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Eastern State Hospital's Dorothy Sawyer seeks community interactivity

Dorothy Sawyer, the current CEO of Eastern State Hospital wants to make it a mission to bring the community together and educate it about mental illness. Sawyer took the CEO position in August 2013. ...

Council approves technical contract

The Cheney City Council unanimously approved a contract for technical support at the city’s water and wastewater treatment systems at its July 8 meeting, as well as entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Cheney School District on a...

Major crimes increase in Medical Lake

Crime reports in Medical Lake have gone up. According to statistics from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, 269 crimes were reported from January to June 2014, a 16 percent increase over the 227 reports generated during the same time last year....

Commission resumes Cheney code review

The Cheney Planning Commission resumed its municipal code review process by taking a look at Chapter 22 – Subdivisions and Title, and Chapter 23 – Development Code Administration at their July meeting on Monday. The commission also took a look...

Bandits sweep of Stealth extends league winning streak to eight

The West Plains Bandits 14U softball team wrapped up their regular season schedule with a road doubleheader sweep of Mead’s Stealth (Finch) team. The Bandits scored in the first five of six innings to win game one 10-5. In the nightcap, West...

Wild horse race is dangerous, but entertaining spectacle at Stampede

This weekend I had a chance to make it out to the Bi-Mart Arena to enjoy a little bit of the Cheney Rodeo. I haven't been to many rodeos in my lifetime - in fact, this was the second rodeo I have...

SummerHawks are busy as regular season ends

The Cheney SummerHawks AA American Legion Baseball team finished their regular season with an 11-4 record after three consecutive Federal League doubleheaders against Freeman, July 12, Medical Lake,...

Medical Lake finishes season on a roll, will miss playoffs

Medical Lake completed an important series of games in Spokane American Legion AA play winning five of six games last week. But they'll still come up short of making the postseason. Head coach Kerry...

Blue Devils reach playoffs

The Spokane Blue Devils accomplished what they set out to do — make the Spokane AAA American Legion playoffs. Now it’s a matter of how long they stay and it’s so far so good. Following a must-have sweep of the Northeast 49ers last week that...

Seeking lessons in last trip to Guatemala, for now

Next Wednesday, July 23, I leave again on a mission trip to Guatemala. It will be my third consecutive trip, fourth overall, and likely my last for a while — at least a year. It’s an amazing adventure to be in that country, to travel and...

It's well past time for five county commissioners

Plenty has changed in the last 25 years in Spokane County. Most notably, we’ve grown by nearly 120,000 people, some of the most rapid growth ever. In the upcoming Aug. 5 primary election, the citizens of the West Plains will select the top two...

Letters

Lyndon Johnson had it right after all Ed Feulner, in his guest commentary for the Cheney Free Press, July 3, 2014, says that he’s learned, “you can’t improve something unless you can measure it.” He then goes on to label Lyndon Johnson’s...

Karen McCormick plays Sutton Park

One of Cheney's own is returning Wednesday, July 23, to perform in the Summer Concert Series at Sutton Park. Karen McCormick - pronounced "Car-en" - is a 2013 graduate of Cheney High School who has...

Airway Heights adopts pavement management plan

At the June 7 meeting, the Airway Heights City Council authorized a work order for Century West Engineering to develop a pavement management plan for the city. Public Works director Kelly Williquette explained that the management plan would consist...

Medical Lake students show growth in NWEA testing

Medical Lake School District students continue to increase their reading and math scores. Kim Headrick, director of teaching and learning, unveiled Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) math and reading test scores for the 2013-14 school year at...

Eastern releases 2014 spring honor roll

Eastern Washington University recently named the following Airway Heights, Cheney and Medical Lake students to the spring quarter dean’s honor roll for the 2013-14 academic year: Airway Heights — Tiffany Perez. Cheney — Alexander Adams,...

Starr receives Seattle Business Forum scholarship

Cheney High School alumna Elica Chelsy Starr received a $2,000 Seattle Business Forum Scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year. Starr, daughter of Gary and Himoni Starr, plans to attend Western Washington University and will enroll in the Honors...

Ifft makes Montana's Dean's List for spring

Cheney High School alumna Nora Ifft made the University of Montana’s Dean’s List for spring 2014. To qualify, students must be undergraduates, earn a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher and receive A or B grades in at least nine...

EWU wins $2 million federal grant

Eastern Washington University has received a $2.125 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education designed to support students from migrant and seasonal farmworker backgrounds during their first year in college. This is the third time...

Cheney and Medical Lake residents earn Whitworth degrees

Jessica Jensen, of Cheney, and Richard Aley, of Medical Lake, graduated from Whitworth University. Jensen was awarded a bachelor of arts in music. Aley earned a bachelor of arts in kinesiology and a bachelor of science in athletic training....

Benjamin Franklin did more than researching electricity, signing Decelaration of Independence

My stingy dictionary tells me Benjamin Franklin was an American statesman and an inventor. And then it stopped. Surely there was much more to tell about him, much more than a few words. Joe Wurzelbacker is known as Joe for America.com and Joe the...

Looking Back

10 Years Ago July 22, 2004 A 22-year-old Cheney woman reported she was raped in her residence by an unknown assailant armed with a pistol. The woman had no recollection of the incident as she lost consciousness during the assault. Dino Rossi made a...

Sara Jean Tyson (Sally)

Sally was born March 5, 1944, in Milwaukee, Wisc. to James and Marian Tyson. The oldest of three children, Sally had two younger brothers: Robert Tyson and James Tyson. While originally from...

What's Happening on the West Plains

City of Cheney • Current through Sept. 23, Cheney Farmers Market, City Hall parking lot, Tuesdays 2 – 7 p.m. • July 18, Mobius Science Spectacular, community library, 10:30 a.m. • July 18, Baby Play and Learn Storytime (ages 0 – 18...

Churches

Emmanuel Lutheran Church The congregation of Emmanuel Lutheran Church invite you to worship with us this Sunday, July 20, at Sutton Park’s gazebo at 10:30 a.m. as we celebrate the sixth Sunday after Pentecost. Bring your family, friends,...

Gregorio Munoz Jr.

Gregorio Munoz Jr. (age 70) passed away unexpectedly July 5, 2014, at his home in Cheney.  He is survived by his four children: son Gregorio III and his wife Cathy of Cheney, son Gary of Cheney,...