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A dream now becoming reality

What started as a desperate dream of salvation over five years ago is fast approaching a reality for Cheney residents and others seeking to preserve the former Northern Pacific Rail... — Updated 4/25/2019



Twenty-five years ago in 1994, a new chapter, IQ, of the PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization) was organized, 75 years after the original chapter was established in Cheney. This year, PEO chapters celebrate their 100th... — Updated 4/25/2019


'Savannah Sipping Society' opens on Friday April 26

It’s opening weekend of StageWest Community Theatre’s “The Savannah Sipping Society,” written by Jessie James, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten and the ladies from Savannah are waiting Happy Hour just for you. Come see how... — Updated 4/25/2019


West Plains Briefs

ML Dollars for Scholars yard sale approaches Great things are coming your way! The annual Medical Lake Dollars for Scholars “Super Yard Sale” will be on Friday, May 3 from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday May 4 from 7 a.m. – 4... — Updated 4/25/2019



Cheney Congregational Church We would like to invite you to join our worship service this Sunday. During Pastor David Krueger-Duncan’s absence, Dr. Michael Folsom will deliver the message. Plan to stay for coffee and... — Updated 4/25/2019


An Army of One

It’s a cool, overcast day at Spokane Valley Archery, tucked in the foothills beneath Mica Peak. Rain looks likely. Medical Lake Army veteran Larry McAdams sits somewhat... — Updated 4/25/2019


Basic science on carbon dioxide cannot be denied

Carbon dioxide is the thermostat of earth’s atmosphere. That was demonstrated by John Tyndall, a British physicist, in experiments done in his laboratory in the 1850s. Using a relatively simple apparatus he showed infrared... — Updated 4/25/2019

 By MEL GURTOV    Opinion

The Mueller Report - Guilty!

My moniker for this president is Desperate Donald. Now the Mueller report shows the moniker is a good one: It tells us that Trump went bonkers, fearing Mueller’s appointment spelled “the end of my presidency.” In June 2017... — Updated 4/25/2019


Schools must evolve for the 21st century

By ANDREW MEYERS and TOM VANDER ARK Contributors Lyft recently announced that it would be going public. Uber isn’t far behind. In little more than a decade, the two companies have upended the transportation sector -- and... — Updated 4/25/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

Changing daylight savings a bad move - set clocks to standard time

Our state Legislature has accomplished all their goals. They have outlawed eyeball tattoos, enacted the biggest budget increase in history, raised the price of gasoline, and enabled the worst school funding debacle since statehood.... — Updated 4/25/2019

 By Lee Hughes    Opinion

Of gracious professionalism and selfish needs

I’d like to offer a contrast of ideals and character for your consideration. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing several Medical Lake High School students, members of the... — Updated 4/25/2019


The joy a bunny can bring

Airway Heights’ annual Easter egg hunt was a resounding success despite the drizzle, with children of all age groups turning out in droves to collect their share of brightly... — Updated 4/25/2019

 By Lee Hughes    News

Golden score

Three’s a charm as these erstwhile egg hunters show off their golden eggs at Waterfront Park in Medical Lake Saturday, April 20. The annual event was hosted by the Medical Lake... — Updated 4/25/2019


One dead in early Saturday morning crash on South Gardner Road

Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a single vehicle crash on South Gardner Road south of Cheney-Spokane Road and east of Marshal that left the adult male driver and only occupant of the vehicle dead at the scene. In... — Updated 4/25/2019


Cheney NAPA store to attempt world record carwash

NAPA Auto Parts has a chance to break the Guinness World Record for “most cars washed in an eight-hour period” when the Cheney store and many others around the country begin the exciting event Saturday, April 27. The current... — Updated 4/25/2019


TALK 2 hosts drug take-back at Cheney CHAS this Saturday

TALK 2 Healthy Choices will be hosting a prescription drug take-back event on April 27, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the Cheney Chas Health Center, 1720 2nd St. This event is for the public to dispose of unused or expired... — Updated 4/25/2019


Spokane mayor speaks at West Plains meeting

The focus at the West Plains Chamber of Commerce’s April 17 membership breakfast was ironically not the West Plains — instead, attendees heard from Spokane Mayor David Condon, who briefed visitors on the nearby city’s current... — Updated 4/25/2019


Shiny and new

Cheney High School’s new wing was officially turned over for use last Monday, and students and teachers spent the week getting comfortable in the updated space. Project manager... — Updated 4/25/2019


Cheney announces new assistant superintendent

With the July 1 departure of Cheney Assistant Superintendent Sean Dotson to Tumwater School District looming in the distance, local school officials have been working overtime to secure a replacement in time for the next school... — Updated 4/25/2019


Cheney Middle School honor roll concluded

Cheney Middle School has released its honor for the third quarter of the 2018-2019 school year. Part one was run in the April 18 issue of the Cheney Free Press. Part two is featured below. 4.0 Emma K. Allington, Mia J. Ashcroft,... — Updated 4/25/2019


Cheney board approves lunch price increase

The Cheney School Board filled the library of Salnave Elementary School thanks to an action-packed agenda that included several staff reports and nearly half a dozen school board po... — Updated 4/25/2019


Just that fast

Five and six year olds exploded from behind restraining ropes to gather Easter eggs at the Kiwanis Club’s annual hunt last Saturday at Salnave Park. Club members and volunteers... — Updated 4/25/2019

 By Lee Hughes    News

Medical Lake holds public Comp Plan update meeting

What is Medical Lake's identity? That seems the primary question that needs answering by the small West Plains community, at least according to some in attendance at an open house... — Updated 4/25/2019


ML council discusses financial audits, paving

By LEE HUGHES Staff Reporter The Medical Lake City Council discussed a number of items at its regular meeting Tuesday, April 16. Topics included a completed financial audit, a vacancy on the Planning Commission and it’s ongoing... — Updated 4/25/2019


Straight into the ground

By JOHN McCALLUM Managing Editor Cheney typically averages about 700 gallons per minute in water usage from October to about mid-May, an amount easily produced by the city's two... — Updated 4/25/2019


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