Articles from the July 13, 2023 edition

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  • Lilac City Band to play Sutton Park

    Lucas Walsh, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jul 14, 2023

    CHENEY — The Lilac City Community Band will perform a summer selection of music at Sutton Parkon July 26. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. in the park, 805 Washington St. Generally, there are three primary concerts that the band plays in the region throughout the year, according to Richard Nault, a trumpet player in the band. “For these concerts, we play music which the music is more challenging, generally," he said. "For summer performances we play more recognizable music." Originally, the band was connected to Spokane Com...

  • Former sheriff loses certification

    Olivia Harnack, The Record-Times|Updated Jul 14, 2023

    DAVENPORT - Former Lincoln County Sheriff Wade Magers will no longer be eligible to serve as a peace officer following the commission's final decision to revoke Magers' Peace Officer Certification. The decision to revoke his certification was final on June 21 after the commission found Magers in default. Magers did not contest the decision or defend against the Statement of Charges (SOC) and failed to respond within the time provided by law. On March 22, 2022, Assistant...

  • Cheney officers could face termination

    Lucas Walsh, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jul 14, 2023

    CHENEY — Two police officers accused of inappropriate behavior may face termination. Police Sgt. Rocky Hanni, 39, and Capt. Nate Conley, 44, were notified in a June 30 letter from Mayor Chris Gover that an investigation into their conduct shows both engaged in behavior inconsistent with expectations of police personnel. The internal investigation began Jan. 19 and concluded in May, records show. The officers are permitted to respond to the findings before further action is taken, according to the letter. A pre-disciplinary h...

  • Rascal Rodeo provides opportunity

    Matthew Stephens, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jul 14, 2023

    CHENEY - The Rascal Rodeo, a non-profit out of Pasco, WA, held their free adaptive rodeo event on Sunday July 9, and the group brought smiles and opportunity to those with specific needs. Ann-Erica Whitemarsh is the founder and executive director of the Rascal Rodeo, and she said the turnout was great this year. She said being a non-profit means all the funding is donated, and that's how they keep the event free to the public. "We are able to provide these events free of...

  • McMillan wins All-Around Cowboy

    Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jul 13, 2023

    CHENEY – An Odessa-area cowboy was named All-Around Cowboy at the Cheney Rodeo. Caleb McMillan won the title and with it, $2,193 for his performance in bull riding, tie-down roping and steer wrestling. McMillan was the top bull rider, scoring 80.5 points atop Day Time Crime. He was the only bull ride with a qualifying time. So, he took home a $6,748 purse. McMillan was eighth overall in steer wrestling with a time of 6.3 seconds, which earned him an additional $168 and he d...

  • Parading through Cheney

    Updated Jul 13, 2023

  • Liberty Lake soapbox races

    Valley Herald|Updated Jul 13, 2023

    LIBERTY LAKE - On July 8 a special race for special needs kids, hosted by the Spokane Valley Rotary, was held at Pavillion Park in Liberty Lake. Each Racer was paired with a vetted and experienced driver for each race. The free event was open to the community and about 10 racers, in two heats, participated. After the race, a free barbeque was held for participants and guests. Proceeds from the sponsors were donated to Joya and the HOPE School. Jim Lusk, a long-time Rotarian...

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  • More airmen sentenced

    Matthew Stephens, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jul 13, 2023

    FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE — Another airman involved in a plot to steal ammunition from Fairchild Air Force Base was sentenced in federal court after he cooperated with detectives, according to court records. After the plea deal, Shawn Robson will receive 18 months of probation. Records show Robson, a noncommissioned officer in charge of the base’s Combat Arms Training Management section pleaded guilty to possession of stolen ammunition back in March 2023. While Robson had amm...

  • Rollin through town

    Olivia Harnack, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jul 13, 2023

    Members of the West Plains Special Olympics wave to the crowd during the Chaney Rodeo Parade. More parade photos on page B8...

  • Medical Lake council approves agreement with Sheriff's Office

    Matthew Stephens, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jul 13, 2023

    MEDICAL LAKE - The newly revised interlocal agreement between Medical Lake and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office was unanimously approved during the July 5 City Council meeting. According to Mayor Terri Cooper, the city will still receive adequate police coverage during the hours that are considered peak hours. Even though they will be losing some hours of coverage with the deal. She said the city analyzed a “heat map” from Spokane County that shows when and where the most...

  • West Plains Police News

    Updated Jul 13, 2023

    The following reports were issued by the Cheney Police Department between July 3-9 July 3 Noor I. Al-Farrarj, 21, cited for DUI. 1500 Salnave Road. Third-degree malicious mischief at 100 Block of North Seventh Street. Haglein Park. Domestic violence, argument at 1600 Block of First Street. Reckless burning at 2600 Block of Eaton Lane. July 4 Vehicle stolen, later recovered, 300 Block of Oakland. Graham A. Gunderson, 47, cited for malicious mischief in 100 Block of Third Street. Agency assist at 2500 Al Ogdon Way. July 5...

  • Fire Season

    Matthew Stephens, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jul 13, 2023

    Firefighters from Spokane County Fire District 10 and the Airway Heights Fire Department cleaned up a small brush fire along McFarlane Road on July 6. The fire was easily contained although traffic was impacted for close to an hour....

  • Cheney Motel debris cleaned

    Lucas Walsh, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jul 13, 2023

    CHENEY - The debris of the former Cheney Motel, located at 1502 First St., is now in process of being cleared from the property. The motel had burnt down in August of 2022, and the remaining debris had been consolidated on the property for removal. At that time, a city ordinance was in place which dictated that the owner of the property had 90 days from that point to clear the site. "This is the owner's operation so it's all on his dime, and I'm really pleased he came through...

  • Boba Cafe opens in Airway Heights

    Lucas Walsh, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jul 13, 2023

    AIRWAY HEIGHTS - A new Boba Tea café opened on July 6 at 12924 W Sunset Hwy, Suite. 1 and is now serving the public. Stephanie Murry, of Airway Heights visited with her friend Maranda Ripplinger, and said it will be good to have this option in the West Plains. "We normally go to North Town Mall for this, so it's a great addition to Airway," Murry said, "it's one of our favorite treats." Owners Kate and Tyler Yow got involved in the food industry when they opened a Thai...

  • Bumper Cherry Crop Sweetening State's Farm Economy

    Don C Brunell|Updated Jul 13, 2023

    The good news is this state’s cherry crop looks good—a marked improvement over 2022. It is sweetening our farm economy especially for cherry growers who have struggled over the last five years. “Last year’s cold, wet April brought down the cherry crop,” Wenatchee World writer Gabriel Garcia recently reported. “But this year, the Washington state cherry harvest is in full swing, and the industry is optimistic about it.” Washington’s cherry growers expect to pick 21 million...

  • Another shot at WA Cares

    Elizabeth Hovde|Updated Jul 13, 2023

    Let’s Go Washington is taking aim at the WA Cares Fund and a payroll tax that workers started paying this month with an initiative campaign. Initiative 2124, an Initiative to the Legislature, would make participation in WA Cares optional instead of mandatory and allow workers a way out of the state-imposed, insurance-like program at any time. That would be welcome news to many people who have other life needs that demand the attention of their monthly incomes. This should be interesting. I like the idea of giving lawmakers an...

  • Netia Irene (Ridenour) Pederson

    Updated Jul 13, 2023

    Netia passed away June 27, 2023. She was born in Kalispell, Mont., to Irene Elizabeth Ann (Gray) and Elmer Ruben Ridenour, Netia was flanked by a prim and proper older sister, Carley Ridenour, and a playful, peppy younger sister, Julie Connolly. Like all sisters, they loved each other to the moon and back (just not as much in the back seat of the car). Netia contracted polio at age 4, just as Elmer harvested the first ears of sweet corn from the family garden. She desperately... Full story

  • Gardening By Osmosis

    Margaret A. Swenson|Updated Jul 13, 2023

    Waterwise, drought tolerant, xeriscaping, drip-irrigation, terms that suggest the value of water, are often in gardeners discussions these days. Resources for more information include online searches, Xerces publications and contacts with the Spokane County WSU Master Gardeners. Master Gardener, Kris Moberg-Hendron, leads the Waterwise Information Program and welcomes gardeners interested in Water Wise landscaping to visit the demonstration gardens at the WSU extension office at 222 N. Havana, in Spokane. Registration is not...

  • Community Briefs

    Updated Jul 13, 2023

    Jarms Hardware to remodel CHENEY — Jarms Ace Hardware, located at 6 Cheney Spokane Road, will begin remodeling the entryway to the store in early September, 2023, according to the store manager. The city gave final approval on the permit application for this project and it will be the first in a series of remodeling projects for the local hardware store. “We’re starting this fall with the entryway facelift,” Aaron Ducharme, store manager, said. “We’re in the process of getting bids for the rest of the project. Down the ro...

  • Cheney Summer Food Service Program

    Cheney Free Press|Updated Jul 13, 2023

    CHENEY — The Cheney School District has announced that it will be supporting the summer food service program for children for the duration of summer, 2023. Food must consumed on site; no cash will be accepted, and one fruit, one vegetable, or one grain product may be taken off-site for later consumption. All locations are open Monday through Friday for breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m. and for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cheney High School: Open June 26 to July 28. Contact: Rita Whittaker, 509-559-4104 Cheney Middle S...

  • Locals win barrel racing

    Matthew Stephens, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jul 13, 2023

    CHENEY – Now that the dust has cleared from the rodeo excitement, the results have been tallied. And only 0.19 seconds spanned first- to fifth-place. Two Cheney women took home first- and second-place in the barrel racing competition. Lindsey Ham took first with a time of 17.32 seconds, winning $2,421. Second place was not far behind with Pamela Capper-Coker finishing with a time of 17.41 seconds. She brought home $2,058 in earnings. Rounding out the Top 5 in barrel racing, T...

  • Playoffs next for Spokane Cannons

    Paul Delaney, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jul 13, 2023

    The Spokane Cannons would like to use a dominant Area 3 AAA American Legion regular season to launch a successful playoff run. The team stocked largely with Cheney and Medical Lake players seek a perfect 15-0 record with games against the Bandits and Pullman to close league play. After that comes hosting a first-round playoff game Friday, July 14 at Holliday Field in Medical Lake. Saturday’s AAA playoffs will switch to Shadle’s AK Jackson Field with three teams playing at Avi...

  • Rec. Schedule

    Updated Jul 13, 2023

    The following events and activities are hosted by the Parks and Recreations Department. July 14: Movie in the Park, Fri., dusk July 15: Drowning Prevention Clinic, Sat., 12 p.m. July 17-21: Nature & Adventure Camp, M-F, 9 a.m. July 17-21: Theater Camp, M-F, 9 a.m. July 17-20: Flag Football Camp, M-Th, 9:30 a.m July 19: Sprinkler Days at Sutton Park, Wed., 12:30 p.m. July 19: Concert in the Park, Wed., 6:30 p.m. July 20: Senior Daytrip to Beck’s Harvest House, Thurs., 10 a.m. July 21: Movie in the Park, Fri., dusk July 22: S...

  • Red, White & BBQ Eagle Kickoff coming in August

    Cheney Free Press|Updated Jul 13, 2023

    CHENEY, Wash. — Enjoy an evening with EWU Athletics staff and support our Eagle student-athletes on Friday, Aug. 25. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet new Director of Athletics Tim Collins, take a tour of our facilities, and will get to hear directly from EWU coaches as they discuss the current and future sports seasons of 2023-24 live with Larry Weir. Schedule of Events: 4:30-6 p.m. Social, Silent-Auction & Facility Tours Enjoy hors d’oeuvres in the Phase, meet and greets with coaches and student-athletes, and get...

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