Articles from the March 31, 2016 edition

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 By Al Stover    Front Page    March 31, 2016

Clemens leaves for Olympia

After 19 years in the Cheney School District, Dr. Deb Clemens will be serving another school on the west side of Washington state. Clemens will be the new North Thurston Public Schools’ superintendent, replacing the retiring Raj Manhas, who had ser...

 

Clean Sweep coming soon

The city of Cheney is gearing up for its annual day of community-wide spring-cleaning. The ninth Cheney Clean Sweep takes place Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. – noon, and volunteers are needed. In exchange for the work patrolling city right of...

 

Airway Heights council hears bond proposals

The Airway Heights City Council received a rough overview of the proposed recreation center project at its March 28 study session. ALSC architect Ruston Hall cautioned the council that the site and building plans were preliminary and mainly for...

 

Cheney City Council gets capital facilities outlook

From an official standpoint, capital facilities are defined as the basic services provided by the public sector to a community as it exists today and as it is expected to develop in the future. Planning for those services and how they also develop...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 31, 2016

Fairchild opens space-available passenger terminal

Addressing both comfort and convenience at the same time, Fairchild Air Force Base officially opened its new passenger terminal during ribbon cutting ceremonies March 25. The new terminal replaces...

 

News briefs

Ice Age Floods presents ‘The Big Picture’ Ice Age Floods Institute, Cheney-Spokane Chapter, and Eastern Washington University Department of Geology are sponsoring a free public lecture, “The Ice Age Floods in the Pacific Northwest: The Big...

 
 By Al Stover    Education    March 31, 2016

Medical Lake's Gerry serves as senate page

Medical Lake High School sophomore Kayla Gerry, who is an athlete and a musician, can add another accolade to her list: Washington State Senate Page Gerry was one of 30 students from across the state...

 
 By AL STOVER    Education    March 31, 2016

CHS to be new site for regular school board meetings

The Cheney School board breezed through a quick agenda at its March 23 meeting. In action items, the board approved the proposed calendar for meetings for the 2016-17 school year. Cheney High School’s library will be the site for the regular board...

 
 By AL STOVER    Education    March 31, 2016

Medical Lake board approves school lunch increase

At its March 22 meeting, the Medical Lake School Board approved a 5 cent raise to school lunches for the 2016-17 school year. The price of lunch at the middle school and high school will increase from $2.80 to $2.85. Lunch at Hallett and Michael...

 

Eastern Downtown Student Gallery to host Engler exhibit

Eastern Washington University’s Downtown Student Gallery will host the exhibit “Elise Engler: A Year on Broadway,” which opens Friday, April 1. The artist’s reception will be held on Thursday, April 21 from 4:30–6:30 p.m. The exhibit is in...

 

Education Briefs

FROM STAFF AND News Reports Cheney’s Doney wins regional History Bee competition Eight eighth-graders from Cheney Middle School competed in the regional History Bee competition in Seattle, March 22. Dylan Doney won the competition and became the...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    March 31, 2016

Wild Bill's credits customers, no big changes with success

In their first year in business in downtown Cheney, the owners of Wild Bill's Long Bar decided to subscribe to some old-fashioned notions. One is that there is no need to reinvent the wheel, and the...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    March 31, 2016

Hayford Crossing will have Grocery Outlet as anchor

The final corner of the busy intersection at U.S. Highway 2 and Hayford Road in Airway Heights is catching up with its neighbors. A new retail development known as Hayford Crossing is being constructed on the southwest quadrant and will include a...

 

Looking Back

10 Years Ago April 6, 2006 The Medical Lake Police Department was investigating a bomb threat, delivered in the form of graffiti on the wall of a girls' bathroom, at Hallett Elementary School. There...

 

What's Happening On The West Plains

All events are free unless posted otherwise. To get your event or meeting in the weekly What’s Happening section send an email with date, time, location and event to jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. Cheney • April 1, Baby Play and Learn Storytime...

 

Michael James Delaney

Michael James Delaney, age 67, was born Aug. 15, 1948 in Salem Ore. and passed away peacefully in his Cheney, Wash. home on March 22, 2016. Mike was preceded in death by his parents, James and Wilda...

 

Jeffrey L. Smith

Jeffrey L. Smith, age 66, of Cheney, Wash. passed away March 13, 2016 in Spokane, Wash. Jeff worked at the family jewelry store in Cheney for many years. He was the only child of Peter J. and Frances L. (Fred) Smith who have both preceded him in...

 

Deanna Marie Stragier

Deanna Marie Stragier passed away on Feb. 26, 2016 in Auburn, Wash. She was born on March 27, 1973 in Spokane, Wash. to Pamela (Gerhauser) Smith and Patrick Stragier. Deanna is survived by her three...

 

West Plains Briefs

Kiwanis collecting aluminum for Outreach Kiwanis of Medical Lake will be collecting aluminum cans on Saturday, April 2, from 9 a.m. – noon at Denny’s Harvest Foods parking lot. Part of Kiwanis “One Day” service events world-wide, the money...

 

Churches

Cheney United Church of Christ He is risen indeed! As we celebrated the resurrection of Christ we enjoyed fellowship with each other over Easter breakfast. You are cordially invited to attend future Cheney UCC services and activities.  Sunday,...

 
 By AL STOVER    Sports    March 31, 2016

Blackhawks split with Clarkston

The Cheney High baseball team began Great Northern League play after splitting a doubleheader against Clarkston, March 26 losing the first game 8-6 and winning the nightcap, 8-7. Cheney took an early...

 

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