feels a different approach to the issue is needed rather than the currently accepted practice. Most people don’t wish to discuss... — Updated 7/11/2019

 By Lee Hughes    News

Lakeland Village begins receiving new residents

Former Vice President Hubert Humphrey once said, in part, “The moral test of government is how that government treats … those who are in the shadows of life — the sick, the... — Updated 7/11/2019

 By Lee Hughes    News

Tree takes out power to Medical Lake business and home

The tree-sized branch on an old cottonwood tree at the corner of Stanley and Lake streets in Medical Lake had finally had enough, breaking off from the tree’s main truck on... — Updated 7/11/2019


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