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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    December 18, 2014 

Cheney loses 'game arcade' dispute

The first medicinal marijuana dispensary in Cheney is scheduled to open up in early January 2015, but not without some opposition from the city. The owners of 3 Green Thumbs, LLC, filed an application Oct. 6 to locate a dispensary in 900 feet of...

 By AL STOVER    Front Page    December 18, 2014 

Airway Heights adopts budget

The Airway Heights City Council took care of some housekeeping items at its last meeting in 2014, including voting 5-0 to pass ordinances that set the budget and salaries for 2015. Deputy Mayor Kevin Richey and Councilman Steven Lawrence were absent...

 By AL STOVER    Front Page    December 18, 2014 

Medical Lake deer committee tweaks proposed ordinance

The Medical Lake Citizens Deer Advisory Committee continued to make strides in addressing the city’s deer issue at its Dec. 10 meeting. Committee chair Russ Brown presented a modified draft of an ordinance that prohibits residents from...

 By AL STOVER    Front Page    December 18, 2014 

Santa and the elf

Santa Claus asks a girl named Isabella, who is dressed as an elf, what she would like for Christmas during his visit to Airway Heights' Winter Festival, Dec. 6....

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    December 18, 2014 

Planning Commission OKs Cheney parks plan

The Cheney Planning Commission finally approved the city’s updated parks plan at its regular meeting Dec. 8. The commission began the public hearing process at their October meeting, but lack of a quorum at the November meeting pushed final review...

 Front Page    December 18, 2014 

Free Press holiday deadlines

The Cheney Free Press will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, 2015, in observance of Christmas and New Years. Therefore, printing is taking place Tuesday, Dec. 23 for the Dec. 25 issue, and Dec. 30 for the Jan. 1 issue. Deadlines for submissions have... Full story

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    December 12, 2014

Cheney council OKs financial measures

A full Cheney City Council moved like a whirlwind through a resolution and ordinance packed agenda at its next to last meeting of 2014 Tuesday night, unanimously approving 11 separate items. Five of the items were financial measures needed to wrap...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    December 11, 2014

Cheney council OKs financial measures

A full Cheney City Council moved like a whirlwind through a resolution and ordinance packed agenda at its next to last meeting of 2014 Tuesday night, unanimously approving 11 separate items. Five of the items were financial measures needed to wrap...

 By AL STOVER    Front Page    December 11, 2014

Redell steps down from ML council

After 12 years of serving Medical Lake, Councilwoman Brenda Redell resigned from the City Council. The council accepted Redell’s resignation at its Dec. 2 meeting. City Administrator Doug Ross presented an email from Redell, who was absent from...

 By AL STOVER    Front Page    December 11, 2014

Airway Heights and Fire District 10 begin consolidation talks

Earlier this year, the Airway Heights and Medical Lake fire departments and Spokane County Fire District 10 hired Emergency Services Consulting International (ESCI) to conduct a cooperative services study to see how the three departments could...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    December 11, 2014

A mystery wrapped in a riddle

A Cheney girl, who went missing Thanksgiving evening, returned home last Sunday, Dec. 7, prompting questions from authorities about why she left and what she did during her 10-day disappearance....

 Front Page    December 11, 2014

Kicking off the Season

Left: Cheney Councilwoman and Mayor Pro-tem Teresa Overhauser reads the official city proclamation to begin Cheney's tree lighting ceremony at the Cheney Library last Thursday night, Dec. 5. Bottom:...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    December 11, 2014


Prospective music teacher Stephen Foster Brown (at left played by Trenton Riggs) finds the advances of Mrs. Piper (played by Ryleigh Skiles) a bit embarrassing - especially with her husband and...

 Front Page    December 11, 2014

Santa Claus to make annual appearance in Cheney with firefighters

For the 15th time, Cheney Firefighters will be escorting Santa through Cheney. The annual Candy Cane Hayride, sponsored by Cheney Firefighters Union Local 1919 in conjunction with the Cheney Volunteer Firefighters Association and the Cheney Fire...

 Front Page    December 4, 2014

Police search for Cheney runaway

The Cheney Police Department is asking the public for any information on the whereabouts of a 15-year-old female who ran away from her Cheney home at approximately 7:30 p.m., Nov. 27. Jacquelynne... Full story

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    December 4, 2014

Heavier train traffic ahead for Cheney

News of groundbreaking on a proposed $26 million shuttle loading grain terminal near Four Lakes Nov. 14 surprised city of Cheney officials — and they are hoping project proponents talk to them soon about the potential for more rail traffic through...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    December 4, 2014

Council OKs 2015 budget

With no public comment received, the Cheney City Council closed its 2015 budget hearing at its regular meeting last Tuesday night, Nov. 25, and proceeded to unanimously adopt the city’s just over $23.37 million budget for the coming fiscal year....

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    December 4, 2014

Searching for a holiday giving boost

Cheney Outreach Christmas Gifts for Cheney Kids volunteer coordinator Sally Shamp says there are several changes with this year's 13th annual drive to collect presents for local youth. What's...

 By AL STOVER    Front Page    December 4, 2014

Airway Heights gets last budget look

The Airway Heights City Council was one-step closer to finishing the budget season at its Dec. 1 meeting. City Manager Albert Tripp gave a presentation on the capital expenditures, proposed positions and maintenance and operations items for the 2015...

 By John McCallum    Front Page    November 27, 2014

Cheney vehicles targeted in theft waves

Cheney police are investigating a rash of thefts from motor vehicles that struck two residential areas in the city this past week. Between Nov. 19 – 22, 19 incidents of third-degree theft and one second-degree theft were reported, most taking...

 Front Page    November 27, 2014

Medical Lake just says no

The city of Medical Lake finally made a decision on the business side of marijuana. At its Nov. 18 meeting, the City Council passed an ordinance that prohibits the production, processing and retail of marijuana products within city limits. The ordina...

 By Al Stover    Front Page    November 27, 2014

Aero-Flite brings air operations to Spokane International

The next generation in aerial firefighting has come to Spokane County. In a Nov. 20 ceremony at a former Air National Guard hangar, officials from Washington state, Spokane County and Spokane Internat...

 By John McCallum    Front Page    November 27, 2014

Slightly West of Spokane art tour brings three artists to Cheney

The fifth annual Slightly West of Spokane Artists Studio Tour happens this Saturday, Nov. 29, with something slightly new being added. This year's tour will give people in Cheney who can't make the...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    November 20, 2014

Cheney council OKs 2015 levy amounts

The Cheney City Council unanimously approved a pair of ordinances at their Nov. 12 meeting, setting annual increases to the city’s regular property tax and emergency medical service levies. Increases are limited by state law to 1 percent of the...

 By AL STOVER    Front Page    November 20, 2014

Changes small in AH budget

Like every year, the different Airway Heights city departments will see minor increases or decreases in their revenues and expenditures for next year. City Manager Albert Tripp explained that several...


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