Articles from the August 31, 2023 edition

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  • Local man to be arraigned for vehicular assault

    Lucas Walsh, Cheney Free Press|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    CHENEY — A local man will be arraigned for vehicular assault for his involvement in an Aug. 17 crash. Balwinder S. Lidhar, 57, was arrested on First Street for driving under the influence and vehicular assault after colliding with a motorcyclist later identified as Chancy Laughlin, 45, on First Street, documents said. At the scene of the collision, Lidhar reported to the responding officer that he had been northbound on First Street when he attempted to make a left-hand t...

  • Locals rally to raise funds for fire victims

    Matthew Stephens, Cheney Free Press|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    MEDICAL LAKE – Bringing a community together is helping to alleviate some of the loss people are dealing with here. With that in mind, a community event was held on Aug. 23. According to Chris Munoz, the Spokane County Firefighters Pipes and Drums group came up with an idea for a fundraiser with very little time to plan. "We started planning the event less than 24 hours from the time we wanted to hold it," Munoz said. "We developed a logo honoring fire victims and had as m...

  • U-Haul offers 30 days assistance

    Cheney Free Press|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    SPOKANE — U-Haul is offering 30 days of free self-storage and U-Box container usage to residents in and around Spokane impacted by two active wildfires, according to a company press release. Because the Gray and Oregon fires have displaced hundreds, if not thousands, of families, U-Haul has stated that self-storage may be a useful resource to offer communities in and around Spokane County. “One of the scariest things in life is being told to leave your home because of an unpredictable wildfire,” said Travis Lewis, U-Hau...

  • State Supreme Court upholds records access

    Cheney Free Press|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    OLYMPIA – The work-related records of public employees are indeed public, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday, Aug. 24. In a public records-access lawsuit filed by the Freedom Foundation, the state’s highest court ruled that access to employees’ full names, dates of birth, job titles/positions, work email addresses, annual salaries, work location stations, employment statuses, their union representatives names and titles, and other information are public. The lawsuit stems from a lawsuit filed by the Freedom Found...

  • Utility disputes addressed with council

    Matthew Stephens, Cheney Free Press|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    AIRWAY HEIGHTS – A couple of unpaid water bill disputes had to be addressed with city council on Aug. 28. The first dispute from Jason Rosa stems from a tenant going delinquent on their utility bill, racking up over $1,700 as mentioned in the study session. According to the city, the property owner, Rosa, was notified through the process in place. They said Rosa was also given ample time to request the water be shut off to prevent further bills from accruing. The dispute b...

  • Fire clean up hazardous

    Matthew Stephens, Cheney Free Press|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    MEDICAL LAKE – One difficulty of cleaning up after a wildfire is doing so safely. According to the Spokane Regional Health District, there are a lot of reasons for people to take precautions when cleaning burned property. Along with the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency, the district advises taking precautions during the process. Fires leave behind a multitude of materials including burned wood, melted plastics, ashes, remnants of vehicles and more. All of which can be h...

  • Let's be good stewards

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    I remember Dad used to sometimes take my sister and me to the soda fountain in the town where we grew up. I just said "soda fountain"; does that make me a senior citizen? I remember seeing a little boy and his older sister drinking a large milk shake with two straws. The little boy couldn't drink very fast, and he told his sister she was taking too much, and she answered, "I'm using my own straw and so I can take as much as I want!" I thought that wasn't fair because there was only one milk shake between them. I didn't say...

  • Vessel

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    Sturdy and voluptuous, this basket once belonged to my Mother. She came under its spell in 1950’s India where she lived with my father and me in a British compound. Perhaps its beauty compensated some for her loneliness. It became a sewing basket full of buttons, thread and thimble, hidden under its domed lid. Years later when my Mother’s estate was diffused, this basket full of tangled thread and remnants was one item I chose to keep. Why does it speak to me so? Whispering its ordinary loveliness and fidelity and hol...

  • Gardening By Osmosis

    Margaret Swenson|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    What a privilege it is to have a garden. When I contemplate my good fortune, after the raging wildfires claimed my friends and neighbors homes and gardens, I am reminded how I have taken my home and garden for granted. Reflection is good, rebuilding is hard. Though we can’t take away the anguish of loss we can encourage loved ones and neighbors with support through these times. Joining our community’s efforts to distribute food, clothing and shelter are tangible ways to help. School supplies and messages of heartfelt con...


    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    Clark Leland Messex, 85, peacefully passed away Aug. 21, 2023, in Spokane, Wash. Clark was born in Missoula, Mont, Aug. 31, 1937, to Leland C. and Gladys (Reinhardt) Messex. Clark joined his beloved big brother, Curtis, who introduced him to the thrills of flying and joys of fishing. Clark served in the United States Air Force for 20 years as an Electronic Warfare Officer flying on B-52Ds, and retired as a Major in 1981. Clark married Judith (Frankland), the love of his life,... Full story

  • Area Cowboys and cowgirls get Down and Dirty At Lincoln County Fair and Rodeo

    Roger Harnack|Updated Aug 31, 2023

  • Fall games get undway Friday with football

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    CHENEY — It’s still summer until the wee hours of Sept. 23 but it’s fall sports time none-the-less on the West Plains. Things kick off, literally, Sept. 1 when Greater Spokane League heavyweight, Gonzaga Prep, visits Tom Oswald Field to meet the Cheney Blackhawks for 7 p.m. kickoff. The Blackhawks hope to rebound from a 3-8 mark in 2022 which included a 58-0 loss at Prep. The Bullpups would finish 9-3 including a three-game run into the state playoffs. Slow-pitch softb...

  • Defense prevails in scrimmage

    Matthew Stephens, Cheney Free Press|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    CHENEY – A solid defensive effort prevented any touchdowns on Aug. 26 for the Eagles' final scrimmage of summer camp. The offense ran 12 drives, and the defense held them to under 300 total yards on the afternoon. Some of that reason could be because coaches had a lot of reserve players take the field on the offensive side of the ball. "The defense definitely won the day," Head Coach Aaron Best said. Linebacker Derek Tommasini said the defense had been pretty fired up since t...

  • Webb's Slough thrills and spills

    Jake Hull, Cheney Free Press|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    ST. JOHN – Sprint boat races at Webb’s Slough brought the town to life for the second time this summer on Saturday, Aug. 26. The weekend-long event started with the St. John golf scramble tournament Friday morning. After the tournament, sprint boat race fans turned out downtown for the Show and Shine, where they met racers and saw the boats – and even sit in them – to learn more about them before race day. Saturday saw the racing start at 10 a.m. Drivers were split into three classes, for a total of 32 teams. There were 32...

  • Lucky hunters getting extra shot

    Cheney Free Press|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    OLYMPIA – Some lucky hunters have an extra shot at obtaining additional permits this season. According to the state Department of Fish and Wildife, hunters who previously bought a multi-season application will have a chance to buy a surplus permit. The agency on Aug. 15 offered 129 multi-season elk tags to hunters who were already on the application list. The winners were notified by email. The winning hunters will have until midnight Thursday, Aug. 31, to buy their tags. An additional 2,491 multi-season deer tags are also a...

  • Cardinals' course correction continues

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    MEDICAL LAKE — The job Nick Puzycki accepted as head football coach in 2022 might be like playing Capt. Ed Smith, who tried to steer the Titanic away from its icy clash with disaster and history? Over the past five seasons victories have been few and far between for the program. They're 3-36 since 2018 and 13-89 in the last decade. The Cardinals' last victory was over Priest River, Sept. 3, 2021 and winning season (6-3) came under Wes Hobbs in 2012. But as the 2022 season c...

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  • Valley department helps in regional fires

    Matthew Stephens, Valley Herald|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    SPOKANE VALLEY – With fires erupting around our region nearly two weeks ago, responders were called from all over to assist in battling the blazes. Being able to help neighboring responders and still maintain a level of service locally is just part of the job according to the Media Manager for the Spokane Valley Fire Department Patrick Erickson. "We have mutual aid with all Spokane County fire districts/departments," Erickson said. "As a fire grows and more resources are n...

  • Valley High School Football Schedules

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    Central Valley High School Football Schedule Fri Sep 1 7:00 PM @ Ridgeline High School Fri Sep 8 7:00 PM vs Lewis & Clark High School Fri Sep 15 7:00 PM vs Cheney High School Fri Sep 22 7:00 PM vs Moses Lake High School Fri Sep 29 7:00 PM @ Mead High School Fri Oct 6 7:00 PM vs Mt. Spokane High School Fri Oct 13 7:00 PM @ Gonzaga Preparatory School Fri Oct 20 7:00 PM @ Joel E. Ferris High School Fri Oct 27 7:00 PM vs University High School West Valley High School Football Schedule Fri Sep 1 7:00 PM @ Freeman High School Fri...

  • Valley Schools Girls Soccer Schedules

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    Ridgeline Girls Soccer Schedule Tue Sep 5 6:30 PM vs Gonzaga Preparatory School Thu Sep 7 4:00 PM @ Central Valley High School Mon Sep 11 6:30 PM vs Sandpoint High School Sat Sep 16 12:00 PM vs Woodinville High School Mon Sep 18 6:30 PM @ Mead High School Wed Sep 20 6:30 PM vs University High School Mon Sep 25 4:00 PM @ Lewis & Clark High School Wed Sep 27 6:30 PM vs Joel E. Ferris High School Mon Oct 2 4:00 PM @ Cheney High School Wed Oct 4 4:00 PM @ North Central High...

  • Truck collides with train

    Matthew Stephens, Valley Herald|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    OTIS ORCHARDS - A Spokane County Public Works truck collided with a train at approximately 10:45 am on Aug. 24 sending one man to the hospital with life threatening injuries. Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the collision report on N. Lynden Road in Otis Orchards. The location is south of E. Wellesley Ave. The truck was occupied by a Spokane County employee. Deputies and Spokane Valley Fire Department arrived, and provided immediate advanced life support medical...

  • City Council approves Opioid Council

    Lucas Walsh, Valley Herald|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    SPOKANE VALLEY — The Council unanimously approved the establishment of the Spokane Regional Opioid Abatement Council at their regular meeting on Aug. 29. The purpose of the Opioid Abatement Council is to oversee monitoring, reporting, and dispute-resolution concerning how a municipality uses funds from the opioid settlements. Spokane County has presented an agreement for all participating local governments in the Spokane Region, which includes Adams, Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreil...

  • Council hears report on Behavioral Health Programs

    Lucas Walsh, Valley Herald|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    SPOKANE VALLEY — The City Council heard a staff report on the exploration of behavioral health programs and potential spending of allocated funds at their regular meeting on Aug. 29 In 2022, Council allocated $1,000,000 of ARPA funding to mental health and learning support for youth projects. “There are a number of programs worthy of funding and the impact of these funds could potentially be stretched farther by partnering with another entity or entities,” the staff repor...

  • Gasoline prices to climb higher

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    The state held its special auction for CO2 allowances two weeks ago. When the results were announced, they indicated higher gas prices may be coming. As part of the state’s new tax on CO2 emissions, known as the Climate Commitment Act, organizations that emit CO2, like BP or Washington State University, must purchase permits for every metric ton of CO2 emitted by their operations or products. There are a limited number of permits available. So, the price is set at an auction. Regular auctions for CO2 permits are held q...

  • UW cashing in on foreign students

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    Apparently, the Pac-12 wasn’t the only thing that University of Washington left behind for more money. As the state senator for a legislative district that includes two four-year universities (Washington State University and Eastern Washington University), I take great interest in our state’s higher-education system. I make it a point to stay in contact with the presidents at Washington State and Eastern and keep up on key developments at these campuses in Pullman and Cheney. So, I was surprised to learn this week that Uni...

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