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Medical Lake renews court agreement with Cheney

Medical Lake will continue to hold its court in the city of Cheney. At its Dec. 20 meeting, the City Council renewed the city’s interlocal agreement with Cheney for municipal court services and facilities. City Administrator Doug Ross said the...

 

Sensing the burn

Cheney Fire Department and Eastern Washington University officials have collaborated on a solution reducing the frequency of fire alarm calls at two university residence halls while also improving stu...

 

To Santa, love, Colby

Colby Anderson puts the finishing touches on a Christmas card to Santa Claus at the Cheney American Legion Post 72's "Pictures with Santa" festivities, Dec. 21. Over 40 children of all ages stopped...

 

All is well at AH reclamation plant

The Airway Heights wastewater reclamation plant recently celebrated its fifth year in operation. According to Chuck Clawson, lead operator of the facility, things have been going pretty well in the last five years. “We’re well within compliance...

 

Better revenues improve Cheney's budget

A healthier than usual revenue stream helped change Cheney’s general fund budgeting process from one centered on cutting to one with the actual hope of planning for the future, leading it to be voted the No. 3 top news story of 2016. While the...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    December 29, 2016

West Plains academy graduates 19 recruits

The West Plains Recruit Structural Academy graduated 19 recruits from its recent class, along with six crew leaders, during a Dec. 22 ceremony at Medical Lake High School's auditorium. The academy...

 

Winter Bethlehem

Cheney's Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on North Sixth Street featured a snow-carved depiction of the Nativity prior to Christmas, complete with manger (above), three Wise men and a...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    December 29, 2016

Howard Jorgenson gave and gave to his community

Talk to relatives and others who, over the past 50-plus years, knew and worked with Howard Jorgenson and "shy" or "reserved" would not be words that come to mind when describing this iconic community...

 

Medical Lake maintenance shop and vehicles replaced after fire

By AL STOVER Staff Reporter The Medical Lake’s Maintenance Department went from having its shop burned, and vehicles either destroyed or damaged beyond repair in an April fire to having the fleet replaced, which led it to being voted the No. 5 top...

 

Cheney American Legion New Year's Eve dinner and dance

Cheney American Legion Post 72 is inviting the community to its New Year’s Eve celebration this Saturday, Dec. 31. The Post is located at 116 College Ave. The celebration begins at 6 p.m. with a prime rib dinner, featuring baked potato loaded with...

 

Free Press deadlines

The Cheney Free Press is closed Jan. 2, 2017, in observance of New Year’s. Deadlines for the Jan. 5 issue, including legal notices, classified ads, West Plains Briefs and letters to the editor, are Friday, Dec. 30, by 5 p.m., however the office...

 

Postal artists

The Cheney branch of the U.S. Postal Service held its annual Christmas coloring contest, with five winners receiving a Christmas stocking full of goodies. Winners pictured above are front row, Alaina...

 

Eastern's PUB renovation project is underway

After a false start of sorts, Eastern Washington University's renovation of the Pence Union Building kicked off this past fall. The $35 million work on the student's main activity building brings...

 

Lefler and Novo compete in national SeaPerch competition

By AL STOVER Staff Reporter Carter Lefler and Collin Novo became the first students from Westwood Middle School to compete at the 2016 SeaPerch National Challenge at Louisiana State University (LSU)...

 

Medical Lake District chosen as STEM Lighthouse School

The Medical Lake School District continues to serve as a beacon for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in the area. This year, the state Office of Public Instruction (OSPI) selected the Medical Lake as one of the Washington STEM...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    December 29, 2016

Longtime West Plains businesses change hands

Three businesses that enjoyed long-term stable ownership changed hands in 2016 on the West Plains. Led by two generations of family guidance and some 60 years operating in Cheney, Boots Insurance...

 

Homes are a hot commodity in Cheney - again

By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter You've seen and heard about the big boom in apartment construction in the area. But there's another hot property these days and that's because there is way too little...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    December 29, 2016

Local apartment boom continues

The boom in apartment construction in Cheney is more than noticeable with the sound of hammers pounding and nail-guns popping in a number of locations. That signals a potential shift in the habits of...

 

Firearms and schools are a bad combination

Should teachers be allowed to have weapons on school property? That is something the Mountain View School District in Idaho is wrestling with in regards to a proposed policy that would allow school personnel to carry weapons on the district’s campu...

 

Ron McKinley didn't hesitate to give to his community

Stopping at Napa Auto Parts a couple weeks ago, Bob and I were discussing the passing of Ronnie McKinley. Bob shared in all his years, he never waited on a nicer customer. Ron Schmitt was at the...

 

Opportunities with the shift from oil

By DON C. BRUNELL Contributor As 2017 approaches, it is fascinating to look back at the vast changes in our lives over the last century and then imagine where we may be headed in the next 25 years. It is hard to picture that in the year 1900, more...

 

Caring and sharing

In a photo from a Feb. 18 story, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints missionaries Sister Taya Worthen (center) and Sister Monica Schmidt are happy to let Eastern Washington University...

 

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Dec. 28, 2006 Medical Lake Outreach and the food bank each received charitable donations. Denny’s Harvest Foods owner Denny McDaniel presented Outreach with a $500 check from Medical Lake Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival while the food...

 

Churches

Emmanuel Lutheran Church Happy New Year. The congregation of Emmanuel Lutheran Church invites you to worship with us at 10:30 a.m. this Sunday, Jan. 1 for our “Lessons and Carols” worship service. You may also watch our pastor’s sermons at our...

 

What's Happening On The West Plains

Cheney • Dec. 30, Light Fitness Hour (adults 50+), Wren Pierson Community Center, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. • Dec. 30, Baby Play & Learn Storytime (ages 0–18 months), 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. • Dec. 30, Texas Hold’em (adults 50+), Wren Pierson... Full story

 

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