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 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...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    November 16, 2017 

'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,...

 

MEDICAL LAKE ELECTION RESULTS

“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...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    November 16, 2017 

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...

 

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,...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 

Sheriff's Office warns of ongoing phone scams

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office continues to receive reports of scammers trying to lie, intimidate and threaten people into giving up their money or personal information, leaving them vulnerable to identity theft. In a news release,...

 

Lost load

A semi-truck's trailer broke free of it hitch and slammed into another semi-truck on Hayford Road just south of McFarlane Road near Airway Heights last Wednesday. The damaged truck was carrying...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    November 16, 2017 

Medical Lake council is brief, on point

The Medical Lake City Council sped through its Nov. 7 agenda, perhaps purposely in order to get home in time to see the first returns on election night. With their meeting punctuated by a presentation from the Spokane Transit Authority on service...

 
 By MELINDA MYERS    News    November 16, 2017 

Brighten the indoors with colorful amaryllis blooms

Brighten those gray winter days with a few colorful, easy-care amaryllis. The 6- to 10-inch trumpet shaped blossoms are sure to generate a smile and brighten your mood. And consider sharing the fun...

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Nov. 6 Sarah B. Littlejohn, 38, was arrested on the 100 block of Alki Street for third-degree driving while license suspended (DWLS). A 13-year-old male was arrested on the 700 block of Betz Road for fourth-degree assault. A permanent...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    November 9, 2017

Maike takes helm in Medical Lake

General election races for both mayor and City Council seats in Medical Lake mirrored those of the primary held this past Augst, according to the first batch of ballots released by the Spokane County Elections Department on Tuesday night. With nearly...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    November 9, 2017

Fanning firefighting capabilities

Cheney officials acknowledge there are large needs to be met when it comes to the city's fire department - and they hope to address those in the coming weeks and months. Cheney resident Cliff...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    November 9, 2017

To the rescue

Eastern Washington University mascot Swoop, a.k.a. "Super Swoop" arrives at Saturday's Homecoming football game between the Eagles and Weber State. Eastern could have used the help, as they fell...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    November 9, 2017

Cheney Light to pass along BPA increase

Nothing is simple when it comes to electrical power. Take billing, for instance. While customers look at two measures, base rate and usage costs, Cheney Light Department Director Steve Boorman has 21...

 
 By Grace Pohl    News    November 9, 2017

Airway Heights interviews for council position again

At the Nov. 6 Airway Heights City Council meeting, the council interviewed two applicants for an opening on the board left vacant by the resignation of Aspen Montelone. Veronica Messing, who had previ...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    November 9, 2017

It could all be happening at a Medical Lake zoo

That years-old issue with deer roaming the streets of Medical Lake may have been the switch that turned on the light for a solution of a different sort. At least that's what resident Scott...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    November 9, 2017

Small Business Saturday expands

Small Business Saturday, a promotional effort coordinated locally by the Spokane County Library System, and on a national basis by credit card purveyor American Express, returns Nov. 25. In its first...

 

Avista offers tips for managing energy costs during cold weather

With the arrival of the sustained colder temperatures, heating systems are operating more frequently and for longer periods of time, which can increase monthly energy costs. Avista suggests checking your home’s air flow and making sure to use suppl...

 

County library presents documentary about race and United States prison boom

The Spokane County Library District is hosting viewings and discussions of the award-winning documentary “13TH” from director Ava DuVernay and Netflix. According to a district news release, the United States leads the world in incarceration. In...

 

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