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Decrease in Cheney crime could be linked to increase in overtime

Just as they did in the first quarter of 2013, crime numbers in Cheney continued to decline through the first three months of 2014. And while that's good news, the flipside may come in increased...

Cheney council finds county weed proposal noxious

Deciding whether or not to save the former Northern Pacific train station wasn’t the only thing Cheney’s City Council did at their April 8 meeting. They also discussed what to do about noxious weeds. Or more specifically what Spokane County’s...

Preparing for the unthinkable

The screech of the fire alarm and the screams of wounded civilians filled the air as three Airway Heights police officers walked through the hallways of Sunset Elementary, their guns aimed forward....

AH looks at mitigating water leaks

Water leakage was the main subject of the April 14 Airway Heights City Council study session. Clerk-Treasurer Richard Cook presented a draft of an ordinance regarding water leak mitigation. According to Cook, this pertains to citizens who have...

Lee would do well in MMA - if he was fighting in his 30s

EA Sports has given mixed martial arts fans and gamers a treat for the upcoming UFC video game. The company announced that movie star and martial arts legend Bruce Lee will be an unlockable character in the game. This allows fans can now live out...

Many new faces on Medical Lake boy's golf roster

There's a number of golfers who Medical Lake boy's coach Jim Mason would love to have more time to craft into better players. He's going to get his wish, but likely not until next year because the bulk of his team this year, a turnout of 18, are...

Offense rules day in first EWU spring scrimmage

Eastern Washington head football coach Beau Baldwin seemed to evoke a little Grantland Rice when talking about his team's first football scrimmage of the year staged April 12 at Roos Field. Rice, a...

Cheney drops doubleheader to Colville

The Cheney Blackhawks baseball team had a short break before traveling to Colville to play the No. 1 ranked Indians in a Great Northern League (GNL) doubleheader, Saturday April 12. The Blackhawks dropped both games to Colville, the first 3-1 and...

Medical Lake track will rely on distance, sprints for success

Medical Lake co-head track coach Gene Blankenship has a couple of scenarios he's looking at for the upcoming season that kicked off yesterday (Wednesday, April 16). If the team performs as it has so...

Jason Crawford winners

The 27th annual Jason Crawford Memorial wrestling tournament held Saturday, April 12 at that Spokane Convention Center surpassed its 2012 Guinness World Record by attracting 1,397 competitors. The...

Colville thumps Cheney in softball doubleheader

A Saturday trip to Colville might have been a bit too early for the Cheney High softball team to return to from spring break. And maybe it was the wrong opponent. The Lady Hawks committed an uncharacteristic five errors, almost double the number...

Sports Week

(Note: All schedules subject to change. Consult school websites to confirm.) BASEBALL Saturday, April 19, Cheney hosts West Valley (2), noon. Medical Lake hosts Kettle Falls (2) 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, Cheney at Clarkston, 4 p.m. Medical Lake at...

I've been to Fort Worth, Little Rock, Tempe, I guess everywhere man

Either I’ve invented a new form of sleepwalking, let’s call it “sleep traveling,” or I’m not taking enough pictures. We get a lot of emails here at the Cheney Free Press. A lot of it’s good, requests for advertisements, press releases,...

Being trustworthy is essential to news organizations

It’s been said it can take years to build up trust, only to have it destroyed overnight by one small act. In a column on PACE’s character trait for April, trustworthiness, Better Business Bureau communications specialist Matthew Sewell links...

West Plains Briefs

Cheney egg hunt at Salnave The Cheney Kiwanis invite folks to “hop on over” to their annual Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 19 at Salnave Park. The hunt begins precisely at 11 a.m. so don’t be late. Toddlers to age 10 are welcome so bring a... Full story

What's Happening on the West Plains

City of Cheney • April 17, Preschool Play and Learn Storytime (ages 3 – 5), community library, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. • April 18, Baby Play and Learn Storytime (ages 0 – 18 months), community library, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. • April 18,...

Washington's Science Olympiad puts students' ideas to the test

A little over 50 years ago the Ideal Toy Company introduced a board game called Mouse Trap. And while the hundreds of students who gathered at Eastern Washington University last Saturday for the 2014 ...

Ribbon cutting ceremony for the Sheriff's Crime Prevention Office at Spokane Valley Mall

The grand re-opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the Sheriff’s Crime Prevention Office will be held Wednesday, April 30, from 4-6 p.m., at the Spokane Valley Mall. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, Spokane Valley Police Department and...

The Verve is back

The Verve owner Rhonda Phillips cuts the ribbon last Thursday to signify the grand re-opening of the shop's new location in Medical Lake at 111 N. Lefevre...

West Plains Police News

CHENEY April 7 A blue scooter was found on the zero hundred block of Sixth Street. Third-degree theft was reported on the 1000 block of Betz Road. A bicycle was taken. An I-pad was found outside and brought to the police department then returned to...

Farm Service Agency allocates funds for minorities and women

SPOKANE – The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency has a portion of its farm loan program funds specifically allocated for minority and women producers. Loan funds can be used to purchase farms, livestock and equipment. They may...

Cheney Planning Commission to review parks plan

Cheney’s Planning Commission got a preview at their April 14 meeting of what’s in store for them over the next several months. Having just completed an accelerated yet extensive review of the city’s municipal code Chapter 21 – Zoning, the...

First half property taxes are due in to Spokane Country Treasurer's office by April 30

The Spokane County Treasurer’s Office is reminding taxpayers that the first half of their 2014 property taxes are due on April 30. Washington state law requires payments mailed to the Treasurer’s Office through the U.S. Postal Service to be...

Airway Heights to celebrate Arbor Day with tree planting

Airway Heights will celebrate Arbor Day on April 26, and one of the main activities will be the planting of 50 new coniferous trees at Aspen Grove Park, West Eighth Avenue. The city is inviting the public to participate in the final phase of the...

Still time to reduce those library fines with food

Spokane County Library District is celebrating National Library Week, April 13 – 19 with the second annual Food for Fines, a community food drive for the Second Harvest Food Bank.   Food for Fines works like this: for each donation of a...

Cheney book club meets April 22

“The Newlyweds” by Neil Freudenberger is the April selection of the Book Discussion Group of the Friends of the Cheney Community Library. The group meets Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. at the library. All are welcome to attend. The novel tells the...

Cheney Middle School releases honor roll for third quarter

Cheney Middle School has released its third quarter 2013-2014 honor roll selections. Sixth Grade 4.0 GPA — Trae Babcock, Kayla Bennett, Kassie Brennan, Charles Cindric, Madisyn Duilio, Kailey Estrellado, Annika Fiala, Abby Fillmore, John Gasper,...

Medical Lake begins search for superintendent

The Medical Lake School District is wasting no time in their search for their next superintendent. Dr. Pam Veltri, who has been the district’s superintendent for the last 14 years, has taken a position as the assistant superintendent of...

Ulcers and zebras highlight Sapolsky's appearance

Feeling stressed? Learn more about what causes stress and stress-related illness in humans when Eastern Washington University and the Daniel and Margaret Carper Foundation present “Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: An evening with Robert...

Alton and Guidry graduate from Whitworth

Two residents from the West Plains area received degrees from Whitworth University. Kristina Alton, of Cheney, and Anita Guidry, of Medical Lake, received bachelor of arts degrees in organizational management. Located in Spokane, Whitworth is a...

Gretha Lawrence treats everyone 'like family'

Not all people are blessed with a heart to help others. Gretha Lawrence is. Whatever work she applies herself to it will benefit someone. Gretha said, "I was born in Walla Walla. My mom bought...

Looking Back

10 Years Ago April 22, 2004 Sunset Elementary School students took part in a tree planting ceremony on Arbor Day that was part of Airway Heights' designation as a "Tree City USA" community. Cheney's...

Miller's honey-based beauty products

Jenine and Jim Miller of the West Plains Beekeepers Association sold several honey-based beautification products such as lotion bars and lip balm at an April 4 "cash mob" event sponsored by the West...

Churches

Emmanuel Lutheran Church Emmanuel Lutheran Church invites everyone to worship with us during Holy Week. Visitors expected. Join us for Maundy Thursday worship on Thursday, April 17 at 7 p.m. as we recognize that with nightfall our Lenten...

Celebrated 65th anniversary

Keith and Joan Tracy recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with their family at a dinner that was hosted by their daughters, Megan (John) Bastow, of Cheney and Ann Johnston of Coeur...