Five candidates vie for Kevin Parker's seat

Three Republicans, a Democrat and an independent candidate provide 6th District voters choices in the upcoming primary elections Aug. 2. All five are running to replace outgoing Rep. Kevin Parker,...

Passing the air refueling baton

Col. Ryan Samuelson stood in front of hundreds of airmen, local dignitaries and family as he said, "I assume command." Samuelson took command of the 92nd Air Refueling Wing from Col. Brian McDaniel...

Police nab armed robber

Cheney police feel confident they have arrested the individual who robbed the Dollar Tree store at gunpoint in May 2015 — but not before the same individual repeated his actions on Saturday, July 9. Police arrested and have charged Jeffrey J....

Jeff Holy faces challenge from Shar Lichty for Position 2

When 6th District legislative Rep. Jeff Holy first ran for House of Representative Position 2 in 2012, he overcame a second place finish in the primary to Dennis Dellwo to defeat the Spokane Democrat ...

Chipster name misspelled

One of the Cheney Chipster’s names was misspelled in the July 14 story on the toy-making group. George Grigel is the correct name of the individual who takes trucks to children in Third World countries. He travels with an organization called...

West Plains Police News

CHENEY July 11 Taking motor vehicle without owner’s permission was reported on the 100 block of College Hill Street. It was a 1996 Honda Accord and was recovered by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. July 12 Taking motor vehicle without...

Candidate Q&A

1. What is the most important issue facing the 6th District? 2. Three things will you do if elected? Lynnette Vehrs 1. Affordable quality health care is the important issue facing not only our constituents, but (also) the state. Many (people) are...

Blue Waters, Bluegrass Festival enters 15th year

The Blue Waters Bluegrass festival celebrates its 15th anniversary, Aug. 12-14 at Waterfront Park in Medical Lake. "We've seen festivals come and go," Kevin Brown, Blue Waters music director, said....

Candidate Q&A - Position 2

1. What is the most important issue facing the 6th District? 2. What three things will you do first if elected? Jeff Holy 1. Helping business grow, protecting homeowners, providing infrastructure for agriculture, properly funding education,...

Lucid Recreational plans August opening

By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter For some, the July 1 deadline in the state of Washington that required merging medical marijuana into the recreational side is causing its share of problems. But for...

Golden yard

Greg and Glenda Schmidt's sharp and well-maintained yard at 803 Golden Hills Drive has been selected as Cheney's Yard of the Month by the Cheney Kiwanis and Cheney Gardeners Club. For the work, the...

STEP project preliminary details are unveiled

Five weeks after gaining approval from the state, and 13 months removed from an OK by the federal government, the Spokane Tribe of Indians officially unveiled plans for their casino and resort...

Airway Heights acquires sewage lift station

The Airway Heights City Council breezed through a light agenda at its July 18 meeting. In action items, council approved a settlement agreement between the city and Jim and Jill Cook. Through the agreement, the city acquired a lift station and...

Cheney council awards road work contract for Betz, Washington

Drivers using Betz Road and Washington Street should be ready soon to follow a mantra sometimes used by the state Department of Transportation — expect delays. At its July 12 meeting, the Cheney City Council unanimously approved awarding an...

Strange ending to Medical Lake's American Legion season

A surprising season for the Medical Lake American Legion A-League team came to a very strange ending. After qualifying for the league playoffs in a season that was viewed simply as a time when young...

Cannons off to state American Legion tourney

Spokane Cannons' head coach Chad Ripke gets a second chance at a state championship in the span of two months. Ripke, who guided his Freeman Scotties to third place in the state 1A tournament in May...

Eastern President's Cup repeat pick

The Cup will remain in Cheney for at least another year. For the second-straight time and third in the last seven seasons, Eastern Washington University has again won the Big Sky Conference Presidents’ Cup for the 2015-16 school year, the league...

Chaves reflects on past, looks to the future at EWU

It's a big year for Eastern Washington University athletics director Bill Chaves. Ahead lies what he calls, "one of those milestone birthdays," his 50th, marked also by the start of his 10th year on...

NFL's latest tactic to combatting kicking - microchips

In an effort to make football more exciting for fans, the NFL is looking at ways to increase the difficulty of the kicking game. One idea that has been brought up over the years is narrowing the width of the goal post uprights, which is currently...

EWU picked 3rd, 4th pre-season poll

If last season’s finish was the first indication of football parity in the Big Sky Conference, this year’s preseason polls in the league affirm it. The Eastern Eagles have been pegged to finish third by the media and fourth by the coaches as...

Cheney loses close game to Pullman

The Cheney 17U baseball team began its last leg of the season with a 10-9 loss in a nine-inning game against Pullman’s AA American Legion team, July 14. The one game against Pullman was originally scheduled as a doubleheader, but one contest was...

West Plains Scoreboard

BASEBALL Area 3 American League (Final 2016) W L PCT GB STK Chewelah A #1 12 2 0.857 - 6W Shadle Park 10 4 0.714 2 2W Medical Lake 10 4 0.714 2 1W Northern Lakes 8 6 0.571 4 1L NWC A 6 7 0.462 5.5 2W Deer Park A 5 9 0.357 7 1W Freeman A 4 10 0.286...

Sports Briefs

Eagles’ face Bryant in Legends game Eastern Washington University will host Bryant on Monday, Nov. 21 and either Seattle or Louisiana Monroe on Tuesday, Nov. 22 in a four-team subregional round at Reese Court as part of its first appearance in...

Sports Week

AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL AAA State tournament At Selah & Yakima Saturday, July 23, Spokane Cannons vs. Bellingham Post 7, 4 p.m. Sunday, July 24, Spokane Cannons vs. Twin City Titans, 10 a.m. Monday, July 25, Spokane Cannons vs. Centralia, 1 p.m....

Politicians might find 'bumper car therapy' beneficial in relieving polarization

Over the last 35 years our family has vacationed at the same place on the beach. While the buildings have been refurbished, the complex remains largely unchanged. However, our entertainment has changed a lot. We still swim, jump the waves and build...

Imagine a conflict-free world, and take steps towards it

With our daily news running to atrocity after tragedy, Americans are frightened and angry. Some are resonating with hate talk radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh or quintessentially enraged TV bloviators like Bill O’Reilly. This gets them pushed...

Solutions seem miles away in recent headline shootings

Timing is everything, it is said. And the timing of author Heather MacDonald’s recently released book, “The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe,” is tragically so. The recent epidemic of those taking out...

Now is the time for third-party candidates to make a stand

Many registered voters are not looking forward to this November’s presidential election, which will pit Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. According to a July 7 poll from the Pew Research...

What's Happening On The West Plains

Cheney • July 22, Baby Play & Learn Storytime (ages 0 – 18 months), community library, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. • July 22, Amazing Physical Feats from History, community library, 3 – 4 p.m. • July 22, Summer outdoor movie “Pan,” Sutton... Full story

MLHS announces 2016 second semester honor roll

Medical Lake High School announced its second semester honor roll for the 2016 school year. Seniors Principal’s Honor Roll Dara Abounorinejad, Nathan V. Braswell, Rikki . Byrnes, Emma L.Davis, Zoe S. Davis, Derek J. Dick, Claire L. Dormaier,...

West Plains residents make GU's dean's list

Several West Plains residents earned placement on Gonzaga University President’s List for the 2016 spring semester. Students must earn a 3.7 to 4.0 grade-point average to be listed. Cheney — Carlie Fox and Tyler Gustafson. Fairchild Air Force...

Roettger begins tenure as Cheney Schools superintendent

The Rob Roettger era has officially begun. At its July 13 meeting, the Cheney School Board passed a resolution that designates Roettger as the Cheney School District superintendent. Roettger took...

Eastern students in Nice, France are safe

The 15 Eastern Washington University students studying abroad in Nice, France remain safe and secure in residence halls at the University of Nice. The students are under the guidance of professor Florian Preisig and following the lead of the French...

Welcome home Blackhawks

The Cheney High School Alumni Association sponored its annual all-class reunion picnic, July 17 at Salnave Park. Many former Cheney High School students...

Cheney resident's novel hits the bookshelves

A local Cheney resident and Eastern Washington University alumnus officially has a novel, “Joyride,” published for all to read. The author, Travis Laurence Naught, moved to Cheney in 2001 and has lived here ever since. He completed graduate...

Looking Back

10 Years Ago July 20, 2006 Volunteers from Young Life of Medical Lake spent an entire summer weekend helping a local family get some much-needed renovations done to their home. Cheney Trading Company owners Bonner Foods, Inc., expanded their market...

Obscured by smoke

The Highline Grain transloader facility peeks out from behind bellowing smoke from a small brush fire last Wednesday, July 13 just off Interstate 90 at the Cheney-Four Lakes interchange. Fire crews...

West Plains Briefs

Feed Cheney takes place July 25 Feed Cheney in the park continues this month on July 25, with the Cheney United Methodist Church providing the brown bag supper to all who attend. Groceries will also be available, provided by 2nd Harvest and Feed... Full story

LOOKING BACK WITH THE CHENEY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

One hundred years ago on July 24, 1916, a fire destroyed the old Bavaria Brewery building built in 1881. In 1910, when Cheney went “dry” it was converted into a boarding house. The brewery was located at the end of B Street near the railroad...

Churches

Cheney Community Church Vacation Bible School (VBS) begins next Monday at Cheney Community Church. The dates are July 25 – 29. Hours: 9 a.m. – noon. The theme this year is, “Ocean Commotion, diving into Noah’s flood!” All children...

Luella Joy Dow

On July 15, 2016, Luella Joy Dow, 84, concluded the story of her life peacefully by saying "I just want to go home," and so she did. She was born on Dec. 12, 1931 to Dale and Grace Milner in Deer...