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 Front Page    February 26, 2015 

EWU draws national research event

By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Come mid-April, don’t think your calendar is out of sync when the Eastern Washington University campus is buzzing with activity like a fall football weekend. The uptick in visitors will be due to the National...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 26, 2015 

Cheney buys pole trailer

The Cheney City Council conducted a couple financial transactions at its final regular meeting in February. Tuesday night, Feb. 24, the council unanimously approved the sale of a 4,000 square foot piece of property in Golden Hills Phase II Addition o...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 26, 2015 

And I add it to...

Snowdon Elementary School Principal Shawna Fraser explains to third-grade student Shaelynn Lowry some of her cooking uses for basil during an herb planting activity as part of the school's Heart...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 26, 2015 

cheney proposes moving portion of railway along sr 904

Cheney Mayor Tom Trulove believes that if you're going to point out a problem then you should also think about offering a solution. For Trulove and other city officials, the problem is the...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    February 26, 2015 

Medical Lake City Council continues curbside recycling discussions

Curbside recycling once again took center stage at the Feb. 17 Medical Lake City Council meeting. City Administrator Doug Ross informed the council and everyone in attendance that after calculating the costs, the residents would pay an additional $3...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 19, 2015

Cheney High School bond comes up short

With election certification the only step remaining, the Cheney School District is poised to go 1 for 2 with last Tuesday’s special election ballot proposals. The district’s three-year Educational Programs and Operations (Maintenance and...

 
 Front Page    February 19, 2015

A question of collusion

By JOHN McCALLUM Editor A local citizen has filed a complaint with Washington’s Public Disclosure Commission against the Cheney School District and the Committee for Support of Good Schools alleging the two organizations worked too closely in...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 19, 2015

Buttercups galore

In something of a rarity, there was a three-way tie in the Cheney Free Press's annual first buttercup contest. Stopping by the office with indications that spring is not far off were 8-year-old...

 
 By ALICE DAY    Front Page    February 19, 2015

Unexpected consequences

OLYMPIA— I-1351, the voter-approved initiative last fall, requires the state to limit class sizes in grades K-12, but doesn’t provide an enabling funding source. It presumes funds would be allocated by the state so school districts could hire...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    February 19, 2015

Planning Commission continues discussion on Airway Heights goals

At its Feb. 11 meeting, the Airway Heights Planning Commission continued its discussion of its priorities and goals for 2015-16. Development Services Director Derrick Braaten presented a draft of the City Council’s goals, which focus on more...

 
 Front Page    February 19, 2015

Looking back with the Cheney Historical Museum

One hundred twenty-five years ago on Feb. 23, 1890 a fire started in O’Donnell’s hardware store and destroyed ten businesses including the Post Office, Tom Devaz’s saloon, J.E. Thomas’ photography studio, Switzer’s Drug store, James...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 12, 2015

Cheney council approves lobbyist contract

In a short regular meeting Tuesday night, the Cheney City Council approved a one-year contract with the city’s Olympia consultant Jennifer Ziegler. According to the contract, Ziegler represents the city on legislative, regulatory and...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    February 12, 2015

ML talks curbside recycling

Curbside recycling might become a reality in the city of Medical lake. At the Feb. 3 City Council meeting, Mayor John Higgins and City Administrator Doug Ross informed the council they had met with Sunshine Disposal and Recycling to discuss curbside...

 
 Front Page    February 12, 2015

Change of direction

Ending weeks of speculation, Eastern Washington University's All-American and record-setting quarterback Vernon Adams has elected to forgo his final year of eligibility and transfer to Eugene, Oregon...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    February 12, 2015

Airway Heights in dispute with state for snow removal services

Airway Heights is in a dispute with the Washington state Department of Transportation (WSDOT) concerning snow removal on the section of Highway 2 that runs between the city’s east and west boundaries. Both sides have contacted state lawmakers...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 12, 2015

Cheney police dispatch is more involved than just 'calling all cars'

Watching Cheney Police Department dispatcher Valerie Richey handle her duties at the police station is like watching a concert musician perform on a cathedral organ. Richey balances the telephone...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 5, 2015

Council hears pair of zoning ordinances

Ordinances played a leading role on the Cheney City Council’s Jan. 27 meeting agenda. The council conducted public hearings on an ordinance inserting language changes into the city’s municipal code chapter on Zoning, and on a second dealing with...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    February 5, 2015

Shoreline plan gets OK from commission

At its Jan. 29 meeting, the Medical Lake Planning Commission got back to business after they voted to forward an ordinance to City Council that approves the amendments in the Shoreline Master Plan. The plan is a document that will guide development...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 5, 2015

Something to smile about

West Plains residents along with local civic and business leaders enjoyed music, food and games at last Thursday's grand opening of DaBell Orthodontics in Cheney. See the story on page...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 5, 2015

A good deal moves to a better place

The West Plains Chamber of Commerce will need to find another presenter for its famous "Let's Make a Deal's" rubber chicken. Long-time chamber member and past board president Ed Neunherz passed away a...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 29, 2015

Creating more space for education

Students and staff refer to it as "Red Square." It's the point of intersection between two main hallways in Cheney High School. During class change times, it's more jammed up with bodies than...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 29, 2015

A less expensive alternative

In his quest to learn all he could about student habits at Cheney High School, resident and member of the Citizens Facility Advisory Committee Bill Johns said he went to the school one day during lunch and noticed school staff had only set up six...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    January 29, 2015

There's a town out there...somewhere

Cheney and other Spokane County cities have experienced extremely foggy conditions over the past week, not only reducing visibility but also creating slick conditions on local road...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    January 29, 2015

Medical Lake discusses legal action against the state

At its Jan. 20 meeting, the Medical Lake City Council breezed through a quick agenda, as well as discussed the possibility of the city pursuing legal action against the state. In 2014, Mayor John Higgins spoke with legislators and representatives...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    January 29, 2015

Airway Heights Planning Commission begins goal discussions

At its Jan. 14 meeting, the Airway Heights Planning Commission began its discussions on its 2015 work plan, goals and priorities. Due to the absences of Commission Chair Rita Osborne and Commissioner Aspen Monteleone, the commission tabled approving...

 

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