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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    November 2, 2017

Rate hike proposed for Cheney

Cheney residents could see an increase in their utility rates in 2018, should the city's Public Works Department budget proposal receive council approval. The increase is one of two proposed to deal...

 
 By Grace Pohl    News    November 2, 2017

Airway's APZ solution is moving in the right direction

Airway Heights currently has an Accident Potential Zone II (APZ) near Fairchild Air Force Base that has been an issue since 1995 after there was an installation study when it was brought to...

 
 By Grace Pohl    News    November 2, 2017

Into the fire

Eastern Washington University mascot Swoop prepares to toss a poster of a Weber State helmet into the prep rally bonfire Sunday night. It's EWU's Homecoming, and the Eagles take on the Wildcats...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    November 2, 2017

Cheney council approves Well 3 loan application

The Cheney City Council took the first steps towards dealing with the city’s water production issues at its Oct. 24 meeting. The council approved a public works department request to apply for a loan from the Washington State Department of...

 

What do the candidates think?

Medical Lake voters have many decisions to make in the Nov. 7 general election. They will select a new mayor and four city council members. In the second of a series of candidate profiles, this week we look at those council races. Candidates for...

 

Right guy, wrong office

Due to a typographical error, Tim Gainer was incorrectly mentioned as a Cheney mayoral candidate in a letter to the editor headline in the Oct. 26 issue. Gainer is not running or mayor, but running for City Council Position 1. Current Position 1...

 

Cheney High School renovations over budget

The Cheney school board found out during a schematic design review of the proposed remodel of the district’s high school that the work is over the budgeted amount specified in the February 2017 bond by just over $3.21 million. The board also found...

 

Medical Lake school board hears about new assessments

Medical Lake’s School Board learned at its Oct. 25 meeting about a new assessment program now in place in the district. Kim Headrick, the district’s director of teaching and learning, presented information on Aims Web, a program that will...

 

J. Casey Doyle to be featured at EWU Gallery of Art

EWU Gallery of Art is pleased to present new artworks by J. Casey Doyle, Nov. 8 through Jan. 11, 2018. An opening reception will be held Wednesday, Nov. 8 at noon in the gallery. Thinking outside the...

 

EWU lecture series welcomes renowned skeptic and critical thinker Michael Shermer

One of the world's best-known skeptics will present his fascinating theory on how and why we believe what we do as part of "The President's Forum for Critical Thought" at Eastern Washington...

 
 By Grace Pohl    News    November 2, 2017

Spokane Tribe Casino holds job fair

On Oct. 26, the Spokane Tribe Casino held a job fair at their office space located at 13918 West State Route 2 Highway in Airway Heights. There was a constant flow of applicants throughout the entire...

 

Tickets now on sale for 3 Doors Down at NQR

Alternative rock fans won’t want to miss 3 Doors Down when they kick off their “Back Porch Jam” tour, an acoustic interpretation of the band’s hits, fan favorites and deep album cuts at Northern Quest Resort & Casino’s Pend Oreille...

 

A little Q & A with Medical Lake's City Council candidates

(Editor's Note: Some portions of responses may have been edited for space concerns.) Medical Lake Council Position No. 1 John Paikuli ran unopposed in August but now has Monica Manza, who ran...

 

A little Q & A with Medical Lake's City Council candidates

(Editor’s Note: Some portions of responses may have been edited for space concerns.) Medical Lake Council Position No. 2 John Merrick collected just shy of 46 percent of the votes in August over Elizabeth Rosenbeck’s 27 percent in a with...

 

A little Q & A with Medical Lake's City Council candidates

(Editor's Note: Some portions of responses may have been edited for space concerns.) Tony Harbolt collected 43 percent of the primary vote to edge Don Kennedy with 38 in the closest of the Medical Lak...

 
 By Grace Pohl    News    November 2, 2017

No tricks to this trot

Participants showed up for the first "Trick or Trot" at Cheney High School on Oct. 28. Runners ran two loops around Cheney and collected candy along the way. Organized by Future Business Leaders of...

 

A little Q & A with Medical Lake's City Council candidates continued

(Editor's Note: Some portions of responses may have been edited for space concerns.) Ted Olson won a three-way primary race with 46 percent of the vote and will face Gary Plumlee at 27 percent. How...

 

How to cast your ballot this Tuesday

Ballots must be postmarked no later than Election Day, Nov. 7. There are three locations on the West Plains where you may drop off your ballots: Airway Heights Library1213 S. Lundstrom St. Cheney Library 610 First St. Medical Lake Library 321 E....

 

DNR unveils Forest Health Plan and forest advisory committee

OLYMPIA – Public Lands Commissioner Hilary S. Franz announced a new plan at an Oct. 27 ceremony near this summer’s Jolly Mountain Fire to treat Washington’s ailing forests and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires. The commissioner made...

 

News Briefs

STA seeks rider input on proposed route changes Spokane Transit Authority is implementing “more and better” transit service as part of the its “Moving Forward” plan approved by voters in 2016. The agency is seeking the public’s input on...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    November 2, 2017

Cardinal royalty

Seniors Porter Westall and Makayla Geiger were crowned king and queen of Medical Lake's 2017 Homecoming celebration. The coronation occurred at halftime of the Cardinals' football game with Lakeside...

 

This time it's both the crime and the cover-up

When should a news story out of Portland have relevance to the readers of the Cheney Free Press? Probably not much of the time is the short answer. But in this instance, let’s hope it is NEVER! What got my attention, and made my blood pressure...

 

Rural prosperity is essential to Washington

While Seattle is growing rapidly, our rural areas continue to struggle. They don’t have the corporate giants such as Amazon, Microsoft and Boeing creating jobs and economic opportunities. Farms are predominantly family-owned. Today, there is a...

 

Clearance backlog threatens national security

By MICHAEL JAMES BARTON Contributor Right now, more than 500,000 federal employees and government contractors are awaiting security clearances. That poses a serious threat. The enormous backlog of clearance applications prevents talented analysts,...

 

Medical Lake police force more about uniform than service

There has been a lot of conversation here in Medical Lake on the topic of having our own police force vs. contracting with Spokane County. The whole issue of contracting police services or not boils down to what uniform someone is wearing. The truth...

 

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