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Area man sentenced to prison

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – An Airway Heights man was sentenced to 96 months in federal prison on drug charges. The announcement was made in a June 5 press release by Vanessa R. Waldref, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District... — Updated 6/8/2023

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Stephens named Free Press editor

CHENEY – An experienced reporter has been named managing editor of the Cheney Free Press. Matthew O. Stephens, 41, of Spokane –formerly of Cheney – took over the newsroom... — Updated 6/8/2023

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Long term work on Brooks Road

MEDICAL LAKE - Brooks Road will be closed for repairs starting June 8 and it will remain closed through September, 2023, according to Eric Jenkin, Project Manager. Brooks Road will... — Updated 6/8/2023

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Airport receives expansion funding

Spokane International Airport has been awarded nearly $26 million in grant funding through the Airport Improvement Program by the Federal Aviation Administration. The funding will specifically be used for the West Terminal Ramp... — Updated 6/8/2023

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Free Fishing Weekend on tap

CHENEY – Want to go fishing at one of the area lakes but don’t have a license? Well, this weekend you’re in luck as “Free Fishing Weekend” opens state waters for anglers who don’t have a license. But if you don’t... — Updated 6/8/2023

 By Cheney Free Press    Sports 

Goldfish taking over West Medical Lake ponds

MEDICAL LAKE – State-planted trout are competing with goldfish for food in the four West Medical Lake ponds. As a result, state officials want use Rotenone in the ponds to eradicate the goldfish population. Although goldfish are... — Updated 6/8/2023

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Judge Price to retire on July 1

SPOKANE – A Spokane County will have a new superior court judge in July. Spokane City Council President Breean Beggs has been appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to replace Spokane County Superior Court Judge Michael Price, who is... — Updated 6/1/2023

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Election filing produces no local races

CHENEY – Dozens of southern Spokane County residents filed to run for governmental offices during filing week, May 15-19, but no racers resulted. Candidates filed for seats open in the 2023 general election. The names of each... — Updated 5/25/2023


Cheney bank employees receives award

CHENEY — Banner Bank employee has been selected to receive the Banner’s Best award. This award is the highest level of recognition within the company and celebrates the bank’s top-performing employees. Rebecca Carrillo... — Updated 5/25/2023


Upcoming West Plains Library events

CHENEY — Family Play & Learn Storytime on May 26 and 31, and every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday throughout the month of June from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the meeting room of the library at 610 First St. Children ages 2 to 5 and... — Updated 5/25/2023

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Stoyko named Betz Elementary School principal

CHENEY — Betz Elementary School interim Principal Mary Stoyko will officially take the lead role at the school with the start of the next school year, July 1. Stoyko was officially selected for the job during the May 10 Cheney... — Updated 5/19/2023

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Officer Walters goes above-and-beyond

— Editor’s Note: Here is the first installment in the Police Department’s effort to introduce residents to local law enforcement officers. CHENEY — Officer Cheyanne Walters began her law enforcement career in the Air... — Updated 5/19/2023


West Plains PACE Awards presented

CHENEY - Students from across the region exhibiting strong character traits were honored Friday, May 12, during a gala breakfast at EasternWashingotn University. The West Plains Par... — Updated 5/19/2023


Chinook season opens on the Snake

KAHLOTUS – The Snake River spring Chinook salmon fishing season is open. Below Little Goose Dam, fisherman can catch Chinook on Tuesdays and Fridays only. Below Ice Harbor Dam, the salmon fisher is open on Wednedays and... — Updated 5/12/2023

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Students to be recognized for good character

CHENEY – Dozens of students from across the region will be at Eastern Washington University’s Hargreaves Hall early Friday morning, May 12, for the 2023 West Plains PACE Awards ceremony. The event runs from 7-8:30 a.m. PACE, or... — Updated 5/12/2023

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Goodwill opens; UPS on the way

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest has opened a new store and a new United Parcel Service facility is planned for the near future. And both facilities wi... — Updated 5/12/2023

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Governor signs Padden bill to benefit employee stock ownership plans 

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law Tuesday, May 9, that is designed to aid businesses looking to adopt an employee stock ownership plan. Senate Bill 5096 was sponsored by 4th District Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane... — Updated 5/12/2023

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Waste collection day looms

CHENEY – The city will host a household hazardous waste collection day for residents on Saturday, may 13. The event runs from 8 a.m. until noon at the city recycling center, 100 Anderson Road. This is for disposal of household... — Updated 5/12/2023


Keala named Eastern Student of Year

CHENEY —After finishing her career on the court this past November, Eastern Washington volleyball senior Ka’ehukaiiha’amaina’e Keala earned the Student of the Year in the field of Recreation & Tourism Management. “I... — Updated 5/12/2023


Boni joins Eagles from San Jose St.

CHENEY — A Spokane Valley woman is returning to the area to play women’s basketball for Eastern Washington University. Ellie Boni is transferring from San Jose State, Eastern women’s coach Joddie Gleason said earlier this... — Updated 5/12/2023

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Vigil held for Cheney high school student

CHENEY - A vigil to remember and honor the life and memory of Brayden "Fish Pockets" Bahme was held on May 1 at Crunk's Field. The sports field held nearly 500 people wearing... — Updated 5/5/2023

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Two dead in Airway Heights hit and run

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — Two pedestrians killed in hit and run on West Trails Road, just east of N. Flint Road on April 29, according to a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office press release. The adult female suspect, Megan Skillingstad,... — Updated 5/5/2023

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Unclaimed lottery ticket in Airway Heights

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — A winning $1,000,000 Powerball ticket sold in the city from the drawing held on Nov 7, 2022 remains unclaimed. The ticket will expire on May 6. The lucky winner matched each of the five regular numbers, but did... — Updated 5/5/2023


Cheney High School band receives donated trailer

CHENEY — The Cheney High School Blackhawk Band Parent Booster donated a 20-foot trailer to the high school band program, April 26. The parent booster is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to ensure that the band program... — Updated 5/5/2023


Eastern Washington Track and Field

CHENEY — Eagles return from California with bounty of new top marks and momentum. EWU enters the home stretch of the 2023 outdoor season with less than a month left until conference championship The Eastern Washington University... — Updated 4/20/2023


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