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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 16, 2018

Trailer likely cause of Silver Lake fire

Fire investigators have tabbed burning material from a vehicle as the likely cause of last week's Silver Lake fire that burned 345 acres of grass and timber land between Interstate 90 and Granite...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 16, 2018

As temps rise, levels go down

For the second time in two weeks, Cheney residents were faced with the imposition of irrigation restrictions to deal with low water levels in the city’s five reservoirs. Unlike past mandatory restrictions, the prohibiting of irrigation from July...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    August 16, 2018

Amazon to pay for Hayford traffic mitigation

Amazon is voluntarily paying a $178,640 traffic mitigation fee to Airway Heights to be used for improvements to the intersection of Hayford Road and U.S. Route 2, primarily for a second southbound left turn lane, according to city officials. The fee...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 16, 2018

No haze and plenty of bluegrass

Old Growth Quartet bassist Joe Wilmhoff looks on as lead guitarist and singer Dale Adkins jams during their performance Sunday afternoon at the Blue Waters, Bluegrass festival in Medical...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    August 16, 2018

Medical Lake seeks replacement for Paikuli on council

For the second time in five months, residents of Medical Lake will go through the process of filling a vacant seat on their City Council. Following the July resignation of Position 1 Councilman John Paikuli, which became effective Aug. 1, the...

 

Taking a closer peek at ML's school budget

While many staff members have been enjoying their summer break, Medical Lake central administrators like Superintendent Tim Ames and Chad Moss, director of finance, have been involved in getting things in line for 2018-19. For Ames, that has meant...

 

Cheney elementary registration underway

Registration for kindergarteners and new elementary students in the Cheney School District began Monday, Aug. 13, at all local elementary schools. Registering students before school starts is convenient for parents and for the school district, said S...

 

Cheney to destroy special education records

In accordance with state law, the Cheney school district will be destroying past students’ special education records unless they hear from the child’s parent or guardian by Sept. 30. Under state and federal law, special education records must be...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 16, 2018

Land rezone needed for new Alki apartment complex

Cheney developer Steve Emtman is proposing a zoning change that would essential "swap" land designated multifamily on 12.1 acres of land along Alki Street to better accommodate construction of a...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    August 16, 2018

Kalispel Tribe Utilities contracts with Itron for electricity delivery

Recently launched Kalispel Tribe Utilities has selected an Itron Inc. solution for electricity delivery with the goal of building a world-class utility, the tribe announced Aug. 7. The tribe signed a contract with Itron to deploy their OpenWay...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    August 16, 2018

Medical Lake's Wagon Wheel rolls in new direction

A pioneer old Medical Lake building is blazing a new trail with the sale in June to new owner, Jessica Glenn. Gone will be the iconic Wagon Wheel Bar that has been part of the community on the corner...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 16, 2018

Get ready, get set - get out

Greater Spokane Emergency Management officials want the public to know what evacuation levels mean - and what to take with them when told to leave. The county agency has released a set of evacuation...

 

Level 3 sex offender locates near Cheney

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the following information pursuant to RCW 4.24.550, which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offender release when, in the discretion of the agency, the release of...

 
 By FRED OBEE    Opinion    August 16, 2018

No excuse for fake news rhetoric

The plight of a grieving orca who continues to carry her dead calf for weeks is reported by the Seattle Times. In Spokane, the Spokane Spokesman-Review lets people know for the first time the Legislature is forming a task force to exempt lawmakers...

 

Regardless of size, news organizations do the same thing

Greetings and salutations. John McCallum here — your friendly, neighborhood enemy of the American people. I know there are some out there who would agree with the president’s reference to those of us in the news media. There are many who would...

 

Make a sensible argument when discussing taxes and fairness

A few weeks ago, I was in a serious discussion with a young friend who claimed that the Washington state tax system is unfair to the poor. I asked how he came to that conclusion, and he said the rich in Washington pay a lower percent of their income...

 

CMR encouraged to reject cruelty to immigrants

Recently I sent a letter to Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Part of the letter says: “I just needed to tell you how encouraged I was when I met some young people from your campaign at the anti-racism rally at the County Courthouse on Aug. 2...

 

McMorris Rodgers strong supporter of disabilities laws

Cathy McMorris Rodgers has been a strong advocate for people with disabilities. She is one of the leaders in Congress, and the whole federal government, on bringing awareness to Down Syndrome. She brought to Congress’ attention the fact that less t...

 

Fairchild hosts hazmat training

"And...go!" Sixteen airmen in gray shirts and blue shorts bolt through a parking lot on Fairchild Air Force Base. Ignoring the blazing sun, some dive into full-body hazmat suits, while others begin...

 

Churches

Cheney Congregational Church Luke 4:43 — But he said to them, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose.” Visit with us Sunday mornings for more about Jesus and the book of...

 

West Plains BRIEFS

Cheney blood drive Aug. 24 The Inland Northwest Blood Center together with Cheney community volunteers led by coordinator Duane Isaac will hold a blood drive on Friday, Aug. 24, from 1:30 – 5 p.m. at the Marketplace Bakery & Eatery on First Street...

 

LOOKING BACK WITH THE CHENEY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

One hundred twenty-five years ago in 1893, Ed Chambers had a small cheese making operation on his ranch south of Cheney. Learn more about our area’s history at www.cheneymuseum.org....

 

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Aug. 21, 2008 Eastern Washington University began attending city of Cheney meetings to strengthen their relationship. Volunteers from the community came together to renovate Medical Lake’s aging baseball field. The city of Cheney’s...

 

Mary Ellen Wendtlandt Camp

Mary Ellen Wendtlandt Camp, age 88, passed away peacefully on July 31, 2018. Mary Ellen was born Sept. 1, 1929 in Spokane, Wash. to Herbert A. and Mary Ellen (Halverson) Wendtlandt. She graduated... Full story

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Aug. 6 Third-degree theft was reported on the 700 block of Third Street. A GPS and tools were taken from a vehicle. Aug. 7 Third-degree theft was reported on the 600 block of Elm Street. A bicycle was taken. A purse was found at the U.S. Post...

 

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