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 By Lee Hughes    News    April 11, 2019 

Medical Lake seeks equity

What recourse does a municipality have when it feels the state owes it more money for providing a state agency police and fire services? That’s the challenge the city of Medical Lake has struggled with since 2014, when officials realized the city...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    April 11, 2019 

Turnbull burns to take place

If you see gray and white smoke plumes rising to the east and south of Cheney, don’t be too alarmed. It’s not the start of an early wildland fire season, but prescribed burns being carried out on... Full story

 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    April 11, 2019 

Airway Heights police chase ends in arrest

A suspect wanted for stealing his mother’s car and forcibly attempting to take her purse led Spokane County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a chase through Airway Heights last Wednesday evening, injuring a police officer and eventually being...

 News    April 11, 2019 

Cheney to seek preservation grant for downtown walking tours

By JOHN McCALLUM Managing Editor Cheney’s Historic Preservation Commission gave a thumbs up at its April 4 meeting to a city staff request to apply for state grant funding to be used to develop details on historic buildings and make that...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    April 11, 2019 

Cheney to seek preservation grant for downtown walking tours

Cheney’s Historic Preservation Commission gave a thumbs up at its April 4 meeting to a city staff request to apply for state grant funding to be used to develop details on historic buildings and make that information available online. Commission...

 By Lee Hughes    Education    April 11, 2019 

Medical Lake's robotics team heads to Houston

Against all odds, they've done it again. Medical Lake High School's Circuit Breakers robotics Team 4513 is once again headed to Houston, Texas, for the FIRST Robotics Competition, or FRC, April... Full story

 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    April 11, 2019 

County Fire District 10 chief plans for June retirement

Spokane County Fire District 10 chief Nick Scharff is one of those rare firefighters who stays with one department their entire career. Now, after nearly 44 years, the end of that career is...

 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    April 11, 2019 

Kalispels receive grant to help trafficking victims

Late last month, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the award of grant funds to the Kalispel Tribe of Indians, specifically to expand victims’ services for survivors of human trafficking. The $679,259 grant will be used to build the capacity...

 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    April 11, 2019 

Business center planned for Airway Heights

A multi-tenant building will soon be going up in Airway Heights, but just who those tenants will be remains to be seen. According to documents filed with the city, Legacy Interests, LLC is planning to construct a warehouse facility called Garfield... Full story

 News    April 11, 2019 

Sheriff's Office holds free boater class in Medical Lake

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Travis Pendell will be presenting free Washington State Boater Education classes at Medical Lake High School auditorium on the evenings of April 17 and 18 from 6 – 9 p.m. each night. Attendees must be at...


Special Olympics not political pawn

By SHANNEN TALBOT Staff Reporter March was fraught with conflict for educators and parents across the county when the U.S Office of Management and Budget proposed the elimination of nearly $18 million in Special Olympics funding. Lights. Smile....


Step up and make Cheney a great place to 'live'

If you have been reading the Cheney Free Press with any kind of regularity, you will have noticed something troubling. At least it’s troubling to me. In the last year, especially the last six months, Cheney has had to say goodbye to some people...


Thank you Cheney for shutting out monsters

I would like to thank Paul and Martha Harris, for helping us in a dire time of need. Very recently my father passed away and a few days later our pump broke. It was very overwhelming, for my family and I. We didn’t think we could make it through...

 By Lee Hughes    Neighborhood    April 11, 2019 

A Medical Lake warrior's curious path to peace

Life has a serendipitous way of coming full circle, and shaping our world view along the way. "Now I'm a musician," said long-time Medical Lake resident and former City Councilman Dave Seagrave, in a...


Looking Back

10 Years Ago April 16, 2009 Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge and Spokane Audubon planned a community party and auction as part of an ongoing community effort to restore native riparian habitat.. A new store, GardenStone Creations, set up shop in...



Cheney Congregational Church Sunday worship starts at 10 a.m., with coffee, refreshments and conversation in the fellowship hall following the service. On Sunday, April 14, Pastor Dave Krueger-Duncan will give the sermon entitled “Come to...


West Plains Briefs

Cheney Kiwanis Easter Egg hunt set for April 20 Cheney’s Kiwanis Club is holding its annual Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20. The hunt begins sharply at 11 a.m. for kids from toddlers to age 10. The hunt takes place at Salnave Park. Come join...


Edward Donald Eberly

Edward Donald Eberly April 6, 1931 – March 31, 2019 On the evening of March 31, Our Lord stretched out his hand and took “Don” peacefully home to be with him in Heaven. At age 18, Don married th... Full story


Leonard Aaron Ralph

Leonard Aaron Ralph was born on April 15, 1946 in Spokane. Surrounded by his loving family, Leonard went home to be with his Lord and Savior on April 5, 2019. With a heart for God and an unwavering... Full story


The Traveling Wall

A traveling half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., called The Traveling Wall, will arrive in Medical Lake on June 12 and will be available for viewing at 250 S. Prentis St., Medical Lake, on the Medical Lake Middle...

 News    April 11, 2019 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY April 1 Police assisted with the recovery of a Hyundai Elantra on the 1000 block of Betz Road. The vehicle was reported stolen out of Grandview, Mo. Fraud — online employment scam — was reported on the zero hundred block of 6th Street....

 By Lee Hughes    Sports    April 11, 2019 

Card baseball struggle to find rhythm

Baseball is a game of numbers. For the Medical Lake Cardinal baseball team, that number over spring break diamond action was six. The Cards have continued to struggle in their last six games before an...


Sports Week

(Note: All schedules subject to change. Consult school, club or facility websites to confirm.) College Tennis Men Saturday, April 13, EWU at Montana State, 1 p.m. Sunday, April 14, EWU vs. Montana, 1 p.m. Women Sunday, April 14, EWU vs. Sacramento...

 By SHANNEN TALBOT    Sports    April 11, 2019 

Cheney soccer tops Pullman in routine shootout

The Cheney boys soccer team faced off against Pullman April 2, winning 2-1 in a — you guessed it — penalty shootout. Pullman (2-7, 2-2) scored an early goal in the third minute of the first half with Cheney’s Sam Fix making a goal for the...


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