Articles from the March 10, 2022 edition

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  • Cheney High boys and girls track gearing up for opening meet

    Bob Kirkpatrick, Cheney Free Press|Updated Mar 10, 2022

    Blackhawks Boys and Girls Track is looking to make a statement in GSL competition with a veteran roster of athletes returning this season. “Our motto is ‘Leave it better than you got it,”’ Head Coach Derek Slaughter said, “and I think that is fitting in perfectly with the mentality of our leaders.” Leadership, Slaughter said, is the strength of both squads this year. “I believe the guys and girls really do have amazing leadership from our upperclassmen,” Slaughter said. “This will really help catch us up on the fundamentals...

  • Good times

    Chris Johnson|Updated Mar 10, 2022

    The Lancer faithful celebrate the Liberty boys basketball state championship win over Brewster. See story in Sports....

  • Concerns surface at council meeting

    Matthew O. Stephens, Cheney Free Press|Updated Mar 10, 2022

    MEDICAL LAKE – March 1 brought the return of in-person council meetings for Medical Lake and with it came a large crowd of residents wanting their voices heard. One of those residents, Lahnie Henderson, read council a letter she prepared expressing concern about personal associations impacting the procedures and processes of the current administration. She spoke of transparency, specifically mentioning a possible conflict of interest with the city of Medical Lake and Zipline Communications Inc. The city is considering u...

  • Family entertainment center coming to Spokane Valley

    DEAN HENRICH, Valley News Herald|Updated Mar 10, 2022

    SPOKANE VALLEY-An exciting new family entertainment business is coming to Spokane Valley. Flight 509 Adventure Park will be a locally owned family business. The 11,875 square foot facility will be located at 10502 E. Montgomery, between Pines and Argonne in Spokane Valley. Owner Tim Homer hopes to open Flight 509 in late 2022. "It'll be later this year or next year, the way the supply chain keeps changing," Homer said. "We should be getting the permit to start construction in...

  • Personnel changes continue at Cheney School District

    Jonathan Olsen-Koziol, Cheney Free Press|Updated Mar 10, 2022

    CHENEY – Major staff shakeups continue to play out at the Cheney School District (CSD). In addition to looking for a principal and superintendent and hiring a new spokesman, the District is now looking for a head coach for the boys’ basketball team after coach Tierre Warren resigned. “His vision and the vision the school had weren’t on the same page,” said Cheney High School Athletic Director Tim Kennedy. “When different levels are operating on different plans it’s hard to mesh.” Kennedy said CSD will begin its search for...

  • Historic Commission reveals Cheney Depot restoration plans

    Jonathan Olsen-Koziol, Cheney Free Press|Updated Mar 10, 2022

    CHENEY – The historic Cheney Depot is transitioning to an eatery that will include a restaurant, outside dining area and coffee bar. City Senior Planner Brett Lucas said the most prominent exterior alterations include adding new French doors to the existing sliding doors and putting them in the baggage and freight rooms. They will also be removing the loading dock to make room to raise the existing freight room floor. According to City Building Inspector Terry Mourning, i...

  • Multiple cars damaged

    Jonathan Olsen-Koziol, Cheney Free Press|Updated Mar 10, 2022

    CHENEY – Last Tuesday, March 1, six cars in Cheney were damaged. The string of incidents, Cheney Police Captain Nate Conley said, could be related. “There’s a high probability they’re related based on relation of location and time,” he said. Most of the damage happened between 900 block of Second Street and the 1400 block of Third Street. Vehicle window damage was also located on the 200 block of Elm Street. Two vehicles had their tires slashed, three had window damage and a door was damaged on one other vechile. “We have...

  • Ralston trailhead to be discussed

    The Journal|Updated Mar 10, 2022

    RALSTON – Two Washington State Parks representatives will be in Ralston on Tuesday, March 15, to discuss opening a new trailhead for the Palouse to Cascade Trail. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., ranger Travis Gabriel and manager Audra Sims will be at Ralston Grange No. 943, on state Highway 261, to discuss development of the trailhead. Trailhead areas typically provide parking, signage and access to the trail, officials said. Development of a new trailhead would come as the state wraps up other improvements along the John Wayne Pione...

  • Magazine ban advances

    The Journal|Updated Mar 10, 2022

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee is considering a measure that would make it illegal to sell, manufacture and distribution so-called “high-capacity” magazines for firearms in Washington state. Senate Bill 5078 passed the House, 55-42, last Friday, March 5, advancing the measure to the governor’s desk. The bill makes it a gross misdemeanor in the state to sell, distribute or manufacture magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. It does not make it illegal to own such magazines. “This policy will save lives and make...

  • Ukraine Boxers' Patriotism Bring Hope

    Don C Brunell, Contributor|Updated Mar 10, 2022

    It’s not often that we see an athlete at the top of his (her) game walk away from a multi-million dollar payday to go home and fight for his (her) country. However, that is exactly what world heavyweight boxing champion Oleksandr Usyk did after Russia invaded Ukraine. Usky postponed his championship rematch with Britain’s Anthony Joshua and returned to war-torn Ukraine. He enlisted in the homeland defense force; however, he’s not alone. Fellow boxers Vasiliy Lomachenko and K...

  • Patrick O'Brien Shea

    Patrick O Brien Shea|Updated Mar 10, 2022

    Patrick O’Brien Shea, 59, of Cheney, Wash., died of ALS (Lou Gehrig‘s disease) on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022 at home surrounded by his family. Born in Spokane, Wash. to Donald and Sharon Shea, he grew up on the farm in Tyler, Wash., where he helped with cattle and haying. Patrick attended Spokane Community College, graduating with a Degree in Invasive Cardiovascular Technology. His career was in Spokane in the cardiovascular field for 37 years starting in the EP Cath lab to Sal... Full story

  • Re-think public education now

    Chris Cargill, Contributor|Updated Mar 10, 2022

    Washingtonians now pay nearly $17,000 per student, per year, for K-12 public education, more than tuition at most private schools. That is more than $400,000 for a classroom of 25 students. What are the results? The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction reports most schools fail to meet the standard in teaching math (70% of students failed) and fail to meet the standard in teaching English (52% of students failed.) More than 41,000 Washington students have left public education since the COVID-19 lockdown orders...

  • Elden S. Sorensen

    Updated Mar 10, 2022

    Elden S. Sorensen was born in Visalia, Calif. on Feb. 25, 1935 to Orville and Francis Sorensen. Elden was an only child raised on a chicken ranch his father had founded, and where he raised over 400,000 chickens a year. Elden would educate through college from Pacific Union, Walla Walla College, Sacramento State College and Eastern Washington University. Elden married Joanie (Valin) on Dec. 18, 1960 and raised two children Eric (deceased) and Jill who he adored. Joanie and... Full story

  • My Cheney

    Venus Bratsveen|Updated Mar 10, 2022

    In 1975 Simon & Garfunkel reunited to perform a song called My Little Town. It’s a sad tone about a grimy little town with no future. The streets are dirty, the people dull, even the rainbow is black, devoid of color, light and life. I could relate to that place in my youth. My own east coast town of 80,000 residents was dirty, sad and spent. Life was a series of days completed with no major mishaps or joys. Let’s just say the teen years were rough. Looking back, I realize that I saw only the negative side of city life bec...

  • Dube speaks at Rosalia Garden Club

    Updated Mar 10, 2022

    ROSALIA — Carley Dube provided the keynote address during the March 2 Rosalia Garden Club meeting. Dube, who teaches greenhouse gardening, discussed the importance of heat mats, lighting, watering and seeds during the program. Garden club members start many seeds for their upcoming plant sale in June. Dube is a retired teacher and has been gardening in a backyard greenhouse for many years. The next Garden Club meeting is April 6. At that session, Eva Lusk will present on how to register a “Wildlife Habitat garden” with the s...

  • Area residents graduate from University of Idaho

    Gazette|Updated Mar 10, 2022

    MOSCOW, Idaho — University of Idaho announced winter 2021 graduates last week. According to the university, 422 Washingtonians were among the Dec. 11 graduates, inclindg: Dean’s List Graduates: Cheney — Alexis A. Brooks, civil and environmental engineering; Christopher M. Fuentes, mechanical engineering, and Maximilian D. McDonald, law. Colfax — Derek D. Hall, business; Elizabeth G. Harwood and Jenna L. Harwood, art and architecture; and Sasha Rabaiotti, curriculum and instruction. Davenport — Tanner P. Abbot, mechanical engi...

  • Here comes the sun

    Bob Kirkpatrick|Updated Mar 10, 2022

    Nine-year-old Jessup Wall found this buttercup on Wednesday, Feb. 23, off Cameron Road. He plans to plant it in his parents yard....

  • St. John-Endicott schools announce Honor Rolls

    The Gazette|Updated Mar 10, 2022

    ST. JOHN – The elementary and high schools have announced honor rolls. At St. John elementary, fourth-graders making the Honor Roll are Eli Cook, Daiquani Johnson, Emma Loomis, Aubree Mackey, Bennett Repp, Olivia Rieck, Landen Stach and Rylie Taylor. Fifth-graders are RyanDeFord, Thomas Logen, Zaiden McSpadden, Peyton Organ, Grady Quigley, Liam Shawgo, Jose Torres, Isabelle Venegas and Hadley Watt. St John-Endicott High School’s Honor Roll is based on students’ grade-point. In the first semester, the following students had a...

  • Cheney Fastpitch returns veteran lineup

    Bob Kirkpatrick, Cheney Free Press|Updated Mar 10, 2022

    CHENEY— The Blackhawks will lean on six returning players as the team looks to improve on its third-place finish in the 2021 GSL standings. The squad finished 5-7 in league play and was 6-7 overall. Returning players to the lineup are Pyper Cagle, Maddie McDowell, Tatum Sloan, CC Morton, Sedona Ericson and Ashynn Scott. “The strength of out team this year is we return a complete infield,” coach Gary Blake said. “Our weak point is in out outfield as we lost two of our three starters.” Blake said the team is also a bit thin...

  • Liberty-Spangle Boys crowned State Champion

    Jim Stinson, Cheney Free Press|Updated Mar 10, 2022

    SPOKANE- Tayshawn Colvin scored a game-high 28 points and the Liberty-Spangle Lancers got past the Brewster Bears, 64–55, at the Spokane Arena on Saturday, March 5, to claim the school's second state championship. Liberty beat Bi-County League rival Reardan, 61–44 in 1986. The Lancers are a ragged group that often played like the tough football players. They reluctantly give up easy scores, and such was the case in this game as Brewster had to move the ball well to get the...

  • Boys Tennis looking to turn program around

    Bob Kirkpatrick|Updated Mar 10, 2022

    CHENEY— Cheney boys tennis team fell on hard times last season. The Blackhawks could not fill a complete roster, failed to chalk up a ‘W,’ and finished at the bottom of the pack in the GSL. Still, coach Dan Estock sees a silver lining, which may bring the team success this season. “Only six boys turned out for tennis last year—but the good news is five of those six players are returning,” Estock said. “We also have a very nice influx of players, 18 in all, that will allow us to match up better with other schools in ou...

  • Cheney Baseball sets sites on productive season

    BOB KIRKPATRICK|Updated Mar 10, 2022

    CHENEY—The shortened COVID season last year saw the Blackhawks post only one win, a 15-5 shellacking of Ferris. But coach Rob Beamer anticipates the team being better than a.500 ball club in 2022. “I expect us to compete at a high level and finish in the upper half of the GSL,” Beamer said. “I have six returning players led by Third-Team All-GSL pitcher Isaac Nesbitt.” Beamer believes pitching will be the teams’ strength this year. “We have some good young arms in the system...

  • Reigning State 2B Champ settles for 5th place

    Jim Stinson, Cheney Free Press|Updated Mar 10, 2022

    SPOKANE- The Liberty Lancer girls have beaten the best and have been beaten by the best this season. Liberty was 1-2 against league rival Colfax and defeated No. 2 ranked Warden in regional action, handing the Cougars their only loss of the year. After losing to Colfax again in the semifinal round of the State 2B tournament, the Lancers matched up with No.4 Okanogan in the battle for 3rd place. Liberty jumped out to a 17-7 lead after the first quarter was in the books. The...

  • West Plains Police News

    Updated Mar 10, 2022

    Cheney and EWU Police Reports By Jonathan Olsen-Koziol Cheney Free Press Feb. 28 17-year-old female went missing on the 500 block of North Third Street and was located by parents on March 5. Bicycle stolen from the 400 block of North Sixth Street. Jewelry, cell phone, and household items stolen from the 700 block of West First Street. Mental health cases reported on the 2300 block of University Lane. Mar. 1 Involuntary committal due to mental health reasons on the 800 block of West First Street. Tires slashed on the 900...

  • Mixed bag of talent sparks hope for girls tennis

    BOB KIRKPATRICK|Updated Mar 10, 2022

    CHENEY - First-year coach Linnea Love may have her hands full this season after losing several varsity players to graduation. But she remains optimistic despite it being a rebuilding year for the team. "We have a large group of new girls who have shown up for the team this year, including a large freshman class and a few veterans returning," Love said. "With higher numbers, we will be able to have a JV team in addition to varsity. We are excited about the opportunity to build...

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