Articles from the December 9, 2021 edition


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  • Kupp's cleats go to good cause

    Updated Dec 9, 2021

    Eastern Washington graduate and all-star wide receiver Cooper Kupp's statement about the non-profit he chose to represent with his cleats this week. "My wife, Anna Marie, and I are always trying to support organizations that serve youth in underrepresented communities. With Los Angeles as our home, we think it's so important to support local organizations like Operation Progress who are doing critical work to change the lives of young people and uplift our community. Their com...

  • CRT-activists targeting farmers markets

    Mark Miloscia, Contributor|Updated Dec 9, 2021

    In recent years, Democrats have taken issue with a number of harmless things (math and advanced academic classes, for example), deeming them racist and demanding their removal. We’ve seen progressive outrage over historic statues, holidays, and a seemingly endless number of topics. Their most recent targets are farmers markets and food charities. Washington State University is now reinforcing claims that farmers markets and food charities are examples of “white dominant culture” and “white supremacy.” WSU’s agriculture...

  • Unemployed residents may have to repay their unemployment benefits

    Mark Harmsworth, Contributor|Updated Dec 9, 2021

    Due to the federal government changing the unemployment benefit eligibility rules mid-pandemic, some Washington residents, who have been receiving unemployment benefits, will now have repay the benefits despite being approved to receive benefits initially. The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, launched shortly after the pandemic started, did not fully verify that a benefit claimant was eligible for program benefits. Claimants that applied under the rules of the PUA program published in 2020, would have...

  • Eleanor L. Moore

    Updated Dec 9, 2021

    Eleanor L. Moore July 5th, 1932 - Nov. 30th, 2021 Eleanor L. Moore was called home by our Lord on Nov. 30th, 2021. Eleanor was born on July 5th, 1932 to Jacob and Bertha Hoefner in Hartline, Wash. The family later moved to Cashmere, Wash. where Eleanor finished her schooling and met and married Clarence Moore. They moved to the Cheney, Wash. area where they owned a dairy farm and started their family. Eleanor worked a variety of jobs over the years and finished her career... Full story

  • Frances Eleanor (Dubois) Johnson Bogle

    Updated Dec 9, 2021

    Frances Eleanor (Dubois) Johnson Bogle June 15, 1938 - Nov. 30, 2021 Loving wife, mother, and grandmother, Frances Eleanor (Dubois) Johnson Bogle passed away Nov. 30, 2021. She was born on June 15, 1938 She received the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal savior and was baptized in the Noxon River in Montana. Her joy was being a homemaker. She loved to bake or knit gifts for every member of her family. She gave the very best that she had to give. Everybody in her apartment... Full story

  • Susan Evonne (Seppanen) Matson

    Updated Dec 9, 2021

    Susan Evonne (Seppanen) Matson Jan. 22, 1976 - Nov. 29, 2021 Susan Evonne (Seppanen) Matson, 45, passed away on Nov. 29, 2021. She was born in Portland, Ore. on Jan. 22, 1976. Susie graduated from Battle Ground High School in 1994. She was married to Wade Matson on Sept. 1, 1995. Susie is survived by her husband Wade Matson and her eleven children: Dove (with Mathias) Ketola, Devon, Riley, Kendra, Braden, Logan, Laila, Dawson, Luke, Aimee, and Alivia all of Cheney, Wash.... Full story

  • Charles Miller

    Updated Dec 9, 2021

    Charles Miller Nov. 7, 1936 - Nov. 29, 2021 Charles Miller, 85, passed away on Nov. 29, 2021 at Hospice House in Spokane. Although his body was burdened with physical pain, his beautiful spirit remained strong, positive and joyful until God placed him into gentle slumber that carried him over the rainbow. Charles was a successful wheat farmer and cattle rancher in the Sprague/ Lamont area. When he sold a portion of his ranch to the Bureau of Land Management, Charles retired from the day-to-day farming operations and focused... Full story

  • Chile student learning her way around area

    Sarah Stephens, Cheney Free Press|Updated Dec 9, 2021

    CHENEY — An exchange student from Santiago, Chile, is enjoying her time here and learning her way around. Catalina Meneses, a 15-year old junior, is being hosted by local teacher Amye Ellsworth and Jake Andersen. “I like to go around town with friends, since the town is really small,” she said. “It’s really fun … and I also like to go and visit Spokane, visiting all the museums, shops and parks.” Meneses said she likes going to area likes; her favorite is one near Medical...

  • Local girls help Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery

    Sarah Stephens, Features reporter|Updated Dec 9, 2021

    CHENEY – Several local girls from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 1st Ward are helping mothers and babies at Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery in Spokane. The girls have helped with poster design, made collection boxes and posted fliers. On Saturday, Dec. 4, they conducted a drive-through and drop off donation drive, offering hot chocolate and cookies to participants. Although it was a chilly morning, the drive was a success, according to Kate Rogers, a 17-year-old volunteer. “It was cold, but it was worth it,” she...

  • Blackhawks mascot likely to change

    Jonathan Olsen-Koziol, Cheney Free Press|Updated Dec 9, 2021

    AIRWAY HEIGHTS – Cheney School District Superintendent Rob Roettger and the School Board began preliminary discussions about changing Blackhawks imagery during a meeting last week in the Sunset Elementary School gymnasium. The possible change is due to a House Bill 1356 that passed last year restricting the use of American Indian mascots and logos without consent of a neighboring tribe. The Blackhawks mascot honors Sauk tribal member Black Hawk, who fought alongside the British in the War of 1812 against the U.S. He later i...

  • Scouts selling Christmas trees in Cheney

    Sarah Stephens, Cheney Free Press|Updated Dec 9, 2021

    CHENEY -- West Plains Boy Scout Troop No. 356 is selling Christmas trees and wreaths again this year. "This year business has been great," troop Secretary Kristin Weaver Bowman said. "I was shocked to see how few trees we had after a week of sales." Bowman said the troop started with 175 Douglas and noble fir trees and 25 wreaths, and were down to 97 trees and three wreaths Tuesday morning in the parking lot at 4 Cheney-Spokane Road. The trees are distributed from an...

  • Holiday Hoopla kicks off Cheney Christmas

    Jonathan Olsen-Koziol, Cheney Free Press|Updated Dec 9, 2021

    CHENEY – The annual Holiday Hoopla kicked off on a cold clear night in the Holiday Inn Parking lot. More than 45 cars lined up to follow Santa and his homemade sleigh to look at the best Christmas lights displays around town. The tour ended with a drive-in movie showing of "The Polar Express." This is Kyle Lesser's second year as Santa Claus and said he still felt nervous to don the red outfit and frosty white beard because ole St. Nick is nothing short of a childhood icon f...

  • Parks and Rec kicks off Winterfest

    Matthew O. Stephens, Reporter|Updated Dec 9, 2021

    AIRWAY HEIGHTS – Residents were able to join in the festive community activities, as Airway Heights Parks and Recreation kicked off “Winterfest 2021” with a tree lighting and fireworks show the evening on December 3 at Sunset Park. Inland Power and Light helped decorate the community tree, and parks and rec. Board President Jacob Powers led the audience with a countdown that ended with the community tree being lit while fireworks soared and exploded behind it. The organization followed it up with a community breakfast at th...

  • Santa comes to Airway Heights

    Updated Dec 9, 2021

  • Looking Back

    Updated Dec 9, 2021

    December 8, 2011 10 years ago West Plains hopes to reap some benefit from Boeing’s new Renton production facility Boeing announced last week that it will choose Renton, Washington as the production facility for it’s 737 MAX airplane. The 737 MAX will succeed the current aging fleet of Boeing’s 737 single aisle airplane in 2017. More than 700 commitments have already been made for the plane, according to a Boeing press release. The West Plains is hoping to get a piece of the production, should demands exceed the capacity of th...

  • Communty Briefs

    Updated Dec 9, 2021

    Cockrum to continue ‘Angels Among Us’ CHENEY -- Celebrate the third Sunday of Advent with us this week at the United Methodist Church. Guest speaker the Rev. Dale Cockrum will be preaching from the Gospel of Matthew as we continue the Advent series, “Angels Among Us.” To worship in person, RSVP on line on the church website, www.cheneyumc.org. You may also contact Pastor Alissa Bertsch at 509-879-2278 for worship attendance or if you would like be added to our mailing list for a hard copy of the worship service. A video o...

  • State high court declines redistricting duty

    Roger Harnack, The Journal|Updated Dec 9, 2021

    OLYMPIA – The state Supreme Court on Friday, Dec. 3, declined to redraw new legislative and congressional maps. The decision follows an attempt by the Redistricting Commission to reapportion the state in the wake of the 2020 Census. And it means that the maps previously submitted by the commission will likely be the establishing documents for new legislative and congressional districts. If the maps are retained, Franklin and Adams Counties will be split between legislative d...

  • Smooch-a-Pooch event helps local dogs

    Matthew O. Stephens, Reporter|Updated Dec 9, 2021

    CHENEY – Two-year-old Lincoln and several other dogs greeted people Dec. 4 at Wild Bill's Longbar during the Smooch-a-Pooch event benefitting dogs saved by the group Rescue4All. The group primarily focuses on local dogs in Spokane County and dogs that suffer from megaesophagus. The group does not discriminate and looks to help dogs of all breeds suffering from illnesses, injuries, and other issues. This year, marked the third event of this kind, and organizers said they are a...

  • Craft Fair raises money for high school programs

    Updated Dec 9, 2021

    CHENEY – An armada of crafters filled up the Cheney High School commons Saturday, Dec. 4, to sell their wares and help raise money for various high school programs like FFA, FBLA, DECA, and the culinary and photography programs. John Redinger brought his 86-year-old dad out to the craft fair to sell some of his wood working projects that he hasn’t touched in years prior. Redinger said his dad was flooded with memories while he was selling his wooden art. “The energy out here...

  • Makin' a splash

    Jonathan Olsen-Koziol|Updated Dec 9, 2021

    Cheney High School swimmer Reuben Morgan hitting the breath stroke....

  • Take 'em down

    Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press|Updated Dec 9, 2021

    Medical Lake’s Mason Holt sprawls as Tekoa-Rosalia grappler Bryce Casey shoots a single leg during Friday night’s season-opening Reardan Takedown Tournament. Individual results from the tournament were not reported....

  • Medical Lake basketball teams open at home

    Matthew O. Stephens, Reporter|Updated Dec 9, 2021

    MEDICAL LAKE – High school basketball season is underway, and the Medical Lake Cardinals opened their season on December 2 at home against the Saint George’s Dragons. The varsity girls game tipped off at 5:45 and the Lady Cardinals soared to a solid victory 37-19 over the Dragons in the home opener. Medical Lake senior Amblessed Okemgbo led the Cardinals in scoring with 15 points and added a handful of rebounds in the team’s victory. Charde’ Luat and Mckenzi Hammel each ad...

  • Cheney High School Sports Round Up

    Jonathan Olsen-Koziol|Updated Dec 9, 2021

    Basketball CHENEY – Here’s a round up results from the high school winter sports ongoing season. Basketball The Cheney Blackhawks boys’ and girls’ varsity teams opened up their season at home in the Cheney High School gymnasium. The girls began the night with a hard-fought blowout loss to West Valley 83 to 37. They finished the night with 40 rebounds, three assists, and zero blocks. They also made 31 percent of their field goals, 47 percent of their free throws, and had zero three pointers on the night. The boys ended t...

  • West Plains Police News

    Updated Dec 9, 2021

    Cheney CHENEY – Here are the police reports for Nov. 30 through Dec. 6. Nov. 30 Anthony J. Cable, 22-year-old male, was arrested for fourth degree assault on the 700 block of West First Street A laptop computer was stolen from a vehicle on the 1300 block of Third Street. Identity theft through a fraudulent bail bond on the 600 block of Golden Hills Drive. Digital camera and two pairs of wireless headphones stolen from the 1300 block of Third Street. Dec. 1 An 80-year-old female suddenly died on the 2200 block of North S...

  • Looking Back

    Updated Dec 9, 2021

    2 years ago December 26, 1996 Library work on budget and on time for mid-Feb. Reopening Those extra windows in the new library addition couldn’t be any more welcome as things just keep looking brighter for the county library. “There haven’t been any surprises we haven’t been able to handle,” said Ellen Miller, North Regional Manager for the Spokane County Library District. The multi-million dollar expansion project currently underway at Cheney’s branch will allow the library to have more references, books, and everything...

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