New building planned for downtown Medical Lake

Medical Lake may be seeing a new building downtown, at least if the plans of Bob and Jennifer Maxwell come to fruition. The couple has purchased the lot, including the building commonly known as the...

Spokane Gun Club targets West Plains

The West Plains may be getting a gun range soon if the Spokane Gun Club’s efforts work in their favor. But not everyone is thrilled with the idea. Located in Spokane Valley since 1892, the gun club...

Car chase that starts in Airway Heights ends in Spokane River

A car chase that began in Airway Heights last weekend led to a man leaping into the Spokane River in an attempt to hide from police. On Friday, Aug. 9 at 4:28 a.m., Airway Heights police attempted to pull over a black Volkswagen four-door sedan...

Medical Lake, District 3 fire annexation and levy pass

The organization that has been serving the citizens of Medical Lake for 115 years will soon be no more. With the overwhelming passage of Proposition 1 earlier this month, the Medical Lake Fire...

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Aug. 6 A wallet found at the Gorge Amphitheatre near George, Wash., was turned in to the Cheney Police Department. A 31-year-old female was arrested on a Spokane misdemeanor theft warrant on the 200 block of Washington Street. A 43-year-old...

Bluegrass under cloudy skies

Members of the bluegrass band Whiskey Deaf keep the crowd entertained Saturday at the 18th annual Blue Water Bluegrass Festival at Medical Lake’s...

Cheney water rates to go up

Cheney water rates are going up — again. City Council members voted unanimously at their July 23 meeting to approve a 10 cent increase in usage rates from $1.47 per 100 cubic feet (CF) of water — about 748 gallons — to $1.57/100 CF. The...

Wild Dogs raises funds for Cheney dog park

The Cheney Dog Park Association staged a triathlon on Aug. 3 for youth ages 5-14 to help raise money for a place for their furry friends. Ostensibly billed as “Wild Dogs,” the triathlon taking place at Cheney’s municipal pool raised $295 to...

Choice Hotels International plans to build new hotel on West Plains

And the development just keeps on coming — the West Plains will soon be welcoming a new hotel, Choice Hotels International Inc. announced last week. Choice is partnering with Brar Hotels Group, LLC for the development of a Cambria hotel located...

Cheney to flush water mains beginning Aug. 19

The Cheney Water Department will begin water main flushing from area fire hydrants beginning the week of Aug. 19. Flushing these water mains will cause water to discolor. Residents who experience colored water should flush their cold water tap...

Eagles start season off with a 6-2 exhibition victory over Fraser Valley

Although the win does not count for the season, the Eastern Washington University soccer team cruised to a 6-2 victory over the University of the Fraser Valley on Aug. 9 at home. “We started both...

It's time to have a real discussion about guns in American society

I realize every writer with a second-hand computer will sit down at their keyboard this week and write about the shootings in El Paso and Dayton. I hope you read them all. Some will be emphatic that the only way to stop the shootings is to...

EWU's 2019-20 basketball schedule announced

The Eagles will once again be road-tested, but December’s miles will be significantly less. While November is highlighted by long road trips, December features two short trips against a pair of NCAA Division I powerhouses and a trio of home...

EWU begins search for new tennis coach

The Eastern Washington University athletic department will be moving to quickly fill the men’s tennis head coaching position after Steve Clark resigned from his post, EWU Director of Athletics Lynn Hickey announced Friday, Aug. 9. Hickey said EWU...

All-Big Sky Second Team selection joins three other former Eagles playing overseas

Former Eastern Washington University standout Violet Kapri Morrow has inked a contract to continue her playing days overseas professionally with the Breidablik Basketball Club in Reykjavik, Iceland, the university announced in an Aug. 8 news...

Eastern soccer picked to finish fifth

After finishing sixth in the regular season last year, the Eastern Washington University soccer team was picked to finish fifth in the Big Sky Preseason Poll on Tuesday. “Preseason polls are what they are and I respect where we have been...

Fire prevention is equally as important as fire fighting

Spokane County Fire District 3 and the city of Cheney co-hosted a 40-hour week long Fire Inspector 1 class last week (July 29–Aug. 2) that incorporated 29 firefighters from 12 different agencies within the state of Washington and as far as...

Battery-operated locomotives are coming to a track near you

More battery operated cars and trucks are making their way on to streets and highways, so why not trains? That may not be too far off if Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) tests are successful. BNSF and Wabtec (formerly GE Transportation) are...

Climate change: time to rethink our food system

The way we produce, consume and discard food is no longer sustainable. That much is clear from the newly released UN climate change report which warns that we must rethink how we produce our food — and quickly — to avoid the most devastating...

Kenworth Sales expands plans for West Plains facility

The Cheney Free Press reported in November 2018 Spokane manufacturer Kenworth Sales Company’s plan to build a new warehouse in the West Plains, just west of South Thomas Mallon Road on a 20 acre parcel located at 9010 W. Geiger Blvd. Now, new...

Cheney Parks and Recreation holds school resource fair Aug. 22

Cheney’s Parks and Recreation Department is holding a back to school resource fair for students and their families gearing up for classes this fall. The resource fair takes place Thursday, Aug. 22, from 8 a.m. – noon at the Wren Pierson...

Wild winners

Winners of the Wild Dog Youth Triathlon are pictured above in an Aug. 3 photo. The triathlon for kids ages 5-14 raised almost $300 for the proposed Cheney Dog Park. See...

Nichols is August Medical Lake Yard of the Month

From left: Dan Dorshorst of the Medical Lake Kiwanis, Gayle Hennings of the Gardeners of Cheney, homeowner Diane Nichols, and Donna Kuilbert of Gardeners of Cheney. As this month’s winner, Nichols...

Rain holds off for Bluegrass Festival

The 18th annual Blue Waters, Bluegrass Festival was another hit this year, although not as well-attended as previous years, something organizers blamed on a wet weather forecast that never...

Williams named Cheney Yard of the Month

Christine and Eric Williams accept the award for Cheney Yard of the Month. The couple have had a passion for gardening since they bought their house more than 16 years ago and recently started...

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Aug. 17, 2009 Due to tough economic times, Cheney lowered the fee for sponsoring a banner on city light poles from $10 a month to $5 per month Code changes gave Eastern Washington University a larger role in off-campus student...

Churches

Cheney Congregational Church Church shopping?  Check us out any Sunday at 10 a.m. and stay for refreshments at our 11 a.m. coffee hour so we can get acquainted and answer any questions you may have. Our new pastor, Matt Goodale, is continuing his...

Strategies for growing produce later in season

Don’t let fall or potentially frosty temperatures stop you from enjoying garden-fresh produce. Extend the nutritional value and homegrown flavor into your fall and early winter meals with the help...

Taking a leap

Eugene Swight, 13, takes a leap from the rocks near the Medical Lake boat launch on Thursday Aug. 8. Despite an unseasonably cool July, temperatures...

West Plains Briefs

Concert at Northern Quest cancelled due to illness Citing the illness of one of the band members, ZZ Top has canceled their engagement at Northern Quest Resort & Casino scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. Unfortunately, they are not able to...

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