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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 • Aug. 18, Summer movie series:... Full story

 

West Plains Briefs

Hands-on art experience Aug. 19 at the library A free public art event featuring cool, hands-on projects is taking place this Saturday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Cheney Public Library, 610 First St. Local artists Kay Kinghorn, Karen... Full story

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 10, 2017 

Fire destroys Cheney apartments

An early afternoon fire destroyed four units and left several residents of Cheney's 100 Washington Square apartment complex homeless last Saturday, Aug. 5. Cheney Fire Department Lt. Tim Steiner said...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    August 10, 2017 

Musical matrimony

Kevin Brown still vividly recalls the awkward birth of the Blue Water Bluegrass Festival some 16 years ago. "I actually went to that first meeting and I kind of remember it was all these Medical Lake...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    August 10, 2017 

A striking sunset

The influx of smoke from wildfires in the region made last Monday's sunset a spectacular scene at the Bi-Mart Arena. Some forecasters are saying we might have our first measurable rainfall in over a...

 
 By Grace Pohl    News    August 10, 2017 

Airway Heights Days has fun for everyone

Airway Heights Days is coming to town Aug. 18 – 19 for people of all ages. All events will be taking place at or near Sunset Park. "The goal is to have a community event for everyone across the...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    August 10, 2017 

No big changes in Medical Lake election numbers

When the second and final ballot count from the Aug. 1 primary election in Spokane was done two days later, nothing changed much in the races for Medical Lake mayor and city council. In final tallies for mayor, Shirley Maike improved her numbers in...

 

Bomb scare gazebo costs incorrect

Due to a communication error, the amount for renovation work to Cheney’s Sutton Park gazebo was incorrectly stated in the Aug. 3 article about the bomb scare in the park. The correct amount of $20,000 was properly reported in the City Council...

 
 By Grace Pohl    News    August 10, 2017 

Northern Quest unveils $20 million expansion

On Aug. 1, Northern Quest Resort and Casino announced details for their expansion that is starting this fall. The $20 million, 40,000 square-foot addition includes additions to the food court, Cyber...

 
 By Grace Pohl    News    August 10, 2017 

Airway Heights City Council adopts Highway 2 Revitalization Project report

At the Aug. 7 Airway Heights City Council meeting, the council unanimously passed the request to adopt the Highway 2 Safety and Revitalization Project report. With the approval, it puts the plan into action between the months of September and...

 
 By Grace Pohl    News    August 10, 2017 

Phase four of well testing begins near Fairchild

Officials from the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) from Fairchild Air Force Base began letting residents know if they are a part of phase four water testing for high levels of Perfluorooctanesulfonic (PFOS) and Perflurooctanoic acids (PFOA)...

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY July 30 Police took a rape report in Spokane that occurred at an unknown location in Cheney. July 31 Third-degree malicious mischief was reported on the 2700 block of North Sixth Street. Damage done to a car at the school district’s bus...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    August 10, 2017 

'Grill Your ACE Off' takes place Saturday, Aug. 12

You've heard the term voting with your wallet, right? Generally this is associated with the barometer of success - or failure - that a business uses when it comes to customer spending habits. But for...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    August 10, 2017 

Industrial, commerce park, could get rolling

While there are certainly no promises that more neighbors will magically appear at the Cheney Industrial and Commerce Park in the immediate future, there are indicators it could. That’s how commercial realtor Dan Cantu sees the future of the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 3, 2017

Contamination closes Cheney pool

Cheney parks and recreation department staff have a simple request: if your child is sick or has been sick, don't send them to the swimming pool. Cheney's pool has been forced to close six time so...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    August 3, 2017

Thunderbirds deliver as expected

The wait appeared to be worth it for the 10s of thousands of people who endured long lines and brutal heat to step inside Fairchild Air Force Base last weekend for the Skyfest air show which...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    August 3, 2017

Maike takes initial lead in Medical Lake Mayor's race

The initial release of results in the Aug. 1 primary election shows a number of clear leaders in races for mayor and a variety of seats on the Medical Lake City Council. With all but 5,000 ballots county-wide left to count, Shirley Maike collected 28...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 3, 2017

Council finalizes Parkside Commons rezone

The Cheney City Council unanimously approved final adoption of an ordinance at its July 25 meeting changing the zoning of a 3.6-acre parcel of land bordered by North Eighth, Cedar, Erie and Oak streets — clearing the way for development of a...

 
 By Grace Pohl    News    August 3, 2017

Twenty-one wells near Fairchild test above EPA levels

In a news release from Fairchild Air Force Base on July 28, it was announced that 50 residential wells were tested from the north and south of the base. Twenty-one of them had Perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    August 3, 2017

Medical Lake School Board passes 2017-18 budget

The Medical Lake School Board got the heavy lifting out of the way July 25 and then breezed through their monthly meeting agenda. The big consideration was passage of the 2017-18 budget that included $22.8 million in general fund expenditures and...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    August 3, 2017

Behind the scenes of Skyfest prep

The rigorous security that exists in order to find one’s way inside the gates of Fairchild Air Force Base gets a little makeover during events like last weekend’s Skyfest. That’s not to say much changes below the surface when the very active...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 3, 2017

Bomb scare forces temporary Sutton Park closure

Cheney's Sutton Park was shutdown last Thursday due to a suspicious object law enforcement officials thought might be a bomb found inside the park's gazebo. Police Chief John Hensley said they receive...

 
 By Grace Pohl    News    August 3, 2017

AWH Planning Commission votes on Highway 2 improvements

At the special Planning Commission meeting on July 26, the committee voted on approving the Highway 2 Revitalization Plan, also known as the U.S. 2 Corridor Plan, after a presentation from Studio Cascade to the board. The board passed the plan with...

 

Southwest starts non-stop service to Sacramento

Spokane International Airport announced Aug. 1 that Southwest Airlines launched new daily year round nonstop service to Sacramento International Airport. The flight is operated with a 143-seat Boeing 737-700 aircraft. In addition to service to the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 3, 2017

Loomer named August's Cheney Garden Club Yard of the Month

Cheney's Shirley Loomer summation of her yard, named the August Yard of the Month by the Cheney Garden and Kiwanis clubs, is pretty succinct. "I don't have a yard, I have a park," she said last...

 

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