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Annual EWU community food drive surpasses its 2012 goals

By JOHN McCALLUM Editor For the fifth year in a row staff and faculty at Eastern Washington University have exceeded their goals in the annual community food drive, an effort that includes collecting school supplies for area K-12 students. Six teams...


Sunken sub brings Bill Smith's firsthand story to light

Cheney man was there when Coast Guard crew sank a recently rediscovered German U-boat in World War II By BECKY THOMAS Staff Reporter Last month divers discovered the remains of a German U-boat off Nantucket Island, Mass. that was sunk by U.S. ships i...


Cheney Special Olympics teams bring home medals

Cheney Special Olympians brought home gold and silver medals from the recent Special Olympic State Softball Tournament in Everett, Wash. Thirty-eight Cheney Parks and Recreation athletes in two teams and one individual took part in the competition....


West Plains Little League junior all-stars place fourth at state tournament

The majors' softball team wasn't the only West Plains Little League All-Star squad enjoying success this past summer. The Junior League All-Star team advanced to state tournament play by capturing their sixth overall District 13 title. The 13- and... Full story


Early fall could bring dry conditions and fire danger to West Plains

By BECKY THOMAS Staff Reporter Last week a lightning storm sparked numerous fires in the Cheney area that destroyed three buildings, including a home. Spokane County Fire District 3 crews were able to put out the fires before they spread, but the... Full story


Stevens named director at Domino Project

Former Whitworth instructor gives up tenure track in order to help provide special education service needs at EWU collaborative preschool By JOHN McCALLUM Editor If you're going to give up a tenure-track teaching position at a good university, it...


Airway Heights takes first steps towards new government building

By JAMES EIK Staff Reporter Airway Heights is in the formative stages to begin replacing some of its government buildings, some of which have been in operation for over 50 years, since the city's incorporation. To start the process, the city is... Full story


County jail siting resumes

By JAMES EIK Staff Reporter The siting process for a proposed new jail location in Spokane County is beginning once again, after new property was submitted by Spokane International Airport along Geiger Boulevard. Spokane County Sheriff's Office Lt....


Crunch Time for August 30, 2012

Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to check out our Cheney fall sports teams By JOHN McCALLUM Editor It's doesn't seem possible, but summer is almost over. And you know what that means? Yep, fall sports! Oh yes, school too. OK, I know...


Medical Lake opens football season Friday at St. Maries

By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter The hits now come against opponents for the Medical Lake football team Friday night, Aug. 31 in St. Maries, Idaho. After three weeks of preseason camp the Cardinals will open their season with a non-league game against...


Kydd resigns as Eastern Washington volleyball head coach

Associate head coach Lisa Westlake will serve as interim coach for rest of 2012 season FROM NEWS SERVICE REPORTS Eastern Washington University has announced the resignation of head volleyball coach Miles Kydd, effective Tuesday, Aug. 28. Kydd...


Cheney Historical Museum

One hundred twenty-five years ago in 1887, William E. Pierce and George A. Davis delivered the first plat of the town of Marshall. In 1912 wheat was selling at 26 to 28 cents a bushel. In 1934 the price went to 55 cents a bushel. Learn more about... Full story


Joseph E. Tiedt

Joseph E. Tiedt, age 87, passed away Aug. 17, 2012, in Spokane, Wash. Joseph was born in Cheney, Wash. on Feb. 8, 1925. He was the son of Elmer and Hattie (Wegele) Tiedt. Joseph graduated from Cheney High School and went to work for the SPNS...


Idaho is just another college football game for Eagles

By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter For the Eastern Washington University football team, their 2012 season opening non-conference game Thursday night in Moscow at the Kibbie Dome against the University of Idaho is just another game. Not that much...


Cheney Pee Wee Rodeo royalty gearing up for big event

By BECKY THOMAS Staff Reporter Shootdogging, mutton busting, goat tail tying and dummy roping. To the untrained eye, these words sound like nonsense. For young children with a heart for rodeo, they spell fun and a potential stepping-stone to a...


Looking Back

10 Years Ago Aug. 29, 2002 Medical Lake City Administrator Curt Kelling announced the hiring of an interim police chief, Jake Evans, to replace Jim Sjothun who was recently placed on administrative leave due to concerns over his management style. A... Full story


Medical Lake High School splits assistant principal duties among administrators

By JAMES EIK Staff Reporter The front office at Medical Lake High School is changing somewhat for the 2012-13 school year, specifically with the assistant principal position. Chris Spring, the school's current athletics director will share assistant... Full story


In Our Opinion: A contract should be a contract, is no different with STEP

Airway Heights City Council recently denied a request by Spokane County Commissioners to be released from a portion of a 2010 contract between the city, county and the Spokane Tribe of Indians regarding STEP, the Spokane Tribe Economic Project that i...


Cheney council approves new water rates

Changes include flat rate per housing unit, plus 9-cent increase in usage fees By BECKY THOMAS Staff Reporter New water rates are coming for Cheney residents and renters. The Cheney City Council voted unanimously to approve changes to the water...


Skate park closes down

Medical Lake City Council decision stems from last year's string of criminal activity By JAMES EIK Staff Writer Medical Lake's skate park will permanently close following a unanimous vote from the Medical Lake City Council at its Tuesday, Aug. 21...


Eastern men release basketball schedule

First six games are away from home so fans will have to wait to check out new Reese seats FROM STAFF AND NEWS SERVICE REPORTS Remember those nice new Reese Court seats that were installed during the offseason? On the good side there's more... Full story


Lorraine “Pinky” Everett

Lorraine “Pinky” Everett passed away Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 at her home in Medical Lake, Wash. at the age of 100. She was born May 17, 1912 to Elmer Knowles and Adella Bryant in Terry, Mont. Lorraine is survived by her son Ronald Taylor of... Full story


Sports Week for Aug. 30, 2012

COLLEGE FOOTBALL Eastern Washington University Thursday, Aug. 30 at Idaho, 6:05 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 at Washington State. noon. HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY Saturday, Sept. 8, Cheney, Medical Lake at Silverwood Coaster Classic, Silverwood 8:30 a.m....


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