Articles from the January 18, 2024 edition


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  • Deputies seek info in armed robbery

    Valley News Herald|Updated Jan 18, 2024

    SPOKANE VALLEY – The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is looking for two suspects in an armed robbery Jan. 16. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to an apartment complex in the 2300 block of North Wilbur Road at 9:45 p.m. for a reported armed robbery. Victims told police they were inside the apartment when two armed people entered their unlocked door, records show. The suspects were wearing face masks, hoodies and gloves, and were allegedly armed. They d...

  • Volz introduces recovery bill

    Cheney Free Press|Updated Jan 18, 2024

    SPOKANE – Disaster-stricken communities could be getting better access to relief thanks to a bill from Rep. Mike Volz, R-Spokane. House Bill 1952 would require the Military Department to administer long-term community recovery program for emergency or disaster assistance. The program would assist with recovery planning, developing a recovery manual, issuing grants to create recovery groups, providing recovery training and creating a resource directory. “This is a noble effort to support our local communities by combining all...

  • New recourse against wolves

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    There are at least 216 gray wolves in 37 packs in our state. Thirty-one of those gray wolf packs are in North-Central and Northeastern Washington. Senate Bill 5939 – relating to protecting livestock from wolf predation – seeks to give affected livestock raisers a chance to mitigate the confirmed and probable predation deaths of their animals. The bill would allow owners of livestock to monitor a depredation and kill the first gray wolf that returns. The bill lays out the livestock protection plan as a 3-year pilot with a rep...

  • Secret dam pact should be aired thoroughly, publicly

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    The $33 billion secret Snake River Dam plan that President Biden and friends cooked up in the White House basement needs to be exposed to the light of day and thoroughly aired by all. It is time to assess how it might work in the real world rather than wait and see what happens once it is implemented. While $33 billion may seem like “walking around” money to a President who tosses around trillion-dollar programs like horseshoes at the church picnic, the amount is equal to the yearly operating budget of the entire State of Was...

  • John Gerald Alent

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    John Gerald Alent, self-proclaimed alias of "Oh Mighty One," passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by family on Jan. 11, 2024. He succumbed to cancer after an almost eight-year battle at the age of 74 years. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Brenda, and their five children Caline (Keith) McLaughlin, Paladin, Travis, Joshua (Cari), and Chelsea (Austin) Pea. He is also survived by his eight grandchildren, his six siblings, of whom he was the oldest, and his dad...

  • Write to the Point

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Vote ‘Yes’ and support Cheney schools Feb. 13 During the February election, the Cheney School District is asking voters to consider three ballot measures, including replacement Education Programs and Operations and Capital levies, and a much-needed bond to address facility needs and growth within the district. The replacement EP&O levy is a critical local funding source that supports a significant number of staff positions not funded by the state and provides funding for performing arts, athletics, and extra-curricular act...

  • Richard Gordon Camp

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Richard (Dick) Gordon Camp, age 95, passed away in Cheney, Wash. on Jan. 8, 2024. Richard was born to A. Clifford and Bessie B (Latimer) Camp on Aug. 23, 1928, at home on the family farm where he lived for the next 95 years. Richard began school at Cheney Training School (Cheney State Normal School) and graduated from Cheney High School in 1947. Richard bought his first heifer when he was in FFA and started building a dairy barn in 1947, finishing in 1949. In 1948, he married...

  • Michael Francis Moquin

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Michael Francis Moquin, a beloved son, brother, uncle, and friend, who passed peacefully on Dec. 25, 2023. Michael's journey began on Feb. 21, 1990, and though his time with us was cut short, his impact on those who knew him will be everlasting. Born in Portland, OR where he spent his early childhood, Michael moved to Cheney, Wash. in 2001 where he graduated from high school in 2008. Michael was preceded in death by his...

  • Richard "Rich" Reid Reiman

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Richard "Rich" Reid Reiman, 72, of Cheney, passed away peacefully at his home on Dec. 29, 2023. He was born to George and Lorrine Reiman on Dec. 4, 1951, in Longview, Wash. Rich attended elementary school in Amboy, Wash., where he developed a strong work ethic helping on their family farm, and he kindled a lifelong passion for sports. His graceful athleticism on the basketball court caught the eye of his dream girl, Lori. From sweethearts in high school through 50 years of...

  • Cabin Fever

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    The Return to actual Winter is so pleasant ENJOY ! These sweet little snowflakes drifting down aren’t anything to fear. For you Snow-phobes consider this. When the snow level reaches the midpoint of your windows and the narrow path shoveled out to the out -house and woodshed reaches shoulder level, some people may fall victim to ‘CabinFever’ Not to worry. There’s three cords of split dry firewood in the woodshed, five pounds of beef jerky, Ten pound sacks each of potatoes, onions and red beans and melted snow water. With yo...

  • About plant names

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Herb: If it has two legs it is called Herb. If it grows in your garden and flavors your meals it is called herb, (silent h) Even though the h is silent in herbal you need it when pronouncing herbaceous. Clematis: Several pronunciations are acceptable. Horticulturists usually refer to the plant as clem a tus. I often hear it referred to at garden centers as clem mat us. Either pronunciation produces the same beautiful plant when its feet are cool and its foliage is in the warm sun. Somewhat like me! Cotoneaster: That hardy,...

  • Blackhawks whip North Central

    Paul Delaney, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jan 18, 2024

    SPOKANE -- Cheney wrestlers started off strong by winning the first seven of eight weight classes and cruised to 64-11 Greater Spokane League win at North Central, Jan. 10. Juan Tercero (113 pounds) and Aiden Carr (120) both won by pins and Alex Kurakin (106) had a forfeit in that starting streak. Camron Bogle (132) and Kaden Rasmussen (138) also pinned their opponents to start the second run of four victories. Mason Bennett (144) and Jacob Estock (150) also won by forfeits...

  • Cardinal boys top Deer Park, lose to Freeman

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jan 18, 2024

    MEDICAL LAKE — The Medical Lake’s boys’ basketball team emerged from last week with a split in a pair of Northeast A League games. The Cardinals topped Deer Park 65-56 on Jan. 9 and fell to Freeman 65-51, Jan. 12, both at home. Medical Lake (2-3 NEA, 3-9 overall) had a big push after halftime where they led 30-26 and led by double-digits before Deer Park closed to within four. Solid free-throw shooting down the stretch delivered the final margin. Maverick Rasmussen led the C...

  • Cheney boys top Central Valley, drop one to Prep

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jan 18, 2024

    CHENEY – The Blackhawks collected a big Greater Spokane League boys' basketball win on the road last week after losing its home meeting with Gonzaga Prep. The Blackhawks opened with a 71-59 loss to the Bullpups on Jan. 9 before topping the Bears 57-52 Jan. 12 with their scoring leader, Evan Stinson, out of the lineup. Cheney built at 30-23 halftime lead that held up throughout the remainder of the contest. "We knew that we could not overlook them and playing without Evan w...

  • Cheney girls roughed up by Prep, CV

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jan 18, 2024

    CHENEY -- “The most difficult part of our schedule” as Cheney girls basketball Coach Meredith Richards called it, is so far living to the description. Cheney lost at home Jan. 9 to Gonzaga Prep, 63-39 and then on the road Jan. 12 to Central Valley 68-28. At CV (3-0 GSL, 10-3 overall), the Bears raced to a 26-3 first-quarter lead against the Blackhawks (0-3, 3-10) and by halftime they were up 46-9. Cheney was shutout until the final 30 seconds of the period. Richards des...

  • High School Sports Briefs

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    SWIMMING: Cheney swimmers win CHENEY -- Blackhawk swimmers claimed six individual victories and won the Eastern Washington University Invite Jan. 13 at the Eastern Washington University pool. The Blackhawks edged Chiawana 98-90 with Pasco a distant third with 55. Travis Strimback won in two events, the 200-yard Individual Medley and the 100 Freestyle. Tanner Nelson earned a win in the 100 Fly, Sam Larson in the 200 Freestyle while the 500 Freestyle went to Henry Gipple. Diver Alma Smith scored a 212 to 207.2 win in diving...

  • Cardinal girls lose fourth straight

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jan 18, 2024

    With the main gear in its basketball machine still in the shop for repair, the Medical Lake girls struggled with a winless week. Cardinals' leading scorer and playmaker Charde Luat was sidelined with an ankle injury during last week's three losses, two in Northeast A League play. Medical Lake lost Jan. 9 to Deer Park 71-23, to Idaho's Timberlake 50-15 (Jan. 10) and Freeman, Jan. 12. They now have four losses in a row since Luat rolled her ankle in an earlier practice. "Last we...

  • EWU Sports Briefs

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    BASKETBALL­­­ Defense keys road win over Vandals MOSCOW — The streak continues to grow for Eastern Washington men’s basketball after the team defeated Idaho, 79-59. Eastern has now won five-straight games and is 3-0 in the Big Sky and 9-7 overall. Eastern had five players score in double figures to showcase its balanced offensive approach. Casey Jones led the team with 14 points, while Ethan Price and LeJuan Watts each scored 13. Cedric Coward and Mason Williams added 11 points apiece. The first half saw 12 lead changes and s...

  • 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....

  • Ferguson sues to stop Kroger-Albertson merger

    Aspen Anderson and Mary Murphy, Washington State Journal|Updated Jan 18, 2024

    OLYMPIA – Kroger and Albertsons claim a proposed merger worth $24.6 billion will result in better prices for grocery shoppers. But many fear food prices will go up and jobs could be lost as the stores eliminate competition. Kroger operates Fred Meyer stores; Albertsons operates both Safeway and Albertson stores, among others. Both firms have locations here and around the area. State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit to stop the merger, which was announced in Seattle on Jan. 15. “Our job is to make sure there is...

  • Knox testifies against deceptive interrogations

    Aspen Anderson and Mary Murphy, Washington State Journal|Updated Jan 18, 2024

    OLYMPIA – Amanda Knox, the Seattle resident who spent nearly four years in an Italian prison for a murder she did not commit, offered heartfelt testimony Jan. 8 in favor of a bill that would prevent law enforcement officers from using deception during interrogations. “I was interrogated overnight by police officers who claimed to have evidence against me, who claimed that there were witnesses who could place me at the crime scene,” Knox said. “They lied to me. I did not know they could lie to me… These are people who I was...

  • Shift to even-year local elections proposed

    Aspen Anderson, Washington State Journal|Updated Jan 18, 2024

    OLYMPIA – Low turnouts for local elections are leading some to advocate for moving those contests to even-numbered years alongside national races. “Young people are part of the communities that are being left behind,” said Rep. Darya Farivar, D-Seattle. She is a co-sponsor of a bill in this year’s legislative session to move elections to even-numbered years. She is also the youngest legislator in Washington and said this issue is very personal to her. “This issue is about making sure that we have the best democracy we can pos...

  • Low snowpack could bring water deficit

    Matthew Stephens, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jan 18, 2024

    CHENEY – The current water supply outlook for Washington is an early assessment, but it shows little snowpack through December. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service Snow Survey and Water Supply Forecasting Program hydrologistMatt Warbritton, the snowpack is significantly lower-than-average, but overall precipitation is only slightly below average, thanks to December rainfall. Because of the strong El Nino events this year, the r...

  • Legislature to decide on high-speed pursuits

    Mary Murphy, Washington State Journal|Updated Jan 18, 2024

    OLYMPIA – An initiative aimed at giving police wider discretion on when they engage in high-speed pursuits was forwarded to the Legislature on Jan. 11. Secretary of State Steve Hobbs notified the Legislature petitions for Initiative 2113 meet all legal requirements. Initiative 2113 backers want to amend a law on police pursuit that passed in 2021, which requires officers to have “probable cause” instead of “reasonable suspicion” to engage in pursuits. Critics say that measure hinders law enforcement officers who want to p...

  • What if Cheney became Spokane's County seat?

    PAUL DELANEY, Staff Reporter|Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Just what if Cheney became Spokane County seat as it had long desired, and Benjamin P. Cheney decided in fairness to locate his institution of higher learning to Spokane? What might it have meant to the how Eastern Washington University grew and developed since its founding as Benjamin P. Cheney Academy in 1882. How might it have existed with its higher-ed regional rivals, all established later than Eastern — Washington State College and Whitworth both in 1890, Gonzaga 1887 a...

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