Articles from the February 22, 2024 edition


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  • 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...

  • Dansel, Maycumber announce congressional candidacies

    Valley News Herald|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    REPUBLIC — Two residents have announced their candidacies for the 5th Congressional District seat being vacated by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Ferry County Commissioner Brian Dansel, 40, was the first to announce last Friday, Feb. 16. He was joined in the race on Tuesday, Feb. 20, by state Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber, 44. Both candidates are Republicans. McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, has announced that she won’t seek re-election to the post that represents Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Lincoln, Spokane, Whitman, Eastern Fra...

  • Man arrested for burglary of boarded-up house

    Valley News Herald|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    SPOKANE VALLEY — A local man is facing charges after allegedly attempting to enter a vacant, boarded up house. Jason A. Swan, 35, was arrested Feb. 19, booked into the Spokane County Jail and then freed on his own recognizance that same day after appearing before Spokane County Superior Court Judge R. Clary. He is facing possible charges of third-degree theft, second-degree malicious mischief and two counts of residential burglary. The charges stem from an 8:15 a.m. Feb 18 in which deputies responded to a possible burglary a...

  • Where rubber meets road

    Paul Delaney|Updated Feb 23, 2024

    Five regular season games remain and it is now time “where the rubber meets the road” for Eastern Washington’s men’s and women’s basketball teams. Eagle hoops are in the rarest of atmospheres this season. Both EWU teams are on top of their respective standings and poised to take tandem titles to the Big Sky Conference tournament in Boise, March 9-13. The Eagle women, guided by Joddie Gleason, have worked their way back into a tie for the top with Northern Arizona following...

  • Most surprising March Madness winners of all time

    Stacker, Bob Cooper, Data Work By Karim Noorani|Updated Feb 23, 2024

    There's a reason it's called March Madness. Besides the mad enthusiasm (and heavy betting) of partisan fans, the madness of underdog teams posting upset after upset to advance as far as the Final Four or even the championship game makes for compelling theater. Who doesn't love an underdog or, in March Madness parlance, a Cinderella? ATS.io compiled a ranking of the most surprising men's March Madness champions since 1982 (when "March Madness" was coined) using Sports...

  • 10 of the best British fighters in the UFC

    Stacker, Rahul Mukherjee|Updated Feb 23, 2024

    The UFC is the Cinderella story of organized sports. Founded in 1993, it was at risk of bankruptcy in 2001 when brothers Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta purchased the organization. They put Dana White in charge, who revamped the format to make it palatable to the general public and bought broadcasting rights to make the sport easily viewable worldwide. These actions have led to rapid growth, with more than 600 events and counting. One of the UFC's biggest success stories is in...

  • What individual has had a major impact on my life?

    Lucinda Saue|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    For ongoing impact on my life, my sisters, who are twins, probably win the prize. I was three years and two weeks old when they were born. Life has never been the same since. I was the apple of my parents’ eyes before they arrived. How did I cope with losing center stage of their attention? I became the “little Mom” fetching and helping in any way possible. I developed a special love of holding babies, always sitting on the floor, with supervision, of course. I basked in the reflected glow, and enjoyed their miniature sizes....

  • David Hurley MD

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    E. David Hurley MD died peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, surrounded by his family. He was born in Spokane, one of six children born to Earnie and Marjorie Hurley. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Dan, Gene, Steve and sister Karen. He is survived by wife Janice Hurley (Hillstead) of Cheney Wash., daughter Lynn Hurley (Jake Anderson), two granddaughters Halle and Hannah of Rochester MN, son David Hurley of Cheney Wash. and brother Gary Hurley (Linda) of... Full story

  • Forum set on Treasurer duties

    Cheney Free Press|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    CHENEY — Area residents have an opportunity to learn about the duties of the state treasurer. PEG — People for Effective Government — is offering a free, online forum featuring state Treasurer Mike Pellicciotti at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29. It’s an opportunity to learn about the surprising things the treasurer is responsible for, including the state credit rating and its impact on bond sales, as well as investments the state makes and the Financial Education Bill currently in the Legislature, organizers said. Email ctvenne...

  • Seasons

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    If you live in a forest at the edge of a marsh like I do, you don’t need a calendar to tell you the season. Owl Calling Season has just past and I know it is near the end of February. The nocturnal, crepuscular creatures have been calling from tree tops for weeks. The Great Horned owl adult male started it all in late December his deep throated hoots echoing through the pines, all the while searching for a nest. For the last few weeks the adult female, with her unabashed responses, has been hooting rhythmically answering invi...

  • Area residents make Eastern fall Dean's List

    Cheney Free Press|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    CHENEY – The following area students have been named to the Dean’s List at Eastern Washington University for the fall 2023 quarter: Airway Heights — Regina Camacho, Zackery DaSilva, Alexander Dodson, Lindsey Ellis, Carson Gentry, Dalanee Griffin, Leann Harlan, Tyler Harris, Gabriel Hines, Saige Kluth, Ian Knight, Finlay Lamb, Jake Murray, William Nielsen, Kelly Parke, Trevor Rains, Abilene Rose, Katelyn Verstrate and Ben Zgherea. Cheney (A-H) — Brianne Albright, Anwyn Anderberg, Heather Anderson, Josiah Anderson, Sahar A...

  • Cheney's Moore climbs Mat Classic ladder

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    TACOMA - Cheney's Trenton Moore made a move at Mat Classic XXXV last weekend, but it was not exactly where he wanted to be. A sixth-place finisher in 2023, Moore battled some high-end competition ending up fifth at 175-pounds, topping Mead's Caden Brooks, 8-2. Along the way Moore lost to the eventual third-place finisher, Ever Yamada (Edmonds-Woodway) 10-5 and fourth-place Garrett Goade (Bainbridge). "One-hundred seventy-five pounds was a strong bracket and second- to...

  • 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...

  • The 'what-if's' of Cheney season

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    CHENEY - In the world of sports there's always the opportunity or desire to glance into in the "what-if" mirror. And Cheney boys' second-year head coach Travis Peevey is no more immune to the practice than anyone following his team's 3-8 Greater Spokane League finish and 9-13 overall record. Those marks, however, are ticks in the right direction after going 0-9 and 6-14 his first season. "Our record does not reflect how close we really were to being one of the top teams in...

  • Cashmere girls oust Medical Lake Cardinals

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    CASHMERE — The stellar career of Charde Luat and the season for the Medical Lake girls basketball team came to an end Feb. 17 at Cashmere, where the Bulldogs blew past the Cardinals 53-32 in a state 1A play-in game. “We didn’t respond like our season was on the line, Cashmere did, and I give them props for that,” Cardinal Coach Yeta Holloway wrote in an email. Cashmere (18-5) and the Caribou Trail regular season champions used a big second half to erase a 21-17 Medical Lake lead. The home team outscored the Cardinals 16-2 in...

  • Sports Briefs

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    BASKETBALL Eastern teams on the court CHENEY — Eastern Washington University’s men’s and women’s basketball teams play common opponents this week, but on opposite ends of the map. The Eagle men are on the road with an 11-2 Big Sky Conference record and a two-game lead over Northern Colorado (9-4). Eastern is at Northern Arizona, Feb. 22, and in Greeley to face UNC, Feb. 24. The Eastern women (21-5 overall) will try to top the program’s all-time single season win mark Feb. 22 against Northern Arizona at home. — TRACK Track...

  • Moose on the Palouse

    TeAire Baier, Cheney Free Press|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    A cow moose and her calf ventured into harvested wheat fields in the Oakesdale area last week afterr melting snow exposed green foliage to much on. Moose are often visible in the fields east of U.S. Highway 195 and along state Highway 27 this time of year....

  • Man sought in connection with crash, attempted rape

    Valley News Herald|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    SPOKANE VALLEY — Detectives are asking for the public’s help with the investigation of a single-vehicle crash, of a possible kidnapping and attempted rape of a teenage girl. At about 6:30 a.m. Feb. 11, law enforcement officers responded to a report of a crash and an overturned vehicle on North Wood Road, north of West Coulee Hite Road. An injured 17-year-old girl who didn’t speak English was found at the scene, records show. She was transported to an area hospital, where she told staff, through an interpreter, a man had a...

  • Hit-and-run victim identified

    Valley News Herald|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    SPOKANE VALLEY — Spokane County authorities have finally released the name of the victim of a hit-and-run incident on Jan. 24. Maegen Engh, 46, of Spokane Valley, died of her injuries in an area hospital on Feb. 13, according to the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office. She had been in the hospital since being struck by a Jeep. The Medical Examiner’s Office has yet to release the exact cause of her death. The driver of the Jeep, John R. Townshed, 64, of Spokane Valley, was arrested for hit-and-run injury and remai...

  • City receiving $5.3 million in road grants

    Valley News Herald|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    SPOKANE VALLEY – Sullivan Road and Sprague Avenue improvements will move ahead, thanks in part to two grants totaling more than $5.3 million. The two National Highway Performance Program grants include nearly $4 million for the South Sullivan Road Preservation Project and $1.4 million for the Sprague Avenue Preservation Project. The South Sullivan Road Preservation Project will receive $3.96 million, 89% of the total estimated project cost of $4.46 million. Construction is set to start in 2025 between East Eighth Avenue a...

  • Three area wrestlers win state titles

    Valley News Herald|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    TACOMA - Three gold, four silver and one bronze. That's how many Top 3 medals wrestlers from Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake and the surrounding areas brought home Saturday from the state Mat Classic XXXV wrestling tournament in the Tacoma Dome. The local individual champions are Libby Roberts of University, the 105-pound champion in the 3A/4A girls division; Czar Quintanilla of University, the 113-pound champion in the 3A division; and Blaine Beard of Central Valley, the...

  • Committee advances two Padden bills

    Clare McGraw, Valley Herald|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    OLYMPIA – The House Housing Committee has moved forward two bills introduced by 4th District Sen. Mike Padden, aiming to bolster home ownership and streamline property leasing in Washington. The committee approved Senate Bill 5792, which seeks to facilitate the construction of smaller condominium buildings, excluding those with 12 or fewer units and no more than three stories high from the definition of “multiunit residential building,” provided one story is designated for a...

  • Snake River Dam preservation added to legislative agenda

    Clare McGraw, Valley Herald|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    SPOKANE VALLEY – The preservation of the Snake River dams has been solidified as a key item on the legislative agenda for the city council. The move comes amidst ongoing debate and litigation surrounding the dams’ future and their environmental impact. Chelsea Martin, Government Relations and Communications Coordinator at Modern Electric Water Co., emphasized the importance of maintaining affordable electricity costs for the region. “Our goal is to keep electricity costs low,...

  • Boris held on $500,000 bail for rape

    Valley News Herald|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    SPOKANE VALLEY — A man arrested for in a sexual assault case here remains in the Spokane County Jail. Gregory Charles Boris, 42, of Kennewick, is being held on $500,000 bail after being extradited from the Tri-Cities area back to Spokane County on Feb. 13. He is charged with second-degree rape, second-degree assault-strangulation with sexual motivation and felony harassment-threats to kill. The charges stem from an alleged Feb. 5 rape at a hotel here. Records show law enforcement officers were dispatched to a store near t...

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