Articles from the April 11, 2024 edition

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  • Welcome to my Kitchen

    Updated Apr 15, 2024

    Four seasons of weather all happened in one day this past week. Sometimes meal preparation is like the weather. Life throws out multiple tasks and responsibilities each day and cooking must happen in between. Several easy to prepare recipes came my way and they are a nice change from slow-cooker dishes. Barb Schlimmer of Odessa shared the recipe for Sloppy Joe Casserole, a dish she brought to a recent potluck dinner. She found the recipe on Chop the vegetables the night before, or prior to heading to work...

  • City agrees to preservation pact

    Clare McGraw, Cheney Free Press|Updated Apr 11, 2024

    MEDICAL LAKE – Owners of properties with “historic” value could face new regulations under an ordinance and agreement approved on first reading by the City Council. Under Ordinance No. 1122, consenting property owners could have their buildings placed on a historic register, managed jointly by the city and Spokane Historical Preservation. Prior to the vote, Spokane Historic Preservation’s Logan Camporeale presented a series of questions and answers regarding the agreement outlined in the ordinance. “Medical Lake and Spoka...

  • Right-of-way rules discussed

    Clare McGraw, Cheney Free Press|Updated Apr 11, 2024

    MEDICAL LAKE – The City Council on April 2 approved on first reading Ordinance No. 1123 addressing right-of-way management. The ordinance is aimed at enhancing the permitting and use requirements for right-of-way projects, and will be brought back for a second reading at an upcoming meeting. City Manager Sonny Weathers initiated the discussion by highlighting the necessity for updated risk management assessments. “Washington state conducted a risk management assessment,” Weathers said. “They noted it was out of date....

  • News Briefs

    Updated Apr 11, 2024

    Man arrested for eluding police officer CHENEY – Jakob D. Petitto, 30, was apprehended by Cheney police officers on charges of eluding a police officer during a routine traffic stop, possession of a controlled substance, and outstanding warrants from Idaho. The arrest took place in the 700 block of First Street. According to Police Chief Rick Beghtol, Petitto attempted to evade authorities but was successfully apprehended by Officer Sullivan. Notably, following the arrest, law enforcement discovered a firearm in close p...

  • Cheney examines historic properties

    Clare McGraw, Cheney Free Press|Updated Apr 11, 2024

    CHENEY — Historic preservation efforts are facing both challenges and opportunities as the community grapples with maintaining its architectural heritage while accommodating modern needs. The National Park Service sent a survey to local governments to see if there were any problems with implementing the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards of Rehabilitation. “I think it’s part of a larger overview,” local preservation advocate Susan Beeman said. “Historic preservation has been a thing since the mid-1970s. They don’t change d...

  • Roxy Lee (Kirkhoven) Albright

    Updated Apr 11, 2024

    Roxy was born in Sandpoint, Idaho, and lived with her grandparents near Sagle, Idaho until she was 9. She then moved to Bonners Ferry, Idaho, where she lived until graduating from Bonners Ferry High School. She loved animals and developed close lifetime friendships. It was the personal relationships that were most important to her. She married Charles Albright on June 3, 1956. They had two children, Jon and Kathy, and raised them in the house that they built in Cheney in... Full story

  • William "Bill" Milton Miller

    Updated Apr 11, 2024

    William "Bill" Milton Miller died peacefully in his home in Cheney, Wash., surrounded by his family following complications of lung cancer at the age of 75. Bill was the second eldest child born to Wiliam and Dorothy Miller at Deaconess hospital on April 9, 1948. He attended Garden Springs Elementary School, Windsor, and then Cheney High School, where he met his future wife of 55 years- Jacki Miller. They married following graduation on Sept. 7, 1968. Bill and Jacki had three... Full story

  • Wilson-Spray to be remembered

    Cheney Free Press|Updated Apr 11, 2024

    TEKOA — Friends and family of Jamie Ann Wilson-Spray will gather Saturday, April 13, at Tekoa Event Center to remember a young lady full of life. “In honor of Jamie, we encourage everyone to wear Converse,” said a Celebration of Life posted to her social media page. Family and friends will gather at 1 p.m. at the center, 139 N. Crosby St., to remember Wilson-Spray. The daughter of Troy and Alicia Wilson, Wilson-Spray is described as a vibrant young lady who appreciated comedy, fine dining and family, but whose life ended...

  • Young Cardinals getting their turns

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated Apr 11, 2024

    MEDICAL LAKE - School was in for Medical Lake baseball over spring break, where the Cardinals were one of the few area teams that played during vacation. The team went 2-1 in a pair of non-league contests at Holliday Field, losing to Spirit Lake's Timberlake, 5-3, on April 2, before sweeping a doubleheader against 2B Reardan, 17-12 and 15-4. The games provided some of the younger players on the roster - of which there are many - added time to fine-tune their game, Coach...

  • City updates recreation software

    Clare McGraw|Updated Apr 11, 2024

    MEDICAL LAKE – In a bid to revamp recreational services and enhance efficiency, the City Council unanimously approved a DaySmart Recreation Service Agreement during their recent meeting. City Manager Sonny Weathers addressed the council, highlighting that the current contract with Tyler Recreation is in its final year. He said the need to address unresolved issues and allocated a budget of $10,000 towards exploring new recreation software solutions. “We’ve budgeted $10,000 to look at new recreation software,” he said. ...

  • Cardinals top Pirates

    Paul Delaney, Cheney Free Press|Updated Apr 11, 2024

    SPOKANE - Medical Lake got the opportunity to play on the big new stage April 8 at ONE Spokane Stadium scoring a 3-2 victory over 2A Rogers. Kaden Rudy sandwiched a pair of goals around a Mavrick Rasmussen single for the Cardinals, who went up 3-1. They held off the Pirates who scored with six minutes to play. "The stadium was awesome, and the locker room facility was great," assistant coach Dan Collins said. "What a great opportunity for our team." Medical Lake (2-3 NEA, 5-5...

  • 'Batter up' for West Plains

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated Apr 11, 2024

    CHENEY — Batter up! A new season of the West Plains Little League will put bats on balls starting Saturday, April 13. Ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. at Salnave Park Field 3 and include opening remarks and a parade of players. There are a variety of events planned throughout the day, officials said. A full schedule of games starting at 11 a.m. are also part of the day as is a free equipment table offering gloves, cleats and bats. The 2024 season marks the 21st year the league has not only provided an entry level to the sports o...

  • Time to think about lilacs and hot summers

    Updated Apr 11, 2024

    We are fortunate to live where lilacs grow. They prefer hot summers and cold winters and we certainly can accommodate those conditions. Beside the lovely purple shades of flowers and enticing fragrances, lilac have many attributes that can enhance most landscape situations. There are varieties that are tall, medium and small, suckering and non-suckering, early or late blooming, and have blossom colors in many hues of purple and lavender, blue, pink, white and even a variety with yellow flowers. Lilacs make good low...

  • Cheney Prom set for Chateau Rive

    Clare McGraw, Cheney Free Press|Updated Apr 11, 2024

    CHENEY – Prom season is fast approaching for Cheney High School students, and anticipation is building for a night of glamour and excitement. On Saturday, June 1, students will gather at Chateau Rive in the Flour Mill for an evening they won’t soon forget. Set against the backdrop of the Spokane River, Chateau Rive offers a picturesque setting for this year’s prom festivities. From 8-11 p.m., students will dance the night away in style, surrounded by elegant architecture and stunning views. As the DJ spins the lat est hits...

  • Medical Lake Prom set for April 20

    Clare McGraw, Cheney Free Press|Updated Apr 11, 2024

    MEDICAL LAKE – Prom season is in full swing at Medical Lake High School, and students are gearing up for a night of elegance and excitement. From 7-10 p.m., Saturday, April 20, the halls of Medical Lake High School will transform into a dazzling wonderland for this year’s prom. As the music fills the air and couples take to the dance floor, there will be a sense of excitement and anticipation. From classic slow dances to upbeat tunes, the DJ will keep the energy high and the party going all night long....

  • Repeat offender arrested for indecent exposure

    Clare McGraw, Valley News Herald|Updated Apr 11, 2024

    SPOKANE VALLEY – A caller reported observing a man masturbating while sitting at the bus stop in the 5200 block of East Sprague Avenue. The suspect, identified as Julian R. Cuthbert, 51, was arrested for indecent exposure, and was found to have a previous conviction for indecent exposure in 2019 in addition to two other incidents where he was arrested for lewd acts in the last week. When Spokane Valley Deputies responded to the call, they observed Cuthbert, who matched the caller’s description, sitting at the covered bus stop...

  • Drug bust leads to arrest of two suspects

    Clare McGraw, Valley News Herald|Updated Apr 11, 2024

    SPOKANE VALLEY – A routine surveillance operation by Spokane Valley Deputies on April 5, 2024, led to the apprehension of two convicted felons found passed out in a reported stolen vehicle. The incident, characterized by attempted escape and potential drug involvement, resulted in the arrest of the male suspect, Dylon H. Nedeff, and the release of the female occupant pending further investigation. The discovery unfolded when a Deputy noticed a suspiciously parked 2017 Kia Soul in the 7800 block of E. Euclid Avenue. The v...

  • Riley departs for Washington State

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated Apr 11, 2024

    CHENEY - For the third time in the past eight seasons Eastern Washington will be looking for a new men's head basketball coach following David Riley's departure to Washington State. After three years as head coach where he won back-to-back Big Sky Conference regular-season titles - and coach-of-the-year honors as well - Riley takes over the Cougars' job left vacant by Kyle Smith's move to Stanford. "We wish the best to coach and (wife) Emily as they make their move down 195 to...

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  • Sports Briefs

    Updated Apr 11, 2024

    Desert 100 kids race results reported IRBY — Two aspiring racers were among the field competing in Stumpjumpers Desert 100 races over the April 5-7 weekend. Competing in the 8 and younger division, Abby Baldwin of Airway Heights finished 22nd Saturday. And from Medical Lake, Zachary Vieman finished 41st. Official adult results were not available by press time, as race coordiantors reported more than 1,000 competitors. Kingdom wrestlers win awards SPOKANE — The Airway Heights Kingdom Wrestling club had five grapplers pla...

  • Riley not first, nor last to leave

    Updated Apr 11, 2024

    Ever since Benjamin Pierce Cheney established his institution of higher learning in 1882 in the city that bears his name, it has become a temporary stop-over for 10s of thousands. For some it was a four year stay and others less before departing down wherever life’s road was to take them. In more recent times five and six years became the norm. David Riley spent 13 years of study in Eastern Washington University’s non-accredited but quite successful coaching school found inside the walls of Reese Court. He will carry wha...

  • Writers Workshop

    Updated Apr 11, 2024

    HUMOR Humor dates back to the Middle Ages, according to my trusty computer, Webster’s. “It states that it was believed that a person’s health and disposition were the result of a balance of four fluids in the body, “humors” from the Latin word “humor,” meaning “moisture.” The four fluids were blood, phlegm, yellow bile and black bile. If a person had a cheerful disposition, it was said to be a result of an excess of blood. A sluggish disposition was the result of an excess of phlegm. A hot tempered disposition was s...

  • 'Green energy' parts filling dumps

    Don C Brunell|Updated Apr 11, 2024

    While wind and solar farms generate “greenhouse gas free” electricity, there are ongoing concerns over their impacts on our environment especially as a rapidly growing number of worn-out blades and panels are landing in landfills. Those blades, housed on giant wind towers reaching over 250-feet in the sky, are starting to reach the end of their useful lives (15 to 20 years) and are being taken down, cut up and hauled to burial sites. Even though over 90 percent of the decommissioned wind towers and generating apparatus are...

  • Man arrested for reckless police chase

    Clare McGraw, Valley News Herald|Updated Apr 11, 2024

    SPOKANE VALLEY – A pursuit involving a reckless driver ended in arrest after the suspect attempted to flee from deputies twice, ultimately crashing into a building. The driver, identified as 48-year-old Jeffrey T. Lane, faces two felony counts of Attempting to Elude a Law Enforcement Vehicle and DUI. The incident unfolded on April 3, 2024, around 8:05 am when a blue Honda Element sped past a patrol vehicle on E. Sprague Avenue, near Coleman Road. Despite attempts by law enforcement to conduct a traffic stop, Lane continued w...

  • Disorderly suspect impedes traffic

    Clare McGraw, Valley News Herald|Updated Apr 11, 2024

    SPOKANE VALLEY – On April 8, 2024, Spokane Valley Deputies swiftly responded to a report of a disorderly individual causing chaos near the intersection of N. Argonne and E. Knox. The incident escalated as the suspect, later identified as 49-year-old Jason L. Allen, exhibited erratic behavior and disregarded traffic safety, leading to his arrest for various charges, including drug possession. Deputies arrived on the scene around 6:40 am to find Allen yelling at passing vehicles, displaying signs of possible intoxication or s...

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