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Articles from the February 28, 2019 edition

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Linda Heiydt

Linda Heiydt On Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, the good Lord called another angel home. Linda Mary Heiydt passed away surrounded by her family after a long and tough-fought battle with... — Updated 2/28/2019


Some contentious questioning

At Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ Feb. 21 town hall in Medical Lake, no topic was off the table, with attendee questions ranging from her stance on deportation and the national... — Updated 2/28/2019


Sports Week

(Note: All schedules subject to change. Consult school, club or facility websites to confirm.) College Basketball Men Thursday, Feb. 28, EWU hosts Sacramento State, 6:05 p.m. Saturday, March 2, EWU hosts Portland State, 2:05 p.m.... — Updated 2/28/2019


Eastern names Ian Shoemaker Eagles' offensive coordinator

Central Washington University head coach Ian Shoemaker has accepted a position at Eastern Washington University as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Eagle head coach Aar... — Updated 2/28/2019


Cheney swimmers make splash at state

The Cheney Blackhawk boys swim team, just off of one of its largest districts showings in recent years, sent two individual qualifiers to state competition at the King County Aquatic Center on Feb. 15. The team took 22 of 33... — Updated 2/28/2019


EWU tackles Sacramento, Portland State

The final week of the regular season will see the Eastern Washington University women’s basketball team on the road. The Eagles, winners of four out of their last five games, looks to avenge earlier losses this season to... — Updated 2/28/2019


Cheney gymnast hits high at state

Cheney gymnast Lauren O'Callaghan made her hometown proud at the 2019 Washington state championships last weekend in Sammamish on Feb. 21-22. On beam, O'Callaghan tied for 45th... — Updated 2/28/2019

 By Lee Hughes    Sports

Enduring the pain for the love of the game

This is a basketball story. But it doesn't necessarily involve statistics, unless you can quantify desire. The Medical Lake Cardinal girls, led by Northeast 1A League Most Valuable... — Updated 2/28/2019

 By Lee Hughes    Sports

Medical Lake girls advance to state playoffs

The Medical Lake girls moved ahead in post-season play in a low scoring, defensive 42-31 road victory against King’s Way Knights Friday at West Valley High School. But the... — Updated 2/28/2019


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... — Updated 2/28/2019



Cheney Congregational Church Sunday worship starts at 10 a.m. with coffee, refreshments and conversation in the fellowship hall following the service. On Sunday, March 3, Dr. Mike Folsom will deliver the sermon for vacationing past... — Updated 2/28/2019


West Plains Briefs

Emmanuel Lutheran Church celebrates “Fat Tuesday” The public is invited to come to Cheney’s Emmanuel Lutheran Church and help celebrate “Fat Tuesday” at the 10th annual “Festival of Chocolate,” March 5. There will be... — Updated 2/28/2019


Looking Back

10 Years Ago March 5, 2009 Cheney student Matt Cooper and the rest of his eight-piece ska band won a recording session in a local music competition. The session was set to take plac... — Updated 2/28/2019


Remembering Ella Ruby Bauer

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a four-part series about the Mill family, early pioneers in the Cheney/Spangle area. The stories are researched and written by Robert Bauer, the great-great-great-great-grandson of Robert... — Updated 2/28/2019


Contributions of undocumented workers in the U.S. are consistently overlooked

The animosity  expressed by tone of voice, facial expressions and questions about undocumented people (i.e. illegal aliens ) at political meetings amazes me. I attended a “Conversations with Cathy” (5th District Rep.... — Updated 2/28/2019


Incarcerated individuals being punished; shouldn't have country club conditions

This is in response to the Feb. 21 story “Holding out for a hot breakfast” in the Cheney Free Press. Inmates and Gov. Jay Inslee don’t seem to get it. Incarcerated individuals are being punished, not sent to an all-expenses... — Updated 2/28/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

Save me from my stupid self

I went to college in New York. It was a long way from home, but West Point offered to let me play football in exchange for a quality education and a career. New York was quite a culture shock for a small town farm boy. The... — Updated 2/28/2019


Cheney restaurants part of Meals on Wheels fundraiser

Three Cheney restaurants will be joining others in Spokane, Spokane Valley and other county locations on a week-long campaign to build community while raising money for the Spokane... — Updated 2/28/2019


Some new ideas on an ancient piece of equipment

Bill Bresnahan knows a good idea when he sees one. Just as importantly, he also knows how to take someone else's discarded idea and make it better. The Medical Lake resident saw... — Updated 2/28/2019


Medical Lake High School first semester honor rolls completed

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... — Updated 2/28/2019


Cheney Middle School takes local conference by storm

Earlier this month, the Cheney Middle School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter showed off their skills at the 2019 Winter Business Leadership Conference in Spokane... — Updated 2/28/2019


Cheney High FBLA shines at recent conference

The Cheney Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club had an impressive showing at the 2018 Northeast Regional Winter Conference last month, with 50 of its 57 attending members... — Updated 2/28/2019

 By Lee Hughes    News

Medical Lake council delays renewal of utility leases

All council members were present at the regular bi-weekly Medical Lake City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19. The primary focus of the evening was on the first reading of... — Updated 2/28/2019


Outlining the region's economic indicators

Dr. Patrick Jones is not a prophet. At least that’s what he told the audience at the West Plains Chamber of Commerce’s monthly meeting Feb. 20 at Eastern Washington University’s Tawanka Hall. In fact, he questioned whether... — Updated 2/28/2019


Cheney hosts Civil War reenactment

The Civil War is coming to Cheney. Or rather an historically-close reenactment of the conflict that engulfed the nation for four years during the 1860s and is the deadliest war... — Updated 2/28/2019


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