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 By Grace Pohl    News    December 7, 2017

AH meeting turns contentious

There were barely any empty seats at the Nov. 30 Airway Heights Planning Commission meeting as citizens packed the room for the public hearing on rezones around the city. “This is the most people I have ever seen at one of these meetings,...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    December 7, 2017

Telling it like it is

Medical Lake's City Administrator Doug Ross only has a long skinny window in his office, but he seems to have a pretty clear picture about what goes on in the town. Tasked with how to best spend the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    December 7, 2017

Cheney's 'interim' food bank director retires

It's a chilly Wednesday morning, Nov. 29, at the Cheney Food Bank, and volunteers John Matthews and Jerry Stewart have just finished loading 3–4 pre-bagged sacks of groceries into a cart for a...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    December 7, 2017

Fire, police departments present 2018 budgets

Budget presentations by Cheney's fire and police department chiefs at the Nov. 28 City Council meeting can be summed up in one word - more. More calls, more requirements and more needs for personnel a...

 

Exhibiting 'Appropriate Audience Behavior'

Sometimes the best way to get a point across is to do exactly the opposite of what you intend to say. Such is the premise of Westwood Middle School's first drama production "Appropriate Audience...

 

Combatting staff shortages in Medical Lake schools

Appropriately, a recent workshop for future substitute teachers in Medical Lake was termed a “boot camp.” That’s because the district continues to fight a battle to fill an ever-decreasing pool of people to fill in for regular classroom...

 

Medical Lake school board hears levy plans

The Medical Lake School Board said goodbye to longtime member Kelly Fouts and got introduced to what might lie ahead as far as funding goes at its Nov. 28 meeting. Fouts, who was defeated in the Nov. 7 general election by Leo Spilker, has been a...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    December 7, 2017

ADM project would ease truck traffic on First Street

Archer Daniels Midland Agricultural Services has submitted application paperwork and State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) checklist information for a proposed project to alleviate truck traffic...

 

Comedian Carlos Mencia comes to NQR

Comedian Carlos Mencia brings strong comedic intuition and non-stop laughs to Northern Quest Resort & Casino's Pend Oreille Pavilion on Thursday, March 15, 2018.  Show time is 7:30 p.m.  Ticket...

 

News Briefs

Cheney Clothing Exchange in need of winter gear Officials with the Cheney Clothing Exchange say they are seeing more and more homeless individuals using their services and are in need of more items. Volunteer coordinator Connie Oakes said the...

 
 By Grace Pohl    News    December 7, 2017

Two Airway Heights City Council members sworn in

At the Dec. 4 Airway Heights City Council meeting, two members were sworn into their positions. The first one was recently elected James (Sonny) Weathers. The second one was Veronica Messing, who was...

 

Flood-damaged cars could be for sale in Washington

OLYMPIA — While some areas of the country are still reeling from the devastation of hurricanes Irma and Harvey, scam artists are now trying to sell flood-damaged vehicles in Washington state. The Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance...

 

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Dec. 6, 2007 Medical Lake’s John Aiken tried his second run at state governor’s office. His first campaign took place in 2004. The Inland Northwest Partners honored Cheney for its planned research and industrial park that would...

 

From the archives: 1997

Four-year-old Spencer Jimerson strung together a froot-loop garland to hang around the Christmas tree at the Christmas Family Night at Reid Elementary School....

 

Millet speaks at Cheney Congregational Church

Dave Millet, director of the Eastern Washington University Veterans Resource Center, will be the featured speaker at the fourth in a series of Peace in the Cheney Community events. Cheney Congregational Church will host the event following their 10...

 

Churches

Cheney Congregational Church This Sunday we are hosting David Millet, director of veterans resources at EWU to speak at our Peace Event following our 10 am Sunday Worship. Mr. Millet will be addressing the reintegration of our service members back...

 

Marie "Eloise" Holt Goodwin

Guy and Winnifred (Lindell) Holt welcomed their baby Eloise on June 16, 1929 at Spokane. Eloise passed away on Nov. 30, 2017 at her home. The family home was near Four Lakes where Eloise lived for 18...

 

LOOKING BACK WITH THE CHENEY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Seventy-five years ago on December 6, 1942, International Order of Job’s Daughters Bethel 17 was instituted in Cheney. Job’s Daughters is an associate organization of the Freemasons. Learn more about our area’s history at ww...

 

West Plains Briefs

Celebrate with Santa at Cheney American Legion Everyone is welcome to Cheney’s American Legion Post No. 72 pictures with Santa Christmas party Thursday, Dec. 14, from 5–7 p.m. Free pictures with Santa, mac and cheese for the kids and Christmas...

 

Three more showings of StageWest's 'A Christmas Carol'

StageWest Community Theater is halfway through its production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” adapted for Readers’ Theatre by Tony Palermo and directed by Kathleen Bell. Only three performances are left, Friday Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.,...

 

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. 9, Cookie exchange and ornament making...

 

Medical Lake's annual Winter Festival continues to grow

It may be hard to top the 2016 version of the Re*Imagine Christmas Winter Festival in Medical Lake but they'll try. "Last year it was 'cue the snow,'" festival director Terri Cooper said. "People...

 

The once mighty emerge from the muck, mud

Looks like the male chauvinist pigs have emerged from their hiding places in the mud. In a series of recent shocking revelations, a seemingly endless march of icons from media, film and politics have slogged their way out of the slop for all to see...

 

Here's to spending on booze, women and movies

It seems to me there used to be a “Bah, humbug” award for people whose comments and/or actions exemplify those from fictional miser Ebenezer Scrooge. If there isn’t such an award, there should be. Either way, I’d like to nominate someone for...

 

'Me Too' testimony can turn innocence into criminality

By FRANK WATSON Contributor The “Me Too” movement appears to be gathering momentum as more and more women come forward and report long ago incidents of sexual misconduct. Currently, the most noteworthy accused is Alabama senatorial candidate and...

 

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