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STEP meeting draws criticism

The Spokane Tribe Economic Project discussion returned to the West Plains last week, but not without controversy. New Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn was in the Spokane region for two days to visit with numerous parties...

 

Board picks Browne for District 3

Cheney School Board directors voted unanimously to name Airway Heights resident Henry Browne as new Cheney school’s District 3 director at a special meeting Tuesday night. Brown replaces Larry Haskell, who stepped down earlier this year because he...

 

Toy line

Shogo Starr listens to a fellow classmate as he waits in line with Joe White (behind box) and Tim McGillicuddy to off load armfuls of toys collected during the Cheney High School toy drive. For more...

 

Iron Skillet trucks out fudge

Normally when one thinks of truck stop food, visions of pancake stacks drowning in butter and syrup, cheeseburgers so tall they sway in the breeze and steaks best described using the word...

 

Medical Lake ends 2012 on quiet note

By JAMES EIK Staff Reporter The Medical Lake City Council went in to the last meeting of the year with a small agenda, but with some important housekeeping items. Some positive budget news came in, according to Finance Director Jennifer Hough, as...

 
 By Chris Thomas    News    December 20, 2012

Report: Reasons to howl about buying dogs online

SEATTLE – On a single day on the Internet, more than 700,000 dogs are for sale. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) says that’s what its researchers found in a one-day investigative...

 

BBB cautions consumers to watch out for scammers in the wake of Newtown, Conn. school shootings

The Spokane Better Business Bureau is alerting consumers to reports of phony charity solicitations, supposedly on behalf of the families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown on Friday, Dec. 14.  BBB recommends donors...

 

Mother Nature has tossed us a weather change-up

By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter The 1970’s advertisement for Chiffon margarine told us “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.” But it’s perfectly okay as we know for the favor to be returned a...

 

School board hears facilities issues at December meeting

One way or another, a good portion of the business conducted at last Wednesday’s Cheney School Board meeting revolved around issues with district facilities. During the public comment period representatives from two subcontractors on the recently...

 

Being outstanding in the classroom pays off in competition

Besides the bragging rights that come with recruiting student-athletes with good, if not great habits in the classroom, there’s a common thread their coaches will tell you is also important to wins and losses, and them keeping their jobs. “If the...

 

CHS donates 337 toys to Tree of Sharing

Cheney High School students in five clubs combined to donate 337 toys to the Tree of Sharing in a holiday toy drive that concluded last Friday. The drive lasted three weeks, with the winner earning...

 

Keep true spirit of season going throughout the year

Christmas. It can elicit the best in all of us as well as seemingly the worst. Something we can all likely agree on is that Christmas has of course been commercialized beyond recognition. The first hints of the next celebration of the birth of Jesus...

 

Tis (always) the season to remember the fragility of life

This is my last column in 2012, Crunch Time not withstanding. In fact, it might be my last column ever at the Cheney Free Press, or my last column period. One never knows about these things, what trials, challenges or opportunities the future holds....

 

Mass media favorites fall out of their favor

Let us address the declining fortunes of today’s mainstream mass media. (Yes, I can hear your pained screams of “Nooooo ... we don’t want to!” We really must, however, because it’s not about them, but us — about our ability to be at...

 
 By James Eik    News    December 20, 2012

Airway Heights approves JLUS

The Airway Heights City Council approved its version of the Joint Land Use Study at its Monday, Dec. 17 meeting. The land use document intended to provide additional protection to Fairchild Air Force Base passed with a unanimous vote. “We have...

 

Preserving and promoting residential livability takes center stage at Cheney planning meeting

Cheney Planning commissioners got their first look at proposed changes to the city’s low density residential district codes at their regular monthly meeting Dec. 10, changes designed to “preserve and promote neighborhood livability” while...

 

State Patrol warns of an Amber Alert scam

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) has received reports from a number of citizens who received calls soliciting donations to support “AMBER Alerts.” In part of the solicitation, the callers report the money being raised goes to support the AMBER...

 

Serving with holiday spirit

Students from the Medical Lake Junior ROTC program were on hand at the Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake this past Saturday for the Wreaths Across America event, to honor our nation’s... Full story

 

Natural gas: the domestic energy source?

By Dr. E. Kirsten Peters Contributor To a geologist like me, it was most notable by its absence in the political campaigns that lurched to their conclusions in November. I’m talking about an energy plan with real teeth, one that addresses everythin...

 

For Cheney’s Carol Kriegh, people are her business

Carol Kriegh likes to work with people. She’s had a long association with the Community Service Council that oversees the police chaplaincy, food bank, clothing exchange and Outreach. These groups r...

 

Sam Houston stops Eastern’s Frisco quest

Another record-tying effort for touchdown passes couldn’t do it. Neither could a second half offensive explosion that was unmatched this season, and perhaps for a long, long time. The 35-point hole...

 

‘Our guys’ helped re-define what it means to be an Eagle

Last Saturday during all the high-fivin’, back-slapping and rejoicing that came with Eastern’s first touchdown, cutting Sam Houston’s lead to 35-7 early in the third quarter, a friend and row mate came up to me and provided this observation....

 
 By James Eik    Sports    December 20, 2012

Cheney wrestlers struggle at Tri-State

The Tri-State Tournament at North Idaho College proved to be a tough arena for the Cheney wrestling team this past weekend. Falling among the lower-placing teams, Cheney earned 28 points, with one...

 

Wade Benson returns to Eastern as volleyball coach

Wade Benson is returning to familiar territory. The man who made history during his his seven seasons as head volleyball coach at Eastern Washington University will return to that position it was...

 

Ready or not, Eastern men open Big Sky basketball play

The 2012-13 Big Sky Conference season begins for the Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team this week, and their opening games are sure to be a challenge. Facing the top two teams in the league’s preseason polls in its first three...

 

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