Spokane County gets OK to go to Phase 2

CAMP MURRAY -- Spokane County has received approval of its variance application to move to Phase 2 of the state's reopening plan from restrictions imposed to battle the spread of coronavirus. Other counties eligible for the... — Updated 5/22/2020

Memorial Day closures, service changes

WEST PLAINS – Government offices in Airway Heights, Cheney and Medical Lake will be closed Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. Additionally, garbage and recycling collections will be delayed. In Cheney, residential... — Updated 5/21/2020

Cheney hit with unemployment fraud

CHENEY – A financial fraud apparently launched in Africa has found its way to the West Plains. According to police, so far at least 18 incidents have been reported of an unemployment scam authorities are calling very... — Updated 5/21/2020

Sheriff's Office seeks DOC escapee whereabouts

SPOKANE -- The Spokane County Sheriff's Office Property Crimes Task Force is asking for the public's help to find the following wanted fugitive. Douglas J. Farmer is wanted for... — Updated 5/21/2020

Airway Heights accepts, spends, $50,000 grant

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — The Airway Heights city council voted unanimously earlier this month to accept a $50,000 grant from the state of Washington. Minutes later, the council voted to apply the grant as a payment to an existing... — Updated 5/21/2020

West Plains Police News

CHENEY May 11  Residential burglary was reported on the zero hundred block of Erie Street. A wallet and its contents and a video game system were taken and recovered on May 16 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho by CDA police. An... — Updated 5/21/2020

Dogs needed to cheer up Care Center residents

CHENEY – Cheney Care Center recreation director Kris Bahr wanted to do something to cheer up the residents who have been prevented from going outside the care facility since early March due to coronavirus restrictions. She... — Updated 5/21/2020

New 'Phase 2' variance criteria allows Spokane County to apply to reopen

SPOKANE — Spokane County is one of 10 counties that can now apply to move on to Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s plan to reopen Washington’s economy. The new criteria allow counties to apply to reopen if they have fewer than 10... — Updated 5/21/2020

Lenny's in Cheney closes for good

CHENEY – A dining favorite in the city has shut its doors permanently. Lenny's American and Italian Fine Cuisine on 1st Street has officially closed. While a post on the... — Updated 5/21/2020

No play date

West Plains resident Wesley Willand took his grandson Race Cantagallo by Snowdon Elementary School on Hallett Road Saturday where the youngster couldn’t resist demonstrating his... — Updated 5/21/2020

On Monday, remember those who took duty seriously

Monday is Memorial Day. By tradition, it’s the 152nd anniversary of the day set aside to remember those who lost their lives serving our country. I say by tradition because the first incarnation of this observance, Decoration... — Updated 5/21/2020

Universal healthcare as business tool

In the mid-1980s I had great health care for my young family. I worked in construction and as long as there was work, I had wonderful healthcare because I was in a strong union. During a slow period when work dried up, I used... — Updated 5/21/2020

Harnack earns his 'Badalamente badge'

Reading the May 7 Cheney Free Press, I see that publisher Roger Harnack has arrived. By that I mean he’s earned “certification” and his first scolding from serial letter writer Richard Badalamente. I call it the... — Updated 5/21/2020


Cheney Congregational Church We hope this message finds you well and in good health. This Sunday we are beginning a new sermon series based on Barbara Brown Taylor's book, “An Altar in the World.” In this series we'll explore... — Updated 5/22/2020

Library District hosts Star Wars trivia

SPOKANE – The Spokane County Library District is hosting an online trivia contest that could determine just how strong the Force is within you. “Virtual Trivia: ‘Star Wars’” is fun for the whole family involving... — Updated 5/21/2020

Drive-by congrats

Cheney Community Church pastor Todd Luce accepts the congratulations and well-wished of congregants who formed staged a parade last Saturday to honor his promotion to colonel in the U.S. Air Force. Luce’s wife Susan took to the... — Updated 5/21/2020

On Monday, remember those who took duty seriously

By JOHN McCALLUM Managing Editor Monday is Memorial Day. By tradition, it’s the 152nd anniversary of the day set aside to remember those who lost their lives serving our country. I say by tradition because the first incarnation... — Updated 5/21/2020

Nurse Profile: Bonnie E. DesJardin

CHENEY – It’s not everyday someone starts a new medical job in the middle of a pandemic. So, it’s understandable that when new Lincoln Hospital Nursing Director Bonnie E. DesJardin, a Cheney resident, was asked how life at... — Updated 5/21/2020

Mariann L. Donley

Mariann L Donley, born in Elk River, California Feb. 14, 1938, to Jacob and Louise Lorensen, passed peacefully May 12, 2020, in Spokane, Washington. Mariann was born into a rural... — Updated 5/21/2020

Wayne Norman Just

Wayne Norman Just passed away peacefully April 30, 2020 at his mountain cabin, his loving wife Tracy by his side. Wayne was born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, on Nov. 13, 1950 to the... — Updated 5/21/2020

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