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Articles from the September 5, 2013 edition

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 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    September 5, 2013

AH study session schedule questioned

The Airway Heights City Council may shake up its study session schedule in the near future. Councilman Steven Lawrence asked if there was a way to look at council compensation, since the City Council had dropped its number of committee meetings from...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    September 5, 2013

Teaming up for healthier lifestyles

In the battle with obesity, it’s not just junk food alone that’s the enemy. It’s also a culture that says if it’s healthy, it can’t taste good. It’s fighting an attitude. In this fight,...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    September 5, 2013

Alive and still kicking

Cheney Kiwanis club members would like the public to know that the rumors of their imminent demise are greatly exaggerated. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. The Cheney chapter, which was founded in 1995, of the international...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    September 5, 2013

Watchful eye

Cheney High girls soccer coach Nils Radtke watches his team work on its conditioning by running the Oak Street hill west of the high school last Friday. The Lady Hawks open their season Sept. 7 at...

 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    September 5, 2013

Offenders learn aerospace lessons

An aerospace composite course at the Airway Heights Corrections Center is providing hands-on lessons for offenders. The program teaches offenders skills to help them obtain an entry level job...

 By DREW PETERSON    More News    September 5, 2013

Health care act created Froyo

Cheney residents owe it to “Obamacare” for bringing frozen yogurt to Cheney. Seriously. As outlandish as it may sound, Stephen Kraft, the general manager of the Froyo Earth chain which is now at s...

 By JAMES EIK    More News    September 5, 2013

Community is at the core of The Heights Church

For the past several months, community members in Airway Heights have been working hard to prepare for the inaugural service of The Heights Church coming up Sunday, Sept. 8. Jacob Powers, the pastor...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    September 5, 2013

State reveals Cheney testing results from 2012-13

When it comes to reading and math 1 (algebra), Cheney High School students are tops. According to information from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Cheney High students received scores of 91.1 percent in reading and 88.4 percent...

 By JAMES EIK    Education    September 5, 2013

State reveals Medical Lake testing results from 2012-13

Reports from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction show fairly steady Measurement of Student Progress test results for the Medical Lake School District. Math scores were mixed compared to last year, with a noticeable drop in fifth-grade...

 By JAMES EIK    Education    September 5, 2013

MLSD interviews school board candidate

With one opening on the Medical Lake School Board of Directors, the board interviewed a potential candidate right before the last meeting, Tuesday, Aug. 27. Felicia Jensen answered a series of questions posed by the board, ranging from her previous...

 Opinion    September 5, 2013

Stop and think about what's happening in Syria

By the time you read this, events surrounding potential military action against Syria will have likely changed several times over. In the few days since the Cheney Free Press editorial board discussed the issue of a military strike against the Assad...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    September 5, 2013

Running on civilization's circular tracks

It’s interesting how a train of thought can develop. For instance, nearing the end of our 12-mile round trip hike along the Dungeness Spit north of Sequim last Saturday, we noticed a sea lion swimming towards us. He or she may not have noticed us...

 Opinion    September 5, 2013

Coal dust is actually a real problem

Coal dust is indeed a major problem. My wife and I were along a trail in Ponderay, Idaho several times last week. When empty coal trains returning passed us on the BNSF rail line we could smell coal dust. On two different mornings we could also see...

 By Jim Hightower    Opinion    September 5, 2013

Where Labor Day came from and where it's going

Webster’s dictionary tells us that Labor Day was “set aside for special recognition of working people.” That’s nice, but “set aside” by whom? It certainly wasn’t the Wall Street corporate and political powers that be. They nearly...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Neighborhood    September 5, 2013

Keeping alive the long lost art of blacksmithing

John Huffstutter has found a soft place in his heart for hardened steel. The Cheney-area resident is a blacksmith in his spare time away from his 9-5 job as the budget director for the Community...

 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    September 5, 2013

No matter the situation, a person is a person – born or unborn

All of a sudden, I must find something important to say. I have set aside a few silly remarks that occasionally squeeze into other stories and give you only what I believe is worth telling. From, 5/1/12: In April of 2012 the... Full story

 Neighborhood    September 5, 2013

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Sept. 11, 2003 Cheney voters were about to receive their ballots that would decide whether or not to fund the revival of the Parks and Recreation Department with an increase in utility...

 Obituaries    September 5, 2013

Joseph C. Daugherty

Cheney lost a friend and an artist with the death of Joseph C. Daugherty Aug. 27.  He was born in Uhrichsville, Ohio, May 24, 1921.  He appreciated growing up in this railroad town where everyone... Full story

 Neighborhood    September 5, 2013


St. Paul's Episcopal Church All are welcome. We are a welcoming haven, nourishing all God's people in body, mind and spirit. Sept. 8 is the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Holy Eucharist at 11 a.m. Rev. Christine Soule will preach and preside....

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    September 5, 2013

EWU stuns Oregon State in Corvallis 49-46

The first item on the list has been checked off. And it couldn’t have been a bigger one to cross off of Eastern Washington’s to-do list of their so-called “Unfinished Business” theme that is...

 Sports    September 5, 2013

Eagles are quick to get second VB victory of 2013

Maybe the turnaround has already begun for Eastern Washington University volleyball. With back-to-back wins this past week, including Monday night’s 3-0 victory, 25-18, 25-22 and 25-21 over Seattle University on the road at the Connolly Center,...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    September 5, 2013

Hobbs itching to get Cardinals' grid season underway

While some of Wes Hobbs’ friends in the business of teaching and coaching are charting new paths in and towards retirement, the head football coach at Medical Lake High School continues to charge ahead in both of the family businesses. Earlier in...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    September 5, 2013

Eastern hockey preparing for new season

Eastern Washington University’s third season of play in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League has head coach Bill Shaw excited about both his roster and schedule. The Eagles are...

 Sports    September 5, 2013

CHS' Williams on All-State

Cheney High School junior Keenan Williams has been named to Ron Siegel’s Preseason Scouting and Research All-State team for the class of 2015. The selection was made for the website and was originally published on Aug....

 By DREW PETERSON    Sports    September 5, 2013

Eye on the ball

A member of the Cheney Blackhawks’ football team goes through drills this past Tuesday afternoon as the team prepares to meet East Valley of Yakima Friday on the road in their season...


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