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A mystery wrapped in a riddle

            Santa Claus to make annual appearance in Cheney with firefighters

      For the 15th time, Cheney Firefighters will be escorting Santa through Cheney. The annual Candy Cane Hayride, sponsored by Cheney Firefighters Union Local 1919 in conjunction with the Cheney Volunteer Firefighters Association and the Cheney Fire...

A mystery wrapped in a riddle

A Cheney girl, who went missing Thanksgiving evening, returned home last Sunday, Dec. 7, prompting questions from authorities about why she left and what she did during her 10-day disappearance....

Airway Heights and Fire District 10 begin consolidation talks

Earlier this year, the Airway Heights and Medical Lake fire departments and Spokane County Fire District 10 hired Emergency Services Consulting International (ESCI) to conduct a cooperative services study to see how the three departments could...

Cheney council OKs financial measures

A full Cheney City Council moved like a whirlwind through a resolution and ordinance packed agenda at its next to last meeting of 2014 Tuesday night, unanimously approving 11 separate items. Five of the items were financial measures needed to wrap...

Redell steps down from ML council

After 12 years of serving Medical Lake, Councilwoman Brenda Redell resigned from the City Council. The council accepted Redell’s resignation at its Dec. 2 meeting. City Administrator Doug Ross presented an email from Redell, who was absent from...

Kicking off the Season

Left: Cheney Councilwoman and Mayor Pro-tem Teresa Overhauser reads the official city proclamation to begin Cheney's tree lighting ceremony at the Cheney Library last Thursday night, Dec. 5. Bottom: ...

Awkward

Prospective music teacher Stephen Foster Brown (at left played by Trenton Riggs) finds the advances of Mrs. Piper (played by Ryleigh Skiles) a bit embarrassing - especially with her husband and...

The Redbirds return to Roos

If the Illinois State Redbirds from Normal sound vaguely familiar they should. ISU made the trek to Cheney Dec. 8, 2012 where they absorbed a 51-35 loss to the Eagles in another quarterfinal Football Championship Subdivision playoff game....

Defense carries the day for Eagles

Defense set the tone early in last Saturday's Football Championship Subdivision Playoff game between No. 5-ranked Eastern Washington and No. 12 University of Montana. And in the end it was defense...

Ferguson, Randolph, Waterman place at Deer Park Invite

The Cheney High wrestling team had a busy start to the season as they got in some early licks at a Dec. 3 jamboree against both Shadle Park and Kettle Falls, then traveled north for the Deer Park...

Blackhawks basketball teams off to identical starts

Both the Cheney High boys and girls basketball teams opened their 2014-2015 seasons with a five-day home stand in which they posted identical 1-2 records. The boys found their way into the win column ...

Jois powers Eagles again in win over Seattle University

Venky Jois turned in his second consecutive 38-point night last Saturday, Dec. 6 leading Eastern Washington to an 87-75 nonleague basketball victory over Seattle University at Key Arena. Eastern, which remains on the road for the next four games,...

Eagles fall to buzzer-beating Bulldogs, 61-60

It was replays 2, Eastern Washington 0 last Wednesday night at Reese Court. One of the consultations of video was simply to affirm an out of bounds play, but the last of those officials' reviews was...

Offense falters for Medical Lake girls

The head-coaching debut of Medical Lake girls’ head coach Kyle Lundberg came with a thud in a 60-34 nonleague loss to the 2B North Northwest Christian Crusaders last Saturday, Dec. 6. The Cardinals stayed with the Crusaders through the first...

Cardinal boys fall to Crusaders in opener, 68-55

Defense was disappointing and turnovers a turning point. That was the short version of Medical Lake’s season-opening boys’ non-league 68-55 basketball loss last Saturday, Dec. 6 at home to 2B North member Northwest Christian. “D isn’t there...

Dealing with December's distractions

NASCAR calls it their “silly season.” That’s a time when drivers are jumping from race team to race team in advance of the new season. It’s a time when stock car fans speculate who will end up where. College football doesn’t seem to have...

CHS Fall Team Sports Awards

Cheney High School fall sports teams recently finished their end of season award banquets and finalized list of winners. The team awards are as follows: Cross Country Captains – Kameron Galm, Mattie McNair, Linsay Sweitzer and Carson Kerr Most...

Republicans should support immigration reform

So Republican House of Representatives leadership is outraged by President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform, claiming “this is not the way democracy is supposed to work.” But democracy is supposed to work by majority rule and...

Goodwill and caring apply to everyone

During the holidays, we like to put an emphasis on caring for our fellow men and women. Several charities throughout the United States collect gifts and food for families who don’t have all of the means to buy everything they need for Christmas....

To change hearts and minds, maybe Christmas needs a seasonal shift

Christmas is my favorite time of year. The lights, the decorations and the music make for a festive atmosphere that’s invigorating and exhilarating. Usually, it can warm even the most chilled of hearts. For many, Christmas is a time of renewed...

Art tour thanks community for support

It was a wonderful turn out again this year. We all received a warm reception from the people who visited us on our Studio Tour. All of the artists work hard all year at their craft hoping to achieve a higher quality and freshness to it. To share...

What's Happening on the West Plains

City of Cheney • Dec. 12, Polar Bear Pajama Party and Breakfast, Wren Pierson Community Center, all ages, $6 resident, $9 non-resident, 8 – 9 a.m. • Dec. 12, Baby Play and Learn Storytime (ages 0 – 18 months), community library, 10:30... Full story

West Plains Briefs

Cheney kids Christmas party Cheney’s American Legion Post 72 is holding their annual Children’s Christmas Party on Thursday, Dec. 18 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Post’s location at 116 College Ave. There will be plenty of fun as well as pictures... Full story

Weather sends motorists slipping and sliding

A somewhat unexpected period of freezing rain led to a number of accidents and motorist calls for assistance throughout Cheney late last week. Over the Dec. 4-5 time period, Cheney police responded to 16 accidents and nine calls for assistance from...

ML conducts initial deer census

Inside City Hall, Medical Lake residents collect their clipboards, maps and binoculars. Their mission is to break up into groups and count all the deer they see on their route. Several members of the ...

Training burn Saturday morning

The Cheney Fire Department will be conducting a live fire training/house burn Saturday morning, beginning at approximately 8 a.m. The structure is a vacant house located at 506 Third St. The area around the house along Third Street between C Street...

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Dec. 1 A motor vehicle was taken without the owner’s permission on the 100 block of College Hill. Brian K. Suominen, 18, was arrested for violation of an anti-harassment order and fourth-degree assault on the 2300 block of First Street....

Hallett Elementary raises money for ALS

Hallett Elementary School's annual "Hawks Helping Others" holiday fundraiser is underway. In addition to collecting food, pet food and supplies for the Medical Lake Food Bank, students are raising...

MLNJHS volunteers at Santa Breakfast

Medical Lake Middle School students Siane Asladon and Tawni Bremer help two foster children pick out wrapping paper for their parent's gifts. Asladon, Bremer and others members of the Medical Lake...

Westwood Middle School announces fall honor roll

Sixth Grade 4.0 — Makenna M. Benson, Dusten T. Butikofer, Hannah L. Cross, Emma J. Evans, Sara C. Graham, Steven R. Johnson, Elissa R. Jones, Lauren A. O’Callaghan, Alaina J. O’Connell, Anna E. Richardson and Jaela D. Thornburg. 3.9 — 3.5...

'Wonderful Life' starts Friday, Dec. 12

StageWest CT, Inc will be performing the reader's theatre play "It's A Wonderful Life;" written by Philip Van Doren Stern, adapted as a radio program by Tony Palermo and directed by Kathleen Bell....

Achieving her Lilac princess dream

Cheney High School student McKenna Kent was recently selected as a finalist for the Lilac Festival Association. This stage in the competition is called the “Fab 14.” The organization starts out by selecting from over 25 young women who have...

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Dec. 16, 2004 A noise battle between North Star Equipment Company and its neighbor, Peaceful Pines Mobile Home Park, was over after a Spokane County hearing examiner ruled in favor of measures taken by North Star to solve the problem....

The story of the Gulbransen Piano, enjoyed by several generations

My grandmother on my mother’s side of the family, Lucy Kratzer, loved to spend hours working on crossword puzzles. Her brother, called Kerr by the family, preferred to smile while he recited all the remarkable accomplishments of our 16th...

Churches

Emmanuel Lutheran Church The congregation of Emmanuel Lutheran Church invites you to worship with us this Sunday. You may also watch our pastor’s sermons on our website www.emmanuelcheney.org or on YouTube at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Cheney....

Robert Lewis Nelson

Robert was born March 31, 1929 and passed away Nov. 30, 2014. He always had a joke and a carefree chuckle to ease any worries away. Smart and quick-witted, there really wasn't much he couldn't do. He ... Full story