SR 904 open house planned

With a major repaving of State Route 904 through Cheney slated to begin in late June, state Department of Transportation officials hope to answer questions and allay residents concerns at a project...

AH pumping out contaminated water

Airway Heights continues to make progress on reducing its recent water contamination issues. On May 16, the city announced that two of its wells tested over 70 parts per trillion for contamination by ...

Memorial Day observance to continue

Cheney's annual Memorial Day observances are under new management, and for the most part, are taking place as they have in the past. For years, the Cheney Cemetery Association organized and sponsored ...

Medical Lake water tests OK

Medical Lake’s water is safe to drink. That’s according to City Administrator Doug Ross, who informed City Council at its May 16 meeting that their wells tested as non-detect levels of Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and/or...

Memorial Day deadlines

The Cheney Free Press will be closed Monday, May 29, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Deadlines for the submittals for the June 1 issue have changed. Legals and classified ads must be submitted to the office by 11 a.m. Friday, May 26. All...

We'd love to hear your AMX/Harman story

With the pending closure of longtime Cheney business, AMX/Harman, nearly 90 employees will lose their jobs. City of Cheney officials were informed in a letter received March 2 that the electronics manufacturer would be closing its manufacturing...

Head-on collision blocks Medical Lake Four Lakes

Units from the Spokane County Sheriff's Office, Spokane County Fire District 3 and American Medical Response responded to a serious, two-car head-on collision at approximately the 14500 block of...

Basin Feed and Supply moves into former Del's

Unlike some other business frontage that has sat vacant for long periods of time in Cheney, the former Del's Feed and Farm Supply, which closed in April, will soon be back operating. Basin Feed and...

Shamus's Sandwiches to open in former Buckhorn

By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter The former Buckhorn Inn in Airway Heights will reopen soon with a new name. Shawn Reilly from Spokane, along with partner in the building, Cheney's Steve Emtman,...

Fairchild officials update residents on water issue

Officials from Fairchild Air Force Base, city of Airway Heights, Washington state Department of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency were on hand to provide information and answer questions from residents regarding the water issue...

AH committee selects ALSC/Lydig as complex's design build team

The design-build team for Airway Heights’ recreation complex has been selected. In a May 22 interview, J.C. Kennedy, parks, recreation and community services director said, the selection committee chose ALSC Architects and Lydig Construction as...

West Plains Police News

CHENEY May 15 A hit and run unattended collision was reported on the 800 block of Elm Street. Collision took place May 12. Second-degree theft was reported on the 400 block of First Street. A purse and contents were taken. A mental health issue was...

News Briefs

Fatal crash in south Spokane County claims 19-year-old A 19-year-old woman was killed in a single-vehicle rollover accident early May 17 in south Spokane County. According to a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office news release, at approximately 7:40...

It's a great time for fresh beginnings with American Legion Baseball

It’s spring — or so the calendar says — and time for fresh beginnings. Count that as the guiding light for Medical Lake’s American Legion baseball team which started their season, elevated back to AA play in the National Division, this past...

CHS baseball wraps up season in state tournament

The Cheney High baseball team's season came to an end May 20 in Ephrata in the second round of the 2A state playoffs. After a 10-0 shutout win against District 3's Olympic, the Blackhawks (14-12...

Dianda, Petro represent Medical Lake at 1A state golf in Pasco

Familiarity with the course paid off for Medical Lake in the District 7 golf championships last week. Having played at Chewelah in both sub-districts, and in an invitational where they scored a rare victory, the Cardinals were able to advance a...

Bakana, Rigo lead Cheney track and field

In case you missed it, last Friday was the debut of the "Alsatta Bakana Show." The Blackhawks junior captured regional titles in all three of her individual events, led three teammates to first in...

Calvert qualifies for state tennis tournament

Cheney’ Bridget Calvert has one more week left in her high school tennis career. Calvert defeated Ephrata’s Brianne Kilphardt 6-2, 6-0 in a regional crossover match, May 20, to advance to the 2A state tournament at Nordstrom Tennis Center, May...

Cardinals send another strong group to 1A track

Medical Lake emerged from their outing to the District 7 track and field championships at Riverside High School last week just about how their coach figured - with one notable exception. The...

Hovater to cheer at CWU

Cheney High School senior Olivia Hovater signed a letter of intent to compete on Central Washington University's cheer team in the fall. Hovater went...

Cheney golfers advance to state 2A tournament

The Cheney High boys’ and girls’ golf teams sent four athletes to the 2A state championships, May 23-24. Tyler Koohns earned his third state tournament trip after he finished fourth overall, shooting 159 over two rounds in the District 7...

Cardinals Noah Ray qualifies for state tennis

The Northeast A League’s Most Valuable singles player will get a chance to see how that honor plays out on the state stage. Medical Lake’s Noah Ray earned that right last Saturday when the Cardinals’ senior finished second in the 1A/1B/2B...

Blackhawks' season ends with loss in state opening round

The Cheney boys soccer team’s first appearance in the state 2A tournament since 2014 didn’t last long. After a five-hour-plus trip over the Cascade Mountains to Renton, the Blackhawks fell 3-1 last Tuesday to Lindbergh High of the South Puget...

Many made Cheney's Mayfest a success

A big thank you to those on the committee who worked so hard throughout the year to make Cheney Mayfest a success. Although Mother Nature only partially cooperated in giving us May-type weather — it could have been warmer — everyone pushed on...

Donation of flowers brightened neighbor's day

When I stopped by the Cheney library on Saturday shortly before closing, I was greeted by a lovely bouquet of fresh flowers sitting on top of the big litter can out front. There was a note with them from Jeffry, asking that someone give them a...

Cooler heads should prevail in AH water crisis

By now the West Plains — and probably all of Spokane County — knows the situation with Airway Heights’ water system. On May 16, city officials announced that two of its wells tested above Environmental Protection Agency lifetime health...

Memorial Day should serve as recommitment

Monday is Memorial Day, a day marked in many ways. There will be barbecues, picnics and other activities. If the weather is nice, some will head to the lake to get a start on summer, go for long hikes or work in their yard. There will be memorial...

ML food bank thanks post office for food drive

The Medical Lake food bank would like to thank the employees of our post office for doing a food drive on Saturday, May 13, and our community for donating 668 pounds of food. It was a great success.      Terri Worl Medical...

Callaway family thanks community for support

The family of Joyce Callaway would like to thank the community for their outpouring of support following our mother’s passing. We especially would like to thank the members of St. Anne Catholic Church for their wonderful help and sympathy, and...

Medical Lake High School hosts annual digital art show

The Medical Lake High School main lobby was filled with a plethora of artwork on May 17. The high school hosted its annual digital art show that featured work from students in instructor Don Parr's...

Victoria Simboli wins Eagles' Nest Business Pitch Competition

Eastern Washington University hosted its first Eagles’ Nest Business Pitch Competition finale on May 18. The idea behind the final round of competition came from the hit television show “Shark Tank” and featured six successful local business...

West Plains residents make EWU winter dean's list

Note: This is a continuation of the EWU dean’s list that was printed in the May 18 issue of the Cheney Free Press. The following West Plains residents made Eastern Washington University’s dean’s list for the 2016-17 winter quarter. Cheney —...

Cheney High School sending five to Girls' State in June

Five Cheney High School students will be attending the annual Evergreen Girls' State conference, June 11-17, in Ellensburg. The conference is held on the campus of Central Washington University....

Cheney releases summer food program schedule

The Cheney School District No. 360 announces sponsorship of the Simplified Summer Food Program for Children. Meals will be made available at no charge to attending children 18 years of age and younger. Meals will be served at the following...

Books for Sunset students

Cheney Federal Credit Union's chief operations officer, Lynn Mount, helps Sunset Elementary student Owen McLaughlin shop for a book. Cheney Federal Credit Union sponsored McLaughlin and other...

StageWest holds auditions for fall production

StageWest Community Theatre is holding open auditions for its fall 2017 play “Academia Nuts” by Gregg Kreutz. In the production, professor Peter Smedforson lives in a quiet New England college town, in the former home of poet E.R. Lennox whose...

From the archives: 1987

Herb Sagerser stands proud as stars and stripes fly in the breeze during Memorial Day services at Fairview...

What's Happening On The West Plains

Cheney • May 26, Light Fitness Hour (adults 50+), Wren Pierson Community Center, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. • May 26, Baby Play and Storytime (ages 0 – 18 months), community library, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. • May 26, Game Night and Dinner, Wren...

Tyler 'Daze' is all about community

It's more than a yard sale - more than a breakfast. It's about community. Tyler Daze, the annual celebration at the community located just off Interstate 90 on the State Route 904 exit to Cheney, is...

Health fair coming to Airway Heights library

Spokane Regional Health District’s Community and Family services, in partnership with Spokane County Library District is holding a wellness event at the Airway Heights public library, June 3 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Heather Wallace, health...

Looking Back

10 Years Ago May 24, 2007 Even with the decrease in the number of incidents reported, statistics from the Police Department’s Monthly Accountability Review report showed crime in Cheney was running higher than it did in the previous year by 12...

West Plains Briefs

Medical Lake Memorial Day observance The Medical Lake Cemetery Association invites the community to a Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 29, at 9:30 a.m.  The historic cemetery is located at 21419 West Thorpe Road off Brooks Road. Please contact...

Churches

Cheney Congregational Church Come and worship with us this Sunday. We are one of the oldest congregations in Cheney and we are beginning our new future. We are people who step up to the needs of our community. We learn from our Bibles and care...

Best of Baseball

The Cheney High baseball team's 2017 season came to an end, May 20 in the second round of the 2A state playoffs where they lost to the Ellensburg Bulldogs. The Blackhawks had rocky regular season...

MLHS Digital Art Show

Medical Lake High School students enrolled in the digital design and visual communication design classes presented their artwork and portfolios at the annual digital art show, May 17. Works were done ...

Cheney High School track at regionals

The Cheney High School track and field teams competed successfully at regional competition on May 19 with Great Northern League and Central Washington Athletic Conference schools. Junior Alsatta won...

Lady Blackhawks come up short on bid for state

The Cheney High softball team faced East Valley-Yakima in regional glue-in action on May 22. Miscues in the second inning led eventually to the Lady Blackhawks 10-1...