Articles from the April 4, 2024 edition


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  • Cheney Council talks about dispatch service

    Clare McGraw, Cheney Free Press|Updated Apr 4, 2024

    CHENEY – The City Council listen to a proposal to transition the local dispatch center to Spokane Regional Emergency Communications during its meeting March 26. Spokane Regional Emergency Communications Executive Director Lori Markham pushed the idea. Her agency manages emergency and non-emergency calls, support GIS data services and operates 23 radio sites for emergency responders in the region. “Our IT department takes care of our phone system which is a very highly technical system,” Markham said. “We’re in the process o...

  • Rosalia celebrates Easter

    Justin Slayton|Updated Apr 4, 2024

    The park in Rosalia was filled with youngsters Saturday, March 30, looking for Easter eggs. Above, a young girl rushes to gather as many eggs as possible as others do the same in the background. At left, two local children examine their haul following the annual event. Dozens of children participated. Prize eggs included candy and more, organizers said....

  • Public Records

    Updated Apr 4, 2024

    Airway Heights AIRWAY HEIGHTS — The Police Department arrested the following individuals from March 22 to April 1: March 22 Aldina Bajramovic arrested for third-degree theft (shoplifting) in the 12800 block of West Highway 2. March 28 Cameron R. Greene arrested for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) in the 12200 block of West 10th Avenue. April 1 Nickoles W. Paulk arrested for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) in the 13500 block of West Sixth Avenue. Cheney CHENEY — Police responded to the following calls for s...

  • Death Notice

    Updated Apr 4, 2024

    A celebration of life will be held for Laura Louise Wiley of Cheney, Wash., who passed on Dec.r 28, 2023. Services will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Shriners Event Center, 7217 W. Westbow Blvd, Spokane, WA 99224.... Full story

  • Robert "Bob" Edward Hinman

    Updated Apr 4, 2024

    Robert (Bob) Edward Hinman, born Aug. 13, 1939, passed away peacefully March 19, 2024, leaving with love from his family in Spokane, Wash. Bob was a geologist with degrees in earth science and general studies from Montana State. He worked with mining companies throughout Alaska, Idaho., Montana, Washington, Nevada. and Utah. His passion for geology came through in his love of collecting precious stones and passing his knowledge to his children and grandchildren. He was preceded into heaven by his parents, Edward and Dorothy... Full story

  • Police host diaper drive

    Clare McGraw, Cheney Free Press|Updated Apr 4, 2024

    CHENEY – The Police Department is asking the community to participate in a Diaper and Hygiene Product Drive this month. The initiative aims to extend a helping hand to members of the community who utilize the services offered by the Kalispel Tribe Victim Advocacy Services, a resource for victims of various crimes, whether tribal or non-tribal affiliated. It also offers support and assistance to survivors of crime, domestic violence and sexual assault. Police Department officials, in recognizing the significance of this c...

  • Animal rescue fundraiser looms May 2

    Cheney Free Press|Updated Apr 4, 2024

    AIRWAY HEIGHTS — the annual Humane Evacuation and Animal Rescue Team will host its annual fundraiser May 2 at the Shriner’s Event Center. The event takes place from 5:30-9 p.m. in the Fireside Room. It’s open to adults over the age of 21. Funds raised at the event benefit the organization’s efforts to help animals displaced by natural disasters, such as wildfires, or those seized by law enforcement responding to cruelty and neglect cases involving puppy mills and more. Additionally, the organization hopes to purchase a cargo... Full story

  • Easter in Cheney

    Updated Apr 4, 2024

    Dozens of families and hundreds of children attended the Cheney Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 30. The Cheney Fire Department was on hand and there was tons of fun to be had. Kids with their Easter Baskets full of eggs played and shared joyful memories....

  • Time Travel: Who would you like to meet, from past or the future?

    Lucinda Saue|Updated Apr 4, 2024

    There is something about time travel that excites the imagination and brings joy to one. Maybe that is why I love fiction so much. I can live vicariously through the characters in the books. Recently I have been embedded with Cork Corcoran in the William Kent Krueger series of mystery/detective stories. They take place in the Midwest, Minnesota specifically, so it’s old home week. In the last book I read all of this series, a key character is murdered. Such a shock and disappointment! But since I’m reading them out of ord...

  • Blackhawks on four-game slide

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated Apr 4, 2024

    SPOKANE -A pair of Greater Spokane League losses to Gonzaga Prep in back-to-back games has sent Cheney into a four-game slide. Prep scored four runs in their half of the fourth inning March 28 on the way to a 7-4 victory. Carter McPherson had three of the Blackhawks' six hits. Of note was Cheney escaping a bases-loaded, no-outs bottom the first with a rare triple play. According to coach Rob Beamer the play west like this: "Ground ball to Jace Vega at third he steps on third...

  • And still, the Jason Crawford went on

    Paul Delaney|Updated Apr 4, 2024

    It was a gorgeous morning on the last Saturday of March with the outdoors teaming with people and the occasional top down on the convertible that passed on the street. And despite what beckoned outside, thousands filled much of the Spokane Veterans’ Memorial Arena for the latest edition of the Jason Crawford Memorial wrestling tournament. The JCM officially closed out the season for Little Guy Wrestling from across the region for a 38th season. Boy what an eight months it has been for one of the key cogs behind this event, W...

  • Mat Hawks place in arena

    Updated Apr 4, 2024

    Cheney Free Press SPOKANE - Here are the Cheney Mat Hawks Wrestling Club's Top 3 placers at the Jason Crawford Memorial Tournament that took place Saturday, March 30, in Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena: Champions Age/Weight 9 / 10 64-64 - Elliot Colliflower 9 / 10 132-139 - Kasen Webber Second-Place 7 / 8 55-56 - Maverick Gibson 7 / 8 65-66 - Levi Burgess 7 / 8 89-96 - Beau Byrd 7 / 8 120-127 - Logan Frachiseur 9 / 10 65-66 - Brady Ridl 9 / 10 82-84 - Wesley Olin 11 / 12...

  • Cardinal boys notch big baseball wins

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated Apr 4, 2024

    MEDICAL LAKE It was about as good a week as could be leading into spring break for Medical Lake baseball. The Cardinals surpassed coach Austin Sharp's goals during arguably the most difficult stretch of the early season schedule by winning two of three games and - in dramatic fashion to boot. First on March 26 they toppled Deer Park, 7-6 on the road, holding off and beating the Stags for the first time since 2019. Then at home March 30, Medical Lake engineered a split in a...

  • Mat Maulers wrestle at Jason Crawford

    Cheney Free Press|Updated Apr 4, 2024

    SPOKANE - Here are the Medical Lake Mat Maulers Wrestling Club's Top 3 placers at the Jason Crawford Memorial Tournament that took place Saturday, March 30, in Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena: Champions Age/Weight 5 / 6 60-61- Kash Kuhn 5 / 6 69-74 - Dean Benham Second-place 7 / 8 50-54 - Tucker Reisenauer Third-place 5 / 6 44-46 - Elias Thompson 5 / 6 45-46 - Jasper Reisenauer 13 / 14 119-121 - Nathan Pendell...

  • Sen. Padden won't seek re-election

    Valley News Herald|Updated Apr 4, 2024

    SPOKANE VALLEY - Sen. Mike Padden announced Wednesday, April 3, that he won't seek re-election. Padden has served as the 4th Legislative District senator since 2011. "It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to serve our 4th District in the state Senate these past dozen years," Padden, R-Spokane Valley, said. "After much thought and discussion with my wife, Laura, I have decided it is time to retire from office. "I appreciate the opportunity to work with all of my...

  • Hit-and-run suspect arrested after high-speed chase

    Clare McGraw, Valley News Herald|Updated Apr 4, 2024

    SPOKANE VALLEY – A local woman was arrested March 28 after she allegedly struck a man and then led deputies on a high-speed chase through city streets in a stolen vehicle. Skilah J. Peterson, 22, was eventually apprehended and booked into the Spokane County Jail on charges of attempting to elude law enforcement, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and four counts of hit-and-run. She may also face a further charges in connection with her alleged assault of a man, whom deputies have yet to identify. According to the Spokane C...

  • Defiant domestic violence suspect arrested

    Clare McGraw, Valley Herald|Updated Apr 4, 2024

    SPOKANE VALLEY – A standoff came to a close on March 28, following a domestic violence incident that unfolded at a residence in the 6300 block of N. Regal Road. In an interview with authorities, the victim detailed a harrowing encounter with the suspect, identified as 41-year-old Jesse L. Lane. At approximately 10:06 am, Spokane County Deputies responded to reports of a violent altercation involving a knife. The victim managed to escape the residence during the attack and promptly contacted 911 from a safe location. A...

  • Wanted violent felon apprehended

    Clare McGraw, Valley Herald|Updated Apr 4, 2024

    SPOKANE VALLEY – A wanted violent offender was successfully apprehended Thursday evening. Keantray D. Bryant-Muellner, 27, was the subject of an intensive pursuit stemming from multiple warrants, including escape from community custody, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. Bryant-Muellner was arrested and transported to the Spokane County Jail on charges of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, fourth-degree assault-domestic violence and escape from community custody. The...

  • Deputies search for Valley Church burglars

    Clare McGraw, Valley News Herald|Updated Apr 4, 2024

    SPOKANE VALLEY – Spokane County Sheriff’s Office deputies are seeking help from the public in finding the burglars who broke into Valley Chapel. The burglary occurred sometime between March 17 and 23, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies were called to the church, 11703 E. Dishman Mica Road, at about 9:50 a.m. on March 23, when the burglary was discovered. Church officials told deputies the church had been broken into and $5,000 worth of audio equipment and electronics had been stolen, records show. Among the stole...

  • Stolen vehicle recovery leads to arrest of suspect

    Clare McGraw, Valley News Herald|Updated Apr 4, 2024

    SPOKANE VALLEY – A routine patrol by a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office deputy on March 27, took an unexpected turn upon receiving a license-plate alert just before 2 p.m., leading to the arrest of 50-year-old Dawn D. Sherman. She was booked into jail for possession of a stolen vehicle and an outstanding warrant. Spotting a vehicle matching the description provided in the alert parked on the east side of Market Street, near Freya, the deputy suspected it to be stolen or suspicious. Verification of the license plate via rad...

  • Lawmakers failed on WA Cares

    Updated Apr 4, 2024

    A state public-relations campaign is underway suggesting that because the state Legislature passed a bill allowing people to use a WA Cares Fund benefit to receive long-term care outside of the state, it’s a sure thing you’ll benefit. That’s not a sure thing. I received an email from the state about the legislation Friday. It read, “​​Planning to leave Washington in the future? Now you can take your WA Cares benefit with you, thanks to a new law passed last month and signed by Gov. Inslee today.” The suggestion is that you’l...

  • Gov. Inslee signs two bad bills

    Updated Apr 4, 2024

    Each year, for a session lasting either 105 days (in odd-numbered years) or 60 days (in even-numbered years), legislators gather in Olympia to introduce, debate and vote on bills. While many people focus their attention on what the Legislature does each year, there is one final and crucial step in the legislative process that happens – the governor decides whether to veto part or all of a bill, or let it become law. Since this year’s legislative session ended March 7, Gov. Inslee has been signing hundreds of bills that wer...

  • Dams save environment and make electricity

    Updated Apr 4, 2024

    Let’s have a look at the benefits of dams to human life with a special focus on Grand Coulee Dam. It is the largest hydroelectric producing facility in the U.S. and provides enough electricity to power about 2 million households every year, 68% of all Washington state households. Please keep in mind too, that it is just one of 145 hydroelectric dams in the state. Grand Coulee Dam prompted the creation of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Columbia Basin Project which converted 670,000 acres (more than 1,000 square-miles) of for...

  • Two Mat Dawgs reach finals

    Valley News Herald|Updated Apr 4, 2024

    SPOKANE - Two Freeman Mat Dawgs grapplers reached championship matches at the Jason Crawford Memorial Tournament on Saturday, March 30, in Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. But but came home with silver medals. Wrestling in the girls 9/10 division, Lillian Marchand took second-place at 83-85 pounds. She won her first two match by pinning, topping Kimberly Navarrete of Grandview Popeye in 27 seconds and then Bella Martinez of Quincy Regulator Wrestling in 17 seconds. In the...

  • Two West Valley wrestling win titles

    Updated Apr 4, 2024

    More than 2,100 compete at Jason Crawford Valley News Herald SPOKANE - The West Valley Wrestling Club brought home several medals from the annual Jason Crawford Memorial Tournament on Saturday, March 30. More than 2,100 wrestlers ages 5-14 competed in the "state" event in Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. West Valley's champions include Rowen Marek, the boys 13/14 winner in the 68-72-pound weight class and Sofie May, the victor in the girls 13/14 division in 128-135 pounds....

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