Articles from the June 9, 2022 edition

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  • Drowning prevention clinic

    Updated Jun 9, 2022

    The Cheney Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with Spokane Parks Foundation to host free drowning prevention clinics this summer at the Eastern Washington University pool. The classes take place June 25, July 9, and July 30 from noon to 3 p.m. They are open to all ages. Attendees must bring a swimsuit and towel. Other summer activities offered by Cheney Recreation include its free Sprinkler Days events, happening Wednesdays from 12:30 to 3 p.m. in Veteran’s, Sutton and Centennial parks. See dates below. A...

  • Park trail to see improvements between Malden and Rosalia

    Michaela Friedrich, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 9, 2022

    CHENEY-The Palouse to Cascades Trail State Park will see improvements, including a new trailhead, grading in three locations and trestle repairs between Malden and Rosalia by the end of the year. Brian Patnode, the eastern region construction project coordinator for Washington State Parks and Recreation, said the improvements are a step in the right direction for Malden and Rosalia. "There's going to be a new trailhead in Malden and surfacing improvements between Malden and...

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  • 'Free fishing weekend' set for June 11-12

    Updated Jun 9, 2022

    Fishermen won’t need a license, vehicle pass or two-pole endorsement this coming weekend if they head to the water. That’s because Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12, are a “free fishing weekend.” The free weekend is required by the state law that also implemented Discover Pass vehicle access requirements. The free weekend coincides with National Get Outdoors Day on Saturday, June 11, and Free Fishing Day on Sunday, June 12. During both days in Washington state, fishermen are not required to have a license to fish. Nor are...

  • Spokane Festival of Speed gathers motorsport community

    Michaela Friedrich, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 9, 2022

    AIRWAY HEIGHTS- Sixty cars, some capable of reaching speeds upward of 170 mph, raced sped around the 2.25-mile-long track at Qlispé Raceway Park (QRP) last weekend, competing in the 10th annual OVREN Spokane Festival of Speed (SFS). The three-day-long event saw races in seven categories, including vintage cars, large-bore productions, road racers, formulas and sports racers over 1600cc. Some spectators seated on a small hill in the middle of the tracks got an up-close look of...

  • Eagles compete in state track

    Roger Harnack, The Journal|Updated Jun 9, 2022

    CHENEY - The St. John-Endicott/LaCrosse Eagles were among the teams competing int eh state 1B/2B/1A track and field meet at Eastern Washington University from May 26-28. The St. John-Endicott/LaCrosse girls tied for 12th with 21 points in the 1B meet. In boys, St. John-Endicott/LaCrosse and Garfield-Palouse tied for seventh with 33 team points. The St. John-Endicott/LaCrosse boys grabbed a few individual medals. Logan Marconi was 5th in the 800-meter in 2:07.49. In the...

  • Tips for a productive walleye outing

    Jon Wilson, Outdoor Man|Updated Jun 9, 2022

    Fishing is like befriending a large and playful beast, the Disney kind, whose favorite meal is your ego. The problem is our desire to attribute a few good catches to our growing skills and knowledge and, in doing so, bolster our belief that we've finally become the fine anglers we want to be. We even get a little cocky. Then, BAM, our proudly held skills yield nothing but consecutive fishless days, usually with friends in the boat who've all heard our recent success stories. T...

  • Community Transition Program celebrates 2022 grads

    Michaela Friedrich, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 9, 2022

    CHENEY-Cheney School District Community Transition Program (CTP), designed to provide more independence and life readiness skills to students with disabilities between 18-21 years old, celebrated six students on Wednesday night at Cheney Middle School. This year's CTP graduates are Aaron Brammer, Calissa Kaley, Christian Rivera Perez, Ethan Rogers, Braxton Seitzinger and Zander Ziolkowski. Franklin Day, director of student support services, said all had spent 18 years in...

  • Local high school seniors set to graduate

    Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 9, 2022

    CHENEY— Hundreds of Cheney and Medical Lake students will put their high school days in the rear view mirror this weekend and transition to their next stage of life. Valedictorians and salutatorians from both institutions were as asked to share past experiences and a glimpse of what lies ahead for them. Cheney’s commencement ceremony is on Friday, June 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Northern Quest Resort and Casino, 100 N Hayford Road in Airway Heights. Medical Lake’s commencement ceremony is on Saturday, June11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p...

  • West Plains Police News

    Updated Jun 9, 2022

    AIRWAY HEIGHTS May 11 Shane M. Heisey was arrested on the 14300 west of Highway 2 for Criminal Trespassing in the First Degree. May 29 Pamela Kabua was arrested in the 300 block south of Kalispell Way for Assault in the Fourth Degree Domestic Violence. Travis R. Davis was arrested in the 1300 block south of Hayford Road for Making a False Statement To A Public Servant. William J. Bercier was arrested on the 100 block north of Hayford Road for Assault in the Fourth Degree Domestic Violence. May 30 Kyle S. Coryat was arrested...

  • Dave Tareski

    Updated Jun 9, 2022

    17 – 2022 In loving memory of our husband and father, David Tareski, who passed away on April 09, 2022, at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane Washington from complications with his heart. Dave was born in Bottineau, North Dakota on November 29, 1934 to Raymond Tareski and Vivian (Simon) Tareski. He graduated from Bottineau High School and continued on to receive a mechanical degree from North Dakota State School of Science. Dave was married to Donna Dunn on November 15, 1... Full story

  • Robert John Reisenauer

    Updated Jun 9, 2022

    March 1, 1949 – May 6, 2022 Robert Reisenauer was born in Moscow, Idaho to parents Edith Marie (Becker) Reisenauer and Edward Jacob Reisenauer. Bob graduated from Moscow High School. He later married Debbie (Thomas) on May 27, 1983. Robert retired from the Cheney School District as the Director of Maintenance Operations after 34 years of faithful service. He loved fishing and camping with his family and friends. Robert was an avid gun enthusiast, attending, buying selling a... Full story

  • Rosalia Battle Days

    Olivia Harnack|Updated Jun 9, 2022

  • Correction

    Updated Jun 9, 2022

    In the June 2 article Free Press Advertising Manager retiring, DeeAnn’s last name was spelled wrong. The correct spelling is Gibb, not Gibbs. Her husband’s last name was also misspelled. The correct spelling is Duenwald....

  • Medical Emergency

    Bob Kirkpatrick|Updated Jun 9, 2022

    EMS personnel from Spokane County Fire District 3 wheel a motorist to an awaiting ambulance. The man was heading east on Hwy 904 at about 11:30 a.m. on Friday, June 3, when he experienced a medical emergency and drove off the thoroughfare near Lance Hill Road. Neither he nor his German Shepard were injured in the incident....

  • Bus drivers wanted

    Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 9, 2022

    Cheney— The Cheney School District (CSD) is looking to add bus drivers to its transportation fleet. CSD Superintendent Rob Roettger said regular and substitute drivers are needed. “As you are most likely aware, school districts around the nation are struggling to attract and retain school bus drivers for various reasons—Cheney Public Schools is no exception,” Roettger wrote in a community-wide email. “Bus drivers are vital to our mission of ensuring a safe and caring environment for all students.” Roettger said drivers are...

  • Shorty Combs Park gets upgrades

    Brent Johnson, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 9, 2022

    AIRWAY HEIGHTS – Kids in Airway Heights have a new playground to explore in Shorty Combs Park. The upgrade is part of the Airway Heights Parks and Recreation plan to improve to city park facilities. Parks and Recreation Director J.C. Kennedy said the department ordered the metal playground in late 2021 from Buell Recreation at a cost of $77,145, which includes new fall protective material to protect children from injuries. He said plans for the revitalization of the park b...

  • Infrastructure continues to be high on the list of priorities

    Michaela Friedrich, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 9, 2022

    CHENEY- In efforts to maintain the sustainability of Cheney, the city council has identified a few of its main priorities like infrastructure, growth management and things that benefit the function and people of the city. Cheney Mayor Chris Grover said the council is concerned with projects and infrastructures impacting the majority, if not all, Cheney community members. "The city of Cheney really needs to focus on infrastructure. We've got a very old water system and a very...

  • Pearson promoted to ad manager

    Michaela Friedrich|Updated Jun 9, 2022

    CHENEY- Kimberly Pearson is the new ad manager for Free Press Publishing (FPP). Pearson, a former company sales representative, was promoted to the position after the retirement of DeeAnn Gibb. "Kim has been one of the top advertising and marketing consultants in the West Plains for several years," said Free Press Publishing Co-owner and Publisher Roger Harnack. "She's more than ready to manage a sales team that will help local businesses grow and succeed." Pearson has worked...

  • Stockwell sentenced in attack on Sen. Schoesler

    Drew Lawson, The Journal|Updated Jun 9, 2022

    DAVENPORT—A Ritzville man charged with fourth-degree assault, harassment and disorderly conduct stemming from an incident involving state Sen. Mark Schoesler last October was sentenced for one charge last week. Glen Roy Stockwell of Ritzville was convicted of fourth-degree assault in Lincoln County District Court Tuesday, May 24, but had charges of harassment and disorderly conduct dismissed, according to court records. Presiding judge Dan B. Johnson sentenced Stockwell to 12 months supervised probation, 12 months u...