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Lawmakers host 'town hall' call-in meeting

COLFAX — The two 9th Legislative District representatives will host a telephone “town hall” meeting on Monday, March 13. Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, and Rep. Mary Dye, R-Pomeroy, will host the session from 6-7 p.m. An... — Updated 3/9/2023

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Troopers out in force for spring break

WASHTUCNA — Expect to see more Washington State Patrol troopers on the road from March 9-19. The agency will be operating its Washington State University spring break emphasis in Spokane, Whitman, Grant, Kittitas and Adams... — Updated 3/9/2023


State predicting larger salmon runs

PASCO — Fishermen can expect more Coho, Chinook and sockeye salmon to return to the Columbia River and its tributaries this season. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s forecast is based on environmental indicators such... — Updated 3/9/2023

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Rep. Schmick: 'Cap-and-trade' failing

OLYMPIA — When Gov. Jay Inslee’s cap-and-trade proposal passed the Legislature in 2021, he and many of the Democrat lawmakers who endorsed his plan assured the agriculture community that fuels used in the production and transpo... — Updated 2/9/2023

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Man dies in car crash on Cheney Spokane Road

CHENEY — A male was pronounced dead at the scene of a single-vehicle crash on Cheney Spokane Rd. Jan. 21. The man, identified by the Spokane County medical examiner as Cavin Firestone, 27, died as a result of blunt force... — Updated 1/26/2023

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Dye introduces bill to help men, boys

RITZVILLE – A local lawmaker has introduced legislation to create the Washington State Commission on Boys and Men to address the well-being of boys and men across. “There are many issues that impact men and boys. Yet, there is... — Updated 1/26/2023

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Local British artist gains dual-citizenship

CHENEY – British born and raised multi-media artist Anne Seacrest achieved dual citizenship late in 2022 after having moved to the U.S. four years ago. "I met my husband, who is a... — Updated 1/26/2023


Cheney Parks and Recreation Sutton park summer concert schedule

CHENEY – Preliminary planning complete for annual Sutton park summer concert, hosted by Parks and Recreation. “Every summer we have our summer concert series at Sutton park from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.” Kelly McGinley Ashe,... — Updated 1/12/2023

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Cheney Capstone Coffee sold to local business owners

CHENEY - Capstone Coffee was sold on Dec. 15 to Tom and Kendra Littau and Amanda Swenson. It will be operating under the name Serendipity Coffee upon arrival of appropriate signage. “The new signage will be up soon.” Rhonda... — Updated 12/29/2022


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

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Expect to pay more at the pump

CHENEY – A local state lawmaker says residents can expect to pay more at the pump in the coming months. According to Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, Senate Bill 5126, approved by Democrats in the Legislature during the last... — Updated 10/20/2022

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Free Press staff recognized for newspaper work

BELLINGHAM – Several Free Press Publishing employees were honored Saturday, Oct. 8, for their work in the newspaper industry during the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association convention. The convention included the Better... — Updated 10/20/2022

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Native American Affairs puts historical structure on display for homecoming

CHENEY – A traditional Native American dwelling was erected and put on display in the Pence Union building. Oct. 10. The structure is called a “tipi” and the one on display measured approximately 15 feet in height and 12 in... — Updated 10/13/2022

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Eastern hold pep rally and bonfire to celebrate fall sports

CHENEY – The annual pep rally will take place on the corner of 2nd Street and “G” Street in downtown Cheney at 6p.m. Oct. 13. To celebrate the Eagle Family Homecoming, this event will feature live music from the... — Updated 10/13/2022

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Eastern hosts its annual bed races in downtown Cheney

CHENEY – The annual bed races take place on the corner of 2nd St. and G St. in downtown Cheney. Oct. 13. The event will take place at 7p.m. and will feature multiple teams from the university. Bed races are an historic tradition... — Updated 10/13/2022


Turkey Trot support

CHENEY – Cheney high school cross country will host annual Turkey Trot event to help raise funds. Nov. 24. This event is a two to three mile sponsored run/walk that begins at 9a.m. at Cheney High School. All donations are tax... — Updated 10/13/2022

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Geiger Heights man named managing editor

CHENEY -- The Cheney Free Press has hired a new managing editor to lead coverage of the West Plains. Lucas Walsh, 33, of Geiger Heights, joined the newspaper staff Tuesday, Sept. 20. “To help contribute balanced and fair... — Updated 9/29/2022

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Three new employees at the Free Press

CHENEY - Erikka Soto, Cheney 24, is our new receptionist at the front office. She works with the classified section of all the papers as well as obituaries. “Big change for me, the environment is positive and welcoming. I always... — Updated 9/29/2022

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Feed Cheney meals set to resume

CHENEY – After a two-year hiatus, Feed Cheney will be resuming sit-down meals. This month’s dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, in the Wren Pierson Community Center, officials said. The dinner will be pulled-pork... — Updated 9/22/2022

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Book Club to meet

CHENEY – The Cheney Book Club will meet Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the local branch library. The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the library, 601 First St. During the meeting, the book “Things You Would... — Updated 9/22/2022


Applications being taken for legislative internships

OLYMPIA – College students interested in being a legislative intern during the 2023 session can now apply. The Legislative Intern Program priority deadline is Oct. 19; the final deadline is Oct. 23. Students wishing to apply can... — Updated 9/22/2022

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Medical Lake receives grant for solar panels

MEDICAL LAKE – The city will receive a grant from the state Department of Commerce to install solar panels. According to Commerce officials, the city will receive one of 14 grants award to install the panels in public buildings... — Updated 9/15/2022

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Schoesler: Free bus fares discriminatory

 OLYMPIA – Sen. Mark Schoesler is calling a new program that subsidizes mass transit in urban areas as unfair to rural residents. Schoesler, R-Ritzville, further calls the program that went into effect in eight areas of Puget... — Updated 9/15/2022

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Smoky conditions persist

CHENEY – Smoke from Pacific Northwest wildfires continued to linger Tuesday evening, prompting area health officials to issue an air quality alert. The alert was expected to remain in place through 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon,... — Updated 9/15/2022

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Shriners name Deputies of the Year

GEIGER HEIGHTS – Two Spokane County Sheriff’s Office deputies have received “Deputy of the Year” honors from the Elk Katif Shriners. Travis West and Terry Liljenberg were recognized for their professionalism, dedication... — Updated 9/15/2022


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