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 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 21, 2016 

Passing the air refueling baton

Col. Ryan Samuelson stood in front of hundreds of airmen, local dignitaries and family as he said, "I assume command." Samuelson took command of the 92nd Air Refueling Wing from Col. Brian McDaniel...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 21, 2016 

Police nab armed robber

Cheney police feel confident they have arrested the individual who robbed the Dollar Tree store at gunpoint in May 2015 — but not before the same individual repeated his actions on Saturday, July 9. Police arrested and have charged Jeffrey J....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 21, 2016 

Five candidates vie for Kevin Parker's seat

Three Republicans, a Democrat and an independent candidate provide 6th District voters choices in the upcoming primary elections Aug. 2. All five are running to replace outgoing Rep. Kevin Parker,...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 21, 2016 

Jeff Holy faces challenge from Shar Lichty for Position 2

When 6th District legislative Rep. Jeff Holy first ran for House of Representative Position 2 in 2012, he overcame a second place finish in the primary to Dennis Dellwo to defeat the Spokane Democrat...

 
 Front Page    July 21, 2016 

Chipster name misspelled

One of the Cheney Chipster’s names was misspelled in the July 14 story on the toy-making group. George Grigel is the correct name of the individual who takes trucks to children in Third World countries. He travels with an organization called...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 14, 2016

Cheney awarded water grant

The city of Cheney is taking preliminary steps to building a reclaimed water system for irrigation only, thanks to funding from the state Department of Ecology. The city has received $112,000 in what Public Works Director Todd Ableman referred to as...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 14, 2016

Crime drops in ML

Crime has seemed to have dropped in the city of Medical Lake - at least in the first five months of the year. According to statistics from the Spokane County Sheriff's Office, officers responded to...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 14, 2016

Coolness subsidies

When it comes to Cheney's 1964-era swimming pool, the overriding principal for maintenance and upkeep is pretty simple. "If the budget allows," Kim Best, Cheney's recreation supervisor, said. While...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 14, 2016

Airway Heights council forwards land swap

At its July 11 study session, the Airway Heights City Council forwarded several items to its July 18 meeting, including a land swap agreement with Spokane Rock Products. The agreement would provide the city with 45 feet of additional right-of-way on...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 7, 2016

Cheney is 'not flush with cash'

Anyone wishing for the city of Cheney to hire economic development help will have to keep on wishing. During the comment portion of the City Council’s June 28 meeting, Mayor Tom Trulove addressed a story in the June 23 issue of the Cheney Free...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 7, 2016

Events planned for downtown Cheney

This year’s Cheney Rodeo Round-up is a blend of something old and something new. The something old is that the Round-up, a combination of vendors and activities taking place downtown around Saturday’s parade, is once again under the coordination...

 
 By John McCallum    Front Page    July 7, 2016

Summer fun

Parents and kids enjoy some time in Cheney's pool last week as the summer temperatures finally warmed up enough for continuous use of the facility....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 7, 2016

Local geologists rock out with new book

No doubt about it - Washington Rocks! If there is a double entendre detected in that statement, it's because former Cheney resident Dr. Eugene Kiver believes Washington is geologically a very diverse...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 7, 2016

AH recreational bond to go on August ballot

A recreational sports complex in the city of Airway Heights is close to becoming a reality. In May, the Airway Heights City Council approved an ordinance to authorize placing a $13 million bond...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 7, 2016

Expended

Empty fire extinguishers lie on the ground in front of an Airway Heights apartment complex damaged by a Sunday night fire. See the story on page 10....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 30, 2016

ML adopts transportation plan

As required annually, the Medical Lake City Council adopted the city’s six-year transportation plan — a wish list of road and street work to be performed should financing become available. Financing is the operative word as seven of the nine list...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    June 30, 2016

Creating community health

The city of Airway Heights, in partnership with the Spokane Regional Health District, is laying the groundwork for a city-sponsored farmers market. The city has been collaborating with Heather Wallace, SRHD health specialist, who specializes in the d...

 
 By Jill Weiszmann    Front Page    June 30, 2016

Up close and personal

Lynn Wichman gets a first-hand look at the Seattle Seahawks Taima the hawk during the team's "12 Tour" stop in Cheney on Sunday. Seahawks players, cheerleaders and mascot Blitz were on hand to sign...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 30, 2016

What happens when the trigger gets pulled

It started as a report of a discharge of a weapon. It ended as an example of the meaning of a random act of kindness, and what the lasting ramifications are when someone elects to fire a gun. At about 11 p.m. June 12, Cheney dispatch received a call...

 
 By NEWS SOURCES    Front Page    June 30, 2016

Fairchild again makes short list as KC-46A tanker site

For the second time in three years, Fairchild Air Force Base has made the shortlist of military installations the U.S. Air Force is considering as sites for its next generation of midair refuelers,...

 
 Front Page    June 30, 2016

Correction: It's Cassie, not Cathy

Due to a reporting error in last week’s story on JC’s Mower Service the wife of business owner Jason Buck was incorrectly identified as Cathy, not Cassie....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 23, 2016

Help wanted: business recruiter

The Cheney Planning Commission has forwarded a recommendation to the City Council regarding how economic development is done in the city. At its June 13 meeting, the commission asked council to consider creating and filling an in-house economic devel...

 
 Front Page    June 23, 2016

'Current' weather conditions

The weather turned lively in Cheney last Thursday evening as a brief, but intense, thunderstorm rumbled through the area. Cheney resident Randy Weatherbee took this photo of a lightning strike from...

 

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