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Residents contest development

Traffic and safety issues took center stage at a Cheney Planning Commission public hearing Monday night on a proposed rezone to accommodate a 115-unit apartment complex near Hagelin Park and the city pool. Over two dozen people attended the hearing,...

 

A need for separation

By JOHN McCALLUM Editor A recent study by the state’s Joint Transportation Committee ranked a city of Cheney railroad crossing among the top 50 crossings in Washington needing better separation between rail and vehicle traffic to improve safety,...

 

Water logged

A softball floats in a flooded swale at the Cheney High School football field as the Blackhawks track and field teams in the background get set to practice last Friday. Rains and rapid snowmelt have...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    March 16, 2017

Crossing improvement projects coming to AH

At its March 13 study session, the Airway Heights City Council received a few updates regarding potential street improvements for the city. One of these updates focused on safety improvements at crosswalks on Hayford Road. At the request of council,...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    March 16, 2017

Fatality in Tuesday Medical Lake fire

The Medical Lake Fire Department and several other agencies responded to a structure fire within city limits on March 14. According to Medical Lake Fire Chief Jason Mayfield, the Fire Department...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 16, 2017

ML council amends cellular lease

The Medical Lake City Council unanimously approved an amendment to a site lease agreement allowing a company leasing space on the city’s water tower to add some equipment — and in the process bring in more money to the city coffers. The council...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 16, 2017

Customers up at Cheney Clothing Exchange

Things are booming at the Cheney Clothing Exchange - in many ways. Volunteer coordinator Connie Oakes said the exchange - which is open Wednesdays from noon – 6 p.m. in space on the Third Street...

 
 By John McCallum    News    March 16, 2017

Helping every woman

Medical Lake Firefighters Association vice president Jonathan Suffield presents a check for $371 to Every Woman Can chief executive officer Deb Barnes at the March 6 City Council meeting. The...

 

News Briefs

More area roads closed due to flooding, washouts Spokane County Public Works Department officials have announced the closure of several West Plains roads caused by heavy rains and rapid snow melt. Some roads had been closed earlier this month due to...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    March 16, 2017

Irish to the core

Eastern Washington University President, Dr. Mary Cullinan, was honored as the Grand Marshal of the 39th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade staged in Spokane, Saturday, March 11. Cullinan described her...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    March 16, 2017

Rodeo Lake

Pasture lands surrounding the Cheney Rodeo grounds usually flood each year, but this spring the higher amounts of rain and snow melt have left a lake worthy of sailing around on....

 

Got a beef or 'atta boy?' Try Cheers and Jeers

Sometimes things come to your attention that you feel the need to comment on, but don’t want to say too much. To provide a means of expressing these sentiments, whether it’s a good job to somebody or a “Come on man” as the popular ESPN segmen...

 

Priorities, and price, of government is worth another look

In 2003, Gov. Gary Locke (D) faced a 10 percent revenue hole in the state’s budget. He also stared at a sluggish economy still reeling from the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. People were reluctant to fly and airlines stopped buying Boeing jets....

 
 By Kevin Martin    Opinion    March 16, 2017

President Donald Trump should make a deal with North Korea

President Donald Trump likes to be known for his deal-making, and now he has the opportunity to make deals that can impact world peace and security, not just real estate or other business deals for his profit. North Korea would be a great place to...

 

False assurances given about federal education funding

Our state representatives Jeff Holy and Mike Volz of the 6th District,  both Republicans, held a town hall meeting in Spokane on March 11. The majority of the questions were posed by articulate and enthusiastic teachers in the area, many from...

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY March 6 Possible threat was reported at Cheney High School. An individual saw a Snapchat post showing an individual with the caption “Don’t come to school.” Third-degree malicious mischief was reported on the 1000 block of Betz Road....

 

West Plains libraries to host urban farming events

A chance to become an expert in urban farming is quickly approaching at some of the West Plains libraries. The first events will take place on March 25 at the Cheney and Airway Heights branches....

 

Churches

Four Lakes Community Church We are a non-denominational Village Missions Church. We exist to exalt the Lord, to educate and edify the saints and evangelize the lost. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. and Worship Service is at 10:45 a.m. All are welcome....

 

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 • March 17, Light Fitness Hour (adults 50+),... Full story

 

Looking Back

10 Years Ago March 15, 2007 Washington State Patrol received a 911 call of a vehicle traveling at over 100 mles per hour westbound on Interstate 90 near Spokane/Lincoln county line. The driver,...

 

West Plains Briefs

Medical Lake scholarship fundraiser this weekend Medical Lake Dollars for Scholars’ “Spring Thing” scholarship fundraiser is this Saturday, March 18 at St. Anne’s Parish Hall, 6:30–10:30 p.m. There will be a live auction/silent auction with...

 

David Emery Carr

Surrounded by loved ones, David Carr lost his battle to glioblastoma brain cancer on March 8, 2017. He was an amazing husband, father, son, brother and friend. David was born in Spokane, Wash., May... Full story

 

School board gets alternate construction method overview

Passage of the Cheney Public Schools’ $52 million capital facilities bond last month presents some interesting logistic issues, and perhaps none more important than the obvious requirement — that all four buildings need to be open for education d...

 

Homeworks! shows off

Students at Cheney School District's Homeworks! program presented some of the subjects they are learning at a pair of presentations, Feb. 28. In the afternoon, students at the program site on Andrus...

 
 By Al Stover    Education    March 16, 2017

ML Circuit Breakers take top rank in Steamworks robotics competition

The Medical Lake Circuit Breakers and Cheney Blackhawks high school robotics teams had success at the March 3 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Steamworks competition...

 

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