Articles from the May 2, 2024 edition

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  • EV program like spending $1,125 for latte

    Todd Myers, Washington Policy Center|Updated May 23, 2024

    Gov. Jay Inslee wants to buy 8,767 people a $1,125 latte. Metaphorically, at least. Inslee's new program to subsidize the purchase of electric vehicles is so wasteful at reducing CO2 emissions, it is the equivalent of paying that absurd amount for a 16-ounce latte. On Earth Day, Inslee announced a $45 million program to subsidize the purchase or lease of electric vehicles. The program is targeted at those making 300% of the federal poverty level or less, which amounts to...

  • Representatives will be missed in Washington, D.C.

    Don Brunell|Updated May 23, 2024

    Unfortunately, too many pragmatic Democrats and Republicans in Congress are retiring at a time when we need them most. Two are from Washington: Reps. Derek Kilmer, D—Olympic Peninsula, and Cathy McMorris Rodgers R—Spokane. McMorris Rodgers and Kilmer cut their political teeth in Washington’s Legislature. While they faithfully followed their parties, they found ways to come together on issues vital to our state and nation. McMorris Rodgers was elected to Congress in 2004 and K...

  • Cheney girls win 2-of-3

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated May 13, 2024

    SPOKANE — The game plan last week for Cheney fastpitch softball played out just as Coach Gary Blake hoped. The Blackhawks got the wins they knew were possible, 14-2 over Ridgeline and 8-7 on the road at Mead. The 20-0 loss to undefeated Greater Spokane League leader University was not unexpected. As a result, Cheney’s 10-5 record is tied with Mead for third-place and the Blackhawks remain well-positioned for the postseason with three games to play. “We did what we needed to do,” Blake said. “We won the two games that we n...

  • Board discusses re-running bond

    Clare McGRAW, Cheney Free Press|Updated May 2, 2024

    CHENEY – The School Board deliberated last Wednesday on facilities planning in anticipation of reintroducing a bond initiative next year to finance the construction of two new elementary schools. In the Feb. 13 special election, the district’s initial bond proposal fell short of the required 60% majority vote for approval. Superintendent Ben Ferney set the stage for the discussion, outlining the district’s commitment to strategic planning and introducing Phil Crocker, who led the planning process for the original bond initi...

  • St. John Community Fair

    Justin Slayton, Cheney Free Press|Updated May 2, 2024

    Dozens of area residents and children turned out Saturday, April 27, to participate in the St. John Community Fair. Above left, Rhett Sterman leads his bovine during the PeeWee showing, and was later crowned PeeWee Beef Grand Champion. At right, Ellie Schlomer and mother show a goat during the PeeWee showingsand was crowned Reserve Champion....

  • Public Records

    Updated May 2, 2024

    Cheney CHENEY – Cheney police reported the following calls for service from April 22 – 28: April 22 Cheney police department and Cheney fire department responded to the location of a deceased subject at 300 block of Erie St. Nothing suspicious was located at the scene. Case is open pending results from the Medical Examiner. Cheney police department and Cheney fire department responded to the location of a deceased subject at 1700 block of 4th St. Deceased was released to a funeral home. Fraud reported at 1000 block of 4th...

  • Council moves to renew EMS levy

    Clare McGRAW, Cheney Free Press|Updated May 2, 2024

    CHENEY – At the City Council meeting held last Tuesday, April 23, city administrator Mark Schuller addressed the urgent need to renew the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) levy, which is set to expire this year. The resolution passed unanimously. The current levy, in its sixth year, provides essential funding for emergency medical personnel, amounting to $0.50 per $1,000 assessed valuation. The proposed renewal Levy, if approved, will span from 2025 to 2030. The primary election to decide on this crucial measure is slated f...

  • Proposed changes to city zoning deferred

    Clare McGRAW, Cheney Free Press|Updated May 2, 2024

    CHENEY – During the City Council meeting April 23, the council unanimously approved an ordinance amending Title 21 of the Municipal Code concerning in-fill development standards and dimensional adjustments. The ordinance also updates zoning regulations for business park and light industrial zones. Public Works Director Todd Ableman outlined the proposed amendments, emphasizing the need to align zoning code with the comprehensive plan and accommodate the evolving needs of the community. Among the proposed changes was the a...

  • Board debates budget cuts

    Clare McGRAW, Cheney Free Press|Updated May 2, 2024

    CHENEY – In the latest school district board meeting held on April 24, the spotlight fell on the Financial and Enrollment Report presented by Jamie Reed, the Financial Director of the district. The report shed light on the fiscal landscape and enrollment trends impacting the district’s budgetary considerations. One of the central points highlighted in the report was the stability of the fund balance, which remained unchanged. However, the impending budget for the upcoming year poses a challenge, with projections ind...

  • It'll never be enough money for Inslee

    Updated May 2, 2024

    Regarding the Todd Myers column published April 25, “Inslee using tax money to sell his tax policy.” First, I have living in Washington state for over 80 years. I have seen the climate change over and over; that’s the natural cycle. The climate will continue for the next 1,000 years. Inslee and his jack—booted attorney general are both card carrying communists, who believe everything you earn should be turned over to them. Inslee does not have the right to use taxpayer money to extort more money from the hard—working people o...

  • Fisherman's breakfast

    Drew Lawson|Updated May 2, 2024

    Volunteer firefighters in Medical Lake served breakfast to fisherman turning out for the first day of lowland lake season. Proceeds from the annual event benefit the local volunteer firefighters organization....

  • Logan Mark Porter

    Updated May 2, 2024

    Logan Mark Porter, age 32, passed away on April 28, 2024, after a courageous 8 year battle with cancer. He was born on Nov. 16, 1991, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, Wash. From day one, Logan was a strong willed individual. He had a personality and smile that left a lasting impression on all who met him. Logan grew up in Cheney, Wash., where he attended school and started his own business, detailing vehicles. He was a hard worker, but also a caring person who would... Full story

  • James E (Jim) Rogers

    Updated May 2, 2024

    Jim passed peacefully in his sleep April 21, 2024 at the Cheney Care Center after a short illness. He was born July 10, 1931 to James E Rogers (Ernie) and Lois Jessie Pendell. He was joined four years later by a brother Charles. Jim attended school in Spokane where he graduated from Lewis and Clark High School. He joined the Army just after the Korea initiative and spent time in Germany, France, England and Italy. He loved his time there and talked about it often. When Jim... Full story

  • Thrift Store Treasures

    Lucinda Saue|Updated May 2, 2024

    I love finding treasures, whether it be at thrift stores, or estate sales, or even in my own home when I’m clearing and cleaning and decorating. I’ve written about our trip to Norway where we raided all the Fretex thrift stores in every city we visited, and hauled home a duffle bag full of Norwegian sweaters for everyone in the family, and some extras as well. The seaters were souvenirs of our trip and continue to enrich my life every winter, whenever I wear them. I also love my collections, most of which are from estate and...

  • Feed Cheney honors student volunteers

    Clare McGRAW, Cheney Free Press|Updated May 2, 2024

    CHENEY – In its 14th year, Feed Cheney continues to serve community support and collaboration, with the Cheney FFA club and culinary arts students taking center stage in providing nourishment and fellowship to those in need. Carol Kreigh, an organizer of the event, shed light on the evolution and significance of Feed Cheney. The event has undergone significant changes over the past two years, according to Kreigh. While they no longer distribute groceries, thanks to the C...

  • FFA to host annual plant sale

    Clare McGRAW, Cheney Free Press|Updated May 2, 2024

    CHENEY — As spring blooms across Cheney, the Future Farmers of America (FFA) club at Cheney High School prepares to host its annual plant sale, offering a vibrant array of flowers and vegetables grown by students. Scheduled for May 9th and 10th from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Cheney High School’s Greenhouse, and May 15th and 16th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the sale presents an opportunity for the community to support local agriculture while adding beauty to their homes and gar...

  • City applies for preservation grant

    Clare McGRAW, Cheney Free Press|Updated May 2, 2024

    CHENEY – Council members unanimously approved Resolution F—242, which pertained to the submission of a grant application to the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation druing an April 23 meeting. The grant aims to support efforts in preserving city historic and cultural resources. “This money could help us update Cheney’s historic preservation ordinance and integrate preservation strategies into our Comprehensive Plan,” Public Works Director Todd Ableman said. Councilman Paul Schmidt expressed...

  • Strong arm in Rosalia

    Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press|Updated May 2, 2024

    Timberwolf Briley Smith of Rosalia competed for Tekoa-Rosalia at the Undeberg Invitational on Saturday in Rosalia. Smith qualified for the finals in girls shot put, where she ninth overall with a personal record toss of 27-05....

  • Sports Briefs

    Updated May 2, 2024

    SOCCER Cheney wraps up GSL play CHENEY - The Blackhawks boys soccer completed the initial Greater Spokane League regular season for head coach Noah Prophet with shutout and shootout losses. Cheney (2-6 GSL/6-8 overall) dropped a 2-0 game April 24 vs. Lewis and Clark (6-2/11-3) at ONE Spokane Stadium. On April 26, the Blackhawks had to go into overtime and finally a shootout before falling Gonzaga Prep 1-0 on senior day. Jackson Reagan came out of goal to score the Blackhawks'...

  • Battle royale

    Paul Delaney|Updated May 2, 2024

    The Spokane Stealth select girls lacrosse team wrapped up its season Monday night against Sandpoint in a battle at the Southeast Sports Complex in Spokane. The team includes several players from Cheney and Rosalia. Additional information was unavailable at press time....

  • Pitching carries Blackhawks

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated May 2, 2024

    SPOKANE — Cheney baseball put an end to a three game Greater Spokane League losing streak last week in a memorable manner. The Blackhawks earned back-to-back wins over Ferris, 10-3 and 6-3, and then North Central, 14-4 with pitchers all notching complete games. Quinn Hubbs tossed a three-hit, 10 strikeout game April 23 in Cheney against the Saxons (2-15). He added his bat to the mix, too, stroking a pair of hits — including a home run – while scoring twice and driving in a pair of runs. Tate Heuschkel had three hits while...

  • Cheney golfers end season in fourth

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated May 2, 2024

    PULLMAN — Cheney boys golf competed in a pair of tournaments last week, one a non-league and the other in Greater Spokane League play. At the non-league event, played April 25 at Palouse Ridge in Pullman, the Blackhawks finished eighth with a 29-over par. Kamiakin from Kennewick won at seven-over. Individually for Cheney Ryan Howe shot a 77 and got a 79 from Brayden Anderson, 80 from Blake Kernen and 81 from Kyren Fleming. In the Greater Spokane League’s fourth match and concluding of the season was played at Qualchan in wha...

  • Cardinals roll into soccer playoffs

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated May 2, 2024

    MEDICAL LAKE — The Cardinals boys soccer team completed regular season Northeast A League play the way one wants with postseason in grasp by keeping a winning streak alive. The Cardinals concluded the NEA schedule with sixth straight wins following a 3-1 victory at Deer Park, April 23 and a 2-1 overtime decision at home vs. Lakeside, April 27. “The run is a result of senior leadership and the desire to make it out of our league and on to the state tourney,” assistant coach Dan Collins wrote in an email. That senior leade...

  • Cards in Postseason

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated May 2, 2024

    MEDICAL LAKE - The boys baseball team did what it needed to do to earn a spot in the Northeast A League playoffs. Following a split in which they lost to Deer Park 13-3 on April 23, topped Riverside 7-0 on April 27 and played at Newport on April 30, the question remains just who and where the Cardinals play next? With Lakeside's 9-2 record a lock for first-place, four other teams battled this week for positioning with a potential four-way tie entirely possible between Medical...

  • Cheney boys sweep track competition

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated May 2, 2024

    Cheney track and field competed in its next-to-last Greater Spokane League meet April 26 with the boys scoring a pair of easy wins and the girl’s narrow losses. The Blackhawks’ boys topped Ferris 107-38 and Ridgeline 90-55 while the girls lost to Ferris 74-66 and Ridgeline 71-69. Later in the week, both teams competed at the Shoreline Invitational where the Blackhawk boys were sixth out of 44 teams and girls seventh in a 50-team field. “It was a great senior night, but we were gearing up for Shoreline, so most kids only...

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