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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    October 11, 2018

The one that almost got away

A wayward campfire has been determined the cause of a wildland fire that sprang up quickly last Tuesday in south Cheney, threatening several businesses and scorching almost 30 acres of woodlands before being contained. Cheney Fire Chief Tom Jenkins...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    October 11, 2018

Commission OKs Alki land swap

Expressing feelings of frustration, Cheney's Planning Commission approved a request during a public hearing at its Sept. 10 meeting to swap the zoning of land along Alki Street slated to be developed...

 

High-speed car chase in Airway Heights

The Airway Heights Police Department engaged in a high-speed vehicle pursuit on Oct. 3, chasing a suspect in multiple stolen vehicles all over the city before apprehending him along Highway 2. The pursuit began on South Lawson Street when...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    October 11, 2018

'Moving Wall' discussion dominates ML Council

The planned visit of the Moving Wall Vietnam War tribute next June will have the blessing and backing of the city of Medical Lake. Just how that happens, however, will remain somewhat up in the air following the Oct. 2 meeting of the Medical Lake Cit...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    October 11, 2018

Boundless

Cheney High School drill team member Sienna Spencer performs with the Blackhawks marching band during halftime of last Friday's Homecoming game against East Valley. The band's show, which they also...

 

Cheney students struggle with Common Core

Cheney residents looking at the state's 2018 test scores may be alarmed, as the average score on standardized assessments for incoming sixth- and ninth-graders nosedived from the mid-70s to the low...

 

Lloyd exhibit asks us to confront prejudice of all sorts

Photographer Robert Lloyd's "Path to Tolerance: Mixing Media, Messages, and Metaphors" exhibit at Eastern Washington University's Downtown Student Gallery is all about pointing out the prejudice withi...

 

Eastern Washington welcomes largest first-time freshman class

Eastern Washington University has enrolled a record number of first-time freshman for the fall 2018 quarter, and the overall student body headcount and diversity remain strong. The freshman class this year totals 1,758 new students. This not only...

 

A royal evening

Nathan Hagreen and Sara Nanny were crowned as Cheney High School's Homecoming royalty during halftime of Friday night's football game with East Valley. The Blackhawks easily downed the Knights...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    October 11, 2018

Record yields for 2018 Eastern Washington wheat crop

The first indication that the 2018 wheat harvest has been pretty good for farmers across the northern tier of Washington state is visible to those who travel Interstate 90 near Four Lakes. There, at...

 
 By Carlene Hardt    News    October 11, 2018

Unexpected visitors

You never know what you are going to see at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. A flock of Great Egrets (also known as the common egret, large egret, great white egret or great white heron) were...

 

What does responsibility mean to me?

My name is Pebbles Choe, and I have attended the Medical Lake School District for my entire young school life. And currently I attend Medical Lake High School as a freshman. Last year, while I was attending Medical Lake Middle School, I had the...

 

'Breaking news and Tuesdays' really makes us frown

Back in the 1970s, brother and sister pop singing duo Karen and Richard Carpenter had a memorable hit song, “Rainy Days and Mondays.” It seemed to play all the time and lamented that those two times “always get me down.” There’s a...

 

Initiatives are grassroots democracy at its best

Tis the season. We have four seasons in Eastern Washington: basketball season, dry season, fire season and political season. We are slowly making it through the season for politics. As bad as it seems, it could be worse. We could be in a...

 

Community response to fire appreciated

We would like to express our most sincere thanks to several people and organizations for their immediate response and assistance involving the wildfire Tuesday at State Route 904 and Mullinex Road. We were staying in the Peaceful Pines RV Park which...

 

Jessa Lewis is needed in government

From the first time I heard Jessa Lewis ask for support in her run for state senator in the Sixth Legislative District in a talk given in Airway Heights I was almost stunned. I remember thinking, “This woman will succeed at whatever she sets her...

 

'Love Letters' is an excellent character study

If you haven’t already seen StageWest’s current production of A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters,” do yourself a favor and grab some friends to go see it with you this weekend. It’s not a mushy romance, but rather a character study of two...

 

Anthony has District 3 commissioner qualities

I have never known Robbi Katherine Anthony by any other name, but that would have not mattered to me. Regardless of what her name is, it only takes one conversation with her to know that she has a beautiful mind. It takes a special kind of someone...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    October 11, 2018

Former EWU Deputy Police Chief Gasseling laid to rest

Gary Gasseling, the former deputy chief of the Eastern Washington University Campus Police Department and the man with an ever-present smile, was laid to rest on Oct. 6 at the Latah Cemetery in...

 

News Briefs

Five injured in SR 902 crash A two-car collision on State Route 902 east of Medical Lake sent five people to the hospital last Friday. According to a Washington State Patrol press memo, a 2014 four-door Honda Accord driven by Eric L. Thompson, 59,...

 

Running on adrenaline

Last week I was granted the privilege of spending some time at the Airway Heights Fire Department with a few of its on-duty volunteer firefighters. The day I was there, they didn't receive an onslaugh...

 

Medical Lake announces 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame

The addition of four new members to the Medical Lake High School Athletic Hall of Fame brings the number in the group to 53. They will be honored at halftime of the Oct. 12 Cardinal football game against Riverside, and officially inducted during a...

 

2018 Medical Lake High School Athletic Hall of Fame

• Saturday, Oct. 13 • St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Medical Lake • Social: 5:30 p.m. • Dinner at 6:30 p.m. with induction ceremony to follow • Cost: $20 per person For additional information on the event contact Medical Lake athletics...

 

What's happening on the West Plains

Cheney • Oct 19, Master Gardeners: Cheney Plant Clinic and Information Booth, Cheney library, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. • Oct. 19, Terror Trot 5k/1-mile walk, EWU’s Reese Court, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. • Oct. 20, Leather Crafts: Mystery Braid Bracelet, Cheney...

 

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Oct. 25, 2008 The Cheney City Council considered used cameras to curb downtown vandalism. A city-owned vacant funeral home in Medical Lake required about $13,000 in unexpected asbestos removal. Cheney High School was named a School of...

 

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