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Airway Heights gears up for recreaction center opening

At its Jan. 28 study session, the Airway Heights City Council unanimously approved a marketing contract with advertising firm BHW1 to implement promotion strategies ahead of the city’s recreation center opening slated for the first week of April....

 

Gas station grand opening

Contributed photo Aaron Simpson, VP of Marketing for Maverik, Inc. The Cheney High School band and color guard performed at the new Maverik gas station and convenience store grand opening celebration...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    January 31, 2019

They got him - Campbell named Officer of the Year

Overall, Cheney police Officer Zeb Campbell thinks 2018 was a pretty quiet year. That might be a comparative statement for the veteran who came on the force in 2006 and was named Officer of the Year i...

 

Fairchild Air Force Base announces conservation initiative

According to Fairchild Air Force Base in Airway Heights, 2019 is the year to go green. Base officials are kicking off the new year with “Green in ’19,” a plan to improve the base’s overall energy consumption by promoting conservation...

 

Alki development moratorium hearing Feb. 5

The city of Cheney is holding a special meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 5, to take public testimony on Ordinance X-58 that enacted a moratorium on development of land located along Alki Street, east of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    January 31, 2019

Classic burger joint coming soon to Medical Lake

Medical Lake burger lovers prepare your palates - good things may be coming your way. Debi Long and her husband Joe, of Ruby's on Silver Lake, are working feverishly to open a new classic 50s-style,...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    January 24, 2019

Coming summer of discontent

West Plains commuters be prepared. Multiple transportation projects on and around the Medical Lake interchange on Interstate 90 will be snarling traffic this summer as three construction projects...

 

Over extended

Cheney knows more about water woes than most small communities, and the beginning of 2019 is shaping up to be more of the same. State records indicated that the city’s water system is over-connected by more than 600 connections, causing the state D...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    January 24, 2019

Cheney planning picks up moratorium work

City of Cheney officials outlined an aggressive work schedule for the Planning Commission at its Jan. 14 meeting for one item only — addressing a moratorium placed by the City Council on...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    January 24, 2019

Medical Lake to review and update comprehensive plan

The city of Medical Lake will be reviewing and updating its 10-year Comprehensive Plan beginning this month, albeit a year late. The City Council approved a $37,142 contract with Shea, Carr & Jewell, Inc. to manage the comp plan update at it’s...

 

Apartment complex name, homeschool numbers corrected

In the Jan. 17 issue, the Cheney Free Press incorrectly identified a Spokane County apartment complex development as a Kalispel Tribe of Indians project. The Beau West apartments are being developed just outside the city limits of Airway Heights on...

 

News Briefs

Public comment requested on Cheney changes The Cheney planning department is asking for public comment on a proposed property split in north Cheney near Eastern Washington University. The property is located at 423 N. 10th St. The project applicant,...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    January 24, 2019

Cheney's newest restaurant is OK with using 'mister'

For starters, the “M.R.” in the name of Cheney’s newest restaurant stands for the first names of the two men behind the venture — Mitch and Roger — not the prefix “Mister,” although...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    January 24, 2019

Pedestrian fatally struck near Four Lakes

A passing vehicle near Four Lakes fatally struck a pedestrian on the evening of Friday, Jan. 7, according to a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office news release. Brenda Renee Gabriel, 56, was likely walking east on the shoulder of West Silver Lake Road...

 

Pedestrians take note: be visible

Poor weather, roadway conditions, darkness, and oncoming vehicle headlights can often make it difficult for drivers to see pedestrians, especially when wearing dark-colored clothing. Wearing reflective clothing, lights or blinking strobes or...

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Jan. 14 Threatening posts to a website were reported at Cheney Middle School. Financial fraud was reported on the 1000 block of Betz Road. Fraudulent check-cashing scheme. Harassing phone calls were reported on the 200 block of South Cheney-Sp...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    January 24, 2019

Medical Lake girls crush opponents

It was another good week for the Medical Lake girl’s basketball squad. The Cards were riding a three-game winning streak — including a non-league, Spirit Game victory over the Cheney Blackhawks — when they came into the previous week’s...

 

Falling short with fire funding

The fire service motto may be "adapt and overcome," but most firefighters probably thought that applied to burning buildings and emergency situations, not budgeting woes brought on by years of...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    January 17, 2019

Cheney fire department busy in 2019

It’s not quite three weeks into the new year, and already 2019 is shaping up to be a busy time for Cheney’s fire department. Cheney Fire Chief Tom Jenkins said department personnel have already responded to four fires — including a fire on...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    January 17, 2019

Council OKs Well 3 changes

Cheney’s City Council approved a fourth change order to the city’s Well 3 drilling project at its Jan. 8 meeting — a change that officials believe while increasing the cost of drilling a new well will actually decrease the project’s overall...

 

COUNCIL HOLDS ALKI STREET PUBLIC HEARING AT JAN. 22 MEETING

The Cheney City Council will hold a public hearing on ordinance X-58, “Development Moratorium South of Alki Street,” at it’s regular meeting next Tuesday, Jan. 22. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 606 2nd St. The...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    January 17, 2019

Medical Lake, County Fire District 3 consider merger

The city of Medical Lake and Spokane County Fire District 3 are discussing a merger due to an increasing number of no-response calls by the city's all-volunteer fire department. The Medical Lake Fire...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    January 17, 2019

Finally - a feather

Cheney cheerleader Evie Rowe hoists the Golden Feather trophy in jubilation as fellow Blackhawks students celebrate the school’s first spirit contest win in the annual game with Medical Lake....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    January 17, 2019

Going from calm to chaos in two seconds

Fate and scheduling conspired to put Cheney Police Department dispatcher Ben James at the center of a couple of 2018’s biggest events. And for those closer to the action, the combination that...

 

Lee Bennett to step down in June

This year will be Airway Heights Police Chief Lee Bennett's last on the job as he makes plans to retire from his position by the end of January 2020, he announced Jan. 14. Bennett has been in law...

 

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