Medical Lake Fire Department utilizes vending machines

The Medical Lake Fire Department is looking to install a vending machine at the station. However, this vending machine will not dispense snacks or soda pop, but rather equipment and medical supplies...

Airway Heights authorizes second bonds sale

The city of Airway Heights has authorized the sale of a portion of the $13 million unlimited tax general obligation bonds to pay for construction of an aquatic and fitness center. At its March 20 meeting, the City Council passed the first and only...

Some roads 'disappearing'

The good news on Monday was that the Spokane County Public Works Department hadn't added any area roadways to its list of closures over the weekend. The bad news that with more rain in the forecast,...

More wet weather ahead

By the calendar at least, the winter that never seemed to go away officially ended March 20. But don't let that fool anyone. There's still plenty more of the wet to be experienced in the months...

Del's to close Northwest stores, including Cheney

Tractor Supply, the owner of the Cheney store, as well as another six additional Northwest outlets for Del's Feed and Farm Supply, has announced it is closing those locations beginning in May. Among...

Cheney council hears dispute over towing claim

Cheney City Council members had the rare occurrence during their March 14 meeting to hear an appeal for a claim for damages from a resident who alleges the city towed a trailer he owns too early. Jake Vibbert said he received a letter from the city...

Spots open in Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy

There are still some spots left in the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office free spring Citizens Academy. The topic for the academy is “Officer Involved Shooting Incidents.” Residents who attend will learn about why these incidents occur, how...

Production line

Cheney High School Drama Club students constructed these replica railroad tracks as part of their production of "The Diary of Anne Frank." Performances of the famous story of a young girl's struggles ...

ML woman identified in structure fire fatality

In a March 16 news release, the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the identity of a woman who passed away in a March 14 structure fire as Cherie Wilson. The release lists smoke inhalation as the cause of death. On March 14, at...

Airway Heights Planning Commission approves projects

At its March 15 meeting, the Airway Heights Planning Commission passed resolutions approving staff’s recommendation regarding State Environmental Protection Act reviews for two upcoming projects. The first was for a project on approximately 2.2...

Salnave Glen brings first of three buildings online

The latest addition to Cheney's apartment living life, Salnave Glen, is now accepting applications and tenants. "Right now we have residents living on site, in Building 3," Eric Pettit, the leasing...

West Plains Police News

CHENEY March 13 Bailee J. Carver, 19, was arrested on the 200 block of Betz Road for third-degree malicious mischief. Michael J. Nolke, 19, was arrested for disorderly conduct on the 200 block of North Eleventh Street. March 14 An individual living...

Irish sounds

Patrons of the Airway Heights Library were treated to the sounds of traditional Irish music from the band, Floating Crowbar, who performed at the library, March 18. Above: Morgan Andersen (left)...

News Briefs

Lecture to demonstrate how Washington ‘rocks’ Dr. Eugene “Gene” Kiver, Eastern Washington University professor emeritus of geology, will give a free public lecture based on his latest book “Washington Rocks” on Monday, March 27 from 7-9...

Strong junior class propels Blackhawk boys track and field

With 72 athletes turning out, the Cheney High School boys track and field team might be approaching an all-time school record for roster size. And while that might bode well for the future, it’s a specific class that has head coach Derek...

Cardinal boys tennis finally face opponent

It took three tries, but Medical Lake's boys' tennis team finally got to face an opponent on the court. While the result, a 4-1 nonleague loss to Cheney, was maybe not what co-head coach Jake...

Numbers give Blackhawk girls track and field options

For their first meet of the season, the Cheney High School girls track and field team didn’t do too bad, considering conditions last Saturday for the Howard Dolphin/West Valley Invitational were way less than ideal and a number of athletes were...

Blackhawks edge Pullman in league soccer shootout

Cheney High’s boys soccer team earned its first Great Northern League win last Saturday. Trae Babcock provided the winning goal as the Blackhawks out shot Pullman 4-3 for a 1-0 win on the road. Also scoring in the shootout were Blake Smith, Bas...

CHS girls' tennis slays St. George Dragons

The Cheney High girls' tennis team played the role of dragon slayers with a 5-1 nonleague win over St. George, March 16. In singles, No. 1 Bridget Calvert lost a close three-set match to Lauren...

Cheney baseball defeats Sunnyside

The Cheney Blackhawks baseball team picked up a nonleague win on the road against Sunnyside, 11-3, March 18. The Blackhawks took an early lead with four runs in the first inning, then added a run in the third before Sunnyside answered with two runs...

Medical Lake soccer opens with win over Mt. Spokane

Does revenge really taste sweet, or does it have any flavor at all? All Medical Lake boys’ head soccer coach Zane Higgins knows is it feels good because his Cardinals opened the season not only with a victory, but a big win to boot, 3-2 over Mt....

Blackhawks boys top Medical Lake

The Cheney High boys’ tennis team gained some momentum last week with a 4-1 nonleague win over West Plains rival Medical Lake, March 16. No. 2 Dixon Gerber picked up Cheney’s only singles win against Daniel Miller (6-1, 6-2). “Dixon played...

Hayford plans to keep building the basketball brand at Eastern

Six years ago next week, March 29 to be exact, the newly announced Eastern Washington University head basketball coach, Jim Hayford, took to the podium at the Spokane Club to address the gathering. One doesn’t go into coaching without some...

Cheney golf begins season at Clarkston Invite

Both Cheney boy’s and girls’ golf teams are in full swing, having competed in the March 13 Clarkston Invite. The boys finished eighth out of 10 teams with 373 points. The girls finished 10th with 548. Tyler Koohns shot 79 to lead Cheney and was...

Majority of Americans support immigration reform

Bernie Sanders was our favorite candidate. He championed the working class, unjustly left behind by huge wealth inequality, by parroting policies that originally solved this problem while facilitating 1930s Great Depression recovery. But Donald...

Everyone can help solve Cheney's cat problem

There is a growing issue in our community surrounding abandoned cats that requires our thoughtful consideration. Every year, after Eastern Washington University’s spring quarter ends, when students go back to their homes, pets are left behind to...

Thank you taxpayers for paying for school bond

I would like to thank ALL the voters in the Feb. 14 Cheney School District Bond. The school board in their ads, in the Cheney Free Press and the general mailing (‘Connections”), chose to thank only those who voted approval instead of ALL the...

Trying to deal with 'Trump Derangement Syndrome'

As he tells a doctor that things look good, that it’s time to “close up,” and unmasks, it is discovered that the person in the ad is “Not Dr. Stewart.” To which the actor replies, “No, but I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last...

HB1384 is a big help for sexual assault victims

There is a bill currently in the Legislature that would change the duration and some of the procedures when it comes to sexual assault protection orders issued in Washington state. House Bill 1384 would allow courts to issue permanent protection...

Parlez vous Francais? (Do you speak French?)

One thing is for sure, there will be no English spoken in Holly Vittetoe's French class. The Westwood Middle School world language teacher practices an immersion technique to help her students better ...

Keep the Snake River dams or breach them? - that is the question

Remove the lower four dams on the Snake River system or keep them? That is the question the Medical Lake High School Future Farmers of America Agriculture Issues team is posing to businesses, state...

CHS Students of the Month

Cheney High School announced the names of its students of the month for February. Front row from left to right: Brette Draper, Juliane De Los Santos, Zachary Winegar, Rylan DeWeese, Makayla Miller...

ML Middle School continues College Bound efforts

Medical Lake Middle School was recently honored with its third Gold Star Award. The award is given to schools for being in the top-performing districts in the state in terms of getting eligible seventh- and eighth-graders signed up for the College...

McCann's 'A Look Back"

Spokane artist, Dan McCann, is holding his exhibition, "A Look Back," at the Eastern Washington University Gallery of Art until April 27. Many of the pieces on display, including "Black," (above)...

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. Cheney • March 24, Light Fitness Hour (adults 50+),...

Looking Back

10 Years Ago March 22, 2007 After less than seven months on the job, Dr. Darren Hamilton was dismissed as the Eastern Washington University's athletics director. Spokane County commissioners closed a ...

West Plains Briefs

Beginning bird watching at Turnbull Wildlife Refuge Join in a class and outing to learn bird watching basics and then take a walk at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge to see and identify what we can. Led by a member of Friends of Turnbull National...

Cheney Middle School and CIS partner for Guiding Good Choices program

Cheney Middle School and Communities In Schools is offering a weekly Guiding Good Choices program for families with children. This program will help adults learn to set clear family guidelines as well as learn and practice skills to strengthen...

Churches

Emmanuel Lutheran Church The congregation of Emmanuel Lutheran Church invites you to worship with us at 10:30 a.m. this Sunday, March 26. You may also watch our pastor’s sermons at our website or on YouTube at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Cheney....

CHS girls' tennis slays St. George Dragons

The Cheney High girls JV and varsity tennis teams took on St. George, March 16. The Blackhawks' varsity squad came away with a 5-1 victory, sweeping...

Vandals top Eagles in WBI

Idaho connected on free throws when it counted and Eastern Washington missed their field goal attempts on four possessions inside the final minute, helping hand the Vandals a 74-67 victory Monday,...

Ellen Marie (Rouse) Heinemann

Born Nov. 22, 1926 in Mondovi, Wash. and died March 16, 2017 in Spokane. Ellen's primary years were spent at the Mondovi School before the family relocated to Cheney, where she graduated from Cheney...