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Articles from the February 2, 2017 edition

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 By Al Stover    Photos    February 2, 2017

EWU Chinese New Year celebration

Eastern Washington University celebrated Chinese New Year Jan. 25-27 with several events. On Friday, members of the Spokane Lion Dance Team performed the lion dance. The dance is performed during... Full story

 
 By Al Stover    Photos    February 2, 2017

Hoops for Caitlin

The Green Machine, comprised of middle school and Michael Anderson Elementary school staff, defeated the Pink Team – Hallett Elementary and high school teachers – 37-34 in the Hoops for Caitlin... Full story

 

Cardinal girls are champs

Medical Lake's girl's basketball team extended one streak, and ended a long dry spell last Friday, Jan. 27. With wins over Newport, 41-27 on Jan. 24, and Freeman, 47-27 on Friday, the Cardinals ran... Full story

 

Tough week for ML boy's basketball

The Medical Lake boys' basketball team had a rugged week as they sought to knock Freeman out of first place in the Northeast A League. But losses by a mere two points on two different nights, 54-52... Full story

 

Cheney court seeks domestic violence grants

Unable to find money in the city’s 2017 budget, the Cheney City Council gave approval at its Jan. 24 meeting to the Municipal Court to apply for grants to help fund a domestic violence victim’s advocate. Court administrator Terri Cooper has...

 

AH receives CERB grant

The city of Airway Heights recently received a $50,000 grant from the Washington Community Economic Revitalization Board. The grant will fund a feasibility study to develop a master plan for...

 

Spreading love instead of hate

For Rosario Rodriguez, President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration - authorizing construction of a U.S–Mexico border wall and imposing entry restrictions on residents from seven...

 

Avista to install LED lamps in Medical Lake street lights

Medical Lake residents may notice something different about the city’s street lights in the coming months. During the Jan. 26 Planning Commission meeting, City Administrator Doug Ross announced that Avista Utilities will install energy efficient...

 

Fairchild stories sought

The Cheney Free Press is putting together a special section in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the founding of Fairchild Air Force Base. The facility started as Spokane Army Air Depot, and has served as a key part of the Inland Empire...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    February 2, 2017

IRS program changes impact AARP Tax-aide filers

It’s tax filing time, and Violet Lincoln, Cheney coordinator for AARP’s Tax-Aide program, wants those using the free service to know there are some changes. Specifically, one major change. The Internal Revenue Service has switched tax providers,...

 

Airway Heights Planning Department to switch permit software

By AL STOVER Staff Reporter One way the Airway Heights Planning Department is working to improve efficiency around its office is by switching its permitting software. During its Jan. 17 meeting, the Airway Heights City Council approved a service...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    February 2, 2017

Hoops for Caitlin

Caitlin Butcher (right) presents Medical Lake Middle School teacher Carey Schwarzer with the MVP award after the "Hoops for Caitlin" charity basketball game. The Green Machine, comprised of middle...

 

News Briefs

Task force seeks information on car theft fugitive The Spokane Regional Auto Theft Task Force (SRATTF) has probable cause to arrest William Anthony Vesely, 30, for theft of a 2012 Jeep Wrangler,...

 

Combining history with critical thinking

Have historians overemphasized the slavery issue as a cause of the Civil War? That’s the question posed to four Cheney High School students in instructor Steve Arensmeyer’s AP U.S. History class on Friday, Jan. 20 — two tasked with defending...

 

Dealing with mumps, class sizes, part of Cheney board meeting

So far, the Cheney School District hasn't been impacted by the mumps outbreak hitting other area districts - but it hasn't been unaffected either. At its Jan. 25 meeting, Superintendent Rob Roettger...

 

ML School Board receives mumps, make-up days update

The Medical Lake School Board went through a light agenda at its Jan. 24 meeting. During his report, Superintendent Tim Ames informed the board that there are no confirmed mumps cases in the school district. According to the Spokane Regional Health D...

 

MLMS PACE Students of the Month

Medical Lake Middle School honored six students for the Partners Advancing Character Education (PACE) award for December. December's trait is caring. Students received certificates and T-shirts and...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    February 2, 2017

Piano lessons offered from keyboard classic

Cheney and the West Plains appear to have a unique individual in their midst if the desire is to learn how to play the piano. Nataliya Westermann operates a studio out of her home in Cheney and...

 

GSI, West Plains Chamber part of legislative trip

NEWS SERVICE REPORTS Greater Spokane Incorporated, in partnership with the West Plains Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce are leading a delegation of nearly 100 area business, community and education leaders to...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    February 2, 2017

Lion dance

Eastern Washington University celebrated Chinese New Year Jan. 25-27 with several events. On Friday, members of the Spokane Lion Dance Team performed the lion dance. The dance is performed during...

 

Patterson's poems

Spoken word artist Natalie Patterson read several of her poems and shared stories with Eastern Washington University students and customers at The Mason Jar, Jan. 25. Patterson was the first guest...

 

Cheney schools bond deserves yes vote

There are many reasons for voting “Yes” on the 2017 Cheney School District facilities bond this Feb. 14. For starters, the $52 million price tag, $54.2 million before subtracting $2.2 million in unhoused student funding from the state. Yes, that...

 

Bumping the minimum wage adds up to some big numbers

After a month and a few days into life in Washington state where the minimum wage took a hike upward from $9.47 to $11 per hour on Jan. 1, it was time to see what was happening. Statewide the measure passed by just under 60 percent, and not at all su...

 

Facts and statistics from school district don't add up to bond passage

Cheney High School was built for how many students? The district says it is still 900, and I say by 1994 it was brought up to 1,200. Let’s go back to 1972. According to the Cheney Free Press ( 3/23/72), the capacity was about 900. In 1983...

 

The Cheney School District's bond proposal is better than the last one

I want to share my thoughts about the bond supporting the Cheney School District. My husband and all of his siblings graduated from Cheney High School in the 1970s. They all felt that they got a good education. I moved here from Western Washington...

 

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