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 By PAUL DELANEY    News    November 23, 2017 

Sheriff investigates sex photos

The Spokane Country Sheriff’s Office has cautioned that an investigation into a reported discovery of sexually explicit material found in a Medical Lake home will not likely be finished anytime soon. “Because of the number of people who could...

 By PAUL DELANEY    News    November 23, 2017 

Harbolt just barely ahead in ML race

Tony Harbolt is cautiously optimistic that the roller coaster election for Medical Lake's City Council Position No. 4 is finally over. In a tug from the news of 70 years ago, the race for Medical Lake...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    November 23, 2017 

Waiting for spring

A child's toy truck sits on a transformer at the site of the Viewacres development in southwest Cheney. Work on the new subdivision has ceased for the season, but once resumed will extend Ridgview...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    November 23, 2017 

Cheney tags tax revenues for fire department

When it comes to uses for Cheney’s 2018 forecasted property tax revenue, the city’s fire department figures to be next year’s big winner. Officials are estimating the regular property tax levy in 2018 to reach almost $1.94 million — of which...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    November 23, 2017 

Sales tax, increased valuation help Cheney general fund

Cheney’s 2018 budget revenues might not necessarily be rosy, but they certainly don’t stink either. City officials are forecasting total governmental revenues in the coming year at almost $12.64 million, an increase of 9.17 percent from 2017’s...

 By Grace Pohl    News    November 23, 2017 

Airway Heights Winter Festival is quickly approaching

The holidays are on the horizon and the city of Airway Heights is prepared with something for the whole community. On Dec. 2, the community will be hosting the annual Winter Festival with events...


Cheney Merchants Association holiday mixer is Dec. 7

The Cheney Merchants Association will hold its annual holiday mixer on Thursday, Dec. 7 starting at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express in Cheney at 111 Betz Road. This event offers an opportunity for members of the business community to not only meet...


Department of Social and Health Services launches new military skills job-search tool

Veterans or those leaving military service have a new tool to use when searching for employment with Washington state. The “Military Skills Translator” is an easy-to-navigate search engine being provided by the state Department of Social and...

 By Grace Pohl    News    November 23, 2017 

Airway Heights council hears library presentation

At the Nov. 20 City Council Meeting, the council was given an annual review of the Airway Heights Library. Two representatives from the library informed the board what has been going on at the library and what will happen in the future. First, the...

 By Grace Pohl    News    November 23, 2017 

Cleone's Closet Food Pantry receives grant

On Nov. 17, Cleone's Closet Food Pantry in Airway Heights received a grant for $3,000 from the Northwest Farm Credit Services (FCS). Some representatives from the organization came to present the...

 By PAUL DELANEY    News    November 23, 2017 

Best Impression Dental plans June opening

The goal to operate a new dental practice is taking shape in Medical Lake for city residents. "It's always been our dream to own and operate a dental office, and I couldn't think of a better place to...

 By PAUL DELANEY    News    November 23, 2017 

Christmas tree event raises vet's funds

A takeoff of a popular Spokane holiday fundraiser will launch in Cheney on Dec. 1 with the Christmas Gala. Featuring donated and decorated trees provided by area businesses and groups, and stocked full of various gifts, the goal of the event that is...


West Plains Police News

CHENEY Nov. 13 Two bicycles were found on the 2700 block of Oxford Lane. A black bicycle was found on the 700 block of Sixth Street. Residential burglary/forced entry was reported on the 300 block of Simpson-Parkway. Computer equipment was taken. A...


Do You Know Who These Fraud Suspects Are?

 Spokane County Sheriff's Office Investigative Task Force (ITF) Detectives would like your help identifying the suspects in these photos.  The unidentified people pictured are suspected of...

 By PAUL DELANEY    News    November 16, 2017

New faces head up ML council

New Medical Lake Mayor Shirley Maike will take the lead on a largely new City Council in 2018. The 20-year council member maintained the lead she earned on the Nov. 7 election night and will move one seat to the left on the dais to replace John... Full story


'Community living room' under way

Local and state officials turned out for a Nov. 8 groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new Airway Heights recreation center, and it's a good thing they did. At the rate site crews are moving,...



“As of Nov. 13, 2017” Mayor Votes Pct. Shirley Maike 513 54.46 Mike Suniga 421 44.69 City Council Position 1 John Paikuli 713 88.24 Monica Manza* 95 11.76 City Council Poition. 2 John Merrick 501 55.98 Elizabeth Rosenbeck 390 43.58 City Council...


Bus service changes coming

Depending which option is selected, Cheney residents and Eastern Washington University students will see some definite changes in bus service in late 2018. Representatives from Spokane Transit Authority outlined those changes at the Cheney Planning...

 By PAUL DELANEY    News    November 16, 2017

Bus service changes coming

The most visible sign of what is taking place to improve transit operations in the Spokane area, and specifically on the West Plains, is the earth being moved along Interstate 90 at Exit 272. That's... Full story


Thanksgiving deadlines

The Cheney Free Press will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23-24, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Therefore, we will be laying out the Nov. 23 issue on Monday, Nov. 20; printing and mailing on Tuesday, Nov. 21, for delivery Wednesday,... Full story

 By Grace Pohl    News    November 16, 2017

AH City Council discusses recreation center easement

At the Nov. 13 study session, the Airway Heights City Council had a brief discussion with Public Works Director Kevin Anderson about an Inland Power and Light Easement near the new recreation center. Inland needs to convey power from Deno Road... Full story

 By PAUL DELANEY    News    November 16, 2017

Shermer lecture shines light on closed minds

Dr. Michael Shermer did what he does best before a full house in the second-floor former library at Eastern Washington University's Hargreaves Hall last Nov. 9. Try to offer some light into the oft...

 By Grace Pohl    News    November 16, 2017

Air Force and Airway Heights reach water agreement

In a recent press release, it was announced that the U.S. Air Force has agreed to cover the cost to purchase drinking water for the city of Airway Heights, which became effective on Nov. 1. It is an e...


Sara Evans coming to Northern Quest

Acclaimed country music star Sara Evans brings her all-acoustic performance to Northern Quest Resort & Casino's Pend Oreille Pavilion on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices...


News Briefs

Cheney Christmas kids gifts registration begins The Cheney Outreach Center has begun registration for the annual Christmas Gifts for Cheney Kids program. The registration period runs through 11:30 a.m., Dec. 13. Registration takes place at the...


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