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Former policeman sues Cheney for $5.5 million

CHENEY – Attorneys representing former police officer Chad Eastep have filed a notice of tort claim with the city, claiming damages of $5.5 million. This claim for damages form... — Updated 1/26/2023

One-vehicle Crash kills motorist

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – A fatal crash involving one vehicle took place on South Craig Road near the intersection of McFarlane Road, Jan. 16. According to Spokane County Sheriff’s... — Updated 1/26/2023

Man's remains found near Rock Lake

EWAN - A Cheney area woman is being held on $500,000 bail in the slaying of her son. Christine Diane Catelli, 58, is charged with second-degree murder (intent to kill), Spokane... — Updated 1/26/2023

Man dies in car crash on Cheney Spokane Road

CHENEY — A male was pronounced dead at the scene of a single-vehicle crash on Cheney Spokane Rd. Jan. 21. The man, identified by the Spokane County medical examiner as Cavin Firestone, 27, died as a result of blunt force... — Updated 1/26/2023

Cheney police department has three potential new hires

CHENEY – Three patrol officer candidates have made it to the background-check stage with the Cheney police department. Since October of 2022, the Cheney police department has... — Updated 1/26/2023

Cheney Community Court shares updates

CHENEY - Cheney Community Court released an update detailing its grant funding numbers, community partners, and stakeholders, Jan. 19. The community court is a deferral program for... — Updated 1/26/2023

Eastern men remain perfect in Big Sky play

The Eastern Washington men needed another late rally but successfully kept alive their best start in Big Sky history with a sweep of its two road games last week. Trailing by five points, 74-69 with 2 minutes, 45 seconds to play,... — Updated 1/26/2023

Raulston on roll

Medical Lake 113-pound wrestler Hudson Raulston will put his undefeated 5-0 Northeast A League dual meet record on the line tonight (Thursday, Jan. 26) at Lakeside, 6 p.m. It's the... — Updated 1/26/2023

Blackhawks have yet to win in 2023

Cheney’s boys’ basketball team remained winless in 2023 following a pair of Greater Spokane League losses last week. The Blackhawks lost a heartbreaker 51-49 at home to Mead, Jan. 17 and to Lewis and Clark 44-31, Jan. 20,... — Updated 1/26/2023

Eastern men remain perfect in Big Sky play

The Eastern Washington men needed another late rally but successfully kept alive their best start in Big Sky history with a sweep of its two road games last week. Trailing by five points, 74-69 with 2 minutes, 45 seconds to play,... — Updated 1/26/2023

Cheney girls drop sixth straight

The 2023 tailspin continued last week for the Cheney girls as they dropped a pair of Greater Spokane League basketball games. The Blackhawks, who are winless in GSL play, lost 73-45 to league co-leader Mead at home Jan. 17 and... — Updated 1/26/2023

EWU Sports Briefs

BASKETBALL: Eastern women win twice, again The Eastern Washington women’s basketball team won both of its Big Sky Conference games last week, making sure along the way they sent a big crowd of youngsters home happy, too. The... — Updated 1/26/2023

Medical Lake's tumble continues

The beginning of second trip through the Northeast A League basketball schedule was less kind than the first for the Medical Lake boys based on the most recent results. The Cardinals saw their skid reach six games following... — Updated 1/26/2023

Cardinal girls reverse losing streak

The opening of the second round of the Northeast A League play where the Medical Lake girls scored a pair of wins has head coach Brett Ward enthused for the stretch run — and hopefully a playoff berth. The Cardinals topped... — Updated 1/26/2023


Cheney Blackhawk Jalisca Holmgren mixes it up on the... — Updated 1/19/2023

Eagle men off to best ever Big Sky start

A pair of free throws from Steele Venters with 1 minute, 54 seconds remaining broke a 57-all tie and helped propel Eastern Washington to a 6-0 Big Sky Conference record — and some history — as the Eagles beat Montana 64-57... — Updated 1/19/2023

Schoesler: Address school maintainance 

For the fifth straight year, I’ve introduced a bill that aims to help school districts in Washington address their building-maintenance needs. Senate Bill 5403 would allow school districts to create a “depreciation... — Updated 1/26/2023

Rep. Schmick bill helps level playing field

Washington state has high tax rates — gas, property, you name it. Government agencies billions of tax dollars annually from residents and businesses here. So why then are... — Updated 1/26/2023

Questions should be asked about WARNS survey

WARNS. Interesting acronym for a survey being pushed by the state Department of Education, Washington State University and public schools statewide. The Washington Assessment of... — Updated 1/26/2023

West Plains Police News

The following incidents were reported by Cheney police between Jan. 9-15 Jan. 9 Third-degree theft. 100 Block College Ave. Stolen: wallet containing WADL, credit/debits cards, misc. ID cards, $130 cash Warrant arrest. Cottonwood,... — Updated 1/19/2023

False spring? Maybe not this time

You’ve heard it said in the Pacific Northwest that, during the winter, we see a long stretch of bleak weather followed by a temporary rise in temperatures around mid-January, a... — Updated 1/19/2023

Poor now?

The legislative session is in full swing, which means a lot of lawmakers are interested in picking winners and losers. Instead of creating equal opportunities, an equality of outcome is being sought. The Washington Future Fund,... — Updated 1/19/2023

Back in Olympia

We are back at the state Capitol for the 2023 legislative session, which began Jan. 9 and is set to last 105 days, ending April 23. After being forced to endure a virtual legislative session in 2021 and last year due to... — Updated 1/19/2023

Schoesler: Fuel price rising

CHENEY — A local lawmaker says two environmental laws from the Democratic-controlled Legislature and Gov. Jay Inslee that took effect Jan. 1 are already causing a fuel price increase. Republican Sen. Mark Schoesler or... — Updated 1/12/2023

European Data Centers Looking to Capture Heat

Coupled with the rapid growth of data centers we rely upon for internet service and information storage is an increased demand for electricity to power millions of computers and... — Updated 1/12/2023

Time to change other Washington

It is time to change the way things are done in our nation’s capital---the “Other Washington!” The year-end Christmas dash to pass a $1.7 trillion spending monstrosity is the straw breaking the camel’s back. It is a... — Updated 1/6/2023

Gardening By Osmosis

January 13, 2023 Margaret A. Swenson Can you believe the price of spaghetti sauce? Matter of fact, everything made with tomatoes is expensive. How do we fight inflation? Our battle ground is a well prepared patch of soil, whether... — Updated 1/19/2023

Students start beekeeping club

CHENEY – Students at Three Springs high school gave a presentation on the beekeeping club at the Cheney school board meeting. Jayce VanD Elzen and Dylan Moree wore beekeeping... — Updated 1/19/2023

Community Briefs

Cheney book club meeting Cheney Free Press CHENEY – The Friends of the Library book club will meet Jan. 24 at 6:30pm to discuss the memoir Beautiful Boy, by David Sheff. The club’s members encourage anyone to join them for... — Updated 1/19/2023

Fire at 5th Street residence causes major damage

A fire broke out at a 5th Street home on Wed. 11, 1939, and caused an estimated $1,000 in damages. In today’s dollars this would be over $21,000. The fire department arrived on the scene shortly after 8:00pm, and were able to... — Updated 1/12/2023


Cheney Congregational Church hosts the next installment of series Cheney Free Press CHENEY - Congregational Church continues its series titled “Baby Talk” this coming Sunday We’re exploring what we can learn about God and... — Updated 1/12/2023


We are celebrating a new year on our Gregorian calendar, 2023. This number counts the duration of our particular Western European culture. The bigger the number, the longer we have lasted. It is, though, just a number. If it... — Updated 1/12/2023

This Week in History

Weather allows Cheney skating rink to open in Sutton park Parks and recreations department had admonished the residents against premature hopes that the ice skating rink would open... — Updated 1/6/2023

A New Year

A new year inspires us with the hope of a new beginning and opportunities abound. We see this as a chance to try new things, strengthen our resolve to do better, do more, be more. Winter is waning and spring is just around the... — Updated 1/6/2023


Join us on Sunday as we begin a new series, “Baby Talk”, where we will explore how we can learn about God through the mind and curiosity of a baby. We are a community of neighbors who seek and serve Jesus and who strive to... — Updated 1/6/2023

This Week in History

Cheney Free Press Dec. 30 1994 Lucas Walsh May Your Spirits Soar in 1994! Cheney Free Press wished you a happy and healthy new year on the front page of the 1994 issue. “We appreciate your loyal patronage!” The article... — Updated 12/29/2022

Irma Johnson

 Irma Johnson, 91, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Dec. 13, 2022. She was born in a small house outside of Nisland, S.D., on Jun. 26, 1931. Her family moved to Milwaukee,... — Updated 12/22/2022

Richard Alan Reid

Rich was born on Apr. 2, 1965 at Clark Air Force Base in Luzon, Philippines to Hal and Betty Reid. On Oct. 24, 2022, he left this earthly planet to pursue his greatest adventure... — Updated 11/23/2022

Anne Marie Habegger

Anne Marie Habegger of Cheney, Wash., born Apr. 20, 1931, passed away on Oct. 27, 2022 after a brief hospitalization. Anne Marie was born and raised in Illinois and graduated from... — Updated 11/17/2022

Jeffrey McClure

There will be a memorial service for Jeffery McClure, Nov. 19, at 11:00 AM at Cheney Funeral Home. Cheney School District and other friends are welcome. Reception... — Updated 11/17/2022

Vertie Brown Jr.

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Vertie Brown Jr. at age 85, our beloved father, and beloved husband to his devoted wife, Barbara Sue Brown. He succumbed to a... — Updated 11/10/2022

Elaina Marie Tibbetts

Oct. 15, 1963 – Oct. 30, 2022 Elaina Marie Tibbetts was born on Oct. 15, 1963 at Fairchild A.F.B. to Nathaniel and Nora Tibbetts. She departed this earth on Oct. 30, 2022... — Updated 11/10/2022

Henry "Daryl" Franz

Daryl, lifelong resident of Cheney passed away at the age of 83. Daryl was born at Sacred Heart Hospital on Nov. 22, 1938, to his parents Henry Ivan Franz and Alta Jesse Corley. He... — Updated 11/10/2022

Joanne Craner (Boyes Charlton)

Beloved wife, sister, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Joanne Craner, 87, passed peacefully on Oct. 16, 2022. Born in Bowdon, N. D.; Joanne moved a few times before... — Updated 11/3/2022

Henry "Daryl" Franz

Daryl, lifelong resident of Cheney passed away at the age of 83. Daryl was born at Sacred Heart Hospital on Nov. 22, 1938, to his parents Henry Ivan Franz and Alta Jesse Corley. He... — Updated 11/3/2022

Gordys J. Robinson

Gordys J. Robinson, age 91, of Cheney, Wash. (where she lived with her daughter Diane and son-in-law Paul Stevens), loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed... — Updated 12/8/2022

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