Articles from the December 22, 2022 edition


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  • Updated Dec 22, 2022

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  • Rep. Dye to serve in leadership

    The Journal|Updated Dec 22, 2022

    POMEROY — A 9th Legislative District representative has been selected to lead Republicans on the House Environment and Energy Committee. Rep. Mary Dye, R-Pomeroy, represents Whitman, Adams, Lincoln and southern Spokane Counties, among others. As the ranking Republican, she said she will be working on environmental policy, grown management, shoreline protection, air quality, recycling and other topics. The committee considers issues related to energy availability, production and conservation. Dye has been the lead R...

  • Updated Dec 22, 2022

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  • Inferno wings closes, owner plans to open new restaurant next year

    Lucas Walsh, Cheney Free Press|Updated Dec 22, 2022

    CHENEY – Inferno wings, on 401 1st St., closed its doors on Dec. 2 due to rising food costs and other issues. Derek Baziotis, owner of the establishment, will soon open a new restaurant in the same location. “With the way that the economy is working right now, especially in food service, costs increasing, labor, we had to make the difficult choice.” Baziotis said. The restaurant officially opened in its current location in May of 2022, after having operated out of anoth...

  • Winter guest

    Byrne Bennett, Free Press Publishing|Updated Dec 22, 2022

    A petting zoo hosted by the city of Medical Lake's Winterfest event featured reindeer....

  • Council holds final reading and approval of 2023 budget

    Lucas Walsh, Cheney Free Press|Updated Dec 22, 2022

    CHENEY – Council votes unanimously to approve 2023 budget on Tuesday Dec. 13. The third and final public hearing and reading took place at the meeting, as well as a reading of the amendments to the budget. Approved discretionary requests for the police department included two new patrol cars, the drone equipment and training program, and a digital fingerprint scanning system. Parks & Recreation received approval for a replacement deicer unit and a new director for the d...

  • Spokane prosecuting attorney issues warrant for Airway Heights criminals

    Lucas Walsh, Cheney Free Press|Updated Dec 22, 2022

    AIRWAY HEIGHTS - Spokane county prosecutor's office has filed a warrant which charges Aleksander Kurmoyarov and Mandie R. Miller with unlawful imprisonment, first degree criminal mistreatment, and second degree murder. According to the Mitchell, SD police department, Kurmoyarov (28) and Miller (33) were arrested on Dec. 15 after the Davison county coroner informed them that the pair were traveling through the city from Airway Heights with the body of their deceased daughter...

  • West Plains Police News

    Updated Dec 22, 2022

    The following incidents were reported by the Cheney police between Dec. 12-16 Dec. 12 Harassment. 1600 Block 1st St. Taking Motor Vehicle without Permission second degree. 100 Block Alki St. Stolen: 2017 Hyundai Elantra, recovered on 12-12-22 by Tumwater PD. Arrested: 14 year old male Vehicle impound. 2400 Block Cheney-Spokane Rd. Impounded: 1997 Toyota 4-Runner Dec. 13 Verbal Domestic violence. 100 Block College Hill St. Third degree theft-from vehicle. 800 Block W. 1st St. Stolen: pocket watch, cufflinks, folding knife,...

  • West Plains News Briefs

    Updated Dec 22, 2022

    Winter weather update SPOKANE COUNTY, December 20, 2022 – With several inches of fresh snow, crews will continue to work long hours through the night keeping the Priority One roads clear (emergency routes and main arterials) and sanding. Motorists are reminded that there is a layer of ice underneath the snow, making road surfaces extremely slick. Please remember to stay at least 50-feet behind our snow removal equipment and never attempt to pass on the right. Extremely cold temperatures are also expected through Thursday, inc...

  • Veterans' Wreaths Spread Across America

    Don Brunell, Contributor|Updated Dec 22, 2022

    The Holiday Season is an especially difficult time for anyone grieving lost loved ones. Evergreen wreaths placed on veterans’ graves across America help to ease that pain. More than 2.5 million red-ribboned wreaths were placed by thousands of volunteers, including many family members, on December 17. Those wreaths are made from clippings of balsam firs dedicated to deceased veterans. Each tree growing in Maine has the “dog tags” identifying the fallen service member. The t...

  • Christmas magic alive and well

    Roger Harnack, Publisher|Updated Dec 22, 2022

    As a youngster, I looked forward to Christmas. I loved the food, the traditions and especially the presents — what kid doesn’t? In high school and college, the luster subsided. As a wrestler, Christmas was a time for fasting so I didn’t have to move up a weight class. I dreaded running extra bleachers, doing additional up-downs and all the “fat man” jokes from teammates. Christmas would become just one of those “OK” holidays for me after college. As a journalist, I...

  • Irma Johnson

    Updated Dec 22, 2022

    Irma Johnson, 91, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Dec. 13, 2022. She was born in a small house outside of Nisland, S.D., on Jun. 26, 1931. Her family moved to Milwaukee, Wis. where she attended school through the third grade before returning to S.D. Irma lived in Medical Lake, Wash. for 60 years, where she raised her family and was involved in many community and church activities. Irma is preceded in death by her parents Dave and KatieWeimer. Her brothers Alfred... Full story

  • Churches

    Updated Dec 22, 2022

    Cheney Congregational Church Join us on Christmas Eve for our candlelight service at 5:30pm. There will be nativity costumes for kids to dress up in and participate in the service. Anyone and everyone is welcome! We will not hold services on Sunday, December 25. We are a community of neighbors who seek and serve Jesus and who strive to create a place where anyone, regardless of their sexuality, gender expression or race can find community and feel welcomed. We hold as a permanent conviction that each person is treasured in...

  • Writers Workshop

    Updated Dec 22, 2022

    THE OLD MAN Carol Beason 16 December 2021 Our town was run down at the heels and everyone lived just this side of disaster but that didn’t mean we weren’t proud of what we had. We picked up trash, kept wayward weeds mowed down, nurtured our gardens, plants and trees in the summer, and shoveled snow in the winter. If we had “means” our little town would have sparkled. Everyone did their part in helping each other live lives that needed to be lived. Some, those passing through, said that we were needy. We weren’t! We had life...

  • Blackhawks seem headed on right road

    Paul Delaney, Contributor|Updated Dec 22, 2022

    Five games into the 2022-23 season and things appear to be headed in the right direction for the Cheney boys' basketball team. Following a week where the Blackhawks collected wins in two of three games, pushing their record to 3-2, Cheney sits just one victory shy of its entire 2021-22 campaign. Last week the Blackhawks topped Lewis And Clark 53-43 on Dec. 13, lost 80-71 Dec. 16 at Ridgeline, but rebounded to breeze past Shadle Park 76-45 the following afternoon. "We are...

  • New coach and culture for CHS boys' hoops

    Paul Delaney, Contributor|Updated Dec 22, 2022

    As if the spotlight on new Cheney boys’ basketball head coach Travis Peevey is not bright enough as he works to rebound from a 4-15 record in the 2021-22 season, there’s this. Peevey married into the Hatch family with its generations of ties to Cheney High School athletics. His wife is Jenna whose parents are Jimmy and Celia Hatch and grandparents Betty and the late Jim Hatch. The Jim Hatch gymnasium where Peevey’s team plays is home court is named for the long time Black...

  • Cheney girls earn first win

    Paul Delaney, Contributor|Updated Dec 22, 2022

    The Cheney girls' basketball team won two of three non-league games last week, including the first of the season. On Dec. 13 the Blackhawks beat Lewis and Clark 46-42, Cheney's initial victory for 2022-23, then went on the road for two games where they lost to Ridgeline 47-32, Dec. 16 before topping Shadle 46-33 Dec. 17. Coming out of the halftime break and outscoring LC 13-5 allowed Cheney to withstand the visitor's fourth-quarter 17-12 rally. Shauna Elliott led all scorers w...

  • Cheney All-GSL football selections

    Updated Dec 22, 2022

    The following are members of the Cheney High School All-Greater Spokane League football team (L-R): Eli Axtell (#76) Honorable Mention Offensive-Line; Kordell Laher (#12) First Team Offense, WR; Micah Ragaza-Bourassa (#2) Second Team Defense, LB; Cole Palmer (#54) Second Team Offensive-Line; Jakeb Vallance (#8) Honorable Mention, QB; Owen Scott (#3) Second Team Defense, Corner; Alex Hubbard (#40) Honorable Mention / D-Line....

  • Early season still a struggle for ML boys

    Paul Delaney, Contributor|Updated Dec 22, 2022

    Medical Lake head boys ‘basketball coach Jordan Starr knew this season might be a challenge with many new faces and mixed experience. Last week’s results, a 90-36 loss Dec. 15 at home to Greater Spokane League North Central (6-0) and a 44-37 setback on the road the following night to Newport (1-1 Northeast A, 2-2 overall) appears to be a good illustration? “North Central is the real deal,” head coach Jordan Starr wrote in an email. “They have great balance and skill at all po...

  • Cardinal girls open NEA play with win

    Paul Delaney, Contributor|Updated Dec 22, 2022

    The Medical Lake girls got their Northeast A League season off to a good start last week with a 44-13 win at Newport, Dec. 16. The previous night, Greater Spokane League North Central won 33-15 at ML. In the win the Cardinals got the stoutest of defensive play outscoring the Grizzlies 30-2 in the first half. "The box score is correct," head coach Brett Ward wrote in an email. "Basically, they scored two points in three quarters against our varsity kids." Medical Lake played...

  • Medical Lake Winterfest 2022

    Updated Dec 22, 2022

    Merry Christmas!...

  • Cheney FFA chapter competes in contests for leadership skills, places in all categories

    Elizebeth Nelson|Updated Dec 22, 2022

    CHENEY - Our Cheney FFA Chapter had a very successful day! We hosted the District 5 South Leadership Sub- District contests for Employment Skills, Ag Issues and Extemporaneous Speaking. Our Cheney FFA Members brought it home in Employment Skills with Ireland Placing 1st, Grace placing 2nd, and Luke Placing 3rd. Zack participated in the a Extemporaneous Speaking LDE and all 4 members are headed to Districts! Huge shout out to McLagan for hosting and all the awesome members...