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 By Paul Delaney    Photos

Medical Lake Wood Bat

Medical Lake finish 0-5 in the American Legion Wood Bat Classic tournament, losing 10-1 bright and early June 30 to the 16U Spokane Crew to open play. They came back to end the day... — Updated 7/17/2017 Full story

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports

Cannons are clicking now

Coaches will tell you it's not the start but the finish that counts. And Spokane Cannons' head coach Chad Ripke is abiding by that mantra as his team enters the crucial stretch driv... — Updated 7/6/2017

 By AL STOVER    Sports

Looking at the bright side of Mayweather-McGregor superfight

In the Jan. 19 issue of The Cheney Free Press I wrote that a fantasy superfight between boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor was “a long way from happening.” Well fight fans, since... — Updated 7/6/2017

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports

Errors haunt Medical Lake in Wood Bat play

Co-head coach Austin Sharp is not offering excuses for his team attempting to multi-task this past weekend as a reason for Medical Lake's 0-5 finish in the American Legion Wood Bat... — Updated 7/6/2017


West Plains Briefs

Benefit to help injured Cheney High School teacher A luncheon and auction to benefit Brad Rasmussen and his family is planned for Saturday, July 22, from noon – 3 p.m. at Spokane County Fire District 3 headquarters, 10 S.... — Updated 7/6/2017



Cheney Community Church Kids and parents: Vacation Bible School at Cheney Community Church begins Monday, July 10.  It’s Buck Denver’s: “What’s in the Bible? Rodeo” VBS. It will go through July 14 with a time of 8:45... — Updated 7/6/2017


From the archives: 1977

Wondering when mother rabbit will have her little ones were these three youngsters in Campus School's summer kindergarten session taught by Margaret Lawrence. From left to right... — Updated 7/6/2017


Looking Back

10 Years Ago July 5, 2007 Cheney firefighters and EMT personnel had to help an unlucky driver after their vehicle left the road and struck a light pole, toppling it, near the stoplight at the intersection of State Route 904 and... — Updated 7/6/2017


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 • July 7-8, Friends of the... — Updated 7/6/2017 Full story


Rolling video

This driver and passenger are engaged in having some fun, and capturing the action with a selfie stick during "Drifting" competition July 2 at Spokane County Raceway's road course.... — Updated 7/6/2017

 By AL STOVER    Opinion

Airway Heights council holds water contamination debriefing

For Airway Heights City Council and employees, there was a lot to learn from the recent water situation. During a June 28 study session, council and city department heads held the first of what is scheduled to be several... — Updated 7/6/2017

 By AL STOVER    Opinion

Dear West Plains: So long and thanks for all the lessons

Well West Plains, it’s been a fun three and a half years. Some folks already know this, but I am going to be leaving the Cheney Free Press and going to work as a staff reporter for The Ritzville-Adams County Journal. To put this... — Updated 7/6/2017


Cheney Rodeo gets support, could use more

Cowboys and cowgirls, grab your hats and boots because it’s once again rodeo weekend. Held on the second weekend in July every year, the Cheney Rodeo is an opportunity for residents and visitors to watch some pretty darn good rod... — Updated 7/6/2017



The following 2017 Medical Lake High School graduates were awarded scholarships and honors. This is a continuation of the Medical Lake High School graduate scholarship winners that was printed in the June 29 issue of the Cheney... — Updated 7/6/2017

 By AL STOVER    Education

Airway Heights applies for FEMA street repair grant

Like many cities in Washington state, Airway Heights is gearing up to complete some well-needed street repairs. In May, staff had a preliminary meeting with Federal Emergency... — Updated 7/6/2017

 By PAUL DELANEY    Education

Ice Age Floods Trail gets promotional boost

The Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail, which Cheney would some day like to make a tourism attraction, received some notable national exposure. The trail, which received authorization from Congress in 2009, was featured... — Updated 7/6/2017


Westwood Middle School Term 3 honor roll

4.0 —Makenna M. Benson, Faith Y. Boyle, Dusten T. Butikofer, Elizabeth G. DeLaCruz, George W. Emert, Carl P. Enburg, Emma J. Evans, Sara C. Graham, Joseph P. Haggarty, Tylin M. Hertel, Lauren A. Hinrichs, Isabell M. Hoffman,... — Updated 7/6/2017


Cheney Middle School announces third quarter honor roll

Cheney Middle School announced its honor roll for the third quarter of the 2016-17 school year. 4.0 — Lacey Anderson, Tyler T. Ashcroft, Elijah D. Axtell, Tilly A. Baldwin, Elliana G. Barden, Abigail L. Boal, Aaron M. Brown,... — Updated 7/6/2017

 By AL STOVER    Education

Medical Lake School District announces summer programs

Although school is out for the summer, the Medical Lake School District will have several courses and activities for students in July and August. During its June 27 meeting, the... — Updated 7/6/2017

 By Grace Pohl    Front Page

Remodeled Sutton Park gazebo to host events this summer

With the gazebo at Sutton Park newly remodeled, it is time to enjoy the summer with free concerts and movies in the park. Back on May 9, the Cheney City Council voted 6-0 to... — Updated 7/6/2017


Deputies assist with truck rescue

Spokane County Sheriff's Office deputies assisted a man whose truck and trailer were submerged in Silver Lake, just east of the city of Medical Lake, on June 30. According to a... — Updated 7/6/2017


Commission sends comp plan to council

’s June 12 meeting, during which concerns were raised about being able to address residents’ complaints surrounding problems with parking on city streets, especially around Eastern Washington University, and the over abundance... — Updated 7/6/2017

 By Grace Pohl    Front Page

Low cost cooling

The Cheney pool was the place to cool off this week from the hot temperatures on the West Plains. The pool hosts open swim Monday – Saturday every week from 1 – 5 p.m. Various... — Updated 7/6/2017

 By AL STOVER    Front Page

Medical Lake fire ordinance proposed

The Medical Lake Fire Department doesn’t usually have a lot of problems managing outdoor burning in the city. In most cases, when firefighters or Spokane County Sheriff’s Office deputies ask people to extinguish illegal fires,... — Updated 7/6/2017


Cheney rezone moves ahead

Cheney’s City Council unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance changing the zoning of a 3.6-acre parcel of land at the corner of Cedar and North Eighth streets from multifamily residential (R-3) to high-density... — Updated 7/6/2017


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