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Winter prep

Children at Sunset Elementary School look over some of the 422 coats collected and distributed through the annual Cheney Coat Drive. Some 360 coats were given away at Sunset and... — Updated 11/7/2019


Shaky start for Cheney volleyball team

BThe Cheney High School volleyball team started their regular season on shaky ground with a Sept. 9, 3-1 loss against Northwest Christian, but followed it up with two wins in rapid succession. Against East Valley on Thursday,... — Updated 9/20/2019


Lady Blackhawks kick off season right

The Cheney High School girls soccer team kicked of the season on the right foot, snapping up two wins in less than a week. First, the Lady Blackhawks took on University High School in a non-league match on Tuesday, Sept. 10 in a... — Updated 9/20/2019


Goodbye to the Free Press, it's been fun

Dear readers, I have worked for the Cheney Free Press for more than a year, and it has been a pleasure to do so. But now, it’s time to move on. While at the Free Press, I’ve travelled to firefighter trainings and photographed... — Updated 9/19/2019


Polo Classic is a success despite poor weather

A bit of rain didn’t deter attendees of the 15th annual Polo Classic in Airway Heights over the weekend — despite showers, more than 1,200 people attended the event benefitting Ronald McDonald charity houses in the Inland... — Updated 9/12/2019


Amazon opening date finally revealed; target is mid-2020

The specter of Amazon’s massive fulfillment center has loomed above the West Plains for months, but local residents have remained in the dark as to when the warehouse might open for business. That opening date is at least a... — Updated 9/12/2019


Creating a land of opportunity on the West Plains

Last year, Airway Heights was designated an “Opportunity Zone” for investors and developers. Now, the city is hoping to take advantage of the designation and is encouraging those investors to commit to a 10-year investment in... — Updated 9/12/2019


Airway Heights council digs in for long study session

The Airway Heights City Council tackled a study session Monday that lasted long after its usual meeting time, covering a wide variety of topics that included energy efficiency,... — Updated 9/12/2019


Women tennis player conduct exemplifies sportsmanship

For a long time in the sports world, poor behavior on the court or field was taken as a sign of passion. Whether it was players breaking equipment and storming into the locker room or coaches throwing sideline temper tantrums and... — Updated 9/5/2019


Cheney teams warm things up

Cheney High School hosted its Black and Red scrimmages on Friday, Aug. 30, amping up players, coaches and spectators for the rest of the season. Onlookers brought non-perishable food to donate for a food drive and enjoyed... — Updated 9/5/2019


Fairchild exercise to bring thousands to West Plains

Fairchild Air Force Base will be hosting what has been described as a “large war exercise” on the West Plains Sept. 8 – 28. The exercise has been titled “Mobility... — Updated 9/5/2019


One nabbed in high-speed chase

In the last week, several incidents have kept police busy in Airway Heights, including one that led to a high-speed pursuit of a fleeing vehicle. On Sunday, Aug. 25 at 9:14 a.m., two Airway Heights officers responded to a domestic... — Updated 8/29/2019


Reasons for Amazon fires are complex - and so are solutions

By now, anyone with access to a television or computer has heard of the catastrophe facing the Amazon rainforest in the form of blazing fires consuming forested land and the creatures that inhabit it. As of press time, Brazil’s... — Updated 8/29/2019


Airway Heights officials still share update on water contamination solutions

An Airway Heights City Council study session and community meeting was cancelled Monday when a quorum could not be formed due to the absence of several council members. Slated for discussion was an update on the city’s ongoing... — Updated 8/29/2019


Daily flights between Spokane and Everett announced

Alaska Airlines has announced a daily nonstop service between Spokane International Airport and Paine Field-Snohomish County Airport in Everett to begin this fall, which has already generated significant interest from travelers... — Updated 8/29/2019


Victory dance

Zendaya Johnson celebrates a cornhole win while her younger brother Prevail Johnson looks on at Airway Heights Days in Sunset Park Aug. 17.... — Updated 8/22/2019


Ministorage facility comes to West Plains

A local real estate mogul plans to construct a $6.2 million ministorage complex on the West Plains, according to city of Spokane documents. Airway Heights Mini Storage will be built by Douglass Properties and feature a 4,000... — Updated 8/22/2019


Bond set for driver in Airway Heights high-speed chase

A man accused of leading police from Airway Heights to downtown Spokane in a high-speed car chase that ended with him leaping into the Spokane River from the Division Street Bridge has been identified. Casey R. Gillette’s bond... — Updated 8/22/2019


Cheney plans new elementary school

In a report to the Cheney School Board at its Aug. 14 meeting, district Superintendent Rob Roettger made a surprise announcement — that the district is in the process of a purchase sale and agreement for property in Airway... — Updated 8/22/2019


Jumping for joy

Siblings QuiNya and Dahmonii Gibbons let out some energy next to the inflatable obstacle course at Airway Heights Days in Sunset Park on Aug. 17. Kids and adults alike paired up to... — Updated 8/22/2019


Advocacy teamwork

The Airway Heights City Council made quick work of a busy agenda at its Aug. 20 meeting, approving progress on an agreement with the Kalispel Tribe that has been several months in the making. The council unanimously approved a... — Updated 8/22/2019


Williams named Cheney Yard of the Month

Christine and Eric Williams accept the award for Cheney Yard of the Month. The couple have had a passion for gardening since they bought their house more than 16 years ago and... — Updated 8/15/2019


Choice Hotels International plans to build new hotel on West Plains

And the development just keeps on coming — the West Plains will soon be welcoming a new hotel, Choice Hotels International Inc. announced last week. Choice is partnering with Brar Hotels Group, LLC for the development of a... — Updated 8/15/2019


Kenworth Sales expands plans for West Plains facility

The Cheney Free Press reported in November 2018 Spokane manufacturer Kenworth Sales Company’s plan to build a new warehouse in the West Plains, just west of South Thomas Mallon Road on a 20 acre parcel located at 9010 W. Geiger... — Updated 8/15/2019


Car chase that starts in Airway Heights ends in Spokane River

A car chase that began in Airway Heights last weekend led to a man leaping into the Spokane River in an attempt to hide from police. On Friday, Aug. 9 at 4:28 a.m., Airway Heights police attempted to pull over a black Volkswagen... — Updated 8/15/2019


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