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Articles from the July 24, 2014 edition

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 By Jill Weiszmann    Front Page    July 24, 2014

Watermelon Hill fire scorches area

Inferno behind "The Inferno" -- smoke from last weekend's Watermelon Hill fire provides a backdrop for Eastern Washington University's Roos Field and the Eagles red turf. Over 300 firefighters...

 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 24, 2014

Fire burned 11,000 acres in two counties, now contained

Firefighter crews battling the Watermelon Hill fire, seven miles southwest of Cheney and four miles east of Interstate 90 finally reached their goal Tuesday — total containment. Cheney Fire Chief Mike Winters, one of a number of fire departments...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 24, 2014

Fire tales: 'Man, that's going to get really big, really quick'

For Pete and Teri Jo Christianson at Badger Lake, the worst of the Watermelon Hill fire closed in late Saturday night through early Sunday morning, but in the end passed them by. As the resident...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 24, 2014

Old adversaries, new challenger square off in county commissioner race

The primary race for the Spokane County Commissioner District 3 seat pits two adversaries from the last time the seat was contested in 2010 along with a relative political newcomer. Current incumbent...

 By Dave Meany    Front Page    July 24, 2014

EWU Reaches out to Students Impacted by Washington Wildfires

CHENEY, Wash. - In an effort to help students and their families impacted by the Carlton Complex fires, Eastern Washington University will send a team of financial aid counselors and outreach staff to Okanogan County to assist those who are planning... Full story

 By AL STOVER    News    July 24, 2014

Spokane County presents solid waste options to Airway Heights

Kevin Cooke, Spokane County utility director, along with Spokane County Commissioners Al French and Shelly O’Quinn, gave a presentation on the county’s regional solid waste disposal system to the Airway Heights City Council at the July 14 study s...

 News    July 24, 2014

Oil blast zone website in letter incorrect

In a letter to the editor in last week’s Cheney Free Press a website for readers to check whether or not their home or business is in the blast zone should an oil train wreck while passing through Cheney contained an extra “s” and was...

 By AL STOVER    News    July 24, 2014

Medical Lake council approves unpaid holidays for city employees

It was a quick, but busy night at the July 15 Medical Lake City Council meeting. The council approved a resolution to provide city employees with two unpaid holidays per calendar year for a reason of faith or conscience, or an organized activity...

 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    July 24, 2014

Varied experiences helped shape Roger Hagenbuch

Roger Hagenbuch grew up on a dairy farm in New Jersey. He said, "I was the fourth of nine children." A family in the dairy business needs a lot of helpers to carry the milking equipment, feed the...

 Neighborhood    July 24, 2014

Washington agriculture organizations offer learning experience to the public

Tilth Producers of Washington and Washington State University’s Small Farms Program is inviting the public to tour Spokane Family Farm as part of their 2014 Farm Walk Educational Series. Spokane Family Farm is located at 21715 W. Coulee Hite Road...

 Calendar    July 24, 2014

What's Happening on the West Plains

City of Cheney • Tuesdays through Sept. 23, Cheney Farmers Market, City Hall parking lot, 2 – 7 p.m. • July 25, Baby Play and Learn Storytime (ages 0 – 18 months), community library, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. • July 25, “Discovering... Full story

 Neighborhood    July 24, 2014


Emmanuel Lutheran Church This Sunday, July 27, Emmanuel Lutheran Church will celebrate the seventh Sunday after Pentecost during the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Adult education begins at 9 a.m. All are welcome and visitors are expected. You can also...

 Obituaries    July 24, 2014

Phyllis Margaret (Anderson) Evans

Phyllis (Phyl) was born on a small farm on what her mother called "Potato Picking Day" in Amber, Wash. just outside of Cheney on Oct. 21, 1927 and passed away July 7, 2014. Her father, Phillip... Full story

 Neighborhood    July 24, 2014

Looking Back

10 Years Ago July 29, 2004 Dry conditions and a passing freight train were contributing factors in a small wildfire fire just outside northeast Cheney. The Spokane Transit Authority was in the process of re-examining how it serves the West Plains...

 Neighborhood    July 24, 2014

Calling all classes

Saturday, July 19, the Cheney High School Alumni Association sponsored the annual All-Class Reunion Picnic at Salnave Park. More than 300 alumni and friends from classes as far back as the 1930s...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    July 24, 2014

Wheels already turning for 2015 Lilac Invite

At its 50th birthday the Lilac City Invitational Golf Tournament appeared to be in need of a spoonful of youthful elixir or an energy drink. Held July 10-13 at The Fairways Golf Course at West...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    July 24, 2014

Medical Lake's Holliday Field has 'em talking

Brayden Hale put the exclamation mark on the Medical Lake AA American Legion baseball season and allowed Dan Wagner to have a smile on his face as he rolled up the hoses, parked the ATV and padlocked the gate one final time at Holliday Field in 2014....

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    July 24, 2014

Medical Lake has powerful finish

The bats came alive big time as Medical Lake's AA American Legion baseball team finished on a high note by roughing up the visiting Prairie Cardinals from Post Falls/Rathdrum, Idaho 13-8 and 10-9...

 By AL STOVER    Sports    July 24, 2014

SummerHawks finish third in Federal League AA standings

Despite having a 11-5 regular season record, the Cheney SummerHawks AA American Legion baseball team did not make the district playoffs. Toward the end of the season, Cheney was in a close race with Colville for second place in the Federal League....

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    July 24, 2014

Blue Devils are bounced in playoffs

The Spokane Blue Devils made a quick exit in the Four by Four regional AAA American Legion playoffs last weekend in Chehalis, Wash. going 0-2. The Blue Devils fell 14-4 in their opener to the Kennewick Bandits Saturday afternoon and were ousted in...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    July 24, 2014

Cheney school board contemplates high school bond decision

Cheney School District board of directors received a financial outlook at their July 16 meeting concerning a possible bond vote to fund a remodel and expansion of the district’s high school — an outlook that left them with even more questions....

 By AL STOVER    Education    July 24, 2014

Cheney and Medical Lake schools partner with West Plains ECEAP

Parents living in the West Plains area and looking for options for preschool in the fall will have more opportunities available to them. The West Plains' Early Child Education and Assistance Program...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Education    July 24, 2014

New EWU student trustee a good fit on many fronts

If Eastern Washington University was looking for a student who might best possibly illustrate its mission to attract both first-ever college students, and minorities, it looks like he's been found in...

 Education    July 24, 2014

Cheney Residents make Washington dean's list

Several students from the Cheney area were named to the University of Washington’s dean’s list for the 2014 winter quarter. Students are listed by name and grade. Calvin A. Berstler, freshman; Kayla M. Fox, junior; Hayden B. Gerstenkorn, junior;...

 Calendar    July 24, 2014

West Plains Briefs

Cheney Farmer’s Market The Cheney Farmers Market is open every Tuesday from 2 – 7 p.m. from now until Sept. 23 in the City Hall parking lot. There will be plenty of fresh local produce along with handmade arts and crafts. Feed Cheney July meal... Full story


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