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 By AL STOVER    News    January 12, 2017 

Winter months increase the risk of structure fires

During the winter months, the use of electricity and heating increases — this also escalates the risk of structure fires. In an email, Debby Dobson, division chief, and district education officer for Spokane County Fire District 3, said most...

 
 By John McCallum    News    January 12, 2017 

Tricky commute

As if a heavy weekend snowfall and the first day of classes wasn't enough to snarl traffic, drivers coming into Cheney Monday morning also had to wait 10-12 minutes for a slow moving BNSF grain train...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    January 12, 2017 

Not much change expected in Medical Lake comprehensive plan

The city of Medical Lake is following suit with Cheney and Airway Heights in that it is gearing up to work on its comprehensive plan update in 2017. However, City Administrator Doug Ross said he does not foresee any major changes. Unlike the other...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    January 12, 2017 

Woman, son of Fairchild officer killed in Brooks Road crash

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office responded to a crash involving a train and a vehicle on Saturday morning, Jan. 7. The incident, which took place outside of Medical Lake city limits, claimed the lives of two people. According to a news release from...

 

New judge in town

Cheney Finance Director and Clerk Cindy Niemeier (left) administers the oath of office to new Cheney Municipal Court Judge Richard Leland (right) during Tuesday's City Council meeting. Leland, who...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    January 12, 2017 

Barrelhouse Pub and Pizza opens in former Zentropa

The butcher paper is off the windows just as planned and the new Barrelhouse Pub and Pizza opened for business this past Monday, Jan. 9, right on schedule. The former Zentropa Restaurant at 122...

 

CMA elects new officers

While snow cancelled the Jan. 9 meeting of the Cheney Merchants Association, it did not stall voting for the organization’s new officers as the results of several weeks of email-submitted balloting were announced, Jan. 10. Fifty-percent of the CMA...

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Jan. 3 Harassment was reported on the 300 block of Erie Street. Domestic violence was reported on the 1600 block of First Street. Verbal dispute. Jan. 4 First-degree theft was reported on the 400 block of North Sixth Street. A red, 2000 Monte...

 

DNR seeks wildland firefighters for summer

The Washington state Department of Natural Resources is recruiting wildland firefighters for this summer to perform pre-suppression and suppression related activities as a member of a hand crew or wildland fire engine crew. Applicants must be 18...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    January 5, 2017

Work unseen

Crews are currently removing portions of the Fisher Building's interior in order to begin renovation. When completed, estimated for this fall, the former Cheney School District educational facility...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    January 5, 2017

STEP project groundbreaking takes place

On an aptly themed unusually warm November day with not a cloud in the sky, the Spokane Tribe of Indians officially broke ground on their long-awaited casino project in Airway Heights Nov. 9. With a...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    January 5, 2017

New businesses open throughout the West Plains

Some notable developments brought new business, and a different look to the West Plains. A former lonely southwest corner at the busy intersection of U.S. Highway 2 and Hayford Road is now home to a...

 

Lefevre Street Bakery Café opens

In June, Medical Lake welcomed the Lefevre Street Bakery Café that took over the former Chan's Bistro and did a major remodel. Kevin and Brenda Gerhart brought years of experience in the restaurant...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    December 29, 2016

West Plains academy graduates 19 recruits

The West Plains Recruit Structural Academy graduated 19 recruits from its recent class, along with six crew leaders, during a Dec. 22 ceremony at Medical Lake High School's auditorium. The academy...

 

Winter Bethlehem

Cheney's Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on North Sixth Street featured a snow-carved depiction of the Nativity prior to Christmas, complete with manger (above), three Wise men and a...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    December 29, 2016

Howard Jorgenson gave and gave to his community

Talk to relatives and others who, over the past 50-plus years, knew and worked with Howard Jorgenson and "shy" or "reserved" would not be words that come to mind when describing this iconic community...

 

Medical Lake maintenance shop and vehicles replaced after fire

By AL STOVER Staff Reporter The Medical Lake’s Maintenance Department went from having its shop burned, and vehicles either destroyed or damaged beyond repair in an April fire to having the fleet replaced, which led it to being voted the No. 5 top...

 

Cheney American Legion New Year's Eve dinner and dance

Cheney American Legion Post 72 is inviting the community to its New Year’s Eve celebration this Saturday, Dec. 31. The Post is located at 116 College Ave. The celebration begins at 6 p.m. with a prime rib dinner, featuring baked potato loaded with...

 

Free Press deadlines

The Cheney Free Press is closed Jan. 2, 2017, in observance of New Year’s. Deadlines for the Jan. 5 issue, including legal notices, classified ads, West Plains Briefs and letters to the editor, are Friday, Dec. 30, by 5 p.m., however the office...

 

Postal artists

The Cheney branch of the U.S. Postal Service held its annual Christmas coloring contest, with five winners receiving a Christmas stocking full of goodies. Winners pictured above are front row, Alaina...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    December 29, 2016

Longtime West Plains businesses change hands

Three businesses that enjoyed long-term stable ownership changed hands in 2016 on the West Plains. Led by two generations of family guidance and some 60 years operating in Cheney, Boots Insurance...

 

Homes are a hot commodity in Cheney - again

By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter You've seen and heard about the big boom in apartment construction in the area. But there's another hot property these days and that's because there is way too little...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    December 29, 2016

Local apartment boom continues

The boom in apartment construction in Cheney is more than noticeable with the sound of hammers pounding and nail-guns popping in a number of locations. That signals a potential shift in the habits of...

 

Firearms and schools are a bad combination

Should teachers be allowed to have weapons on school property? That is something the Mountain View School District in Idaho is wrestling with in regards to a proposed policy that would allow school personnel to carry weapons on the district’s campu...

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Dec. 19 A rape was reported to the police station. The incident occurred in 1999. Dec. 20 A runaway juvenile was reported on the 100 block of West First Street. The female was picked up and returned to her home in the 16000 block of Lance...

 

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