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 By Lee Hughes    News

E.Coli found in Medical Lake water

Some 131 Medical Lake residents received disturbing news last week. A notice, hand delivered by city maintenance personnel on Wednesday, July 24, informed them that routine water... — Updated 8/1/2019


Jerome (Jerry) Davis Gardner

Jerome (Jerry) Davis Gardner passed peacefully into the next life a well-loved and highly regarded man, long before we were ready to let him go. He leaves behind his loving wife of... — Updated 8/1/2019



Cheney Congregational Church Looking for a church? Drop in any Sunday at 10 a.m. and check us out. Stay for “coffee hour” at 11 a.m. so we can get acquainted. Last Sunday Ray and Donna Pearson treated us to homemade ice cream a... — Updated 8/1/2019


Virginia (Ginny) Lee Bake

Virginia (Ginny) Lee Baker, of Cheney, died of a sudden heart attack and was taken to Heaven by Angels, on July 16, 2019. Virginia was born to David and Janice Oleson on Nov. 5, 196... — Updated 8/1/2019 Full story


Legal Notices August 1, 2019

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 By Lee Hughes    News

Medical Lake, County Fire District 3 seek voter approval on annexation

The Aug. 6 primary is next Tuesday, and among other items on the ballot, both Medical Lake and Spokane County Fire District 3 voters are being asked to consider a merger of the... — Updated 8/1/2019 Full story


Eastern releases women's 2019-20 golf schedule

Eastern Washington University head women’s golf coach Brenda Howe announced the 2019-20 schedule. The Eagles compete in 10 matches overall, beginning with the Battle at Old Works on Sept. 16-17 and concluding with the Big Sky... — Updated 8/1/2019


CHS band clothing drive a success

Thank you to the Cheney Free Press and the terrific Cheney community for supporting the high school band clothing drive! Because of your generosity, publicity and donations the band kids collected about 8,000 pounds of usable... — Updated 8/1/2019


County libraries well worth a yes vote on Aug. 6

It’s time to vote, if you haven’t already. Among many important issues on the Aug. 6 ballot is a request from the Spokane County Library District seeking a majority YES vote to sustain and enhance currently available services... — Updated 8/1/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

Socialism is a one-way trip to disaster

A few years ago, I had occasion to examine potential threats to our democracy. The national debt, exportation of wealth and our economic dependence on foreign countries headed my list of concerns. My list was unchanged until... — Updated 8/1/2019


U.S. gun violence strategy is to do bare minimum

One would think a small-town garlic festival would be the least-likely candidate for the site of unspeakable violence. But that illusion was shattered Sunday, July 28, when three people were killed by a gunman at the Gilroy Garlic... — Updated 8/1/2019

 By ANDREW MOSS    Opinion

We need to look at asylum as a human right

In the past year the Trump administration has been applying increasingly restrictive policies to block asylum seekers from pursuing their claims in the U.S. The most recent measure, now temporarily barred by a federal judge’s... — Updated 8/1/2019

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports

Too bad Tour de France is so far away

One of these days I’m finally going to get to watch the conclusion of the Tour de France again. For the past several years I’ve missed the end of cycling’s preeminent event... — Updated 8/1/2019


EWU football practice to begin next month

Coming off a last year’s run to the NCAA Division I Championship Game in Frisco, Texas, the Eastern Washington University football team will start this year’s practices the first week of August at the Sports and Recreation Cent... — Updated 8/1/2019


Big Sky releases basketball attendance figures

With the recent NCAA release of basketball attendance figures for the 2018-19 season, the Big Sky Conference saw many positive outcomes including large increases in the average attendance for the Big Sky Championships, according... — Updated 8/1/2019

 By Lee Hughes    Sports

West Plains All Stars make history

History was recently made in West Plains sports when the West Plains 11 – 12 Little League All Stars went to the state championships and won — twice. Although they had made the... — Updated 8/1/2019


Tennis triumph

Terri Worl of the Medical Lake Food Bank, left, accepts a $2,500 check from 24-Hour Tennis-a-Thon volunteers Sarah Ransom and Jackson Kissack. The money is part of that collected... — Updated 8/1/2019


The upholstery artists of AH Corrections Center

Christopher Huntzinger ran a seafoam green cushion cover through an industrial sewing machine on Wednesday, July 17, tattooed hands confidently guiding stitches through the tough... — Updated 8/1/2019


Interstate 90 speeds reduced

The speed limit on Interstate 90 has been reduced from 70 to 60 mph in the vicinity of the Medical Lake interchange, between mileposts 272 and 273, according to a Washington State Department of Transportation news release. The... — Updated 8/1/2019

 By Lee Hughes    News

Washington Eastern tracks get pre-harvest repairs

The Washington Eastern Railroad (WER) crew has been busy repairing track defects along the Central Washington Branch of the Palouse River and Coulee City Rail System (PCC) in... — Updated 8/1/2019


Ken Johnson takes over at Fire District 10

Spokane County Fire District 10 welcomed a new fire chief this week, with its Board of Commissioners announcing the appointment of former Cheney firefighter Ken Johnson to the position. Johnson served with the Cheney Fire Departmen... — Updated 8/1/2019


Fire District 3 proposition would restore levy rate

Spokane County Fire District 3 is asking voters to restore its previously approved levy of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value in the Aug. 6 election. Called Proposition 2 on the ballot, the restoration is needed due to a state law... — Updated 8/1/2019


Bottling success: Cheney graduates join forces to launch respective businesses to new heights

For Cheney High School graduates Jacob Mager and Robby Stevens, a routine visit to catch up after high school turned into a business opportunity that would help them both down the... — Updated 8/1/2019


Q & A with Airway Heights City Council candidates

Three unknowns are vying for the Airway Heights City Council Position 7 seat, currently held by Dave Malet, ahead of the August primary election. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Aug. 6 and 24 dropbox locations are listed on... — Updated 8/1/2019

 By Lee Hughes    News

Anatomy of a wildfire fight

Set up at the intersection of Cameron Road and State Route 904 just west of Cheney on Wednesday, July 24, the incident command post consisted of a truck tailgate, a whiteboard and a... — Updated 8/1/2019


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