Airway Heights council to say no

The Airway Heights City Council is preparing to take an official stance on the Cheney School District’s $52 million bond proposal. During Monday night’s study session, the council forwarded a resolution with some changes, to its Jan. 17...

Cheney commission discusses over-occupancy

Over-occupancy of single-family homes in Cheney took center stage at the Jan. 9 Planning Commission meeting. During a comprehensive plan review of the city’s housing chapter, senior planner Brett Lucas noted language about housing balance under...

Crime is up in Cheney

Crime reports in Cheney jumped 16.8 percent in 2016, according to year-end statistics from the Cheney Police Department. The increase comes after a decline in 2015 of 8.68 percent over 2014 numbers - ...

Winter weather is likely here to stay for a while

Hate the snow that is making driving and walking a true effort? Dislike the bone-chilling cold that has been a regular visitor? Better get used to it because this LaNina winter does not appear to be...

Holy sworn in for third term as 6th District legislator

Rep. Jeff Holy, R-Cheney, was sworn in for his third term as 6th District state representative on Monday as the 2017 legislative session got under way.  "There is much work to be done," Holy said in ...

Tower of cheering Blackhawks

Cheney High School cheerleaders perform a routine for the fans at last Friday night's girls basketball game with the visiting Clarkston...

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Jan. 3 Harassment was reported on the 300 block of Erie Street. Domestic violence was reported on the 1600 block of First Street. Verbal dispute. Jan. 4 First-degree theft was reported on the 400 block of North Sixth Street. A red, 2000...

Barrelhouse Pub and Pizza opens in former Zentropa

The butcher paper is off the windows just as planned and the new Barrelhouse Pub and Pizza opened for business this past Monday, Jan. 9, right on schedule. The former Zentropa Restaurant at 122...

Woman, son of Fairchild officer killed in Brooks Road crash

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office responded to a crash involving a train and a vehicle on Saturday morning, Jan. 7. The incident, which took place outside of Medical Lake city limits, claimed the lives of two people. According to a news release...

New judge in town

Cheney Finance Director and Clerk Cindy Niemeier (left) administers the oath of office to new Cheney Municipal Court Judge Richard Leland (right) during Tuesday's City Council meeting. Leland, who...

Tricky commute

As if a heavy weekend snowfall and the first day of classes wasn't enough to snarl traffic, drivers coming into Cheney Monday morning also had to wait 10-12 minutes for a slow moving BNSF grain train ...

Not much change expected in Medical Lake comprehensive plan

The city of Medical Lake is following suit with Cheney and Airway Heights in that it is gearing up to work on its comprehensive plan update in 2017. However, City Administrator Doug Ross said he does not foresee any major changes. Unlike the other...

CMA elects new officers

While snow cancelled the Jan. 9 meeting of the Cheney Merchants Association, it did not stall voting for the organization’s new officers as the results of several weeks of email-submitted balloting were announced, Jan. 10. Fifty-percent of the...

Winter months increase the risk of structure fires

During the winter months, the use of electricity and heating increases — this also escalates the risk of structure fires. In an email, Debby Dobson, division chief, and district education officer for Spokane County Fire District 3, said most...

DNR seeks wildland firefighters for summer

The Washington state Department of Natural Resources is recruiting wildland firefighters for this summer to perform pre-suppression and suppression related activities as a member of a hand crew or wildland fire engine crew. Applicants must be 18...

Medical Lake girls climb atop NEA standings following big wins

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Pease goes to Princeton

Cheney High School senior, Rylie Pease, signs her letter of intent Jan. 6 to commit to Princeton University next year to compete in track and field. Pease is a two-time defending District 7 champion...

Edmondson putting parts back together for Medical Lake wrestling

There’s an old Johnny Cash song that describes how an autoworker working on the Detroit assembly line built himself a Cadillac bit-by-bit, sneaking parts out of the factory over the length of his 20-plus year career. “One Piece at a Time,”...

Blackhawks drop pair in Great Northern League action

The Cheney High School boys basketball team played a solid game for three quarters last Tuesday in Pullman, only to have another offensively-cold third quarter deny them an upset of the fifth-ranked Greyhounds, falling 59-53. The Blackhawks used...

Forfeits aid Freeman's win at ML

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Cheney defeats Clarkston in Great Northern match

During their Jan. 5 Great Northern League match against Clarkston, the Cheney High wrestling team was down 21-0 when Zack Nguyen stepped on the mat to wrestle Jake Freeman. After he was down 6-1,...

Lady Blackhawks knock off Pullman, Clarkston

The Cheney High School girls basketball team's magic number last week was 51. That was the total number of points they needed in each game to notch two more Great Northern League wins - 51-35 on the...

Cheney takes fourth in gymnastics meet

The Cheney High gymnastics team began 2017 with a fourth-place finish with 127.2 points at a Jan. 4 Greater Spokane League meet. Alexis Miller finished sixth in all around scoring with 33.875 and the balance beam (8.55). She was seventh in the...

Inside game propels Freeman to win over Medical Lake

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Eastern women split on Montana trip

A disappointing start to their Montana road trip had a happy ending for the Eastern Washington women’s basketball team. Following an 88-83 overtime loss at Montana State, Jan. 5, Eastern collected a rare victory in Missoula against Montana last...

School bond's passage is essential for tomorrow's workforce

I have been a school and department secretary for Cheney Public Schools for 17 years, and I am writing in support of the proposed bond being put to voters Feb. 14, 2017. Enrollment is increasing. Our district resides in some of the fastest growing...

Passage of Cheney school bond needed to accommodate growth

The Cheney School District has chosen to go for round three of the bond proposal vote. In 2015, the voters rejected the $44.8 million bond twice. I have pleaded with the school board, at their meetings, to come up with a lower bond amount and only...

A stranger's kindness is appreciated - especially when stuck

By JOHN McCALLUM Editor For the second time in about six months, I’ve been saved by a young girl. In August, I wrote about a recent mission trip to Guatemala, of trying to hike into a village during a rainstorm along narrow, muddy, slick...

Busy Snow Angels could use more volunteers

This is turning out to be a busy year for Cheney’s Snow Angels. In 2012, City Councilman John Taves saw a need and organized a small band of volunteers to shovel or snowblow sidewalks and driveways for residents who are unable to clear their own...

Legislative fixes for education disappointing

It wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to deem the state legislative session getting underway this week as the “Education Legislature.” Education will be front and center, particularly how best to fund it and hence live up to the directives of...

Real plan for Cheney High School needs further discussion

Cheney School District has a unique identity because of its diversity. A university town serves as its anchor supported by yet another small town with its commercial/manufacturing weight. We extend to Eagle Ridge, slide over Four Lakes and down...

MLSD provides resources for homeless families

When it comes to working with homeless students and their families, the Medical Lake School District’s mission is a simple one — to have the same free educational opportunities as their classmates. Kim Headrick, who is the director of teaching...

'22 Boots' display

The Eastern Washington University Veterans Resource Center is holding its "22 Boots" display in the JFK Library Alcove until Jan. 24. The display, which actually consists of 24 pairs of combat boots, ...

Cheney's Zapf receives national honors

Cheney High School student Sydney Zapf was selected as a 2017 National Honorable Mention recipient of The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in...

Some nuts and bolts of the Cheney school bond

The Cheney School District’s capital facilities bond voters will begin considering later this month has many more parts and pieces than the $44.88 million measure that failed to receive a needed 60-percent majority twice in 2015. That bond was...

Education briefs

From News and Staff Reports Bryant makes University of Oregon winter Dean's List Medical Lake's Kristina Bryant was one of 520 students who made Eastern Oregon University's Dean's List for the 2016...

Hallett Elementary announces December PACE winners

Hallett Elementary School its Partners Advancing Character Education (PACE) award winners for December. PACE/Caring — Owen Pritchard, Kambria Boone, Marie Rauscher, Josie Boyd, Colton Stoltz, Kenalie Brogan, Isabella Giles, Mary Mong, Gwyneth...

From the Archives: 1977

10 Years Ago Jan. 11, 2007 Superior Court Judge Susan Derr swore in the newest Spokane County Commissioner, Bonnie Mager of Cheney. Medical Lake was reportedly one of two possible sites Spokane...

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 • Jan. 13, Light Fitness Hour (adults 50+),... Full story

West Plains Briefs

Square dance lessons in Cheney start on Jan. 16 The Cheney Hi-Flyers Dance Club restarts square dance lessons on Monday nights, kicking off Jan. 16, at Cheney City Hall, 609 Second St.. Lessons run 7–8:30 p.m. The Hi-Flyers have a young and...

Churches

Emmanuel Lutheran Church Emmanuel Lutheran Church invites you to worship with us this Sunday, Jan. 15 at 10:30 a.m. You may also watch our pastor’s sermons at our website or on YouTube at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Cheney. Christian education for...

ML girl's basketball league leaders

Medical Lake girls' basketball team earned a pair Northeast A League wins, 45-32 over Newport and 62-31 at Freeman on Jan. 6 to run their streak to six and improve to a league-leading 5-0 in ... Full story

Blackhawk Wrestling Invite

The Cheney and Medical Lake wrestling teams competed in the annual Blackhawk Invitational tournament, Jan. 7. Cheney finished fourth as a team and had several athletes make it to the podium,... Full story

Freeman's tops Medical Lake boy's basketball

In the battle of the Northeast A League's top boys' basketball teams on Jan. 6, Freeman topped Medical Lake 58-44 victory at home. "It wasn't their shooting that killed us, it was their inside play," ... Full story

Eagles fade down the stretch

Had the finish had been like their start, the Eastern Washington men's basketball team would be sitting pretty as one of just two of the Big Sky Conference's undefeated teams. But the Eagles couldn't ... Full story

Forfeits help Freeman top ML wrestlers

The forfeits at the higher weights continue to weigh down Medical Lake wrestling. Such was the case Jan. 5 when the Cardinals faced off against defending 1A state champion Freeman at home in a... Full story

Johanna "Jo" Overton

Johanna Overton, 81, of Cheney, passed away Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016 in Spokane. Overton was born May 1, 1935 in Queens, N.Y. to August and Stephania Brendecke, young immigrants from Germany and...

Robert (Bob) Morrow

Robert T. Morrow, 85 of Spokane, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 at Providence Holy Family Hospital. Born on July 17, 1931 in Grand Forks, N.D. to William and Ida (Thompson) Morrow, Bob was...

Ralph Quentin Johnson

Ralph Quentin Johnson, 85, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Dec. 15, 2016. Ralph was born in Belle Fourche S.D. on July 30, 1931. He attended school in a one-room schoolhouse until his father... Full story

Elda Cluff Rippy

Elda Cluff Rippy, a former resident of Cheney, passed away on Dec. 20, 2016 at the age of 102 in St. George, Utah. Born in Tabasco, Mexico while her father was overseeing a fruit plantation, she... Full story