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Cheney Hydroponics underway

Cheney's first marijuana production and processing facility is now open for business. Cheney Hydroponics co-owner Bill Youngs updated the City Council about the status of the growing and processing...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    May 14, 2015

Getting heard

Airway Heights’ efforts to reach out to residents and improve the community have not gone unnoticed. In a press release, city officials announced that Airway Heights is one of three finalists for the 2015 Voice of the People Transformation award...

 

Banner Day

Westwood Middle School student Kiearra O'Neal and the rest of her color guard and band members for Cheney and Westwood middle schools performed under perfect weather conditions at last Saturday's...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    May 14, 2015

Medical Lake council considers fireworks ban

At its May 5 meeting, the Medical Lake City Council voiced their concerns about fireworks and discussed a possible emergency ban on lighting them in city limits. Medical Lake, along with Airway...

 

Cheney man is one of two victims in Spokane River plane crash

A Cheney man perished in the crash of a light plane that appeared to experience engine problems prior to striking the Spokane River just above Upriver Dam and sinking last Thursday. Richard Runyon was one of two men aboard a 1996 Piper Malibu that...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    May 14, 2015

Commission OKs comp plan public process

At it’s regular meeting Monday night, May 11, the Cheney Planning Commission approved a draft of the city’s public participation plan for the upcoming, 18-month-long comprehensive plan update process. According to the plan, public participation...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    May 14, 2015

Oxigen, attack!

Staff Sgt. Melissa Schmalhorst, 92nd Security Forces Squadron (right), tries to fend off Oxigen (left). Schmalhorst acted as a target during a military working dog demonstration May 11 at Fairchild...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    May 14, 2015

Twenty local offices on the November election slate

The filing period for individuals wishing to run for public office opened Monday, May 11, at the Spokane County Elections office, and with it the potential for a busy election season on the West Plains. Prospective candidates have until tomorrow,...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    May 14, 2015

Cheney Fire Department invites public to open house May 16

Cheney Fire Department Lt. Tim Steiner thinks the last time the department held an open house, the city's emergency medical services six-year levy was up for renewal. That would have been Aug. 7,...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    May 14, 2015

Medical Lake discusses law enforcement bill from Spokane County Sheriff's Office

The Medical Lake City Council breezed through a quick agenda at its May 5 meeting. Major John Higgins informed City Council that the city received an increase to the monthly bill from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office for policing services. City...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    May 14, 2015

Airway Heights patrol car damaged in accident

At approximately 8:40 p.m., on May 5 an inattentive driver unintentionally hit an Airway Heights police car in the parking lot of Northern Quest Casino. According to Sgt. Robert Swan, the vehicle damaged the front passenger side of the patrol car....

 

Hare named new Cheney High athletic director

Gregg Hare has been named the new athletic director and assistant principal at Cheney High School. Hare replaces current athletic director and assistant principal Jim Missel, who is retiring at the end of June after 33 years in education, 14 years...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Education    May 14, 2015

Family completes latest journey with college degrees

The family that stays together, well, ummm...graduates together? That seems to be the way of life for a trio of Eastern Washington University students who receive their diplomas Saturday, June 13 at...

 
 By AL STOVER    Education    May 14, 2015

Medical Lake School District to begin late start on Fridays in September

The Medical Lake School District is taking steps to help teachers address new district initiatives, as well as federal and state educational standards — one of them being additional prep time. At its April 28 meeting, the Medical Lake school board...

 
 By Mike Huffman    Education    May 14, 2015

CMS and Westwood bands perform together

The bands from both Cheney School District middle schools, Cheney and Westwood, combined to perform at last Saturday's Junior Lilac Parade in Spokane....

 

Lion's Club honors Medical Lake students

The Medical Lake Lion’s Club honored 33 students from all district schools at the annual Youth Appreciation Night, May 6, at Medical Lake High School. Hallett Elementary: Eugene Haas, Connor Palmen and Gracelynn Stimson. Michael Anderson...

 

Fairways Golf Course hosts Blackhawk Scramble

How’s your golf game? Whether it’s in top form or needs improvement, come out to the Fairways Golf Course Saturday, June 13, and take part in the annual Blackhawk Scramble. The scramble is a 9 a.m. shotgun start, and the $70 entry fee includes a...

 

West Plains residents make EWU dean's list

Several West Plains and Spangle residents made the Eastern Washington University dean’s list for the 2015 winter quarter Airway Heights — Ericka Rickards. Cheney — Holiel Alboraik, Abdullah Alqasem, Mahmood Alshengeete, Fletcher Aukerman, Saman...

 

West Plains Briefs

Feed Cheney May meal Feed Cheney will be a week early this month because of Memorial Day. The free hot dinner served family style by volunteers, groceries and entertainment will take place Monday, May 18, at Wren Pierson Community Center, 615...

 

This 'war on police officers' needs to stop

We all walk out the door every day and never know what lies ahead, but rarely do we ask ourselves, “will we come home?” That might ring differently for members of the law enforcement community as it seems police officers have proven to be...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    May 14, 2015

To understand science and history, learn to read the dirt

This is a fact: You can’t walk around Eldon Pueblo without stepping on a piece of history. For those who don’t know, Eldon Pueblo is an ancient Native American ruin about a mile east of Flagstaff in Northern Arizona, which is where I spent most o...

 

Brunell's endorsement of fossil fuels is irresponsible

Don Brunell’s ‘Guest Commentary’ on fossil fuels happened to appear in the Cheney Free Press on my son’s birthday, March 26, 2015. The chronological milestone — he turned 50 — made me consider just how irresponsible Mr. Brunell’s...

 

Grow your best tomato yet

Nothing beats the flavor of fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes. Make this your biggest and tastiest tomato harvest yet with proper planting and care. Reduce pest problems and increase the harvest by growi...

 

Looking Back

10 Years Ago May 12, 2005 A sudden spring storm dumped nearly an inch of rain on Cheney, forcing storm drains to clog and water to pool on area streets. A packed room of over 40 people showed up in City Council chambers to discuss the pros and cons...

 

Looking back with the Cheney Historical Museum

One hundred years ago on May 8, 1915, the fifth annual May Day Festival was celebrated with a parade of many floats and bands, games, and a dance. Miss Mary Houck was crowned May Day Queen. Learn more about our area’s history at...

 

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