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 By Paul Delaney    Photos

Red racks up win

Brandon Montgomery, a backup Eastern Washington cornerback returned an interception 67 yards for a touchdown and had a 47-yard fumble return to set up another score and spark the... — Updated 5/5/2017 Full story

 By Paul Delaney    Photos

Cardinals baseball turns it around

A week ago the Medical Lake baseball team was struggling, having lost four out of five games and sinking towards uncertainty. But head coach Kerry Kelly was sensing things were... — Updated 5/5/2017 Full story

 By Paul Delaney    Photos

Cardinals soccer routs Riverside

Shootout woes continue to plague Medical Lake soccer. The Cardinals dropped a 2-1 contest at Lakeside, but returned home for senior day to score an easy 5-0 win over Riverside.... — Updated 5/5/2017 Full story


Sunkissed Daisy gives old business fresh look

A much-needed breath of fresh air has been provided to a Cheney business in need of a new start. Sunkissed Daisy at 317 First St. has taken over the space once occupied by the forme... — Updated 5/5/2017

 By AL STOVER    Front Page

AH Fire Department shakeup

The Airway Heights Fire Department began what Fire Chief Mitch Metzger referred to as "a new chapter." Don Malone, who was previously the deputy chief of training, was promoted to... — Updated 5/4/2017

 By Al Stover    Neighborhood

'Love All' fundraiser gives back to Sacred Heart

The "Love All" fundraiser, held April 22 at Medical Lake High School's tennis courts, collected $1,600 as well as several toys, blankets and other items for Sacred Heart Children's... — Updated 5/4/2017



One hundred years ago in 1917, as a college town, the residents of Cheney were very active in the book drives during World War I. Books were collected and sent to soldiers in camps in Europe, as well as here in the United States... — Updated 5/4/2017


West Plains Briefs

Feed Medical Lake dinner features chili-mac, soup Feed Medical Lake is serving chili-mac, Mexican coleslaw, green beans and ice cream on May 8. May 22, it’s a choice of corn chowder or lemon chicken soup, cheddar cheese... — Updated 5/4/2017


Zachary William Hayes

Zachary William Hayes left this world too soon. Zachary was born in San Bernardino, Calif. in 1967, one of three children to Fred and Susan Hayes. As a small child, his family moved to Coos Bay, Ore. He attended schools in Coos... — Updated 5/4/2017


Robert L. Schmidt

Robert L. Schmidt died Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Arletta's Adult Care Home in Veradale, Wash.  He leaves his wife of 59 years, Joyce (Shields) Schmidt; his daughters Jackie... — Updated 5/4/2017


Kathleen Mary Staley

Kathleen Mary Staley, devoted daughter, sister, loving aunt, great-aunt and friend passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 at her home in Harbor City, Calif. at 76. Her... — Updated 5/4/2017


Looking Back

10 Years Ago May 3, 2007 Alex Haynes from Medical Lake Middle School got first-place in a history essay contest sponsored by the local chapter of the Daughters of the American... — Updated 5/4/2017


What's Happening On The West Plains

Cheney • May 5, Light Fitness Hour (adults 50+), Wren Pierson Community Center, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. • May 5, Baby Play and Learn Storytime (ages 0–18 months), 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. • May 6, All You Can Eat Pancake... — Updated 5/4/2017 Full story


Dow Landscape Materials expands service

For decades the Dow name has been a fixture in Cheney, providing products and services to the community. With the lease last September of the former Myers' Mobile Home Park... — Updated 5/4/2017


Local music makers

Four Medical Lake High School band members and one Cheney High School student placed at the Washington Music Educators Association solo/ensemble festival, April 29. The Medical... — Updated 5/4/2017

 By GRACE POHL    Education

EWU's George Gay wins Washington Campus Compact President's Leadership Award

George Gay may originally be from Tacoma, Wash. but he has left quite a mark in Cheney. The senior at Eastern Washington University recently won the Washington Campus Compact President’s Leadership Award for his involvement in... — Updated 5/4/2017

 By AL STOVER    Education

MLSD adopts 'Fundations' materials

During its April 25 meeting, the Medical Lake School board approved a proposal to adopt the Wilson Language Training’s “Fundations” instructional materials as a supplement for the K-2 literacy curriculum. Kim Headrick,... — Updated 5/4/2017


Cheney High FBLA places at state conference

The Cheney FBLA Club (Future Business Leaders of America) competed at the Washington State Business Leader conference, April 15-17 in Spokane. The chapter had 58 students attend... — Updated 5/4/2017


May is SCRAPS' 'Amnesty Month' for pet licenses

The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) has declared May as “Amnesty Month.” Local pet owners can license their pet and SCRAPS will waive penalty and late fees until May 31. The penalty fee is $20 added... — Updated 5/4/2017


West Plains Police News

CHENEY April 24 Domestic violence was reported on the 500 block of K Street. Incident possibly a fourth-degree assault between roommates. A hit-and-run, unattended collision was reported on the 2700 block of First Street. April 25... — Updated 5/4/2017


Republicans now responsible for Trump

Following ex-President Obama’s 2008 election, a Canadian relative sent congratulations, adding, “I didn’t think the U.S. was ready for a black president.” Unfortunately, she was probably right. Following Obama’s... — Updated 5/4/2017

 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

It's time to ax Amtrak passenger service to Chicago

Last month, a Wall Street Journal editorial hit the nail on the head recommending Amtrak focus its limited funds on shorter more heavily traveled routes between Washington, D.C.,... — Updated 5/4/2017


Stepping up to help women make life choices

I am responding to only one part of your Opinion piece in last week’s paper (“Not taking a stance diminishes discussion,” In Our Opinion, April 27), when you asked “To those who oppose abortion, how often have you stepped f... — Updated 5/4/2017

 By AL STOVER    Opinion

There's never a place or a time for hate speech

“Hate radio, hate speech, hate groups, hate crimes really don’t fit in, in the America that we know today,” — Kweisi Mfume, former President/CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. I’ve... — Updated 5/4/2017


Court may make final Parkside Commons decision

It’s a bit disappointing that there is no resolution to Cheney’s Parkside Commons rezone issue. At its last meeting, the City Council made the decision to send the proposal, which would change the zoning of a section of land... — Updated 5/4/2017


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