Articles from the December 27, 2018 edition

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County steps back from booking fee increases

Cheney officials believe they’ve dodged a bullet fired their way by Spokane County regarding unexpected increases in booking fees at the county jail — at least for now. In an Oct. 17 memo, Chief Budget Officer Tonya Wallace inf... — Updated 12/28/2018


Jeremy Bahr selected to help turn around Cards' football

It might be said that Jeremy Bahr got a late Christmas present - on Valentine’s Day. That’s when he learned a long-time wish would be fulfilled when Bahr was selected as the... — Updated 12/28/2018


Cheney ends 30-year slump against East Valley

The Cheney varsity wrestling team powered through a series of valiant opponents at their Dec. 19 dual meet, relying on their middleweights to propel them to a 52-22 victory over East Valley — the first win against the Knights on... — Updated 12/27/2018

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports

One more memorable Saturday football game lies ahead

Saturdays in the fall have always centered around football. In the beginning it was listening on the radio and later on television. A semi-organized file cabinet drawer in my home office is stuffed with game programs that provide p... — Updated 12/27/2018

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports

Changing of the guard in EWU AD's chair

Chaves leaves EWU for North Dakota post After just over a decade on the job as Eastern Washington athletics director, Bill Chaves left Cheney for the opening at the University of... — Updated 12/27/2018


West Plains Police News

CHENEY Dec. 17 Guy S. Heltsley, 30, was arrested on the 200 block of North 11th Street for fourth-degree assault/domestic violence and a Whitman County warrant for felony motor vehicle theft. A wallet was found on the 1700 block... — Updated 12/27/2018


MADD offers a holiday reminder

Did you know that some adults believe drinking alcohol is a rite of passage for our youth? They are allowed to drink alcohol as the family gathers. And at other events during the holiday season, this practice is especially... — Updated 12/27/2018


Spokane Tribe Casino holds first charitable donation event

The Spokane Tribe Casino and Spokane Tribe of Indians council members presented 20 checks totaling $100,000 to various non-profit community and educational organizations at the... — Updated 12/27/2018


West Plains Briefs

Cheney blood drive set for Friday, Dec. 28 The Inland Northwest Blood Center together with Vitalant and Cheney community volunteers led by coordinator Duane Isaac will hold a blood drive on Friday, Dec. 28, from 1:30 – 5 p.m. at... — Updated 12/27/2018


Looking Back

10 Years Ago Jan. 1, 2009 Speculation arose that the Pine Lodge Correctional Center for Women in Medical Lake might close in 2010 due to budget restrictions. Cheney City Council considered leasing some of the city’s unused... — Updated 12/27/2018



Cheney Congregational Church Welcome to Cheney Congregational Church. We invite you to join us in worship, no matter where you are on your journey of faith. This Sunday, Dec. 30, we will have a special musical offering presented... — Updated 12/27/2018


Santa Claus makes a visit to Cheney

The line to sit on Santa’s lap and pick out a toy stretched halfway across the meeting room at the American Legion Hall Post 72 in Cheney on Dec. 19 as kids waited excitedly to tell Mr. Claus what they wanted for Christmas. Happy... — Updated 12/27/2018


Rural America has waited far too long for farm bill

The compromise farm bill secures several victories for conservation, beginning farmers, and rural communities, while failing to cap payments to the largest farms or secure stable long-term funding for working lands conservation.... — Updated 12/27/2018

 By SALLY C. PIPES    Opinion

Drug prices on TV will cause needless patient panic

The Trump administration has proposed several reforms to drive down prescription drug prices. One measure would force pharmaceutical companies to mention the sticker prices of their medicines in television advertisements. The new... — Updated 12/27/2018


Cheney made brighter by Merchants Association

It’s been a joy to see downtown Cheney all dressed up for the holidays this year. I’m especially enjoying the lights on the kiosks and the painted windows in the downtown businesses. Thank you to the participating businesses... — Updated 12/27/2018

 By KARY LOVE    Opinion

A Christmas miracle? U.S.A. actually stopping a war?

President Trump has “commander in chiefed” an end to the illegal U.S. role in the war in Syria. And there are reports the Commander in Chief may order a draw down in Afghanistan, the war that keeps on giving! Knock me down... — Updated 12/27/2018

 By Lee Hughes    Opinion

By way of introduction...

Hello readers, I’m Lee Hughes, the newest addition to your Cheney Free Press editorial staff. Like most journalists, I’m somewhat averse to being the subject of a story. My job... — Updated 12/27/2018


Former Cheney attorney elevated to judgeship

Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Donald J. Richter — a former public defender with the Cheney Municipal Court — to Pacific and Wahkiakum County Superior Court. He replaces Judge Doug Goelz, who will retire at the end of the year.... — Updated 12/27/2018


Medical Lake City Council has an interesting year

In November 2017, Medical Lake voters elected a new mayor, Shirley Maike, who was charged with leading a largely new City Council into 2018. One new councilman, Tony Harbolt, overtook Don Kennedy for Council Position No. 4 in a... — Updated 12/27/2018


One killed, five injured in deadly collision west of Airway Heights

One person is dead and five more were injured following a three-car accident on U.S. Highway 2 near Christensen Road three miles west of Airway Heights at 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 19. Spokane resident Ryan Labreck’s Subaru Crosstrek... — Updated 12/27/2018


Making sure those at-risk have holiday cheer

For the past nine years, Cheney School District art teacher Sherie Syrie has spearheaded an effort to make sure at-risk students have an opportunity to do some Christmas shopping... — Updated 12/27/2018


Cheney schools combat overcrowding with construction

Can you have too much of a good thing? The Cheney School District was left wondering that this year as its enrollment numbers skyrocketed past earlier projections, making the... — Updated 12/27/2018


High points, low points and in-betweens in 2018

It was a busy year in Cheney news in many ways. Besides water, fires and construction, a number of other events came and went on the local radar. Grover takes over After winning an uncontested election in November 2017, local... — Updated 12/27/2018

 By Lee Hughes    News

Money for ML streets

The Medical Lake City Council voted to sign an agreement associated with a $504,365 grant from the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board for various improvements to... — Updated 12/27/2018


Shortage of housing on West Plains

The tone of the West Plains Chamber of Commerce breakfast on Dec. 19 was decidedly uneasy as a panel of local experts discussed the state of housing in the West Plains. The message was simple: there aren’t enough houses. At... — Updated 12/27/2018


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