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10 Years Ago Oct. 8, 2009 The Medical Lake City Council passed a resolution opposing the closure of the Pine Lodge Corrections Center for Women that employed approximately 650 union members. As district enrollment increased, the... — Updated 10/10/2019



Cheney Congregational Church The installation of Matt Goodale as the new pastor of the Cheney Congregational Church is this Saturday, Oct. 12 at 4:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary. He will affirm his ordination vows. The calling of... — Updated 10/10/2019


West Plains Briefs

Feed Medical Lake Oct. 14 Feed Medical Lake is serving chili, cornbread, salad and dump cake on Monday, Oct. 14, beginning at 5 p.m. Groceries distribution begins at 4:15 p.m. after registration. There will be something special... — Updated 10/10/2019

 By Lee Hughes    Neighborhood 

County Fire District 3 awarded grant

CHENEY —Spokane County Fire District 3 has been awarded a $2.06 million Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response, or SAFER, grant, according to a press release. The... — Updated 10/10/2019


Cheney school growth clarified

Several items of information were incorrectly reported in the story “Chamber gets West Plains schools overview” in the Sept. 26 Cheney Free Press. It was listed that the Cheney School District’s 2018-2019 enrollment was... — Updated 10/10/2019


Looking Back

10 Years Ago Oct. 1, 2009 Medical Lake fifth grade teacher Darrell John was awarded the KHQ Teacher of the Month award. The Blackhawk football squad narrowly escaped a loss to the Cardinals in a 14-13 win on a late touchdown by... — Updated 10/3/2019



Cheney Congregational Church Sunday, Oct 3 is Communion Sunday at Cheney Congregational Church. As usual, on the first Sunday of each month, our communion table is open to everyone who is old enough to understand. One need not be... — Updated 10/3/2019


West Plains Briefs - ML public hearing on proposed EMS levy, property tax increase

Medical Lake is holding a public hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 6:30 p.m. during its regularly scheduled City Council meeting to discuss and receive public comment on the city’s 2020 current expense budget and a possible... — Updated 10/3/2019


StageWest's 'Stranger in the Attic' opens Oct. 4

It’s opening weekend of StageWest Community Theatre’s production (and West Coast Grand Premier) of “Stranger in the Attic,” written by John Kaasik. This play is a Hitchcockian thriller involving a writer, a lawyer, wives... — Updated 10/3/2019

 By Dave Cook    Neighborhood


While jogging Sunday morning, Cheney resident Dave Cook snapped some shots of the damage from last weekend’s wind, cold and snow event.... — Updated 10/3/2019


Looking back with the Cheney Historical Museum

One hundred years ago years ago in 1919, the American Telephone & Telegraph Company introduced the dial telephone. Now, who remembers those? Learn more about our area’s history at — Updated 10/3/2019


StageWest's 'Stranger in the Attic' opens Oct. 4

It’s opening weekend of StageWest Community Theatre’s production (and West Coast Grand Premier) of “Stranger in the Attic,” written by John Kaasik. This play is a Hitchcockian thriller involving a writer, a lawyer, wives... — Updated 10/3/2019


Chamber gets West Plains schools overview

SPOKANE – Airway Heights will need a new high school to accommodate expected student population growth, but it will remain within the jurisdiction of the Cheney School District. T... — Updated 9/26/2019


Looking Back

10 Years Ago Sept. 24, 2009 The Cheney City Council approved a 5,000 square foot utility building expansion that included new office space, conference rooms and a reception area. The cost was estimated at just over $1 million. A... — Updated 9/26/2019 Full story



Cheney Congregational Church Pastor Matt Goodale has been at Cheney Congregational Church since July 2019. Please come to meet him at services on Sunday, Sept 29, at 10 a.m. or any Sunday morning. The text for his sermon this week... — Updated 9/26/2019


West Plains Briefs

Cheney coat drive underway It is that time of year again, time to collect and distribute coats for our community coat drive. New or used coats for all ages can be donated beginning Sept. 15 at area schools, churches and many... — Updated 9/26/2019 Full story


Bold and beautiful alliums for every garden

Short or tall, big or small, ornamental alliums are a treat for flower gardeners and for butterflies, bees and other pollinators. Plant the bulbs in fall and enjoy months of colorfu... — Updated 9/19/2019


Looking Back

10 Years Ago Sept. 17, 2009 Cheney Municipal Court attributed its use of ankle bracelets as a factor in an estimated $25,000 drop in jail costs for the year. The court contracted for the use of the technology in February. Medical... — Updated 9/19/2019


West Plains Briefs

Cheney Free Press internet going down for work Sept. 19 The Cheney Free Press has been experiencing intermittent internet troubles over the past several weeks and some work is scheduled that will hopefully address the issue. Davis... — Updated 9/19/2019



Cheney Congregational Church You are invited to join us for our services at Cheney Congregational Church Sunday, Sept. 22, at 10 a.m. We have recently arranged a special place for young children to have a play area in the back of... — Updated 9/19/2019


Medical Lake Masons join with Cheney Temple

Early this year of 2019, the Cheney Masonic Lodge (Temple Lodge No. 42) was approached by members of the Medical Lake Masonic Lodge (Medical Lake Lodge 102) with a request to conso... — Updated 9/19/2019


State funding available for historic barns and cemeteries

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation has announced a new round of grant funding for preservation of historic barns and cemeteries. The funding, done in partnership with the state Department of Archaeology and Historic... — Updated 9/12/2019


Blue is for fun

Fans at August’s Blue Waters, Bluegrass festival enjoyed the music in a variety of ways, including doing a little dancing on the grass at Medical Lake’s Waterfront Park. Photos... — Updated 9/12/2019


Harvest hues

A rainbow is seen over some harvested wheat fields outside of Cheney on Monday evening, Sept. 9.... — Updated 9/12/2019


Looking Back

10 Years Ago Sept. 10, 2009 Local school districts battled the H1N1 flu virus, focusing on preventing an outbreak. Cheney’s City Hall was the home of a Jazzercise fundraiser aimed at helping Cheney resident Lorna Jarms in her... — Updated 9/12/2019


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