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Gifts for kids donations lagging

At the halfway point of the annual Christmas Gifts for Cheney Kids, drive organizers say they are ahead of last year’s number when it comes to children signing up, but behind in what they hope to give them on Dec. 16. Drive coordinator Elsy Lusk sa...

 

AH adopts 2017 budget

The Airway Heights City Council wrapped up 2016 by going through some housekeeping items. At its Dec. 5 meeting - the final one of the year - council approved the second reading of an ordinance that adopts the $19.32 million budget for 2017. Council...

 

The best gift of all

Isabella Babcock receives a hug from Santa Claus. Babcock and her parents, Jim and Natalie Babcock, were one of many families who attended the pancake breakfast during last Saturday's Airway Heights'...

 

What happens when the snow starts falling

Snow information contacts Spokane County Hotline: (509) 477-2666 24-hour map: www.spokanecounty.org/863/Snowplowing-Sanding Department of Transportation Website: www.wsdot.com/winter/WinterOps City of Cheney Website: www.cityofcheney.org By AL...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    December 8, 2016

Public Works keeps focus on streets, water work in 2017

The final piece in Cheney’s proposed $24.34 million 2017 budget is Public Works. Maybe that really should be final pieces. There are a total of 12 departments and funds that fall under the category of Public Works, including the Planning...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    December 8, 2016

Airway Heights gets $2.3 million transportation grant

The city of Airway Heights received an early Christmas present — a present that will benefit one of its road improvement projects. During a Nov. 21 City Council meeting, City Manager Albert Tripp announced that the city received a $2.3 million...

 
 By Grace Pohl    News    December 8, 2016

Christmas treats

After arriving on a Cheney Fire Department ladder truck, Santa Claus hit the crowd at Cheney's annual tree lighting ceremony last Thursday at the library to distribute candy to all of the kids and...

 

Spokane County Sheriff's detectives conduct death investigation at Airway Heights Walmart

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes detectives are conducting a death investigation after the body of a deceased adult female was located in a car in the Walmart parking lot in Airway Heights. On Dec. 6, at approximately 11:45 a.m.,...

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Nov. 28 Taking a motor vehicle without owner’s permission was reported on the 1000 block of Betz Road. The vehicle was a Subaru Legacy. Domestic violence/verbal dispute was reported on the 1000 block of Betz Road. A 15-year-old female was...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    December 8, 2016

Cheney School Board to send bond to voters

The Cheney School Board voted 4-0 at a Dec. 1 workshop to officially “direct district administration to work with bond counsel to prepare a resolution submitting such capital projects and bonds to the district’s voters on Feb. 14, 2017.” In...

 

Spreading Christmas cheer, one locker at a time

Medical Lake Middle School students arriving at school on Dec. 13 may notice their lockers are adorned with Christmas trees, ornaments, snowflakes and other holiday-inspired decorations. Four students...

 

Hallett Elementary School collects items for food bank

Hallett Elementary School students are doing their part to give back to their community during this holiday season. The school's Associated Student Body is collecting food for the Medical Lake Food...

 

Westwood Middle School announces 2016-17 Term 1 honor roll

Note: This is a continuation of the honor roll that was printed in the Dec. 1 issue of the Cheney Free Press. 3.0-3.4 — Madeline N. Abendroth, Tatiana Y. Balakirev, Rhyan L. Clark, Isaic W. Cochrane, Isabella K. Diomede, Lindsay R. Hagreen, Kindel...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    December 8, 2016

Cheney Care Center earns high marks from DSHS

There are places where one wants, and expects, perfection in a product or service. The doctor conducting surgery, a pilot guiding you along at 35,000 feet, and the engineer who designed the high bridg...

 

Zak Designs announces promotions

Zak Designs, located in Airway Heights, announced several recent internal promotions. Deanna Sellers has been promoted to vice president of the International Contract and Manufacturing Department and will oversee all product development and special p...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    December 8, 2016

'The Night Before Christmas'

Airway Heights Library supervisor Stacy Kvamme reads Clemont Clark Moore's "Night Before Christmas" for the library's winter storytime activity during the Dec. 3 Airway Heights Winter...

 

Input sought on Washington minimum wage measure

On Nov. 8 voters in Washington approved Initiative 1433, authorizing a gradual raising of the state’s minimum wage. Voters favored the measure by a 57.4 to 42.6 percent and it becomes law Jan. 1, 2017. Cheney Free Press business reporter Paul...

 

Education briefs

Cheney High marching band, color guard finish season The Cheney High School marching band and color guard wrapped-up a very successful season of regional competition. The band consists of 80 student musicians and color guard members and is directed...

 

Giving to others also includes volunteering

Tis the season of giving. We’re all familiar with the practice of gift giving over this holiday season. There is also the aspect of charitable giving. In fact, many charitable organizations and non-profits look to this time of year for help...

 

What you can do to make sure you receive your Christmas gifts

If you have ever ordered clothing, jewelry, gifts or any other merchandise by phone, computer, or mail chances are those items were delivered straight to your home. Most deliveries do not require a signature and are generally left at your front door...

 

Kids in the hall - It's past time for a Cheney High auditorium

I am responding to Mr. (Bill) Johns’ comments that Cheney High School does not “need” an auditorium. (Cheney Free Press, Nov. 24) I think Mr. Johns must not have any idea what the “needs” of drama, choir and band programs are. I...

 

Middle class is likely to bear the costs of health care changes

I am writing today in regards to the article “Cheney adopts one year union contract,” Dec. 1. I wonder, with the war on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), what are the far reaching implications, considering that our local eight-person union was affec...

 

There is still time to sign grandparents visitation rights initiative

Attention all alienated grandparents in Washington state: after working very hard for many months, it’s possible that the grandparents visitation rights statewide Legislative Initiative 877, Children Need Grandparents, may fall short of the...

 

Thank you from the Slightly West of Spokane Artists Studio Tour

To all those who attended our seventh annual Artists Studio Tour, a heartfelt “Thank you” is extended from the 21 artists who displayed their work this past Nov. 26. It was wonderful to see old friends, returning visitors and new attendees....

 

Generosity of others provides Thanksgiving meals for many

Thank you, Tom’s Turkey Drive and Union Gospel Mission in Spokane for providing turkeys to Feed Medical Lake and Pizza Factory (Jason and family) in Medical Lake for providing four complete meals. All meals and turkeys found deserving homes. ...

 

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