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Articles from the March 14, 2013 edition

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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    March 14, 2013

Public works dominates council

Cheney Mayor Tom Trulove called it “The Todd Show.” Public Works Director Todd Ableman did seem to command center stage at the Cheney City Council’s Tuesday night meeting, presenting an array of projects that ranged from street repairs to...

 
 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    March 14, 2013

ML court cases cut in half

In the past two years, case filings for the Medical Lake Municipal Court have been cut in half. Judge Richard Kane was on hand at the Tuesday, March 5 City Council meeting to deliver an annual court report, detailing the types of cases he’s seen...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    March 14, 2013

Cheney mom gives gift of life to daughter

The mysteries surrounding why Katelynn Janes needed a life-saving transplant remain. But at least the critical surgery was able to take place so life could go on. The 2012 Cheney High grad ought to be home recuperating – and so hopefully will her...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    March 14, 2013

A lucky miss

An operator from Roger’s Towing prepares to load a 2002 Hyundai that went off SR 904 early Tuesday morning. Washington State Patrol Trooper Ron Snowden said the vehicle driven by Ya Fisher of...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    March 14, 2013

Medical Lake buttercup kids

Chloe and Wyatt Parsons show off their buttercup, the first collected back home in Medical Lake and brought to the Free Press Wednesday, March 6....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    March 14, 2013

National president visits Cheney

For American Legion Auxiliary national president Peggy Thomas, taking care of U.S. military veterans boils down to one, simple fact. “These are warriors,” Thomas said in an interview after her...

 
 By JAMES EIK    More News    March 14, 2013

Airway Heights comp plan receives final touches

The final stages of work in chapter three of Airway Heights’ comprehensive plan are in motion after the Monday, March 11 meeting of the city’s Planning Commission. The document has been under review for the last several months as the commission w...

 
 More News    March 14, 2013

Work begins on new Cheney-Spokane/US 195 interchange

Construction work on a new interchange at the Cheney-Spokane Road/US 195 intersection swings into action this week with a groundbreaking today, Thursday, March 14. The $11 million project will result in a diamond-shaped interchange that removes at...

 
 More News    March 14, 2013

County implements extra DUI patrols for St. Patrick's

Law enforcement will conduct extra driving under the influence (DUI) patrols in Spokane County from March 14-18. As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, revelers are encouraged to remember that finding a designated driver isn’t luck, it’s smart, and...

 
 More News    March 14, 2013

'Born to Run' author Christopher McDougall to visit Spokane

Eastern Washington University’s Get Lit! programs announces an evening of events with Christopher McDougall, including a Bloomsday training run, reception and reading on Wednesday, April 10. All of these events are free and open to the public. With...

 
 By JAMES EIK    Education    March 14, 2013

Newberry wins Military Child of the Year award

Members of the military make great sacrifices throughout their time in the service. Although they aren’t enlisted members, the families make just as many sacrifices along the way. Last week,...

 
 By JAMES EIK    Education    March 14, 2013

New Smarter Balanced Assessments will provide quicker feedback

As technology improves, school tests improve as well. The Smarter Balanced Assessment will be the new test for Medical Lake School District beginning in the 2014-15 school year. Currently, the district administers the Measurements of Student...

 
 Education    March 14, 2013

Cheney Rotary names Students of the Month for February

Cheney High School students Ashley Hall and Austin Mitchell have been named the Cheney Rotary Club Students of the Month for February 2013. Mitchell is the president of the Future Business Leaders of...

 
 Education    March 14, 2013

Students on UW Dean's List for Autumn Quarter 2012

The University of Washington has announced students earning their way to the Dean’s List for autumn quarter 2012. To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must have completed at least 12 graded credits and have a grade point average of at least...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    March 14, 2013

Everything is for sale at Against the Grain

It was never Cheney resident Debbie Anderson’s intention to open a store. It was the clientele at her current business that finally drove her, along with daughter Aly Avey, to open Cheney’s...

 
 Education    March 14, 2013

UM Dean's List includes area students

Area students were named to the 2012 autumn semester Dean’s List at the University of Montana. To qualify, students must be undergraduates, earn a semester grade average of 3.50 or higher and receive grades of A or B in at least nine credits....

 
 Opinion    March 14, 2013

Charter school lawsuit comes a little too early

It’s too bad last fall’s Initiative 1240 allowing for creation of charter schools didn’t pass by a wider statewide margin. If it had, it would have been easier to claim those filing a lawsuit seeking to overturn the results weren’t hearing...

 
 By JAMES EIK    Opinion    March 14, 2013

Medical Lake is making the right decision by not approving JLUS

Medical Lake may be small, compared to other cities in the Inland Empire. But its recent stance on Spokane County’s Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) is commendable, holding out on approving the land-use document. The City Council has held strong against...

 
 By Rep SUSAN FAGAN    Opinion    March 14, 2013

Encouraging private-sector job creation should be the state Legislature's focus

As someone who came to the Legislature from private business, I have advocated that the Legislature get serious about turning around our stagnant economic growth through policies to encourage private investments that create jobs. House Republicans...

 
 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    March 14, 2013

Melode Hall focuses on preserving memories

Little things, like an announcement heard on the radio, can change the direction of a life. Melode Hall listened, was intrigued by what she heard and opened the door to something new and rewarding....

 
 Neighborhood    March 14, 2013

Looking Back

10 Years Ago March 20, 2003 Longtime Cheney football coach Tom Oswald announced his retirement after 25 years on the job with the Blackhawks. Compiling a 166-70-9 record at Cheney, Oswald said the time was right to step down. “I kind of had an...

 
 By Dr E KIRSTEN PETERS    Neighborhood    March 14, 2013

Bees are buzzing on caffeine

By Dr. E. Kirsten Peters Contributor A friend of mine recently returned to the U.S. from deployment with the National Guard in Afghanistan. One of the first things he did when he reached a military base in Texas was to buy a cup of espresso. He even...

 
 Sports    March 14, 2013

Eastern sweeps BSC Freshman of Year honors

Whether it was scoring, rebounding or blocking shots – not to mention passing the ball and playing defense – Venky Jois made quite an impression on the Big Sky Conference in the 2012-13 men’s...

 
 Sports    March 14, 2013

Eastern sweeps BSC Freshman of Year honors II

Following a successful run in the 2012-13 Big Sky regular season, the Eastern Washington University women’s basketball team had three individual members honored on the All-Big Sky Conference Team, w...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    March 14, 2013

Eagles follow script for sweep

As Eastern Washington women’s basketball coach Wendy Schuller said, “I don’t know if we could have scripted the week any better.” Last Thursday night at Reese Court, her Eagles staged a big...

 

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