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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 15, 2015 

Cheney City Council nixes power deal

Power issues were on display at the Cheney City Council's Jan. 13 meeting, the first of 2015. The main issue swirled around what to do with one megawatt (MW) of Tier Two power the city purchased in...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 15, 2015 

Zoning measures approved

Cheney’s Planning Commission approved a pair of measures at its regular monthly meeting Jan. 12 recommending changes to the city’s municipal code Chapter 21 on zoning. The first was Ordinance W-55 that proposed housekeeping amendments to address...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 15, 2015 

Mop up

Firefighters clean up the scene of a one-car accident that took place last Wednesday west of Cheney on State Route 904 and Cameron Road. According to Washington State Patrol Trooper Jeff Sevigney,...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    January 15, 2015 

Medical Lake Fire Department shows steady call volume in 2014

The Medical Lake Fire Department had a steady year of calls in 2014. At the Jan. 5 City Council meeting, Assistant Fire Chief Corey Stevens announced that the department had 46 calls for December with...

 
 Front Page    January 15, 2015 

Holiday delays trash pick up

Garbage pick up in the city of Cheney will be one day late next week due to the Martin Luther King Day holiday, Monday, Jan. 19....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 8, 2015

Police overtime remains a concern in Cheney

Cheney Police Chief John Hensley has a concern about the new contract with the city’s Police Guild. Hensley’s concern is with what he feels might be unrealistic expectations from the public and City Council members that new staffing levels contai...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    January 8, 2015

AH council OKs change orders to local road projects

The Airway Heights City Council kicked off the new year with some old business at its Jan. 5 meeting. The council approved a change order for the Hayford Road Overlay project. Public Works Director Kelly Williquette explained that as staff was...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    January 8, 2015

The Cheney 'Gas War'

Cheney residents got an unexpected Christmas gift this year. Cheap gas. In a throwback to the 1960s - except one needs to add about $2 to the price-per gallon - as gas stations in the city engaged in...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    January 8, 2015

Medical Lake's Care and Share store installs security cameras

Customers who browse through the Care and Share's men's department and glance at the corner above the sorting room will see a security camera with a sign hanging below that has a yellow smiley face dr...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Front Page    January 1, 2015

Cheney OKs Marijuana Overlay Zone

The final Cheney City Council meeting of 2014, held Dec. 23, might have been short, but it certainly was impactful when it came to the budding marijuana business in the city. By a unanimous vote, with Chris Grover absent, the council approved...

 
 By Al Stover    Front Page    January 1, 2015

ML takes small steps to address deer issue

The deer population has been an issue in Medical Lake for the last few years. The city attempted to address the matter when staff introduced an ordinance that would prohibit residents from feeding...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 1, 2015

Contention puts marijuana zoning at top of Cheney list

While there were many big stories in and around Cheney in 2014, few generated the same amount of citizen comments as the one that began quietly in late 2013. At its Nov. 12, 2013, meeting, Cheney's...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    January 1, 2015

Exotic Metals leads the way for more industry in Airway Heights

This past year, the city of Airway Heights saw some businesses move their operation to the city. Exotic Metals Forming Co. LCC (Exotic), an aerospace company based out of Kent, Wash., purchased 56.6...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    December 25, 2014

CMS track to be named after local couple

Few people would argue there are individuals more influential when it comes to creating good Cheney cross country and track and field athletes and programs than Lawson and Ruth Van Kuren. In fact, few would dispute that the long-time Cheney couple’...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    December 25, 2014

Medical Lake approves budget

The Medical Lake City Council finished its budget season at its Dec. 16 meeting. The council voted, 5-0 on the second reading of ordinances that adopted the 2015 final budget and set salaries for appointive officers and city employees. Councilman...

 
 Front Page    December 25, 2014

Seasonal artistry

The Cheney Post Office’s annual Christmas coloring contest always draws out the best of Cheney’s young artists, with the winners receiving a stocking-full of wonderful goodies. This year’s winners pictured above are back row Grace Clark, age...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    December 25, 2014

Oakes is named as Cheney Police Department's 2014 Officer of the Year

Cheney Police Officer Chris Oakes has been named the department's 2014 Officer of the Year. Oakes was one of five Police Department officers nominated, and selected by a committee based upon a...

 
 Front Page    December 25, 2014

Free Press holiday deadlines

The Cheney Free Press will be closed Jan. 1, 2015, in observance of New Years. Therefore, printing is taking place Tuesday, Dec. 30 for the Jan. 1 issue. Deadlines for submissions have also changed. The deadline for legal notices is Friday, Dec. 26... Full story

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    December 25, 2014

Petrucelly reflects on Medical Lake clinic's success

The Medical Lake Physical Therapy's motto is "keep it movin," and it's been doing that for the last nine years. Owner Dr. Nola Petrucelly opened the clinic in 2005 on Lake Street. One year later, the...

 
 By FROM NEWS SERVICE REPORTS    Front Page    December 25, 2014

Law enforcement agencies partner for statewide DUI patrols

If you choose to drive while impaired this holiday season, there are 120 police agencies around Washington committed to making sure you are arrested and successfully prosecuted. That's the message...

 
 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...

 

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