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CHENEY Jan. 4 Second-degree malicious mischief was reported on the 2400 block of Cheney-Spokane Road. Windows were shot out and damaged. Rape was reported at an undisclosed location in Cheney. A civil problem was reported on the... — Updated 1/14/2021


Fire destroys shed, semi-trailer at West Thorpe Road business

GEIGER HEIGHTS – A fire Monday evening destroyed a shop and semi-trailer at the Victory Transportation building located at 6207 W. Thorpe Road, just east of the Geiger... — Updated 1/14/2021


Spokane Tribe begins casino expansion

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – The Spokane Tribe of Indians broke ground in early December 2020 on its planned casino expansion. The 20,000-square-foot expansion will double the casino's... — Updated 1/14/2021


Graham sworn in

Spokane County Clerk Tim Fitzgerald administers the oath of office for 6th District Rep. Jenny Graham, R-Spokane at the Spokane County Public Works Building - an official event... — Updated 1/14/2021


Inferno Wings takes flight in Cheney

CHENEY – What do you do when you are in-between quarters in school and not getting many hours at work? Start a business, of course. That was Cheney resident Myrinn Kern’s... — Updated 1/14/2021

Avista customers in Sprague to experience planned power outage

SPOKANE – Approximately 480 Avista electric customers in Sprague and the surrounding area will experience a planned power outage on Saturday, Jan 16. The planned outage will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. No road closures... — Updated 1/14/2021

Covid-related relief tops state budget priority list

OLYMPIA — Desperately needed COVID-19 relief is a top priority for this year’s Legislature, and Republicans and Democrats generally agree it will be necessary to get that aid out as soon as possible. The parties are split,... — Updated 1/18/2021


SERE graduates class with historically low attrition

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. – The 336th Training Group held a graduation ceremony for its most successful Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Specialist Apprentice... — Updated 1/14/2021


Offer made on Ball and Dodd property

MEDICAL LAKE – At its first meeting of 2021, the City Council tabled a discussion on an offer to purchase the former Ball and Dodd Funeral Home location at the southwest corner... — Updated 1/14/2021

Redefining first responders

WEST PLAINS — Medical Lake City Administrator Doug Ross admits that when it comes to defining city workers is essential workers — and thus moving them further up the COVID-19 vaccination ladder — he is pretty much a lone... — Updated 1/14/2021


All-time EWU football teams to be announced

CHENEY - With over 1,600 football letter winners in school history, choosing the best is a difficult task. But Eastern Washington University will honor 219 of them when four... — Updated 1/14/2021


Eagle women's tennis picked third in Big Sky

FARMINGTON, UTAH - With its highest prediction since 2011, the Eastern Washington University women's tennis squad is selected to finish third in the 2021 Big Sky Preseason Coaches'... — Updated 1/14/2021

Former Eagles DC Schmedding heads to Auburn

BOISE — Former Eastern Washington University assistant coach Jeff Schmedding is headed to the Southeast – as in the NCAA’s powerhouse Southeastern Conference. The Boise State defensive coordinator is one of two Broncos on... — Updated 1/14/2021


Eagle men, women picked eighth in Big Sky track and field

OGDEN, UTAH – The Eastern Washington University indoor track team, both men and women, have been picked eighth in the Big Sky Conference preseason polls released Tuesday (Jan.... — Updated 1/14/2021

Levy supports well-rounded education, infrastructure needs

We are parents of a middle school and a high school student in the Cheney School District, and are writing in support of Proposition Nos. 1 and 2 on the Feb. 9 ballot. These propositions would authorize the Cheney School... — Updated 1/15/2021

Evangelical support of Trump is undermining Christianity

Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ sudden rush to judgement of President Trump, after enabling him the last four years, rings hollow, given her self-identification as evangelical Christian. Following her reversal, Biblical scripture like... — Updated 1/14/2021

Inflammatory language not helpful in fighting COVID

Roger Harnack’s Jan. 7, 2021 Cheney Free Press article, “Pushing back against bureaucratic harassment,” is troubling. Within the article, the governor and state workers are accused of “illegally” and ... — Updated 1/14/2021

ML replacement levy supports needed functions

The proposed Medical Lake School District Educational and Operations Levy Is a replacement for the levy approved by the Medical Lake School District voters in 2018. The levy would provide approximately $1.5 million per year. If... — Updated 1/14/2021


Working from home is likely here to stay

With COVID-19 vaccines being widely dispensed, will an end to this pandemic halt “work from home?” Will workers return to downtown offices at pre-pandemic levels? Not likely!... — Updated 1/14/2021

Holiday Store address needs by going online

CHENEY — Thanks to some online ingenuity and extra donations, a holiday tradition continued this season for local low-income students and families. The Cheney Middle School Holiday Store has been a fixture since founder Sherry... — Updated 1/14/2021


Meal pick-up schedule announced

CHENEY – School district officials have announced the resumption of student meal pickups that include several updates from Nutrition Services. According to a news release, the... — Updated 1/14/2021


Cheney Congregational Church We have made the decision to suspend in-person Sunday morning worship for the time being. This is a difficult decision, and we make it with the whole Cheney community in mind. We will continue to host... — Updated 1/14/2021


If you can't have lights, you can still have snowmen

CHENEY – Residents Elsa Martin and Allison Hahn wanted to do something for holiday decoration, but felt they couldn’t compete with the beautiful light displays of Cheney... — Updated 1/14/2021


Rosalie C. Williamsen

Rosalie C. Williamsen Long time Medical Lake resident, Rosalie C. Williamsen, 91, passed away peacefully in her sleep Jan. 2, 2021 and joined her husband, Rev. Stanley Williamsen... — Updated 1/14/2021

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