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Articles from the May 30, 2013 edition

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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    May 30, 2013

Council gives Itron exclusive contract

The Cheney City Council unanimously approved a $96,663 contract with Itron that city officials believe should make electric and water usage more manageable and cost effective. The global supplier of fixed communications networks for automatic and...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    May 30, 2013


Senior midfielder Daniel Bogart (center) leads his Blackhawks in hoisting the trophy after defeating Tyee High School 2-1 in overtime last Saturday to win the boys 2A soccer state championship. It...

 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    May 30, 2013

Fairchild listed as alternative for new tanker fleet

Last Wednesday, May 22, United States Air Force officials announced their recommendation that McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas was recommended to be the first base to receive the new KC-46A tanker fleet, listing Fairchild and Grand Forks as...

 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    May 30, 2013

Honoring those who have passed

Airway Heights Court Administrator Suzanne Wohl holds a flag as the remains of Fairchild airmen travel on Highway 2 during a Dignified Arrival procession....

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    May 30, 2013

Cooperation helps net area McDonald's robber

Spokane County Sheriffs Office and Cheney Police Department investigators combined resources to help arrest a man responsible for at least four robberies of area McDonald’s restaurants over a three-week period in May. Law enforcement officers from...

 Front Page    May 30, 2013

Online book location omitted

A computer error in the Cheney Free Press May 23 Cabbages and Kings column omitted information about local photographer Carlene Hardt’s book “A swan and his family.” The book can be previewed at or by...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Education    May 30, 2013

Procrastination pays off for Books2Eat winner

A last minute change of direction paid dividends for a Cheney elementary school student in last week’s Books2Eat, annual edible book festival sponsored by the JFK Library and a group of volunteer fr...

 Education    May 30, 2013

Cheney School District schools, teacher receive awards

The Cheney School District has been the recipient of several honors and awards during the month of May. On May 6, Cheney High School was named as one of America’s Best High Schools 2013 by Newsweek...

 By JAMES EIK    Education    May 30, 2013

Retiring at the top of her game

Several years of hard work were recognized this month when Medical Lake School District Food Services Supervisor Charlotte Cook received awards at both the regional and national levels. School... Full story

 By Denise Spangler    Education    May 30, 2013

Hallett Fund Run raises over $15,000

Hallett Elementary’s Wow Now Fund Run was a huge success. Families and community members helped the school raise over $15,000 to support the Associated Student Body. Grace Remendowski, was one of...

 Opinion    May 30, 2013

Should 'pleading the Fifth' require more strict responses?

These days, it seems like “pleading the Fifth” is overused. Last week, senior Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner exercised her Fifth Amendment right during Congressional hearings regarding the recent IRS scandal about the agency’s ta...

 By Ben Shapiro    Opinion    May 30, 2013

Obama says the war on terror is over

In a hallmark speech last week, President Obama unilaterally declared the war on terror over. The end of that war, Obama stated, meant we could return to the halcyon days of the Clinton-era law enforcement, during which America experienced a spate of...

 By David Sirota    Opinion    May 30, 2013

After Oklahoma disaster, give government thanks

Within hours of last week’s tornado disaster in Oklahoma, I (like many others) received emails from the President of the United States and my U.S. Senator. With impassioned language, they both claimed to care deeply about yet another community...

 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    May 30, 2013

Common Core Standards – the other side of the story

Jennifer Lindberg, a mother of two elementary-age children, has been researching Common Core Standards and she is very concerned. Billed as the future of education, the standards have other consequences not advertised by its proponents. If you are...

 Neighborhood    May 30, 2013


Emmanuel Lutheran Church All are welcome to join us this Sunday June 2, for the Second Sunday after Pentecost. Christian education classes for grade school through adult begin at 9 a.m. Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by fellowship at 11:30....

 Neighborhood    May 30, 2013

Looking Back

10 Years Ago June 6, 2003 Citizens and Eastern Washington University students were prepared to have one more opportunity to testify on the proposed change in Cheney’s zoning code that would limit...

 Obituaries    May 30, 2013

Ryan Stradling

Ryan Thomas-Keith Stradling, age 19, passed away on May 25 in Portland, Ore. after a seven-month battle with brain cancer. He graduated from Banks High School in 2012 where he began musical training... Full story

 By JAMES EIK    News    May 30, 2013

Verve celebrates first anniversary in Medical Lake

By JAMES EIK Staff Reporter They say the first year is always the hardest for a new business, but that will soon be out of the way for Medical Lake’s Verve Vintage Home Furnishings. Owner Rhonda...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    May 30, 2013

Imperial Styling's barbershop running strong in smaller digs

Imperial Styling Salon owner Amy King wants Cheney residents to know that the salon’s barbershop is very much up and running at its long-time location at 424 First St. It’s just been re-arranged...

 By PAUL DELANEY    News    May 30, 2013

Twisters are a rarity in the Pacific Northwest

Those who live in the Northwest, especially the inland portion, will often tell you how they feel fortunate not to have to deal with many of the phenomenon’s Mother Nature deals out in the form of hurricanes, ice storms and of course tornadoes....

 By CHRIS THOMAS    News    May 30, 2013

A bumper crop of public awareness: Anti-GMO food marches held over Memorial Day weekend

BELLINGHAM – On Memorial Day weekend, about 2 million people in more than 50 countries protested crops from genetically modified (GMO) seeds overtaking the food supply for humans and animals. The “March Against Monsanto” took place in 11...

 News    May 30, 2013

Award winning producer/director McFarlane returns to EWU campus

Eastern Washington University is proud to welcome back to campus Todd McFarlane, an entertainment and business mogul and an international awarding-winning artist, during its Commencement weekend June...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    May 30, 2013

Cheney is no longer a bridesmaid

In the end, it took two kicks and four feet to ease the pain of four years of frustration for the Cheney High School boys’ soccer team in the state 2A title game. The first came from midfielder Mica...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    May 30, 2013

Cheney girls prove to be the little team that did

Cheney girls track and field head coach Tom Stralser knew at the beginning of the season that the Blackhawks were going to be a good, big-meet team. Turns out he was right. With just seven athletes...


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