Snow storm impact: City plowing, police and closures

CHENEY – Full city plow underway, with eight plows and several employees on the ground working to clear the roadways and sidewalks. Todd Ableman, chair of city planning, said "We... — Updated 11/30/2022

Cheney misses bid to host track meet after more than 25 years at EWU

CHENEY – The annual track meet, usually held at EWU, will be moved to Yakima for 2023-24 cycle. The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) submitted a request for a proposal to hold the meet to sports... — Updated 11/25/2022

Unclaimed veterans laid to rest at state veterans cemetery with full honors

CHENEY – The remains of veterans who served in armed conflicts from the Spanish American to the Vietnam war were interred at the state veterans cemetery this week. This interment... — Updated 11/23/2022

Officer in training cracks case of EWU date-rape rumors

CHENEY – The date-rape drug rumors circulating EWU since October are a hoax. Officer Maria Fell of the Cheney PD filed for a warrant to obtain user information from the anonymous app YikYak. “The users who originally made the... — Updated 11/25/2022

Spokane sheriff Knezovich to appeal election law violation fine

SPOKANE – Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich plans to appeal a state Public Disclosure Commission ruling last week that he violated laws prohibiting the use of a public office for indirect lobbying and electioneering. Knezovich was fined... — Updated 11/23/2022

Election's Office alarm tripped

RITZVILLE – A tripped Adams County Election’s Office alarm Friday afternoon, Nov. 11, had some residents concerned about ballot tampering. The “commercial burglary alarm” at 3:08 p.m. on Veterans Day came just three days... — Updated 11/23/2022

Liberty Lancers recognized

NE2B Coaches of the Year The Northeast 2B football league recognized Liberty Assistant Coach Brian Goodwin, left, and Coach Brian Harrington as Coaches of the Year during a short... — Updated 11/23/2022

State track meet moves to Yakima

A Memorial Day weekend staple in Cheney and at Eastern Washington University for the past quarter century will have a new home in 2023. The Washington Interscholastic Activities... — Updated 11/23/2022

Eastern football closes with win

For Eastern Washington football in 2022 the season began with a win and ended the same way. Scoring 28 consecutive points, Eastern erased an early second quarter 14-7 Northern Colorado lead and went on to defeat the Bears on a... — Updated 11/23/2022

EWU Sports Briefs

BASKETBALL: Eastern women suffer first loss The Eastern Washington women saw one win streak come to an end but began another in a pair of non-conference basketball games last week. In Corvallis, EWU lost its first game of the... — Updated 11/23/2022

ML reps on All-NEA volleyball team

Medical Lake volleyball landed three players on the 2022 all-league team from the Northeast A League. Pictured from left to right are Chiche Okemgbo (2nd team), Ailahni Mae... — Updated 11/23/2022

Headrick's first is a first for ML

In his 13 years as head cross country coach at Medical Lake there have been few things Gene Blankenship’s teams have not been able accomplish. But Reid Headrick checked off one of those boxes Nov. 5 at Sun Willows Golf Course... — Updated 11/17/2022

Big improvement seen for CHS volleyball

The numbers certainly speak for themselves in confirming the improvement Cheney High School volleyball had between 2021 and 2022. The jump helped affirm head coach Heather... — Updated 11/17/2022

Cheney boys shine in Boise XC meet

Officially the high school cross country season ended Nov. 5 in Pasco at the state championship meet. But the sport requires a dedicated training regimen that expends to off-season training and competition. A big group of Cheney... — Updated 11/17/2022

Medical Lake XC All-League teams named

Eight members of Medical Lake’s 2022 cross country teams that finished second in Northeast A League competition and had continued success at regional and state were named to all-league teams the school announced. The selections... — Updated 11/17/2022

Sports Briefs

Parks and recreation to apply for grant Cheney Free Press Lucas Walsh CHENEY – Parks and recreations department is applying for two grants from the Spokane parks foundation. These applications are for funds that will go toward... — Updated 11/17/2022

A Perpetual Now

It has been said that fortune favors the bold, or that the world rewards results, and this might be true, however pedestrian it may sound. In my view, this is an example of a truism; a statement or proposition that is self... — Updated 11/23/2022

Abortion stories built on lies

More than ever, our country is suffering due to moral relativism – the idea that truth itself is relative. This leads to situations where, confronted with the same reality, people can’t agree on what the facts are, let alone... — Updated 11/23/2022

You have plenty to be thankful for this holiday

It seems like every time you open a webpage, turn on the TV or listen to the radio, you’re bombarded with negativity. We’re on the verge of nuclear war. The recession is upon... — Updated 11/23/2022

To Covet the Past: A Post-Election Epistle to the Contemplative

“Never has our future been more unpredictable, never have we depended so much on political forces that cannot be trusted to follow the rules of common sense and self-interest – forces that look like sheer insanity, if judged... — Updated 11/17/2022

Don't focus on carbon

Forest health, climate change, and a plan that got almost no input before being announced is at the heart of the “carbon project” announced by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources last week. The project,... — Updated 11/17/2022

Letters to the Editor

Give President Joe Biden some credit for mid-term election Democratic successes when most everyone, including the media, predicted otherwise. Instead of focusing on himself, he quietly avoided states where he’s unpopular and... — Updated 11/17/2022

On The Moral Advantages of a Free Press Being Necessary For the Survival of a Free People

It it not enough for a mode of disseminating information to be free from governmental oversight, or to be nearly completely unfettered by law; it must be inspired, if not wholly instructed by and reliant upon individuals of some... — Updated 11/10/2022

Remember veterans with more than flag-lowering

Lowering our flags to half-staff is a solemn act that recognizes our fallen heroes, whether they be men and women in our armed forces or police officers killed in the line of duty.... — Updated 11/10/2022

Crimes increase while student learning decreases

It’s no secret that crime has worsened throughout Washington in recent years, thanks to laws passed by the Democrat-controlled Legislature and a decrease in the number of law-enforcement officers in many communities. While... — Updated 11/3/2022

Free transportation isn't discrimination

State senator, Mark Schoesler, misses the mark again when he complains about the supposed tax and services imbalance between the two different sides of Washington. He calls free public transportation for westside children... — Updated 11/3/2022

Dow excavating staff prepare Christmas lighting decorations

CHENEY - Wayne Dow, owner of Dow Excavating Inc., is out with his staff as they labor to to place the thousands of feet of lights for the Christmas season. "This is really about... — Updated 11/25/2022

Macy Rains places 9th overall in the state

On Wednesday two teams competed in the State Potato Evaluation CDE. Each of the 10 members competed in Oral Reasons, Blemishes, Seed Classes, and Grading. Team 1 scored... — Updated 11/23/2022


Emmanuel Lutheran Church Emmanuel Lutheran Church invites you to worship with us this Sunday, November 27 at 10:30 a.m. for the First Sunday of Advent. Coffee hour follows the worship service. Free Community Pantry notice: Due to... — Updated 11/23/2022

Holiday hoopla funding approved by city council

This event is a kick off event for the season. The start is at the Cheney library on December 2nd at 5:30-6:30. We will have letters to the care center, storybook reading, tree lighting, free hot cocoa, a proclamation from the... — Updated 11/23/2022

The Cheney Free Press Moves its offices

This week, in 1924, the Cheney Free Press moved its press and offices to the Masonic temple in the heart of town. “After the move is completed,” the editor wrote, “the Free Press will have without doubt, the best newspaper... — Updated 11/23/2022


Emmanuel Lutheran Church November 17, 2022 Emmanuel Lutheran Church invites you to worship with us this Sunday November 20, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. Coffee hour follows the worship service. All are welcome to use the Free Community... — Updated 11/17/2022

12th Annual Artists Studio Tour for the west plains cities

CHENEY – The Slightly West of Spokane artists tour will begin in Medical Lake, venture through Four Lakes, and end in Cheney. The tour itself is a showcase of eight local artists... — Updated 11/17/2022

Operation Christmas Child information and drop off locations

Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse. We pack shoe boxes with hygiene and school items, clothes, toys and a WOW gift (something that makes the child say, “WOW” when they see it) for underprivileged... — Updated 11/17/2022

Cheney library and others help locals discover businesses

Spokane County Library District is the Neighborhood Champion for four communities this year for Small Business Saturday. Four SCLD libraries are partnering with participating small businesses to help community members discover... — Updated 11/17/2022

Winter Programs

Youth Basketball Registration, Closes Dec. 9. This season runs Jan. 9 to Feb. 25. • Holiday Baking Class Dec. 10, Zoom. Pick up the necessary supplies on Dec. 9th at Wren Pierson. “You can go through the entire class, learn... — Updated 11/17/2022

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 11/3/2022

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