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 By PAUL DELANEY    News    December 6, 2018

Seeking emergency changes

Medical Lake Fire Chief Jason Mayfield is not at all bashful about saying he can lose sleep over the service his volunteer department offers citizens. Perhaps Mayfield will be able to rest easier in t...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    December 6, 2018

Cheney council OKs rate increases

Cheney’s City Council passed resolutions increasing water and sewer rates, a cost of living adjustment for the city’s firefighters and agreeing to a pair of settlement agreements with Bonneville Power Administration between BPA and its...

 

Shades of Christmas

The city of Cheney's Christmas tree is transformed into different shades of color as part of last weekend's Holiday Hoopla downtown. The tree, which has traditionally featured colored lights, was...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    December 6, 2018

EWU shatters annual Giving Joy Day goal

Tuesday, Nov. 27, was a joyful day for Eastern Washington University students, faculty and staff. The reason is the university’s third annual “Giving Joy Day” — coinciding with the national Giving Tuesday — brought in more donations than...

 

Airway Heights council addresses 2019 budget

The Airway Heights City Council had a short agenda to tackle at their Dec. 3 meeting, hearing first readings of multiple ordinances relating to the city’s 2019 budget. One of those was Ordinance C-916, which will adopt the budget for the fiscal...

 

Some hands-on learning how money moves

On Friday, Nov. 30, Medical Lake Middle School students were presented with fictional budgeting scenarios outlining imaginary occupations, incomes, family structures and expenses. What they learned, put succinctly by one eighth-grader: “Everything...

 

Medical Lake board hears of school conference success

Engaging both students and parents come school conference time is making a decidedly positive impact in the Medical Lake School District if the most recent editions are an indicator. That’s what the school board learned at its Nov. 27 meeting....

 

Impact aid: Federal money that helps property tax-poor school districts

Medical Lake School District recently got all caught up with an important part of its funding with the receipt of the last payment of Federal Impact Aid. The money, about $1.7 million, comes in dribs and drabs and apparently in no dependable schedule...

 

Defendant sentenced in 2017 Airway Heights death

Twenty-year-old Christian Palmer was sentenced last month to 24 months in state prison after pleading guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the baseball-bat beating that left 53-year-old Airway Heights resident Terry Toner dead in 2017. Palmer and...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    December 6, 2018

Fence me in

Crews from Northwest Fence work on the finishing touches of a new barrier to further secure the rear of Medical Lake High School and some of the annexes. The project completes upgrades in school...

 

Schoesler to continue as leader of state Senate's Republican caucus

YAKIMA — The state Senate Republican Caucus has again elected Sen. Mark Schoesler as its leader, two months ahead of the 2019 legislative session. The longtime 9th District lawmaker, first elected Republican leader prior to the 2013 session, was...

 

Still time to sign up for Christmas Gifts for Cheney Kids

The Cheney Outreach Center is signing up families for “Christmas Gifts for Cheney Kids,” the annual gift-giving assistance program for those who need help providing Christmas gifts for their kids. Registration deadline is 11:30 a.m., Dec. 12....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    December 6, 2018

Cheney Public Works budget looks at 2019 work

One of the biggest accomplishments for Cheney’s Public Works Department in 2018 comes from the building department in the form of construction permit valuations — an amount topping $82.1 million, making it the most profitable in valuations in...

 

Trotter tunes

Medical Lake band member Jacob Wagner performs last Thursday, Nov. 29, during halftime of the annual visit of the Harlem Globetrotters at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena....

 

Holiday Hoopla happiness

Cheney's first Holiday Hoopla celebration took place last Friday and Saturday downtown. Clockwise from left: Touring a live nativity scene staged by the Nazarene Church; listening to Cheney police...

 

Equality shouldn't vanish at home

Women in the workplace have come a long way in terms of opportunities, respect and equality in the last 50 years. Heck, up until 1974 a woman couldn’t get a credit card in her own name without a husband’s signature. But a new study recently...

 

The holiday season brings out the best in caring

The holiday season and caring go hand in hand. I feel it is a safe assumption that for many of us the act of caring comes rather naturally, and we rarely look at the act itself as something extraordinary. But in a world that can be harsh and ugly at...

 

Solve migrant invasion by investing in Central America

The President’s methods and manner usually leave much to be desired, but once in a while he gets something right. He is spot-on when he calls the growing crowd on our southern border a “migrant invasion.” I can’t understand why this concept...

 

Building walls is not part of Bible, instead it is hypocrisy

Hypocrisy. When I was eight years old, I wrote a poem after attending church one Sunday:  ”Eleven o’clock on Sunday Morning, Many hear that age-old warning, Boast about their adoration, Then forget their obligations.” Even now, I still see so...

 

Right and left are both equally guilty of corruption

I’m writing in response to the opinion published in the Nov 22 edition by Tom H. Hastings, “If you want to find corruption, just look to the right.” I also grew up thinking that politics was a clean game. I’ve discovered it isn’t and...

 

Airway Heights Winter Festival draws crowd

Despite the chilly temperatures, dozens of Airway Heights residents bundled up and ventured outside for a community tree lighting as part of the Airway Heights Winter Festival on Saturday, Dec. 1,...

 

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Dec. 4, 2008 The Cheney City Council trimmed almost $7 million from 2009’s annual budget, about $6.5 million of which came from Public Works Department funds. The Cheney Free Press introduced Airway Heights’ new K9 officer, a German...

 

Churches

Cheney Congregational Church Welcome to Cheney Congregational Church. We invite you to join us in worship this Sunday, Dec. 9, at 10 a.m. Pastor David Krueger-Duncan will give a sermon entitled “Luther’s Friend, Art,” on how choices made 500...

 

West Plains BRIEFS

Feed Medical Lake serves pork chops Dec. 10 Feed Medical Lake is serving pork chops, mashed potatoes, applesauce and éclairs (made by hand by our No. 1 chef, Aaron) on Monday, Dec. 10, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 223 S. Hallett St.. Door...

 

LOOKING BACK WITH THE CHENEY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

On this date 100 years ago in 1918, Cheney reported the first death from influenza, 21-year-old Glenn Doan, a graduate of Cheney High School who was working as an automobile mechanic for C.A. Ratcliffe & Co. Learn more about our area’s history at...

 

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