Air quality, fire info:

While Spokane County officials were projecting unhealthy air conditions through Wednesday, fires in North Central and Northeast Washington are continuing to rage with very little containment having been made. As weather conditions change, it is...

Help sought for fire victims

Editor’s Note: The following piece has been provided by Scott Wilson Publisher of the Port Townsend and Jefferson County Leader as he tries to spread the word about helping wildfire victims. Your brothers and sisters of the community newspapers...

Boorman takes over at Cheney Light Department

"The lowest possible cost for the highest possible service." It's the mission statement Cheney's new Light Department Director Steve Boorman adheres to as much as possible. It's one that operates on...

Settlement with Kennys reached

At its Aug. 18 meeting, the Medical Lake City Council voted 4-1 to approve the settlement agreement between city and Brian Kenny and Carola Kenny. Councilman Art Kulibert was the dissenting vote and council members Howard Jorgensen and Laura...

Bad air makes teams scramble

There's the tragedy associated with the 2015 edition of Washington's devastating wildfire season: death, destruction and personal loss. And then there's the inconvenience. When measured against what...

Schwab receives street vacation nod

With no live public comment offered at their meeting, and none received by the city in the past several weeks, the Cheney City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to vacate a portion of Spokane Street to accommodate the expansion of Les Schwab...

Fire knocks out Cheney PD, city communications

A small fire at Eastern Washington University knocked out phone communications to the Cheney Police Department and other city departments and services early Monday evening, Aug. 31. Police Chief John Hensley said a contractor was cutting concrete...

Young talent to tackle veterans on the track

Never in recent local auto racing history has such a crop of young local up-and-coming talent existed. And the group of three drivers — Medical Lake’s Braeden Havens, 21, Newman Lake’s Blake Williams, 20, and hopefully Nicole Behar, an...

Benson's happy to be back

It wasn't the kind of second year back in Cheney Wade Benson envisioned. A diagnosis of throat cancer can tend to change one's focus in life a great deal. Fresh from a season off the bench - but...

Offense, defense have their day in EWU scrimmage

Eastern Washington's first football scrimmage of fall camp last Saturday seemed to bring out the best on both sides of the ball. On offense the Eagles racked up 329 yards through the air, but the...

Offense, defense have their day in EWU scrimmage

Eastern Washington’s first football scrimmage of fall camp last Saturday seemed to bring out the best on both sides of the ball. On offense the Eagles racked up 329 yards through the air, but the defense surrendered just 361 yards of total...

Sports Week

(Note: All schedules subject to change. Consult school or facility websites to confirm.) COLLEGE FOOTBALL EWU practice Thursday, Aug. 27 – 9:15 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28 – 9:15 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 – Scrimmage, approximately 9:45 a.m., Roos...

EWU's Taylor earns Big Sky defensive award

After an impressive weekend between the pipes, junior goalkeeper Mallory Taylor has been named the Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday, Aug. 25. Taylor, a transfer from Hastings College, made her...

EWU women announce 2015-16 schedule

A trip to the Lone Star State and tilts against six teams that appeared in last year’s NCAA Championship highlight the Eastern Washington University women’s basketball 2015-16 schedule, as announced by head coach Wendy Schuller on Aug. 18....

EWU soccer returns from road undefeated; best start in history

Off to its best start in school history, the Eastern Washington University soccer team will play its first home game of the 2015 regular season this Friday, Aug. 28, against California State-Bakersfield at 4 p.m. The Eagles earned a pair of road...

Officials need to push Alzheimer's research

Over the past few years, there has been growing recognition of the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease but the funding to find a cure lags dramatically behind what’s necessary. My family has become familiar with the devastating effects of this...

Smoke and train issues are as bad as ever

What’s wrong with this picture? On Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 5:15 p.m., I took a walk from Sutton Park to the Cheney High School through the Eastern Washington University campus. It was hot, it was windy and it was smoky. The sun was covered with a...

Powerful message from an imperfect messenger

Earlier this month, billionaire Charles Koch had a surprising message: In a speech to his fellow conservatives, he said politicians must end taxpayer-funded subsidies and preferential treatment for corporations. Why is this surprising? Because the...

Scott Walker: Wrong again on immigration

The following editorial from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel may or may not reflect the views of the Cheney Free Press editorial board. Donald Trump will not be the Republican nominee for president; in the end, the party’s elite will see to that....

What's Happening On The West Plains

All events are free unless posted otherwise. To get your event or meeting in the weekly What’s Happening section send an email with date, time, location and event to jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. City of Cheney • Aug. 28, Baby Play and Learn... Full story

West Plains Briefs

STCU blood drive Aug. 28 Inland Northwest Blood Center along with the Cheney Community Blood Drive volunteers, led by Duane Isaac, will be coordinating a blood drive Friday, Aug. 28, at the Spokane Teachers Credit Union Cheney branch, 2718 First... Full story

Crews stop fire outside of Medical Lake

Fire crews made short work of a wheat stubble fire, west of Medical Lake last Thursday, Aug. 20. Agencies from Medical Lake, Cheney, Turnbull Wildlife Refuge, Fairchild Air Force Base, city of Spokane, Spokane Valley, Washington State Department of...

Airway Heights Council approves police vehicle purchases, park name change

Mayor Patrick Rushing's resignation was just one of many items at the Aug. 17 City Council meeting. Council approved the purchase of two non-standard police vehicles for $30,000. Police Chief Lee...

Airway Heights Festival in photos

The city of Airway Heights celebrated its 32nd annual summer festival, Aug. 21-22. This year’s event featured the return of the Watermelon Races, Ford Car Show and Airway...

Veterans Cemetery celebrates 'Spirit of '45'

Veterans, military personnel and family members gathered at the Washington Veterans Memorial Cemetery for its "Spirit of 45," Saturday, Aug. 15. The event was to commemorate the 70th anniversary of...

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Aug. 17 Domestic violence/verbal dispute was reported on the 200 block of North Eleventh Street. A residential burglary was reported on the 800 block of West First Street. Nothing was taken. Malicious mischief was reported on the 700 block...

Cheney students take European tour

Cheney High School German language teacher Kathy Brainard took seven CHS students and one parent to Europe for a 15-day sightseeing and education opportunity this past June. The group visited seven...

Educator class of 2015

A number of new educators hired by the Cheney School District went through orientation last Thursday, Aug. 20, at Cheney Middle School. Educators shown above, but not in any order, are Susan LaBarre, ...

Medical Lake SBA test scores above state average

Medical Lake School District is ahead of the curve, at least in terms of testing. The Washington state Office of Superintendent Instruction released the preliminary results from the spring 2015 Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) tests in English,...

LOOKING BACK WITH THE CHENEY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Seventy-five years ago, Cheney Fire Department’s new fire truck and pumper from Peter Pirsch and Son of Kenosha Wisconsin arrived by train on September 4, 1940. Learn more about our area’s history at w...

Stephen C. Hiatt

Stephen C. Hiatt, 50, passed away in his sleep on Aug. 19, 2015 at his home in Medical Lake. He was born Jan. 30, 1965 in Stuttgart, Ark. He attended Hernando High School and enlisted in the Air... Full story

Meet the new pastor in town

She is dynamic, energetic, animated and very youthful. The United Methodist Church here in Cheney has a new pastor, and like a whirlwind blowing into town, pastor Alissa Bertsch Johnson arrived at...

Churches

Cheney United Church of Christ Join us at Cheney United Church of Christ for our Annual Ice Cream Social following services this Sunday, Aug. 30.  Pastor David Krueger-Duncan will preside at the 10 a.m. service.  Choir practice will begin on...

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Sept. 1, 2005 The city of Cheney was considering construction of a new north-south arterial by initiating a study called the “North Eighth Street Traffic Circulation Analysis.” While starters Erik Meyer at quarterback and wide...

Juanita Nelson

Once upon a time, there wasn't a day that went by when Juanita Nelson didn't make a new friend. It's quite possible you've known her your whole life; perhaps you rode horses together as young girls,... Full story

Rosemary Schafer Thomas

Rosemary Schafer Thomas, age 85, Medical Lake, Wash., passed away Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015 at her home. She was born on March 9, 1930, in Medical Lake, the daughter of the late John Schafer and Stella... Full story