Terrace Heights residents take engineers to task

Terrace Heights resident Duke Hammond had heard enough. “I think this is a crock of crap,” he told Spokane County engineering officials standing before a group of about 23 of his neighbors at a...

ML City Council discusses fireworks and fire pits

The primary topic of discussion at the Tuesday, June 4 Medical Lake City Council meeting was fire. Specifically fireworks and a city code pertaining to the use of fire pits. Two residents offered...

Leaks delay Cheney pool's opening to next week

Water leaks have postponed the opening of Cheney’s municipal pool from this Friday to sometime early next week, with city officials hopeful for a Tuesday start to the swimming season. At the June 11 City Council meeting, Cheney City Administrator...

Weather and Cheney water demands

So far, the weather has actually helped the city of Cheney's water system and its struggles with supply meeting demand created by irrigation. "The weather pattern has been a little strange, which has...

6th District representatives talk about recent session

It’s difficult to cover all the issues of a 105-day legislative session in 90 minutes, but Eastern Washington 6th District representatives Jenny Graham and Mike Volz gave it their best in a June 6 meeting with Cheney Free Press editorial staff....

Medical Lake sets final comp plan public meeting June 28

The city of Medical is poised to ink its updated Comprehensive Plan, or comp plan, according to a public notice. The plan is the guiding document that will be used to drive Medical Lake’s growth and direction for the next decade. Citizens have...

Looking forward

A student at Cheney High School’s 2019 commencement ceremony shows off a decorated graduation cap complete with glittery...

Burn restrictions for Eastern Washington

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in cooperation with partnering agencies, implemented the following changes in burn restrictions effective June 7 on DNR-protected lands. Check with local jurisdictions for...

Retired Seahawk Babineaux gives advice for up and coming athletes

When former Seattle Seahawk defensive back Jordan Babineaux visited Fairchild Air Force Base last week, he had some advice to offer aspiring football players and new athletes of all kinds. That...

Smith steps down from CHS basketball

Not long ago, Cheney High School boys basketball head coach Gregg Smith was in a conversation with a former Blackhawks coach when he was asked how old his kids were. The former Eastern Washington...

West Plains Police News

CHENEY June 3 Identity theft was reported on the 1000 block of Betz Road. Second-degree theft was reported on the 1000 block of Betz Road. Gift cards, cash and clothing were taken. Domestic violence/verbal dispute was reported on the 100 block of...

Lansburgh takes home Lilac City Invitational title

Peter Lansburgh of Elk Grove, Calif. shot an 18 under par for the week at the 55th Lilac City Invitational to take the top spot on the leaderboard, the $10,000 purse and the Lilac City title at the...

Chabot earns save in All-State championship final

Cheney High School graduating senior Julian Chabot was busy last weekend. Class of 2019 commencement ceremonies Friday night. Graduation party Saturday. All-State all-star game Sunday. The Blackhawk...

Cardinals have 20 named to all-leagues teams; nine to state

The following Medical Lake High School student-athletes were named to 2019 All Northeast A-League teams for spring sports. Soccer Jamess Pivonka Carter Pivonka Taye Jones Braxton Charon Baseball Sam...

If you're a baseball player, then college is for you

The College World Series is scheduled to get underway this Saturday with Texas Tech taking on Michigan in the opener in Omaha, Neb. I can hear the overwhelming chorus of “Who cares?” now. It’s true that when it comes to NCAA sports and their...

Sports Week

(Note: All schedules subject to change. Consult school or facility websites to confirm.) Baseball American Legion AAA Thursday-Sunday, June 13-16, Cannons at Dwight Church Tournament, Harris Field, Lewiston, times vary. Tuesday, June 18, Cannons...

Vietnam veterans: Welcome home

This is for all you civilians out there. Yes, you, who have never served in the defense and protection of these United States. You see, all veterans make a sacrifice. All serve with the explicit understanding that at any time they may be called...

And with that, the Class of 2019 has arrived

Congratulations graduates! It’s been a long time since I stood in your place. I remember being excited to finish a big phase in my life and apprehensive about starting a new one. I am sure you feel much the same. For the past 12 years, you have...

Pictures of graduation

Cheney High School salutatorian Jackson Powell (left) prepares for his speech at the 2019 graduation ceremony. Medical Lake Endeavors graduates, their families and guests (above) listen as Principal...

EWU's Hank Steiner retires after 61 years teaching

A beloved Eastern Washington University English professor is officially retiring after 61 years of university teaching. Henry-York “Hank” Steiner, 87, has been teaching at EWU for 50 years and...

Cheney School District sponsors federal summer food program

The Cheney School District announced this week the sponsorship of the Simplified Summer Food Program for Children. Meals will be made available at no extra charge to attending children 18 years of age and younger. One of the things that sets the...

Seattle Seahawks visit Fairchild

The Seattle Seahawks wrapped up their annual 12 Tour over the weekend, stopping Friday, June 7, in the West Plains to tour Fairchild Air Force Base. Active defensive backs Neiko Thorpe and Tedric...

LOOKING BACK WITH THE CHENEY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Twenty-five years ago in 1994, the city of Cheney banned personal fireworks within the city, siting problems with fires during our dry summer weather. Learn more about our area’s history at w...

West Plains Briefs

The Inland Northwest Blood Center together with Cheney community volunteers led by coordinator Duane Isaac will hold a blood drive on Friday, June 21, from 2 – 5 p.m. at the Marketplace Bakery & Eatery, 1011 1st Street in Cheney. INBC needs an...

Looking Back

10 Years Ago June 11, 2009 After re-convening from executive session on litigation matters, the Cheney City Council unanimously approved a resolution to reach a settlement agreement with Thomas Myers pending the outcome of a case in the United...

Prevent tick-borne diseases

You’ve grabbed your water bottle, sunscreen and hat for a hike in the park or some gardening. Add a bit of tick protection to your must-have items when you head out the door for an adventure, to garden or play. Continue enjoying the outdoors by...

Churches

Cheney Congregational Church You’re invited to join us for our Sunday morning worship at 10 a.m. in the Church sanctuary at 423 N. 6th St. Rev. George Abrams will deliver the sermon. Plan to stay for coffee, refreshments and conversation in the...

Nora A. and Ronald J. Peterson

Services for Nora A. and Ronald J. Peterson will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, June 22, 2019, at Spokane Memorial Gardens in the Garden of the Good Shepherd, 5909 Cheney Spokane Rd., Spokane. A...

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