Articles from the December 28, 2023 edition


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  • Farm Out Range to host rim-fire shoot

    Clare McGraw, Cheney Free Press|Updated Dec 28, 2023

    CHENEY – Gun enthusiasts are gearing up for a special event to kick off the new year at Farm Out Range. Owner Bob Hamilton said the Post-Christmas Rimfire Special will take place at 9 a.m. Dec. 30 at the Farm Out Range, 20437 W. Cordill Lane. The event is open to the public. The event is a precision rifle series focusing on rim-fire matches. Hamilton, who typically organizes monthly matches for both rim-fire and center-fire, decided to throw in this special match to cater to those who received new “toys” for Christmas. Hamilt...

  • Kathryn Lenora Shields

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    Kathryn "Kathy" Lenora Shields was born in Lamont, Wash. to Katherine (Irene Kelly) and Cleo R. Thompson. She passed away peacefully in her sleep, surrounded by family Dec. 13, 2023, after complications from a fall at age 90. Kathy moved numerous times in her childhood, until her family settled in Four Lakes, Wash. She graduated from Cheney High School and attended Eastern Washington College (now known as Eastern Washington University). In 1955, she married William "Bill"... Full story

  • Writers Workshop

    Venus Bratsveen|Updated Dec 28, 2023

    The girls teased Uncle Mike about his mystery lady all the way home. Mike took it all in stride. He had other things on his mind. Who was she? Why hasn’t he seen her before? He wasn’t buying her story about being in town to care for sickly parents. Why did she salt her ice cream? Nobody does that, except his little fish face. The girls noticed his distracted behavior and chalked it up to him being smitten with Asherah. They talked quietly in the back of the car. “I’m going back to the library tomorrow night. You have to invi...

  • Richards: Things falling into place'

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated Dec 28, 2023

    EAST WENATCHEE – The Cheney girls capped off play in the GESA Winter Shootout at Eastmont High School with a win and now have one more tune-up before the start of Greater Spokane League play when Ferris visits Jan. 4. “Last week in Eastmont was great for us,” Coach Meredith Richards wrote in an email. “Our record for the tournament didn’t portray the amount of learning and adjusting and ‘team play’ that I saw on the court for all three games.” The Blackhawks got 12 points e...

  • Lancers win, lose

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    The Liberty (Spangle) boys and girls basketball teams played Freeman and Colfax. The boys lost both games, 70-45 to Freeman on Dec. 18 and 56-49 to Colfax on Dec. 19. The girls bested Freeman, 49-41, but lost to Colfax, 48-42. The Liberty girls travel to Medical Lake to take on the undefeated Cardinals at 3:30 p.m. today, Dec. 28. Pictured Lancer Cooper Thomas drives against Lind-Ritzville in a Dec. 12 victory....

  • Pilot struggles, but is OK

    Valley News Herald|Updated Dec 28, 2023

    GREENACRES – The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an ultralight aircraft appearing to have mechanical issues over the city on Dec. 23. At about 4:30 p.m. a caller reported the aircraft under control, but descending with apparent engine problems, the Sheriff’s Office reported. Deputies later located the pilot as part of a welfare check; the Sheriff’s Office has yet to release his name even though its public record....

  • Mason tops for Blackhawks at Tri-County

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated Dec 28, 2023

    SPOKANE VALLEY – Cheney wrestlers emerged from the day-long Tri-Country Classic on Dec. 21 with a variety of solid finishes. Tops for the Blackhawks was Shadrach Mason at 150 pounds who finished third. Mason, who won his first three bouts, his first two by fall. He won his third by an 8-7 decision over Carsen Buenzli of Medical Lake. He lost his fourth to Jameson Davis of Selkirk, by fall 4-0 in 4:19. He capped the day with a pair of wins, including a pin of Mead’s Tyler Van...

  • First Day Hike set for Columbia Plateau Trail

    Clare McGraw, Cheney Free Press|Updated Dec 28, 2023

    CHENEY – Washington State Parks is hosting a First Day Hike at the Columbia Plateau Trail on Jan. 1. The hike is traditionally held on New Year’s Day, and participants don’t need a Discover Pass to join in. Rex Schultz, one of the guides leading the way, delved into what makes this trail so special. The hike is from 1-3 p.m. and starts at the Cheney Trailhead. The northern portion of the trail runs from Cheney to Sprague, but the First Day Hike won’t cover the whole distance. “Of the parts of the trail I know, I recommend...

  • Richards: 'Things are starting to fall into place'

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated Dec 28, 2023

    EAST WENATCHEE – The Cheney girls capped off play in the GESA Winter Shootout at Eastmont High School with a win and now have one more tune-up before the start of Greater Spokane League play when Ferris visits Jan. 4. “Last week in Eastmont was great for us,” Coach Meredith Richards wrote in an email. “Our record for the tournament didn’t portray the amount of learning and adjusting and ‘team play’ that I saw on the court for all three games.” The Blackhawks got 12 points e...

  • Top Valley news from 2023

    Matthew Stephens, Valley Herald|Updated Dec 28, 2023

    These were the top stories of 2023 from the Spokane Valley News Herald: Kramer Overpass completion The Kramer Overpass was opened to the public on Sept. 9. This project cost $14 million, and according to Liberty Lake Mayor Cris Kaminskas, the city didn’t accrue any debt to fund the project. Funding was secured back in 2015 as part of a $16 billion infrastructure package. This overpass also helps alleviate some of the traffic issues due to community growth. The Central Valley School District and the Spokane Valley Fire D...

  • Eastern Briefs

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    BASKETBALL Husky rally tops Eagles SEATTLE — The three-game winning streak for Eastern Washington’s men’s basketball team ended Dec. 21 at Alaska Airlines Arena at the University of Washington, but not without a battle to the end. A late cold shooting spell proved costly as the Eagles fell short, losing 66-73 to the Pac-12 Huskies. Down 23-14 midway through the first half, Eastern (4-7) responded with a furious 17-3 run and took a 1-point lead into the break, 40-39. Dane Erikstrup scored 12 of his team-leading 17 point...

  • Six area girls medal at M2 Mallett

    Cheney Free Press|Updated Dec 28, 2023

    SPOKANE – Six West Plains wrestlers brought home medals Saturday, Dec. 23, from the M2 Mallett girls tournament at Rogers High School. Kariyah Storbel won the girls 140-pound division for Liberty (Spangle) and Ireland Chodorowski won the 145-pound class for Cheney. Three area girls brought home silver, including Cheney's Grizzell Ramos at 110 pounds and Jalisca Holmgren at 125, and Liberty's Alexis Taylor at 155. Cheney's Jennifer Tian finished fourth at 110 pounds. The C...

  • Lancers earn a gold, a silver and a bronze

    Cheney Free Press|Updated Dec 28, 2023

    SPOKANE – Three Liberty boys brought Top 3 medals home from the M2 Mallett wrestling tournament on Saturday, Dec. 23, at Rogers High School. Wrestling at 175, Liberty teammates Clae Holling and Joey Matherly faced off in the title bout, with Holling claiming gold and Matherly silver. At 150, Maddex Strobel brought home a bronze medal. Holling and Matherly came faced different competitors on their way to the championship bout. Holling received a buy and then pinned three oppone...

  • Blackhawk boys win streak at four

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated Dec 28, 2023

    EAST WENATCHEE – Call it an early Christmas present if you will for Cheney boys basketball coach Travis Peevey. The four-game winning streak the Blackhawks find themselves riding has Peevey sounding like a kid who got just what he wanted from under the tree. Cheney returned home from the Eastmont’s 2023 GESA Winter Shootout with wins over Monroe, 58-46, on Dec. 20, Wenatchee — again — 59-24, on Dec. 21, and Spanaway Lake, 62-55, on Dec. 22 to push its record to 5-4 followi...

  • Cardinal champions

    Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press|Updated Dec 28, 2023

    Medical Lake had a pair of wrestlers win championships at the Tri-County Classic on Dec. 21 at Central Valley High School in Spokane Valley. True Cole improved his season record to 18-3 with a win at 215 pounds, pinning Skyler Harty of Central Valley in 4:30. Hudson Raulston (17-3) took the 126-pound title for the Cardinals, also winning the title bout by fall in 1:13 over Sam Drake of Kettle Falls....

  • Pool demolition complete

    Clare McGraw, Cheney Free Press|Updated Dec 28, 2023

    CHENEY – Work on the municipal pool is continuing following demolition. “Demolition of the pool is complete,” pool renovation project manager Dan Curley said last week. He went on to describe the meticulous process that unfolded during the demolition phase, which involved heavy equipment operators on-site, diligently working to dismantle the structure. Multiple trucks were employed to haul away the debris, ensuring a thorough cleanup, he said. Curley noted the demolition phase of the project did not encounter any unfor...

  • Bonds, wins grow for Medical Lake girls

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated Dec 28, 2023

    MEDICAL LAKE – The Cardinal girls basketball team sits at a perfect 7-0 as the 2023-24 season gets into its serious stage. Considering the Cardinals have been through the changes authored from having been guided by three different coaches in as many seasons, this early success is quite satisfying for ML’s latest bench boss, Yeta Holloway. “Every game, the bond between coach and player grows,” Holloway wrote in an email. The schedule was light leading into the holiday break las...

  • Cardinals wrap up preseason

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated Dec 28, 2023

    SPOKANE VALLEY – The Medical Lake boys basketball winds down the preseason with a pair of games this week last the West Valley tournament in Spokane knowing at least a couple of things to be true. In their 2-6 start under new Coach Brett Ward, the Cardinals have already doubled the win output of the entire 2022-23 season. And one of those victories put them at 1-0 in Northeast A League play. “I’m happy with our league win,” Ward said. “That’s the most important record and we a...

  • Fund earmarked for Felts Field apron

    Valley News Herald|Updated Dec 28, 2023

    SPOKANE VALLEY – Felts Field is getting a funding boost to upgrade the local airstrip. Two federal grants will help fund $737,000 in apron improvements. One grant is for $587,000 and the other is for $150,000. The grants were among $190,000-plus in airport funding earmarked for 37 airports in Washington state last week. In addition, the state is receiving a $1 million planning grant to help with airport improvements. The money came from the Federal Aviation Administration’s three primary airport grant programs: Airport Inf...

  • Christmas Eagle

    Matthew Stephens|Updated Dec 28, 2023

    Bald Eagles flock to Lake Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, every winter to follow the salmon. This year, the federal Bureau of Land Management said there were a record number of eagles at the lake. As of mid-December, 379 individual eagles had been counted near Higgins Point, Wolf Lodge Bay and Beauty Bay. Above, a juvenile female eagle, about 3 years old, perches in a tree after a fish lunch on Christmas Day....

  • Ten doctor-recommended health resolutions in the New Year

    StatePoint|Updated Dec 28, 2023

    The New Year is the perfect time to hit the reset button on your health and wellness. Not sure where to start? Doctors say you can make the biggest impact with small, incremental tweaks to your routine. “It is quite common after the holidays to think about all you’ve eaten or your reduced physical activity and get discouraged,” says Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, M.D., MPH, president of the American Medical Association (AMA). “But the good news is you don’t have to make major health changes in one fell swoop. You can make small, positiv...

  • New judge appointed to Superior Court bench

    Cheney Free Press|Updated Dec 28, 2023

    SPOKANE – A new judge will be presiding on the Spokane County Superior Court bench effective Jan. 8. Dean Tze-Ming Chuang was appointed to the post on Thursday, Dec. 21, by Gov. Jay Inslee. Chuang will serve as the judge in the new 13th Judicial Department. “Dean Chuang is well respected and well prepared to serve the Spokane County community in this role,” Inslee said. “I’m pleased that he will bring his work ethic, courage and skills to the Spokane County Superior Court bench.” Chuang is a partner at the law firm of Cra...

  • Library offering activities for New Year

    Cheney Free Press|Updated Dec 28, 2023

    SPOKANE COUNTY – Spokane County Library District will be hosting several January workshops and activities. Some activities will be available on site and some online. Those with self-care as a resolution can start the year by making an herbal tub sachet and learning about ways to unwind, relax, and take care of themselves during the online program: The Science of Self-Care. They can also sign up for the in-person New Year Self-Care Retreat, which is also offered in Spanish. For anyone thinking about sprucing up their h...

  • Local boys medal at M2

    Roger Harnack, Valley News Herald|Updated Dec 28, 2023

    SPOKANE – The University boys wrestling team finished fourth overall among nearly 30 teams in the M2 Mallet tournament on Saturday, Dec. 23. Moscow, Idaho, won the boys division with 213.5 points, followed by Ferris with 209.5 in second. Third went to Shadle Park with 158 points and fourth to University with 152.0. Central Valley finished a distant 10th with 96.5 and Ridgeline 11th with 92.5. East Valley finished 19th with 54.0 points....

  • Two area girls medal at M2 Mallet

    Roger Harnack, Valley News Herald|Updated Dec 28, 2023

    SPOKANE – Two Spokane Valley girls won medals Saturday, Dec. 23, at the M2 Mallet wrestling tournament at Rogers High School. Wrestling at 190 pounds, Emma Brimwell of Ridgeline won a silver medal. And at 135 pounds, Samara Wienstock of University won bronze. The Quincy girls won the team title with 119.5 points. University finished 14th with 23.0 points and Ridgeline was 16th with 21.0. East Valley didn't score any team points. Brimwell opened the tournament in the s...

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