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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 28, 2019

Cheney police find Nampa Amber Alert mother and daughter

Cheney police were able to put a successful ending to an Amber Alert issued last week for a mother and daughter reported missing out of Nampa, Idaho. The Nampa Police Department issued the Amber Alert on March 20 for 41-year-old Brooke A....

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    March 28, 2019

Airway Heights recreation center grand opening approaches

The new Airway Heights recreation center will soon be open for business, with city workers gearing up for its official grand opening in May. A tentative date of May 1 has been set for a ceremonial ribbon cutting at the new facility, which has been...

 

Spokane County Library District spring events

Spokane County Library District has a busy spring planned for area library patrons and others in the community. The most recent event is the announcement of the seventh annual Food for Fines event during National Library Week, April 7–13....

 
 By Carlene Hardt    News    March 28, 2019

A delicate platform

Several Tundra and Trumpeter Swans are migrating north this month and some stopped in for a few days at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. Some ice was left on Middle Pine Lake and that is where an...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 28, 2019

Buttercup repeat

Two-year-old Penelope Beasley and her six-year-old brother Max were the winners of the Cheney Free Press annual buttercup contest to see who can be the first boy and girl to bring in a buttercup. The...

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY March 18 An abandoned auto was reported on the 300 block of West 3rd Street. A gray Infinity I35 was impounded. Financial fraud, fraudulent student loan, was reported on the 100 block of Washington Street. Mental health issue was reported on...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    March 21, 2019

Airway Heights police share position on I-1639

In November 2018, nearly 60 percent of Washington voters approved Initiative-1639, one of the strictest pieces of gun safety legislation in the country. Since then, sheriffs and police chiefs across the state have said they will not enforce the new l...

 

Cheney to consider traffic fees

By JOHN McCALLUM Managing Editor Cheney’s Planning Commission got a closer look at its March 11 meeting at how proposed transportation impact fees might be imposed on development in the city — but not before doing a bit of housecleaning...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 21, 2019

Field prep

Cheney High School pole vault coach Tom Stralser uses a snowblower to clear the white stuff from the Blackhawks football field Tuesday afternoon. Many area spring sports teams have seen early-season...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    March 21, 2019

Don't build it and they won't come

Is there room for growth in Medical Lake? Opinions vary depending on who one speaks with. But one thing is becoming increasingly clear: the West Plains is growing economically, and with that growth comes the need for more housing and businesses to...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 21, 2019

Water contracts top Cheney City Council's agenda

Public Works Department business dominated the Cheney City Council's March 12 agenda. Three of the nine resolutions brought forward by Public Works Director Todd Ableman involved Cheney's water...

 

Medical Lake draft Water System Plan meeting scheduled April 4

The city of Medical is holding an informational meeting at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 4, at the Medical Lake Maintenance Building, 801 S. Lefevre St. to discuss elements of the city’s Draft Water System Plan. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss...

 

West Plains Briefs

EWU holds memorial service for Dr. Mutschler Eastern Washington University is holding a memorial service at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 23 at Showalter Auditorium (second floor) for university archivist and interim library dean Dr. Charles Mutschler....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 14, 2019

A loss of historic proportions

A three-vehicle collision Sunday night not only claimed the life of a Cheney man, but also a large part of local history and perhaps the collective soul of a community. Eastern Washington University...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    March 14, 2019

A joining of fire forces

The clock is ticking for the Medical Lake City Council to decide to ask voters to consider merging the city’s struggling all-volunteer fire department with Spokane County Fire District 3. Speaking...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 14, 2019

Understanding how things burn

Rich Freier has a favorite saying. Actually, the veteran Spokane Valley Fire Department fire investigator and commissioned law enforcement officer has a lot of them — to talk with Freier is to talk...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    March 14, 2019

United Methodist Churches may flout new rules

Last month, a familiar battle raged on at the United Methodist Church General Conference in St. Louis, Mo., one concerning human sexuality and its place in the church. After several days of discussion, United Methodist leaders passed “The Tradition...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    March 14, 2019

Fire District 10 burns donated property for training

Spokane County Fire District 10 (SCFD10) hosted a live fire demonstration on March 2 when a West Plains community member donated their property for firefighter training. The owner of the property on...

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY March 5 Domestic violence/verbal dispute was reported on the 200 block of South Cheney-Spangle Road. A black, Jeep Liberty was impounded on the 300 block of G Street. Domestic violence/verbal dispute was reported on the 1000 block of Betz...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 7, 2019

Cheney council confirms Barthels

Cheney’s City Council welcomed its newest member last Tuesday night, Feb. 26, as Vince Barthels was sworn in to serve on the Position 2 seat left vacant after the resignation of Doug Nixon in late 2018. Nixon, who served since 2007, stepped down...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 7, 2019

Crime in Cheney declines

While even one report of a crime is one too many, Cheney Police Chief John Hensley is proud of the fact that reported incidents in the city last year dropped by 4.76 percent over 2017 totals. “I think it reflects well on the community and the polic...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    March 7, 2019

Medical Lake district dedicates new room

There’s a new room at Medical Lake High School that’s partially painted in various shades of Air Force blue. A scale model of a KC-135 tanker sits in one corner; the Fairchild Air Force Base logo...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    March 7, 2019

Airway Heights council hears from Spokane Transit

Moving around Airway Heights may soon be a lot easier, according to a Spokane Transit Authority (STA) presentation at the Airway Heights City Council’s March 4 meeting. STA announced the introduction of Route 63 in September, which will connect...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    March 7, 2019

New Cheney school boundaries approved

The Cheney School Board checked one major item off the district’s to-do list at its Feb. 27 meeting, unanimously approving new attendance boundaries for local elementary and middle schools in a...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    News    March 7, 2019

West Plains cleaning company opens office in Cheney

Cheney residents driving down 1st Street might have noticed a slight change in the landscape this month, with local business Clean-R-Up moving into its first brick-and-mortar location since its...

 

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