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Cheney Freemasons Greg Ammons and Rob Steiner want the community to know that local Masonic Temple Lodge No. 42 is alive, doing well and looking for new members. The latter is a situation many...

Grocery Outlet offers continuing fundraiser for Sunset

Grocery Outlet in Airway Heights recently started a new program for families at Sunset Elementary School. The owners, Dylan and Tanja Hartung, sent out a letter to everyone at Sunset that included a...

You might want to re-think about thinking spring

They're playing golf at The Fairways, some flowers are starting to peek through the ground and, yes, even the occasional convertible with its top down is seen sometimes. But while the last couple of...

Local levies headed for passage

School district administrators throughout Spokane County were breathing easier Tuesday evening as all of the educational and programs and operations levies appeared headed for passage. That included measures in Cheney and Medical Lake districts. At...

Medical Lake council deals with fire, EMS issues

With one levy vote for schools already complete, Medical Lake residents can set their sights down the road for another. At the Feb. 6 City Council meeting, Fire Chief Jayson Mayfield gave a brief...

Airway Heights council discusses Crime Check use

At the Feb. 12 Airway Heights City Council study session meeting, Police Chief Lee Bennett told the council that the city could now use Crime Check if they wanted to go forward with it. “It is just something to think about,” Bennett said....

Cheney commission gets code enforcement update

Cheney police department Capt. Rick Campbell explained to the city’s Planning Commission at its Feb. 12 meeting why it’s a good idea for residents to make sure their grass is mowed and yards are free of debris. Campbell has been handling code...

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Feb. 5 A 15-year-old male and a 14-year-old male were arrested on the 800 block of Highland Street for possession of controlled substance/marijuana. Residential burglary was reported on the 800 block of Cedar Street. Theft of a firearm was...

Free tax assistance and e-file now available

The AARP Free Tax-aide assistance program is running now through April 13 at three locations on the West Plains. AARP Tax-aide in partnership with the IRS, sponsors the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE)...

News Briefs

One arrest in Medical Lake exit accident An early morning collision on Interstate 90 near the Medical Lake exit was apparently caused by a cellphone. According to a Washington State Patrol press release, at approximately 12:05 a.m. Feb. 7, a black,...

Cheney High School hires new boys soccer coach

Cheney High School has announced that has hired Rene Caro as the new head coach for the Blackhawk boys soccer program. In a Feb. 12 news release, CHS athletics director Jeff Chandler said Caro most recently coached soccer at Mount Vernon High...

Three Cheney gymnasts are heading on to state in Tacoma

Cheney High School gymnastics had a successful showing at regionals as three are moving on to state competition this Thursday and Friday (Feb. 15-16) at the Tacoma Dome. “The competition was tough this year,” head coach Jamie Frucci said. “I...

Medical Lake, Lakeside battle once again

Medical Lake's girls basketball team hopes to receive a special Valentine's Day gift. Following the Cardinals' 55-39 win over Chewelah on Feb. 9, they earned their way into the district title game...

Medical Lake sends 10 to Mat Classic XXIX

Medical Lake emerged from district wrestling competition with their goal well in reach for this weekend's Mat Classic XXIX in Tacoma. "The goal at the beginning of the year was a top-10 finish at...

Sports Briefs

MEN’S BASKETBALL Montana schools visit for only 2018 meeting with Eastern After a pair of weekends on the road, the Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team returns to Reese Court this week to play its lone meetings this season...

Hockey champs

The Eastern Washington University American Collegiate Hockey Association team earned the conference championship for the second time in three years, beating the Western Washington University Vikings ...

Chaves reflects on dynamic decade of success at EWU

Bill Chaves oversaw one of the most dynamic decades in a century-plus of Eastern Washington University history as the school’s athletics director. And then he came to a crossroads several weeks ago. “You turn 50 and you’re at a job for 10...

Hickey hits ground running at EWU

New Eastern Washington University interim athletics director Lynn Hickey came prepared for her first meeting with the media in her second day on the job, Feb. 13. She had plenty of answers for all...

Five CHS wrestlers continue onto state competition

The Cheney High School wrestling team will be taking five wrestlers to the Mat Classic XXIX at the Tacoma Dome this weekend. “It was a great day of wrestling,” head coach Brad Rasmussen said. “It was a little unexpected to have that many...

Blackhawks advance in boys basketball playoffs

When it mattered most, Cheney High’s boys basketball team found a way to produce the program’s first playoff win in nine years. Trailing 40-30 heading into the fourth quarter last Wednesday in Clarkston, juniors Devin Cook and Camden VerStrate...

The homeless problem has several solutions

I see my eye specialist five or six times a year. My normal route to his office takes me past the homeless gathering under the I-90 bridge across from Lewis and Clark High School. They don’t seem to be hurting anybody, and there is no law against...

Our cities are balancing their budgets with fees to the citizens

Have you carefully checked your utility bills lately? Most people don’t unless they are monsters like the ones for garbage in Scranton, Pennsylvania and Los Angeles. In Vancouver, Washington our garbage and recycling bill now has an added 3.6...

Poor posture Trump's nuclear doctrine resumes Cold War

While elected officials of our increasingly dysfunctional democracy debated “memogate,” the world became more dangerous as President Donald Trump’s Nuclear Posture Review was officially released on Friday, Feb. 2. Ignoring scientific studies...

Unified Olympic Korea offers hope, if somewhat tainted by reality

Like many people watching the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics opening ceremony Friday night, I felt some pride and a sense of hopefulness during the entry of the unified Korean team. South and North Korean athletes marching together, under the same...

Petek races along non-stop at Medical Lake

By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Medical Lake High School's senior dynamo Hannah Petek seemed just a bit relieved this past Monday when she had to say, "I didn't make it on the court." That's the group ...

Eastern Washington University to move programs to Spokane

Eastern Washington University has been growing over the years in Cheney and it is now even expanding in Spokane. It was announced on Feb. 6 that EWU was selected as the primary tenant in Avista...

Cheney School District names Blackhawk alum new director of finance

The Cheney School District has hired a former Blackhawk as its new finance director. The district announced in a Feb. 8 news release it had selected Jamie Weingart as the next director of finance. Weingart replaces Kassidy Probert, who announced...

Bruess makes Norwich University dean's list

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University has announced that former Cheney resident Brayden W. Bruess has been recognized on the university’s dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester. Dean’s list recipients are full-time undergraduate students at...

What's Happening On The West Plains

Cheney • Feb. 18, Create a Freezer Meal Plan, community library 1 – 2 p.m. • Feb. 19, Presidents Day, all city offices are closed. • Feb. 20, StageWest Community Theatre business meeting, Emmanuel Lutheran Church 639 Elm St., 6:30 p.m. •... Full story

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Feb. 14, 2008 In efforts to improve the relations between the community and law enforcement, the Cheney Police Department begun its community-policing program. Cheney Lt. Dave Mather...

LOOKING BACK WITH CHENEY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Fifty years ago on January 20 1968, the Cheney Public Library was dedicated under the board of Joan Tracy, chair; Woody Johnson, J. Eugene Fletcher, Ronald P. Lemmen, and Stutley Pierce. Learn more about our area’s history at w...

West Plains Briefs

Cheney blood drive April 28 The Inland Northwest Blood Center together with Cheney community volunteers led by coordinator Duane Isaac will hold a blood drive on Friday, Feb. 23, from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Marketplace Bakery & Eatery on First Street...

Churches

Cheney Congregational Church On Sunday, Feb. 18, Cheney Congregational Church invites the community to join us in celebrating our 137th birthday. Our Church was founded above a saloon on First Street in Cheney. We have a proud history in the...

Julie Ann Weigel

Julie Ann Weigel Miller passed away peacefully on Jan. 15, 2018. She was born on June 29, 1962 in Spokane, Wash. Julie was a graduate of Cheney High School. She is survived by her husband Eric, daughter Brenda Shaw (Jake), Dyess Air Force Base in...

Dr. Meta Margaretha Gibbs

Dr. Meta Margaretha Gibbs , a resident of Cheney, passed away in Marple Township, Pa. on Dec. 31, 2017, following a two-year battle with cancer at 75. In her final days she was with her entire... Full story

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