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Cheney's 'Brooms Day' is coming

Cheney’s 11th annual Clean Sweep is just around the corner, offering what city officials are calling something of a “’Brooms Day’ celebration on April 21 where residents and volunteers can easily tackle their spring... — Updated 4/12/2018


Odell F. Milliren

Odell F. Milliren passed away April 3, 2018 in Spokane at 77. He was born June 26, 1940 in Pine City, Minn. to Franklin Milliren and Dora Dell DeChaney. Odie was a... — Updated 4/12/2018 Full story


West Plains Briefs

Medical Lake Cemetery Association meeting is planned for April 24 The Medical Lake Cemetery Association will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, April 24, at 6 p.m. at the Medical Lake Library located at 321 E. Herb St. You may... — Updated 4/12/2018


What's Happening On The West Plains

Cheney • April 13, Middle school dance, Westwood Middle School, 6:30 – 8 p.m. • April 16, Consent: “It’s As Simple As Tea,” community library, 6 – 7:30 p.m. • April 17, StageWest Community Theatre Business meeting,... — Updated 4/12/2018



One hundred years ago on April 10, 1918, the F.M. Martin Grain & Milling Co. was totally destroyed in an early Sunday morning fire. About 50,000 bushels of wheat were lost. At the time, the mill’s capacity was 500 barrels daily.... — Updated 4/12/2018



United Methodist Church Worship with us at the United Methodist Church this Sunday as pastor Alissa Bertsch continues a new sermon series based on the musical cantata, “Our Father,” by Pepper Chaplin. The choir will perform... — Updated 4/12/2018


Looking Back

10 Years Ago April 10, 2008 Residents at Pine Lodge Correctional Center for Women celebrated receiving their GEDs at a graduation ceremony held at the Department of Corrections'... — Updated 4/12/2018


'Spring Thing' is right thing for ML scholarships

Medical Lake Dollars for Scholars’ “Spring Thing” scholarship fundraiser on St. Paddy’s Day was a great success thanks to so many people, organizations and companies. Many thanks to the Board and volunteers who put in many... — Updated 4/12/2018

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

Tax relief in the U.S. leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to logic

I finished my taxes a few weeks ahead of the deadline. Yippee! Now I can worry about something else. When I talk to my friends, I find I am one of the few who prepares their own tax returns. Most are afraid to make a mistake or... — Updated 4/12/2018


Technology should not be a replacement for thinking and personal communication

I greatly appreciate the coverage that The Cheney Free Press gives each week for activities in churches here in the West Plains area. I wish more churches would participate so that we all can get to know them better. Most... — Updated 4/12/2018

 By EMILY VALLA    Opinion

Trustworthiness is PACE's character trait in April

Start with trust. It’s Better Business Bureau’s tagline, and consequently, the first of eight of BBB’s Standards of Trust. Trust is a buzzword, easily tossed around and much harder to define. But, it is at the core of much... — Updated 4/12/2018

 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion

The 'Three Amigos' are united once again

Perhaps the following belongs on the sports page? Maybe in Neighbors or in obits? Or possibly nowhere on these pages? But in what I always call a “target-rich” environment for op-ed, the opportunity to reflect is a great way... — Updated 4/12/2018

 By Grace Pohl    Education

EWU downtown student gallery hosts art senior capstone

The Eastern Washington University Downtown Student Gallery is getting as close to local as possible by showcasing 13 EWU bachelor of arts and bachelor of fine arts studio art major... — Updated 4/12/2018

 By PAUL DELANEY    Education

Medical Lake's Circuit Breakers are off to robotics nationals

The Medical Lake High School Circuit Breakers robotics team earned another notable accomplishment April 4–7 and hope to have more in a couple of weeks. Competing in Portland, Ore.... — Updated 4/12/2018


Cheney Middle School business students travel to state

Cheney Middle School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students spent a majority of their spring break in Bellevue, April 4–7 competing against 1,800 students across the... — Updated 4/12/2018


News Briefs

Effective government forum April 16 at Moran Prairie People For Effective Government (PEG) is sponsoring a free, public forum on Monday, April 16, at 7 p.m. at the Moran Prairie County Library, 6004 S. Regal St. on Spokane’s... — Updated 4/12/2018


Dye concerned about water over dams

Ninth District state Rep. Mary Dye, (R-Pomeroy) recently joined U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, (R-Sunnyside) and key stakeholders in expressing opposition to judicial orders allowing more water to be spilled over regional dams. The... — Updated 4/12/2018


Former Fisher Building receives preservation award

Historic Preservation Commission administrative assistant Sue Beeman told commission members at its bi-monthly meeting April 5 that any letter that starts with "Congratulations!"... — Updated 4/12/2018


Medical Lake's St. John's Lutheran gets a facelift

As with some 40-year-old humans, time comes for a facelift with nicks and tucks to smooth wrinkles and solidify the sags. St. John's Lutheran Church in Medical Lake has reached... — Updated 4/12/2018


Cheney PEO hosts 'Reciprocity' luncheon

Cheney AJ Chapter PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization) hosted an Eastern Washington Reciprocity (EWR) luncheon on March 24 at Cheney Congregational Church, bringing... — Updated 4/12/2018

 By Grace Pohl    News

Savage Boar Spirits is unique in the West Plains

It has been three years in the making, but there is a unique business in Airway Heights that people may not even realize is there. Savage Boar Spirits, located at 11902 West 21st... — Updated 4/12/2018

 By Grace Pohl    News

Highland Village tops Airway Heights council's study session discussion

Road width at Highland Village living complex was once again the subject o discussion by the Airway Heights City Council, this time at their April 9 study session. Highland Village is set to be a living area of “cottage style... — Updated 4/12/2018

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports

Getting down to basics

Eastern Washington University defensive line coach Brian Strandley delivers some technical advice up close and personal as the Eagles take part in spring drills on April... — Updated 4/12/2018


New roundabout coming to SR-902, Craig Road

A new roundabout is in the near future for travelers on the West Plains and will be installed at an intersection that has seen its share of collisions. As part of a larger repaving... — Updated 4/12/2018


Efficiency reigns at ML council

A few weeks ago, the Medical Lake City Council had considered the idea of cancelling its April 3 meeting. But they opted to gather anyway and took care of business in speedy fashion in under 30 minutes. Minus Laura Parsons, who... — Updated 4/12/2018


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