Articles from the October 26, 2023 edition


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  • Halloween

    Clare McGraw, Cheney Free Press|Updated Oct 30, 2023

    For the past 15 years, Steve Grime (pronounced Grim) has been turning his humble home on 2217 Marrigold Circle, Cheney into a spine-chilling spectacle that leaves the neighborhood in awe. From basic decorations to elaborate, eerie displays, his journey into Halloween decor has been nothing short of extraordinary. Grime's Halloween decorating journey began years ago when he decided to take his love for the holiday to the next level. Starting with basic decorations, he...

  • HOMECOMING

    Updated Oct 26, 2023

    Eastern Eagles celebrate Homecoming. Photos by Paul Delaney and Roger Harnack...

  • Election ballots mailed

    Updated Oct 26, 2023

    Election season is here, and the county has sent approximately 362,000 ballots out to all registered voters residing in the area. The cost per ballot is calculated at 35 cents, which covers not only printing but also the logistics of mailing these crucial voting tools. This year, the county has invested approximately $126,700 to print and mail those ballots. It’s crucial to ensure every eligible voter has their voice heard. In 2023, the county has gone above and beyond to deliver an impressive number of ballots to d...

  • Regional training facility now open

    Matthew Stephens, Cheney Free Press|Updated Oct 26, 2023

    SPOKANE COUNTY – A first of its kind partnership in the nation that has been years in the making has finally been completed, and over 100 people gathered for the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the new facility on the West Plains. The resulting law enforcement and military training facility was built as a joint effort between the Spokane County Sheriff's Office and Fairchild Air Force Base. Spokane County officials say the cost of building the center was about $41 m...

  • McMahan 27th university president

    Clare McGraw, Cheney Free Press|Updated Oct 26, 2023

    CHENEY – Dr. Shari McMahan's Investiture Ceremony at Eastern Washington University was a powerful reflection of her life journey and her resolute dedication to encouraging opportunities for first-generation and under-served students. As a first-generation college student, Dr. McMahan's path to academia was a remarkable one. Raised by parents who were proud business owners, she was encouraged to pursue higher education for the broader array of options it would offer her. "...

  • West Plains Police News

    Updated Oct 26, 2023

    Airway Heights October 12 Samantha L. Brown was arrested for domestic violence assault at 13600 block of W 6th Ave Anthony E. Ballentine was arrested for violating a domestic violence protection order and possession of a controlled substance at 10700 Block West of Hwy 2 Gerald S. Berg was arrested for driving with a suspended license near the intersection of Hwy 2 and King St October 17 Sherman L. Kinard was arrested for criminal trespassing at 10800 Block W Hwy 2 October 20 Joshua A. Bradley-Vaughn was arrested for criminal...

  • General cleanup beginning at pool

    Matthew Stephens, Cheney Free Press|Updated Oct 26, 2023

    CHENEY – Fencing and dumpsters are in place at the city pool as general cleanup is set to begin according to City Administrator Mark Schuller. “Right now it’s just city staff going in and doing some cleanup,” Schuller said. “They are removing lighter debris right now.” “We will be looking into bids for complete demolition shortly.” Contractor bids may be taken as early as next week according to Schuller, but the actual work timeline will depend on other things. Schulle...

  • Tyler Grange #610 sets record

    Matthew Stephens, Cheney Free Press|Updated Oct 26, 2023

    TYLER - The Tyler Grange #610 marked a historic achievement on October 21 as they celebrated their annual harvest feast and fundraiser auction. This year’s event proved to be a resounding success, raising a staggering $6,500 according to Glen Dean, spokesperson for the group. This is the most money the group has raised so far in their 60-year history of holding the banquet. Some of the auction items surprised guests and organizers, as a single huckleberry pie was auctioned o...

  • Traffic to get worse regardless of tolls

    Updated Oct 26, 2023

    The Interstate 405 and state Highway 167 toll lane experiment is losing money. Now, the state Transportation Commission is considering increasing tolls by up to 80% to $18 each way on I-405. The increase will cost an I-405 commuter, using the lanes at peak toll periods, around $720 per month or $8,640 per year. If you travel the entire Highway 167 and I-405 corridor you could see a toll of up to $54. The state Department of Transportation fiscal report for the tolling project shows a loss of $1.4 million in 2022 and is...

  • Cheney Police arrest man for DUI, uncover major youth substance distribution network

    Clare McGraw, Cheney Free Press|Updated Oct 26, 2023

    CHENEY – In a recent development that has sent a shockwave through the Cheney community, local law enforcement officials arrested a man for driving under the influence (DUI), uncovering a substantial network involved in distributing illicit substances to youth. The case, presented by Officer Cheyenne Walters of the Cheney Police Department to the TALK 2 Healthy Choices coalition, revealed a disturbing array of illegal items and a rise in youth substance use. During the r...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Updated Oct 26, 2023

    Keep council consistent I first met Vince Barthels in a public hearing more than 20 years ago and since have become well acquainted with him. We were both environmental scientists and consulting wetland experts. I have a great deal of respect for Vince based on his professionalism, integrity, knowledge base and critical thinking ability. Vince is and has been employed by a leading civil engineering company for nearly 25 years in the Spokane area. Cheney deserves Vince’s continued leadership on the city council because he h...

  • Oh my gourd

    Clare McGraw|Updated Oct 26, 2023

    Pumpkin patches have been in full swing with the approaching holiday....

  • Gardening by Osmosis

    Margaret Swenson|Updated Oct 26, 2023

    It was the Big Leaved Maple’s turn to shine. Other trees and shrubs had released their canopies and multicolored leaves littered the landscape. The Maple’s halo of gold reached high into the blue autumn afternoon. The sight was dazzling to behold. Not ready to release its crown, the Maple was admired by creatures great and small. And then as if given a signal, bronzed yellow and gold leaves dropped to the ground, The deep carpet reminiscent of the Yellow Brick Road....

  • Liberty Homecoming

    Roger Harnack|Updated Oct 26, 2023

    Liberty High School celebrated Homecoming last week with spirit days, football and a dance. The Homecoming royalty were presented to the community during halftime of the football game Friday night, Oct. 20. This year's king and queen are Caleb Nollmyer and Grace Grumbly. Here are photos of class royalty and others from Friday night's celebration at the football game....

  • Mead's big third quarter results in win

    Paul Delaney, Cheney Free Press|Updated Oct 26, 2023

    CHENEY – The boys football team had one of its best starts of the season in a Greater Spokane League game at home against Mead. But as has been the case all season the Blackhawks had a critical point that helped Mead collect a 48-29 win, Oct. 20 at Tom Oswald Field. The Blackhawks (0-8 GSL) stayed close to the Panthers (4-3, 4-4 all games) for the first two quarters, trailing 21-14 at halftime. A pair of touchdowns to Camden Collins from Sam Coffin kept Cheney in it as the t...

  • Cardinals start strong, fade against Lakeside

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated Oct 26, 2023

    MEDICAL LAKE – The girls volleyball team hung with Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls), one of the top teams in the Northeast A League, for the opening game. But following that 25-19 setback the fire slowly cooled as the Eagles (10-2 NEA, 11-3 overall) swept the Cardinals (3-9, 3-14) on Senior Night, Oct. 19 with wins of 25-13 and 25-8. In the opening game the Cardinals got within 16-15 before the Eagles finished with a 9-4 run. Subsequent games saw Medical Lake start slow and never r...

  • Sports Briefs

    Updated Oct 26, 2023

    Jackrabbits run past Cardinals QUINCY – The Jackrabbits rolled up 408 yards rushing on 54 plays and ran past Medical Lake 43-0 in a non-league football game here Oct. 27. Quincy (5-3) broke a scoreless first-quarter tie with 22 second-quarter points against winless Medical Lake. Of Medical Lake's 132 total yards, Cylas Puzycki rushed for 44 and Josh Henry had 31 on three receptions. The Cardinals close out the season Oct. 27 with their Northeast A League finale at Freeman (...

  • Cheney swimmers take second

    Jake Hull, Cheney Free Press|Updated Oct 26, 2023

    CLARKSTON - Cheney and Medical Lake swimmers were among those competing Friday, Oct. 20, in a girls meet at the Asotin Family Aquatic Center. Seven schools were represented at the meet – Pullman, Cheney, Clarkston, Lewis and Clark, Medical Lake, East Valley (Spokane Valley) and St. John-Endicott/LaCrosse. Pullman won the meet with 322 points, followed by Cheney with 278 and Clarkston third with 145. The Lewis and Clark, East Valley (Spokane Valley), Medical Lake and St. John-E...

  • Freeman runners edge Medical Lake in cross country

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated Oct 26, 2023

    FREEMAN – Kaylee Dennler won the girls individual race, but Freeman pushed across just enough runners in the Top 5 to win the final Northeast A League cross country race, 28-32 at Freeman High School on Oct. 19. Freeman’s boys put four runners in the Top 5 and scored 22 points to Riverside’s 42 and Medical Lake’s 66. Both boys and girls won 15-50 over Newport which did not field the required seven runners. Dennler’s 21 minute, 45 second time was nearly a minute ahead of...

  • Eastern tops Weber with strong finish

    Paul Delaney, Cheney Free Press|Updated Oct 26, 2023

    CHENEY - This time it was Eastern Washington's turn to win late. Jared Taylor completed an 18-play, 84-yard drive that chewed up 8 minutes, 40 seconds off the clock, scoring on a 3-yard run with 1:37 to play to lead the Eagles past Weber State 31-23, capping Homecoming week Oct. 21 at Roos Field. The score expanded a slim 1-point Eastern lead and made sure there was no revisiting the result of the Idaho State game - a 42-41 loss on a field goal with under a minute to play -...

  • Cheney boys roll in cross country

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated Oct 26, 2023

    CHENEY – The cross country team got one final tune-up before district competition by cruising past Ferris, Gonzaga Prep and Ridgeline in a Greater Spokane League meet at home Oct. 17. The Blackhawks’ boys had five of the Top 6 finishers and put six runners in the Top 10, scoring 18 points to 68 for Ferris, Prep’s 74 and Ridgeline’s 81. Ferris’ 28 points outdistanced Cheney (52), Ridgeline (68) and Prep (73) on the girls’ side over the 5,000-meter course. “Both the guys and gir...

  • First Buck

    Updated Oct 26, 2023

    Whitney Nave of Reardan got her fist buck, a 4X4 mule deer, while hunting north of Davenport over the last weekend. She was using a .270 Winchester rifle and accompanied by her father, Jeremiah Nave....

  • St. John-Endicott girls top Dayton Bulldogs

    Jake Hull, Cheney Free Press|Updated Oct 26, 2023

    ST. JOHN — The St. John-Endicott/LaCrosse Eagles had two games during the week, one home and one away. The Oct. 17 home game for the Eagles was against the Dayton Bulldogs. The Eagles had four seniors recognized that night — setter Julia Guske, libero Cami Larsen, outside Kaityln Hough, and middle Kenzie Stanley. The game was quick for the Eagles, which dominated from start-to-finish, sweeping the Bulldogs. Set scores for the game were all heavily in favor of the Eagles: 25-9, 25-8, 25-8. The Eagles will play the first rou...

  • Presenting colors

    Roger Harnack|Updated Oct 26, 2023

    The Eastern Washington University color guard presents the flag during the pregame festivities Saturday, Oct. 21. The Eastern Eagles hosted Weber State....

  • Sports Briefs

    Updated Oct 26, 2023

    BASKETBALL Eastern women open with exhibition CHENEY — Eastern Washington takes the court for its first game of the 2023-24 season in a Sunday, Oct. 29, exhibition against Montana Tech, at 2 p.m. at Reese Court with free admission. The Big Sky coaches’ preseason poll selected Eastern to win the conference this season. Jamie Loera and Jaydia Martin were both selected to the Big Sky All-Conference preseason team. Loera, the reigning Big Sky Defensive MVP, returns for her second season in Cheney. Cach Joddie Gleason begins her...

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