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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    November 21, 2013

BPA increases challenge Cheney Light

Cheney Light Department’s No. 1 goal for 2014 is pretty simple and pretty obvious: Keep the lights on. “If we don’t keep the lights on we’re missing our core objective for this city,” Light Department Director Joe Noland told the City Counc...

 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    November 21, 2013

ML budget unchanged

Much of Medical Lake’s 2014 preliminary budget remains unchanged from this year. Overall, the city has a $9,291,652 total budget for 2014, up from the projected $9,090,791 budget for 2013. The Current Expense fund is set to increase from...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    November 21, 2013

Cheney Planning Commission wraps up zoning review

Cheney's Planning Commission wrapped up workshop discussions on revisions to its zoning code Monday night, dealing with eight sections of Chapter 21 during the one hour and 45 minute meeting. Most of...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    November 21, 2013

Running towards the future

Cheney's Bas Holland (left) and Beckett Schoenleber (right) both won their individual divisions at last Saturday's USA Track and Field Inland Northwest Association's cross country championships at...

 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    November 21, 2013

Airway Heights seeks planning commissioners

The city of Airway Heights is in dire need of planning commissioners. After several meetings were canceled this year due to a lack of quorum, it’s beginning to affect some proposed projects in the city. The latest meeting, Wednesday, Nov. 13, was...

 Front Page    November 21, 2013

Holiday deadline changes

The Cheney Free Press will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28, in observance of Thanksgiving. Therefore our publishing cycle has been moved forward one day, with printing taking place Tuesday, Nov. 26. In accordance, deadlines for submissions for the Nov....

 By JAMES EIK    News    November 21, 2013

Study shows transportation buildout in Airway Heights

More transportation planning was the focus at the Monday, Nov. 18 Airway Heights City Council meeting. Spokane Planning Department’s Louis Miller went through the latest transportation study conducted by the department, which projects traffic out...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    November 21, 2013

Few changes in Cheney Public Works 2014 budget

The biggest change for Cheney's Public Works Department in 2014 isn't financial. It's administrative. Community Development Director Brian Jennings departure last May left an opportunity for city...

 By JAMES EIK    News    November 21, 2013

Medical Lake City Council reviews budget for 2014

The Medcial Lake City Council passed the first reading of the city’s 2014 budget at its Tuesday, Nov. 19 meeting. Prior to the budget’s first reading, the council held a public hearing to go over some of the finer points for next year. City Admin...

 News    November 21, 2013

State's four-year program of transportation projects online

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Transportation is now accepting public comment on the draft 2014-2017 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) which includes more than 1,000 transportation improvement projects across the...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    November 21, 2013

CSD approves final acceptance of middle schools

Cheney School District board of directors voted unanimously at their Nov. 13 meeting to approve the acceptance and authorize the commissioning of the district’s two new middle schools. The move comes after receiving recommendations to do so by the...

 Education    November 21, 2013

Cheney Middle School announces first quarter honor roll students for 2013-2014

Cheney Middle School Honor Roll First Quarter 2013-2014 Sixth Grade 4.0 GPA – Kayla Bennett, Kassie Brennan, Jocelyn Cone, MaKean Dodson, Madisyn Duilio, Kailey Estrellado, Annika Fiala, Abby Fillmore, Evan Fleskes, J.T. Gasper, Bastiaan Holland,...

 Education    November 21, 2013

FBLA teams earn accolades

Cheney High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Club placed two teams in the top-three of national competition in the Virtual Business Challenge. According to a high school news release, the second place team, Team FLASH, qualified...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Education    November 21, 2013

Mentoring program has big growth spurt

In a twist on the old "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" axiom, those that run the Prime Time Mentoring program might want to promote the importance of what they do with their own catchy line. An...

 News    November 21, 2013

West Plains Briefs

Book club talks ‘Hedy’s’ The true story of a movie star who was also a brilliant inventor is the November selection of the Book Discussion Group of the Friends of the Cheney Community Library. The group meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26 at the... Full story

 Opinion    November 21, 2013

SR 904: If we can't get more pavement, how about patrols?

The long string of taillights on SR 904 that greeted those traveling out of Cheney Nov. 9 well after the conclusion of the Big Sky Conference football game between Eastern Washington and Montana State was a telltale sign. Because by 4:45 p.m. that...

 By JAMES EIK    Opinion    November 21, 2013

Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer leaves behind an interesting legacy

Microsoft is about to see big change in the upcoming year as its CEO Steve Ballmer steps down in the coming months. Ballmer has been the main guy at the company since 2000, during which operating systems from Vista to Windows 8 were unveiled. Think...

 Opinion    November 21, 2013

Funding desperately needed for improving SR 904

Last weekend (Nov. 8-9), two accidents occurred on State Route 904. One of those was a head-on collision with multiple injuries. Accidents on SR 904 are not isolated occurrences. The last fatal crash on 904 was only three months ago; more than 65...

 By Marc Dion    Opinion    November 21, 2013

Jack Kennedy, the last wooden-floor president

When President John F. Kennedy died, the wooden floors started to disappear. People still have wooden floors in their houses, of course, but so many of them in new houses are installed as a kind of a cozy wink. When the wrecking ball took the...

 Opinion    November 21, 2013

Deer are a natural part of ML

In response to the editorial of James Eik, concerning the multitude of deer in Medical Lake: Yes they eat my flowers, they eat my roses, especially the prized yellow ones, and they like my tulips a lot. But I like to see them laying down in my back...

 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    November 21, 2013

A psychological thriller of a Coug fan in Eagle lands

Bill Jackline sat at a table and said with a friendly smile, "In May of this year I will have spent 35 years working as a school psychologist in some way, shape or form. During those 35 years I've...

 Neighborhood    November 21, 2013


Emmanuel Lutheran Church Emmanuel Lutheran Church invites you to worship with us this Sunday, Nov. 24 as we celebrate Christ the King Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Christian education begins at 9 a.m. Fellowship hour this morning will include a Harvest Fest...

 Obituaries    November 21, 2013

Billie Paradiso

Billie Paradiso passed away at her home on Nov. 11, 2013. She was born in Lewiston, Idaho to Earl and Beryl Backster on July 23, 1956 and was the youngest of nine children. She is survived by her... Full story

 Neighborhood    November 21, 2013

Hoarding Disorder Week Dec. 1-7

Hoarding Disorder Awareness Week is Dec. 1-7, 2013 in Spokane. Lightening the Load, a local organization that offers help, hope, and healing to aid those affected by hoarding will be hosting several events during the week. On Wednesday, Dec. 4 from...

 Neighborhood    November 21, 2013

What's Happening on the West Plains

City of Cheney • Nov. 22, Story time, Baby Play and Learn ages 0-18 months, Cheney Library, 10:30 a.m. • Nov. 22, Ease the Family Freeze Festival, Cheney Middle School, 5 p.m. • Nov. 26, Friends of the Cheney Community Library Book Discussion...


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