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Highest daily total for coronavirus recorded

SPOKANE – Regional Health District officials announced today another 23 confirmed new positive cases of the novel coronavirus and the disease it carries, COVID-19. The new cases bring the county total so far during the pandemic... — Updated 5/28/2020

Lawsuit against Gov. Inslee delayed

OKANOGAN — A lawsuit filed Friday in Douglas County against Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home order was continued to 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 29, in Okanogan County Superior Court this morning. The case was moved to Okanogan... — Updated 5/27/2020

Report: COVID-19 spread increasing in Eastern Washington

CAMP MURRAY, WASH. – A report released late Tuesday evening, May 26, indicates that transmission of the coronavirus and the disease it carries, COVID-19, is trending upwards in counties east of the Cascade Mountains. The report... — Updated 5/28/2020

Spokane County gets OK to go to Phase 2

CAMP MURRAY -- Spokane County has received approval of its variance application to move to Phase 2 of the state's reopening plan from restrictions imposed to battle the spread of coronavirus. Other counties eligible for the... — Updated 5/22/2020

Memorial Day closures, service changes

WEST PLAINS – Government offices in Airway Heights, Cheney and Medical Lake will be closed Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. Additionally, garbage and recycling collections will be delayed. In Cheney, residential... — Updated 5/21/2020

Cheney hit with unemployment fraud

CHENEY – A financial fraud apparently launched in Africa has found its way to the West Plains. According to police, so far at least 18 incidents have been reported of an unemployment scam authorities are calling very... — Updated 5/27/2020

Sheriff's Office seeks DOC escapee whereabouts

SPOKANE -- The Spokane County Sheriff's Office Property Crimes Task Force is asking for the public's help to find the following wanted fugitive. Douglas J. Farmer is wanted for... — Updated 5/21/2020

Airway Heights accepts, spends, $50,000 grant

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — The Airway Heights city council voted unanimously earlier this month to accept a $50,000 grant from the state of Washington. Minutes later, the council voted to apply the grant as a payment to an existing... — Updated 5/21/2020

West Plains Police News

CHENEY May 11  Residential burglary was reported on the zero hundred block of Erie Street. A wallet and its contents and a video game system were taken and recovered on May 16 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho by CDA police. An... — Updated 5/21/2020

Dogs needed to cheer up Care Center residents

CHENEY – Cheney Care Center recreation director Kris Bahr wanted to do something to cheer up the residents who have been prevented from going outside the care facility since early March due to coronavirus restrictions. She... — Updated 5/21/2020

On Monday, remember those who took duty seriously

Monday is Memorial Day. By tradition, it’s the 152nd anniversary of the day set aside to remember those who lost their lives serving our country. I say by tradition because the first incarnation of this observance, Decoration... — Updated 5/21/2020

Universal healthcare as business tool

In the mid-1980s I had great health care for my young family. I worked in construction and as long as there was work, I had wonderful healthcare because I was in a strong union. During a slow period when work dried up, I used... — Updated 5/21/2020

Harnack earns his 'Badalamente badge'

Reading the May 7 Cheney Free Press, I see that publisher Roger Harnack has arrived. By that I mean he’s earned “certification” and his first scolding from serial letter writer Richard Badalamente. I call it the... — Updated 5/21/2020

Cheney High commencement details announced

CHENEY – Commencement exercises for the class of 2020 will be a five-day affair, culminating in a video to be run on June 12 - the original date for Cheney High School's... — Updated 5/29/2020


Cheney Congregational Church We hope this message finds you well and in good health. This Sunday we are beginning a new sermon series based on Barbara Brown Taylor's book, “An Altar in the World.” In this series we'll explore... — Updated 5/22/2020

Library District hosts Star Wars trivia

SPOKANE – The Spokane County Library District is hosting an online trivia contest that could determine just how strong the Force is within you. “Virtual Trivia: ‘Star Wars’” is fun for the whole family involving... — Updated 5/21/2020

Drive-by congrats

Cheney Community Church pastor Todd Luce accepts the congratulations and well-wished of congregants who formed staged a parade last Saturday to honor his promotion to colonel in the U.S. Air Force. Luce’s wife Susan took to the... — Updated 5/21/2020

On Monday, remember those who took duty seriously

By JOHN McCALLUM Managing Editor Monday is Memorial Day. By tradition, it’s the 152nd anniversary of the day set aside to remember those who lost their lives serving our country. I say by tradition because the first incarnation... — Updated 5/21/2020

Nurse Profile: Bonnie E. DesJardin

CHENEY – It’s not everyday someone starts a new medical job in the middle of a pandemic. So, it’s understandable that when new Lincoln Hospital Nursing Director Bonnie E. DesJardin, a Cheney resident, was asked how life at... — Updated 5/21/2020

Mariann L. Donley

Mariann L Donley, born in Elk River, California Feb. 14, 1938, to Jacob and Louise Lorensen, passed peacefully May 12, 2020, in Spokane, Washington. Mariann was born into a rural... — Updated 5/21/2020

Wayne Norman Just

Wayne Norman Just passed away peacefully April 30, 2020 at his mountain cabin, his loving wife Tracy by his side. Wayne was born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, on Nov. 13, 1950 to the... — Updated 5/21/2020

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