Connecting the transit dots on the West Plains

New Special Mobility Services mobility manager Allie Lance has a unique position - she works for SMS, but not exclusively. Lance is operating under a federal 5310 grant that seeks out unmet...

Cheney council OKs street work

Cheney's City Council approved the city's six-year, $4.309 million transportation improvement program at its June 26 meeting - an annual event for a plan that fully funded would repair and preserve...

Fireworks calls heat up in Medical Lake over Fourth

Police reports from Medical Lake back up Fire Chief Jason Mayfield’s quick overview of how the week of the Fourth of July went for crews.. “Following a couple slow Fourth’s we returned to our typical day,” Mayfield wrote in an email. “We...

Airway Heights council OKs reducing rates

At the July 2 Airway Heights City Council meeting there was only one resolution to pass on the agenda and it was approved without any discussion. The resolution authorized a 50 percent reduction in further general facility connection (GFC) amounts...

Coming attractions

The gates may be closed now, but by Friday the Bi-Mart Arena will be open and the 51st Cheney Rodeo will be underway, bringing cowboys and cowgirls from throughout the Columbia River...

West Plains Police News

CHENEY July 2 Suspicious circumstances were reported on the 1900 block of Fourth Street. A business called police to report that one of its customers had been contacted by an individual claiming to represent the business, but who was not employed...

Department of Licensing implements REAL ID measures

Olympia – The state Department of Licensing (DOL) has begun marking all standard driver licenses and ID cards with the language, “federal limits apply,” to help bring Washington into compliance with the federal REAL ID Act. DOL expects...

Cheney releases 2018 water quality report

The city of Cheney is presenting its annual Consumer Confidence Report, which keeps residents informed of their water quality. In a June 26 news release, city officials note that “over the years, we have dedicated ourselves to producing drinking...

July is parks and recreation month in Airway Heights

July kicked off parks and recreation month and the department in Airway Heights has a whole month of activities to help celebrate. One activity lasting until July 30 is a National Parks and Recreation photo contest. The organization is holding...

Knezovich receives national command award

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich has received the MAGNUS Princeps Award, presented by the National Command and Staff College and the Criminal Justice Commission for Credible Leadership Development. In a July 10 news release, Sheriff’s...

Lady Blackhawk's Meghan Krantz receives national honors

Cheney High School senior softball player Meghan Krantz has been named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association's High School West Region Second Team, according to a July 2 news release. Krantz,...

Defending title

Medical Lake drag racer Justin Cooper, seen here in the near lane in 2017 at Woodburn, Ore. drag strip, will return to that track this weekend to try to defend the Super Comp title he won there last...

Sports Briefs

CROSS COUNTRY Eagles hire Sam Read as new cross country coach Eastern Washington University has hired Sam Read, former assistant at Montana State University, to become EWU’s new head cross country coach, effective July 9. He received his...

Murphy hangs on for Lilac City Invite victory

Staff ReporterPuyallup's Vinnie Murphy III decided at the last minute to enter the Lilac City Invitational. Turns out it was the right choice for the 23-year-old as he survived a brutal final hole...

Medical Lake American Legion baseball closes out season

Thank goodness for rival Cheney when it comes to Medical Lake’s American Legion Post 196 baseball team. It was a 4-2 win over the independent Summerhawks last Saturday that helped Medical Lake end a six-game losing streak, including an 0–4...

Good cause

The Shriner's Hospital for Children - Spokane were the recipients of $9,000 worth of proceeds from the 2018 Lilac City Invitational golf tournament held at The Fairways. Representatives received the...

Brown will address both guns and mental health

So the National Rifle Association and its Republican puppets, such as our own Cathy McMorris Rodgers, think the best way of counteracting terrorism, including school shootings, is improving mental health conditions rather than limiting gun...

Putting guns in classrooms would only incite additional violence

On May 22, 2014, Donald Trump announced to the world via his Twitter account that Hillary Clinton accused him of wanting to bring guns into classrooms. Almost four years later, Trump tried to convince us that arming teachers while on school grounds...

Government fails promoting 'the General Welfare'

I am complementing John McCallum on his superlative Write to the Point column, “Reflections on our American Values,” appearing in the Cheney Free Press of June 28, 2018. In particular, his quoting of the Preamble to the Constitution is the most...

What'll it be, good stewards or bad slumlords?

Peering across seemingly endless miles of forestland from the rim of Oregon’s Crater Lake can certainly take one’s breath away. But so can stories and statistics about when that green turns to grey after the invasion of wildfire. That thought...

Even if you don't like him, get your information right about Trump

I read a recent syndicated column blaming President Donald Trump for the recent shooting in the newsroom in Annapolis. Whoa! That is a stretch. The president has certainly been critical of the national press, but his opinion surely didn’t incite...

News Briefs

Cheney Outreach Center launches school supply drive While the start of school is still over a month away, parents and children are already in search of new school supplies. Cheney’s Outreach Center is asking for donations of new and unused school...

CHS graduate Robert Cook earns MBA

On June 18, 2018, Robert “Robbie” Cook, a 2013 graduate of Cheney High School and 2016 graduate of Washington State University, was awarded a master of business administration degree from the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of...

Tilly Baldwin receives Holocaust Center contest award

Cheney Middle School eighth-grader Tilly Baldwin received an honorable mention in the middle-school art category of the Seattle Holocaust Center for Humanity's 2018 Writing, Art and Film Contest....

PUB advancement

Most of the work on Eastern Washington University's Pence Union Building has moved inside as the $42 million student union building project nears a fall completion...

Cheney Schools adopt 2018-2019 budget

The Cheney School Board officially adopted the district’s largest budget in its history at its June 27 regular meeting —a document that comes up just shy of $64.1 million in general fund revenues while slightly exceeding $64 million in general...

Churches

Cheney Congregational Church Cheney Congregational Church is made up of a diverse group of people representing different ages, interests and beliefs. We all believe in Jesus and worship God. We all agree that it is OK to be different. We celebrate... Full story

Looking Back

10 Years Ago July 10, 2008 The Cheney Planning Commission held a public hearing for a proposed 38-acre development subdivision on Betz Road, west of Murphy Road to be called Harvest Bluff. Leslie Johnson opened a new antique mall in Cheney, called...

Natural pain relief is as close as your garden

Busy schedules, over indulging and strenuous summer activities can lead to sore muscles, indigestion and headaches. When searching for pain relief, look no further than your own garden or your local...

What's happening on the West Plains

Cheney • July 13-14, Friends of the Cheney Library Book sale, community library, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. • July 13-15, Cheney Rodeo festivities. • July 17, Revett Lake Hike trip, transportation provided to and from Wren Pierson Community Center, 8... Full story

Looking back with the Cheney Historical Museum

On this date 50 years ago in 1968, the first Cheney Rodeo was held at the Fair Grounds on the Four Lakes-Cheney Highway just south of Jensen Road. The bleachers consisted of flatbed hay trucks lining the field. Ginny Strohmaier was the first Rodeo...

Medical Lake Tennis-A-Thon enters 21st year

The Medical Lake 24-hour Tennis-A-Thon takes place Wednesday and Thursday July 18 and 19 at the tennis courts across from the high school. Starting at noon on July 18 and ending at noon the following...

Carrying the colors

Yakima's SunSation Flag Team will be bringing seven riders to carry sponsor banners and perform at this year's Cheney Rodeo. They are from left to right Jenna Flumerfelt, Heather Borne, Morgan...

West Plains BRIEFS

Christmas comes July 22 in Medical Lake The West Plains Angels presents the “Angel Gift Surprises” live auction community event to benefit the Medical Lake High School Associated Student Body and the Medical Lake Care and Share Thrift Store....

Sandra Anne Synstad

Sandra Anne Synstad Sandra Anne Synstad was born April 22, 1944 in Tampa, Fla. to Rex Porter and Gloria Etchey and died July 7, 2018 at home under care of Hospice of Spokane. She grew up in North... Full story

Bob Wagner

Daniel Robert "Bob" Wagner Daniel Robert "Bob" Wagner, 77, entered into eternal peace on June 29, 2018 at Hospice House South in Spokane surrounded by his loving family. Bob was born on May 7, 1941... Full story

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