Water restrictions eased

City of Cheney officials have relaxed water restrictions imposed on June 30 after one of its deepest and largest producing wells went down with a mechanical failure. The failure, coupled with very...

Evah Dixon appointed to Airway Heights Planning Commission

At the July 17 Airway Heights City Council meeting, there were two items on the agenda and one of them was a new member of the Planning Commission. Evah Dixon was officially brought on by unanimous approval after living in Airway Heights for a year...

Looking ahead to more 'greener' times

By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter It's survived decades of issues with water. Then a change in ownership at the outset of the recent "Great Recession," served up yet more challenges for The Fairways...

Airway Heights roundabout detailed

There was an open house for the upcoming additions to U.S. Highway 2 in Airway Heights on July 12. Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and Spokane Tribe staff were in attendance to...

Cheney, Parkside LLC reach agreement

Cheney’s City Council unanimously approved the second reading at its July 11 meeting of an ordinance rezoning a 3.6-acre parcel of land at the corner of Cedar and North Eighth streets from multifamily residential (R-3) to high-density multifamily...

Weeding credit

Cheney High School summer school students earned some extra credit on Tuesday by performing community service - pulling weeds at Sunset Elementary School (above) and several other district school...

Painted rocks

Cheney Rocks! is a new group started by Angie Warr Lopez. Her husband painted the above rock in great detail, but any artistic ability is welcomed in the new ...

Remember to not leave valuables in cars

Nice weather is here and more people are out enjoying our parks, lakes and outdoor activities.  The Spokane County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind everyone that criminals are also out looking to prey on valuables left unattended in...

Lofty viewing

The remains of the auditorium at the former Fisher Building, now known as the Schoolhouse Lofts, is shown above. The proposed renovation and remodel of the historic building included keeping a...

Nine candidates square off in ML council races

Three residents have thrown their names into the hat for Medical Lake City Council Position No. 2 — Elizabeth Rosenbeck, who currently serves on council, Monica Manza, a long-time member of the Fox Ridge Homeowners Association and John Merrick,...

Cannons return to state tourney

As he usually is, Cory Wagner was his productive self in the Spokane Cannon's American Legion AAA district seeding game against Gonzaga Prep. But Prep's Nick Drynan was equal to the effort the...

Medical Lake's Cooper collects 'Wally' win

Justin Cooper of Medical Lake drove to an elapsed time of 8.907 seconds at 172.11 miles-per-hour to defeat Joe Kapler of Tacoma (8.891, 167.87) and win the Super Comp title July 16 in a National Hot...

Sports Briefs

Blackburn earns 2017 Hattemer Scholarship Started more than 25 years ago and now providing scholarship revenue to the Eastern Washington University football program, center Spencer Blackburn is the 2017 recipient of the Larry Hattemer Offensive...

Up and down with the Seattle Mariners

I hesitate to write anything on this year’s Seattle Mariner’s. Especially right now. The M’s have had a propensity lately to put together a few winning streaks of promise, only to have those erased like Vesuvius wiping out Pompeii. A good...

WPLL teams exit early at state tournaments

The West Plains Little League Majors All-Star team competed in the Washington State Little League Tournament this past weekend in Federal Way. The team played against Walla Walla Valley on Saturday...

Gubrud predicted to repeat; Eastern football picked No. 2 behind UND

There will likely be no surprise attacks in 2017 from the Eastern Washington University offense. Last season, Eagles' sophomore quarterback Gage Gubrud shocked just about everyone - except, perhaps,...

Cardinal champions

Medical Lake's defending Northeast A League regular season champion girls' basketball team just finished their summer program with notable success. They were first in the June 15-16 in the...

U.S. Senate misstep will cost jobs and slow energy production

The Senate just failed to roll back an Obama-era regulation that will discourage energy production, cost millions of dollars and kill thousands of American jobs. The rule, issued in the eleventh hour of the Obama presidency by the Bureau of Land...

Water plan must account for current residents

Cheney Planning Commission: Up until the last decade we experienced no water problems in the summer in Cheney.  During that time, a tremendous number of newly built structures, apartments, duplexes and single family homes have been built within...

Maike most qualified candidate for mayor

Soon the people of Medical Lake will be casting their votes for the most qualified candidate for mayor. I am endorsing and supporting Shirley Maike for this position. I have known her for 42 years. She is the most qualified and competent person to...

Putting community into community newspapers

In my June 20 column I spoke of changes coming to the Cheney Free Press. I also asked a question of you: What do you value about news? More on the latter in a minute. In that column I noted that the newspaper that has been serving the West Plains...

Being too much is sometimes just what is needed

Some people are just too much, as the story goes. Or too “extra,” in the parlance of today’s youth. That is, they are more than the status quo can take. They challenge the norms, they are unapologetic, and instead of rejecting it, as is often...

Together we can - elect Laura Parsons

Listening to all the students, business owners and community members over the last several years has become something I personally enjoy. It’s just who I am. Randy and I have operated our farm/ranch in the Medical Lake community all of our...

Maike will protect city finances and protections

I am endorsing Shirley Maike for mayor of Medical Lake. She is competent, knowledgeable and the only candidate who is qualified to be mayor.  A vote for Shirley will ensure our city will continue to run smoothly, our finances will stay in the...

Eastern Washington summer school enrollment rises

Student interest in shortening the time it takes to earn a degree at Eastern Washington University is helping to drive up enrollment for summer session 2017, which has increased by more than 7 percent from the previous year. According to a July 11...

EWU receives international innovation funding

Eastern Washington University, working in partnership with Universitaria Juan N. Corpas (Bogotá, Colombia), has been chosen as a “100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund” grant winner. The alliance, which involves EWU’s Office of...

Cheney Rocks! brings family fun to the area

If people start to see painted rocks around Cheney - they are not going crazy. In fact, painting rocks is encouraged these days after Angie Warr Lopez started a group called "Cheney Rocks!" "I set up ...

Looking Back

10 Years Ago July 19, 2007 Hot weather and very dry conditions led Spokane County officials to declare a 60-day burning ban. Two of the four West Plains Little League’s All-Star teams emerged as champions and earned trips to state from district...

Airway Heights offers free outdoor summer movies

There is no lack of outdoor movies this summer in Airway Heights, thanks to the “Motion Auto Supply Moonlight Movie Series” at Martella Field in Sunset Park. Even though it is halfway through the series, there are still four more movies...

Labish long-time area resident

Thomas Labish, 98, of Cheney, passed away on July 4, 2017 in Spokane. Tom was born in Barnesville, Minn. on Feb. 26, 1919. He came to the Cheney area in 1937 and worked milking cows in Sprague and...

Cheney Care Center hosts bake sale

The Cheney Care Center is having a bake sale. That’s not necessarily new, they’ve been holding one for several years. What is new is this year’s sale, July 29, will coincide with the Center’s annual yard sale and a craft sale being put on...

From the archives: 1977

Cheney's Stuart Speer, 12, posed with the car he entered into the soapbox derby contest. Along with some help from his dad, Stuart had spent over 80 hours building and perfecting the car he hoped...

Churches

Emmanuel Lutheran Church The congregation of Emmanuel Lutheran Church invites you to worship with us this Sunday, July 23. Coffee hour follows the worship service. You may also watch our pastor’s sermons on YouTube at Emmanuel Lutheran Church,...

Patricia L. Morgan

Patricia L. Morgan, known to most as Patty, passed away peacefully on the morning of Monday July 17, 2017 at her home in Medical Lake, surrounded by family. She was born on June 3, 1940 in Brainerd,...

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