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 By PAUL DELANEY    News    November 30, 2017

Fireworks at Medical Lake council

Fireworks are usually the topic of discussion closer to summer than winter in Medical Lake. But they were both on the agenda, and visible within the City Council chambers at the Nov. 21 meeting. An agenda item asking for a permit to have a public...

 

City council gets budget requests

Do you remember 1980? “Airplane” was one of the most popular movies that year, Mount St. Helens blew up and the U.S men’s hockey team beat the Soviet Union team en route to the gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y. Minimum...

 
 By Grace Pohl    News    November 30, 2017

Paw-velous

Before the 10th annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving at Cheney High School, there was a "Parade of Paws." The dogs were walked around a circle in the parking lot with their owners while judges picked...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    November 30, 2017

ML schools fight the social media battle

Any call early in the day on a Monday that first asks a question just might have trouble attached. Medical Lake Schools Superintendent Tim Ames received that call a couple of weeks ago with the greeting: “Mr. Ames, how are you?” as he got word...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    November 30, 2017

New group offers helping hands

When it comes to charitable giving, writing a check, making a cash or credit card payment to a favorite cause tend to be the easy ways to satisfy a need. The more difficult decision is the donation of...

 

Top stories of 2017

The Cheney Free Press staff selects the top-five news and top-six sports stories of the year, and runs them in our Christmas and New Year’s issues. This year, we would like to hear from you. What stories did you find the most important to you and...

 

Cheney School District to add safety position

Cheney schools will soon get an increase in the number of personnel dedicated to the security of its students. In fact, it will double. Superintendent Rob Roettger told the school board at its Nov. 15 meeting that officials at the district and the...

 

Sunset awards

Principal Ty MacGregor (right) and assistant principal Laura Roehl (left) helped hand out PACE (Partners Advancing Character Education) awards for respect and responsibility to students at Sunset...

 

Cheney High senior all-nighter hosts Santa breakfast

On Dec. 9 from 8 – 11 a.m., Santa Claus will be visiting the Cheney High School cafeteria for Santa's breakfast. The cost to join the fun will be $5 a person with all proceeds benefiting the senior...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    November 30, 2017

STEP project inches towards late 2017 opening

Just about a year after breaking ground, the Spokane Tribe of Indians' chair, Carol Evans, told the West Plains Chamber of Commerce at its Nov. 15 breakfast meeting that their Spokane Tribe Economic P...

 

WHAT A DIFFERENCE 37 YEARS MAKES

Below are some figures from the 1980 and 2017 city of Cheney budgets 1980 2017 General Property Tax $ 159,482 $ 1,493,600 Police $ 336,192 $ 3,147,300 Fire $ 215,592 $ 3,019,900 Planning $ 20,309 $ 474,800 Legal $ 20,353 $ 209,000 Light charges for...

 

News Briefs

Cheney folk singer/songwriter releases first album Cheney Indie folk singer/songwriter Brian Stai is issuing his first full-length solo album with a release show on Monday, Dec. 4, at The Bartlett in Spokane. The show begins at 8 p.m. Stai, who...

 

Keep the holiday spirit throughout the year

This is the time of year that we all seem more generous with the holiday spirit around us. According to an article from USA Today, about 34 percent of all charitable giving is done in the last three months of the year. Of those donations, about 18...

 

Finding balance in the strange world of occupational licensing

Recently, the Institute for Justice determined state licensing barriers for lower-income workers and aspiring entrepreneurs not only hurts people trying to establish themselves in a profession, but annually drives consumer prices up by $203 billion....

 

Turkey Trot success continues in 10th year

On behalf of the Cheney High School Cross Country program, we would like to thank the community of Cheney for their support of our 10th annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. There were over 530 walkers, joggers or runners present for this...

 

Maike thanks campaign committee, community groups

Thank you to my campaign committee: Lahnie Henderson, Barb Reis and Bob Kibling for all your support during Medical Lake’s Mayoral campaign. You were committed to helping Medical Lake stay the remarkable city it is and I truly appreciate your hard...

 

Commonality of vote should be commitment to doing good

The election is over and most likely none of us had things fully go as we would have liked. That’s the way democracy works. As I see it, the most important thing is to cultivate hope, which means that we live in “expectancy” that good things...

 

Medical Lake food bank thanks Scouts for collections

Medical Lake’s food bank would like to thank the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of troops 307 and 351 for spending a day collecting food for our community. Their selfless act will not go unappreciated by the families that depend on the food bank. Thank...

 

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Nov. 29, 2007 Faced with the need to balance their community's increased utility demands as a result of urban growth, Airway Heights City Council had to decide whether to approve...

 

StageWest presents Dickens' classic 'Christmas Carol'

StageWest Community Theatre proudly presents a Readers’ Theatre production of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” adapted by Tony Palermo and directed by Kathleen Bell. This production has a limited number of performances, StageWest’s...

 

Churches

Four Lakes Community Church We are a non-denominational Village Missions Church. We exist to exalt the Lord, to educate and edify the saints and evangelize the lost. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:45 a.m. All are welcome....

 

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 Dec. 1, International Ninja Day, community...

 

Barbara Shirley Ramsey

Barbara Shirley Ramsey was born at home on March 22, 1940 in the small village of Cimila in South Wales, UK to Frederick and Ann Williams. She passed away Nov. 20, 2017. She was the seventh of seven c...

 

Donna Elaine (Steen) Diteman

Donna Elaine (Steen) Diteman passed away peacefully surrounded by family members on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, immersed in the love of her devoted husband Richard Thomas Diteman and her five children, 12...

 

Medical Lake Fall All-NEA 2017

Medical Lake's state championship cross country team led the list of Cardinals selected to All-Northeast A League teams in the fall of 2017 with six members. The playoff-qualifying soccer squad...

 

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