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 By Lee Hughes    News    February 14, 2019 

City business or Trump speech?

When is it appropriate for an elected official to skip their duties? That was a point of discussion at the Medical Lake City Council’s regular meeting Tuesday, Feb. 5, after one councilman chose to skip the meeting to instead watch the State of...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    February 14, 2019 

Similar fires that ended differently

Cheney firefighters were busy Feb. 4 with a pair of incidents that each had different outcomes because of one device — sprinklers. According to a department report, firefighters responded to an apartment fire at Eagle Point Apartments on the 1000...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    February 14, 2019 

Fire destroys District 3 volunteer's home

A fire consumed a single-wide mobile home just off State Route 904 between Cheney and Four Lakes on Feb. 11, leaving a Spokane County Fire District 3 volunteer firefighter homeless in the process....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    February 14, 2019 

Commissioners get Cheney depot update

Cheney residents might notice something different in a couple weeks at the corner of 1st and I streets just south of downtown. Something will be missing — but its removal shouldn’t go unnoticed. Historic Preservation Commission administrative...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    February 14, 2019 

The secret life of bees

Eastern Washington University was buzzing on Saturday, Feb. 9, when it hosted the Washington State Beekeeper's Association Conference, bringing in beekeeping experts and newcomers from all over the...

 

PLANTING A BEE-FRIENDLY GARDEN

There are several varieties of plants and flowers that are good for native and honey bees, but the best by far are sunflowers, Sarah Red-Laird of the non-profit “The Bee Girl” said. In a recent study, most bee-friendly flora attracted about four...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    February 14, 2019 

Healthcare provider opens call center on West Plains

Multicare Health System, a not-for-profit healthcare organization, opened an access center on the West Plains last month to better serve their Spokane County patients. The center employs more than 45...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    February 14, 2019 

Marked cars

Cheney police were busy on Tuesday, Feb. 12, designating vehicles for removal from city streets in order to facilitate snow plowing. City codes require vehicle owners to remove them within a certain...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    February 7, 2019

Public meeting illuminates area road projects

About 60 people braved a dark, wet Friday evening at Snowden Elementary School to ask questions, share concerns, and receive an update on planned summer roadwork on and near the Medical Lake...

 

Renting to buy

By SHANNEN TALBOT Staff Reporter The Airway Heights City Council had a full agenda to address at their Feb. 5 meeting, getting a legislative update and approving some employee contracts but primarily deciding whether or not to approve a preliminary...

 

Airway Heights dedicates new engine

On Thursday, Jan. 29, volunteers with the Airway H eights Fire Department welcomed their new fire engine into service, soaping and rinsing the vehicle despite the bitter chill and then physically...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    February 7, 2019

Church project would demolish Rosebrook Motel

Cheney’s planning department has issued a mitigated determination of non-significance for an application to combine two separate parcels on 1st Street into one for future construction of a church....

 

Airway Heights ponders public art for Highway 2

The residents of Airway Heights were tapping into their artistic sides Monday, Jan. 29 at the city’s community meeting kicking of its US-2 Beautification and Public Art Program. The burgeoning program aims to address preferences for public art and...

 

Spokane International sets passenger record

The Spokane International Airport increased its traffic significantly in 2018, setting a new record for total enplanements with 1,998,949 enplaned passengers, according to a press release. The record is the result of a 12 percent increase over last...

 

Airway Heights hosts rec center job fairs

As Airway Heights prepares for its long-awaited recreation center to open this spring, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department is hosting job fairs this month for several upcoming positions at the new facility. The first was held Wednesday,...

 
 By EMMA EPPERLY    News    February 7, 2019

Watering your lawn in a drought draws lawmaker attention

Differences in water usage best practices during a drought and homeowners’ association landscaping requirements are the target of new legislation. The goal of House Bill 1165, introduced by District 34 Rep. Tina Orwall, D-Des Moines, is to require...

 

Level III sex offender registers Cheney address

Adam Kirk Kytonen, a Level III sex offender, has registered his address on the 14600 block of West State Route 904 in Cheney with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, according to a notification. Kytonen was convicted in 1998 of rape in the second...

 
 By SEAN HARDING    News    February 7, 2019

Lawmakers propose lowering B&O tax for some rural manufacturers

A bipartisan bill introduced in the Rural Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee would reduce the business and occupation tax for manufacturers and publishers of printed materials and periodicals, excluding newspapers. It would also...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    February 7, 2019

Navigating roundabouts for squares

Unlike stop-and-go intersections, roundabouts keep traffic flowing continuously in a one-way, counter-clockwise direction. Remember that: traffic moves one-way counterclockwise. Basic rules There are...

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Jan. 28 Jesse D. Vineyard, 29, was arrested for second-degree assault/domestic violence in relation to a Jan. 11 incident that was reported on the 100 block of F Street. A missing person was reported on the 2400 block of University Lane. The...

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Jan. 22 Second-degree theft was reported on the 1000 block of Betz Road. A 15-year-old male was arrested at Cheney High School for possession of marijuana. Megan S. Cummings, 19, was arrested at Cheney Municipal Court on a CMC warrant for...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    January 31, 2019

Finding some firefighting options

No matter how you slice it, fire and emergency service delivery in Medical Lake is likely to cost taxpayers more money. At least that’s the assessment of Medical Lake Fire Chief Jason Mayfield, who...

 

Cheney to require property registration

By JOHN McCALLUM Managing Editor Cheney’s City Council approved 11 of 12 new ordinances on its Jan. 22 agenda in what constituted a major rewrite of some of its municipal code chapters on development and maintenance of property. The 12th measure,...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    January 31, 2019

Towering above

Cranes have been a feature of skylines in Cheney lately with construction at Eastern Washington University and Cheney Public Schools. This one rises above the new performing arts complex being built...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    January 31, 2019

Medical Lake to host 'The Moving Wall'

This year’s Founder’s Day in Medical Lake will include a special guest and additional ceremonies. The group Re*Imagine Medical Lake is sponsoring The Moving Wall, a mobile, scale replica of the...

 

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