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Fire District 3 proposition would restore levy rate

Spokane County Fire District 3 is asking voters to restore its previously approved levy of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value in the Aug. 6 election. Called Proposition 2 on the ballot, the restoration is needed due to a state law commonly referred...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    August 1, 2019

Washington Eastern tracks get pre-harvest repairs

The Washington Eastern Railroad (WER) crew has been busy repairing track defects along the Central Washington Branch of the Palouse River and Coulee City Rail System (PCC) in recent weeks. “The...

 

Interstate 90 speeds reduced

The speed limit on Interstate 90 has been reduced from 70 to 60 mph in the vicinity of the Medical Lake interchange, between mileposts 272 and 273, according to a Washington State Department of Transportation news release. The reduction, which went...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    July 25, 2019

Airway Heights code woes

Tucked away in a mobile home park off of Sunset Highway in Airway Heights, a drama worthy of a telenovela has quietly been playing out since late June, expanding to involve city departments, local off...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    July 25, 2019

ML Council extends planning contract

Attendance was back to normal – that is, low – for the July 16 Medical Lake City Council meeting, as members, absent Councilwoman Jessica Roberts, heard two presentations and addressed some minor business issues before going into executive...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    July 25, 2019

Young entrepreneurs

Bayle Bahr, left, and Chloe Parsons spent much of Thursday, July 18 under the sun at the corner of Lefevre and Lake streets in Medical Lake selling drinks and asking for donations to offset the cost...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 25, 2019

CEOs address WP needs

When it comes to business on the West Plains, chief executive officers of three long-time area employers told a large audience at the July 17 West Plains Chamber of Commerce’s monthly breakfast...

 

Correction: Buyer Beware

A story, “Buyer beware: Investor stuck with condemned building,” in the July 18 edition of the Cheney Free Press incorrectly named the source of a quote. The Cheney building official who discussed the role and duties of building inspectors...

 

West Plains Fire and EMS monthly statistics

Airway Heights Fire Department Fire 19 Emergency Medical Service 140 Total 159 Cheney Fire Department Structure fire 5 Emergency medical service 70 Extrication rescue 1 Dispatched/canceled en route 2...

 

County issues burn ban effective July 24

Elevated fire risk has prompted county officials to issue burn restrictions for unincorporated areas of Spokane County effective Wednesday, July 24, according to a press release. Unauthorized open burning and specified outdoor recreational fires ...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 18, 2019

Crime in Cheney rises 11 percent

Crime in Cheney saw a 11.1 percent overall rise in reportable offenses in 2018, a continuation of a rollercoaster-type pattern the city has seen over the past three years. According to the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    July 18, 2019

AH crime rates spike

Crime in Airway Heights increased 97.4 percent from 2017 to 2018, according to the “2018 Crime in Washington Annual Report” released last week by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. Airway Heights experienced the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 18, 2019

Cheney Bank of America branch closes

The ever-changing nature of online technology claimed another victim as the Cheney branch of Bank of America officially closed its doors at the end of the business day Tuesday, July 16. The move...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    July 18, 2019

Buyer beware: Investor stuck with condemned building

It appears Andy Louie bought a lemon, and wants to make lemonade, but the city of Medical Lake won’t let him. The lemon in question is a 99-year-old, 888-square-foot building located at 110 S....

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    July 18, 2019

Reported July 3 shooting in Airway Heights results in no injuries

An Airway Heights shooting listed in last week’s Cheney Free Press police reports may have raised a few eyebrows, but local police said it was less concerning than it first appeared. Just after 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, police received a report...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 18, 2019

Cheney's potable water well 3 start-up delayed

Cheney officials had hoped to have the city’s newest potable water well up and running by now, but have been prevented from doing so by what’s essentially a housing shortage. In order to bring the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 18, 2019

Cheney City Council renews federal surplus purchases contract

At its July 9 meeting, Cheney’s City Council unanimously agreed to renew its relationship with a program that has given the city access to equipment sometimes only wealthier municipalities can obtain. The council agreed to allow officials to...

 

Cheney water well, paving projects could impact residents

The city of Cheney is announcing the start of several projects that may create impacts to residents’ services for a brief period of time. The city’s recycling facility and yard waste disposal site on Anderson Road will be closed on Saturday,...

 

CORRECTION: Rodeo's original landowner

CORRECTION: The name of the farmer who originally owned the land that the Cheney Rodeo is now held on was spelled incorrectly in an article in the Cheney Rodeo Supplement of the July 11 edition of the Cheney Free Press. According to his grandson,...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    July 18, 2019

Airway Heights City Council talks fire and fireworks

The Airway Heights City Council zipped through their agenda on Monday, July 15, despite having barely enough members present to make a quorum. Only Mayor Kevin Richey, Deputy Mayor Doyle Inman and council members Steve Lawrence and Larry Bowman were...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    July 18, 2019

Man arrested in connection with May Airway Heights hit and run

Local officers have arrested the suspect in May’s fatal hit-and-run, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office announced in a press release last week. According to the release, Traffic Unit Corporal Jeff Welton developed probable cause to charge...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    July 18, 2019

Duetschs named ML Yard of the Month

From left, Dan Dorshorst of the Medical Lake Kiwanis, homeowner Juergen Duetsch and his wife Susan, Sharon Granquist, Gayle Hennings of the Gardeners of Cheney, and Shannon Narcelo representing this...

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY July 9 Harassment was reported on the 200 block of South Cheney-Spangle Road. A vehicle vs. pedestrian hit and run collision was reported on the 2000 block of 1st Street. July 10 A 25-year-old male was arrested for third-degree driving while...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 11, 2019

Taking steps for senior housing

Cheney’s Planning Commission voted 6-0 to approve a rezone of land near North 6th Street and Simpson Parkway that would allow the construction of new duplexes by the Cheney Care Center. The rezone...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    July 11, 2019

ML kicks fireworks ban down the road

If the Medical Lake City Council was considering any further action regarding a firework ban, a contingent of about 25 citizens were on-hand at the council’s July 2 meeting to remind them how they felt. At a meeting lacking any agenda action...

 

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