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 By PAUL DELANEY    News    February 23, 2017 

Fairchild pioneers new DOD health system

Fairchild Air Force Base was seen as the perfect fit as a test bed and launch site for a new medical records program that will ultimately be rolled out to the entire Department of Defense. The base is...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    February 23, 2017 

One year of working to 'solve common concerns'

A little over a year ago, Gill Moberly had some time on his hands. The Marshall-area resident was recovering after surgery, so he was taking the opportunity to catch up on his reading. One item was a...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    February 23, 2017 

Callaway and Worl co-direct Medical Lake Food Bank

Terri Worl and Joyce Callaway have been co-directors of the Medical Lake Food Bank for over a year, taking over for former director Margaret James, who resigned from the position in 2015. Callaway...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    February 23, 2017 

Exit 272 lagoon

Motorists drove with caution on State Route 902, near Interstate 90 exit 272, on Feb. 17 because of water on the roadway. Washington State Department of Transportation crews spent the afternoon...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    February 23, 2017 

Westwood robotics at EWU

Westwood Middle School's SeaPerch students were one of 80 teams from other area middle schools taking part in underwater robotics competition last Saturday at Eastern Washington University's pool....

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    February 23, 2017 

Stubborn winter not slowing STEP construction

Old Man Winter has had his share of making life difficult for many in the region with doses of both bitter cold and significant dumps of snow. But the Spokane Tribe of Indians seem to have danced...

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Feb. 14 Financial fraud was reported on the 600 block of Elm Street. Feb. 15 Rape was reported on the 200 block of South Cheney-Spangle Road. Domestic violence/verbal dispute was reported on the 200 block of West Second Street. Third-degree...

 

Sheriff's Office offers annual Citizens Academy

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is offering its annual Spring Citizens Academy. This year’s academy will feature an all new class format, including some hands-on training scenarios. The class is free, however class size is limited and...

 

SCSO boater education classes begin in March

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit is offering boater education classes on the following dates: March 18, April 8, May 20, June 10, June 24, July 15, Aug. 12 and Sept. 9. Classes are at 6011 N. Chase Road in Newman Lake from 8 a.m....

 

Rezoning proposed for North Eighth and Cedar lot

The same real estate acquisition and development company behind the purchase and renovation of Cheney's Fisher Building is proposing a rezoning of 3.59-acres of property on North Eighth Street in...

 
 By Grace Pohl    News    February 16, 2017

Taking time out to handle veterans' affairs

A group of student-athletes from Eastern Washington University, led by head football coach Aaron Best and Swoop, toured the Mann-Grandstaff Veterans Administration Medical Center in Spokane to greet...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    February 16, 2017

Fugere named Medical Lake's Senior of the Year

See a photo gallery from the event here....

 

News Briefs

Trulove named to chair of regional planning body The Spokane Regional Transportation Commission’s Policy Board of Directors has elected Cheney Mayor Tom Trulove to serve as chair of the regional planning panel. Trulove replaces Spokane...

 
 By Al Stover    News    February 16, 2017

Drag history lesson

Jason Johnson, known by his stage name of Nova Kaine, gave a "History of Drag" workshop at Eastern Washington University, Feb. 8, two days before the university's annual drag show. Johnson gave those...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    February 16, 2017

Denny McDaniel was more than just a grocer

The Medical Lake community lost another notable name on Jan. 22 when Denny McDaniel passed away at the age of 74. Better known probably by his first name - the title that he used for his grocery...

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Feb. 6 Harassment was reported on the 500 block of G Street. It was over the phone and possibly domestic related. A 1982 Bayliner boat and trailer were impounded on the 900 block of Salnave Road. Second-degree malicious mischief was reported o...

 

Rafter arrested for stealing from memorial fund

In a Feb. 14 news release, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office announced investigative task force detective Tamie Spitzer arrested 36-year-old Katie M. Rafter for first-degree theft in relation to a month long investigation involving money donated...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    February 9, 2017

Airway Heights limits caseloads

The city of Airway Heights followed suit with other municipalities regarding the public defender caseload rules the Washington Supreme Court and Legislature recently adopted. At its Feb. 6 meeting, the City Council approved an amendment to the...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    February 9, 2017

AH Police Department adding a second K-9 unit

While the Airway Heights Police Department is adding four officers to its ranks in 2017, it is also bringing on an additional member of the four-legged variety. The department is adding another K-9...

 

News briefs

Cheney seeks applications for lodging tax grant funding The city of Cheney is accepting applications for grant funding from its lodging tax fund for events that promote tourism to the city. Revenue for the fund comes from lodging taxes collected on...

 

Fairchild Air Force Base stories sought

The Cheney Free Press is putting together a special section in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the founding of Fairchild Air Force Base. The facility started as Spokane Army Air Depot, and has served as a key part of the Inland Empire...

 

Cheney Merchants embark on a busy 2017

By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter While winter snows have forced cancellation of meetings, the Cheney Merchants Association has been busy behind the scenes. Holding its first general membership meeting...

 

DeGruy to hold diversity workshop at EWU

Internationally renowned educator and researcher Dr. Joy DeGruy, Ph.D., will hold a special workshop at Eastern Washington University on topics of cultural sensitivity and diversity, as well as areas of mental and ecological resilience. DeGruy’s fo...

 

Spokane County Sheriff's Office issues scam warning

In a Feb. 6 news release, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office announced it had received reports of scammers calling and sometimes threatening citizens. The release said the Sheriff’s Office has received calls at its front desk about a “Sgt....

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Jan. 30 A 2016 Blue Chevy Camaro was impounded on the 700 block of Seventh Street. A key ring was found on the 800 block of First Street. Domestic violence/verbal dispute was reported on the 100 block of Third Street. A juvenile from Spokane...

 

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