Cheney council defers hook up charges

In an effort to promote new development in Cheney’s vacant Commerce and Industrial Park, the City Council unanimously approved a resolution changing the structure of utility connection charges for businesses who might be interested in locating to...

Coats 4 Cheney Kids drive in need of donations

Unseasonably warm fall weather likely hasn’t led Cheney residents to think too much about wearing coats, let alone donating them. Volunteers at Cheney’s annual Coats 4 Cheney Kids coat drive hope that changes — at least the donation part....

Gettin' their Red on against Southern Utah

Employees at Andrew Martinssen's Cheney Dental Care and Copy Junction had their red on last Friday to help Eastern Washington to a road win over Southern Utah. The Eagles face a tough Northern...

Medical Lake decides to re-sign with regional solid waste system

At its Oct. 7 meeting, the Medical Lake City Council approved a joint-interlocal agreement with Spokane County and the city of Spokane for solid waste services. Medical Lake became the latest city in Spokane County that is under an agreement with...

Street's quote is corrected

Due to a proofing error in the Oct. 2 story on Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a quote from Cheney resident Nancy Street appeared incorrectly. The correct quote should read, “I’d like to see you, as a visible lawmaker...stand up and show men how to...

ML gets fire options from ESCI

The city of Medical Lake has received a possible glimpse into its Fire Department’s future. At the Oct. 7 City Council meeting, Emergency Services Consulting International (ESCI) senior associates Lane Wintermule and Don Bivins gave a...

Eastern collects big 42-30 win at Southern Utah

The spare parts Eastern Washington University has collected for its football team appear to be working just fine. In the absence of All-American quarterback Vernon Adams and rushing leader Quincy...

Keep pushin'

Cheney High track coach Tom Stralser gives encouragement to cross country runners Lexi Brooks (left) and Kelsey Schwendiman during the Blackhawks meet last Wednesday...

Picking football winners this year can give you a Mac-headache

Man, it’s not easy picking winners in football this year. It’s not easy in any pool, contest or at any level. The days of the traditional powers being sure bets, er, picks, in college or pro ball are gone, or at least they’re rapidly...

Northern Colorado visits for first time since 2010

Who are those strangers out on the red turf? Because of the addition of new teams to the Big Sky, the rotating schedule has left the University of Northern Colorado off the Eastern Washington...

Medical Lake ends skid with win over Newport

Medical Lake's defense got pretty banged up over the past few weeks in one-sided losses. But last Friday night during the Cardinals' annual Homecoming and Hall of Fame football game it was the...

No. 2 Eastern Washington University versus Northern Colorado University, Saturday, Oct. 18, 1:05 p.m. Roos Field (8,600)

TV: Televised in Eastern Washington by SWX - SWX Digital 6.2 in Spokane, 25.3 in the Tri-Cities & 23.3 in the Yakima area; Comcast 115; Davis Cable 514/81.2/12; Time Warner 306; Charter 287, Cable One 466; Northland Cable 115 Webcast:...

Blackhawks steamroll Moscow Bears 48-6

About the only thing the Cheney High School football team did wrong last Friday night against Idaho 4A school Moscow was let them score. The Blackhawks ran through, over and around the Bears for...

Blackhawks sweep Eagles and Bantams

The Cheney High volleyball team appears to be gaining momentum as they approach the last couple of weeks of the regular season. Last week they swept both West Valley and Clarkston, 3-0 in both matches, in Great Northern League (GNL) play. The team...

Blackhawks earn cross country split with West Valley

In cross country, as in any other timed athletic event, not only seconds, but tenths and hundredths of seconds can make a difference between winning and coming up short. The Cheney Blackhawks boys...

Cardinals cruise in cross country

The Medical Lake cross country team hoped they would get their first glimpse of how the Northeast A League competition might shape up when Riverside and Colville visited last Wednesday. They’ll have to wait for another day, likely this past...

Getting public officials off talking points is what citizens must do

As town hall meetings go, the Sept. 26 “Conversation with Cathy” with congressional 5th District Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers at Cheney’s Wren Pierson Community Center was definitely good political theater, if nothing else. But that’s part...

Legislature must fix common school funding sources

The Washington State School Directors’ Association recently made available its proposed legislative priorities for the 2015 legislative session. Delegates to the 2014 Legislative Assembly approved 45 new proposals, added 16 new proposals to...

We deserve another four years of Chase

As an Independent voter I have always put the value of good government over party politics. As County Commissioner my personal experience with Rob Chase as County Treasurer affirmed that Rob has the community’s best interest at heart. Rob...

What's Happening on the West Plains

City of Cheney • Oct. 17, Baby Play and Learn Storytime (ages 0 – 18 months), community library, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. • Oct. 19, “Say it with Flannel,” community library, 1 – 2 p.m. • Oct. 20, Dance Class, Wren Pierson Community... Full story

Churches

Emmanuel Lutheran Church All are welcome this Sunday, Oct. 19, to worship with us at Emmanuel Lutheran Church at 10:30 a.m. Christian education for grade school through adult meets at 9 a.m. Fellowship follows the worship service. You may also... Full story

West Plains Briefs

Tyler Grange Harvest Dinner The Tyler Grange is holding its annual Harvest Dinner Saturday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m. in the Tyler Grange Hall. There is no charge for a dinner consisting of turkey, potatoes and gravy, green beans and a beverage. Bring... Full story

Davis' love for volunteering rewarded by SCOPE

Carla Davis received the 2014 Volunteer of the Year award for the Medical Lake Sheriff Community Oriented Policy Effort (SCOPE) station. Davis has been a SCOPE volunteer since 2010. Prior to joining ...

Development grant cycle ending for Cheney, county

When it comes to applying for federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, the city of Cheney is going to stick with what has proven to work — submitting infrastructure projects that qualify based upon meeting area benefit criteria....

DSHS raises over four tons of food for Medical Lake food bank

The employees of Eastern State Hospital, Lakeland Village and Consolidated Support Services (CSS) came together to raise 9,240 pounds of food for the Medical Lake food bank. The food drive was a part ...

Second half propety tax payments due by Oct. 31

The Spokane County Treasurer’s Office is reminding county taxpayers that second half property taxes are due by Oct. 31 per Washington State law. If payments are mailed to the Treasurer’s Office through the US Postal Service, they must be...

New restroom at Sunset

Crews help lower part of the new CXT restrooms installed at Sunset Park in Airway Heights, Oct. 8. The new restroom will open this...

Airway Heights receives loan and grant for steel expansions

The city of Airway Heights received a $363,600 loan and a $175,000 grant to go toward the construction of a new 60,000 square foot facility, a half-mile of rail siding and a roadway to support the expansion of Seaport Steel and Brown-Strauss Steel....

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Oct. 5 Second-degree malicious mischief was reported on the 100 block of West Third Street. There was damage to the reader board. Oct. 6 Shaquille B. Hill, 21, was arrested on a Cheney Municipal Court warrant for fourth-degree assault....

Cheney school board updates policies

First readings of proposed school board policy updates were the main topics in an otherwise light agenda for the Cheney School Board at its Oct. 8 meeting. An update of policy 3415 regarding “Accommodating Students with Diabetes” consisted...

EWU enrollment soars

Buoyed by one of the largest first-year classes in school history, Eastern Washington University’s fall enrollment has set a record for the sixth consecutive year. The overall headcount for the fall 2014 quarter, which includes all students who...

Cheney hosts workshop on Common Core

What are the new common core standards? How do the standards affect student learning? What can families, youth development programs and communities do to help students be successful in meeting these standards? Where can people find resources to...

EWU alumni gathers treats for troops

The Eastern Washington University Alumni Association is partnering with Washington Trust Bank and KREM 2 at the Saturday, Oct. 18, Military Appreciation Game to gather “Treats 2 Troops.” The association is collecting items to put together more...

Medical Lake High School presents 'As You Like It'

Medical Lake High School presents William Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy “As You Like It.” When Princess Celia and her cousin Rosalind are banished from the Dukedom, they flee to the forest, Rosalind cleverly disguised as a man so as...

Fire Department visits Hallett

In recognition of Fire Prevention Week, the Medical Lake Fire Department visited Hallett Elementary, Thursday, Oct. 9. Students got a chance to view a fire engine up close,...

Medical Lake Middle School seeks volunteers

Medical Lake Middle School will soon be offering after-school math and reading support classes for specific students. The middle school is looking for volunteers to help teachers from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Thursday. Residents who are...

Cheney FBLA to hold social media night

The Cheney High School Future Business Leaders of America chapter will be hosting a social media night for businesses in the Cheney/West Plains area on Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 5 – 7 p.m. They will offer breakout sessions to teach businesses to...

Cub Scout Pack 307 hosts second open house

Medical Lake Pack 307 is having a second open house for boys in first – fifth grades who want to be in Cub Scouts. The open house will be Tuesday, Oct. 21 at Hallett Elementary School from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. This is a great time to get your boys...

Optometrists gain more knowledge of glaucoma

Our understanding of glaucoma has increased dramatically over the years. Originally it was discovered as a very high pressure in the eye; that occurred with severe pain inside the eye, and redness on the surface. This led to blindness, unless the...

All are invited to Tyler Grange's annual Harvest Dinner

There’s an old saying that a person sometimes hums, “mm-mm, good,” when they walk into a room where something is cooking. If you’re thinking of food, you’re right on target. The folks at Tyler Grange are preparing for their annual Harvest...

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Oct. 21, 2004 For the second time in two weeks, vandalism hit the city of Medical Lake as someone set fire to the skate park scorching a ramp in Pioneer Park. Three years after five Cheney residents were killed in a head-on collision...

From the archives: 1974

Offense No. Name 91 Randy Cameron 75 Doug Prince 67 Maynard Villers 50 Terry Beckwith 84 Scott Daugharty 74 Larry Horton 46 Bruce Mathews 12 Kelly Williams 44 Paul Harris 20 Tim Spear 40 Mark Pierce Defense No. Name 85 Mark McNeal 82 Brent Grothe...

Hand stands for the Blackhawks

Participants in the Cheney High School cheerleaders annual Little Cheer camp perform during halftime of last week's Blackhawks-Moscow football...

Looking back with the Cheney Historical Museum

Here’s a bit of history trivia for you. In 1869 a hotel in Boston was the first in the U.S. to install indoor plumbing for its guests. Learn more about our area’s history at w...