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Paul Anthony Cicero

Paul was born Oct. 20, 1952 in Spokane. He passed away in Cheney on June 25, 2017 while driving back to his home in Clear Lake. He was 64. He is survived by his wife of 39 years,... — Updated 7/14/2017 Full story


CHS alum Griffon Jones now at Apex

One of Cheney's favorite sons is back in town, and ready to help with you physical therapy needs. Griffon Jones has come on board at Apex as a physical therapist. Jones is a 2008... — Updated 7/14/2017


Slidin' into cool

Toivo Tomlinson-Ryan hits the water slide during the Rodeo Round-up Saturday morning prior to the annual Cheney Rodeo Parade. Tomlinson-Ryan and his brother, Jericho Ryan, both... — Updated 7/14/2017

 By John McCallum    Photos

Scenes from the 2017 Cheney Rodeo Parade and Round-up | Pt. 1

Cheney's annual rodeo parade and roundup was truly a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Cheney Rodeo. Hot, sunny weather helped the fun and pageantry, which feature rodeo... — Updated 7/14/2017 Full story


Looking Back

10 Years Ago July 12, 2007 The Cheney Planning Commission finally gave development company Defender Developments, LLC the go ahead to proceed with building Terra Vista’s wetlands park by approving a proposed wetland mitigation... — Updated 7/13/2017


Lot improvement is latest update at Schwab

By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter A brand new parking lot is the latest in a long list of upgrades and improvements made at the Cheney Les Schwab Tire Center, but the upgrades are not complete, company officials said. That... — Updated 7/13/2017


Airport, county, Spokane city form partnership

A unique partnership involving three governmental entities hopes its combined resources will be able to fuel a new aerospace engine for the West Plains. The designation, known as a Public Development Authority (PDA), is a... — Updated 7/13/2017


Medical Lake High School Honor Roll for 2016-17

FRESHMEN Principal’s Honor Roll 4.0-3.5 —Allison R. Butterfield,Trinity A. Caputo, Thomas C. Collins, Kelton L. Earl, Nicole M. Her, Blake A. Evans, Alexandra F. Hamby, Brennan R. Hart, Dejia J. Hatcher, Annastasia R.... — Updated 7/13/2017

 By AL STOVER    Education

Bound for Home

Eastern Washington University's Downtown Student Gallery is holding an exhibit, "Bound for Home," until Aug. 18. The exhibit features quilts by members of the Washington State... — Updated 7/13/2017


Westwood Term 3 Honor Roll

Note: This is a continuation of the Westwood Middle School Honor Roll that was printed in the July 6 issue of the Cheney Free Press. 3.0-3.4 — Madeline N. Abendroth, Gabriel M. Faught, Seth M. Johnson, Mya A. Withrow, Sabrina... — Updated 7/13/2017



The Medical Lake School board of directors will meet on Tuesday, July 25 at 3:45 p.m. at Medical Lake District Office to consider adoption of the budget for the 2017-18 school year. Anyone who is interested may appear at this... — Updated 7/13/2017


Maike presents competent, trusted leadership

As a former council member with Shirley Maike, I am pleased to endorse her for mayor of Medical Lake. Shirley Maike has the proven knowledge, skills and abilities to be mayor through her previous position as chief operating... — Updated 7/13/2017


Many questions about Parkside Commons

Dear City Council members: Regarding the proposed rezone (Parkside Commons) at the corner adjacent to the city pool. How is this good for Cheney’s constituents? How will this serve the neighbors in the area? What positive... — Updated 7/13/2017


RAISE Act would help with mental illnesses

Caregiving can be an emotionally, physically and financially draining role.  Across Washington state there are more than 335,000 people providing unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. In 2016 alone, those... — Updated 7/13/2017


Fireworks in Medical Lake must be banned

The Fourth of a July was very bad for many in Medical Lake. I live on the east end of Campbell Street, which dead ends into a nature preserve area that is full of trees, highly combustible brush and pine needles. Many people discha... — Updated 7/13/2017

 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion

The Apple harvest has been pretty phenomenal

While having to dodge yet another phone-fixated robot stepping off the curb recently, it got me thinking. Just when did the world seem to turn the page from gazing intently into a 4-inch by 2-inch piece of plastic to noticing if... — Updated 7/13/2017


Too many no-win scenarios with North Korea

A recent survey noted people who could find North Korea on a map were more inclined to support diplomatic resolutions to the nuclear weapons crisis surrounding that isolated totalitarian state, while those who didn’t know where... — Updated 7/13/2017

 By AL STOVER    News

Hummel's are ML Yard of the Month

Hela and Randy Hummel, 511 S. Grant St. was selected as the Medical Lake Kiwanis and Cheney Garden Club's "Yard of the Month" for July. The Hummels' yard included a variety of... — Updated 7/13/2017


Cheney council approves six-year transportation plan

The Cheney City Council unanimously adopted the city’s six-year transportation plan at its June 27 meeting, providing a list of projects the city hopes to accomplish between 2018 – 2023. The document also enables the city to... — Updated 7/13/2017


Cody Rohrbach takes over as Fire District 3 chief

New Spokane County Fire District 3 Fire Chief Cody Rohrbach hasn't just been learning the duties and challenges of his new position - he's also been dealing with generational staff... — Updated 7/13/2017

 By AL STOVER    Front Page

Council approves inspector contract

For the last year, the Airway Heights building department has been seeking a full-time building inspector to help with the influx of commercial and residential developments sprouting in the city. The department has found their... — Updated 7/13/2017


The efficient use of water

Once the dust from other issues has settled, Cheney officials will revisit a water conservation plan for the city. Municipalities are required to produce and implement water conservation measures under the Water Use Efficiency... — Updated 7/13/2017

 By AL STOVER    Front Page

Three vie for Medical Lake mayor

With Medical Lake Mayor John Higgins not seeking another term, three candidates are vying for his seat in the 2017 August primary election. Two are longtime City Council members,... — Updated 7/13/2017


Cheney water use curtailed

The City of Cheney has enacted a mandatory lawn irrigation water shutdown for residents and businesses. The shutdown went into effect late Thursday afternoon, July 6. City water resource manager Dan Ferguson said the bearings in We... — Updated 7/13/2017


Thomas Labish

Thomas Labish, 98, of Cheney, passed away on July 4, 2017 in Spokane. Tom was born in Barnesville, Minn. on Feb. 26, 1919. He came to the Cheney area in 1937 and worked milking... — Updated 7/12/2017 Full story


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