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Cheney Summer Food Service Program

CHENEY — The Cheney School District has announced that it will be supporting the summer food service program for children for the duration of summer, 2023. Food must consumed on site; no cash will be accepted, and one fruit, one... — Updated 7/13/2023


Red, White & BBQ Eagle Kickoff coming in August

CHENEY, Wash. — Enjoy an evening with EWU Athletics staff and support our Eagle student-athletes on Friday, Aug. 25. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet new Director of Athletics Tim Collins, take a tour of our... — Updated 7/13/2023

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Police chief to hold public forum

CHENEY — Interim Police Chief Rick Beghtol will hold a public forum at the Wren Pierson Center on July 12 between 6 and 7 p.m. “We are going to give a statement about what the department is doing and the changes we’ve gone th... — Updated 7/6/2023

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Airmen rescue seaplane pilot

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE — Airmen of the 92nd Air Refueling Squadron rescued the pilot of an overturned seaplane at Clear Lake Resort, Washington, on June 23. MSgt Mathew Ohle, senior enlisted leader; MSgt Jesse Wright, squadron... — Updated 7/6/2023

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Suspect wanted in attempted abduction

SPOKANE - Detectives are looking for a suspect that was involved in an attempted child abduction that took place Thursday, June 29 around 8 p.m. According to a statement from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, a 12-year-old... — Updated 7/6/2023

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City Council approves resolution for wildfire truck

CHENEY — The city council voted unanimously to approve an emergency resolution to purchase a new wildland fire truck during its June 27 meeting. The state budget included $175,000 for the emergency purchase of a replacement wildl... — Updated 6/29/2023

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City Council holds public hearing for transit plan

CHENEY — The City Council held a public hearing for the purpose of adopting the Transportation Improvement Plan 2024-2029 at their regular meeting on June 27. The hearing was carried out and then the plan was approved... — Updated 6/29/2023


Sports Briefs

Another edition of the American Legion Wood Bat Classic will bring dozens of youth teams from across the Northwest and Western Canada to Spokane starting June 30 through July 3. Medical Lake is hosting one of several AAA Senior... — Updated 6/29/2023

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Cheney hires two new policemen

CHENEY — Two new officers joined the Police Department as lateral transfers. Ian Sauve, 33, and Dennis Sanchez, 45, were sworn in and welcomed to the city June 5. Sauve previously worked more than six years with the Bellevue... — Updated 6/22/2023

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Cheney hires two new policemen

CHENEY — Two new officers joined the Police Department as lateral transfers. Ian Sauve, 33, and Dennis Sanchez, 45, were sworn in and welcomed to the city June 5. Sauve previously worked more than six years with the Bellevue... — Updated 6/22/2023

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New assistant principal at Sunset Elementary

CHENEY - Cheney Public Schools has selected a new assistant principal for Sunset Elementary pending board approval. Jaclyn Oscarson was selected after an interview process that... — Updated 6/22/2023


Cattlemen help feed hungry veterans

SPOKANE – Hungry veterans in Spokane Veteran’s Home can look forward to some home-cooked, beef-based meals for a while. The Spokane County Cattlemen donated 1,100 pounds of ground beef to the center at 222 E. Fifth Ave. on... — Updated 6/22/2023


ML's Dollars for Scholars present awards

MEDICAL LAKE - Nearly four dozen students were recognized at the annual Medical Lake Dollars for Scholars scholarship program June 5. A total of $59,125 in scholarships were... — Updated 6/15/2023

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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


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


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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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


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