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City recognizes Richey, taps Weathers as interim mayor

AIRWAY HEIGHTS - A healthy assortment of city and local representatives, lawmakers and public servants gathered via Zoom as outgoing mayor Kevin Richey was recognized for his 12 yea... — Updated 12/24/2020

 By DREW LAWSON    Sports

Carr to be inducted in National Wrestling Hall of Fame

MEDICAL LAKE - Former Cardinals wrestling coach Mike Carr, who spent 25 years at the helm of a highly successful program and 38 years teaching world and United States history in... — Updated 12/21/2020

 By DREW LAWSON    Sports

Balance brings EWU past College of Idaho

CHENEY-When sophomore forward Jacob Groves thundered down the lane and threw down a one-handed dunk in traffic around several College of Idaho Coyotes, he opted not to perform the... — Updated 12/17/2020


Have you been good?

Mr. and Mrs. Santa Clause – aka Ken and Terri Cooper – greet visitors to Re*Imagine Medical Lake’s Winterfest celebration last Saturday.... — Updated 12/17/2020


Start the count: Area bird counting options this month

CHENEY—Dec. 14 marked the start of Audubon National Society’s 121st Annual Christmas Bird Count, when veteran and beginner bird-counters alike gather on a specified date to gather in their area and spend the day counting... — Updated 12/17/2020


Swenson's Trees "busier than usual" this year

CHENEY - The COVID-19 pandemic has slowed or completely shut down many businesses. Not so at Swenson's Trees, located off Sherman Road about 15 minutes east of town toward Spokane... — Updated 12/17/2020


Airway Heights council gets another resignation

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — Councilman Steve Lawrence announced his intentions to resign from his position due to a move out of city limits at council’s study session Dec. 14. His... — Updated 12/17/2020

 By Drew Lawson    News

High-steppin' fun

Participants kicked up their heels and pace during the Santa Run at last Saturday's Winterfest, hosted by Re*Imagine Medical Lake.... — Updated 12/17/2020


Joint session on growth

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — The city’s population growth has a natural effect on public safety. Recognizing this, the Planning Commission approved a letter to go to council requesting a joint meeting about the impacts that growth has on... — Updated 12/17/2020


Domestic violence, crime on the rise in 2020

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — The COVID-19 pandemic, combined with the city’s population growth, appear to be major factors in contributing to an increase in domestic violence and assault cases, as well as rising crime numbers overall. Poli... — Updated 12/17/2020

 By Drew Lawson    News

71 Eastern Washington school leaders sign letter asking for return of extra-curricular activities

REARDAN--71 school superintendents, principals and athletic directors across Eastern Washington, including 20 from Lincoln County, have signed onto a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee, the... — Updated 12/16/2020

 By DREW LAWSON    Sports

EWU knocks off College of Idaho 80-56

CHENEY-The Eastern Washington men's basketball team (1-3) is in the win column for the 2020-21 season following an 80-56 drubbing of College of Idaho, an NAIA-ranked team, at Reese... — Updated 12/11/2020

 By DREW LAWSON    Sports

EWU drops pair of games to PAC-12 foes

CHENEY-The third time wasn't a charm for EWU men's basketball's attempt to vanquish a PAC-12 opponent. The Eagles (0-3) fell to Oregon 69-52 Dec. 7 after hanging tough with Arizona... — Updated 12/10/2020


New fire station opens in downtown Medical Lake

MEDICAL LAKE—City residents can now expect much quicker emergency response times for medical and fire needs, according to Fire District No. 3 Chief Cody Rohrbach. District No. 3... — Updated 12/10/2020


Airway Heights Village Centre Cinemas up for sale

AIRWAY HEIGHTS - The theater frequently used around the West Plains is up for sale, Windermere senior commercial broker Chris Bornhoft confirmed last week. Village Centre Cinemas... — Updated 12/10/2020


Williams-Gilbert settles in as new school board member

MEDICAL LAKE — In a true sign of the times, Wendy Williams-Gilbert was sworn in to the school board on Nov. 24, taking her oath via Zoom as dictated by board president Rod Von... — Updated 12/10/2020


ADT gifts Malden Fire Department $10,000

MALDEN-Like most of the town, the fire station in Malden was burned down during the Babb Creek Fire Labor Day Weekend. The fire station received a $10,000 check from security... — Updated 12/10/2020


Airway Heights moves mayor proposition to public vote

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — After some discussion and clarification work from mayor Kevin Richey and city attorney Stanley Schwartz to make sure everyone was on the same page, council unanimously approved Proposition No. 1, which sends a... — Updated 12/10/2020


A cross-county donation

AIRWAY HEIGHTS - The Airway Heights Fire Department recently had to decide what to do with a 2001 Central States Fire Engine surplus. After presenting several options to council,... — Updated 12/4/2020


Airway Heights confirms month-long "Winterfest" holiday event

Editor’s note: This story is an update to an article titled “Airway Heights plans holiday events,” which was published in the Nov. 26 issue of the Cheney Free Press. AIRWAY HEIGHTS—The city confirmed previously reported... — Updated 12/4/2020


Re*Imagine Medical Lake hosting pandemic-adjusted Christmas event

MEDICAL LAKE — The traditional festival hosted by Re*Imagine Medical Lake involving hundreds of children getting their face painted in-person, doing crafts at booths and... — Updated 12/3/2020 Full story


Airway Heights nabs $2.5 million transportation grant

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — The city’s plans to expand transportation options just received a boost. The West Plains Connection project has been awarded a $2.5 million grant from the Transportation Improvement Board. The money will be... — Updated 12/3/2020

 By DREW LAWSON    Education

New levy, board member and re-opening plan in Medical Lake

MEDICAL LAKE—The school board unanimously approved a new replacement levy at its Nov. 24 meeting with an assessed value of $1.50 per $1,000 assessed property value. The levy, which would replace the current levy that’s around... — Updated 12/3/2020


Ballot measure would tweak how Airway Heights selects mayor

AIRWAY HEIGHTS—Council and city manager Albert Tripp discussed tweaking the way the city chooses its mayor at council’s Nov. 23 study session before Mayor Kevin Richey and councilmembers unanimously agreed that the tweak... — Updated 12/3/2020


Proposed Medical Lake budget would leave city in the black in 2021

MEDICAL LAKE—Budget season is in full force. While many municipalities grapple with budget shortfalls, Medical Lake’s proposed 2021 ending fund balance wouldn’t leave the city trying to operate out of a deficit. A first... — Updated 11/25/2020


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