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  • Colorful aurora borealis

    Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press|Updated May 16, 2024

    A G5 (extreme) geomagnetic storm resulted in one of the most brilliant displays of northern lights, scientifically known as aurora borealis, on Friday night, May 10. The colorful aerial display was visible across Eastern Washington. Pictured, the colorful sky silhouettes farm buildings....

  • Trestle Sunset

    Roger Harnack, Cheney Free PRess|Updated May 13, 2024

  • Strong arm in Rosalia

    Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press|Updated May 2, 2024

    Timberwolf Briley Smith of Rosalia competed for Tekoa-Rosalia at the Undeberg Invitational on Saturday in Rosalia. Smith qualified for the finals in girls shot put, where she ninth overall with a personal record toss of 27-05....

  • Stolen honeybun leads to arrest

    Roger Harnack, Valley News Herald|Updated Apr 26, 2024

    SPOKANE VALLEY — A local man shoplifting a honeybun is being held in the Spokane County Jail on multiple cahrges. Mayger D. Jones, 23, is being held on $2,500 bond on charges of possession of a stolen firearm, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and third-degree theft. His arrest came at about 7:35 p.m. April 22 after deputies responded to a call of a man walking round the WinCo Foods grocery store, 9718 E. Sprague Ave., with a gun on his hip, records show. The caller, a store employee, reported the man, later i...

  • Governor declares statewide drought

    Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press|Updated Apr 26, 2024

    OLYMPIA — The state Department of Ecology has declared a statewide drought emergency for everywhere except cities with large storage basins. The drought update was issued Friday, April 19, with the agency predicting a warm, dry spring. According to the agency, the weather forecast will leave many watershed statewide with low water. The declaration allows state agencies to provide drought-related assistance in a more timely manner. Gov. Jay Inslee calked up this year’s forecast drought to global warming. “As our climate conti...

  • Glimpse of an eclipse

    Roger Harnack|Updated Apr 11, 2024

    With a little patience and a high-density filter, Eastern Washington residents were able to catch a glimpse of the Monday, April 8, solar eclipse. In our region, at about 11:35 a.m., the moon covered from 26.1-28.5% of the sun. That glimpse was available between clouds. The partial eclipse here lasted 1 hour 52 minutes; it began here at 10:39 a.m. and ended at 12:31 p.m. While we observed only a glimpse of the eclipse, the moon totally blocked the sun across a 115-mile swath...

  • End of the rainbow

    Roger Harnack|Updated Apr 4, 2024

    A rainbow appears to end at a barn on Spangle-Waverly Road last week, east of Liberty High School. The rainbow and sunset combined to cast a golden hue over the farm....

  • NCAA Haystack

    Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press|Updated Mar 28, 2024

    A farmer along Spangle-Waverly Road has erected a hay tribute to the Washington State University Cougars men's basketball team for reaching the national championship "March Madness" tournament. The Cougars, however, have subsequently been eliminated....

  • It's Cookie Time

    Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press|Updated Mar 28, 2024

    Cheney Brownie Lianna Wuesthoff, 8, markets her Girl Scout cookes along West First Street last week. Wuesthoff, was joined by brother Elijah, 7, and mother, Eryn, not pictured....

  • Trump, Biden rematch looming

    ROGER HARNACK, Cheney Free Press|Updated Mar 15, 2024

    SPOKANE - Following the Tuesday, March 12, primary in Washington and other states, its appears that voters will see a rematch in the race for U.S. President. Both former President Republican Donald J. Trump and current Democrat President Joseph R. Biden Jr. secured enough support to become the presumptive nominees for their parties. In Washington state, 1.25 million voters cast ballots in the primary election. Trump received 442,048 votes statewide, or 73.8% of Republican...

  • State budget includes funds for 6th District projects

    Roger Harnack, Valley News Herald|Updated Mar 15, 2024

    SPOKANE — The state’s 2024-25 supplemental capital budget includes money to for several 6th Legislative District projects. “The additional money for transportation projects in this supplemental budget will positively impact the transportation system in our communities,” Rep. Mike Volz, R-Spokane, said. “For example, the project for Snowdon will improve safety for kids, which is always a priority.” The funds were part of the funding package introduced as Senate Bill 5949, which appropriated $1.33 billion for projects st...

  • State unveils pike "rapid response" plan

    Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press|Updated Mar 15, 2024

    LAKE ROOSEVELT - The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has released a "rapid response" plan to take extraordinary measures to kill northern pike found in waterways like Lake Roosevelt. Released last week, the plan would allow state officials and tribes to draw down reservoirs, using Rotenone to poison the fish, netting and seining, quarantining waterways and more after declaring a northern pike emergency. State Aquatic Invasive Species Policy Coordinator Justin Bush...

  • State budget includes $419,000 for Snowdon routes

    Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press|Updated Mar 15, 2024

    CHENEY — The state’s 2024-25 supplemental capital budget includes money to improve traffic routes for students and families headed to Snowdon Elementary School. The budget earmarks $419,000 for improving transportation routes in and around the 6323 S. Holly Road school. “The additional money for transportation projects in this supplemental budget will positively impact the transportation system in our communities,” 6th Legislative District Rep. Mike Volz said. “For example, the project for Snowdon will improve safety fo...

  • Budget funds education, recovery and water projects

    Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press|Updated Mar 15, 2024

    OLYMPIA — The state’s supplemental capital budget approved March 6 included funding for several 9th Legislative District projects. Several school districts were allocated funds from the modernization program, including LaCrosse, Palouse, Pomeroy, Steptoe and others. In Pullman, Washington State University also is allocated $10 million for anew digester for the Knott Dairy Center, which makes Cougar Gold cheese. The school will also get $3 million for an energy program. Eastern Washington University in Cheney also rec...

  • Deputy facing assault charge

    Roger Harnack, Valley News Herald|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    SPOKANE VALLEY – The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office deputy who roughed up a Colfax man on Aug. 14, 2023, may be charged in the case. On Wednesday, Feb. 21, the Spokane Police Department determined there is probable cause to charge Sgt. Clay V. Hilton with second-degree assault. “The case has been forwarded to the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office for review,” Spokane County Sheriff John F. Nowels said in a press release following the conclusion of the independent police investigation. Hilton is accused of beating Kevin Hin...

  • Reichert to stump in Tekoa

    Roger Harnack, The Gazette|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    TEKOA - The effort to bring candidates for public office to town to interact with area voters and present their platforms has landed a gubernatorial candidate. The Event Center on Crosby Street will host a meet-and-greet for former Congressman Dave Reichert, R-Auburn, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 6. Food and beverages will be available from C&Ds Tekoa Bar and Grill. Following the relaxed event, the 73-year-old Reichert will head down the street to Empire Theater, 126 S. Crosby St....

  • Reichert to stump in Tekoa

    Roger Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    TEKOA - The effort to bring candidates for public office to town to interact with area voters and present their platforms has landed a gubernatorial candidate. The Event Center on Crosby Street will host a meet-and-greet for former Congressman Dave Reichert, R-Auburn, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 6. Food and beverages will be available from C&Ds Tekoa Bar and Grill. Following the relaxed event, the 73-year-old Reichert will head down the street to Empire Theater, 126 S. Crosby St....

  • Forest bill a welcome change

    Roger Harnack|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    Funny how it took a move into the country before a Democrat would support efforts to clean up our forest floors. Last week, Senate Bill 6121 passed the Senate unanimously. The bill sponsored by Sen. Kevin Van De Wege — a Democrat who now lives at Lake Sutherland — encourages the removal of downed timber and other “fuel” that could feed a wildfire. He should be commended for being among the first Democrats to step out of the party box and recognize the importance of removin...

  • Area girls reach third round of Mat Classic

    Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    TACOMA — The best area girls could muster was a single win at the state Mat Classic XXXV wrestling tournament on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16 and 17. Cheney Blackhawks Jennifer Tian and Jalisca Holmgren qualified in the girls 3A/4A division, and Liberty’s Kariyah Strobel qualified in the small school (1B-2A) division. This was the second state tournament for both Holmgren and Strobel. All three girls made it to the third round of the tournament, but were eliminated before rea...

  • Three Liberty wrestlers medal in Tacoma Dome

    Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    TACOMA - Three Liberty wrestlers returned home from the state Mat Classic XXXV wrestling tournament with medals. Maddex Strobel won silver at 150 pounds, Clae Holling bronze at 165 and Joey Matherly was fifth at 175 in the tournament Feb. 16-17 in the Tacoma Dome. As a team, the Lancers tied for seventh with Davenport, each with 61.0 team points in the 1B/2B division. Tonasket won the division with 217.0 team points. Strobel opened with a bye and then pinned his next two...

  • McMorris Rodgers won't seek re-election

    ROGER HARNACK, Cheney Free Press|Updated Feb 15, 2024

    SPOKANE — The 5th Congressional District will have an opening next year. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, announced Thursday, Feb. 8, that she is not seeking re-election. “It’s been the honor and privilege of my life to represent the people of Eastern Washington in Congress,” she said. “After much prayer and reflection, I’ve decided the time has come to serve them in new ways. I will not be running for re-election to the People’s House.” The 5th Congression...

  • Two Cardinals head to state

    Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press|Updated Feb 15, 2024

    QUINCY – Two Medical Lake boys qualified for the state Mat Classic tournament after placing in the Top 4 at regionals Feb. 10. Wrestling at 215, True Cole brought home a third-place finish to qualify. And at 157, Carsen Buenzli finished fourth to secure the final spot. Cole's regionals saw him with pins over Lizando Sanchez of Cashmere in 49 seconds, D.J. Frerks of Quincy in 1:46 and Brady Martin of Riverside (Nine Mile Falls) in 2:49. His only lost was in the semifinals, wher...

  • State parks failing at Palouse Falls, Lyons Ferry

    Roger Harnack|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Two years ago, Washington State Parks bureaucrats in Tumwater hatched a plan to address so-called “overcrowding” at Palouse Falls. The plan was to close and relocate the campground to Lyons Ferry, require permits to visit Upper Palouse Falls and to end hiking and exploring in and around the main Palouse Falls basin. The effort also eliminated kayaking access on the upper Palouse River. And to make the effort sound legitimate, those city-dwelling bureaucrats called Palouse Fal...

  • Trump's name remains on ballot

    Roger Harnack, The Journal|Updated Jan 26, 2024

    OLYMPIA – For the second time in a week, an effort to remove former President Donald J. Trump’s name off of the March 12 primary ballot has been tossed out of court. Kitsap County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Bassett refused to hear the case in his court on Tuesday, Jan. 16. Then on Thursday, Jan. 18, Thurston County Superior Court Judge Mary Sue Wilson tossed the challenge. The lawsuit was filed by eight Kitsap County residents who alleged the former president isn’t eligi...

  • Girls league

    Roger Harnack|Updated Jan 18, 2024

    The Northeast Washington girls wrestling league meet Tuesday, Jan. 16, featured schools from across the region, including Cheney and Ridgeline, pictured above. The meet was just getting underway at press time. Results were not available....

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