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Cheney adopts salary ordinance

Besides passing the almost $31.2 million 2018 budget, the Cheney City Council also took care of a number of year-end budget-related items as well as making a couple of purchases at... — Updated 12/21/2017


Another chapter closes for Higgins

The latest chapter in John Higgins' long association with Medical Lake ends on Jan. 1 when Shirley Maike assumes the mayor's seat in City Council chambers. Higgins steps away after... — Updated 12/21/2017


Cheney finance department tops in state

It's not a glamorous job, but somebody has to do it and the city of Cheney's finance department does it well. The department was honored with a State Auditor Stewardship Award by th... — Updated 12/21/2017


Offering answers to Medical Lake's public safety questions

One of the major questions for some citizens, and points of contention during the recent elections for mayor and city council in Medical Lake, have been those that surround public safety — police, fire and EMS. It is sometimes... — Updated 12/21/2017


CFP holiday deadlines

The Cheney Free Press will be closed Monday, Dec. 25, in observance of Christmas and Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 in observance of New Year’s Day. Deadlines for the submittals for the Dec. 28 issue have changed. Legals and classified... — Updated 12/21/2017 Full story


Merry Christmas

And a Happy New Year!... — Updated 12/21/2017


Learning about our freedoms' foundations

Cheney High School sophomore Juliane De los Santos loves to write essays, taking inspiration from his language arts teacher Krista Delaney. So when counselors at the school's career... — Updated 12/21/2017


Cheney VFW names essay winners

Cheney's Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11326 has announced the winners of the 2017 Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen youth scholarship competition. Cheney High School student... — Updated 12/21/2017


Hallett Elementary School December awards

The following are student awards from Hallett Elementary School from December. Kindergarten: Musselwhite: Lilea Stolworthy, Laila Martin, Gavin Barrow. Danker: Tatiana Hartwell, Annalyse Pool, Elijah Dimick. Williams: Olivia Long,... — Updated 12/21/2017

 By Ty MacGregor    Education

Brightening Christmas

Sunset Elementary School students in Melanie MacFarland and Cori Carlson's first-grade classes, along with Jennifer Haynes' second-graders made ornaments and holiday chains to... — Updated 12/21/2017

 By Grace Pohl    News

Airway Heights City Council votes on rezones

At the Dec. 18 Airway Heights City Council meeting, the board looked over the recommendations from the Planning Commission on rezones around the town. They had previously heard a handful of comments from citizens being affected by... — Updated 12/21/2017

 By Grace Pohl    News

Airway Heights commission recommends rezones

After the large crowd at the Nov. 30 public hearing at the Airway Heights Planning Commission, it was almost an empty house again at the Dec. 13 meeting. City Manager Albert Tripp and a representative from Storhaug Engineering were... — Updated 12/21/2017


A really big treat

Cheney High School Future Business Leaders of America students Megumi Call (left) and Eva Rosa Perry pose with a $1,500 check from Spokane Teachers Credit Union presented to the... — Updated 12/21/2017


Spreading cheer and candy

Cheney firefighters held their annual Candy Cane ride last Saturday, winding through the city distributing candy canes and holiday cheer.... — Updated 12/21/2017


News Briefs

West Plains Christmas Trees raffled this Saturday Tickets are still on sale for eight, fabulously festooned Christmas trees being raffled this Saturday to support local veterans causes. The beautiful trees are loaded with prizes,... — Updated 12/21/2017


Candy canes and hot chocolate

Cheney High School chemistry, physical science and freshman class advisor Marin Hatcher (left) adds some extra whipped cream to a student's cup of hot cocoa. Hatcher and fellow... — Updated 12/21/2017


Sudden snow storm sets stage for unpredictable winter

Spokane set a new snowfall record, six days short of the official start of winter, when 7.1 inches of the white stuff fell on Dec. 15. The storm forecast, which took most every... — Updated 12/21/2017


Special six honored for selection

Six area athletes were honored at halftime of the Eastern Washington University mens basketball game with Cal State-Northridge this past Sunday for their selection to the state's... — Updated 12/21/2017


West Plains Police News

CHENEY Dec. 11 Third-degree theft was reported at Cheney High School. Two cellphones were taken, but later recovered. A suspicious powdery substance was found on the 700 block of West First Street. Police assisted Child Protective... — Updated 12/21/2017


Looking Back

10 Years Ago Dec. 20, 2007 All present members of the Medical Lake School Board voted “yes” to approve a resolution for a bond to finance construction of a new elementary school. Cheney’s Planning Commission granted a rezone... — Updated 12/21/2017



Cheney Community Church The community is invited to our Christmas weekend services. The Christmas Eve morning worship service on Sunday Dec. 24 is at 10 a.m. Nursery and children’s church are available for the little ones. Then... — Updated 12/21/2017


From the archives: 1997

Anna Snyder, a second grader in Mrs. Glasgow's class at Medical Lake Elementary, put the finishing touches on her gingerbread house that she made with the help of Medical Lake High... — Updated 12/21/2017


Smile and say 'mac and cheese'

Eight-year-old Jenna Thomason and her two-year-old brother Declan pose for a picture with Santa Claus at the Cheney American Legion Post No. 72's Santa Christmas party, Dec. 14.... — Updated 12/21/2017


West Plains Briefs

Feed Medical Lake hosts Christmas Day potluck Feed Medical Lake is hosting a Christmas Day potluck at the meal site. We want everyone to have a Merry Christmas, so if you are alone, can’t get to the kids, the kids can’t get to... — Updated 12/21/2017


North Pole couple

Santa and Mrs. Claus made an appearance Saturday at the Marketplace Bakery & Eatery in Cheney, taking done lists from children. Jill Weiszmann... — Updated 12/21/2017


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