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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    February 16, 2017 

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...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    February 2, 2017

IRS program changes impact AARP Tax-aide filers

It’s tax filing time, and Violet Lincoln, Cheney coordinator for AARP’s Tax-Aide program, wants those using the free service to know there are some changes. Specifically, one major change. The Internal Revenue Service has switched tax providers,...

 

Airway Heights Planning Department to switch permit software

By AL STOVER Staff Reporter One way the Airway Heights Planning Department is working to improve efficiency around its office is by switching its permitting software. During its Jan. 17 meeting, the Airway Heights City Council approved a service...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    February 2, 2017

Hoops for Caitlin

Caitlin Butcher (right) presents Medical Lake Middle School teacher Carey Schwarzer with the MVP award after the "Hoops for Caitlin" charity basketball game. The Green Machine, comprised of middle...

 

News Briefs

Task force seeks information on car theft fugitive The Spokane Regional Auto Theft Task Force (SRATTF) has probable cause to arrest William Anthony Vesely, 30, for theft of a 2012 Jeep Wrangler,...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    February 2, 2017

Piano lessons offered from keyboard classic

Cheney and the West Plains appear to have a unique individual in their midst if the desire is to learn how to play the piano. Nataliya Westermann operates a studio out of her home in Cheney and...

 

GSI, West Plains Chamber part of legislative trip

NEWS SERVICE REPORTS Greater Spokane Incorporated, in partnership with the West Plains Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce are leading a delegation of nearly 100 area business, community and education leaders to...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    February 2, 2017

Lion dance

Eastern Washington University celebrated Chinese New Year Jan. 25-27 with several events. On Friday, members of the Spokane Lion Dance Team performed the lion dance. The dance is performed during...

 

Patterson's poems

Spoken word artist Natalie Patterson read several of her poems and shared stories with Eastern Washington University students and customers at The Mason Jar, Jan. 25. Patterson was the first guest...

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Jan. 23 Domestic violence/verbal dispute was reported on the 1600 block of Second Street. Third-degree theft was reported on the 2600 block of Eton Lane. A passport was reported lost somewhere in Cheney. Third-degree theft was reported on the...

 

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