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 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    February 14, 2019 

The secret life of bees

Eastern Washington University was buzzing on Saturday, Feb. 9, when it hosted the Washington State Beekeeper's Association Conference, bringing in beekeeping experts and newcomers from all over the...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    February 14, 2019 

Healthcare provider opens call center on West Plains

Multicare Health System, a not-for-profit healthcare organization, opened an access center on the West Plains last month to better serve their Spokane County patients. The center employs more than 45...

 

Cheney schools boundary review stalls

The Cheney School District did not present attendance boundary recommendations to the school board at their Feb. 13 meeting as originally planned, school officials said Tuesday. Instead, they will be working to revise the current recommendations and...

 

Weather woes for Cheney gymnastics team tourney

Thanks to the record-setting snowfall sweeping across Washington this month, regional wrestling tournaments have been cancelled statewide, making this year’s Mat Classic XXXI at the Tacoma Dome a crowded playing field. The Washington...

 

Cancelled wrestling regionals means major changes at state

Thanks to the record-setting snowfall sweeping across Washington this month, regional wrestling tournaments have been cancelled statewide, making this year’s Mat Classic XXXI at the Tacoma Dome a crowded playing field. The Washington...

 

Airway Heights dedicates new engine

On Thursday, Jan. 29, volunteers with the Airway H eights Fire Department welcomed their new fire engine into service, soaping and rinsing the vehicle despite the bitter chill and then physically...

 

Airway Heights ponders public art for Highway 2

The residents of Airway Heights were tapping into their artistic sides Monday, Jan. 29 at the city’s community meeting kicking of its US-2 Beautification and Public Art Program. The burgeoning program aims to address preferences for public art and...

 

Spokane International sets passenger record

The Spokane International Airport increased its traffic significantly in 2018, setting a new record for total enplanements with 1,998,949 enplaned passengers, according to a press release. The record is the result of a 12 percent increase over last...

 

Airway Heights hosts rec center job fairs

As Airway Heights prepares for its long-awaited recreation center to open this spring, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department is hosting job fairs this month for several upcoming positions at the new facility. The first was held Wednesday,...

 

Cheney grad: "A lot of hard work paid off"

Rising through the ranks in any organization is a feat of endurance, determination and perseverance. That’s particularly true when the organization is the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and you’v...

 

Patriot Super Bowls have lost their spark

In the aftermath of last week’s Super Bowl, something felt different. The electricity in the air leading up to the big game just didn’t sizzle like usual, and I found myself sighing, not smiling, in anticipation. And boy, did it live up to the hy...

 

Airway Heights gears up for recreaction center opening

At its Jan. 28 study session, the Airway Heights City Council unanimously approved a marketing contract with advertising firm BHW1 to implement promotion strategies ahead of the city’s recreation center opening slated for the first week of April....

 

Cheney School Board gets overview of STEM courses

The Cheney School Board heard a number of financial and legislative updates at their Jan. 23 meeting as well as first readings of policy revisions that could have far-reaching effects for students and parents. The Cheney Free Press previously...

 

Fairchild Air Force Base announces conservation initiative

According to Fairchild Air Force Base in Airway Heights, 2019 is the year to go green. Base officials are kicking off the new year with “Green in ’19,” a plan to improve the base’s overall energy consumption by promoting conservation...

 

Relief from shutdown is only temporary

Last week marked the end of a 35-day government shutdown — the longest in history. But while many federal workers are happy to see money coming in again, the relief is temporary at best. With the looming threat of another shutdown or the...

 

New Airway Heights restaurant brings Asian fusion to West Plains

By SHANNEN TALBOT Staff Reporter Mama Jeannie doesn’t quite know what to do with compliments. Jeannie Choi, called “Mama Jeannie” by employees and customers alike, is the owner and chef at...

 

Over extended

Cheney knows more about water woes than most small communities, and the beginning of 2019 is shaping up to be more of the same. State records indicated that the city’s water system is over-connected by more than 600 connections, causing the state D...

 

Cheney gallery presents local students' art

The gathering looked like one at any other high-class art gallery — shiny white walls showcased evenly-spaced art, with more interspersed on pedestals throughout the room. Attendees sipped and...

 

Blackhawk swimmers prepare for district meet

The Blackhawk boys swimming team has been building momentum all season, demolishing several opponents on the way to its district meet Feb. 1. At their Jan. 5 meet against Selah, the Blackhawks inched to victory 86-83 and came out ahead of East...

 

Cheney wrestlers end 30-year championship slump

The Blackhawk boys wrestling team powered their way to the league championship against West Valley Jan. 16 in a rivalry sparked by more than three decades of overall league losses. Neither team had taken the championship since the 1980s. Both...

 

Falling short with fire funding

The fire service motto may be "adapt and overcome," but most firefighters probably thought that applied to burning buildings and emergency situations, not budgeting woes brought on by years of...

 

Cheney School Board handles housekeeping issues

The Cheney School Board took care of several housekeeping measures at its Jan. 9 meeting, honoring its former president and hearing the first reading of a significant transportation policy revision. The board kicked off the meeting by presenting a pl...

 

Lee Bennett to step down in June

This year will be Airway Heights Police Chief Lee Bennett's last on the job as he makes plans to retire from his position by the end of January 2020, he announced Jan. 14. Bennett has been in law...

 

Airway Heights training chief heads to District 3

The Airway Heights Fire Department will have to say goodbye to one of its own at the end of this month, as training chief Alex Turner leaves for a captain's position with Spokane County Fire District...

 

Sports injuries don't damage long-term quality of life

Over the weekend, scientists in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics released a study examining the “health-related quality of life” of teens who had suffered concussions or bone fractures while participating in sports. The results indicated...

 

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