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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 13, 2019 

Weather and Cheney water demands

So far, the weather has actually helped the city of Cheney's water system and its struggles with supply meeting demand created by irrigation. "The weather pattern has been a little strange, which has...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    June 13, 2019 

Terrace Heights residents take engineers to task

Terrace Heights resident Duke Hammond had heard enough. “I think this is a crock of crap,” he told Spokane County engineering officials standing before a group of about 23 of his neighbors at a...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    June 13, 2019 

Looking forward

A student at Cheney High School’s 2019 commencement ceremony shows off a decorated graduation cap complete with glittery flamingo....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 13, 2019 

6th District representatives talk about recent session

It’s difficult to cover all the issues of a 105-day legislative session in 90 minutes, but Eastern Washington 6th District representatives Jenny Graham and Mike Volz gave it their best in a June 6 meeting with Cheney Free Press editorial staff. Whi...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    June 13, 2019 

ML City Council discusses fireworks and fire pits

The primary topic of discussion at the Tuesday, June 4 Medical Lake City Council meeting was fire. Specifically fireworks and a city code pertaining to the use of fire pits. Two residents offered...

 
 News    June 13, 2019 

Burn restrictions for Eastern Washington

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in cooperation with partnering agencies, implemented the following changes in burn restrictions effective June 7 on DNR-protected lands. Check with local jurisdictions for...

 
 News    June 13, 2019 

Medical Lake sets final comp plan public meeting June 28

The city of Medical is poised to ink its updated Comprehensive Plan, or comp plan, according to a public notice. The plan is the guiding document that will be used to drive Medical Lake’s growth and direction for the next decade. Citizens have...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 13, 2019 

Leaks delay Cheney pool's opening to next week

Water leaks have postponed the opening of Cheney’s municipal pool from this Friday to sometime early next week, with city officials hopeful for a Tuesday start to the swimming season. At the June 11 City Council meeting, Cheney City Administrator...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 6, 2019

Terra Vista moratorium extended

Cheney’s City Council agreed at its May 28 meeting to extend a moratorium on development south of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific railroad tracks by another seven weeks. Originally enacted at the council’s Dec. 11, 2018...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    June 6, 2019

Services, ceremonies - parking

After 18 months of planning, The Moving Wall, a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C., will be arriving at the Medical Lake Middle School soccer field on the 200...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    June 6, 2019

AH council gets update on coming smart meters

The Airway Heights City Council had a full plate at its June 3 meeting, hearing a presentation from Avista Utilities on the introduction of smart meters to the West Plains and getting a legislative update from the city’s governmental affairs repres...

 
 By Tony Blount    News    June 6, 2019

Food pantry shopping spree

The non-profit organization West Plains Angels, assisted by Yoke’s Fresh Market and Copy Junction, presented the Eastern Washington University Pop-up Food Pantry with a $600 shopping spree on May...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 6, 2019

Cheney Care Center seeks rezone for development

The Cheney Care Center has submitted a rezone application to the city in order to proceed with the next phase of its Blackstone Estates project. The application, submitted April 15 with a notice...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 6, 2019

Hose check

As smoke from a 5,000-plus acre wildfire in Grant County filled the local air, volunteer firefighters with Spokane County Fire District 3 tested their hoses on Fred Johns Way in Cheney in preparation...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    June 6, 2019

The end of an era: Lakeland Village CIRV program to close permanently after half century of service

They came to Waterfront Park in Medical Lake on Saturday from across the country to celebrate the end of an era. About 100 current and former Lakeland Village College in-Resident Volunteers (CIRV)...

 

Seasonal weight restrictions lifted on Spokane County roads

The Spokane County Public Works Department announced on June 4 that seasonal weight restrictions have been removed on county roads.  According to a news release, typically, each winter the region experiences a freeze-thaw cycle that weakens roadway...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 6, 2019

Cheney police to host prescription drug drop off

Cheney residents will soon have a permanent location where they can dispose of unused, out-of-date prescription drugs. Once approvals are given, the Cheney Police Department will be home to a drop box that residents can use to safely dispose of unuse...

 

New PCC railroad section operator named

A new operator is coming to one of three branches of the state-owned Palouse River and Coulee City (PCC) rail system.  After requesting proposals to run the railroad’s P&L Branch, the Washington State Department of Transportation selected Omaha...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    June 6, 2019

Police identify suspect in Airway Heights hit and run

Police have identified a suspect in May’s fatal hit and run that killed a man near the intersection of North Hayford Road and East Sprague Avenue in Airway Heights. The man hit was identified as 39-year-old Jackson Lawless. Lawless was crossing...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    June 6, 2019

Kulibert's named Yard of the Month

The home of Art and Donna Kulibert has been named the Medical Lake Yard of the Month for June. From left are Jean Nelson of the Gardeners of Cheney, Dan Dorshorst of the Medical Lake Kiwanis,...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    May 30, 2019

Public safety by the numbers

In a discussion sure to continue at future meetings, Cheney’s Planning Commission received an overview of public safety issues at its May 13 arising from an increasing population due to development south of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Unio...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    May 30, 2019

Medical Lake approves fireworks applications

The Medical Lake City Council approved two fireworks applications and received an update on events surrounding next month’s Founders Day celebration that includes a visit by The Moving Wall, a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    May 30, 2019

It really does take a village

Last year, the Spokane Regional Health District piloted a “time bank” in a few select Airway Heights neighborhoods. The idea was simple and hearkened back to the 1980s — the online time bank would be an organized way for people to trade their...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    May 30, 2019

Paying attention and respect

Veterans salute as the colors are presented and the National Anthem sung during Monday’s Memorial Day ceremonies at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake....

 

Health district advises confronting pests head on

As Spokane residents immerse themselves in warmer weather, many are spending more time outdoors and in their yards, exposing them to spring and summer pests and prompting phone calls to Spokane Regional Health District(SRHD). This presents SRHD with...

 

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