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 By GRACE POHL    Front Page    August 25, 2016 

Cheney School District in need of bus drivers

With the new school year coming up, the Cheney School District is in need of more substitute bus drivers and special needs bus aides. According to a Facebook post from the transportation office, this...

 

Sunday, fiery Sunday

Spokane County Fire District 3 crews remain on standby should their resources be needed as other regional firefighting organizations battle a series of wild land fires that burst out Sunday afternoon...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    August 25, 2016 

AH council receives US-2 project updates

At its Aug. 22 study session, the Airway Heights City Council received a presentation from Studio Cascade Inc., regarding public input they received on concepts for the land use plan update and the Highway 2 Revitalization project. Ryan Hughes,...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    August 25, 2016 

Medical Lake council passes impact fee deferral ordinance

The Medical Lake City Council went through several items at its Aug. 16 meeting. In action items, council approved the second reading of the ordinance “Impact Fee Deferral.” The ordinance allows a developer to defer paying impact fees until the...

 

The ups, the downs and the same

When it comes to criminal activity in the city of Cheney, 2016 is somewhat of a mixed bag of statistics. According to Police Department numbers, through June 30 there have been 290 uniform crime report offenses filed, compared to 289 through the...

 

Residential expansion

Cheney's newest residential development is also one of its oldest. City planners have issued a notice of application, along with a mitigated determination of non-significance (MDNS), for the View Acre...

 

'Grillin Our Ace Off'

Jarms Ace Hardware held its annual "Grillin' Our Ace Off" fundraiser event, Aug. 13, raising money for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which help children like Maddie Clarkson (left), who...

 

Airway Heights gears up for annual festival

The city of Airway Heights is celebrating its 33rd annual festival, Aug. 19-20. For this year's event, dubbed "Airway Heights Days," the city's parks and recreation department wanted to do focus on...

 

Harland is Medical Lake SCOPE volunteer of the year

Officials at the Medical Lake-Espanola SCOPE (Sheriff's Community Oriented Policing Effort) office have selected Frances Harland as the office's volunteer of the year. Harland has been a part of the...

 

Cheney council OKs vehicle purchase and pre-purchase

Vehicle purchases were the order of business at a short Cheney City Council meeting Aug. 9. Council unanimously approved a Police Department request to purchase a 2016 Ford Interceptor all-wheel drive SUV from the Columbia Ford Government Sales...

 

Cheney's fire chief steps down

Citing a desire to return to his native Arizona, Mike Winters has tendered his resignation as Cheney Fire Chief and Fire Marshal. Winters’ resignation was effective Aug. 2. City Administrator Mark Schuller said Winters had discussed the...

 

Commission to consider Fisher registry

As can happen during the summer months of vacations, last Thursday’s meeting of the Cheney Historic Preservation Commission was canceled due to lack of a quorum. In an email, commission administrative assistant Susan Beeman said all of the agenda...

 

All's well with AH, District 10 agreement

Since he became Airway Heights Fire Chief in 2011, Mitch Metzger has done several things to consolidate and instill cooperation between the city’s fire department and Spokane County Fire District 10. In April, the city entered into an interlocal...

 

Blue Waters, Bluegrass Festival opens Friday at Waterfront Park

Two of the headlining acts for the 15th annual Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival, scheduled for Aug. 12-14 in Medical Lake, are Jody Stecher and Kate Brislin and Chatham County Line. Both groups have bee...

 

Egerer performs at Sutton

Evan Egerer brought his one-man show to Sutton Park on Aug. 3 as a part of Cheney's Summer Concert Series. Egerer, with his acoustic guitar, performed original hits such as "Valleys," a song he said...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    August 4, 2016

Crime rate steady in Airway Heights

Crime continues to be steady in the city of Airway Heights According to statistics from the Airway Heights Police Department, there were 2,870 reported incidents from January to June of this year. This is down 2 percent from 2,931 incidents from Janu...

 

Firefighters are holding their breath

After two consecutive record-setting seasons in Washington state, a kinder, more gentle July is over and, knock on an unburned tree near you, the number of wildfires and acreage burned is way down....

 

Whew! A cooler, comfortable month of July is in the books

If it seemed as though the past month was just a bit cooler than a year ago, the statistics will back up that notion. On average this past July was 6 degrees cooler than in 2015 and in terms of days o...

 

Airway Heights' rec center bond winning easily

With 21.95 percent of ballots returned Tuesday night, the city of Airway Heights Proposition 1, which would help fund a proposed $13 million recreation center, was passing comfortably with 62.10 percent yes votes, 349 – 213. If successful, the...

 

Economic development is reviewed

Cheney's Planning Commission received an overview of economic development activities and conditions - past, present and future - at their final meeting of the summer, July 11. In a presentation to...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 28, 2016

All Star send off

Friends, families and fans gathered at Salnave Park, July 22 to send off the West Plains Little League 10-11 All Stars baseball team as they traveled to Clarkston to compete in the state tournament...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 28, 2016

ML updates recreation coordinator position

The city of Medical Lake is preparing for some changes at City Hall. At its July 19 meeting, the City Council voted to update the recreation coordinator job description. This is a result of current recreation coordinator, Ashlee King, leaving her...

 

Four chase McMorris-Rodgers in 5th race

In a way, one could look at the 5th Congressional District primary race as 2014 2.0 – plus one. Four candidates are running to unseat incumbent Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, who is running for her seventh consecutive term. Three of those ca...

 
 By GRACE POHL    Front Page    July 28, 2016

Luella Dow left her mark in the Cheney Free Press

Luella Dow left her mark in the Cheney Free Press for decades before passing on July 15, writing the "Of Cabbages and Kings" column every week. She was involved in the community, always wanting to...

 
 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...

 

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