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Police overtime remains a concern in Cheney

Cheney Police Chief John Hensley has a concern about the new contract with the city’s Police Guild. Hensley’s concern is with what he feels might be unrealistic expectations from the public and City Council members that new staffing levels contai...

 

AH council OKs change orders to local road projects

The Airway Heights City Council kicked off the new year with some old business at its Jan. 5 meeting. The council approved a change order for the Hayford Road Overlay project. Public Works Director Kelly Williquette explained that as staff was...

 

The Cheney 'Gas War'

Cheney residents got an unexpected Christmas gift this year. Cheap gas. In a throwback to the 1960s - except one needs to add about $2 to the price-per gallon - as gas stations in the city engaged in...

 

Medical Lake's Care and Share store installs security cameras

Customers who browse through the Care and Share's men's department and glance at the corner above the sorting room will see a security camera with a sign hanging below that has a yellow smiley face dr...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    January 8, 2015

Responding to seasonal calls

Firefighters devote their time and lives to make sure the community is safe from blazes throughout the year, but several fire departments on the West Plains gave back to families during the holidays....

 
 By AL STOVER    News    January 8, 2015

Airway Heights purchases land for park

The city of Airway Heights is laying out the groundwork for a future park, located on the eastern part of the city. At its Jan. 5 meeting, the City Council approved the purchase of 2.06 acres of land from Vandervert Development Inc. for $100,000 for...

 

West Plains Briefs

Feed Medical Lake Jan. 12 Need a New Year’s resolution? Attend Feed Medical Lake each month for a free meal and groceries. The next meal is Monday, Jan. 12, 5-6 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 223 S. Hallett St. There will be oven-fried chick... Full story

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    January 8, 2015

Cheney to review zoning chapter despite codifier's errors

The city of Cheney is inviting public comment on its notice of application making changes to the city’s municipal code chapter Title 21 — Zoning while also moving forward with the public hearing process. The comment period, which runs through...

 

Distracted driver and seat belt emphasis patrols conducted in January

SPOKANE COUNTY — Starting January 2015 the Spokane County Target Zero Task Force will be sponsoring monthly distracted driving and seat belt emphasis patrols in Spokane County. As per the governor’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan, Target Zero,...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    January 8, 2015

Medical Lake City Council supports upcoming school maintenance and operations levy

The Medical Lake City Council started the year with a quick Jan. 5 meeting that was focused on education. The City Council voted unanimously to support the Medical Lake School District’s operations and maintenance renewal levy, which is up for...

 

Beal named regional distinguished principal

Cheney School District Principal Matt Beal has been selected by elementary school principals in the Northeast Washington region as one of 18 distinguished principals in the state for the 2014-2015...

 

Golden Feather Spirit Game is Wednesday, Jan. 14

The Cheney basketball teams will travel to Medical Lake to engage in the annual Spirit Game Wednesday, Jan. 14. The theme this year is "Back To The Feather," a play on the movie, "Back to the...

 

Hallett announces November and December award winners

Hallett Elementary announced the Partners Advancing Character Education (PACE) award winners for November and December. PACE/Pride award Levi Garcia, Ashtyn Butterfield, Samantha Sallas, Waylon Grimes, Marcus Durbin, Audrey Hall, Brookleyn Gallup,...

 

The forgotten challenge of wearing a badge

The men and women of the law enforcement profession are under attack these days, both literally and very much figuratively. The heat has been turned up most recently on the national stage with a number of headline-worthy incidents. Most notably was t...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    January 8, 2015

Don't panic and remember to be safe on those icy roads

One of my favorite phrases is “Don’t Panic,” which is found in Douglas Adams’ “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” In an interview with Sci Fi Weekly, author Arthur C. Clarke said Adams’ use of the phrase as the “best advice to human...

 

Cheney's Fisher Building a community treasure

I’m responding to the Opinion page of the Dec. 25 paper. I moved out here to Medical Lake in September 2013, to enjoy living in a small town. Medical Lake is nicknamed by some as “the Mayberry of Spokane County” and I have found it to be such...

 

Cheney Schools honor Van Kurens

My wife and I would like to thank Cheney School Superintendent Debra Clemens, the school board (especially former president Rick Mount), Mike Stark and Kurt Holland for naming the Cheney Middle School track for us. It is a great honor for both of...

 

Mario Cuomo will never be forgotten

The passing of Mario Cuomo recently, brought back some personal memories of the former governor from the great state of New York.  In the latter part of the 1980’s, my own father passed away in Ottawa, Canada and it fell to me and my elder brothe...

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Dec. 30 Second-degree theft was reported in the 3000 block of Meadow Glen Lane. A purse and its contents were taken from a vehicle. Jan. 2 Kenneth B. Barton, 37, was arrested on the 2800 block of First Street on a Washington state Department...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    January 8, 2015

Cheney school bus driver ticketed in Monday collision

A Cheney School District bus driver was ticketed following a Monday morning collision with an SUV at the top of Sunset Hill in Spokane. According to a Spokane Police Department accident report, the bus was pulling out of a driveway onto the Sunset...

 

Oliver 50th anniversary

Greg and Sheila Oliver celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with friends in Spokane and family in Seattle. Their children are Shannon Olsen and C.B. Oliver. They were married Dec 16, 1964 in...

 

Medical Lake Kiwanis accepting nomations for Volunteer of the Year

Nominations are now being accepted for the Medical Lake Kiwanis’ annual Senior Citizen Volunteer of the Year award. Nominations for individuals who have greatly contributed of themselves for the good of community and others in 2014 should be...

 

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. City of Cheney • Jan. 9, Baby Play and Learn... Full story

 

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Jan. 12, 2005 A strange up-tick in suicide calls over the 2004 holiday period was reported by the Medical Lake Police Department. While no deaths occurred, Police Chief Tony Harbolt said the increase was unusual. Cheney High School got...

 

Looking back with the Cheney Historical Museum

One hundred twenty-five years ago, the winter of 1890 brought heavy snow and a series of cold snaps in January and February with minus 23 degrees on Jan. 5. Settlers suffered losses of livestock and game animals. Learn more about our area’s...

 

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