School bond barely passing

As of press time Tuesday night, the Cheney School District’s $52 million capital facilities bond was barely receiving the 60 percent voter approval needed for passage. According to information from the Spokane County Election Department’s...

Cheney changes plowing ordinance

Cheney’s police department is proposing changes to the city’s snow removal ordinance it hopes will lead to less confusion and conform to current practices by utility crews when the snow flies. The current ordinance requires vehicles be off city...

Airway Heights recreation center OKd for design-build

The pieces for Airway Heights’ recreation center project continue to fall into place. In a Feb. 8 news release, the city announced that the project was approved by the state’s project review committee (PRC) to use design-build as an alternative...

Astronauts Q&A

NASA Astronau retired Air Force Col. Bob Behnken answers questions from Hallett Elementary students. Behnken, along with three other astromauts, visited the...

ML seeks money for EHS policing services

By AL STOVER Staff Reporter Medical Lake’s quest to receive state funding for police services provided to Eastern State Hospital continues. At the Feb. 7 City Council meeting, Mayor John Higgins announced he testified, via Skype, in front of the...

Denny McDaniel was more than just a grocer

The Medical Lake community lost another notable name on Jan. 22 when Denny McDaniel passed away at the age of 74. Better known probably by his first name - the title that he used for his grocery...

Rezoning proposed for North Eighth and Cedar lot

The same real estate acquisition and development company behind the purchase and renovation of Cheney's Fisher Building is proposing a rezoning of 3.59-acres of property on North Eighth Street in...

Fugere named Medical Lake's Senior of the Year

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Taking time out to handle veterans' affairs

A group of student-athletes from Eastern Washington University, led by head football coach Aaron Best and Swoop, toured the Mann-Grandstaff Veterans Administration Medical Center in Spokane to greet...

Rafter arrested for stealing from memorial fund

In a Feb. 14 news release, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office announced investigative task force detective Tamie Spitzer arrested 36-year-old Katie M. Rafter for first-degree theft in relation to a month long investigation involving money...

Drag history lesson

Jason Johnson, known by his stage name of Nova Kaine, gave a "History of Drag" workshop at Eastern Washington University, Feb. 8, two days before the university's annual drag show. Johnson gave those ...

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Feb. 6 Harassment was reported on the 500 block of G Street. It was over the phone and possibly domestic related. A 1982 Bayliner boat and trailer were impounded on the 900 block of Salnave Road. Second-degree malicious mischief was reported...

News Briefs

Trulove named to chair of regional planning body The Spokane Regional Transportation Commission’s Policy Board of Directors has elected Cheney Mayor Tom Trulove to serve as chair of the regional planning panel. Trulove replaces Spokane...

Mixed Martial Arts judging needs a bit of tweaking and revising

There’s an old adage in mixed martial arts “never leave a fight in the hands of the judges.” Part of this is philosophical and encourages fighters to finish the fight with a knockout or a submission. The flip side to this is that a fighter...

ML boys win pair in districts

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Cardinal boys fall, will host Saturday game

Nizhole Sherman’s 20 points, and Xavier Warmink-Butler’s 14 were not enough to counter the state’s top-ranked 1A RPI team, Freeman, which defeated Medical Lake 71-58 in the District 7 championship game Tuesday at West Valley High School....

Sports Briefs

Eagles begin three-game homestand Friday versus Idaho Eastern Washington will look to continued success on home court and stay in the hunt for a Big Sky Conference regular season title as the Eagle men play their next three games at Reese Court...

Sports Briefs

Eagles begin three-game homestand Friday versus Idaho Eastern Washington will look to continued success on home court and stay in the hunt for a Big Sky Conference regular season title as the Eagle men play their next three games at Reese Court...

Card girls off to state tourney after Lakeside win

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VanWormer commits to Shoreline

Cheney High School senior Cade VanWormer (middle) poses with former CHS head baseball coach Mike Cagle (left) and incoming head coach Glenn Chamberlain moments after he signed his letter of intent to ...

Four Cheney wrestlers head to Mat Classic XXIX

Four out of the five Cheney High wrestlers who competed in the 2A Region IV tournament in Ellensburg, Feb. 11 will wrap up their season in Tacoma this weekend. Boedy Taylor, Josh Baker, Zack Nguyen and Francisco Martinez qualified for Mat Classic...

Three Cards at Mat Classic

Sophomore Weston Thomas leads a contingent of three wrestlers from Medical Lake who will compete for state titles at Mat Classic XXIX in Tacoma Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17 – 18. Thomas, who will wrestle at 113 pounds, finished third in regional...

Cheney, Medical Lake swimmers off to state

There are going to be a few more people on the Cheney High School bus leaving for the 2A/3A/4A boys state swimming meet in Federal Way today (Thursday). The Medical Lake Cardinal boys 400-yard relay team will be joining the Blackhawks, making it...

Climate Leadership Council's carbon dividend is worth exploration

Recently, some of America’s most respected statesmen announced a different strategy to reducing carbon pollution — one which is based on incentives as opposed to penalties. Believing that carrots work better than sticks, the Climate Leadership...

'Trump Effect' best recruiter for terrorists

It’s a dream come true for terrorists. Without any effort of their own, they have been given the best recruiting tool possible: the U.S. president. One constant of Donald Trump’s ego-maniacal, unstable behavior is his belief that he can...

Chatburn's generous donation grows Cheney Depot Society's fundraising efforts

It is with deep appreciation that I recognize receipt of a generous donation to the Cheney Depot Society from the estate of Yvonne Chatburn. The donation will go to support the goal of the Society to relocate, restore and repurpose Cheney’s 1929...

Some ideas on fixing health care, employment

Sometimes a trial balloon on an idea should be floated, and this is one of those from the Cheney Free Press editorial board. This balloon is labeled as follows: What would happen if the eligibility age for Medicare was dropped from 65 to 60?...

Experience creates appreciation for others as we are brothers and sisters

I have been blessed to have friends from many countries throughout the years, and believe it would be great for our country and the world for others to have those opportunities as well. Being immersed in university environments since the age of...

Trump is playing a dangerous game

As long as Mr. Donald Trump is in office, all people’s lives are at stake worldwide because he has no idea what he is doing. He has congressmen raising their eyebrows and other people on the hill, they are not sure how to deal with him and all...

Cheney school board adopts legislative priorities list

The Cheney School District board of directors approved a resolution adopting the board’s priorities it looks to promote to the state Legislature during its current biennial budgeting session. Superintendent Rob Roettger told the board the four...

FBLA students qualify for State Business Leadership Conference

The Cheney High School Future Business Leaders of America are off to a good 2017 after competing in the Northeast Regional Winter Conference at the Eastpoint Church in Spokane Valley, Feb. 4 Cheney...

NASA astronauts visit Hallett Elementary

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CMS announces 2016-17 winter quarter honor roll

Note: This is a continuation of the honor roll that was printed in the Feb. 9 issue of the Cheney Free Press. 3.5-3.9 — Isabelle G. Adams, Katelyn E. Alderson, Summer N. Ambute, Cruz I. Avila, Elijah D. Axtell, Jonathan T. Bailey, Ryan A....

What's Happening On The West Plains

Cheney • Feb. 17, Light Fitness Hour (adults 50+), Wren Pierson Community Center, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. • Feb. 17, Baby Play and Learn Storytime (ages 0–18 months), 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. • Feb. 17, Texas Hold’em (adults 50+), Wren Pierson... Full story

West Plains Briefs

Emmanuel Lutheran Church holds ‘Festival of Chocolate’ Cheney Emmanuel Lutheran Church is holding its eighth annual “Festival of Chocolate” as part of a “Fat Tuesday” celebration. The festival takes place Feb. 28 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at...

Cook returns to Eastern

Eastern Washington University alum and former football player Evan Cook returned to his alma mater Feb. 13 as a guest speaker. Cook spoke to students about the experiences that led him to play...

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Feb. 15, 2007 A routine traffic stop by Cheney police turned into a drug bust. The patrol officer identified the two occupants of the vehicle as Gonzaga University men's basketball...

Churches

Emmanuel Lutheran Church All are welcome to worship with us this Sunday, Feb. 19 at 10:30 a.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. You may also watch our pastor’s sermons at our website or on Youtube at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Cheney. Sunday school...

ML boy's basketball seeking a repeat

The Medical Lake boys' basketball team administered a 66-40 crushing of Chewelah, Feb. 10 as they travel the path to a possible second berth in the 1A state... Full story

Astronauts visit Hallett Elementary

Four NASA astronauts took more than just a small step when they visited Hallett Elementary School, Feb. 8. The astronauts - U.S. Air Force colonels Bob Behnken and Eric Boe, retired Marine Corps... Full story

ML girl's basketball racing to state

The Medical Lake girls earned a 39-30 win over Deer Park Feb. 10 to advance to the District 7 championship. That's where the Cardinals earned a tense 32-30 victory over the Lakeside Eagles Feb. 14 at ... Full story

ML Kiwanis Senior Valentine's Day Dinner

The Medical Lake Kiwanis Club held its annual Senior Valentine's Day dinner, Feb. 11 at St. Anne's Parish. Guests dined on a traditional turkey dinner with cake and ice cream for dessert.... Full story

George Lenon Whigham

George Lenon Whigham, 86, went home to be with his Savior on Feb. 7, 2017. Loved by all who knew him, he was quick to lend a helping hand and was known for his ingenuity. After growing up in the... Full story

Marvin Kenneth "Ken" Walker

Marvin Kenneth (Ken) Walker went home peacefully to be with the Lord on the evening of Jan. 22, 2017 with his fiancé Susie by his side. Marvin was born July 29, 1951 in Pensacola, Fla. to Kenneth Jewell and Bobbi Ruth Walker and was the oldest of... Full story

James T. Norwood

James T. Norwood, 86 of Cheney, passed away Jan. 28, 2017, with his daughter by his side. Jim was the youngest of 12 children (and seventh son) born to Robert M. and Bessie E. Norwood, in Topeka Kan. ... Full story