Articles from the September 26, 2013 edition

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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    September 26, 2013

Cheney hit with unexpected electric bill

Cheney’s City Council found itself in the unenviable position at Tuesday night’s meeting of having to approve payment of a bill it didn’t anticipate and didn’t have much of a hand in creating. The council approved a $25,953 in Tier 2 power...

 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    September 26, 2013

Admissions tax splits AH council

In a marathon study session Monday night, the Airway Heights City Council heard items that will come forward during October’s upcoming legislative sessions. A number of non-action items were brought up for discussion, including the deferral of...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    September 26, 2013

Going beyond simply salads

Cheney Parks and Recreation community obesity prevention coordinator Dané Standish hopes residents discover many things about eating during the upcoming Restaurant Week, but two things are of particular importance. “Healthy and yummy – that’s...

 Front Page    September 26, 2013

Caring for the center

Eastern Washington University freshmen take part in numerous activities during Welcome Back Week, including volunteering at local organizations and charities. One of those was the Cheney Care Center...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    September 26, 2013

Cougar or not: Officials uncertain what led to local horse's wounds

One thing is for sure. Somehow al-Jasiim got scratched up pretty well. For the Egyptian-Arabian’s owner Jennifer, who asked her last name be withheld because of family issues, what scratched her...

 By JAMES EIK    News    September 26, 2013

Veterans receive final burial honor

Unclaimed veterans remains received a final display of honor as they were buried at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake last Thursday, Sept. 19. A total of 50 veterans’ remains...

 News    September 26, 2013

Turnbull Wildlife Refuge hosts planting party

Turnbull Wildlife Refuge and Spokane Audubon Society are hosting a community work part Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at the refuge. This is part of an ongoing effort to restore native riparian habitat that benefits area wildlife species,...

 By JAMES EIK    News    September 26, 2013

Pamphlets will explain Prop 1 in Airway Heights

Members of the Airway Heights City Council will be going door to door in the upcoming weeks to share information about Proposition 1, which residents will vote on in the upcoming Nov. 5 election. The city is seeking to form a transportation benefit...

 News    September 26, 2013

Ninth District residents invited to transportation meetings

RITZVILLE – Residents of the 9th Legislative District who want to talk about transportation with leaders of the state Senate have two opportunities coming up: Sept. 26 in Pasco and Oct. 2 in Spokane Valley.  Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, said...

 News    September 26, 2013

Fire danger rating and burning restrictions drop in parts of northeast Washington

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced Sept. 24 that the fire danger rating and burning restrictions have been lowered in northeast Washington on DNR-protected lands. Fire danger is reduced by recent...

 News    September 26, 2013

Good moon rising

As the full moon shines above through the clouds, Medical Lake football players discuss strategy during last Friday’s game with Newport. Sometimes a bad omen, this moon maybe proved to be good luck...

 By CHRIS THOMAS    News    September 26, 2013

Hastings' "Healthy Forests" Bill Raises Concerns

SEATTLE - It might save the government some money, but it won’t do anything to quell the controversy over logging in the national forests. That’s what the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says in its new report about Congressman Doc Hastings’... Full story

 By NEWS SERVICE REPORTS    Education    September 26, 2013

Cheney announces AP Scholar Awards

Cheney High School officials have announced that 16 students have earned Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program provides willing and academi...

 Education    September 26, 2013

Medical Lake sports numbers still going strong in first count of 2013-14

by drew peterson Staff Intern Last week’s Medical Lake School District board of directors meeting, discussion focused on the initial enrollment reports from the first week of school as well as the number of students taking part in sports. Along...

 Opinion    September 26, 2013

Is the US ripe for another market collapse?

This editorial first appeared in The New Bern Sun Journal. The editorial does not necessarily reflect the views of the Cheney Free Press editorial board. Minutes before 2 a.m. on Sept. 15, 2008, Lehman Brothers became the biggest U.S. company ever...

 By Roger Simon    Opinion    September 26, 2013

Why the president looks so exhausted

Barack Obama looks exhausted these days. He looks about as tired, in other words, as the nation feels. He knows this. At a speech Saturday, he said that people are always telling him to “hang in there.” “Don’t worry about me!” Obama said....

 By Walter Williams    Opinion    September 26, 2013

Honesty and trust

Dishonesty, lying and cheating are not treated with the right amount of opprobrium in today’s society. To gain an appreciation for the significance of honesty and trust, consider what our day-to-day lives would be like if we couldn’t trust...

 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    September 26, 2013

A day in the great adventures of Reede Brown

“I was sitting on the deck of my house when I noticed the branches of one of my fruit trees was shaking,” Reede Brown said. ”Pretty soon I saw four long black legs beneath it. Then the moose...

 Neighborhood    September 26, 2013


Emmanuel Lutheran Church The congregation of Emmanuel Lutheran Church invites you, your family and friends to worship with us Sunday, Sept. 29, at 10:30 a.m. as we celebrate the 19th Sunday after Pentecost. Preschool through adult Christian...

 By CHRIS THOMAS    Neighborhood    September 26, 2013

Prevent obesity with important life skills for Washington children

TOPPENISH – It’s Childhood Obesity Prevention Awareness Month, and afterschool programs in some Washington communities have made it an all-year priority. In the Yakima Valley, with the help of local chefs they have organized "Top Chef"-style comp...

 Neighborhood    September 26, 2013

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Oct. 2, 2003 Cheney School District stood to lose nearly $20,000 if they chose to transport students from daycare locations to Betz Elementary. A state appeals court overturned an...

 Obituaries    September 26, 2013

James E. Leming

James E. Leming, 59, passed away unexpectedly Sept.16 at his home in Medical Lake. He is preceded in death by his father, Ralph Leming, sisters Linda and Jody and is survived by his mother Marie... Full story

 Obituaries    September 26, 2013

Damon Brown

Damon Lopez Brown passed away peacefully with family by his side Sept. 15 at Providence Sacred Heart. He was born in Detroit, served in the Air Force and was discharged from FAFB. He has lived in Cheney since 1974, attended Eastern Washington State... Full story

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    September 26, 2013

Medical Lake tops undefeated Newport 35-20

The Medical Lake football team learned a valuable lesson enduring its first loss a couple of weeks ago on the road at Bonners Ferry, Idaho. And Cardinals head coach Wes Hobbs thinks they took what...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    September 26, 2013

End of baseball season means beginning of questions for M's

By the time you read this there will be just four days left in the 2013 Major League Baseball season. Four days remaining for playoff contenders to make it in or solidify either a division title or one of two wildcard spots. For the rest of the...


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