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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    December 13, 2018 

Zip's shooter arrested in Kent

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Puget Sound Regional Crime Gun Task Force, has arrested a 21-year-old individual in connection with an Oct. 27 shooting at Zip’s Restaurant in Che...

 

Lakeland's CIRV to shutdown

By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter  (Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part examination of Lakeland Village’s College In-Resident Volunteer (CIRV) program which is slated for closure in...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    December 13, 2018 

Turnbull to cut 325 acres of timber land

Cheney is used to the rumble of semi-trucks hauling grain, and for the next several months, logging trucks will be thrown into the mix. That’s because Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge is...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    December 13, 2018 

Airway Heights mobile home fire requires full response

The Airway Heights Fire Department may have been escorting Santa Clause around the city over the weekend, but that didn’t stop them from focusing on their primary duties and taking a break from...

 

Medical Lake City Council works to wrap up 2018 issues

By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter  The Medical Lake City Council continued to tidy up a variety of things at its Dec. 4 meeting as 2018 slides to a close. Before a full council membership, even including Don Kennedy who was actually able to make a flig...

 

Nativity by Amazing Grace

The live nativity scene photos in the Dec. 6 issue of the Cheney Free Press were incorrectly attributed to the Nazarene Church. The Amazing Grace Fellowship congregation were the ones responsible for designing, setting up and representing...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    December 13, 2018 

Airway Heights struggles to reach wage agreement with its Public Safety Guild, others get pay increase

The city of Airway Heights has not yet reached a wage agreement with its Public Safety Guild, and it looks like that discussion could stretch into 2019. At the City Council’s Dec. 3 meeting, members heard the first reading of an ordinance to set...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    December 13, 2018 

Cheney's Festival of Trees continues to be a success

The second annual Cheney Festival of Trees has proven to be such a success — and it’s not even over yet — that coordinator Lori Musgrave is already planning next year’s event. The owner of...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    December 13, 2018 

County medical examiner confirms identity of Assembly crash victim

The Spokane County Medical Examiner has confirmed the identity of the woman who died as the result of a Nov. 23 vehicle accident on Assembly Road. Felia Sharkey, a 34-year-old mother of two, was travelling south and was killed when her car left the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    December 13, 2018 

Festival of giving

The Cheney Festival of Trees, hosted by the Marketplace Bakery & Eatery, has grown in only its second year. See the story on page 10....

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Dec. 3 Domestic violence/verbal dispute was reported on the 100 block of Fifth Street. Third-degree theft was reported on the 900 block of Third Street. A computer was taken from a vehicle. A 13-year-old male was arrested for second-degree...

 
 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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Nov. 26 Third-degree malicious mischief was reported on the 700 block of West First Street. Coin boxes in an apartment complex’s laundry room were damaged. Nov. 27 Anthony J. King, 23, was arrested on the 1000 block of Betz Road for...

 

Holiday Hoopla hits Cheney

Webster’s Dictionary defines the word hoopla very simply: “To Do.” Cheney Merchants Association members hope that’s exactly what local residents will find this weekend at the inaugural “Holiday Hoopla” celebration downtown. The two-day...

 

Cheney's emergency needs and challenges

Increases in booking fees and emergency response times, combined with the potential for a large turnover in command personnel are three of the challenges faced by the Cheney Police Department in its 2...

 

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