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School Board races to be hotly contested

Medical Lake draws 17 school board candidates CHENEY – Controversial decisions relating to COVID-19 shutdowns, transgender policies, critical race theory and other topics have drawn numerous candidates in to School Board... — Updated 6/5/2023

Bergman given 15 years in prison

DAVENPORT—A Moses Lake man has been found guilty of murdering his wife about 11 miles northwest of Sprague in Sept. 2022. 55-year-old Charles R. Bergman entered a guilty plea of second-degree murder and was sentenced to 15... — Updated 6/5/2023

Basketball pioneer Krause passes away

When Jerry Krause interviewed for the opening at Eastern Washington State College back in 1967, he was competing for the job with another newcomer to college basketball, Jud... — Updated 6/1/2023 Full story

West Plains Police News

The following incidents were reported by the Cheney Police from May 22-28 May 22 Reported theft. 0 hundred block of First Street. Domestic violence report. 700 Block of West First Street. Kacey M. Brantley, 36, arrested for... — Updated 6/1/2023

Eastern Washington University turning to new safety app

CHENEY – In an effort to improve public safety for the students of Eastern Washington University (EWU), the campus will be using a new safety notification system starting June 1. The new EagleSafe mobile app is already... — Updated 6/1/2023

Judge Price to retire on July 1

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 6/1/2023

Cannons off to fast start in senior play

AAA CHENEY – The possible journey back to the Senior American Legion baseball state tournament for the Spokane Cannons has at least gotten off in the right direction. The AAA... — Updated 6/1/2023

Sports Briefs

HIGH SCHOOL GOLF: Vallance plays state 3A golf CHENEY – Blackhawks senior Jake Vallance ended up tied for 29th out of 142 players at the state 3A golf championships played at Indian Summer Country Club in Olympia. Vallance shot... — Updated 6/1/2023

Shaffer brings home four titles

CHENEY – Caitlin Shaffer established a pair of personal records to go with four titles as the Cheney track and field athlete returned from the state 3A championships in Tacoma at Lake Stevens High School with the biggest haul... — Updated 6/1/2023

Titles elude Medical Lake track at state

Medical Lake track and field was tripped up taking the final steps to the top spot on the podium at the 1A state track meet May 25-27 at Yakima's Eisenhower High School. Last... — Updated 6/1/2023

Taming the 10-million-pound gorilla

CHENEY – In a career that spans nearly three decades, Jim Sarra Jr. has been in positions of many levels with institutions both small and large. He’s battled through the ever-present challenge of fundraising and marketing... — Updated 6/5/2023

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

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

Decision a win for landowners

In a victory for private property owners, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the “significant nexus” test in its Sackett v EPA ruling. The ruling changes how “waters of the United States” can be applied by leaving wetlands... — Updated 6/1/2023

WA Cares is a regressive tax, hurting low-income workers

For all the talk about Washington state’s unfair regressive sales tax, this also is a regressive tax,” writes the editorial board at the Tri-City Herald. “Think about it. Every worker is supposed to pay into the program,... — Updated 6/1/2023

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

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

West Plains Commencement Ceremonies

Cheney Free Press Liberty – June 3 at 1:00 p.m. at Liberty High School Sprague – June 3 from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Sprague Lamont High School Cheney - June 9 at 5:00 p.m. at EWU Reese Court Medical Lake - June 10 from 11... — Updated 6/1/2023

What are you looking at!?

An unidentified ground nesting mammal gets territorial at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge on May 22,... — Updated 6/1/2023

Recreation director says dog park not open

CHENEY – Cheney residents have been looking forward to the use of a dog park for a while, and most of the initial construction has been completed. However, some of the final... — Updated 6/1/2023

Rosalia Battle Days

ROSALIA — Rosalia will host their annual Battle Days from Friday, June 2, through Saturday, June 3. Events kick off on Friday at 5 p.m. with a family night at Rosalia Park featuring music by “Just Plain Darin,” with hot... — Updated 6/1/2023

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

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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