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Holding out for a hot breakfast

On Feb. 1, inmates at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center in Franklin County, Wash. began a hunger strike over a multitude of issues, including the state of their breakfasts. But what West Plains locals might not know is that those breakfasts are made...

 

Take out

The addition of a snow pack this month has led some animals to find new ways to get food. This moose was seen helping herself to some birdseed at a home just above Marshal in the Grove and Hallett...

 

STA proposes changes to Local 68

Spokane Transit Authority officials told Cheney's City Council that ridership on the local service has dropped off significantly since route changes were implemented last September - and they have a...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    February 21, 2019

Medical Lake to tie into Spokane water system

The City of Medical Lake will be constructing a new intertie connection with the City of Spokane beginning this spring near Craig Road and State Route 902, officials said. The nearly $500,000 infrastructure project will allow Medical Lake to tap... Full story

 

When the snow flies and plows roll, move your vehicle

With winter finally here in all of its white glory, and more snow forecast to come, Cheney residents would be wise to brush up on the city’s snow plowing procedures and polices. Particularly what to do with your vehicle if you typically park it on...

 

Cheney could jump to 3A athletics by 2020-2021

The Cheney School Board had a lot on its plate at its Feb. 13 meeting, hearing essential updates on upcoming sports classification changes and the ongoing attendance boundary review. By all accounts, Cheney may soon see a league change in its future...

 

Medical Lake HS first semester honor rolls

Medical Lake High School students who earned a 3.25-3.49 grade point average during the first semester of the 2018-2019 school year were placed on the honor roll. Students achieving a GPA of 3.5 or higher earned a place on the Principal’s honor rol...

 

Fire District 10 recognizes standout volunteers

Spokane County Fire District 10 is revitalizing its Sunset Volunteer Firefighters Association and celebrated with its largest event in recent memory early this month — the SCFD10 Awards Banquet, hon...

 

American Pickers seeks antique owners

West Plains residents who think they have a unique collection of antiques or relics might want to give the folks at the History Channel show “American Pickers” a call. The documentary series that...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    February 21, 2019

It's the same tracks, but it's a new train operator

You probably haven't noticed, but there's a new railroad in town. Tucked unobtrusively beneath a covered walkway on Lefevre Street in downtown Medical Lake are the offices of the Washington Eastern...

 

Cheney man charged with vehicular assault in Mead-area crash

A Cheney man involved in a one-car crash near Mead has been charged with vehicular assault in the incident. According to a Feb. 15 Washington State Patrol press memo, 29-year-old Miller S. Vanstone of Cheney was westbound on State Route 206 near...

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Feb. 11 Second-degree theft was reported on the 300 block of North 7th Street. A trumpet was taken. Domestic violence/verbal dispute was reported on the 1000 block of Betz Road. Feb. 12 Rape was reported on the 100 block of North 9th Street....

 

Help others even when you don't have to

This week I got a bit of a lesson in human insensitivity, or maybe one in our unique ability to turn the appalling into the mundane if exposed to it often enough. While driving to work the other day, I noticed an elderly woman in a wheelchair struggl...

 

Praise for Cheney's snow removal teams

I want to share my high praise and appreciation of the city of Cheney street department for the skill and dependability with which they plow the streets of our city. They are quick to respond when it snows, and the city has invested in the...

 

A "rivalry" up-charge at EWU? Really?

After 12 years of being a working guy at Eastern Washington University sporting events for the Cheney Free Press and having complimentary admission, on Monday, Feb. 18 I became a paying customer. Went to the Reese Court ticket window and asked for...

 

Winter weather takes an abrupt about-face

Winter in the area seemed to be cruising along well on its projected course as one of those typical non-descript El Niño-influenced seasons. That phenomena featuring slightly warmer than usual ocean...

 

Dahlias bring diverse shapes, sizes, colors to the garden

Dahlias have been a fixture in summer flower gardens for generations. But it may be time to update your idea of dahlias. With hundreds of varieties to choose from in a fabulous array of colors,...

 

Looking Back

10 Years Ago March 5, 2009 Hoping to keep up with anticipated growth, the Cheney School District purchased a 20-acre plot of land on North 6th Street for $710,000 to be used for future district expansion. Small businesses on the West Plains, particul...

 

Churches

Cheney Congregational Church We would like to invite everyone to join us for Sunday worship services at 10 a.m. Feb. 24, pastor David Krueger-Duncan’s sermon will be “Worth His Life: Paul and the Collection.” Plan to stay for coffee, refreshmen...

 

West Plains Briefs

Feed Medical Lake cancels February meals due to snow Feed Medical Lake is canceling all February meals due to the prediction of much more snow. We are looking forward to be able to resume our meals in March beginning with supper on March 11 with...

 

Amy Jo Sooy-Tollefson

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Amy Josephine (Amy Jo) Sooy-Tollefson on Feb. 13, 2019 in Cheney, Wash. Amy Jo was born in Sprague, Wash. on Nov. 25, 1933 to Mary Iva (Billie) and...

 

June Labish

June Labish, long time resident of Cheney, Wash., passed away on Feb. 9, 2019 at Hospice of Spokane. June was born on May 13, 1920 to Ernest and Nola Steward in Four Lakes, Wash. She met Joe Labish...

 

Cheney wrestlers stumble at state

The Cheney High varsity wrestling team has made undeniable progress over the last few months, but for all their success in the regular season, the league champions struggled to maintain control...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Sports    February 21, 2019

My oh my, it may be snowing, but it's almost baseball season

The French-born American historian Jacque Barzun, a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, wrote extensively about a wide range of Western and American cultural phenomena. One of his cultural studies involved baseball. He’s even quoted on...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Sports    February 21, 2019

Four Cardinal wrestlers place at state

The Medical Lake wrestling squad closed out an impressive season last weekend at the Matt Classic XXXI at the Tacoma Dome, taking 13 wrestlers to the state championship tournament. Weston Thomas in...

 

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