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AH arson under investigation

Multiple agencies responded to the scene of a fire on Wednesday, June 19, and preliminary investigation indicates it was started by a juvenile, according to the Airway Heights Fire Department. The fire began in a vacant house on... — Updated 6/27/2019


Skyfest draws thousands

Retired Tech Sgt. Victor Klingler just loves aircrafts. That's why he traveled from Clarkston to attend Skyfest 2019 at Fairchild Air Force Base on Saturday, June 22. He wasn't... — Updated 6/27/2019


Stay Golden

On Saturday, June 22, eight members of an Army parachute team relaxed in a plane hovering at an altitude of 11,500 feet, its door wide open to catch the freezing 120 mile per hour... — Updated 6/27/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

This is the tale of the squirrel and Mary Franks' walnuts

I am a gardener. It is the only way I’ve found to be partners with God. Women and God partner up to produce additional human beings. After a brief DNA donation, men only get involved when the offspring wants to know how to throw... — Updated 6/27/2019

 By Lee Hughes    Sports

Cannons lose five in tournament play

The Spokane American Legion Cannons senior ball club took on Shadle Park before heading to the Yakima Tournament in non-league action in the past week, where they managed to squeak... — Updated 6/27/2019


Reassessing nuclear power as a clean energy alternative

HBO recently broadcast a dramatization of the April 26, 1986, Chernobyl accident — at the time, the highest severity nuclear accident in history — a 7 on the International Event Scale. Some 30 people died as a direct result of... — Updated 6/27/2019

 By PETER J. PITTS    Opinion

Seniors win big with President Trump's rebate rule

More than half of Americans say they have a hard time affording their prescription drugs. Luckily for them, the Trump administration recently proposed a rule to criminalize the shady business practices that keep drug prices high... — Updated 6/27/2019

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion

We're better than concentration camps

Are detention facilities along the U.S.’s southern border refugee camps or concentration camps? That seems to be the question in the minds of people, most recently Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The freshman Democrat from New Yor... — Updated 6/27/2019



One hundred twenty-five years ago tomorrow in 1894, Labor Day was established as a holiday for federal workers. Learn more about our area’s history at — Updated 6/27/2019



Cheney Congregational Church We hope you’ll join us for our Sunday morning worship service at 10 a.m.  Our church is located at 423 N. 6th St. This Sunday, Rev. Scott Kinder-Pyle will deliver the sermon, followed by coffee and... — Updated 6/27/2019


Looking Back

10 Years Ago June 24, 2009 Former Cheney police officer Mike Taylor filed a wrongful dismissal suit after he was let go. City officials said the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Academy informed them that... — Updated 6/27/2019


Boat registration deadline June 30

Boaters, check your watercraft registration for its expiration date. The deadline for renewing boat and watercraft registration decals is June 30, according to a Spokane County press release. Boat registrations can be renewed... — Updated 6/27/2019


Medical Lakes final Comprehensive Plan update meeting June 27

The Medical Lake Planning Commission will be holding a public hearing today at 5 p.m., at the Medical Lake City Hall to review its proposed Comprehensive Plan update before making a final recommendation of approval to the City... — Updated 6/27/2019


Construction impacts travel near ML interchange

Ongoing construction on the West Plains will impact residents’ travel plans this week and into the near future. According to a June 21 news release from the Spokane County Road Department, crews are continuing work on... — Updated 6/27/2019


Corrections award is becoming a family legacy

A corrections officer at Airway Heights Corrections Center is following in his father’s footsteps, becoming the second in his family to be awarded the facility’s Correctional Officer of the Year award. Nathan Blum, who was pres... — Updated 6/27/2019


Friday blaze destroys three buildings west of Cheney

A fire that apparently started in an outbuilding between Cheney and Tyler destroyed three structures west of Cheney and spread to nearby grasslands before being contained Friday afternoon, June 21. Spokane County Fire District 3... — Updated 6/27/2019


West Plains Fire and EMS monthly statistics

Airway Heights Fire Department Emergency Medical Services 144 Fire 31 Total 175 Cheney Fire Department Structure fire 2 Emergency medical service 95 Dispatched/canceled en route 7 Wrong address/no emergency 2 System operation (no... — Updated 6/27/2019


Awards and degrees for West Plains area college students

Zayas receives degree at Oregon State Cheney’s Minerva Zayas received a master’s of arts degree in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from Oregon State University during its 150th commencement on Saturday, June 15. University... — Updated 6/27/2019

 By Lee Hughes    News

West Plains firefighters train for upcoming wildfires

The men and women of Crew 212, dressed in dirty yellow nomex shirts, heavy trousers, hardhats and boots, sat on the dirt road — a trail really — in the thick young pine forest... — Updated 6/27/2019

 By Lee Hughes    Education

Medical Lake schools come out ahead in state budget

If Medical Lake School District finance director Chad Moss had his way, school funding would be much simpler and less fluid. So much for wishful thinking. “There’s a lot of... — Updated 6/27/2019


Westwood Middle School releases fourth-term honor roll

Students named to Westwood Middle School’s term 4 honor roll are listed as follows: 4.0 Thayne E. Acedo, Elizabeth S. Bae, Lily J. Bare, Owen T. Barry, Elsa B. Bertelsen, Alyssa R. Brown, Kaitlyn M. Brown, Logan A. Burnett,... — Updated 6/27/2019


Steppin' out

Sgt. 1st Class Ryan O’Rourke of the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team takes a flying leap from an airplane high above Fairchild Air Force Base for Skyfest 2019. See story... — Updated 6/27/2019

 By Lee Hughes    News

Medical Lake council gets an earful on proposed fireworks ban

Social media was set ablaze ahead of the Medical Lake City Council’s June 18 regular meeting when a discussion about a proposed fireworks ban within the city limits was placed on... — Updated 6/27/2019


Free Press July 4 deadlines

The Cheney Free Press will be closed Thursday, July 4, in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. To meet our postal requirements, the paper will be printed and mailed on Tuesday, July 2, instead of Wednesday, July 3. Therefore,... — Updated 6/27/2019


Pumping up more options

With a new well scheduled to go online July 9, Cheney officials are looking at some options for servicing the city’s water supply system in the future. Barring unforeseen circumst... — Updated 6/27/2019


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