Missel reduction

An era will end June 30 as Cheney High School assistant principal and athletics director Jim Missel has announced his retirement at the end of the school year. Missel said the decision has been in the works for awhile, and this past weekend he and...

Medical Lake City Council says 'yes' to curbside local recycling

Medical Lake will be the latest city in Spokane County to participate in curbside recycling. At its March 17 meeting, the City Council unanimously approved a resolution to amend utility rates and fees to add $3 to the current $14.70 in garbage fees...

Spokane County proposes area park improvements

When Spokane County published a list of potential park improvement projects to gain public input and to help prioritize and guide future decisions, Airway Heights Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director J.C. Kennedy was surprised to see...

Cheney electrical rates to go up May 1

For the first time in 14 years, Cheney residents will likely see an increase in the rate they are charged to consume electricity. At its last meeting in March on Tuesday night, the Cheney City Council unanimously approved a 6 percent increase in...

Swoop speak

Eastern Washington University mascot Swoop provides some "remarks" to the crowd at Northern Quest Casino and Resort after winning the "Uniquely West Plains" award at the West Plains Chamber of...

Cheney High School announces tours

The public is invited to tour Cheney High School to learn more about the Cheney High School $44.88 million construction bond. The dates available for the tour are Wednesday, April 1; Thursday, April 16; and Monday, April 20. All tours begin at 8:15...

Borland is allowed to make his own decisions about his career

While college hoops and tournaments have been on everyone’s minds for the last couple of weeks, linebacker Chris Borland made headlines after he announced his retirement from professional football on “Outside the Lines,” after just one year...

Blackhawk girls open against GSL's Lewis and Clark

The Cheney High girls’ track and field team kicked off their 2015 season with a pair of meets last week. The Blackhawks held their own against a larger Lewis and Clark 4A team from the Greater Spokane League last Wednesday, March 18; winning nine...

Huge Hoyas halt Eastern's postseason, 84-74

In Eastern Washington's first return trip to the NCAA Tournament, they ran out of that prescription of rally pills. Or, perhaps, in last Thursday's opening round 84-74 loss to the No. 4 seeded and...

Cheney boy's track and field success is a matter of time

Patience. It's the key word when it comes to the 2015 Cheney High School boys' track and field team. For second-year head coach Bobby Byrd, patience is what's needed for a team that is stronger than...

Cheney boy's tennis tops Shadle Park, ML

The Cheney High boys tennis team continued to breeze through the early part of the season after they won 5-2 matches against Shadle Park, March 18 and Medical Lake, March 19. Ryan Smedley continued his winning streak at No. 1 singles, with a close...

Cheney opens GNL play with wins over East Valley, Pullman

Road wins are huge in any league, and that's especially true with the Great Northern League's boys' soccer schedule where teams play each other three times - none of which come on neutral sites. So...

Cheney girls' tennis picks up wins over Shadle Park, Medical Lake

The Cheney High girls tennis team is blazing through the beginning of its season. They went 2-1 at the March 13 jamboree with wins over Othello, 4-3, and Moses Lake, 4-3, and a loss to Ellensburg, 2-5. On March 18, the Blackhawks defeated Shadle...

Blackhawks pick up wins over ML, Freeman

The Cheney high baseball team had another strong week, picking up a 6-3 win over Medical Lake, March 18 and a 5-2 win over Freeman, March 20. In the game against Medical Lake, Harrison King put the...

Cheney girls golf takes third in first GNL match

The Cheney High girls golf team hit the ground running after they finished third out of five teams and scoring 108 points, March 16 at the first Great Northern League match of the season. The team not only enters a new league landscape with two...

Lady Blackhawks tee off on Prosser pitching

On the surface, Cheney High School’s 25-3 thumping of the Prosser Mustangs in softball action last Wednesday may seem to indicate potential signs of greatness. Lady Blackhawks head coach Gary Blake is a bit more cautious in his assessment. Cheney...

More input needed in next Cheney bond vote

On April 28 the Cheney School District will rerun its $44.88 million bond issue intended to fund a massive remodeling of Cheney High School. Call it “Bond Version 2.0” if you will as if it were compared to the latest release of a software...

Thank you from StageWest Community Theatre Inc.

StageWest Community Theatre, Inc. just finished their run of Paul Elliott’s “Exit Laughing.” We enjoyed large crowds for most of our performances. We would like at this time thank the members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church for the generous use...

Sorry, fossil fuels are not going away soon

Folks in the Pacific Northwest may not like what Matt Ridley has to say, but we should consider his points about energy. Ridley, a British journalist and author of several popular books on science, the environment and the economy, is a businessman...

West Plains Briefs

Helen Boots honored Helen (Babb) Boots, a long-time Cheney resident will be honored with an open house sponsored by the Cheney Beta Sigma Phi on Saturday, March 28 from 2 – 4 p.m. at the United Church of Christ fellowship hall. Everyone who lives... Full story

What's Happening on the West Plains

City of Cheney • March 27, Baby Play and Learn Storytime (ages 0 – 18 months), community library, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. • March 27, Free AARP Tax-Aide, community library, noon – 5 p.m. • March 30, Dance Class, Wren Pierson Community... Full story

Museum needs phone books

The Cheney Historical Museum is seeking donations of Cheney phone books from 1970 to 2000. The local phone book has a wealth of historical information. The museum has large gaps in its collection, and no one else in the community has a complete...

Fender bender?

Neither driver was seriously injured in this two-car collision that took place Tuesday morning at the intersection of North Sixth Street and Betz Road in...

Osborne resigns from Airway Heights commission

The Airway Heights Planning Commission dropped one member at its March 11 meeting. Development Services Director Derick Braaten announced that Rita Osborne officially resigned from her position as commission chair due to personal reasons. Osborne...

Medical Lake housing development queued north of SR 902

An area north of State Route 902 in Medical Lake will continue to have some growth in housing developments in the upcoming months. Back in February, city staff approved a short plat — or subdivision — for housing developments along Stanley...

West Plains Police News

CHENEY March 13 After further investigation of a minor in possession and conspiracy to commit theft incident earlier in the day, police arrested Nolan F. Atoa, 18, for third-degree theft/shoplifting and MIP. March 16 Second-degree theft was...

ML Boy Scouts pizza feed to raise money for hike

Medical Lake Boy Scout Troop 307 is holding a pizza feed, silent auction and bake sale to raise funds to buy equipment for their 50-mile hike this summer. The fundraiser takes place Saturday, March 28, from 4 – 7 p.m. at Medical Lake’s Pizza...

ML board approves policy to change credit requirements

At its March 17 meeting, the Medical Lake school board of directors went through a lengthy agenda that included approving a first reading of a policy that would change the number of credits required... Full story

CHS February students of the month

Cheney High School has released its February Students of the Month. Students are listed by name, department and their class standing as follows: Trevor Babcock, health and fitness, sophomore;...

'No Rules' rocks St. Anne's

Members of the "No Rules" band performed at the St. Anne's Parish Hall during the March 21 Medical Lake Dollars for Scholars "Spring Thing"...

Homelessness presents unique challenges for Cheney schools

Cheney School District Director of Student Support Services Kristi Thurston is worried when she thinks about homeless students in the district. When it comes to homeless students, there are many worries. Worries about getting those identified as...

Medical Lake Middle School March PACE winners

Medical Lake Middle School honored six students who were selected for the March Partners Advancing Character Education (PACE) Student of the Month award. They received certificates and T-shirts and...

Hallett Elementary honors PACE students

Hallett Elementary announced the Partners Advancing Character Education (PACE) award winners for February. The trait of the month is honesty. PACE — Alison Brogan, Garrek Papiez, Lillian Jeffries, Tanna Pedersen, Dillon Crewdson-Bahr, Isaiah...

West Plains Chamber of Commerce recognizes 'Best of the West'

 Last Friday evening, 270 attendees gathered Friday evening at Northern Quest Resort and Casino to congratulate award recipients at the West Plains Chamber of Commerce's "Best of the West" annual...

Looking Back

10 Years Ago March 24, 2005 Pathways to Progress executive director Charlie Dotson met with the Cheney Planning Commission and outlined a new proposal to market the community to business and potential new residents. Medical Lake Superintendent of...

Churches

Emmanuel Lutheran Church The congregation of Emmanuel Lutheran Church invites you to worship with us this Sunday as we celebrate Passion/Palm Sunday. You may also watch our pastors’ sermons at our website www.emmanuelcheney.org or on YouTube at...

Looking back with the Cheney Historical Museum

On Thursday, March 26, 1896, Anna Deakin Marshall wrote in her journal, “Wind all day and cloudy.” Learn more about our area’s history at w...

Heidi Ann (Engle) Gandy

Heidi Ann (Engle) Gandy, 36, beloved wife and mother passed away Monday, March 16, 2015. Heidi was born in Spokane, Wash., March 29, 1978. Heidi was a devoted mother to her five children, Angeliqua... Full story

Luletta "Lue" Marie Gilk

Luletta "Lue" Marie Gilk (Bright) passed away March 15, 2015 at home surrounded by loved ones after fighting a courageous five-year battle with cancer. Luletta was born March 24, 1963 in Kimball,... Full story