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Feed Medical Lake Nov. 11 Feed Medical Lake is serving meatloaf, carrots, mashed potatoes/gravy and parfait on Mon. Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. Groceries distributed 4:15 p.m. There will be a special treat for children in attendance.... — Updated 11/7/2019


Cheney Congregational Bazaar serves early lunch

Lunch will be early this year at the Cheney Congregational Church Bazaar, 10:30 1.m. – 1 p.m. so as not to conflict with Eastern’s game. There will be three kinds of homemade soup with homemade bread, and assorted pies. Pie... — Updated 10/31/2019


ML holds 2020 budget hearing

The Medical Lake City Council will be holding public hearings on the city’s 2020 preliminary budget and the 2020 final budget at its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 5. The purpose of the hearing is to receive public... — Updated 10/31/2019


Wildlife food drive

A donor drops off a sack of food at the Columbia Plateau Wildlife Management Association’s food drive to benefit the Cheney Food Bank, Oct. 19-20. The association raised 690... — Updated 10/31/2019


Annual Turkey Trot coming Nov. 28

The 12th annual Turkey Trot is taking place Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28. The 2-3 mile run/walk kicks off at 9 a.m. at Cheney High School and is open to walkers and runners of all ages, with dressing in costumes encouraged. Dogs are... — Updated 10/31/2019


Bloom completes Marine boot camp

Private James Frederick Blom, 19, of Cheney, Wash., graduated from United States Marine Corps boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego on Oct. 25, 2019. Private Blom successfully completed 13 weeks of intensive basic... — Updated 10/31/2019



Cheney Congregational Church Please join us at our Cheney Congregational Church annual bazaar this Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. We are located at 423 N. 6th St. Lunch (soups, bread and pie) will be served from 10:30... — Updated 10/31/2019


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Emmanuel Lutheran holiday bazaar Saturday, Nov. 2 Cheney’s Emmanuel Lutheran Church annual Holiday Bazaar and Luncheon is Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Crafts, a White Elephant sale and a large selection of baked... — Updated 10/31/2019


Plan ahead for amaryllis blooms all winter long

By MELINDA MYERS Contributor Let amaryllis fill your home with flowers for the holidays and keep the blossoms coming all winter long. When you plant several different types of... — Updated 10/31/2019


Looking Back

10 Years Ago Oct. 29, 2009 The Medical Lake City Council’s eminent vote to eliminate city-managed police services in exchange for outsourcing law enforcement to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office after a nearly two-year... — Updated 10/31/2019



Cheney Congregational Church You are invited to attend services at Cheney Congregational Church on Sunday, Oct. 20. Pastor Matt Goodale will continue his series “Psalms: A Mirror for the Soul.” Following services everyone is... — Updated 10/17/2019


West Plains Briefs

Book group meets Oct. 22 The Cheney Library book discussion group will meet on Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. The book to be discussed will be the “Liar’s Club: a Memoir” by Mary Kerr. Debbie Roccanova will lead the group. A complete... — Updated 10/17/2019


Cheney Free Press staff win state awards

OLYMPIA – The Cheney Free Press received several awards Friday night, Oct. 11, at the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association annual convention and gala at Hotel RL. Reporter Lee Hughes, former reporters Shannen Talbot and... — Updated 10/17/2019


Looking Back

10 Years Ago Oct. 15, 2009 The Airway Heights Correctional Center added a sex offender treatment center for low-risk recidivism inmates. The Cheney marching band earned a second place finish at the Sounds of Thunder Pacific... — Updated 10/17/2019


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


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



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


Looking Back

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

 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


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



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


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


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