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Articles from the August 15, 2019 edition

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Cheney water rates to go up

Cheney water rates are going up — again. City Council members voted unanimously at their July 23 meeting to approve a 10 cent increase in usage rates from $1.47 per 100 cubic feet (CF) of water — about 748 gallons — to... — Updated 8/15/2019


All-Big Sky Second Team selection joins three other former Eagles playing overseas

Former Eastern Washington University standout Violet Kapri Morrow has inked a contract to continue her playing days overseas professionally with the Breidablik Basketball Club in Reykjavik, Iceland, the university announced in an A... — Updated 8/15/2019


EWU's 2019-20 basketball schedule announced

The Eagles will once again be road-tested, but December’s miles will be significantly less. While November is highlighted by long road trips, December features two short trips against a pair of NCAA Division I powerhouses and a... — Updated 8/15/2019


Eagles start season off with a 6-2 exhibition victory over Fraser Valley

Although the win does not count for the season, the Eastern Washington University soccer team cruised to a 6-2 victory over the University of the Fraser Valley on Aug. 9 at home.... — Updated 8/15/2019


Taking a leap

Eugene Swight, 13, takes a leap from the rocks near the Medical Lake boat launch on Thursday Aug. 8. Despite an unseasonably cool July, temperatures reached the mid-90s that... — Updated 8/15/2019


Strategies for growing produce later in season

Don’t let fall or potentially frosty temperatures stop you from enjoying garden-fresh produce. Extend the nutritional value and homegrown flavor into your fall and early winter me... — Updated 8/15/2019


West Plains Briefs

Concert at Northern Quest cancelled due to illness Citing the illness of one of the band members, ZZ Top has canceled their engagement at Northern Quest Resort & Casino scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. Unfortunately, they... — Updated 8/15/2019


Looking Back

10 Years Ago Aug. 17, 2009 Due to tough economic times, Cheney lowered the fee for sponsoring a banner on city light poles from $10 a month to $5 per month Code changes gave Eastern Washington University a larger role in... — Updated 8/15/2019



Cheney Congregational Church Church shopping?  Check us out any Sunday at 10 a.m. and stay for refreshments at our 11 a.m. coffee hour so we can get acquainted and answer any questions you may have. Our new pastor, Matt Goodale,... — Updated 8/15/2019


Rain holds off for Bluegrass Festival

The 18th annual Blue Waters, Bluegrass Festival was another hit this year, although not as well-attended as previous years, something organizers blamed on a wet weather forecast... — Updated 8/15/2019


Summer heat slow to get going

How does warmer mean we’re cooler? When the vast northern Pacific Ocean sea surface temperatures are just a bit above normal which has meant so far in July 2019 has been notably cooler than most of the five prior first full... — Updated 8/15/2019


Nichols is August Medical Lake Yard of the Month

From left: Dan Dorshorst of the Medical Lake Kiwanis, Gayle Hennings of the Gardeners of Cheney, homeowner Diane Nichols, and Donna Kuilbert of Gardeners of Cheney. As this... — Updated 8/15/2019


Williams named Cheney Yard of the Month

Christine and Eric Williams accept the award for Cheney Yard of the Month. The couple have had a passion for gardening since they bought their house more than 16 years ago and... — Updated 8/15/2019


Wild Dogs raises funds for Cheney dog park

The Cheney Dog Park Association staged a triathlon on Aug. 3 for youth ages 5-14 to help raise money for a place for their furry friends. Ostensibly billed as “Wild Dogs,” the triathlon taking place at Cheney’s municipal... — Updated 8/15/2019


Choice Hotels International plans to build new hotel on West Plains

And the development just keeps on coming — the West Plains will soon be welcoming a new hotel, Choice Hotels International Inc. announced last week. Choice is partnering with Brar Hotels Group, LLC for the development of a... — Updated 8/15/2019


Kenworth Sales expands plans for West Plains facility

The Cheney Free Press reported in November 2018 Spokane manufacturer Kenworth Sales Company’s plan to build a new warehouse in the West Plains, just west of South Thomas Mallon Road on a 20 acre parcel located at 9010 W. Geiger... — Updated 8/15/2019


West Plains Fire and EMS monthly statistics

Airway Heights Fire Department Fires 30 Emergency Medical Service 179 Total 209 Cheney Fire Department Fire 39 Emergency Medical Service 84 Total 123 Medical Lake Fire Department EMS/Medical 44 Structure fire calls 9 Alarm 10... — Updated 8/15/2019


Wild winners

Winners of the Wild Dog Youth Triathlon are pictured above in an Aug. 3 photo. The triathlon for kids ages 5-14 raised almost $300 for the proposed Cheney Dog Park. See the full... — Updated 8/15/2019


Cheney to flush water mains beginning Aug. 19

The Cheney Water Department will begin water main flushing from area fire hydrants beginning the week of Aug. 19. Flushing these water mains will cause water to discolor. Residents who experience colored water should flush their... — Updated 8/15/2019


Cheney Parks and Recreation holds school resource fair Aug. 22

Cheney’s Parks and Recreation Department is holding a back to school resource fair for students and their families gearing up for classes this fall. The resource fair takes place Thursday, Aug. 22, from 8 a.m. – noon at the... — Updated 8/15/2019

 By Lee Hughes    News

Medical Lake, District 3 fire annexation and levy pass

The organization that has been serving the citizens of Medical Lake for 115 years will soon be no more. With the overwhelming passage of Proposition 1 earlier this month, the... — Updated 8/15/2019

 By Lee Hughes    News

Bluegrass under cloudy skies

Members of the bluegrass band Whiskey Deaf keep the crowd entertained Saturday at the 18th annual Blue Water Bluegrass Festival at Medical Lake’s Waterfront Park last... — Updated 8/15/2019


Car chase that starts in Airway Heights ends in Spokane River

A car chase that began in Airway Heights last weekend led to a man leaping into the Spokane River in an attempt to hide from police. On Friday, Aug. 9 at 4:28 a.m., Airway Heights police attempted to pull over a black Volkswagen... — Updated 8/15/2019

 By Lee Hughes    News

New building planned for downtown Medical Lake

Medical Lake may be seeing a new building downtown, at least if the plans of Bob and Jennifer Maxwell come to fruition. The couple has purchased the lot, including the building... — Updated 8/15/2019

 By Lee Hughes    News

Spokane Gun Club targets West Plains

The West Plains may be getting a gun range soon if the Spokane Gun Club’s efforts work in their favor. But not everyone is thrilled with the idea. Located in Spokane Valley since... — Updated 8/15/2019


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