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 By PAUL DELANEY    News    December 6, 2018 

Seeking emergency changes

Medical Lake Fire Chief Jason Mayfield is not at all bashful about saying he can lose sleep over the service his volunteer department offers citizens. Perhaps Mayfield will be able to rest easier in t...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    December 6, 2018 

Cheney council OKs rate increases

Cheney’s City Council passed resolutions increasing water and sewer rates, a cost of living adjustment for the city’s firefighters and agreeing to a pair of settlement agreements with Bonneville Power Administration between BPA and its...

 
 By Jill Weiszmann    News    December 6, 2018 

Shades of Christmas

The city of Cheney's Christmas tree is transformed into different shades of color as part of last weekend's Holiday Hoopla downtown. The tree, which has traditionally featured colored lights, was...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    December 6, 2018 

EWU shatters annual Giving Joy Day goal

Tuesday, Nov. 27, was a joyful day for Eastern Washington University students, faculty and staff. The reason is the university’s third annual “Giving Joy Day” — coinciding with the national Giving Tuesday — brought in more donations than...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    December 6, 2018 

Airway Heights council addresses 2019 budget

The Airway Heights City Council had a short agenda to tackle at their Dec. 3 meeting, hearing first readings of multiple ordinances relating to the city’s 2019 budget. One of those was Ordinance C-916, which will adopt the budget for the fiscal...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    December 6, 2018 

Defendant sentenced in 2017 Airway Heights death

Twenty-year-old Christian Palmer was sentenced last month to 24 months in state prison after pleading guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the baseball-bat beating that left 53-year-old Airway Heights resident Terry Toner dead in 2017. Palmer and...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    December 6, 2018 

Fence me in

Crews from Northwest Fence work on the finishing touches of a new barrier to further secure the rear of Medical Lake High School and some of the annexes. The project completes upgrades in school...

 

Schoesler to continue as leader of state Senate's Republican caucus

YAKIMA — The state Senate Republican Caucus has again elected Sen. Mark Schoesler as its leader, two months ahead of the 2019 legislative session. The longtime 9th District lawmaker, first elected Republican leader prior to the 2013 session, was...

 

Still time to sign up for Christmas Gifts for Cheney Kids

The Cheney Outreach Center is signing up families for “Christmas Gifts for Cheney Kids,” the annual gift-giving assistance program for those who need help providing Christmas gifts for their kids. Registration deadline is 11:30 a.m., Dec. 12....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    December 6, 2018 

Cheney Public Works budget looks at 2019 work

One of the biggest accomplishments for Cheney’s Public Works Department in 2018 comes from the building department in the form of construction permit valuations — an amount topping $82.1 million, making it the most profitable in valuations in...

 

Holiday Hoopla happiness

Cheney's first Holiday Hoopla celebration took place last Friday and Saturday downtown. Clockwise from left: Touring a live nativity scene staged by the Nazarene Church; listening to Cheney police...

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Nov. 26 Third-degree malicious mischief was reported on the 700 block of West First Street. Coin boxes in an apartment complex’s laundry room were damaged. Nov. 27 Anthony J. King, 23, was arrested on the 1000 block of Betz Road for...

 

Holiday Hoopla hits Cheney

Webster’s Dictionary defines the word hoopla very simply: “To Do.” Cheney Merchants Association members hope that’s exactly what local residents will find this weekend at the inaugural “Holiday Hoopla” celebration downtown. The two-day...

 

Cheney's emergency needs and challenges

Increases in booking fees and emergency response times, combined with the potential for a large turnover in command personnel are three of the challenges faced by the Cheney Police Department in its 2...

 

Engine ordered, fire department looks at other needs in 2019

One of the Cheney Fire Department’s major accomplishments for 2018 was actually taken care of in October 2017. That was when the City Council pulled the trigger on purchasing the department’s...

 

Life inside the flames: What I learned from West Plains firefighters

"Never let the fire get behind you." The words imparted to me by Airway Heights Fire Department training chief Alex Turner echoed in my brain, bouncing back and forth between my ears until I was sure...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    November 29, 2018

Say again? Curling nationals coming to Cheney

Many people find it surprising that Cheney has an ice rink in the first place. It’s one of just four sheets of ice — Spokane’s ice ribbon not included — in an area between here and Coeur...

 

SO JUST WHAT IS CURLING?

Curling is a sport in which players slide stones on a sheet of ice towards a target area which is segmented into four concentric circles. It is related to shuffleboard. Two teams, each with four players, take turns sliding heavy,...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    November 29, 2018

Targeted development

Ground was recently broken on a new business in Cheney’s Commerce and Industrial Park. JC Steel Targets is a Cheney-business relocating and expanding into a 5,000 square foot facility in the...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    November 29, 2018

Medical Lake council moves ahead with budget

Maybe it was the tug-o-war and preparation for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Or, perhaps, the fact that the front door of City Hall remained inadvertently locked? Or it could be that having had the opportunity Nov. 6 for input on the city’s...

 

Airway Heights fields recreation center question and answers

With the Airway Heights Recreation Complex’s opening looming on the horizon — and the under-construction building doing some looming of its own — the city’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department hosted a question and answer...

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Nov. 19 Domestic violence/verbal dispute was reported on the 1000 block of Betz Road. Nov. 20 An MP3 player was found on the 500 block of First Street. Second-degree theft was reported on the 400 block of North Sixth Street. Unauthorized use o...

 

Fairchild hit with second lawsuit

Two West Plains landowners have filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the federal government in the aftermath of the area’s water contamination, alleging that officials at Fairchild Air Force Base used the fire retardant irresponsibly and...

 

Nickel and dime plans

Without large-item dealerships to bring in huge sales tax amounts, the city of Cheney has had to rely on construction projects, dedicated fees and taxes along with grants to pay for things like public safety, street improvements and its...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    November 22, 2018

Dogs' silo ordeal earns them 'Hambone Award'

First and foremost, Zeus and Ziva, survived the ordeal that saw them lost for 22 days, trapped in a deactivated Nike air defense missile facility beyond their backyard fence in Medical Lake. But... Full story

 

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