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Churches

Cheney Congregational Church Cheney Congregational Church is made up of a diverse group of people representing different ages, interests and beliefs. We all believe in Jesus and worship God. We all agree that it is OK to be different. We celebrate... Full story

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 12, 2018

Cheney council OKs street work

Cheney's City Council approved the city's six-year, $4.309 million transportation improvement program at its June 26 meeting - an annual event for a plan that fully funded would repair and preserve...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 12, 2018

Connecting the transit dots on the West Plains

New Special Mobility Services mobility manager Allie Lance has a unique position - she works for SMS, but not exclusively. Lance is operating under a federal 5310 grant that seeks out unmet transporta...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 12, 2018

Coming attractions

The gates may be closed now, but by Friday the Bi-Mart Arena will be open and the 51st Cheney Rodeo will be underway, bringing cowboys and cowgirls from throughout the Columbia River Circuit to three...

 
 By GRACE POHL    News    July 12, 2018

Airway Heights council OKs reducing rates

At the July 2 Airway Heights City Council meeting there was only one resolution to pass on the agenda and it was approved without any discussion. The resolution authorized a 50 percent reduction in further general facility connection (GFC) amounts...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    July 12, 2018

Fireworks calls heat up in Medical Lake over Fourth

Police reports from Medical Lake back up Fire Chief Jason Mayfield’s quick overview of how the week of the Fourth of July went for crews.. “Following a couple slow Fourth’s we returned to our typical day,” Mayfield wrote in an email. “We...

 

Cheney Schools adopt 2018-2019 budget

The Cheney School Board officially adopted the district’s largest budget in its history at its June 27 regular meeting —a document that comes up just shy of $64.1 million in general fund revenues while slightly exceeding $64 million in general...

 

PUB advancement

Most of the work on Eastern Washington University's Pence Union Building has moved inside as the $42 million student union building project nears a fall completion date....

 

Tilly Baldwin receives Holocaust Center contest award

Cheney Middle School eighth-grader Tilly Baldwin received an honorable mention in the middle-school art category of the Seattle Holocaust Center for Humanity's 2018 Writing, Art and Film Contest....

 

CHS graduate Robert Cook earns MBA

On June 18, 2018, Robert “Robbie” Cook, a 2013 graduate of Cheney High School and 2016 graduate of Washington State University, was awarded a master of business administration degree from the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of...

 
 By GRACE POHL    News    July 12, 2018

Cleone's Closet is still thriving in Airway Heights

The food pantry, Cleone's Closet, in Airway Heights is quickly approaching their one year anniversary since relocating to 13114 West Sunset Highway and things are still running smoothly. "Things are g...

 
 By GRACE POHL    News    July 12, 2018

July is parks and recreation month in Airway Heights

July kicked off parks and recreation month and the department in Airway Heights has a whole month of activities to help celebrate. One activity lasting until July 30 is a National Parks and Recreation photo contest. The organization is holding...

 

Department of Licensing implements REAL ID measures

Olympia – The state Department of Licensing (DOL) has begun marking all standard driver licenses and ID cards with the language, “federal limits apply,” to help bring Washington into compliance with the federal REAL ID Act. DOL expects...

 

Cheney releases 2018 water quality report

The city of Cheney is presenting its annual Consumer Confidence Report, which keeps residents informed of their water quality. In a June 26 news release, city officials note that “over the years, we have dedicated ourselves to producing drinking...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    July 12, 2018

What'll it be, good stewards or bad slumlords?

Peering across seemingly endless miles of forestland from the rim of Oregon’s Crater Lake can certainly take one’s breath away. But so can stories and statistics about when that green turns to grey after the invasion of wildfire. That thought...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    July 12, 2018

Even if you don't like him, get your information right about Trump

I read a recent syndicated column blaming President Donald Trump for the recent shooting in the newsroom in Annapolis. Whoa! That is a stretch. The president has certainly been critical of the national press, but his opinion surely didn’t incite...

 
 By BASMA ISMAIL    Opinion    July 12, 2018

Putting guns in classrooms would only incite additional violence

On May 22, 2014, Donald Trump announced to the world via his Twitter account that Hillary Clinton accused him of wanting to bring guns into classrooms. Almost four years later, Trump tried to convince us that arming teachers while on school grounds...

 

Government fails promoting 'the General Welfare'

I am complementing John McCallum on his superlative Write to the Point column, “Reflections on our American Values,” appearing in the Cheney Free Press of June 28, 2018. In particular, his quoting of the Preamble to the Constitution is the most...

 

Brown will address both guns and mental health

So the National Rifle Association and its Republican puppets, such as our own Cathy McMorris Rodgers, think the best way of counteracting terrorism, including school shootings, is improving mental health conditions rather than limiting gun...

 

News Briefs

Cheney Outreach Center launches school supply drive While the start of school is still over a month away, parents and children are already in search of new school supplies. Cheney’s Outreach Center is asking for donations of new and unused school...

 

Additional burn restrictions in parts of Eastern Washington

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in cooperation with partnering agencies, is implementing the following changes in burn restrictions on DNR-protected lands. Check with local jurisdictions for additional...

 

Knezovich receives national command award

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich has received the MAGNUS Princeps Award, presented by the National Command and Staff College and the Criminal Justice Commission for Credible Leadership Development. In a July 10 news release, Sheriff’s Office...

 

Natural pain relief is as close as your garden

Busy schedules, over indulging and strenuous summer activities can lead to sore muscles, indigestion and headaches. When searching for pain relief, look no further than your own garden or your local...

 

Looking Back

10 Years Ago July 10, 2008 The Cheney Planning Commission held a public hearing for a proposed 38-acre development subdivision on Betz Road, west of Murphy Road to be called Harvest Bluff. Leslie Johnson opened a new antique mall in Cheney, called...

 

Carrying the colors

Yakima's SunSation Flag Team will be bringing seven riders to carry sponsor banners and perform at this year's Cheney Rodeo. They are from left to right Jenna Flumerfelt, Heather Borne, Morgan...

 

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