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Annual Civil War re-enactment canceled

CHENEY — The annual Civil War battles that traditionally takes place here over the Memorial Day weekend has been canceled this year. The Washington Civil War Association will not be putting on the event this coming weekend,... — Updated 5/25/2023

St. Ignatius burglarized

COLFAX - Two weeks, two break-ins, nine arrests. Several Spokane County residents are facing charges after traveling to Colfax, where they allegedly broke into the "haunted" St.... — Updated 5/25/2023

Bull mutilated near Rock Lake

ROCK LAKE – A local rancher is perplexed by the castration and slaughter of one of his bulls on or about May 12. Rancher Rod Mills, the owner of R&J Ranch and Livestock, was notified that one of his bulls had been slaughtered... — Updated 5/25/2023

Election filing produces no local races

CHENEY – Dozens of southern Spokane County residents filed to run for governmental offices during filing week, May 15-19, but no racers resulted. Candidates filed for seats open in the 2023 general election. The names of each... — Updated 5/25/2023

Former Cheney man dies in crash

CLARKSTON— A former Cheney resident was killed in a motorcycle crash Friday, May 19, south of Clarkston. Benjamin Nichols, 64, of Clarkston, was pronounced dead at Sacred Heart... — Updated 5/25/2023

Bull mutilated near Rock Lake

ROCK LAKE – A local rancher is perplexed by the castration and slaughter of one of his bulls on or about May 12. Rancher Rod Mills, the owner of R&J Ranch and Livestock, was notified that one of his bulls had been slaughtered... — Updated 5/25/2023

Lancers make a run in tournament

SPOKANE – Fast bats and stout defense moved the Liberty Lancers through the first two games of the 2B Bi-County District Tournament on May 20 at Merkel Sports Complex. Finishing... — Updated 5/25/2023

Cardinals qualify four to state 1A

There’s a longer than usual road trip coming for some members of the Medical Lake track and field team following their performances at District 7 championships last week at Riverside High School in Chattaroy. For the past 25... — Updated 5/25/2023 Full story

Cheney qualifies multiple athletes for state track

Cheney efforts at last weekend’s District 8 3A track and field championships brought both notable accomplishments and near misses in the Tri-Cities heat. “Joy (Assonken) and Shauna (Elliott) winning,” were some pleasant... — Updated 5/25/2023

Cardinals sign college letters-of-intent

Medical Lake High School showcased one of its largest groups of letter-of-intent signees in recent memory as seven seniors officially announced May 18 where they would attend college this fall. Seven Cardinals, including members... — Updated 5/25/2023

Cannons appear loaded

Over the past couple of years, the Spokane Cannons AAA Senior American Legion baseball team has been inching its way towards a lofty goal. Winning a state title at the premiere... — Updated 5/25/2023 Full story

High School Sports Briefs

FASTPITCH SOFTBALL: Blackhawks season wrap-up Cheney Fastpitch softball was eliminated in the second round of the district tournament and finished the season with a 9-12 record after a fifth-place finish in league at 9-8.  Head... — Updated 5/25/2023

Cardinals crash on road to state

SPOKANE - Medical Lake's Taylor Oliver authored the Cardinals' third no hitter of 2023, May 9 against Lakeside in the District 7 playoffs at Whitworth University. But like other... — Updated 5/19/2023

Sports Briefs

Medical Lake ousted in playoffs MEDICAL LAKE - The Cardinal soccer season came to an end at the hands – well feet – of a familiar foe in the Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) Eagles... — Updated 5/19/2023

Blackhawks baseball season ends

SPOKANE — Sports success is sometimes described as a formula consisting of one part skill and one part luck, wrapped up in a neat package of talent. “You know the bats just weren’t there,” Coach Bob Beamer said of... — Updated 5/19/2023

Cheney track eyes regional, state meets

SPOKANE VALLEY - Competition at the Sub-District track meet at Central Valley High School last week left Cheney track and field Coach Derek Slaughter with a great deal of... — Updated 5/19/2023

Build electricity around hydropower

Although New Zealand and Washington are located a half-a-world apart, they have lots in common---beautiful seashores, majestic mountains, crystal clear streams and lakes, and vibrant salmon and trout fisheries. Both are... — Updated 5/25/2023

In remembrance of those fell

An “aha” moment – a time when make that brilliant “I’m going to do it” decision. I got mine after reading “Lone Survivor” by Marcus Luttrell and studying up on my favorite Purple Heart recipient, Army Staff Sgt.... — Updated 5/25/2023

Gov. Inslee, apologize to fired state workers

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee is busy signing bills. I think he should start putting his John Hancock on apology letters to former state workers who were terminated because of his vaccine mandate.  I doubt he will. In... — Updated 5/19/2023

Failing to act legalizes drugs

The state Legislature is headed back to Olympia this week for a special session specifically to deal with the prospect of all drugs becoming legal July 1. Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, says he hopes lawmakers will pass a new... — Updated 5/19/2023

Cheney council abdicated its moral obligation

In a shameful abdication of their duty and moral obligation to the people of Cheney, 5 of 7 elected City Council members voted May 9 – against the resounding opposition of their constituents – to approve rezoning a north... — Updated 5/19/2023

Republicans threaten democracy

President Joe Biden is seeking re-election. I wish he were younger and I might favor other Democrats — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and 2020 presidential contenders Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker come to mind. But Biden’s... — Updated 5/12/2023

Agriculture is Washington state's backbone

Throughout our state, fruit trees are blossoming and vibrant tulip fields blooming. Colorful lentils carpet the fields on the Palouse. It’s spring, when photographers and sightseers have a field day. While spring is... — Updated 5/12/2023

Vaccine mandate news - and a disturbing lack of news

A May 1 press release from the White House announced that the Biden administration has started the process to end COVID-19 vaccine rules placed on health care facilities receiving Medicaid and Medicare. A vaccine mandate on... — Updated 5/12/2023

Public safety failures the legacy of 2023

This session saw some bipartisan successes as lawmakers and citizens were in Olympia together for the first time in nearly three years. That in-person interaction is always key for working relationships and good workable... — Updated 5/5/2023

Parting thoughts at the end of the 2023 legislative session

By Sen. Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake, Republican Caucus Chair Beef Day is the second-best day of the legislative session, next to the last day. Probably the best news about the 2023 legislative session is that we adjourned on time,... — Updated 5/5/2023

Candidates running in Liberty Lake

LIBERTY LAKE – Liberty Lake is set for a busy election year with several seats opening. Quite a few candidates have filed also, but Cris Kaminskas remains the only person to have filed for the mayoral seat. Seat one in the city... — Updated 5/25/2023

Multiple injuries reported in crash on I-90

SPOKANE VALLEY – A crash involving five vehicles injured six people and impacted traffic on the westbound lanes of I-90 for several hours on Tuesday, May 23. The I-90 west bound... — Updated 5/25/2023

Three children and adult hit by teen driver

SPOKANE VALLEY – Three children and an adult were sent to area hospitals with injuries shortly after 8 p.m. on May 23 after being hit by a 16-year-old girl from Veradale at the intersection of S State Route 27 and E 24th Ave.... — Updated 5/25/2023

Stolen Wisconsin vehicle found in Spokane Valley

SPOKANE VALLEY – A man was arrested and booked into Spokane County Jail for being in possession of a stolen vehicle on May 23, 2023. Just before 1:30 a.m. Spokane Valley Deputies responded to the report of a suspicious vehicle... — Updated 5/25/2023

Bigfoot forum coming to Spokane Valley

SPOKANE VALLEY -- Bigfoot researchers will be here June 17 for the third annual Sasquatch Roundup to share evidence, stories and encounters. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Spokane Valley Event Center, There is... — Updated 5/25/2023

Padden wants stronger drug bill

OLYMPIA – Although a bill enhancing penalties for possession of hard drugs was approved by the state Legislature during a single day special session, 4th District Senator Mike Padden did not agree with the final version of... — Updated 5/25/2023

New officer patrolling Odessa

ODESSA—A new police officer has been patrolling the town for several weeks. Gordon “Gordy” Bentler, 49, was hired by the town Jan 26 and has been on patrol for the last month. Bentler, who now resides here, came from a stop... — Updated 5/25/2023

East Valley High School teacher arrested

SPOKANE - On Thursday May 18, East Valley High School Teacher Benjamin Hill was arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault after allegedly shooting at his ex-wife’s car. At his court appearance, Hill’s bail was set at... — Updated 5/25/2023

Beggs appointed to superior court bench

SPOKANE – A Spokane County will have a new superior court judge in July. Spokane City Council President Breean Beggs has been appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to replace Spokane County Superior Court Judge Michael Price, who is... — Updated 5/25/2023

In remembrance of those fell

An “aha” moment – a time when make that brilliant “I’m going to do it” decision. I got mine after reading “Lone Survivor” by Marcus Luttrell and studying up on my... — Updated 5/25/2023

Cheney High School Honor Roll

Audey Abbey Patrick E. Abendroth Claire Abraham Lotte Abrahamsen Thayne E. Acedo Kian D. Achziger Josephine V. Adams Kadence M. Adams Safiyyah F. Al-Amin Nicholas J. Alderson Sariah E. Anderson Ayden M. Armitage Emma G. Armstrong... — Updated 3/23/2023

Eastern hosts tech program

CHENEY — The Manufacturing & Construction Technology Capstone Expo will take place from 2-4 p.m. Monday, March 20 at Eastern Washington University. Senior Capstone projects include Birch and Bourbon from Brandon Chambers,... — Updated 3/16/2023

Gardening By Osmosis

Rain drops were still glistening on the lilacs when I tried to capture the moment after the rain when the sun dappled the landscape. My photos, however did not reveal the splendor I had witnessed and I was resigned to register... — Updated 5/25/2023

Cheney bank employees receives award

CHENEY — Banner Bank employee has been selected to receive the Banner’s Best award. This award is the highest level of recognition within the company and celebrates the bank’s top-performing employees. Rebecca Carrillo... — Updated 5/25/2023

Cheney high school presents Beauty and the Beast

CHENEY — The high school music department presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on May 19, 20, and 25 at the school auditorium. With just two weeks of preparation and rehearsal time, the music department was able to contruct... — Updated 5/25/2023

Mother, son reconnect in Germany

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany – Capt. Crystal Turner, Critical Care Air Transport Team nurse, experienced a feeling that many mothers do when their child says, “I want to join the military.” She described it as a mix of pride... — Updated 5/25/2023

Upcoming West Plains Library events

CHENEY — Family Play & Learn Storytime on May 26 and 31, and every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday throughout the month of June from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the meeting room of the library at 610 First St. Children ages 2 to 5 and... — Updated 5/25/2023

Community Briefs

United Methodist Church’s Babylon event Cheney Free Press CHENEY — The church is hosting a summer event for families called Babylon, to be held at 204 Fourth Street from August 20 to August 24. Families will be able to step... — Updated 5/25/2023

Colorful sky

Thunderstorms brought colorful rainbows and vibrant skies to Northeast Washington last week. Pictured, a State Processor facility in Tekoa sits beneath one... — Updated 5/25/2023

Leggy Lenny and the Mother's Day Surprise

By Venus Bratsveen 10 May 2023 Chip and Kaitlynn were expecting their second child any day now. Nick, child number one, was born on Christmas day three years prior. It was a brutally cold day, icy streets made worse by the... — Updated 5/19/2023

Summer concert series announced

Cheney Free Press AIRWAY HEIGHTS – Northern Quest Casino has announced its summer concert series. Here are the shows already planned: July 14 – The Avett Brothers with Calder Allen July 15 – Blues Traveler with Big Head... — Updated 5/19/2023

Community Briefs

Medical Lake boy raises $9,500 SPOKANE - A Medical Lake Middle School student is raising money for a charity. Seventh-grader Mason DeBolt raised $9,500 for Wishing Star Foundation... — Updated 5/19/2023

Chester "Chet" Allen Cooper

Chester “Chet” Allen Cooper Sept. 17, 1936 – May 13, 2023 Chester “Chet” Allen Cooper born Sept. 17, 1936, passed on May 13, 2023 peacefully in his sleep. He was born in Williston, ND to Kenneth Cooper and Clara... — Updated 5/25/2023 Full story

John France

John France Dec. 22, 1960 – May 10, 2023 John France of Spokane passed away suddenly Wed., May 10th at 62 years old. He'd met Jesus twice in his life and we know he was lifted up... — Updated 5/25/2023 Full story

Carol Titus

Carol Titus 1955 – 2023 The world is a little darker place due to the passing of our sister and cousin, Carol Titus, earlier this year. A memorial service will be held on Sat., May 27 at 10:00 am at the Pines Cemetery in the... — Updated 5/25/2023 Full story

Mary Mead Smith Grafious

Mary Mead Smith Grafious July 11, 1916 to April 24, 2023 Mary Mead Smith Grafious passed away peacefully April 24, 2023, at Everest Adult Family Home in Shoreline, Wash., at the... — Updated 5/19/2023 Full story

Penny Bone

Penny Bone 1936-2022 Penny Bone shared her unique spirit with strangers, friends, and loved ones between the years of 1936-2022. She passed away in her sleep, surrounded by loved... — Updated 5/12/2023 Full story

SMSgt Frank V. Ide

SMSgt Frank V. Ide Dec. 20, 1934 – April 23, 2023 Frank Verner Ide, 88, passed away peacefully with family by his side on April 23, 2023. Frank was born Dec. 20, 1934 in... — Updated 5/5/2023 Full story

Cheryl (Goertz) Tuck

Cheryl (Goertz) Tuck Aug. 19, 1948 – April 13, 2923 Heaven gained another angel on April 13, 2023, as loving sister, mother, and grandmother, Cheryl Goertz Tuck passed away in... — Updated 5/5/2023 Full story

Paul Nelson

Paul Nelson Jan. 12, 1951 – March 30, 2023 Paul Nelson was born to Henry Charles and Irma Nelson on 12 January 1951 in Spokane and lost his thirteen-year battle with cancer on 30... — Updated 4/20/2023 Full story

Freda L Kerstetter

Freda L Kerstetter, born on 10-22-1925, passed away on 3-2-23. Freda was a Cheney resident for over 40 years. There will be a private Memorial/Celebration of Life for family members held on April 29, 2023 in State College,... — Updated 4/14/2023

Cavin Firestone

Celebration of Life for Cavin Firestone will be on April 1, 2023, 1:00pm – 3:00pm at Windsor Grange, 4417 S. Assembly Rd., Spokane WA. Please bring your stories of Cavin to share, food catered by Wild Bill’s. A continued... — Updated 3/30/2023

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS RCW 11.40.030 IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF SPOKANE Case No.: 23-4-00471-32 In the Matter of the Estate of: Dennis R. Wilkerson, Deceased. The person named below has... — Updated 3/16/2023


PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS (RCW 11.40.030) IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF KING NO. 23-4-01507-7 SEA In re the Estate of: GRACE E. NUTTER, Deceased. The Personal Representative, PAUL B.... — Updated 3/16/2023


NOTICE TO CREDITORS SUPERIOR COURT, STATE OF WASHINGTON, SPOKANE COUNTY No. 23400326-32 In the Matter of the Estate of EVANGELINE C. SEWRIGHT Deceased. CLINTON R. SEWRIGHT, the designated and court appointed Personal... — Updated 3/16/2023

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