Articles from the December 13, 2012 edition

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 By John McCallum    Front Page    December 13, 2012

Cheney’s piece of geological history

If all goes well, the city of Cheney might soon own property near Williams Lake – and part of geological history. City Council members unanimously approved a resolution authorizing staff to enter into negotiations to purchase property referred to a...

 Front Page    December 13, 2012

Season of wonder

Three-and-a-half -year-old Reece Bridges wants Cheney Police Officer Kelly Hembach to give him a better look at the illustrations in the book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” duirng story time at...

 Front Page    December 13, 2012

Season of wonder

The highlight of Medical Lake’s tree lighting ceremony was a visit by Santa, who handed out some candy to kids gathered at Coney Island Park Thursday, Dec. 6.... Full story

 By John McCallum    Front Page    December 13, 2012

Budgetary post mortem

By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Solving Cheney’s budget dilemma required a variety of approaches and maneuvers, most of which seem to have had one common denominator – a little bit of pain. It’s pain...

 By James Eik    Front Page    December 13, 2012

JLUS moves to AH council

Airway Heights’ version of the Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) is on its way to the City Council, following a unanimous recommendation by the Planning Commission. At its Monday, Dec. 10 meeting, City Planner Derrick Braaten said the current version of...

 By Paul Delaney    Front Page    December 13, 2012

Challenges are varied for Eastern’s student-athletes

Eastern Washington University athletics director Bill Chaves addresses the student-athletes under his watch every September at a special luncheon at Pence Union Building. Part of his message...

 By MIKE HUFFMAN    News    December 13, 2012

Coal trains fire passionate debate at scoping hearing

The Spokane County Fair and Expo Center was ground zero for a coal collision last week. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hosted the public hearing Dec. 4 to receive testimony on the environmental...

 By Paul Delaney    News    December 13, 2012

A father and son moment at Roos

Mark Gehring (left) and son Zack got to share some celebration time following Eastern Washington University’s 51-35 football victory over Illinois State in a quarterfinal FCS playoff game last...

 By John McCallum    Education    December 13, 2012

Cheney School District named to College Board advance placement honor roll

The Cheney School District is one of 19 in the state, three in Spokane County, and 539 districts across 44 of the nation’s 50 states and Canada to be named to the College Board’s third annual AP District Honor Roll for “simultaneously...

 By James Eik    Education    December 13, 2012

Wreaths ceremony honors veterans, educates students

Honoring veterans during the holidays returns for a third year at the Veterans Cemetery. The state cemetery is once again the site of the Spokane area Wreaths Across America program Saturday, Dec. 15...

 By James Eik    News    December 13, 2012

Remodeled Care and Share opens to the public

After a long stretch of nips and tucks, the Medical Lake Care and Share thrift store is back open for business. The store first went under the knife Monday, Oct. 15 and reopened to the public last...

 Opinion    December 13, 2012

New software and technology lead to new opportunities

Over the past several years online networking and marketing, largely through social media, has exploded. Just consider how Facebook has changed the landscape of online interaction in the past four years, when it surged in popularity. Non-profits,...

 By John Taves    Opinion    December 13, 2012

What environmental impacts should a new coal terminal project address?

My column in last week’s Cheney Free Press (“Coal exports: Are they opportunity or curse?) addressed a number reasons for and against constructing the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point, Wash. This week I address issues concerning...

 Opinion    December 13, 2012

Providing gifts for children in Cheney for Christmas is easy

Christmas Gifts for Cheney Kids is in full swing, with donation boxes in many businesses and churches around town. There always seems to be a shortage of gifts for teenagers, so if you’re wondering what to donate, keep that in mind. MP3 players,...

 Opinion    December 13, 2012

Unsafe traffic signals can cause problems

There are several concerns here in Cheney regarding the safety of individuals traveling in vehicles, some of which include slippery roadways, congested highways leading to and from Spokane and most importantly a stoplight that is improperly marked....

 Opinion    December 13, 2012

Parking problems persist in Eastern’s lots

It’s become very hard to find parking with a growing population of over 12,500 people at Eastern Washington University. Students and staff who regularly drive their own vehicles to school are beginning to have no other option than to park on the lo...

 Opinion    December 13, 2012

Night owls seek late-night food in Cheney

After living in Cheney for nearly five years, I have come to really love the city. However, I have noted one “issue” that affects me as a student at EWU and as a member of the Cheney community – late night dining locations. With the exception...

 Opinion    December 13, 2012

Construction makes problems on Interstate 90

As time goes on, we continue to face tragic worries of bad conditions on I-90, which is currently under construction. Due to an extensive amount of construction work, people are forced to use detours, causing serious traffic and irritation among the...

 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    December 13, 2012

Enthusiasm for singing ‘Jingle Bells’ spans many decades

Jingle Bells has been noted as “One of the greatest hits of Christmas.” James S. Pierpont wrote the song in 1840 as a Thanksgiving song for his father. The elder Piermont was a pastor in the...

 Obituaries    December 13, 2012

Alta Tindall

Alta Tindall passed away peacefully at home Thursday, Dec. 6. Alta was born in Butte, Mont. Dec. 28, 1914 to parents Daniel and Marie Sullivan. Alta was the youngest of nine children and graduated... Full story

 News    December 13, 2012

Santa makes his annual trip with Cheney firefighters

It’s time for that jolly old elf to once again make his way through the streets of Cheney. The Cheney Fire Department, Firefighters Local 1919 and the Cheney Volunteer Firefighters Association are...

 Neighborhood    December 13, 2012

‘Way Out West in a Dress’ to be StageWest’s first 2013 production

StageWest Community Theatre of the West Plains’ production of the radio version of the holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” recently completed what theatre officials are calling a successful run. The all-volunteer troupe is now turning its...

 By John McCallum    Sports    December 13, 2012

Lady Hawks just miss upset of 1A power Freeman

If there is such a thing as a good loss, Friday’s 2-point defeat at the hands of 1A state runner-up Freeman may be a benefit to a young Cheney girls’ basketball team. The Lady Hawks scratched...

 By Paul Delaney    Sports    December 13, 2012

Last Sam Houston visit left sour taste in many Eastern fans’ mouths

Dec. 5, 2004 is a date that has lived in infamy with many who follow Eastern Washington University football. While of course it’s not remotely close to real-life infamous tragedies that are so etched in our collective memories – Dec. 7, 1941,...

 By Paul Delaney    Sports    December 13, 2012

Win over ISU sends EWU to semis’

Eastern Washington finally had enough offense to win a football game the easy way. But what fun would that be? So in true Eastern fashion the Eagles decided they needed to win the game twice, scoring...


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