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Cheney High School bond round two

The Cheney School District board of directors voted 4-1 to rerun the district’s $44.88 million bond proposal for expansion and renovation of its high school on the upcoming April 28 special election ballot. The district previously ran a vote on...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    March 19, 2015

AH council talks cars and trucks

Vehicles and transportation were major topics at the March 16 Airway Heights City Council meeting. The council approved the Parks Maintenance Department’s request to purchase a 2004 Dodge Ram for $25,347 from Dishman Dodge. Parks, Recreation and Co...

 

Second-round smiles

An afternoon of nervously waiting to hear the name of Eastern Washington University called during Selection Sunday for the NCAA Basketball Tournament ended with smiles from players and coaches...

 

Cheney council declares emergency to buy electrical parts

The Cheney City Council approved a resolution declaring an emergency in order to waive the competitive bid process and proceed with purchasing needed electrical components to repair a main underground switch cabinet damaged in a Feb. 15 auto...

 

Pacific Northwest Qualifier volleyball major event for area

Quick, name one of the area's sporting events that makes interest in hotel rooms spike and something area merchants dig.  Nope, it's not Hoopfest, nor is it Bloomsday.  Months in advance teams...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    March 19, 2015

EWU Surplus Store set to reopen on campus April 3

There are changes ahead for the Eastern Washington University Surplus Store. First, the facility will be finally making a long-anticipated move from its current location in downtown Cheney on 120 G...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    March 19, 2015

Fresh Design Gallery opens in Medical Lake

A person who walks into Fresh Design Gallery and Vintage Rental, 116 N. Lefevre St., where Greene Management used to be in Medical Lake, will smell flowers and candy, displayed inside of a glass from...

 

STA tax measure open house March 24

The public is invited to an open house Tuesday, March 24, to learn more about Spokane Transit Authority’s Proposition 1 to appear on the April 28 ballot. The open house takes place at Spokane International Airport’s Irv Reed Center, just west of...

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY March 9 Illegal dumping was reported on the 1200 block of First Street. March 10 Failure to yield to a public vehicle was reported at Fish Lake. Third-degree theft was reported on the 2700 block of First Street. Alcohol was shoplifted and...

 

School board tables Fisher Building sale proposal

The Cheney School District board of directors elected to table a proposal by a pair of developers to purchase the surplused Fisher Building, at the board’s first regular meeting in March, March 11. The proposal by Collegetown Development, LLC, a co...

 

PUB renovation gets slim student approval to proceed

Students at Eastern Washington University recently gave their approval, albeit by a relatively small margin, to move ahead with plans to remodel the Pence Union Building on campus. By a vote in late...

 
 By AL STOVER    Education    March 19, 2015

Medical Lake Knowledge Bowl finishes third at state

The Medical Lake High School Knowledge Bowl team didn’t come home empty handed after they took third place at the Washington State XXXIII Knowledge Bowl championships, March 14 at Arlington High School. The competition began with a written round...

 

Hawks News keeps Salnave Elementary students informed

It starts with an announcement on the school public address system: "Standby for Hawks news!" Several students immediately begin a countdown from 20, 19, 18...5...4...3...2...1 - the small,...

 
 By AL STOVER    Education    March 19, 2015

Dollars for Scholars fundraiser is a casual affair

Guests who plan to attend the annual Medical Lake Dollars for Scholars (MLDFS) “Spring Thing” fundraiser, March 21, won’t need to dig through their closet in search of their expensive clothes or have to rent a suit or a dress for the event....

 

West Plains Briefs

Car club pancake feed The Stars and Stripes, Boots and Spurs Car Club invites the public to its second annual pancake feed Saturday, March 21, from 8 – 11 a.m. at the Cheney Faith Center, 300 N. Second St. Breakfast is $8 adults, $4 children age... Full story

 

It's time to do right for Cheney High's performing arts

We all should make informed decisions when we vote. In regard to the need for an auditorium at Cheney High School, I would like to address some points presented in previous letters to the editor. Perhaps on-the-job experience of a 40-year, music-teac...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    March 19, 2015

Bullying - like everything else - has an online presence

Whoever coined the phrase, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” probably never dealt with bullies. Maybe they did but never told anyone about it. Bullying is one of those problems that never seem to go away. No ma...

 

Each individual should evaluate the WPC's agenda

March 5, the Free Press printed Dave Daugharty’s letter re: Washington Policy Center (WPC) and six related issues. Dave — a long time colleague/friend — and I both wish the best for our country, our state and our people but have differing views...

 

Cheney Schools should look at alternatives

As one of the “Uninformed” voters who live on the West Plains and north of Fairchild Air Force Base, I was one of the ones who voted no on the Cheney School District’s last bond issue. This was not because I don’t support schools or...

 

Residents should be alarmed about increased train activity

On Saturday afternoon, March 7, around 4 p.m., I left our house near Sutton Park to collect some materials from the Cheney Library. Before I opened the door to leave, I heard a train rumbling around the curve. It got louder as I approached the...

 

Republicans's letter undermines nuclear negotiations with Iran

Back when some prominent Republicans were reasonable, they endorsed some measures now advocated by the Obama administration. Quickly coming to mind is Obama Care, which essentially copied Massachusetts’ 2006 health care reform under...

 

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 • March 20, Baby Play and Learn Story... Full story

 

'Pure Grit' is Cheney book club's March selection

“Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific” by Mary Cronk Farrell is the March selection of the Book Discussion Group of the Friends of the Cheney Community Library. The group meets Tuesday, March...

 

Churches

Emmanuel Lutheran Church Emmanuel Lutheran Church welcomes you for Sunday school and worship. You may also watch our pastors’ sermons at our website www.emmanuelcheney.org of on YouTube at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Cheney. Our mid-week Lenten... Full story

 

Looking Back

10 Years Ago March 17, 2005 The Cheney Light Department was anticipating a future rate increase of between 3-5 percent to offset approximately $60,000 in additional charges from the Bonneville Power Administration. The Medical Lake school district...

 

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