Articles from the July 14, 2022 edition


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  • Preliminary Results for the 2022 Cheney Rodeo are as follows:

    Updated Jul 14, 2022

    All-Around Cowboy: Jared Parke, $2,961, tie-down roping and team roping. Bareback riding: 1. Austin Foss, 84 points on C5 Rodeo's Cimmaron, $2,143 2. Clay Stone, 81, $1,643 3. Rylee Heath, 77.5, $1,214 4. (tie) Jacob Raine and Rickey Williams, 77, $643 each 6. Trevar McAllister, 76, $357 7. (tie) Dylan Riggins and Tucker Zingg, 74, $250 each Steer wrestling: 1. Cody Cabral, 5.0 seconds, $1,946 2. Blake Knowles, 5.1, $1,692 3. (tie) Justin Kimsey and Mike McGinn, 5.2, $1,311...

  • League of Women Voters hosts candidate forum

    Brent Johnson, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jul 14, 2022

    CHENEY—Politics were on tap at the Cheney Library on Saturday, July, with the Spokane Area League of Women Voters hosting a candidate forum. Individuals running for Washington’s U.S. House District 5, Spokane County’s 5th Commissioner District and Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney were in attendance. Notably absent was the congressional incumbent, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers (WA-05), who declined due to prior engagements in Washington, D.C. Each participant had equal time...

  • Primary Election prep list

    Cheney Free Press|Updated Jul 14, 2022

    SPOKANE COUNTY— The Aug. 2 Primary is just around the corner. Three Republicans from Medical Lake; Lana S. Burnette, Cia Watson and John Aiken Jr. are facing off in the race for District 6600 Precinct Committee Officer. Republicans Michael Wagner and Teresa L. Hudson also from Medical Lake are butting heads for District 6601 Precinct Committee Officer. Spokane County will be mailing out approximately 349,000 ballots. Voters can visit www.spokanecounty.org to find the nearest drop-off locations. The drop-off deadline is 8 p...

  • Let 'er buck

    Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jul 14, 2022

    Matthew Cole Shannan of Prineville, Ore., is bucked by Pretty Woman in the saddle bronc competition during the Sunday performance of the Cheney Rodeo. For more on the three-day rodeo, see Page B1...

  • Eastern BOT elect officers

    Michaela Friedrich, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jul 14, 2022

    CHENEY- The Eastern Washington University Board of Trustees (BOT) elected Jay Manning to serve as board chair for the 2022-2023 academic school year and Vicki Wilson as vice-chair. Manning, an alumnus of EWU, began serving on the BOT when he was appointed in November 2014 and is currently in his second term. "Manning previously served six years as the director of the Washington State Department of Ecology, and from 2009-2011 was chief of staff for former Gov. Christine...

  • Spokane International Airport readies for expansion

    Michaela Friedrich, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jul 14, 2022

    AIRWAY HEIGHTS-Spokane International Airport officials have solidified expansion plans to keep up with the needs of the continually growing city. The first expansion of the Spokane International Airport in two decades, the project, known as TREX, will cost a total of $150 million. "It [funding] is going to come from a combination of grant funds and a number of other things," Spokane International Airport CEO Larry Krauter said. "Between all the different sources of funding we...

  • Fatality on 1st Street

    Bob Kirkpatrick, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jul 14, 2022

    CHENEY -A collision between a Kia and a Vespa Scooter near Papa Murphy's around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, turned tragic when the two vehicles collided and the driver of the scooter was pinned under the sedan. "The driver of the Kia was coming off Second on to 1st and was turning north-the Vespa was heading southbound and the driver of the Kia failed to yield and they collided," Detective Jeff Weldon with the Spokane Valley Police Department said. "The Vespa hit the front...

  • Bene's takes home the gold in Battle of the Burgers

    Michaela Friedrich, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jul 14, 2022

    CHENEY- Cheneyites had one week to visit six participating local eateries and decide which one would get the bragging rights and a trophy for "best burger in town." On Saturday afternoon, Bene's took home the winning title with Yoke's and Lenny's right on their tail, placing second and third. Operations Director of Bene's Sabrina Anderson said there was a 10–point difference between votes for their Elote Burger, Yokes' Bold #20 Burger and Lenny's Bootleg Stromboli Burger. B...

  • Uptick in Washington COVID cases

    Michaela Friedrich, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jul 14, 2022

    CHENEY—The Associated Press reported on July 2 that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending people in six Washington counties should begin wearing masks indoors in public and on public transportation again due to an increase in COVID cases. According to the latest information from the CDC, Spokane County, Lewis County, Pacific County, Thurston County, Grays Harbor County and Garfield County all have COVID-19 community levels rated “high,” meaning they...

  • Local tap house under new ownership

    Michaela Friedrich, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jul 14, 2022

    CHENEY— Seth Hinnen and Jay Brown are the new owners of NorthStarTaps. The two took ownership on June 1 and say they are ready to become a part of the Cheney community and turn NorthStar Taps into everything they want it to be and more. “It feels like we’ve owned it a lot longer because there has been a lot of trial by fire,” Seth said. “I’ve really only worked in local business but nothing quite this small and intimate— it’s just me and Jay right now.” There is a lot to...

  • Greenies attacking Lewiston-Clarkston Valley

    Todd Myers, Contributor|Updated Jul 14, 2022

    For the people living in the Lewis-Clark Valley on the Snake River, Gov. Jay Inslee’s report on destroying four dams tries to offer some solace. After a “thorough review of relevant economic reports and conversations with experts,” the report’s authors have some ideas about how to offset the serious harm that would be done to the community. Reading the vague assurances from the report reminded me of another community hit by the harmful economic impacts of environmental policy: Grays Harbor County after the fight over the spo...

  • Supreme court takes on agency 'law-making'

    Roger Harnack, Publisher|Updated Jul 14, 2022

    “But the Constitution does not authorize agencies to use pen-and-phone regulations as substitutes for laws…” U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch wrote that and more in his 19-page concurring opinion in the West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency (Case No. 20-1530). The Supreme Court recently ruled, 6-3, that the EPA cannot create over-reaching “laws” that bound entire industries; the ruling was released Thursday morning, June 30. The leftwing champions...

  • Gardening by Osmosis

    Margaret A. Swenson|Updated Jul 14, 2022

    The lavender harvest is usually around the middle of July. Before then, to find yourself in a French Provincial Paradise of fragrance, a trip to lavender fields in Spokane County is a treat for your eyes and your olfactory. Look online for lavender growers. Though we are on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, lavender is happy in our semi-arid part of the world. Lavender is especially suited to dry, well-drained soils. Its benefits to our gardens are many. Pollinators love them; they are disease, deer and fire-resistant....

  • Community Calendar

    Updated Jul 14, 2022

    AIRWAY HEIGHTS Community & Family Fun Nature Storytime Thursday’s through July 28, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Airway Heights Library 1213 S. Lundstrom Street Live Music The Avett Brothers with Calder Allen Fri., July 15, 7:30 p.m. BECU Live Outdoor Venue 100 N Hayford Road Summer Moonlit Movies Fri., July 15 & Aug. 5, 26, beginning at dusk Sunset Park, Airway Heights 924 S. Lawson Street Visit airwayheightsparksandrec.org/community-events/ for more details. Stone Temple Pilots & Daughtry Sun., July 17, 7:30 p.m. BECU Live Outdoor V...

  • Guadalupe Maria Cannon

    Updated Jul 14, 2022

    Guadalupe "Lupe" Maria Cannon, 72, of Cheney, Wash. was born on Sept. 11, 1949 and passed away peacefully on June 30, 2022 at home surrounded by her family. Lupe is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, Eugene M. Cannon Jr, daughter, Marilyn (Brian) Dreis and son, Eugene M. Cannon III. Grandmother "Lita" to her 5 grandchildren who she adored, Brian R. Dreis Jr. (19), Eugene M. Cannon IV (13), Isabella G. Dreis (12), Julie M. Cannon (12) and Daniel Cannon (11). In... Full story

  • Jewel Viola (Hall) Gilliam

    Updated Jul 14, 2022

    Jewel Viola (Hall) Gilliam born July 17, 1949 in Torrance, Calif. passed away on Feb. 24, 2022 after a brief illness caused by Non-Covid complications from pneumonia. The daughter of Montie & Viola Hall, she is survived by her loving husband Craig and sons Nathan Eric Hall and Joshua Michael Hall as well as her brother and sister-in-law Montie and Paula Hall, grandchildren Sean, Emily, Rain & Chad and various nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents and her... Full story

  • Donald (Donnie) Vern Tinker,

    Updated Jul 14, 2022

    Donald (Donnie) Vern Tinker, Born March 19, 1953 in Chattanooga, Tenn. suddenly and unexpectedly passed away in an accident on July 7, 2022 doing what he loved to do, riding his Vespa on the way to the movies after buying a ticket to the Cheney Rodeo. He was hit and killed instantly. He did not suffer and for that we are thankful. How do you sum up a man who was full of stories, always had holiday cheer, offered assistance whenever possible, and was overall someone who purely... Full story

  • Gavin Barry Morse

    Updated Jul 14, 2022

    Gavin Barry Morse, 38, of rural Adams County, Wash. took his final flight July 2, 2022. Gavin was born Sept. 29, 1983 in Spokane, Wash. as the youngest of four children and only son to Bruce Morse and Maribeth Benson. Gavin grew up in the Spokane area and came to the Columbia Basin as a student in the Big Bend Community College Aviation program. It was during his time at Big Bend that Gavin met the love of his life, and partner in all things, Erin Wolf, while dirt biking in... Full story

  • Students excel at national leadership conference

    Michaela Friedrich, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jul 14, 2022

    CHENEY- Cheney High School (CHS) students took on Chicago June 28–July 2 at the Future Business Leaders of America National Conference and placed Top 15 in six events. The conference featured over 12,000 students and more than 90 events where students showcased hard work in their technical education courses. "It's a filtering process. You have a regional contest in February, then a state conference in April, and then nationals. Each time you move up, you eliminate options," s...

  • Rodeo draws competitors, crowds from near and far

    Brent Johnson, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jul 14, 2022

    CHENEY-The annual Cheney Rodeo went off without a hitch this past weekend, with record numbers of spectators filling the BI-MART Arena to see America's top riders and ropers compete. According to event organizers, the rodeo was so well attended on Saturday that ticket sales were halted for the first time in many years. The pre-rodeo parade on Saturday boasted record participation as well. Contestants hailing from across the continent came to Cheney to earn big and several...

  • Cannons receive berth to State

    Bob Kirkpatrick, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jul 14, 2022

    CHENEY— The Spokane Cannons (9–3) claimed the top spot in summer league competition with a 5–1 win over the Spokane Bandits on July 5 and have secured a spot in the State Tournament on July 23 and 24. “We get an automatic berth to because we placed first in league play,” Head Coach Austin Sharp said. “We’ll just be playing for seeding in the upcoming district tournament.” The Cannons jumped out to a 2–0 lead in the top of the first inning. The score held up until the team posted three more runs on the board in the sixth to w...

  • Summer Hawks take four of six games

    Bob Kirkpatrick, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jul 14, 2022

    CHENEY—The Summer Hawks continue to build momentum heading toward the district playoff, having won four of their last six games, outscoring opponents 50-30. Cheney 14 Reardan 1 Cheney dominated twin bill action against Reardan on Tuesday, July 5, to push their win streak to three games. The Summer Hawks got it going early, bringing three runs across the dish in the bottom of the first inning. Cheney then exploded for nine runs in the home half of the second on the strength of a two-run triple to center field by Tyler Ashcroft...

  • Union Stadium hosts Women's Soccer Cup

    Cheney Free Press|Updated Jul 14, 2022

    CHENEY— Ten teams worldwide compete in the 13th Conseil International DU Sport Militaire Women’s Soccer Cup on the pitch at Union Stadium. Two teams from Africa, three American teams, two Asian and three European teams face off to see who reigns as champion. The tournament kicked off on July 11. The Cup competition has two daily matches through July 21 at 3 and 7 p.m. The Bronze Medal and Championship matches are playing on Friday, July 22, at noon and 3 p.m....

  • West Plains Police News

    Updated Jul 14, 2022

    AIRWAY HEIGHTS June 16 Kevin C. Kargol was arrested in the 100 block north of Hayford Road for Criminal Trespass in the First Degree. Brady T. Sampson was arrested in the 10600 blockwest of 12th Avenue for Driving While License Suspended in the Third Degree and Driving Without Ignition Interlock Device. June 19 Kelly A. Caputo was arrested west of Highway 2 and south of Hayden Road for Driving While License Suspended in the Third Degree. June 20 Angel M. Sandelli was arrested in the 12400 block west of Frank Street for...

  • July Yard of the Month

    Mark Wilson|Updated Jul 14, 2022

    JoAnn Inman, 402 N. Staples, is the recipient of the Medical Lake Kiwanis and Gardeners of Cheney July Yard of the Month award. Gayle Hennings, left and Dan Dorshorst also presented Inman with a $25 gift certificate from the Roam Coffee house....

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