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School bond barely passing

As of press time Tuesday night, the Cheney School District’s $52 million capital facilities bond was barely receiving the 60 percent voter approval needed for passage. According to information from the Spokane County Election Department’s...

 

Cheney changes plowing ordinance

Cheney’s police department is proposing changes to the city’s snow removal ordinance it hopes will lead to less confusion and conform to current practices by utility crews when the snow flies. The current ordinance requires vehicles be off city...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    February 16, 2017 

Astronauts Q&A

NASA Astronau retired Air Force Col. Bob Behnken answers questions from Hallett Elementary students. Behnken, along with three other astromauts, visited the Medical Lake school on Feb....

 

ML seeks money for EHS policing services

By AL STOVER Staff Reporter Medical Lake’s quest to receive state funding for police services provided to Eastern State Hospital continues. At the Feb. 7 City Council meeting, Mayor John Higgins announced he testified, via Skype, in front of the...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    February 16, 2017 

Airway Heights recreation center OKd for design-build

The pieces for Airway Heights’ recreation center project continue to fall into place. In a Feb. 8 news release, the city announced that the project was approved by the state’s project review committee (PRC) to use design-build as an alternative...

 

More than a one-time meal in ML

Feed Medical Lake, a charity that serves a free dinner at St. John's Lutheran Church from 5–6 p.m. on the second Monday of every month, continues to go strong after five and a half years. "There wer...

 

Maximizing every inch of space for instruction

There are good things and bad things about working in the "horrible" media. One of the good things is through our work, we get the chance to become a little bit of an expert on a lot of subjects. As...

 

Pierce takes seat on Historic Preservation Commission

The Cheney Historic Preservation Commission’s first meeting of 2017 was abbreviated last Thursday due to a session of the Cheney Municipal Court going longer than anticipated. The commission did meet long enough, however, on the staircase landing...

 

Cheney court seeks domestic violence grants

Unable to find money in the city’s 2017 budget, the Cheney City Council gave approval at its Jan. 24 meeting to the Municipal Court to apply for grants to help fund a domestic violence victim’s advocate. Court administrator Terri Cooper has...

 

AH receives CERB grant

The city of Airway Heights recently received a $50,000 grant from the Washington Community Economic Revitalization Board. The grant will fund a feasibility study to develop a master plan for...

 

Spreading love instead of hate

For Rosario Rodriguez, President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration - authorizing construction of a U.S–Mexico border wall and imposing entry restrictions on residents from seven...

 

Avista to install LED lamps in Medical Lake street lights

Medical Lake residents may notice something different about the city’s street lights in the coming months. During the Jan. 26 Planning Commission meeting, City Administrator Doug Ross announced that Avista Utilities will install energy efficient...

 

Fairchild stories sought

The Cheney Free Press is putting together a special section in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the founding of Fairchild Air Force Base. The facility started as Spokane Army Air Depot, and has served as a key part of the Inland Empire...

 

A change of heart and mind

The Airway Heights City Council decided not to take an official stance on the Cheney School District's $52 million bond proposal after all. At its Jan. 17 meeting, council voted 5-0 to oppose a...

 

Controlling court loads

Medical Lake’s City Council took an initial step to bring its municipal court up to speed regarding public defender caseload rules adopted by Washington’s Supreme Court and Legislature. At its Jan. 17 meeting, the council held a discussion and fi...

 

Cheney loads demand additional power

Cheney needs more power - and is in the market to purchase it. The Light Department is forecasting the need for more power in 2019 beyond what it currently buys from the Bonneville Power...

 

STA's transit center operation will affect Medical Lake bus routes

One of the questions regarding Spokane Transit Authority's West Plains Transit Center, is how will it affect the bus routes that run through Medical Lake? At a Jan. 19 Re*Imagine Medical Lake meeting,...

 

Senate proposes contract with state hospitals and cities

For the last several years, Medical Lake requested state funding for policing and emergency medical services it provides to Eastern State Hospital. After years of no response, a proposed bill that was introduced in the current legislative session cou...

 

Council OKs water, wastewater contracts

The city of Cheney hopes to provide an improved source of water in the future through rehabilitation of its Well No. 5. At its Jan. 10 meeting, the City Council approved a $43,842 contract, not including tax, with Specialty Pumps of Spokane to do...

 

Bon voyage, coach Baldwin

An emotional Beau Baldwin bid a surprising and a very much unexpected farewell to Eastern Washington University after nine years as the school's head football coach last Monday and is headed off to...

 

Airway Heights nominated for street grant

Airway Heights could receive another gift from the state's Transportation Improvement Board (TIB), one that will help make the city's sidewalks better at accommodating residents. The city was one of...

 

Airway Heights council to say no

The Airway Heights City Council is preparing to take an official stance on the Cheney School District’s $52 million bond proposal. During Monday night’s study session, the council forwarded a resolution with some changes, to its Jan. 17 meeting,...

 

Crime is up in Cheney

Crime reports in Cheney jumped 16.8 percent in 2016, according to year-end statistics from the Cheney Police Department. The increase comes after a decline in 2015 of 8.68 percent over 2014 numbers -...

 

Tower of cheering Blackhawks

Cheney High School cheerleaders perform a routine for the fans at last Friday night's girls basketball game with the visiting Clarkston Bantams....

 

Cheney commission discusses over-occupancy

Over-occupancy of single-family homes in Cheney took center stage at the Jan. 9 Planning Commission meeting. During a comprehensive plan review of the city’s housing chapter, senior planner Brett Lucas noted language about housing balance under...

 

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