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 By AL STOVER    Photos    May 18, 2017

Cheney Mayfest 2017

Cheney celebrated its fifth annual Mayfest, May 12 and 13. The event had a plethora of activities for residents and visitors of all ages to enjoy including a Cornhole tournament, Artist Alley and a... Full story

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    May 18, 2017

Airway Heights wells tainted

During a May 16 press conference, officials from Fairchild Air Force Base and Airway Heights announced that two water wells used by the city tested over 70 parts per trillion for perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and/or perfluorooctanoic acid...

 

Comp plan tabled by commission

Cheney’s Planning Commission has taken the unusual move of tabling approval of the city’s comprehensive plan — the document governing planning decisions over the next 20 years. In doing so, the commission raised the possibility the city could...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    May 18, 2017

West Plains summer road work kicks off

There are several road projects happening on the West Plains over the summer. In Cheney, State Route 904 will be resurfaced with hot mix asphalt through the city from Betz Road to Mullinix Road....

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    May 18, 2017

Rhythm section

Brodie Millican got to jam on stage with the Kelly Hughes Band during the Friday Night Street Dance at last weekend's Mayfest in downtown Cheney. The event, in its fifth year, had a plethora of...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    May 18, 2017

ML hosts well-testing town hall

Fairchild Air Force Base, along with local municipalities and regional regulatory partners have scheduled a town hall meeting on May 23 at the Medical Lake High School auditorium. The meeting is for residents to learn more about the recent well testi...

 

Congregational corrections

Two statements in last week’s story on the Cheney Congregational Church were worded incorrectly. Pastor David Krueger-Duncan said direction from the national church was congregations should welcome LGBTQ individuals by pointing out the differences...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    May 18, 2017

AH council awards road project to DW Excavating

The city of Airway Heights Garfield Road/Sixth Avenue reconstruction project took center stage at the May 15 City Council meeting. Council awarded the bid for the project to DW Excavating, Inc. out...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    May 18, 2017

Cheney council accepts bid for Sutton Park gazebo restoration

A popular feature of Cheney’s parks system will soon be receiving some much needed repair work. The City Council voted 6-0 at its May 9 meeting to approve a $16,985 bid by Steve Moser Construction of Nine Mile Falls to repair the foundation of the...

 

Interesting races in early West Plains candidate filings

By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The candidate filing period for elected offices in Spokane County is underway, and several races in West Plains cities have garnered challengers. As of press time Tuesday, the largest so far is for mayor in Medical Lake.Incumb...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    May 18, 2017

Business park project receives mitigated DNS ruling

During its May 10 meeting, the Airway Heights Planning Commission passed a resolution approving a recommendation regarding a State Environmental Protection Act review on a future project. The SEPA review for a binding site plans for the West Plains...

 

Royal treatment

Windsor Elementary School literally rolled out the red carpet for Cheney School District employees honored at the May 10 "Employee Recognition Night." See Section 2, page 8 for more photos and...

 

Cheney selects project management model

Cheney Public Schools’ board of directors voted unanimously at their May 10 meeting to use the general contractor/construction manager (GCCM) form of project management on two facilities scheduled for renovations from voter passage of a $52...

 

Lucky send off

Cheney soccer player Gabe Hemenway (front) and Blackhawks head coach Morgan Hartanov (behind) lead the rest of the team through a corridor of students wishing them well as they headed to Renton...

 
 By AL STOVER    Education    May 18, 2017

Eastern's board of trustees receives budget overview

During its May 12 meeting, the Eastern Washington University board of trustees went over the first readings of the university’s 2017-19 biennial operating budget. The budget revenue for the biennium is estimated at roughly $537.16 million....

 
 By AL STOVER    Education    May 18, 2017

Francis wins annual MLMS chess tournament

There is a new Medical Lake Middle School chess champion and his name is Tristan Francis. Francis won the school's annual chess tournament after he defeated Jeffrey Bailey in the championship match....

 

Hallett April PACE winners

Hallett Elementary School announced its Partners Advancing Character Education (PACE) award winners for April. PACE-Trustworthiness — Jayden Silva Calder Diluciano, Braylen Wattam, Briar Hull, Emily Bowser, Maureena Werre, Haedyn Deardorff, Ellie...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    May 18, 2017

Spring thaw gets the local rail traffic flowing

It's no illusion that more grain trains appear to be circling the Highline terminal at Four Lakes. "The winter has been pretty hard on everybody," Keith Bailey, general manager and CEO of Ag Ventures...

 

Eastern Washington releases winter quarter dean's list

The following West Plains residents made Eastern Washington University’s dean’s list for the 2016-17 winter quarter. Airway Heights — James Garrett, Wade Hampton and Matthew Platero. Cheney — Jerika Adams, Abdulrahman Al Musharraf, Mushari...

 

CHS Students of the Month April

Cheney High School announced the students for the month of April. Back row from left to right: Hannah Helsing, Kristie McGourin, Willem Adams, Abby Fillmore, Rachel Suominen, Ian Hill and Brandon...

 

Long journey for health insurance leads nowhere

Just what does finding peace in the Middle East and the key to affordable health insurance have in common? Not much other than each seems like an endless quest. The debate over paying for health care, however, predates the modern battle for land...

 

A short lesson in respect meant to last a lifetime

By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter In the daily flood of stories that makes headlines these days — be they real, rushed or contrived — one stood out last week. And I can tell you it was not for reasons that may be at all obvious. The appearance by...

 

Disaster relief depends on secure supply chains

By EMILY LORD Contributor A FedEx warehouse might save your life. When hurricanes are approaching, FedEx allows the Red Cross to stock emergency supplies in its warehouses. By pre-positioning these supplies, disaster relief workers drastically...

 

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 • May 19, Light Fitness Hour (adults 50+),... Full story

 

Seven Scouts receive Eagle badge at Cheney Court of Honor

A special Boy Scouts of America Court of Honor was held on Friday April 21, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Cheney to award seven young men their rank of Eagle Scout. The event...

 

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