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 By KELSEY LAVELLE    Front Page    December 19, 2013

North Pole non-stop to Christmas joy

Most people think loud and excited children are the worst part of flying. For flight 1225, the plane is full of exactly those types of children who are all flying where every child wishes they could...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    December 19, 2013

Caring for Christmas

Christmas, in fact any major holiday, can be a lonely time if someone doesn't have friends or family nearby. Staff at Cheney Care Center, however, have made sure that won't happen to any of their 54 r...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    December 19, 2013

Crime still down as year draws to a close

Baring any major holiday crime spree the Cheney Police Department should end 2013 with at least a 20 percent overall reduction in reportable criminal activity over 2012 numbers. While the rate of decline has slowed in some of the 11 reportable...

 By AL STOVER    Front Page    December 19, 2013

Airway Heights City Council holds final meeting of 2013

The Airway Heights City Council held their last meeting of the year, Dec. 16. Mayor Patrick Rushing announced he attended an Association of Northeast Mayors meeting, Dec. 13, regarding the concerns of the upcoming expiration of the solid waste...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    December 19, 2013

Slippery when wet

Icy conditions Friday contributed to this two-car, collision on SR 904 just outside Cheney. The top of an SUV involved in the collision can be seen near the patrol car at left. Neither driver was...

 By AL STOVER    News    December 19, 2013

Medical Lake to collaborate with SCRAPS for animal control services

The Dec. 17 Medical Lake City Council meeting saw the approval of the city entering in a contract with Spokane County Regional Animal Protective Service (SCRAPS). The city is currently in a contract with Spokanimal for their animal control services....

 Calendar    December 19, 2013

West Plains Briefs

District library holiday closures All Spokane County Library District facilities will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 24-25, in observance of Christmas. Regular hours resume Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. In observance of New Year’s Day, all...

 News    December 19, 2013

West Plains Chamber members nominate Best of the West

West Plains Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for it’s annual Best of the West awards in a variety of categories. Nominations can be made up to 5 p.m. Jan. 6, 2014, and can also include self-nominations as well as one nomination in...

 By NEWS SERVICE REPORTS    News    December 19, 2013

Land trust acquires Latah Creek shoreline near Spangle

Friday the 13th proved lucky for Inland Northwest Land Trust as two projects closed on the same day helping protect 439 acres in local watersheds and over 15,000 acres total. On Dec. 13, the Land...

 By NEWS SERVICE REPORTS    News    December 19, 2013

Sheriff warns residents of holiday mail theft

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office officials have said that over the past couple weeks numerous residents of south Spokane County have had their mail stolen out of their mailboxes. The majority of these incidents involve the suspect(s) opening mail n...

 News    December 19, 2013

Cheney Free Press deadline changes for Christmas and New Year's editions

Because Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on Wednesday the Cheney Free Press is making deadline changes for its publications. Deadlines for classifieds in the Dec. 25 West Plains Extra is Dec. 19 with classifieds in the Dec. 26 Cheney Free Press...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    December 19, 2013

Cheney board approves agreement with District 81

The Cheney School Board approved an inter-district cooperative agreement with Spokane School District 81 for the operation of the Newtech Skill Center in Spokane at its last meeting of the year, Dec. 11. The agreement is a consortium of nine other ar...

 Education    December 19, 2013

CHS announces November Students of the Month

Officials at Cheney High School have released the names of the November Students of the Month. The listing below is by department, student and class standing. Agriculture Kelci Scharff, freshman; art...

 Education    December 19, 2013

Eastern seeks musicians for alumni/community band

Tune up your trumpets and tubas and dust off your old drums, all musicians are invited to be a part of the Eastern Washington University alumni/community band this Saturday for EWU’s national semi-final football game at Roos Field in Cheney. With...

 Opinion    December 19, 2013

Forgiving GM debt another bah, humbug to taxpayers

Last week the U.S. taxpayer took a $10.5 billion hit to the wallet when the Treasury Department sold its final shares of General Motors stock and closed the books on its bailout of the troubled automaker. In the end, the government recouped $39 billi...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    December 19, 2013

So maybe there really is something to Friday the 13th

I’ve never been a big believer is superstition, but now I might be. Granted I am aware of avoiding walking under ladders and mindful when a black cat skitters across the road in front of me. And for whatever reason, the undershirt worn beneath my...

 Opinion    December 19, 2013

StageWest wishes everyone a Merry Christmas

StageWest Community Theatre has ended its brief but successful production of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol.” We had a good turnout for our dinner theatre and all the patrons complimented Mike Hartman from Willow Springs Restaurant for the...

 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    December 19, 2013

Telephone company career leads to adventure for Ed and Marylu Wade

In the early 1970s Ed and Marylu Wade attended a small church in Portland, Ore. and met Bob Griffin, a Jaars pilot. Bob told them he grew up in the Palouse area on a wheat farm. He got his pilot license as a teenager and started flying for Jaars....

 Neighborhood    December 19, 2013


Emmanuel Lutheran Church Emmanuel Lutheran Church celebrates the fourth Sunday of Advent this Sunday, Dec. 22. Please join us for worship at 10:30 a.m. The congregation of Emmanuel invites you to worship with us Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 10 p.m. for our tr...

 Obituaries    December 19, 2013

Betty M. England

Betty M. England, age 83, longtime Sunnyside, Wash. resident passed away Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 in Kennewick, Wash. Betty was born July 22, 1930 in Lincoln, Neb. the daughter of George and Marie... Full story

 Neighborhood    December 19, 2013

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Dec. 23, 2003 Use of methamphetamines and a car theft led to high-speed car chase by Cheney police that resulted in the arrest of 24-year-old Nicholas L. Gillam. With a 55 percent cut in housing at Fairchild Air Force Base in the works,...

 Calendar    December 19, 2013

What's Happening on the West Plains

City of Cheney • Dec. 22, Christmas Cantata presented by the Cheney UMC choir and Bells of the West Plains Handbell choir, the Christmas story presented in verse and song, Cheney United Methodist Church, 4 p.m. • Dec. 24-25, Library closed. •... Full story

 By Dr E KIRSTEN PETERS    Neighborhood    December 19, 2013

Tree rings speak to ancient climate change

As every school child knows, counting the growth rings in a tree tells you how old the tree is. But some samples of wood can tell you even more than age. That’s because some trees live in difficult environments. They grow best only when there is a...

 Neighborhood    December 19, 2013

Five Generations

We are a blessed family with five generations gathering for our 2013 Thanksgiving celebration at the home of Bob and Pat Lawley (Marshall, Wash). Bottom row: Lily Lien (fifth generation), Lina Lien...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    December 19, 2013

Defense delivers Eagles' win over Gamecocks

Last Saturday's Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinal game at Roos Field was the tale of two halves. And because of Eastern Washington's defense and big plays in the second half, the story...


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