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 By AL STOVER    Front Page

Increasing living space density

More units will be added to the Northern Heights apartment complex project. During a special June 21 meeting, the Airway Heights Planning Commission approved a planned unit... — Updated 6/29/2017


What's Happening On The West Plains

All events are free unless posted otherwise. To get your event or meeting in the weekly What’s Happening section send an email with date, time, location and event to Cheney • June 30, Light Fitness... — Updated 6/29/2017


Donation goes a long way for local kids

Thank you to the Cheney Free Press staff for their kind donation to the C.A.R.E.S. (Citizens Associated for Recreation, Education, & Sports) Youth Scholarship Program. That donation will go towards helping kids in the Airway... — Updated 6/29/2017


McMorris Rodgers takes contradictory positions

Is it window dressing, bait and switch, or kabuki theatre?   Our representative for the 5th District in Congress, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, is sponsoring legislation to provide three more years of funding teaching health centers... — Updated 6/29/2017

 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

There's good news from Washington's boatyards

We can all use a dose of good news these days and there is some flowing from our state’s boatyards. When we think of maritime industries, we often focus on the mammoth... — Updated 6/29/2017

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion

It takes three to keep your local newspaper going

The times, they are a changin.’ Yeah, I know. Pretty original lead John — not. If you had a $1 for every story that used that as an intro to a discussion of changes, you’d be able to retire in comfort on an island in the... — Updated 6/29/2017


It's time to light a fire under state Legislature

Here we are — again — with the threat of a state government shut down hanging over our heads. Almost seems like it’s as regular as the change from spring to summer when the members of the Washington state Legislature find it... — Updated 6/29/2017

 By AL STOVER    Education

Golden Service

Linda Haladyna (left) received the 2017 Golden Service Award from Hallett Elementary School Principal Cindy McSmith during the school's June 15 talent show. Haladyna was honored... — Updated 6/29/2017


MLHS graduates rewarded with scholarships and honors

The following 2017 Medical Lake High School graduates were awarded scholarships and honors. Wallace Barnes — Drama Department Award. Brayden Bruess — JROTC Certificate of Completion (four years), Norwich University Dean’s... — Updated 6/29/2017


Clarke named EWU vice president of diversity and inclusion

In a June 21 news release, Eastern Washington University President Dr. Mary Cullinan has named Dr. Shari Clarke, as the vice president for diversity and inclusion at EWU. "Dr.... — Updated 6/29/2017


Education briefs

Moore earns degree from Stephen F. Austin Kelsey Moore of Fairchild Air Force Base received a bachelor of science in human sciences from Stephen F. Austin State University, in Nacogdoches, Texas, during commencement exercises in Ma... — Updated 6/29/2017


Hallett Elementary School announces May and June award winners

Hallett Elementary School announced its May and June award winners. Pride — Colton Green, Eli Griffey, Seth Whitcher, Jared Sammons, Mason Hecker, Jackson Richards, Cilleecia Dimick, Kearstyn Passinetti, Forrest Haynes, Lacey... — Updated 6/29/2017


Calvert accepts Air Force Academy appointment

Cheney High School 2017 graduate Bridget Calvert has accepted an appointment to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Calvert began the process last year,... — Updated 6/29/2017


Harbick to attend Western Washington University

Jennifer Harbick lived in Tigard, Ore. until she moved to Cheney in fifth grade. She plans on going to college after graduation, most likely at Western Washington University. Her... — Updated 6/29/2017

 By AL STOVER    Education

ML instruction meeting state health standards

Medical Lake School District won’t be changing its structure or course materials when it comes to its health education curriculum for K-12 students for the 2017-18 school year. That was the conclusion staff came up with after spe... — Updated 6/29/2017


Means named Yard of the Month

Paul and Sue Means, 902 Summit Drive, have been named the Cheney Kiwanis and Cheney Garden Club's Yard of the Month. Pictured above are left to right: Paul and Sue Means, Cheney... — Updated 6/29/2017


Correction made to AAA story

Due to a reporter’s error in a June 15 Cheney Free Press story, the AAA Inn on Columbia Street in Cheney was referred to as the AAA Motel and it’s general manager, Ryan Delaney as owner. The business is co-owned by Delaney and... — Updated 6/29/2017


Minimum wage impacts sought

Recent studies conducted on the Jan. 1 increase of the minimum wage in the state of Washington tell vastly different stories of success and disaster. After six months of being the law, what kind of effect has this measure had on... — Updated 6/29/2017


ML asks residents to be safe on July 4

The Medical Lake Fire Department is asking citizens to be safe this Fourth of July. Medical Lake is currently one of the only cities in Spokane County that allows people to set off fireworks on private property within city limits.... — Updated 6/29/2017


Normal summer is in Eastern Washington's forecast

Finally the word "normal," appears in the weather forecast for the weeks ahead. After eight months of off-the-charts wet weather the new season that snuck by at about 9:25 p.m.... — Updated 6/29/2017


Ben James is Cheney police 2016 Dispatcher of the Year

For Cheney Police Department's Ben James, being a dispatcher is just another way of helping people, something he's always felt called to do. James went into financing to help... — Updated 6/29/2017


Fund set up for Cheney man injured in accident

On June 17, Cheney resident Brad Rasmussen was seriously injured after he was hit by a car while riding his bike. Rasmussen has deep roots in Cheney, as he is a teacher at Cheney High School and the head wrestling coach. Since the... — Updated 6/29/2017

 By AL STOVER    Front Page

Medical Lake receives TIB grant funding

The city of Medical Lake received some additional funds to help with its summer street patching. During its June 20 meeting, City Council approved the state Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) fuel tax grant distribution... — Updated 6/29/2017


A rainbow of talents

Clara Silver puts the closing touches on her talent, using sign language to perform the 1939 classic from Wizard of Oz "Over the Rainbow" at the annual Betz Elementary School... — Updated 6/29/2017


Golden Hills dog attack investigated

Cheney police and Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Services, SCRAPS, officers aren’t certain if two stray dogs were what killed a cat in the Golden Hills area last Wednesday evening, but are advising the public to keep... — Updated 6/29/2017


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