Volunteering to fix the 'whole family unit'

Dealing with domestic violence can be complex and costly, let alone emotional. Since January 2013, A.R.M.S., Abuse Recovery Ministry Services, has been serving as the Cheney Municipal Court’s domestic violence advocate at no charge, handling...

Fire merger talks heat up

At its Monday meeting, the Airway Heights City Council agreed to allow the Public Safety committee to reconvene with Spokane County Fire District 10’s board of commissioners in June. The two groups will meet to discuss different options for...

Cheney reviewing Reid School demolition application

The city of Cheney is currently holding a public comment period on an application from Bernardo Wills Architects on behalf of Eastern Washington University to demolish the former Robert Reid...

Wash down

Kids got a chance to operate a fire hose during the Cheney Fire Department’s open house last Saturday. A steady flow of residents talked with firefighters, checked out their equipment from ladder trucks to medical kits and enjoyed hot dogs,...

Many seats, few candidates

Twenty-five candidates filed for 21 West Plains seats up for election at the close of the filing period last Friday, meaning most seats will have one candidate for voters to chose from in the general election, Nov. 3. There will be several races to...

Clarifications and corrections

A May 14 West Plains Brief stated Feed Cheney events take place the fourth Monday of the month. Feed Cheney’s meals actually take place on the last Monday of the month. As such, next month’s Feed Cheney will take place June 29. A May 7 story...

Medical Lake Deer committee counts 27 deer in April census

The Medical Lake Citizens Deer Advisory Committee recently conducted another deer count within city limits where they found 27 deer: two bucks, 10 doe and four yearlings — deer that are between 1-2 years old. This is up from last year’s number...

Koohns, Marchand qualify for state in 2A golf

Two Cheney golfers will be going to the state tournament after a successful outing at the Great Northern League Districts championships at the MeadowWood Golf Course in Liberty Lake, May 15. Cheyenne Marchand finished third overall with a score of...

Cardinals are out in softball

Deer Park pitcher Kylie Sweeney threw a nine-strikeout, one-hit, 11-0 shutout against Medical Lake Tuesday night knocking the Cardinals out of the District 7 softball playoffs in Deer Park. Medical Lake’s lone hit came from Hannah Petek. The...

Vijil's Shock arena football career earns him special honor

It was a fittingly strange journey in an oddly strange game that made Raul Vijil a hero in his new hometown. For a kid that grew up in his real hometown of Pasco, Wash. dreaming of being a star in the other futball — soccer — Vijil realized a...

Cards fall to Colville in soccer shootout

Behind the saves to all-Northeast A League keeper Nathan Reichenbach, plus an early penalty kick goal from him in the shootout, the Colville Indians scored a 1-0 soccer win over Medical Lake May 14...

West Plains Scoreboard

BASEBALL Great Northern League (Final 2015) League All Games Team W L W L West Valley 12 4 12 4 Pullman 8 8 8 10 Cheney 7 9 13 10 Clarkston 7 9 8 9 East Valley 6 11 6 13 Northeast A League (Final 2015) League All Games Team W L W L Freeman 14 1 16...

Lady Blackhawks win first District 7 title

Back to back home runs helped lift the Cheney High softball team to its first District 7 title with an 8-3 win last Saturday over visiting Pullman. The win gives the Lady Blackhawks the district's...

Blackhawks advance to regional track action

The Cheney High track and field team advanced six individuals and a pair of relay teams from last Friday's District 7 meet to regional competition May 22 at West Valley High School in Millwood...

Smedleys qualify for tennis regionals

The Cheney High boys and girls tennis teams will each be sending one player to regionals in Ephrata, May 23, and both of their last names are Smedley. Ryan Smedley finished second in the boys'...

Medical Lake snaps softball streak, gets roughed up by Colville

There could be tougher roads to take to earn a berth in Saturday’s District 7 softball tournament at Lakeside for the Medical Lake Cardinals. But for now the route either travels through, or stops at Deer Park (15-5) where the Cardinals (6-12)...

Blackhawks gear up for state baseball tournament

After losing to West Valley 11-10 in the May 12, Great Northern League championship game, the Cheney High baseball team traveled to Ellensburg last Saturday to play the Bulldogs in a 2A regional game. This was a scenario Cheney was in last year...

Youth sports is more than just about winning, it's about growth

If you’re a sports fan and are looking for something to take your mind off the bad news that’s happening in athletics, look no further than in your neighborhood — and I’m not referring to the college students throwing flying discs in the...

EWU player departure needs better perspective

Quick — somebody get the name of the bus that just ran over Eastern Washington University women’s basketball head coach Wendy Schuller and her program. And get the names of those individuals who tossed her under that careening, out-of-control...

Thank you, Cheney Care Center for luncheon

I would like to comment on the Mother’s Day Luncheon at the Cheney Care Center on Sunday, May 10. I was invited to attend with my mom,  as a guest and was amazed at how pleasant the whole event was.  Everyone was made to feel special by the...

Love is displayed when we help those in need of it

In the May 7 edition of the Cheney Free Press Mr. Norm Luther states that Jesus never talked about homosexuality. Mr. Luther may be right, to my knowledge Jesus never used the word homosexual. Mr. Luther uses this detail as justification for his...

What's Happening on the West Plains

City of Cheney • May 22, Baby Play and Learn Storytime (ages 0 — 18 months), community library, 10:30 — 11:30 a.m. • May 25, Memorial Day — All city offices closed. Garbage pickup one day late. • May 25, Memorial Day Observance... Full story

West Plains Briefs

ML Memorial Day service The Medical Lake Cemetery Association invites the community to a Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 25 at 9:30 a.m.. The cemetery is located at 21419 West Thorpe Road, off of Brooks Road. Contact Janice Radmer at 299-5269... Full story

Airway Heights Planning Commission says 'yes' to Highway 2 plan

At its May 13 meeting, the Airway Heights Planning Commission finally passed a resolution recommending City Council approve the Highway 2 Safety and Revitalization Vision concept plan. The council approved the plan at its May 18 meeting....

Airway Heights City Council approves police records management contract with county

The Airway Heights Police Department is taking its partnership with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office to a different level. At its meeting Monday night, the Airway Heights City Council approved several items, one of which was a contract for the...

Good rides

Organizers of the second annual Stars, Stripes, Boots & Spurs Car Show held in Cheney last Sunday said the event was a great success with 38 entries and 12 trophies awarded. Trophies were awarded ...

Eastern seniors to present visual design projects in a two-week exhibition

Transferring the skills learned in college to the real world is one of the goals graduates want to have mastered by the time they are finished with their education, even when it comes to art. A trio...

Cheney schools seeing end of year growth spurt

At a time when enrollment tends to decline, full time equivalent student counts in the Cheney School District continue to grow. In a report presented to the Cheney school board at its regular meeting last Wednesday, Kassidy Probert, the...

Watchel receives "Spirit of Theater" drama award

Skyler Watchel sat quietly as Cardinal Players adviser Janine Warrington and drama teacher Heidi Peterson gave a speech about the qualities and characteristics of the student who would receive the...

CHS April students of the month

Cheney High School officials have released the names of students selected as April Students of the Month. They are listed as follows along with the department they were selected in and their class...

Cheney School District provides summer feeding program

The Cheney School District is once again sponsoring the Seamless Summer Feeding Program for Children. The program provides meals for children 18 years of age and younger at no charge. All meals are available without regard to race, color, national...

House sitting turns complicated in StageWest's 'Bedside Manners'

StageWest Community Theatre proudly presents "Bedside Manners" by Derek Benfield, produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. and directed by Chris Booth. When Ferris reluctantly agreed ...

Kenady creates healthy Hobbit House for Books2Eat

Homeschooler Bradley Kenady of Medical Lake didn't end up having the winning entry in this year's Eastern Washington University Books2Eat competition but it certainly was interesting and drew its...

Churches

Cheney United Church of Christ Several events will catch the attention of UCC congregants: the party (with spouses) after the last choir practice May 21, the men’s breakfast May 23 at Sessions Village dining room and Feed Cheney on May 25. How...

LOOKING BACK WITH THE CHENEY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

One hundred twenty-five years ago on May 23, 1890, The Northwest Tribune reported that Elmer Carico, the sawmill owner in Stevens [Tyler], eloped with the wife of Simon Kimball, who took with her $1,000 dollars of Kimball’s money. Learn more...

Medical Lake seniors showcase artwork

On a quiet, residential street in the little town of Medical Lake is an art gallery. It was the scene of a real live art exhibit this past Saturday afternoon. The gallery belongs to Dennis Smith, a...

Looking Back

10 Years Ago May 19, 2005 Groundbreaking for Cheney’s new Holiday Inn Express was scheduled for July according to developers Randall Gillingham, Dick Vandervert, Steve Emtman and Brian Anderson. An arsonist set fire to the police car of an...

Betty Beard

Our beloved mother, Betty Beard, passed away at home May 13, 2015 at 85 years of age. She was born on Jan. 6, 1930 and was a resident of Cheney for 62 years. Betty was preceded in death by her... Full story

Cynthia Ellen Rogers

Cynthia Ellen (Armstrong) Rogers passed away Friday, April 24, at home, surrounded by family, after a long and brave battle with cancer. Cindy was born July 14, 1938, in the farmhouse of her parents, ... Full story