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Crime in Cheney rises 11 percent

Crime in Cheney saw a 11.1 percent overall rise in reportable offenses in 2018, a continuation of a rollercoaster-type pattern the city has seen over the past three years.... — Updated 7/18/2019


Living in the United States of Overreaction

On July 4, at a Starbucks in Tempe, Arizona, six police officers were asked to either move out of a customer’s line of sight or leave the establishment because they were making a patron uncomfortable — for being police. As a pr... — Updated 7/18/2019


Closing the gender wage gap through immigration reform

Technology firms portray themselves as bastions of equality and progressive values — but in reality, they frequently discriminate against female workers. Sixty percent of the time, tech firms offer men higher salaries than women... — Updated 7/18/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

Taking it easy is not the answer to a healthy society

I spent the Fourth of July sitting on the porch of our cabin on the river thanking God we had a cabin on the river. I tried to ignore the roaring jet skis and speedboats pulling kids on inner tubes. I groaned inwardly as they... — Updated 7/18/2019

 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

There is no green cheese, drill sergeant

Shortly, after Apollo 11 landed on the moon and astronaut Neil Armstrong took his famous first steps on the dusty lunar surface, some comedian in our army unit at Ft. Knox, Ken.,... — Updated 7/18/2019


Candy Scramble

Handing out candy to children at parades is as American as mom’s apple pie, and the Cheney Rodeo Parade was no exception on Saturday, July 13, as a number of kids scrambled for... — Updated 7/18/2019


Lola Faye (Bickle) Phar

Lola Faye (Bickle) Phar passed away peacefully into the waiting arms of her Lord and Savior on July 10, 2019 at The Hospice House in Spokane, Wash. Lola was 92 years old. She is... — Updated 7/18/2019


West Plains Briefs

Cheney Congregational presents flintknapping Harvey Zacker will present “The Ancient Art of Flintknapping” at the Cheney Congregational Church’s fourth Wednesday series at 7 p.m. on Wednesday July 24. Flintknapping is a... — Updated 7/18/2019



Fifty years ago, on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the moon while millions of people worldwide watched on television. Learn more about our area’s history at www.cheneymu www.cheneymu... — Updated 7/18/2019



Cheney Community Church Cheney Community Church invites you to worship with us this Sunday at 10 a.m. There is a nursery for infants and toddlers, and junior church for older children. A children’s moment during the main service... — Updated 7/18/2019


Medical Lake's Blue Waters Bluegrass festival is right around the corner

Grab your fiddles, banjos and guitars, your tents and lawn chairs, it’s family friendly bluegrass pickin’ time once again. The 18th annual Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival is... — Updated 7/18/2019


Cheney hires new student support administrator

Cheney Public School’s director of student support services, Robin Andrus, will be leaving the district and school officials have hired Franklin Day to fill the position going forward, the district announced on Tuesday. Andrus... — Updated 7/18/2019


Cheney residents earn advanced post-secondary degrees

A number of local students have recently received degrees and awards from post-high school institutions. They are listed below along with information about their university. Bruess makes Dean’s List Cheney High School alumnus Bra... — Updated 7/18/2019


Cheney-Spokane Ice Age Floods Institute holds Mima mound public lecture, tour

The Cheney-Spokane Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute (IAFI) is sponsoring a free public lecture on the archaeological contribution of a common feature of Eastern Washington’s landscape — Mime mounds. Dr. Jerry Galm, Easte... — Updated 7/18/2019

 By Lee Hughes    News

Duetschs named ML Yard of the Month

From left, Dan Dorshorst of the Medical Lake Kiwanis, homeowner Juergen Duetsch and his wife Susan, Sharon Granquist, Gayle Hennings of the Gardeners of Cheney, and Shannon Narcelo... — Updated 7/18/2019


Man arrested in connection with May Airway Heights hit and run

Local officers have arrested the suspect in May’s fatal hit-and-run, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office announced in a press release last week. According to the release, Traffic Unit Corporal Jeff Welton developed probable... — Updated 7/18/2019


Airway Heights City Council talks fire and fireworks

The Airway Heights City Council zipped through their agenda on Monday, July 15, despite having barely enough members present to make a quorum. Only Mayor Kevin Richey, Deputy Mayor Doyle Inman and council members Steve Lawrence... — Updated 7/18/2019


CORRECTION: Rodeo's original landowner

CORRECTION: The name of the farmer who originally owned the land that the Cheney Rodeo is now held on was spelled incorrectly in an article in the Cheney Rodeo Supplement of the July 11 edition of the Cheney Free Press. According... — Updated 7/18/2019


Cheney City Council renews federal surplus purchases contract

At its July 9 meeting, Cheney’s City Council unanimously agreed to renew its relationship with a program that has given the city access to equipment sometimes only wealthier... — Updated 7/18/2019


Cheney water well, paving projects could impact residents

The city of Cheney is announcing the start of several projects that may create impacts to residents’ services for a brief period of time. The city’s recycling facility and yard waste disposal site on Anderson Road will be... — Updated 7/18/2019


Cheney's potable water well 3 start-up delayed

Cheney officials had hoped to have the city’s newest potable water well up and running by now, but have been prevented from doing so by what’s essentially a housing shortage. In... — Updated 7/18/2019


Reported July 3 shooting in Airway Heights results in no injuries

An Airway Heights shooting listed in last week’s Cheney Free Press police reports may have raised a few eyebrows, but local police said it was less concerning than it first appeared. Just after 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3,... — Updated 7/18/2019

 By Lee Hughes    News

Buyer beware: Investor stuck with condemned building

It appears Andy Louie bought a lemon, and wants to make lemonade, but the city of Medical Lake won’t let him. The lemon in question is a 99-year-old, 888-square-foot building... — Updated 7/18/2019


Cheney Bank of America branch closes

The ever-changing nature of online technology claimed another victim as the Cheney branch of Bank of America officially closed its doors at the end of the business day Tuesday,... — Updated 7/18/2019


AH crime rates spike

Crime in Airway Heights increased 97.4 percent from 2017 to 2018, according to the “2018 Crime in Washington Annual Report” released last week by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. Airway Heights... — Updated 7/18/2019


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