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Turnbull closed as precaution

Cheney-area residents like Greg Houff who like to use the trails at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge for a variety of outdoor activities may have been surprised to find a roadblock in their way last week. Houff said he drove out to the refuge last...

 

Council OKs contract with Banner Bank

The Cheney City Council approved a pair of resolutions at its Jan. 26 meeting that entered the city into a community trip reduction plan with Spokane County and a three-year agreement for banking services from Banner Bank. Like other qualifying...

 

Winter color

Members of the Cheney High School band's color guard, who call themselves the "Winter Guard" for winter appearances, perform during halftime of last Thursday's boys basketball game with East...

 

Airway Heights gets road projects underway

At its first meeting in February Monday night, Feb. 1, the Airway Heights City Council unanimously approved a pair of consultant agreements to begin design work on two transportation improvement projects in the city. The first is a $158,400 contract...

 

Dugout to turnout: Gustafson named Resident of the Year

Cheney Fire Department resident Tyler Gustafson found his way into the firefighting profession through a rather unique way - baseball. A 2013 graduate of Cheney High School, Gustafson played for the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    February 4, 2016

Medical Lake planning meeting first in three months

Medical Lake’s Planning Commission strolled through a light schedule, Jan. 28, in their first meeting in three months, now that they have a full complement of five members with the appointment of Judy “Mayu” Mayulianos. The benefits of a...

 
 By George Chick    News    February 4, 2016

Medical Lake firefighters receive awards

The Medical Lake Fire Department recently presented their annual department awards. Recipients of the 2015 annual awards were left to right: Jonathan Suffield –Exemplary Service Award, Jole Chick...

 

News briefs

Inslee names former Cheney prosecutor to court bench Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed former Cheney Municipal Court contract prosecutor Julie McKay to the Spokane County Superior Court. McKay replaces retiring Judge Kathleen O’Connor, who...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    February 4, 2016

ML board approves elective credit waiver policy

At its Jan. 26 meeting, the Medical Lake School Board passed two policies that focus on graduation requirements. The board passed the first and second readings of Policy 2410, which requires students graduating in 2017 and 2018 to pass the Biology...

 

House bill limits public records requests

OLYMPIA—Lawmakers are looking to modify the Public Records Act in an effort to help agencies that claim they’re burdened by overly broad and massive public records requests. House Bill 2576 would give agencies the power to limit the time they spe...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    February 4, 2016

Signing on

Cheney Mayor Tom Trulove autographs a replica sign for the rehabilitation of tracks for the Eastern Washington Gateway Railroad that runs through Cheney and west to Coulee City. The track upgrades...

 

Cheney band students to perform in WMEA festival

Three Cheney High School band students will be performing in the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) Music festival in Yakima, Feb. 12-14, along with some of the best high school musicians...

 

Medical Lake drama hosts 'Student Sketch Night'

The Medical Lake High School Cardinal Players drama students finished their two-night run of "Student Sketch Night," Jan. 29-30. Both nights featured seven sketches performed, written and directed by...

 

Schmaling comes to EWU to interview for open provost position

Eastern Washington University students and staff met the first of three finalists for the open provost and vice president of academic affairs position. Dr. Karen Schmaling, professor of psychology at...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    February 4, 2016

Yes, you can get there from here in the air

The long-standing old joke that used to resonate from those trying to fly somewhere from Spokane went like this: "You can't get there from here, but if you can it will cost you." That, however, is no...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    February 4, 2016

Mason Jar completes expansion

Cheney's Mason Jar has defied plenty of the odds when it comes to starting a new business. "Most businesses fail," owner Doug LaBar said. "Nineteen months is what they say." But after just surpassing...

 

'Best of the West' nominations open

It’s time for the annual voting for “Best of the West,” the awards that recognize out businesses, organizations and people that contribute to the overall community. The competition is conducted by the West Plains Chamber of Commerce and is for...

 

Education Briefs

Cheney’s Gilbert receives STCU Credit 2 Kids award Cheney High School student Mariah Gilbert was selected as the recipient of STCU’s (Spokane Teachers Credit Union) Credit 2 Kids award. STCU and Krem 2 recognized Gilbert for doing great work in...

 

Cheney school board approves legislative priorities

The Cheney School Board unaminously approved a resolution that presents the district’s legislative objectives for the 2016 session at its Jan. 27 meeting. President Henry Browne was absent. The district’s legislative goals include asking the Legi...

 

Court needs to define 'natural-born' citizen

The following is reprinted from the Panama City (Florida) News Herald and may or may not reflect the views of the Cheney Free Press editorial board. Back in the 1970s, Dr. Pepper sought to lure us in by suggesting its consumers could be part of a...

 

Black History Month should encourage the study of everyone's history

“If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.” These are the words of historian Carter G. Woodson, as quoted in the article...

 

President Lincoln's legacy: honesty, integrity and personal example

When casually asked to define an “honest person” the logical response is, “It’s someone who tells the truth.” But when honesty is revered as a character trait we need to go beyond a simple definition and ask: What attributes do we expect...

 

Souper Bowl of Caring seeks to repeat last year's success

Feed Cheney will be holding our second annual fundraiser on Super Bowl Sunday — it’s called “The Souper Bowl of Caring.” Last year we met an ambitious goal of $6,000, thanks to collections taken at several Cheney churches and online...

 

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Feb. 9, 2006 Silver Lake property owners were meeting to discuss the infestation of Eurasian milfoil that had recently spread throughout the lake. Medical Lake police were investigating t...

 

Lenora Kalous

Lenora Kalous resident of Medical Lake, Wash., passed away on Jan. 21, 2016 from complications due to congestive heart failure. She was born the second day of August 1934 in Horton, Kan., to Anna and... Full story

 

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