May 21, 2024

  • Colorful aurora borealis

    Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press | May 16, 2024

    A G5 (extreme) geomagnetic storm resulted in one of the most brilliant displays of northern lights, scientifically known as aurora borealis, on Friday night, May 10. The colorful aerial display was visible across Eastern Washington. Pictured, the colorful sky silhouettes farm...

  • City pushes affordable housing

    Clare McGraw, Cheney Free Press | May 15, 2024

    AIRWAY HEIGHTS – The City Council discussed the housing allocation methodology for the 2026 comprehensive plan update during their meeting on May 13. Heather Trautman, the planning director, led the briefing, highlighting the importance of planning for population growth and housing needs over the next two decades. “This is related to our comprehensive plan in 2026,” Trautman explained. “The goal is just like with your household budget, we have to appropriately plan for all of these. We’ve gotten a population...

  • Cooper suspends campaign

    Clare McGraw, Cheney Free Press | May 15, 2024

    MEDICAL LAKE – Terri Cooper announced on May 10 that she is suspending her campaign for Washington State's 5th Congressional District. After weeks of campaigning, Cooper cited her commitment to her local community and ongoing recovery efforts from the Gray Road and Elk fires as reasons for her decision. "My priority has always been, and still remains, my local community of Medical Lake," Cooper said in the news release. "In light of all the unfinished business and the...

  • Code changes approved

    Clare McGraw, Cheney Free Press | May 15, 2024

    MEDICAL LAKE – The City Council gathered May 7 to deliberate on a proposal aimed at amending the Medical Lake Municipal Code concerning the usage of shipping containers within city limits. The decision, teetering between the planning commission’s recommendation, a straightforward denial, or approvals with either existing or revised language, culminated in a motion for approval with new language. With a narrow margin, the motion carried, securing a four to three vote. The public hearing on LU 2022-04 TA sought to amend...

  • Election set with close of filing

    Cheney Free Press | May 15, 2024

    CHENEY — Dozens of candidates filed for offices up for grabs this year. Those officially registering their candidacies during filing week, May 6-10, are: Spokane County Commissioner District No. 1 — Chris Jordan, D-Spokane Commissioner District No. 3 — Josh Kerns, R-Mead Commissioner District No. 5 — Molly Marshall, D-Spokane; Al French, R-Spokane Superior Court Judicial Position No. 2 — David R. Shelvey of Sumner; and Dave Larson of Federal Way Judge Position 1 — John O. Cooney of Colbert and Annette Plese of...

  • Seasonal hiring: 5 tips for hiring seasonal employees for summer

    Stacker, Amy Beardsley | May 16, 2024

    Seasonal hiring: 5 tips for hiring seasonal employees for summer Seasonal hiring for summer makes sense for a lot of small business owners. You may not need to hire full-time or part-time staff, and hiring seasonal workers may be all you need to keep operations running during your busiest time of year. But hiring seasonal workers can be tricky. To help, Next Insurance put together this guide of pay rates, insurance requirements, benefits and the pitfalls of summer hiring....

  • Movies and TV shows casting across the US

    Stacker, Jaimie Etkin | May 16, 2024

    The glitz and glam of Hollywood captures the attention of Americans starting from an early age. Beyond celebrities' Instagram Stories and red carpet poses, there are actors out there paying their dues and honing their craft in pursuit of a sustainable career or a fulfilling sideline. Submitting to casting calls is a big part of that journey. Whether you're a working actor or an aspiring one, you might be curious to know which movies and TV shows are casting roles near you....

  • Since the first cellphone came out in the '80s, how have they changed?

    Stacker, Jessica Reyes | May 16, 2024

    "We used to tell the story then that someday when you're born you would be assigned a phone number. If you didn't answer the phone, you would die." That's what Martin Cooper, the inventor of the cellphone, told CNN in a 2023 interview about the anniversary of the revolutionary communication device. In the 1970s (and well into the '90s), cellphones were clunky devices that couldn't even fit in a pocket. Now, they're a part of everyday life. A 2023 Pew Research Center study...

  • Which states have the worst substance abuse problems?

    Stacker, Wade Zhou | May 16, 2024

    Accidental injuries, a category that includes drug overdoses, are the leading cause of death for Americans aged 18 to 45—a situation that seems unlikely to change any time soon. A major contributing factor to this crisis is the opioid epidemic, which continues to ravage the country. More than 105,000 people died from a drug overdose in the 12-month period ending in November 2023, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This number...

  • How new caseload standards will impact justice

    CLARE McGRAW, Cheney Free Press | May 13, 2024

    SPOKANE – In a bid to address mounting concerns over caseload pressures, the Washington State Bar Association has announced plans to implement a caseload cap. The goal is to ensure the quality of legal representation for clients. Several stakeholders in the Spokane County justice system have weighed in, including the Spokane County Public Works CEO Scott Simmons. “During the period from 2015-2023, indigent defense costs for Spokane County have risen 20% from $9.6 million to $11.5 million annually,” Simmons wrote in a...

  • Filing week opens with several candidates

    Cheney Free Press | May 13, 2024

    CHENEY — A local man is among the political hopefuls who have already filed for office in an effort to replace Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Rick Valentine Flynn of Cheney filed as a candidate for the 5th Congressional House of Representative position on Tuesday, May 7, the second day of filing week. He is among a growing Republican field looking to replace McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, who previously announced she isn’t seeking reelection to the position that represents Eastern Washington communities near the...

  • Premera plans to drop MultiCare

    CLARE McGRAW, Cheney Free Press | May 16, 2024

    UPDATE: Correction — The front page story on Premera plans dropping MultiCare applies to all HMOs and Supplement/Advantage members. The information provided to the Cheney Free Press in the front page story May 9 was incorrect. MEDICAL LAKE – Premera Blue Cross has announced the potential termination of its coverage agreement with MultiCare, a prominent healthcare provider in Washington State. The decision has sparked concerns, particularly in the West Plains, where MultiCare operates medical facilities, including a...

  • Airway Heights arrests April 26-30

    Keely Fournier, Cheney Free Press | May 13, 2024

    AIRWAY HEIGHTS — Police arrested the following individuals from April 26-30: April 26 Christina M. Burubeltz was arrested for theft in the third degree (shoplifting) on the 12800 block of West Highway 2. John M. Daigneault was arrested for criminal trespassing in the first degree, obstructing a law enforcement officer, assault in the third degree, and burglary in the second degree on the 14300 block of West Highway Two. Troy W Madera was arrested for assault in the fourth degree on the 14300 block of West Highway Two....

  • Cheney dispatch log April 29-May 5

    Keely Fournier, Cheney Free Press | May 13, 2024

    CHENEY — Police responded to the following calls for service from April 29-May 4: April 29 Anthony Weatherman, 44, was arrested for assault in the second degree on the 1600 block of First St. April 30 Classified case on the 300 block of Cocolala St. A silver 2020 Nissan Altima was stolen from the roadway on the 100 block of North Ninth St. Verbal dispute, no probable cause on the 200 block of South Cheney Spangle Road. May 1 Crisis on the 300 block of Fourth St. Verbal dispute, no probable cause on the 200 block of Cheney...

  • Medical Lake dispatch log

    Keely Fournier, Cheney Free Press | May 13, 2024

    MEDICAL LAKE — The Spokane County Sheriff's Office responded to the following calls for service from May 2-6: May 2 2:20 a.m. – Welfare check at 623 East Lake St. 5:57 a.m. – Information call at East Lake St and South Silver Lake Avenue. 6:44 a.m. – Prowler check at 1318 South Lefevre St. 8:36 a.m. – Welfare check at 623 East Lake St. 9:17 a.m. – Fraud reported at 500 East Campbell St. 10:27 a.m. – Abuse reported at 850 West maple St. 8:20 p.m. – Suicide on 416 North Hallett St. May 3 6:44 a.m. ...

  • City secures climate grant

    CLARE McGRAW, Cheney Free Press | May 13, 2024

    AIRWAY HEIGHTS – During the recent legislative session, the City Council announced the city has been awarded a $400,000 grant from the Department of Commerce to support climate planning initiatives over the next two years. The motion to accept the grant funds was passed unanimously. “The state wants to break up the funds into two funding cycles,“ City Planner Heather Trautman said. With the support of this funding, Airway Heights will collaborate with experienced firms Cedar Step and SSG in a “product-based...

  • Fire upgrades approved

    CLARE McGRAW, Cheney Free Press | May 13, 2024

    Fire upgrades approved AIRWAY HEIGHTS – At the most recent City Council meeting, steps were taken to bolster the city’s Fire Department capabilities. The council unanimously approved the transfer of funds from the Fire Equipment Reserve Fund to the Current Expense Fund, earmarked for essential equipment needs. Additionally, a motion was passed to proceed with Moridian, the lowest bidder, for upcoming fire station construction, with estimated costs totaling $5 million. Fire Chief Mitch Metzger emphasized the significance...

  • $2 million broadband construction approved

    CLARE McGRAW, Cheney Free Press | May 13, 2024

    $2 million broadband construction approved OLYMPIA – The south Spokane County communities of Waverly, Spangle and Fairfield are set to receive a boost in broadband access thanks to the recent approval of $21 million in Washington State Public Works Board grants. Announced following the board’s May 3, meeting, the funds will support 10 projects across eight counties, aiming to connect nearly 6,000 previously unserved broadband locations. Among the approved projects is the “South Spokane County Rural Towns Open Access...

  • Beeman wants to establish stricter guidelines

    CLARE McGRAW, Cheney Free Press | May 13, 2024

    CHENEY – During the Historic Preservation Commission meeting May 2, members delved into the details of the grant application process with the state’s Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation. The commission is seeking a $6,500 grant, as part of the Certified Local Government Grants program, to further bolster historic preservation efforts within Cheney. This grant application was recently approved by the city council on April 23, and is meant to be allocated for planning and preservation objectives. Susan...

  • Library book approval process adopted

    CLARE McGRAW, Cheney Free Press | May 16, 2024

    CHENEY – Annie Wolfley, the School District director of teaching and learning, curriculum and instruction, unveiled changes to the library book adoption process during the April 24 School Board meeting. Previously, the library book approval process was primarily overseen by librarians, who played a pivotal role in selecting materials aligned with grade-level appropriateness and educational standards. Traditionally, this process involved cumbersome paperwork, with forms filled out in triplicate. However, the district has...

  • Spokane Transit Authority on Connect 2035 plan

    Clare McGraw, Cheney Free Press | May 13, 2024

    CHENEY – The Spokane Transit Authority is gearing up for a transformative decade with the launch of its comprehensive 2035 Strategic Plan, aimed at enhancing the public transportation experience, improving quality of life, fostering community collaboration and bolstering service capacity, announced Chief Planning and Development Officer Karl Otterstrom. In an exclusive interview, Otterstrom gave insights on the key pillars of the 2035 Strategic Plan, emphasizing its commitment to elevating the customer experience,...

  • Eastern alumni to help commission

    CLARE McGRAW, Cheney Free Press | May 13, 2024

    CHENEY — The Historic Preservation Commission welcomed Michelle Thompson, a certified local government coordinator for the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation during its May 2 meeting. Thompson provided an opportunity for commission members to gain insights into state-level preservation efforts and explore avenues for collaboration. Michelle Thompson, a Cheney native, graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor’s in Art History before pursuing her Master’s in Science in Historic...

  • Lucas discusses resiliency grant

    CLARE McGRAW, Cheney Free Press | May 13, 2024

    CHENEY – As the deadline for Resiliency Grants applications offered by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) passes, Cheney is pursuing a unique approach to bolstering its community resilience efforts. In an exclusive interview with Brett Lucas, Cheney’s strategy became clear: the city is not directly applying for a resiliency grant through WSDA. Instead, it is backing Spokane County’s application, which focuses on climate resiliency. Lucas elaborated, “What we’re doing is we’re backing Spokane...

  • Wildfire workshop looms

    Drew Lawson, Cheney Free Press | May 13, 2024

    MEDICAL LAKE — In Aug. 2023, the Gray Fire burned 10,000 acres of urban, suburban and rural interface just east of Lincoln County. Over half the Lazy R Ranch, the learning site for Roots of Resilience, was burned in the fire. Roots of Resilience, in collaboration with Lazy R Ranch, is proud to announce a comprehensive workshop, “Tame the Flames,” aimed at educating and demonstrating effective wildfire management strategies through grazing and forestry practices. Scheduled for June 22-23, this event will gather experts...

  • Cheney offers tree-trimming program

    CLARE McGRAW, Cheney Free Press | May 13, 2024

    CHENEY — The city has initiated its annual tree trimming program, targeting vegetation encroaching on power lines. The maintenance operation, which commenced in April, involves the trimming and potential removal of trees and other foliage posing a risk to the city’s power infrastructure. Spearheaded by a contracted crew from Asplundh Tree Experts, the program is set to span several weeks. All trees situated within the city’s 20-foot right-of-way, comprising 10 feet on each side of the power line, are subject to...

  • Man arrested in Airway Heights abduction

    Clare McGraw, Cheney Free Press | May 2, 2024

    AIRWAY HEIGHTS – A man wanted for allegedly abducting a woman from a home here was apprehended and booked into the Spokane County Jail on Tuesday evening, April 30. Joseph Parisian, 51, was being detained without bail in the jail on a U.S. Marshall's Office hold at press time. Parisian was the subject of a two-day manhunt inconnection with the alleged kidnapping of Amanda Pakootas, 38, who was reported missing April 27. Airway Heights police said she was located safely in...

  • McKennon selected as new principal

    Clare McGRAW, Cheney Free Press | May 2, 2024

    CHENEY - Following an extensive interview process, Sara McKennon has been chosen as the next principal of Sunset Elementary School, pending board approval. The selection comes after a rigorous evaluation involving various stakeholders, including district administrators, staff and students. Superintendent Ben Ferney expressed satisfaction with the outcome. "The pool of candidates for the Sunset principal position was strong, and Sara rose to the top throughout the interview...

  • Candidate filing opens Monday

    Cheney Free Press | May 2, 2024

    SPOKANE — Political hopefuls can officially file for office next week to compete in the August primary election. Candidate filing opens at 8 a.m. Monday, May 6, and continues until Friday, May 10. Depending on the office being sought, candidates will be able to file with Spokane County or the state; candidate may be done in person or online. Fees may also be paid in person or online. The Top 2 candidates in each race advance to the November general election. Congressional District No. 5, where incumbent Republican Cathy...

  • Mysterious assault raises questions

    Clare McGRAW, Cheney Free Press | May 2, 2024

    CHENEY – A break—in reported to the Police Department on April 27 has local officials asking questions. The caller reported an intruder in their home in the 200 block of North 11th Street, prompting a swift response, police said. Upon reaching the scene, police found the door ajar and heard cries from inside. Identifying themselves as law enforcement, they entered the residence, police said. Inside, they found only the caller, who declined help from the authorities, records show. Due to minor injuries sustained by the...

  • Red-White

    Paul Delaney | May 2, 2024

    The annual Red-White game at Eastern Washington University on April 26 provided fans with a spring glimpse of what's to come next fall when the Eagles take to Roos Field. The defense started with a 31-point lead, and ultimately won, 41-20. Above, quarterback Kekoa Visperas puts his feet to work signaling a first down. At right, under pressure by Trevor Thurman,Visperas launches the ball downfield. The Eagles will open the 2024 season Aug. 29 against Monmouth...

  • Board discusses re-running bond

    Clare McGRAW, Cheney Free Press | May 2, 2024

    CHENEY – The School Board deliberated last Wednesday on facilities planning in anticipation of reintroducing a bond initiative next year to finance the construction of two new elementary schools. In the Feb. 13 special election, the district’s initial bond proposal fell short of the required 60% majority vote for approval. Superintendent Ben Ferney set the stage for the discussion, outlining the district’s commitment to strategic planning and introducing Phil Crocker, who led the planning process for the original bond...

  • Public Records

    May 2, 2024

    Cheney CHENEY – Cheney police reported the following calls for service from April 22 – 28: April 22 Cheney police department and Cheney fire department responded to the location of a deceased subject at 300 block of Erie St. Nothing suspicious was located at the scene. Case is open pending results from the Medical Examiner. Cheney police department and Cheney fire department responded to the location of a deceased subject at 1700 block of 4th St. Deceased was released to a funeral home. Fraud reported at 1000 block of...

  • St. John Community Fair

    Justin Slayton, Cheney Free Press | May 2, 2024

    Dozens of area residents and children turned out Saturday, April 27, to participate in the St. John Community Fair. Above left, Rhett Sterman leads his bovine during the PeeWee showing, and was later crowned PeeWee Beef Grand Champion. At right, Ellie Schlomer and mother show a goat during the PeeWee showingsand was crowned Reserve...

  • Council moves to renew EMS levy

    Clare McGRAW, Cheney Free Press | May 2, 2024

    CHENEY – At the City Council meeting held last Tuesday, April 23, city administrator Mark Schuller addressed the urgent need to renew the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) levy, which is set to expire this year. The resolution passed unanimously. The current levy, in its sixth year, provides essential funding for emergency medical personnel, amounting to $0.50 per $1,000 assessed valuation. The proposed renewal Levy, if approved, will span from 2025 to 2030. The primary election to decide on this crucial measure is slated...

  • Proposed changes to city zoning deferred

    Clare McGRAW, Cheney Free Press | May 2, 2024

    CHENEY – During the City Council meeting April 23, the council unanimously approved an ordinance amending Title 21 of the Municipal Code concerning in-fill development standards and dimensional adjustments. The ordinance also updates zoning regulations for business park and light industrial zones. Public Works Director Todd Ableman outlined the proposed amendments, emphasizing the need to align zoning code with the comprehensive plan and accommodate the evolving needs of the community. Among the proposed changes was the...

  • Board debates budget cuts

    Clare McGRAW, Cheney Free Press | May 2, 2024

    CHENEY – In the latest school district board meeting held on April 24, the spotlight fell on the Financial and Enrollment Report presented by Jamie Reed, the Financial Director of the district. The report shed light on the fiscal landscape and enrollment trends impacting the district’s budgetary considerations. One of the central points highlighted in the report was the stability of the fund balance, which remained unchanged. However, the impending budget for the upcoming year poses a challenge, with projections...

  • FFA to host annual plant sale

    Clare McGRAW, Cheney Free Press | May 2, 2024

    CHENEY — As spring blooms across Cheney, the Future Farmers of America (FFA) club at Cheney High School prepares to host its annual plant sale, offering a vibrant array of flowers and vegetables grown by students. Scheduled for May 9th and 10th from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Cheney High School’s Greenhouse, and May 15th and 16th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the sale presents an opportunity for the community to support local agriculture while adding beauty to their homes and...

  • City applies for preservation grant

    Clare McGRAW, Cheney Free Press | May 2, 2024

    CHENEY – Council members unanimously approved Resolution F—242, which pertained to the submission of a grant application to the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation druing an April 23 meeting. The grant aims to support efforts in preserving city historic and cultural resources. “This money could help us update Cheney’s historic preservation ordinance and integrate preservation strategies into our Comprehensive Plan,” Public Works Director Todd Ableman said. Councilman Paul Schmidt...

  • Simmons breaks Eastern record

    Cheney Free Press | May 15, 2024

    BOZEMAN, Mont. — Paced by several medalists, the Eastern Washington University women finished eighth and the men ninth in the Big Sky Championships on May 10-11. The Eagles were paced by Caitlin Simmons, Cody Teevans and Savannah Schultz. Simmons won the long jump and triple jump. Teevens captured silver in decathlon and Schulz bronze in pole vault. “She did it again,” university track and field director Erin Tucker said. “The ‘jump queen’ shows up when the lights come on.” Simmons continues to separate as the...

  • Medical Lake golfers compete at districts

    Cheney Free Press | May 16, 2024

    DEER PARK — The Cardinal girls golf team competed May 6 in sub-districts at the Deer Park Golf Club. For Medical Lake, Madi Griffis finished second with a score of 85 on the par 72 course, and Kali Rowe finished third with a score of 88, Coach Jerry Orenelas reported. Brooklynn DeVore finished 11th with 104; Madi Spring finished tied at 14th with 108. Trinity Shull finished tied at 23rd with 116 and Kristen Dickey finished at 24th with a score of 120 Several of the girls team members also competed last week in the...

  • Garrett Johnson still a force on the mat

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press | May 13, 2024

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Twenty years ago, Medical Lake’s Garrett Johnson had completed one of the most storied wrestling careers in the history of the Cardinal program having won three consecutive state titles. Fast forward to the last weekend of April and Johnson proved he’s still a force on the mat having captured two national championships in competition at Las Vegas, Nevada. It was there that Johnson won his weight class at the U.S. Open Championships Greco competition...

  • Headed to playoffs

    Cheney Free Press | May 13, 2024

    The Spokane Stealth lacrosse team, which includes players from Cheney, Medical Lake and Rosalia, is headed to the Washington State Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association playoffs. Pictured, Halley Little of Cheney (No. 7) plays in a recent game against Sandpoint, Idaho. Other West Plains girls on the team, not pictured, include Keely Fournier of Rosalia, Brooklyn Gerry of Medical Lake and Megan Stapleton of...

  • Cheney upsets No. 1 Ridgeline

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press | May 13, 2024

    CHENEY — Cheney registered its fourth complete game in as many outings at Ridgeline in a District 8 playoff game on May 4 and beat the top-seeded Falcons 9-1. Quinn Hubbs struck out six and scattered just three hits for No. 8 Cheney broke a 1-1 tie with a three-run fifth. The Blackhawks added three more in the sixth and two in the seventh and will play Southridge at Kennewick, May 7. Carter McPherson had a pair of hits for Cheney (9-12) while Clayton Wood and Hubby each had...

  • Cheney boys soccer 'under construction'

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press | May 13, 2024

    CHENEY — It’s time for Noah Prophet to get back to the other half of his life — the portion that is not soccer. With the Cheney boys’ season finished following a 1-0 District 8 playoff loss at Southridge of the Mid-Columbia Conference on May 5, Prophet will get back to helping his father in the business they own. “My father and I run a small construction company that does home accessibility work,” Prophet explained. They install wheelchair ramps, zero entry...

  • Cardinals exist playoffs quickly

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press | May 13, 2024

    MEDICAL LAKE - The Cardinals baseball season came to an end following a 4-1 loss to Colville in a loser out playoff game May 4 at Holliday Field. The Cardinals closed out Northeast A League play April 30 scoring the winning run in the top of the seventh in a 4-3 win at Newport. Medical Lake (7-5 NEA, 11-11 overall) finished fifth in the regular season which earned them the meeting with No. 4 seed Colville. Colville (11-11) jumped to an early lead scoring twice in the first...

  • High-octane octogenarians

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press | May 13, 2024

    MEDICAL LAKE - Just what are most 80-somethings doing regularly these days other than probably making sure their meds are in order? Likely not what Gene Blankenship and Gary Blake do? Both currently spend large parts of the days fueling their passion as coaches molding better young people. Blankenship, the senior of the pair at 82 guides the track and cross-country programs at Medical Lake High School. Blake, who just turned 80 in April, has coached Cheney softball since...

  • Cardinals boys soccer team opens postseason with win

    Cheney Free Press | May 13, 2024

    MEDICAL LAKE — The boys soccer team pushed its winning streak to seven as the Cardinals scored a 5-0 victory over Newport, May 2 in a first-round playoff game. Mavrick Rasmussen had three goals and Kaden Rudy two for Medical Lake (9-3 NEA, 11-6 overall) which had a 3-0 lead at the half. Alex Grubaugh earned the shutout for the Cardinals who faced Riverside, May 7 with berth into the district championship game May 9 at Whitworth University on the line. Meanwhile, the Cheney boys were eliminated, losing to Ridgeline, 5-0,...

  • Blackhawks golfers win invite

    Cheney Free Press | May 13, 2024

    SPOKANE — Justin Krasselt shot a two-under 70 leading Cheney to a six-stroke victory May 6 in the Inland Empire Invite at Indian Canyon Golf Course. Other notable finishes from include Ryan Howe 76 (tie 3rd) Kyren Fleming 80 (t12) and Trey Little whose 83 tied him for 21st. Cheney had one final Greater Spokane League match May 7 and the Kalispel Invite, May 9 before District 8 play at MeadowWood on May 15 and...

  • Cheney girls slides into playoffs

    Cheney Free Press | May 13, 2024

    CHENEY — The girls softball team will take a strong finish into this week’s District 8 playoffs. The Blackhawks raced past North Central 19-1 on May 3 to conclude league play and have won seven of the last 10 games to land in third place, earning a No. 8 seed. Maya De La Cruz and Reese Scholle combined for a one-hitter. Adrian George was 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs and Mia Ashcroft 3-for-5 with a pair of RBIs. Cheney (12-8, 12-6 in league) traveled to Kennewick to face Southridge (14-6) May 7. The teams play in a modified...

  • Strong arm in Rosalia

    Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press | May 2, 2024

    Timberwolf Briley Smith of Rosalia competed for Tekoa-Rosalia at the Undeberg Invitational on Saturday in Rosalia. Smith qualified for the finals in girls shot put, where she ninth overall with a personal record toss of...

  • Sports Briefs

    May 2, 2024

    SOCCER Cheney wraps up GSL play CHENEY - The Blackhawks boys soccer completed the initial Greater Spokane League regular season for head coach Noah Prophet with shutout and shootout losses. Cheney (2-6 GSL/6-8 overall) dropped a 2-0 game April 24 vs. Lewis and Clark (6-2/11-3) at ONE Spokane Stadium. On April 26, the Blackhawks had to go into overtime and finally a shootout before falling Gonzaga Prep 1-0 on senior day. Jackson Reagan came out of goal to score the Blackhawks'...

  • Pitching carries Blackhawks

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press | May 2, 2024

    SPOKANE — Cheney baseball put an end to a three game Greater Spokane League losing streak last week in a memorable manner. The Blackhawks earned back-to-back wins over Ferris, 10-3 and 6-3, and then North Central, 14-4 with pitchers all notching complete games. Quinn Hubbs tossed a three-hit, 10 strikeout game April 23 in Cheney against the Saxons (2-15). He added his bat to the mix, too, stroking a pair of hits — including a home run – while scoring twice and driving in a pair of runs. Tate Heuschkel had three hits...

  • Battle royale

    Paul Delaney | May 2, 2024

    The Spokane Stealth select girls lacrosse team wrapped up its season Monday night against Sandpoint in a battle at the Southeast Sports Complex in Spokane. The team includes several players from Cheney and Rosalia. Additional information was unavailable at press...

  • Cheney golfers end season in fourth

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press | May 2, 2024

    PULLMAN — Cheney boys golf competed in a pair of tournaments last week, one a non-league and the other in Greater Spokane League play. At the non-league event, played April 25 at Palouse Ridge in Pullman, the Blackhawks finished eighth with a 29-over par. Kamiakin from Kennewick won at seven-over. Individually for Cheney Ryan Howe shot a 77 and got a 79 from Brayden Anderson, 80 from Blake Kernen and 81 from Kyren Fleming. In the Greater Spokane League’s fourth match and concluding of the season was played at Qualchan...

  • Cardinals roll into soccer playoffs

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press | May 2, 2024

    MEDICAL LAKE — The Cardinals boys soccer team completed regular season Northeast A League play the way one wants with postseason in grasp by keeping a winning streak alive. The Cardinals concluded the NEA schedule with sixth straight wins following a 3-1 victory at Deer Park, April 23 and a 2-1 overtime decision at home vs. Lakeside, April 27. “The run is a result of senior leadership and the desire to make it out of our league and on to the state tourney,” assistant coach Dan Collins wrote in an email. That senior...

  • Cheney boys sweep track competition

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press | May 2, 2024

    Cheney track and field competed in its next-to-last Greater Spokane League meet April 26 with the boys scoring a pair of easy wins and the girl’s narrow losses. The Blackhawks’ boys topped Ferris 107-38 and Ridgeline 90-55 while the girls lost to Ferris 74-66 and Ridgeline 71-69. Later in the week, both teams competed at the Shoreline Invitational where the Blackhawk boys were sixth out of 44 teams and girls seventh in a 50-team field. “It was a great senior night, but we were gearing up for Shoreline, so most kids...

  • Cards in Postseason

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press | May 2, 2024

    MEDICAL LAKE - The boys baseball team did what it needed to do to earn a spot in the Northeast A League playoffs. Following a split in which they lost to Deer Park 13-3 on April 23, topped Riverside 7-0 on April 27 and played at Newport on April 30, the question remains just who and where the Cardinals play next? With Lakeside's 9-2 record a lock for first-place, four other teams battled this week for positioning with a potential four-way tie entirely possible between Medical...

  • Cheney girls win 2-of-3

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press | May 13, 2024

    SPOKANE — The game plan last week for Cheney fastpitch softball played out just as Coach Gary Blake hoped. The Blackhawks got the wins they knew were possible, 14-2 over Ridgeline and 8-7 on the road at Mead. The 20-0 loss to undefeated Greater Spokane League leader University was not unexpected. As a result, Cheney’s 10-5 record is tied with Mead for third-place and the Blackhawks remain well-positioned for the postseason with three games to play. “We did what we needed to do,” Blake said. “We won the two games...

  • I-2124 could kill WA Cares

    Elizabeth New, Cheney Free Press | May 15, 2024

    Would passage of Initiative 2124 kill the WA Cares long-term program? Probably. It’s super likely that if the state’s new, mandatory long-term-care program was made optional for Washington state workers many would flee, leaving it unable to pay its way in its current form. No argument there. Still, that is what was emphasized when the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee discussed WA Cares in a Tuesday work session. Is the program solvent? And would it be if it becomes voluntary? Experts told the committee a few things...

  • Consequences of breaching Snake dams

    JASON MERCIER, Cheney Free Press | May 15, 2024

    The Snake River dams are critical to the infrastructure of our region, providing not only reliable power but also many other economic benefits. Removing these dams would have many negative impacts. You don’t have to take my word for it. Here are some of the findings from the multi-year public process in 2020 conducted by The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, and Bonneville Power Administration:: “[Breaching] would not meet the objective to Provide a Reliable and Economic Power Supply... The lower...

  • Letters to the Editor

    May 13, 2024

    America fixated on breaking records But do new records change the course of history like we think they do? America has been the “greatest nation on earth” for so long we think we must look for some exotic frontier to conquer to top our current greatness. After World War II we planted 800 military bases and outposts across the earth to prove our invincibility and further our national wealth. After that, what was there left to do? Here’s what we are doing today. We are going back to space. We are counting Super Bowl...

  • WA Cares may not fund family caregivers

    Elizabeth New, Washington Policy Center | May 13, 2024

    The May 1 meeting of a WA Cares oversight commission should be must-see-TV, as it made one thing super clear: There is going to be a lot of disappointment if WA Cares remains a mandatory program funded by 58 cents (or more) of every $100 a worker earns. Not only will some workers not qualify for the money they’re being told should give them peace of mind about possible long-term-care needs, Washingtonians who do qualify for a WA Cares benefit won’t be able to fully choose how the money gets spent. There is the law that...

  • Washington benefits from Alaska oil

    Don Brunell, Columnist | May 13, 2024

    Recently, President Biden launched the second phase of his attack on domestic oil and gas production by effectively blocking leases in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve. That follows last year’s reimposed ban on exploration in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge. Both actions are ill-advised. In the Wall Street Journal, Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan, a Republican, quipped: “the Biden Administration has imposed more sanctions on Alaska than it has on Iran.” The Interior...

  • Representatives will be missed in Washington, D.C.

    May 2, 2024

    Unfortunately, too many pragmatic Democrats and Republicans in Congress are retiring at a time when we need them most. Two are from Washington: Reps. Derek Kilmer, D—Olympic Peninsula, and Cathy McMorris Rodgers R—Spokane. McMorris Rodgers and Kilmer cut their political teeth in Washington’s Legislature. While they faithfully followed their parties, they found ways to come together on issues vital to our state and nation. McMorris Rodgers was elected to Congress in 2004 and Kilmer in 2012. Recently, problem—solving...

  • EV program like spending $1,125 for latte

    May 2, 2024

    Gov. Jay Inslee wants to buy 8,767 people a $1,125 latte. Metaphorically, at least. Inslee’s new program to subsidize the purchase of electric vehicles is so wasteful at reducing CO2 emissions, it is the equivalent of paying that absurd amount for a 16—ounce latte. On Earth Day, Inslee announced a $45 million program to subsidize the purchase or lease of electric vehicles. The program is targeted at those making 300% of the federal poverty level or less, which amounts to $93,600 per year for a family of four. The...

  • It'll never be enough money for Inslee

    May 2, 2024

    Regarding the Todd Myers column published April 25, “Inslee using tax money to sell his tax policy.” First, I have living in Washington state for over 80 years. I have seen the climate change over and over; that’s the natural cycle. The climate will continue for the next 1,000 years. Inslee and his jack—booted attorney general are both card carrying communists, who believe everything you earn should be turned over to them. Inslee does not have the right to use taxpayer money to extort more money from the...

  • Is early childhood education ready for AI?

    Stacker, Ariel Gilreath for The Hechinger Report | May 16, 2024

    Interest in artificial intelligence has surged among K-12 and college educators, who are looking at ways it can be used to support both students and teachers. But in the early childhood arena, those discussions are still in the beginning stages. The Hechinger Report asked Isabelle Hau, executive director of Stanford Accelerator for Learning, to share about the potential benefits and challenges of AI in early learning. The conversation below is edited for length and clarity....

  • Substitute teachers keep schools running. Here are the best ways schools can attract more amid the shortage.

    Stacker, Dom DiFurio | May 16, 2024

    Who teaches the kids when their teacher needs time off? Or when they leave their position mid-semester? Increasingly, it's the principal or other administrators. While substitute teachers provide a turnkey solution when already-thin ranks of educators need time away from work, they're harder than ever for school districts to come by. In the 2023-24 school year, 35% of public schools reported having difficulty finding substitutes, according to NCES data. It's a trend that's...

  • From content creation to companionship, here's how people say they hope to use AI

    Stacker, Wade Zhou | May 16, 2024

    While it took Facebook 10 months in 2004 to reach 1 million users, ChatGPT had 100 times that reach within five days. It's no secret the adoption of new technologies is happening faster and faster—particularly in an era when many cutting-edge innovations come in the form of software. User bases are also increasingly global: Just 15% of visitors to the ChatGPT website are from the United States, according to data from SimilarWeb. Verbit analyzed Microsoft survey data to...

  • Westwood assistant principal selected

    CLARE McGRAW, Cheney Free Press | May 16, 2024

    GEIGER HEIGHTS – Cheney Public Schools announced Tim Harse as the pending assistant principal and athletic director of Westwood Middle School on May 3, subject to board approval. Harse’s selection follows a rigorous interview process involving district administration, staff, and students. Westwood Middle School staff and district leaders conducted comprehensive interviews, including campus tours where students engaged with candidates. Incoming Westwood Principal Alison...

  • West Plains youth sell livestock

    CLARE McGRAW, Cheney Free Press | May 13, 2024

    SPOKANE – The recent junior livestock sale held on Saturday, May 4th, showcased the hard work and dedication of young exhibitors from various clubs and chapters across Spokane County. Participants from FFA and 4-H clubs presented their finest swine, competing for top honors and respectable prices. Among the notable winners were: • Abigail Cole from Medical Lake FFA, whose pig fetched $3.00 per pound, totaling $726.00 for a 242-pound specimen. • Jolena Naccarato, also from Medical Lake FFA, earned $3.25 per pound for...

  • Red Tulips

    Carol Beason, Cheney Free Press | May 15, 2024

    One early spring morning, two springs ago, I looked out my back window and noticed a red flower in my garden, peeking above a boulder, trying to get my attention.  Now how did that get there?  I know that I didn’t plant a red plant anywhere.  I put on my shoes and strolled to the middle of my yard. Out by the blooming Dogwood I discovered a lone, red tulip, dipping and swaying in the gentle breeze, waltzing in a juvenile dance of joy, nodding to the early morning sun, delighted just to be in this world.  “Well,...

  • Trestle Sunset

    Roger Harnack, Cheney Free PRess | May 13, 2024

  • Chased off at Cheever

    Carlene Hardt, Special to the Free Press | May 13, 2024

    Cheever Lake at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge on May...

  • A correction

    Margaret A. Swenson, WSU Master Gardener | May 13, 2024

    Recently, in my article “Gardening by Osmosis,” my fingers fumbled on the keyboard. Arrowleaf balsamroot was referred to as arrowroot balsam. The yellow bouquets of the native Balsamorrhiza sagittata that grace hillsides, open meadows and forest edges have long been testimony to the longevity of plant. Before people came from the East to claim the land, indigenous people harvested arrowleaf balsamroot. Though all parts of the plant are edible, they are not necessarily palatable as the strong pine-scented sap is bitter....

  • Fisherman's breakfast

    Drew Lawson | May 2, 2024

    Volunteer firefighters in Medical Lake served breakfast to fisherman turning out for the first day of lowland lake season. Proceeds from the annual event benefit the local volunteer firefighters...

  • Thrift Store Treasures

    Lucinda Saue | May 2, 2024

    I love finding treasures, whether it be at thrift stores, or estate sales, or even in my own home when I’m clearing and cleaning and decorating. I’ve written about our trip to Norway where we raided all the Fretex thrift stores in every city we visited, and hauled home a duffle bag full of Norwegian sweaters for everyone in the family, and some extras as well. The seaters were souvenirs of our trip and continue to enrich my life every winter, whenever I wear them. I also love my collections, most of which are from...

  • Feed Cheney honors student volunteers

    Clare McGRAW, Cheney Free Press | May 2, 2024

    CHENEY – In its 14th year, Feed Cheney continues to serve community support and collaboration, with the Cheney FFA club and culinary arts students taking center stage in providing nourishment and fellowship to those in need. Carol Kreigh, an organizer of the event, shed light on the evolution and significance of Feed Cheney. The event has undergone significant changes over the past two years, according to Kreigh. While they no longer distribute groceries, thanks to the...

  • Condon Patrick Kennedy

    Cheney Free Press | May 15, 2024

    Condon Patrick Kennedy, 82, of Cheney, Wash., passed away April 10, 2024, after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. Patrick was born May 22, 1941, to Kenneth and Kathleen Kennedy in Fort Lewis, Wash. After graduating from Pullman High School, he furthered his studies at Washington State University, where he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and graduated with a degree in Physical Science. He later earned a master's degree from University of Oklahoma. After...

  • Dwayne J. Paul

    Cheney Free Press | May 15, 2024

    Dec. 8, 1933 to April 25, 2024 Dwayne J. Paul, 90, passed away April 25, 2024, in Cheney Wash. Dwayne was born Dec. 8, 1933, in Spokane Wash., to Leslie and Helen Paul. He was raised in the Deep Creek, Wash. area, graduating from Reardan High School in 1955. After graduating Dwayne was drafted in the Army during the Korean Conflict. After serving, he returned to Cheney. In 1957, Dwayne married Carol Halverson and they welcomed three children, Greg, Stacey and Lynn. Dwayne...

  • Logan Mark Porter

    May 2, 2024

    Logan Mark Porter, age 32, passed away on April 28, 2024, after a courageous 8 year battle with cancer. He was born on Nov. 16, 1991, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, Wash. From day one, Logan was a strong willed individual. He had a personality and smile that left a lasting impression on all who met him. Logan grew up in Cheney, Wash., where he attended school and started his own business, detailing vehicles. He was a hard worker, but also a caring person who would...

  • James E (Jim) Rogers

    May 2, 2024

    Jim passed peacefully in his sleep April 21, 2024 at the Cheney Care Center after a short illness. He was born July 10, 1931 to James E Rogers (Ernie) and Lois Jessie Pendell. He was joined four years later by a brother Charles. Jim attended school in Spokane where he graduated from Lewis and Clark High School. He joined the Army just after the Korea initiative and spent time in Germany, France, England and Italy. He loved his time there and talked about it often. When Jim...

  • Arrest and seizures signal progress in investigation

    Clare McGraw, Valley News Herald | May 2, 2024

    SPOKANE VALLEY – Spokane Valley Major Crimes Detectives apprehended 29-year-old Brendon M. McCullough, a repeat felon, following his involvement in a shooting incident on March 8. McCullough faces multiple felony charges in connection with the altercation. According to ongoing investigations, McCullough and the deceased, 16-year-old Nathaniel Byers, purportedly ventured to an apartment on S. Bowdish Road to carry out a drug-related robbery. McCullough, accompanied by an adult female, engaged in the robbery within the...

  • Spokane Valley Briefs

    May 2, 2024

    Hearing examiner rules changed SPOKANE VALLEY – At the April 30 city council meeting, a new amendment to the Spokane Valley Municipal Code was passed with a vote of six to one. Kelly Konkright, the city attorney, clarified that this amendment was crucial for enforcing chapter five of the municipal code, ensuring smoother proceedings in the future. The changes focus mostly on code of conduct violations, and gives council members who’ve been accused of violating that code the ability to to demand a hearing before the City...

  • Detectives work to identify suspects in burglary

    Clare McGraw, Cheney Free Press | May 2, 2024

    SPOKANE VALLEY – During the first week of April, burglars struck a storage facility in the 3700 block of East 55th Avenue, stealing an estimated $10,000 - $15,000 worth of property from at least five victims. The suspects arrived in a Nissan 4-door sedan, believed to be an Altima, with visible front-end damage to the driver's side hood and bumper area. Although the cameras failed to capture the suspects' faces clearly, investigators are confident that individuals familiar...

  • Burglary suspect rams car into business wall

    Clare McGraw, Valley News Herald | May 2, 2024

    SPOKANE VALLEY – Spokane Valley deputies responded to an attempted burglary and a suspicious vehicle call near the same location, determining the vehicle was an unreported stolen car used in the burglary attempt. The suspect, 20-year-old Damien D. Ocacio, matching the description from store surveillance footage, was arrested shortly afterward. Deputies were called to investigate a suspicious vehicle at the junction of North Farr Road and East Main at 6:30 am on April 24. They found a black Toyota Camry partially blocking...

  • Man threatens to kill four family members

    Clare McGraw, Valley News Herald | May 2, 2024

    SPOKANE VALLEY – Deputies responded to a domestic violence call involving a suspect threatening four victims with a handgun at 5:00 pm on April 26. After fleeing toward I-90, the suspect, Michael M. McCoy, was located by Air 1 Flight Crew during a scheduled patrol flight and safely apprehended with the assistance of ground units, including a K9 team. According to the caller, McCoy was believed to be armed and had threatened to kill four family members, last seen sitting on the north side barrier wall of I-90. The victims...

  • Seven-time convicted felon backs into bail bond agents

    Clare McGraw, Valley News Herald | May 2, 2024

    ORCHARDS – Spokane County Deputies responded to the 26000 block of East River Road to aid bail bond enforcement agents following an incident where a man backed into one of their vehicles. The individual, identified as 34-year-old Ryan M. Folger, reportedly displayed aggressive behavior and was armed with a pistol. However, he was eventually safely apprehended by the agents. Upon arrival, deputies placed Folger in handcuffs and retrieved a loaded black semiautomatic pistol from his possession. A background check on Folger...

  • Medical Lake law enforcement dispatch log for May 10-13

    Keely Fournier, Cheney Free Press | May 16, 2024

    MEDICAL LAKE – Police responded to the following calls for service from May 10 – 13: May 10 8:59 a.m. – Domestic violence order of prote4ction violated on 214 South Washington St 9:06 a.m. - Domestic violence order of prote4ction violated at 722 E. Carrie Drive. 12:12 p.m.- Abuse reported at 110 S. Hallett St. 1:26 p.m. – Unknown guest at 210 E. Campbell St. 3:53 p.m. – Medical call a 204 N. Jefferson St. 9:57 p.m. – Domestic violence at 719 N. Howard St. 10:12 p.m. – Medical call at 719 N. Howard St. May 11...

  • Cheney police log for May 6-13

    Keely Fournier, Cheney Free Press | May 16, 2024

    CHENEY — Police responded to the following calls for service from May 6-13: May 6 Mental health issue in the 200 block of South Cheney Spangle Road. Verbal dispute at 1600 First St. Michael Wilson, 36,arrested for second-degree burglary in the 2600 block of First Street. Attempted break-in at a business in the 0 block of Cheney Spokane Road. Assault reported in the 0 block of Cheney Spokane Road. Violation of a court order in the 1300 block of Pineview Street. May 7 Vehicle egged in the 200 block of South Cheney Spangle...

  • Airway Heights arrests for May 1-11

    Cheney Free Press | May 16, 2024

    AIRWAY HEIGHTS — Police made the following arrests from May 1-11: May 6 Jarad B.S. Mo arrested for criminal trespassing in the 1200 block of South Hayford Road. Zachary V. Platero arrested for fourth-degree assault in the 1800 block of Pogue Street. May 7 Sutton C. Starbuck arrested or possession of stolen motor vehicle, controlled substance manufacture/deliver/possess with intent and possession of a controlled substance in the 100 block of Hayford Road. May 10 Samantha L. Brown arrested for bomb threats in the 13600...

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