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 By PHIL KIVER    Neighborhood    January 22, 2015 

Take the time, take a train

Last week I did something I had never done in America other than as a commuter in the DC area. I took the train. San Luis Obisbo, Calif. to Spokane. Thirty-two hours on a train, the price was very affordable, with a hint of adventure. The process in...

 Neighborhood    January 22, 2015 


Cheney Community Church  Cheney Community Church invites you to come worship Sunday, 10 a.m., to hear a new teaching series entitled, “Experiencing God.” Enjoy great worship music as well. Nursery care is provided for infants and toddlers....

 Neighborhood    January 22, 2015 

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Jan. 27, 2005 A recent small fire caused little structural damage but filled Cheney’s Bill’s Tavern with plenty of smoke and would keep the business closed for the foreseeable future. The Medical Lake City Council voted unanimously...

 Neighborhood    January 22, 2015 

Looking back with the Cheney Historical Museum

One hundred twenty-five years ago in 1890, the population of Cheney was stated as 1,500. In 1940, 50 years later, Cheney’s population was reported as 1,551. There is skepticism about the accuracy of the 1890 figure. Learn more about our area’s...

 Neighborhood    January 22, 2015 

Tickets for Cheney's annual Blackhawk Athletic Dessert and Silvent Aution on sale

Tickets for the annual Cheney High School Blackhawk Athletic Dessert and Silent Auction are now on sale. The auction takes place Friday, March 6 at the high school from 6 – 8 p.m.. Tickets are $2 per person and can be purchased at the high...

 Neighborhood    January 22, 2015 

Ruth Elizabeth Venemon Lewis

Ruth Elizabeth Venemon Lewis of Cheney passed away Dec. 7, 2014. She was 94. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, friend and will be dearly missed. She is survived by... Full story

 By CHRISTIE BRUNTLETT    Neighborhood    January 15, 2015

'Souper Bowl of Caring' to benefit Feed Cheney

Feed Cheney is planning its first annual fundraiser. It’s called “Souper Bowl of Caring.” Four and a half years ago Feed Cheney started providing a hot meal on the last Monday of each month, and groceries to tide people over until the firs...

 By TERRY ROBERTS    Neighborhood    January 15, 2015

Walking the walk of life

He is not the first person to walk across America. But he might be the first person to do so with a goat. And he might be the first person to walk across America, with a goat, for the sake of another...

 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    January 15, 2015

Life's activities can be like a jigsaw puzzle

Varney and his wife Gorgus were arguing at the kitchen table. Varney said, “I told you last week I couldn’t drive your mother to Spokane then turn around and take your sister to school. It’s like a jigsaw puzzle.” Gorgus: “A jigsaw...

 By AL STOVER    Neighborhood    January 15, 2015

Rogers reflects on time at AH Fire Department

Nathan Rogers entered his second year with the Airway Heights Fire Department in a new role. Rogers was one of two firefighters promoted to lieutenant on Dec. 30, 2014. Born in Spokane, Rogers moved...

 Neighborhood    January 15, 2015


Emmanuel Lutheran Church Emmanuel Lutheran Church invites you to join us Sunday mornings for Sunday school and worship. You may also watch our pastors’ sermons at our website or on YouTube at Emmanuel Lutheran Church,...

 Neighborhood    January 15, 2015

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Jan. 20, 2005 The Medical Lake Police Department was scheduled to begin participation in a high-tech information sharing program known as Coplink which allows members to share law enforcement data from across many sources. Cheney’s...

 By Greg and Sheila Oliver    Neighborhood    January 8, 2015

Oliver 50th anniversary

Greg and Sheila Oliver celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with friends in Spokane and family in Seattle. Their children are Shannon Olsen and C.B. Oliver. They were married Dec 16, 1964 in...

 Neighborhood    January 8, 2015

Medical Lake Kiwanis accepting nomations for Volunteer of the Year

Nominations are now being accepted for the Medical Lake Kiwanis’ annual Senior Citizen Volunteer of the Year award. Nominations for individuals who have greatly contributed of themselves for the good of community and others in 2014 should be...

 Neighborhood    January 8, 2015

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Jan. 12, 2005 A strange up-tick in suicide calls over the 2004 holiday period was reported by the Medical Lake Police Department. While no deaths occurred, Police Chief Tony Harbolt said the increase was unusual. Cheney High School got...

 Neighborhood    January 8, 2015

Looking back with the Cheney Historical Museum

One hundred twenty-five years ago, the winter of 1890 brought heavy snow and a series of cold snaps in January and February with minus 23 degrees on Jan. 5. Settlers suffered losses of livestock and game animals. Learn more about our area’s...

 Neighborhood    January 8, 2015


St. Paul’s Episcopal Church A welcoming haven, nourishing all God’s people in body, mind and spirit. Holy Communion at 11 a.m. The Rev. Christine Soule will preach and preside. Attention college students: Each Monday at 5 p.m. you are invited to... Full story

 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    January 8, 2015

Hardtack vs. coyote

Grandpa Joe and grandma Alice were enjoying a few days with their grandchildren, Carie and Max, while the youngsters’ parents finished Christmas shopping. On this particular day grandpa Joe was in the barn cleaning the stalls. He heard Max...

 By Dr. E. KIRSTEN PETERS    Neighborhood    January 1, 2015

Climate change effects date back to ancient times

Climate is always changing. That’s one truth that stands out from the record around the world of natural samples of Earth materials, of tree rings, ice layers, and so much more. But how much has past climate change influenced human affairs? In...

 Neighborhood    January 1, 2015

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Jan. 5, 2005 Net metering, in which electric customers produce some of their own energy by means of special generation equipment, was being offered to some customers of Cheney City...

 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    December 25, 2014

A pie for Christmas, and an act of kindness

It was a plain house where Jack Anderson and his mother, Rachel, lived. The walls needed paint and the front steps were rough. Their elderly friend, Harry, who lived across the street, sometimes tripped on those steps. While every morning when Jack...

 Neighborhood    December 25, 2014

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Dec. 30, 2004 Medical Lake's gambling tax, first imposed in 2003 as a 2 percent tax on gross receipts from pull-tabs and punch cards, would remain in effect in the New Year after a vote...

 By AL STOVER    Neighborhood    December 25, 2014

West Plains Yarners to create cowls for kids

The Airway Heights Friends of the Library is teaming up with the with the West Plains Yarners club to make and donate cowls, long-hooded garments with wide sleeves, for local children. According to...

 By VENUS BRATSVEEN    Neighborhood    December 25, 2014

What you may not know about 'White Christmas'

The Holidays bring to mind favorite traditions, events and activities that bring family and friends together. Some of my happiest memories are those of watching my favorite Holiday movies with my family. My all-time favorite is “White...

 Neighborhood    December 25, 2014

From the archives: 1994

Workers poured the footings for the The Cheney Free Press's new home. It was set to be finished in the summer of 1995....


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