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Parkside gets recommendation

Cheney’s Planning Commission approved a recommendation to allow a zoning change for a proposed student-housing complex across from the city’s pool and Hagelin Park. The 3-2... — Updated 6/22/2017



One hundred twenty-five years ago, in 1892, the first class graduated from the State Normal School at Cheney. There were three graduates: Kate D. Brace, Grace M. Nichols and Elizabeth O. Shaw. Learn more about our area’s history... — Updated 6/15/2017


Looking Back

10 Years Ago June 14, 2007 Medical Lake's City Council voted unanimously to extend its moratorium regarding acceptance of land use applications and permits another six months. This... — Updated 6/15/2017



Emmanuel Lutheran Church All are welcome to worship with us this Sunday, June 18. Bishop Martin Wells will preside. You may also watch our pastor’s sermons at our website or on YouTube at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Cheney. Mark... — Updated 6/15/2017


Cheney Rodeo vendor registration open

Registration for the Cheney Rodeo’s “Rodeo Roundup” is ongoing. Vendor booth location for the event, taking place Saturday, June 8 in downtown Cheney from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., is available for $20 for an approximately... — Updated 6/15/2017


Carla Ramona (Horn) Boleneus

Carla Ramona (Horn) Boleneus, 89, passed peacefully on April 6, 2017. Carla was born Oct. 24, 1927 in Davenport, Wash., a granddaughter of area pioneers, and one of four daughters... — Updated 6/15/2017


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 Cheney • June 16, Light Fitness... — Updated 6/15/2017


Hosting state track a bottom-line boost

As some of the fastest athletes in the state sped in and out of Cheney over Memorial Day weekend, they likely left something behind - cash. When Eastern Washington University hosted... — Updated 6/15/2017


Cheney's AAA motel is a mixed bag of rooms

A little over a year ago, Ryan Delaney was rushed out of paradise in Hawaii and thrust into the new role of the owner of a family business. Now the question he is faced with is... — Updated 6/15/2017

 By AL STOVER    Education

Medical Lake Middle School faculty honors inspirational students

Medical Lake Middle School student Aidan Smith was not sure of the reason he was summoned to counselor Ted Koch's office on June 2. After Smith took his seat, he heard the voice of... — Updated 6/15/2017


Nineteen inducted into MLMS National Junior Honor Society

Nineteen Medical Lake Middle School sixth-graders were inducted into the school's National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) chapter during a June 7 ceremony. To join NJHS, students had... — Updated 6/15/2017


Cheney hires two assistant principles for high school

Cheney Public Schools has announced that Anna Campbell and Stacy Delcour have been selected as new assistant principals for Cheney High School. In a June 9 news release, the district said Campbell and Delcour will begin their new... — Updated 6/15/2017


CMS students named Poppy Poster winners

Cheney's American Legion Women's Auxiliary announced the winners of their "Poppy Poster Contest" at Cheney Middle School. The winners are first-place Tilly Baldwin, second-place... — Updated 6/15/2017

 By AL STOVER    Education

Fond farewell

Darius Withrow embraces Jennie Wagner, who was his adviser during his time with Medical Lake High School's Future Farmers of America chapter during commencement Saturday at Eastern... — Updated 6/15/2017

 By AL STOVER    News

Seventeen recruits graduate from structural fire academy

The West Plains Recruit Structural Academy graduated 17 firefighters from its recent class during a June 8 ceremony at Medical Lake High School's auditorium. The academy consists... — Updated 6/15/2017


Taking it all in

Cheney Three Springs High School 2017 graduates Riley Williams, Allison Norton, Kaitlin Lutey, Faith Kluth-VanDenEizen and Leah Herrick-Rice listen to an address by Cheney School... — Updated 6/15/2017


News Briefs

Police seek man who broke into Cheney High School Cheney police are asking for the public’s help in locating a man who broke into Cheney High School, leaving behind a trail of blood and making off with trophies from a trophy case... — Updated 6/15/2017

 By AL STOVER    Opinion

Airway Heights customers get 'Water Billing 101'

One question that has been raised among residents during Airway Heights’ water situation centered on the city’s water billing process. City Manager Albert Tripp said staff were contacted by residents who were concerned about... — Updated 6/15/2017

 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion

Adding an important ingredient to Airway Heights water

The all-clear siren was sounded last week for the people in Airway Heights to come out of their bottled water shelters. The water crisis, or whatever it will be referred to in the days and years to come, has apparently flowed on... — Updated 6/15/2017


It seems STEP is not so detrimental to FAFB

Sometimes, headlines say a lot more than expected. Take this one from the June 1 issue of the Cheney Free Press: “Second STEP opponent files.” The story is about the Spokane County Board of Commissioners’ decision to sue the... — Updated 6/15/2017

 By AL STOVER    Front Page

Water consumption, production drops in Medical Lake

Medical Lake continues to make some progress in reducing the water it produces and consumes. According to the most recent water efficiency report, Medical Lake produced and purchased 279.2 million gallons of water in 2016. This is... — Updated 6/15/2017


Band member name misspelled

Due to incorrect information, a member of the band Incidia’s name was misspelled in last week’s Medical Lake Founders Day special section. Their drummer’s correct name is Anthony Teichmer.... — Updated 6/15/2017

 By AL STOVER    Front Page

Airway Heights water is safe for consumption

The water in Airway Heights is safe to drink again. During a June 8 press conference, City Manager Albert Tripp announced staff received the third round of test results for perfluoro chemical contamination. Twenty of the 21... — Updated 6/15/2017


Little help, please

Photo by John McCallum Cheney High School senior class speaker Amber Laura Wohali employed some props to help the audience along with her presentation titled "Once upon a time..."... — Updated 6/15/2017


Depot LLC considered

The Cheney Depot Society is considering forming a limited liability company (LLC) to address any potential clean up at a proposed new location for the former Northern Pacific rail s... — Updated 6/15/2017


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