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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 28, 2019

Cheney eyes possible fourth grocery store

The Emeryville, California-based supermarket chain Grocery Outlet has submitted paperwork for a new store to be located on 1st Street in north Cheney. According to a Notice of Application dated March...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    March 28, 2019

Fire district merger advances

The Medical Lake City Council moved one step closer to asking voters to approve a merger of current city fire and EMS services with the 565-square-mile Spokane County Fire District 3 that surrounds Medical Lake at its regular meeting Tuesday, March...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    March 28, 2019

Sighting in good reading values

Mary Seagrave of Friends of the Library poses for a photo in one of her favorite places — the Medical Lake Library. The group is hosting its semi-annual book sale at the library on Friday and...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 28, 2019

Everything except animal control

The only position Cheney Capt. Rick Campbell has not held in the police department is that of dog catcher. There’s a good reason for that. Cheney doesn’t currently have such a position, and only e...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    March 28, 2019

West Plains mayors offer state of cities to chamber group

Area mayors provided state of the city reports to the West Plains Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, March 20, at its regular monthly breakfast at Hargreaves Hall on the Eastern Washington University campus. The main theme for the assembled elected...

 

Cheney jazz bands taake on competition

The Cheney High School jazz band had two successful trips to local jazz festivals in two weeks, one at the University of Montana and the second at Mead High School in Spokane. At the University of Mon...

 

EWU, GU team to help students interested in legal careers

Eastern Washington University students aiming to pursue a career in the law may have some new opportunities to do so soon thanks to a collaborative agreement signed recently between EWU and the...

 

West Plains students named to dean's lists

Several West Plains-area students earned Dean’s List honors at their respective universities. Brayden W. Bruess was named to the Dean’s List for the 2018 fall semester at Norwich University. Norwich University, located in Northfield, Vt., was...

 

Serving Cheney education

Women of PEO Chapter AJ of Cheney are pictured above proudly celebrating the organization’s 100-year anniversary. PEO is a Philanthropic Educational Organization of women. There are three chapters...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Education    March 28, 2019

Friends of the Library holding annual book sale

The Medical Lake group Friends of the Library will be holding their semi-annual book sale at the Medical Lake Library, 321 East Herb Street, on Friday and Saturday, April 12-13 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m....

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    March 28, 2019

Airway Heights refocuses attention, energy on downtown study

After a slight hiccup as city leaders focused on local public art projects, Airway Heights’ downtown study is getting back underway, with officials planning to approach property owners within the next three months. The city’s downtown study...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 28, 2019

Cheney police find Nampa Amber Alert mother and daughter

Cheney police were able to put a successful ending to an Amber Alert issued last week for a mother and daughter reported missing out of Nampa, Idaho. The Nampa Police Department issued the Amber Alert on March 20 for 41-year-old Brooke A....

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    March 28, 2019

Airway Heights recreation center grand opening approaches

The new Airway Heights recreation center will soon be open for business, with city workers gearing up for its official grand opening in May. A tentative date of May 1 has been set for a ceremonial ribbon cutting at the new facility, which has been...

 

Spokane County Library District spring events

Spokane County Library District has a busy spring planned for area library patrons and others in the community. The most recent event is the announcement of the seventh annual Food for Fines event during National Library Week, April 7–13....

 
 By Carlene Hardt    News    March 28, 2019

A delicate platform

Several Tundra and Trumpeter Swans are migrating north this month and some stopped in for a few days at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. Some ice was left on Middle Pine Lake and that is where an...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 28, 2019

Buttercup repeat

Two-year-old Penelope Beasley and her six-year-old brother Max were the winners of the Cheney Free Press annual buttercup contest to see who can be the first boy and girl to bring in a buttercup. The...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    March 28, 2019

Walks like a tax, sounds like a tax

I was tired of shoveling snow the other day and needed some comic relief, so I decided to read the most recent newsletters sent out by my state representative. Finding out what is happening at our state capitol is challenging. I usually start with...

 

The darker side to renewable energy includes water pollution

Before our country, in haste, dives totally into renewable energy, we must carefully evaluate its impacts. By just focusing on eliminating natural gas, liquid fuels (gasoline and diesel) and coal to combat climate change, we ignore the effects of...

 

Trump's maritime fuel policy will sink energy markets

The Trump administration is working to slow down the implementation of a major international environmental regulation that’s set to take effect in 2020. The administration hopes that the effort will ease the compliance burden on businesses by...

 

Thank you emergency repsonders, others for help

I would like to thank those who responded and helped my husband at the incident where my husband passed away last Wednesday, March 20. All emergency responders, all at Cheney Middle School, Cheney high teachers Mr. Marsh and Mr. Scarcello; Brad the...

 

The local community is what makes Medical Lake's Dollars for Scholars spring fundraiser successful

Medical Lake Dollars for Scholars raised over $15,000 at last week’s Spring Thing dinner/dance/auction. This includes $6,000 toward matching grant funds which will provide additional four-year scholarships to be awarded this June. To all the many...

 

Cheney's school bands are examples of excellence

It an be tempting to write negative letters complaining about the issues we currently face in America. I would much rather share a bright spot in our community and the next generation. Cheney School bands are doing a wonderful job instructing our...

 

John Mill - A Washington Territory pioneer

“The Mill House” John Mill, birth name John Mills, was born 1837 in Richland County, Ohio, of parents who both immigranted from Scotland where his father was a basket weaver and ditch digger. In...

 

What's happening on the West Plains

Cheney • March 29, African Inspired Junior Art Class, Cheney City Hall, $8 , children aged 3 - 7 accompanied by an adult, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. • March 30, African Inspired Master Art Class, Wren Pierson Building, $15, ages 8 and up, 9:30 a.m. - 12...

 

Looking Back

10 Years Ago March 26, 2008 A lack of renovation funding and a failure to reach a maintenance and operations agreement led Eastern Washington University and the Cheney School District to consider closing Reid Elementary, a 50-year-old school. The...

 

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