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Cheney council OKs rate increases

Cheney’s City Council passed resolutions increasing water and sewer rates, a cost of living adjustment for the city’s firefighters and agreeing to a pair of settlement agreements with Bonneville Power Administration between BPA and its...

Airway Heights council addresses 2019 budget

The Airway Heights City Council had a short agenda to tackle at their Dec. 3 meeting, hearing first readings of multiple ordinances relating to the city’s 2019 budget. One of those was Ordinance C-916, which will adopt the budget for the fiscal...

Defendant sentenced in 2017 Airway Heights death

Twenty-year-old Christian Palmer was sentenced last month to 24 months in state prison after pleading guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the baseball-bat beating that left 53-year-old Airway Heights resident Terry Toner dead in 2017. Palmer...

Cheney Public Works budget looks at 2019 work

One of the biggest accomplishments for Cheney’s Public Works Department in 2018 comes from the building department in the form of construction permit valuations — an amount topping $82.1 million, making it the most profitable in valuations in...

Schoesler to continue as leader of state Senate's Republican caucus

YAKIMA — The state Senate Republican Caucus has again elected Sen. Mark Schoesler as its leader, two months ahead of the 2019 legislative session. The longtime 9th District lawmaker, first elected Republican leader prior to the 2013 session, was...

Shades of Christmas

The city of Cheney's Christmas tree is transformed into different shades of color as part of last weekend's Holiday Hoopla downtown. The tree, which has traditionally featured colored lights, was...

EWU shatters annual Giving Joy Day goal

Tuesday, Nov. 27, was a joyful day for Eastern Washington University students, faculty and staff. The reason is the university’s third annual “Giving Joy Day” — coinciding with the national Giving Tuesday — brought in more donations than...

Seeking emergency changes

Medical Lake Fire Chief Jason Mayfield is not at all bashful about saying he can lose sleep over the service his volunteer department offers citizens. Perhaps Mayfield will be able to rest easier in...

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Nov. 26 Third-degree malicious mischief was reported on the 700 block of West First Street. Coin boxes in an apartment complex’s laundry room were damaged. Nov. 27 Anthony J. King, 23, was arrested on the 1000 block of Betz Road for...

Fence me in

Crews from Northwest Fence work on the finishing touches of a new barrier to further secure the rear of Medical Lake High School and some of the annexes. The project completes upgrades in school...

Cheney wrestlers kick off season with big win over Deer Park

The Cheney High School varsity wrestling team racked up its first win of the season on Friday, Nov. 30, edging out Deer Park 31-30 in non-league action for the first time in several years. The Blackhawks came out on top in about half the weight...

EWU's Jim Townsend on ballot for Piesman Trophy

Little did Jim Townsend know that his 62-yard fumble return for a touchdown against Cal Poly in September would be up for an award in December. The Eastern Washington University junior defensive end...

Medical Lake boys split with Liberty, Okanogan

Speed got the better of size, and nothing seemed to make up for “bus legs” for the Medical Lake boys who earned a split in their opening weekend of nonleague basketball play. The Cardinals...

Blackhawks turnovers lead to opening loss to Rogers

Cheney commits 17 miscues in 64-54 non-league setback Fueled by the 3-point shooting of senior forward Gavyn Betholf, the visiting Rogers Pirates used a 16-8 second quarter run to open a 36-21 halftime margin en route to sending Cheney High School...

Sports Week

(Note: All schedules subject to change. Consult school, club or facility websites to confirm.) COLLEGE BASKETBALL Men Saturday, Dec. 8, EWU at North Dakota State, 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, EWU at Univ. of San Francisco, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15,...

Seattle completes long, strange trip to National Hockey League

Know who the first U.S.-based team was to win hockey’s coveted Stanley Cup? New York, Boston, Chicago or Detroit? Nope! The Seattle Metropolitans captured the “Cup” over 100 years ago at the culmination of the 1916-17 season, defeating the...

Big Sky co-champs meet again in FCS quarterfinals

Used to be that the Football Championship Subdivision playoff committee sent all kinds of teams to Cheney that you had to Google to know where they were from. Southeast Missouri, Wagner and Jacksonville State come to mind. Now, in an effort to cut...

Cardinal girls charge hard out of starting gate

For a team that lost their top two scorers from a year ago, it certainly did not show for the Medical Lake girls basketball team. The Cardinals raced by the 2B Liberty Lancers 47-34 at home on...

Lady Blackhawks trounce Rogers

Cheney High School’s girls basketball game with visiting Rogers of the Greater Spokane League was close for a while — until the jump ball to start the non-league contest took place. The Lady Blackhawks shutout the Pirates 27-0 in the first...

Eastern rallies - again - past Nicholls State

Dylan Ledbetter’s finger popped the filling balloon of Nicholls State last Saturday and the air gushed out of the Colonels. With his team trailing 14-3 and hoping not to be further behind as the...

Equality shouldn't vanish at home

Women in the workplace have come a long way in terms of opportunities, respect and equality in the last 50 years. Heck, up until 1974 a woman couldn’t get a credit card in her own name without a husband’s signature. But a new study recently...

Right and left are both equally guilty of corruption

I’m writing in response to the opinion published in the Nov 22 edition by Tom H. Hastings, “If you want to find corruption, just look to the right.” I also grew up thinking that politics was a clean game. I’ve discovered it isn’t and...

Solve migrant invasion by investing in Central America

The President’s methods and manner usually leave much to be desired, but once in a while he gets something right. He is spot-on when he calls the growing crowd on our southern border a “migrant invasion.” I can’t understand why this concept...

Building walls is not part of Bible, instead it is hypocrisy

Hypocrisy. When I was eight years old, I wrote a poem after attending church one Sunday:  ”Eleven o’clock on Sunday Morning, Many hear that age-old warning, Boast about their adoration, Then forget their obligations.” Even now, I still see...

The holiday season brings out the best in caring

The holiday season and caring go hand in hand. I feel it is a safe assumption that for many of us the act of caring comes rather naturally, and we rarely look at the act itself as something extraordinary. But in a world that can be harsh and ugly...

Medical Lake board hears of school conference success

Engaging both students and parents come school conference time is making a decidedly positive impact in the Medical Lake School District if the most recent editions are an indicator. That’s what the school board learned at its Nov. 27 meeting....

Impact aid: Federal money that helps property tax-poor school districts

Medical Lake School District recently got all caught up with an important part of its funding with the receipt of the last payment of Federal Impact Aid. The money, about $1.7 million, comes in dribs and drabs and apparently in no dependable...

Some hands-on learning how money moves

On Friday, Nov. 30, Medical Lake Middle School students were presented with fictional budgeting scenarios outlining imaginary occupations, incomes, family structures and expenses. What they learned,...

Trotter tunes

Medical Lake band member Jacob Wagner performs last Thursday, Nov. 29, during halftime of the annual visit of the Harlem Globetrotters at the Spokane Veterans Memorial...

Airway Heights Winter Festival draws crowd

Despite the chilly temperatures, dozens of Airway Heights residents bundled up and ventured outside for a community tree lighting as part of the Airway Heights Winter Festival on Saturday, Dec. 1,...

Reading dedication

Cheney-area resident Lorraine McMillan will be 91 on Feb 3, and according to her granddaughter Lori Brown still really enjoys reading the Cheney Free Press. “She has lived her entire life here on...

Churches

Cheney Congregational Church Welcome to Cheney Congregational Church. We invite you to join us in worship this Sunday, Dec. 9, at 10 a.m. Pastor David Krueger-Duncan will give a sermon entitled “Luther’s Friend, Art,” on how choices made 500...

What's happening on the West Plains

Cheney • Dec. 7, StageWest Theatre presents “It’s a Wonderful Life”, 639 Elm Street, $12, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. • Dec. 7, “A Carol for Tiny Tim,”Cheney High School, $10, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. • Dec. 7, Picture with Santa and Toy, Nazarene... Full story

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Dec. 4, 2008 The Cheney City Council trimmed almost $7 million from 2009’s annual budget, about $6.5 million of which came from Public Works Department funds. The Cheney Free Press introduced Airway Heights’ new K9 officer, a...

LOOKING BACK WITH THE CHENEY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

On this date 100 years ago in 1918, Cheney reported the first death from influenza, 21-year-old Glenn Doan, a graduate of Cheney High School who was working as an automobile mechanic for C.A. Ratcliffe & Co. Learn more about our area’s history at...

West Plains BRIEFS

Feed Medical Lake serves pork chops Dec. 10 Feed Medical Lake is serving pork chops, mashed potatoes, applesauce and éclairs (made by hand by our No. 1 chef, Aaron) on Monday, Dec. 10, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 223 S. Hallett St.. Door...

Eastern rallies - again - past Nicholls State

Dylan Ledbetter's finger popped the filling balloon of Nicholls State last Saturday and the air gushed out of the Colonels. With his team trailing 14-3 and hoping not to be further behind as the... Full story

Not missing a beat

For a team that lost their top two scorers from a year ago, it certainly did not show for the Medical Lake girls basketball team. The Cardinals raced by the 2B Liberty Lancers 47-34 at home on... Full story

Eastern rallies - again - past Nicholls State

Dylan Ledbetter's finger popped the filling balloon of Nicholls State last Saturday and the air gushed out of the Colonels. With his team trailing 14-3 and hoping not to be further behind as the... Full story

Solid start

Speed got the better of size, and nothing seemed to make up for "bus legs" for the Medical Lake boys who earned a split in their opening weekend of nonleague basketball play. The Cardinals opened... Full story

Eastern rallies - again - past Nicholls State

Dylan Ledbetter's finger popped the filling balloon of Nicholls State last Saturday and the air gushed out of the Colonels. With his team trailing 14-3 and hoping not to be further behind as the... Full story

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