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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 15, 2018

Threat issued to Cheney High

A social media post warning of the possibility of a violent attack at Cheney High School late last Thursday led to an increased police presence on Friday. In a press release emailed at 12:11 a.m. March 9, Cheney Police Department Capt. Rick Beghtol...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 15, 2018

Workforce catalysts

Lighting struck twice for Eastern Washington University in January and February when it comes to its growth and presence in the region. That lightning will institute a number of changes to the...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    March 15, 2018

Mud man

Dan Wagner, Medical Lake's volunteer groundskeeper at Holliday Field, was busy this past Monday trying to get things in shape for the Cardinals' first baseball game against Reardan on March 13....

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    March 15, 2018

ML council debates excused absences

City councils and boards do a lot of “what-if” planning. And the Medical Lake City Council has been involved with devising a scenario most recently to deal with the possibility of members absence, but more so having them possibly remotely attend...

 
 By Grace Pohl    News    March 15, 2018

Local parks and recreation offers plenty of seasonal options

Spring is just around the corner which means local parks and recreation departments have been busy on the West Plains preparing for the upcoming warm outdoors. In Airway Heights, the spring programs and events were just released and have activities f...

 

Free Press closes early Fridays

The Cheney Free Press will be closing early on Fridays beginning March 16. The office will be open on Fridays at 8 a.m. and will close at noon. The regular hours of office operation Monday — Thursday remain the same, 8 a.m. — 5...

 

All-state band competitors dedicated to craft

Recently a number of members of the Medical Lake band program competed as member of the All-State Band in Yakima over President's Day weekend. The following are some profiles on these students that...

 

Free Press closes early Fridays

The Cheney Free Press will be closing early on Fridays beginning March 16. The office will be open on Fridays at 8 a.m. and will close at noon. The regular hours of office operation Monday — Thursday remain the same, 8 a.m. — 5...

 

Pirate night produces treasure at Hallett Elementary

Medical Lake's Hallett Elementary School's mascot, the Hawks, gave way to that of a pirate, for a night at least. On Thursday, March 1, for Pirate Family Title 1 Literacy Night, staff and over 600...

 

Smith named Cheney district's career and technical education director

Cheney High School business education teacher Adam Smith has been named the school district’s new career and technical education director. Smith has been teaching at Cheney High School since 1998, and will begin his new duties this summer in...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 15, 2018

West Plains Young Life mentors youth on their turf

Young Life's West Plains director Tyler Stitt doesn't know if his organization's approach to working with young people is the answer to preventing school shootings like the one that happened Feb. 14...

 

Bi-Mart raises firearms purchase age limit

Bi-Mart has followed the lead of other corporations who sell firearms and increased the minimum age limit at which individuals can purchase firearms from 18 to 21 years old. In a March 1 news release, the Eugene, Oregon-based corporation added that...

 
 By Grace Pohl    News    March 15, 2018

Autumn Leaf Apartments offer extended stay in Airway Heights

A new type of living has arrived in Airway Heights and it is called the Autumn Leaf Apartments. Located at 12911 West 13th Ave., the complex offers an "extended stay" option for residents or visitors...

 

News Briefs

Annual Cheney Clean Sweep takes place April 21 The city of Cheney is seeking individual volunteers and groups to help clean up the city in the 11th annual Cheney Clean Sweep. The community-wide cleanup effort takes place Saturday, April 21,...

 
 By Grace Pohl    Opinion    March 15, 2018

Pacific Northwest is one of the best coffee spots in the U.S.

I spend too much money on coffee, it is a fact and I think it will always be that way. But I just can’t help but love drinking one every day whether it is from a Keurig at home or at that place called Starbucks. Before college, I wasn’t as...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    March 15, 2018

Oscar in Argentina says cronyism is the problem in their country

During our recent trip through the wine country of Argentina, I became friends with our guide, Oscar. Oscar is an interesting guy. His first real job was as a newspaper columnist for a large daily in Mendoza. In 1983 he wrote a piece criticizing...

 

Two out of three oppose more U.S. military spending and we still spend

Early this February, the Republican-controlled Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed new federal budget legislation that increased U.S. military spending by $165 billion over the next two years. Remarkably, though, a Gallup public...

 

Gun control skirts around the real issue of how to deal with dysfunctional people

To make progress in preventing guns from killing people we need to develop a plan to determine how people become dysfunctional. We spend millions on forensic science to determine when and who kills someone. We spend next to nothing on applied...

 

Lisa Brown will represent us in Congress, not the specail interest groups special interests

I am hungry for the good old days when our representatives represented us not special interests; for a time when civility was the order of the day and people in government had a purpose to serve honorably, not to line their pockets at our expense. I...

 

Looking Back

10 Years Ago March 13, 2008 The city of Medical Lake filed a motion in Spokane County Superior Court dismissing A&K Development, Inc.'s lawsuit over the city's refusal to grant a rezone request,...

 

Churches

Cheney Community Church All are welcome to worship with us at Cheney Community Church. Pastor Todd Luce has started a sermon series from Ephesians, on the armor of God; “Stand Strong in the Lord.” A number of small groups called “Connexion...

 

What's Happening On The West Plains

All events are free unless posted otherwise. To get your event or meeting in the weekly What’s Happening section, send an email with date, time, location and event to jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. Cheney • March 21, Biodegradable Seed Pots,...

 

LOOKING BACK WITH THE CHENEY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

The joy that our citizens of 1893 were celebrating a week ago for the prospects of rebuilding the Cheney Normal School, was turned to frustration this week. Gov. John McGraw vetoed the $60,000 appropriation for the new Normal School building, as...

 

West Plains Briefs

Feed Cheney offers live music by EWUstudents Feed Cheney will be hosting their monthly hot dinner and grocery distribution on Monday, March 26, at 5:30 p.m. in the Wren Pierson Community Center, 615 Fourth St. Students from Eastern Washington...

 

Grow a bountiful garden and share with those who are hungry

Do you always squeeze in an extra tomato plant, another row of beans or hill of zucchini? It seems like a good idea at the time, until they all start to produce all at once. Your family, friends and c...

 

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