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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 4, 2016 

Turnbull closed as precaution

Cheney-area residents like Greg Houff who like to use the trails at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge for a variety of outdoor activities may have been surprised to find a roadblock in their way last week. Houff said he drove out to the refuge last...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 4, 2016 

Council OKs contract with Banner Bank

The Cheney City Council approved a pair of resolutions at its Jan. 26 meeting that entered the city into a community trip reduction plan with Spokane County and a three-year agreement for banking services from Banner Bank. Like other qualifying...

 
 By John McCallum    Front Page    February 4, 2016 

Winter color

Members of the Cheney High School band's color guard, who call themselves the "Winter Guard" for winter appearances, perform during halftime of last Thursday's boys basketball game with East...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 4, 2016 

Airway Heights gets road projects underway

At its first meeting in February Monday night, Feb. 1, the Airway Heights City Council unanimously approved a pair of consultant agreements to begin design work on two transportation improvement projects in the city. The first is a $158,400 contract...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 4, 2016 

Dugout to turnout: Gustafson named Resident of the Year

Cheney Fire Department resident Tyler Gustafson found his way into the firefighting profession through a rather unique way - baseball. A 2013 graduate of Cheney High School, Gustafson played for the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 28, 2016

Understaffed and under budget

After a 12.37 percent increase in 2014, crime activity in Cheney resumed a downward trend last year, according to end-of-year figures released by the Police Department. Uniformed Crime Report (UCR) data indicated a drop in nine of 11 offense...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    January 28, 2016

Basketball and baked goods

Cheney High senior basketball player Ty Graham shows off a plate of brownies during the Cheney Boys Basketball Association's Live Dessert and Silent Auction fundraiser, Jan. 23. All proceeds from the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 28, 2016

McMorris Rodgers fields comments

Congressional 5th District Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers likes to refer to her town-hall-style meetings as "Conversations with Cathy." They're aptly named, as anyone who attended the latest installment...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 28, 2016

Jorgenson steps down from Medical Lake City Council

Long-time community organizer and City Councilman Howard Jorgenson tendered his resignation at the Jan. 19 Medical Lake City Council meeting. Jorgenson is experiencing health issues, has been absent from meetings the past several months and is...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 28, 2016

Airway Heights council hears STA vote appeal

Airway Heights City Council members heard a request for supporting mass transit at their Jan. 25 study session from a different source — one of their West Plains neighbors. Cheney Mayor Tom Trulove addressed the council about a second attempt by...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 21, 2016

ML seeks police service funding

City of Medical Lake officials have sent 41 letters to members of the Washington State Legislature asking for one simple thing, and that is to have at least one person pick up the phone and call Mayor John Higgins to discuss the nature of the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 21, 2016

Firefighters, city work out new contract

At its Jan. 12 meeting, the Cheney City Council approved a three-year contract between the city and the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1919 chapter; giving Cheney firefighters pay increases and making changes to language in the...

 
 Front Page    January 21, 2016

Cheney police officer/dispatcher of the year

By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Police Officer Nate Conley never thinks to equip himself with a "craziest story" about his time patrolling the streets of Cheney that he can whip out at social gatherings when...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 21, 2016

Cheney police officer/dispatcher of the year

Cheney dispatcher Thomas Hall doesn't think of his job as just that - a job. Nor does he want residents to think of him and the rest of his Cheney Police Department comrades as merely public safety. "...

 
 Front Page    January 21, 2016

Spirit of competition

Cheney's Ty Graham gives Medical Lake's Cole Soliday (20) a congratulatory hug after the Cardinals defeated the Blackhawks 64-58 in overtime in the annual Golden Feather Spirit Game last Thursday in...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    January 21, 2016

EWU students on MLK Day

At Cheney Care Center, EWU student Monica Mack (right) and resident Gloria Porter make a craft. Mack was one of several Eastern students who volunteered at the Care Center for Martin Luther King, Jr....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 14, 2016

Cheney, EWU partner on data

The Cheney Police Department and Eastern Washington University may have parted ways over dispatch services, but when it comes to maintaining law enforcement data, they’re still buddies. At its Jan. 12 meeting, the Cheney City Council approved a...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 14, 2016

Libraries to hold wildland fire dialogue

No matter where you live in this state, it’s likely you and your neighbors felt impacts from Washington’s record-setting wildland fire year — and the Spokane County Library District hopes to find out what those impacts were. The district is...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 14, 2016

Taco shoot

Cheney High School students try to make as many shots as they can in two minutes during halftime of the Blackhawks boys basketball game Friday with visiting Clarkston. The winners of the contest,...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 14, 2016

Tweaking the vision of a future Cheney

If a city's comprehensive plan updating process is like a surgical operation, then what the Cheney Planning Commission experienced at their meeting Jan. 11 can best be described as "pre-op." City...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 14, 2016

Airway Heights proceeds with EMS levy expenditures

If you're an Airway Heights resident and you have some questions about how your recently approved emergency medical service levy funds are going to be used, don't worry. Fire Chief Mitch Metzger has...

 
 Front Page    January 14, 2016

Thirsty Eagle

An F-15 Eagle fighter from the Oregon National Guard awaits its turn to receive fuel during a Jan. 8 refueling flight conducted by the 92nd Air Refueling Wing based at Fairchild Air Force Base....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 7, 2016

When it snows, it could be towed

Towing companies have found a windfall in the city of Cheney, and not from removing vehicles whose drivers were unsuccessful navigating slippery streets and landed in a ditch or snow bank. Beginning Dec. 28, Cheney’s Police Department tagged...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 7, 2016

West Plains cities feel drought impact

Of all the events taking place in 2015, perhaps the one affecting West Plains residents the most was water, one of the reasons it was voted one of the Cheney Free Press's No. 1 Top-10 Stories of 2015...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 7, 2016

Cheney voters choose trust and lift the levy lid

Cheney residents bucked a couple of trends this past November. In this era of anti-tax, distrust of government, residents who bothered to vote in the Nov. 3 general election voted to place their trust in what local government officials were saying...

 

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