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 By Lee Hughes    News    January 24, 2019

Coming summer of discontent

West Plains commuters be prepared. Multiple transportation projects on and around the Medical Lake interchange on Interstate 90 will be snarling traffic this summer as three construction projects...

 

Over extended

Cheney knows more about water woes than most small communities, and the beginning of 2019 is shaping up to be more of the same. State records indicated that the city’s water system is over-connected by more than 600 connections, causing the state D...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    January 24, 2019

Cheney planning picks up moratorium work

City of Cheney officials outlined an aggressive work schedule for the Planning Commission at its Jan. 14 meeting for one item only — addressing a moratorium placed by the City Council on...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    January 24, 2019

Medical Lake to review and update comprehensive plan

The city of Medical Lake will be reviewing and updating its 10-year Comprehensive Plan beginning this month, albeit a year late. The City Council approved a $37,142 contract with Shea, Carr & Jewell, Inc. to manage the comp plan update at it’s...

 

Apartment complex name, homeschool numbers corrected

In the Jan. 17 issue, the Cheney Free Press incorrectly identified a Spokane County apartment complex development as a Kalispel Tribe of Indians project. The Beau West apartments are being developed just outside the city limits of Airway Heights on...

 

Cheney gallery presents local students' art

The gathering looked like one at any other high-class art gallery — shiny white walls showcased evenly-spaced art, with more interspersed on pedestals throughout the room. Attendees sipped and...

 

News Briefs

Public comment requested on Cheney changes The Cheney planning department is asking for public comment on a proposed property split in north Cheney near Eastern Washington University. The property is located at 423 N. 10th St. The project applicant,...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    January 24, 2019

Cheney's newest restaurant is OK with using 'mister'

For starters, the “M.R.” in the name of Cheney’s newest restaurant stands for the first names of the two men behind the venture — Mitch and Roger — not the prefix “Mister,” although...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Opinion    January 24, 2019

The happy, halcyon days of beer

It’s a good time to be alive if you’re a craft beer aficionado, at least according to a recent Forbes report, which noted there were 7,082 registered craft breweries spread out across the U.S. in 2018. Vermont boasted the most craft breweries...

 

The private sector is stepping up for tourism

Necessity, as they say, is the mother of invention. That’s particularly true in difficult times when “business as usual” no longer works. As our national deficit approaches $22 trillion ($180,000 per taxpayer) and state and local governments...

 

Declaration of a non-candidate for president of the United States

After long and careful consideration, I have decided not to run for President of the United States in 2020. I realize this may come as a disappointment to my supporters, and I will leave my future options open, but the timing is just not right. This...

 

Look at council to answer why Medical Lake isn't growing

What is missing? Why aren’t Medical Lake’s businesses or population growing? According to Doug Ross (Cheney Free Press 1/10/19), the blame lies in the limited water hookups for residential development (legitimate reasoning) and the fact that...

 

'Souper Bowl of Caring' has super impact

It’s “Souper Bowl of Caring” time again, when people all over America donate money on Super Bowl Sunday to feed the hungry in their communities. One hundred percent of the money donated in Chene...

 

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Jan. 29, 2009 The Cheney School District announced the acquisition of the U.S. Air Force’s communication station property east of Four Lakes, which had an estimated value of just over...

 

West Plains BRIEFS

Feed Cheney on Jan. 28 Feed Cheney will hold it’s monthly free hot dinner and grocery distribution on Monday, Jan. 28, at 5:30 p.m. in the Wren Pierson Community Center. Dinner is served family style by volunteers from Eastern Washington...

 

Cheney Free Press to change obituary pricing

Beginning with the Feb. 7 issue, the Cheney Free Press will begin charging for obituaries submitted for publication. Obituaries of up to 450 words with a grayscale photo will be priced at $100. Obituaries larger than 450 words will be charged $100...

 

Churches

Cheney Congregational Church Everyone is invited to join our Sunday morning worship service. This week’s sermon by pastor David Krueger-Duncan will be a continuation of the series “Taking Noah Seriously.” We meet in the sanctuary at 10 a.m....

 

Life imitates art

The Eastern Washington University Downtown Gallery will showcase student art through March 11. More than 50 students from Cheney and Westwood middle schools got the chance to display their work in...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    January 24, 2019

Pedestrian fatally struck near Four Lakes

A passing vehicle near Four Lakes fatally struck a pedestrian on the evening of Friday, Jan. 7, according to a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office news release. Brenda Renee Gabriel, 56, was likely walking east on the shoulder of West Silver Lake Road...

 

Pedestrians take note: be visible

Poor weather, roadway conditions, darkness, and oncoming vehicle headlights can often make it difficult for drivers to see pedestrians, especially when wearing dark-colored clothing. Wearing reflective clothing, lights or blinking strobes or...

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Jan. 14 Threatening posts to a website were reported at Cheney Middle School. Financial fraud was reported on the 1000 block of Betz Road. Fraudulent check-cashing scheme. Harassing phone calls were reported on the 200 block of South Cheney-Sp...

 

Lady Blackhawks upset East Valley girls

They may not be giant killers yet, but the Cheney High girls basketball team made a bit of history last Friday night with a surprising 58-82 win at then 2A top-ranked East Valley. In winning their...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Sports    January 24, 2019

Medical Lake boys finally break losing streak

It took a road trip north to Colville for the Medical Lake boys basketball crew to finally get their groove back, putting an eight-game losing streak in the rear view mirror with a decisive 64-42...

 

Blackhawks upset No. 2 Pullman

3,281 days. That’s how long it’s been since a Cheney High School boys basketball team has been able to celebrate a win over a Pullman squad. That ended last Saturday when the Blackhawks, led by a...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    January 24, 2019

Medical Lake girls crush opponents

It was another good week for the Medical Lake girl’s basketball squad. The Cards were riding a three-game winning streak — including a non-league, Spirit Game victory over the Cheney Blackhawks — when they came into the previous week’s...

 

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