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CHENEY Jan. 22 Second-degree theft was reported on the 1000 block of Betz Road. A 15-year-old male was arrested at Cheney High School for possession of marijuana. Megan S. Cummings, 19, was arrested at Cheney Municipal Court on a CMC warrant for...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    January 31, 2019

Finding some firefighting options

No matter how you slice it, fire and emergency service delivery in Medical Lake is likely to cost taxpayers more money. At least that’s the assessment of Medical Lake Fire Chief Jason Mayfield, who...

 

Cheney to require property registration

By JOHN McCALLUM Managing Editor Cheney’s City Council approved 11 of 12 new ordinances on its Jan. 22 agenda in what constituted a major rewrite of some of its municipal code chapters on development and maintenance of property. The 12th measure,...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    January 31, 2019

Towering above

Cranes have been a feature of skylines in Cheney lately with construction at Eastern Washington University and Cheney Public Schools. This one rises above the new performing arts complex being built...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    January 31, 2019

Medical Lake to host 'The Moving Wall'

This year’s Founder’s Day in Medical Lake will include a special guest and additional ceremonies. The group Re*Imagine Medical Lake is sponsoring The Moving Wall, a mobile, scale replica of the...

 

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....

 

Medical Lake grad earns national FFA award

Only overachievers need apply. For some students, education is more than just learning the basics. These people often pursue extra curricular activities that enhance the fundamentals and take them on...

 

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...

 

Friends of the Library supports Spokane Symphony pass program through April

The Friends of the Spokane County Library District has announced continuation of the Spokane Symphony Pass program through April for Library District customers. The Friends have funded the passes, which are matched in-kind by the Spokane Symphony....

 

Gas station grand opening

Contributed photo Aaron Simpson, VP of Marketing for Maverik, Inc. The Cheney High School band and color guard performed at the new Maverik gas station and convenience store grand opening celebration...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    January 31, 2019

They got him - Campbell named Officer of the Year

Overall, Cheney police Officer Zeb Campbell thinks 2018 was a pretty quiet year. That might be a comparative statement for the veteran who came on the force in 2006 and was named Officer of the Year i...

 

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...

 

Alki development moratorium hearing Feb. 5

The city of Cheney is holding a special meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 5, to take public testimony on Ordinance X-58 that enacted a moratorium on development of land located along Alki Street, east of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    January 31, 2019

Classic burger joint coming soon to Medical Lake

Medical Lake burger lovers prepare your palates - good things may be coming your way. Debi Long and her husband Joe, of Ruby's on Silver Lake, are working feverishly to open a new classic 50s-style,...

 

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...

 

Legalization is one answer to curbing illegal drug epidemic

I visited a pot shop last week, something I thought I would never do. A senior citizen friend of mine has been experiencing rather severe knee pain and is trying to postpone an inevitable replacement. In the meantime, she has done almost everything:...

 

Washington farmers need tariff relief as exports plunge nationwide

The good news is Washington’s cherry crop is projected to be as good as 2018; however, absent tariff relief from the ongoing U.S.-China trade tiff, a key market will remain limited. When China’s tariff went from 10 percent to 50 percent last...

 

The "Souper Bowl of Caring " takes place Sunday, Feb. 3

Every year at this time I am reminded what a caring community we live in. Feed Cheney’s annual fundraiser is coming up this weekend, and if past years are any indication we will raise the $6,000 needed to keep Feed Cheney operating at its current... Full story

 

Thanks to Cheney road crews prompt with snow plowing

I wish to express my appreciation to the city of Cheney road maintenance personnel for their prompt response to recent snowfall in the city. I know there are many competing demands for city government services, and we usually want things done right...

 

Can't police officers subdue without shooting and killing?

Knife-wielding men killed by police. The latest example of police shooting and killing citizens in the Spokane area was Wednesday, Jan. 23. What in the world is wrong with this picture — several “trained” police in cars, armed to the teeth, app...

 

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Feb. 5, 2009 A Cheney restaurant fundraising for the family of a Cheney High School student killed in a traffic accident saw its previous sales record shattered thanks to overwhelming...

 

From the archives: 1999

About 30 West Plains residents braved the cold for a freezing dip in Silver Lake on Super Bowl Sunday....

 

Westside Chapel fundraises for Young Life with music

Westside Chapel presents “Love Songs & Sweet Treats,” an evening of music and desserts planned for Sunday evening, Feb. 10. The event will feature local and regional musician Darin Hilderbrand, rated by The Inlander as one of busiest performers,...

 

Medical Lake Interchange public meetings planned for February

Representatives from the Washington State Department of Transportation will be speaking about the upcoming Medical Lake interchange project at two upcoming public meetings. The first meeting begins at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1, at Snowden Elementary...

 

West Plains Briefs

Medical Lake Senior’s Valentine’s Day Dinner The Medical Lake Kiwanis Club will present its annual Senior Citizen Valentine’s Day Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 9 at noon at St. Anne’s Parish Hall, corner of Lake and Prentis streets. Featuring a...

 

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