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The passing of a track legend

When Lawson Van Kuren arrived in Cheney nearly a half century ago to begin his teaching and coaching career he was given his choice of what he would like to coach at Fisher Junior High School. It was...

 

...and summer's just barely started

Residents' efforts to comply with the city's request to sharply curtail water use this past weekend helped Cheney avoid a critical situation regarding its water supply. But with more hot weather on th...

 

Cheney CHAS clinic hits funding setback

Plans to open a community clinic in Cheney serving the West Plains have hit a snag as hoped for federal funding has fallen through, at least for now. Community Health Association of Spokane — CHAS — announced plans in October 2014 of its...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 2, 2015

Spokane Tribe inks intent letter with Hard Rock Cafe & Casino

The good news keeps coming for the Spokane Tribe Economic Project (STEP). In a news release, the Spokane Tribe of Indians announced they had signed a letter of intent with HRHH IP, LLC (Hard Rock Hotel Holdings, LLC) to bring the Hard Rock Hotel &...

 

Fire ratings clarification

In last week’s In Our Opinion on fire safety it was mentioned that homes in rural areas carry a fire insurance rating between 8-10. Not so in rural areas of Spokane County Fire District 3. Because of the district’s efforts, Fire Chief Bruce...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 2, 2015

Cheney council OKs $6.4 million transportation plan

The Cheney City Council approved the city’s six-year, $6.4 million transportation improvement plan at its June 23 meeting. Of that funding, $4.9 million is planned for grant-eligible projects, with $655,470 in grant-eligible matching projects and...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    July 2, 2015

Medical Lake asks residents not to light fireworks

The city of Medical Lake is requesting residents refrain from using fireworks on the Fourth of July. Medical Lake Fire Chief Jason Mayfield explained that the city is not forcibly banning fireworks but rather asking residents to “voluntarily ban”...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    July 2, 2015

Airway Heights looks at new logo, asks residents for feedback

Airway Heights is looking at making some cosmetic changes in hopes of enhancing its economic development, one being the recent update to its website. Another is a new city logo. In collaboration with...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Education    July 2, 2015

EWU trustees approve preliminary budget

The Eastern Washington University board of trustees felt confident enough in the legislative process in Olympia they would have a budget to approve that they scheduled a June 26 meeting in Cheney. So much for great expectations when dealing with...

 
 By AL STOVER    Education    July 2, 2015

ML school board approves summer learning program

The Medical Lake School board breezed through a short agenda at its June 23 meeting. The board approved two summer learning programs for students. One is a reading intensive learning assessment program for third-graders who scored below the basic lev...

 

Cheney Middle School announces fourth quarter honor roll

Cheney Middle School officials have released their fourth quarter honor roll for the 2014-2015 school year. The names are listed below. EIGHTH GRADE 4.0 GPA – Abigail Blazon, Julia Gundlach, Rachel Hove, Jaymee Knutson, Sara Nanny, Jameson Powell,...

 

Medical Lake High School graduates receive scholarships and honors

The following Medical Lake High School graduates were awarded scholarships and honors. Fred Belga — Army ROTC scholarship, Gonzaga University stipend (three years), Gonzaga Unversity Deans List Scholarship, JROTC Certificate of Completion (four...

 

Girl Scouts donate to Youth Ranch

During a June 18 dedication ceremony, the Medical Lake Girl Scout Troop 3673 donated a flagpole to the Jensen Youth Memorial Ranch, 961 N. Stanley St....

 

West Plains Briefs

SCLD closed July 4 All Spokane County Library District facilities, including the ones in Airway Heights, Cheney and Medical Lake will be closed Saturday, July 4, to observe Independence Day. Regular hours resume Sunday, July 5. All Spokane County... Full story

 

Charleston's tragedy is the nation's wound

The following June 29 editorial from the Panama City News Herald may or may not reflect the views of the Cheney Free Press editorial board. In the wake of the murders at a Charleston, S.C. church, details are sinking in — and with them, the...

 
 By RIVERA SUN    Opinion    July 2, 2015

Revolution's matchstick: The Trans-Pacific Partnership

Rolling down the corporate-political assembly line is a trade deal so treasonous to the people of the world that it should serve as revolution’s matchstick. The treaty is secret, but one fact is well known: the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement i...

 

Another indictor of racial tensions in our country

Before pointing too many fingers at our beleaguered Secret Service agency and its recent foibles, we should consider its success so far in its bottom line responsibility: to keep President Obama and family alive and injury-free. Interviewed during...

 

BNSF removes 'I-sore'

During a May 6 community forum on increasing train traffic through Cheney, Cheney resident Pamela Gray brought my attention to a large, dead, pine tree at the end of I Street in downtown Cheney. She even brought a picture of the tree to pass out at...

 

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 • July 3, Baby Play and Learn Storytime... Full story

 

Smokey Bear comes to Tyler Daze

The small community of Tyler, Wash., was busy with activity the first Saturday of June as the annual Tyler Daze again brought the community together at the Tyler Grange Hall.  The Tyler volunteer fire fighters put on a pancake breakfast and lunch...

 

Telling mom about stepson better done sooner than later

Hi Celeste, I am currently dating a woman with a son. We get along great. He’s a good kid. My mom wants to meet my girlfriend but I haven’t dropped the knowledge about the son. Should I let my mom know right away or wait until she meets them?...

 

Annette D. Huddle

Annette D. Huddle age 91, passed away June 19, 2015 in Spokane, Wash. She was born Jan. 21, 1924 in Pasadena, Calif., to Jess and Daisy (Goff) Ryckman and was a graduate of Okanogan High School,...

 

Churches

Cheney Community Church Monday, July 6, our week of Vacation Bible School begins. The program starts at 9 a.m. with registration available on-site. If not pre-registered, come by at 8:45 a.m. to check in. Pre-registration is available by calling the...

 

Looking Back

10 Years Ago July 7, 2005 The residential growth trend continued for Medical Lake as it was announced a new addition to Silver Hills would contain 72 homes on a 27-acre development named Silver Hills West. Flickering lights in a large number of...

 

Looking back with the Cheney Historical Museum

One hundred years ago on July 3, 1915, Tyler celebrated the 4th of July with a trap shooting contest and an eight-mile automobile race, as well as an orchestra, games and speeches. Learn more about our area’s history at www.chen...

 

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