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10 Years Ago Oct. 4, 2007 Medical Lake citizens and local developers clashed over a proposed rezone before members of the Planning Commission during a near three-hour public hearing... — Updated 10/5/2017


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New works on display at EWU gallery Eastern Washington University Gallery of Art is displaying new works by artist Garrick Simonsen beginning Sept. 27 and running through Oct. 26. Simonsen will give a lecture on Sept. 27 at the... — Updated 9/21/2017

 By AL STOVER    Opinion

Dear West Plains: So long and thanks for all the lessons

Well West Plains, it’s been a fun three and a half years. Some folks already know this, but I am going to be leaving the Cheney Free Press and going to work as a staff reporter for The Ritzville-Adams County Journal. To put this... — Updated 7/6/2017


Stephen Barrett Stout

Stephen Barrett Stout, also known as "Blueberry" or "Kindler" passed away July 27, 2016, at his home in Ashland, Ore. after a brief illness. He was born Oct. 9, 1943 in Iowa City,... — Updated 10/13/2016 Full story


Eagles fall in CBI semifinals at Nevada

A sensational first half just wasn’t enough for the Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team to advance in the College Basketball Invitational. Playing without the school’s all-time leader scorer because of an inju... — Updated 3/24/2016

 By AL STOVER    Opinion

Violent incidents at Trump rallies will only escalate

I figured events like political rallies can get heated when you have people with differing opinions gathered into one place, but I’ve never expected them to turn into something like a hostile school playground or a soccer riot. D... — Updated 3/17/2016

 By PHIL KIVER    Opinion

CNN's Wolf Blitzer needs fact-checking intern

We rely on the media to keep our leaders honest and accountable. Sadly the last debate showed that the moderators are either stupid or lazy. Here are a few examples of the lack of knowledge by the candidates and the hosts. Jeb... — Updated 12/24/2015


Roger E. Harman

Roger E. Harman passed away Nov. 23, 2015 at Hospice House of Spokane. He was born in Devil’s Lake, N.D., on May 18, 1934, the first child of Merle and Warren Harman. Roger grew up in Malad City and Harrison, Idaho. The family... — Updated 12/10/2015 Full story


Don't extend Patriot Act without changes

Reprinted from the Orange County Register The House this past Thursday adjourned for its week-long Memorial Day recess leaving uncertain the fate of three provisions of the USA Patriot Act scheduled to expire June 1. Sen. John... — Updated 5/28/2015


Robert "Bob" W. England

Robert "Bob" W. England, age 83, longtime Sunnyside and Cheney resident passed away on Sunday, March 2, 2015 in Richland, Wash.  Bob was born on May 5, 1931 in Grandview, Wash.,... — Updated 3/12/2015 Full story


Westwood Middle School announces fall quarter honor roll

EIGHTH GRADE 4.0 — Jordan M. Agee, Avienda R. Anderson, Brittney E. Barnes, Jacob H. Berman, Nicolas J. Berman, Crystalee J. Burts, Camden J. Butikofer, Katherine M. Clemens, Alyson J. Dassow, Wyatt C. Ekstrom, Kaitren J.... — Updated 2/26/2015

 By Al Stover    Opinion

Lessons I learned while I wore a wrestling singlet

Sometimes it’s difficult to pin down a subject that you want to write about and your muse advises you to dig into the memory banks and churn out a story before deadline. I like to call these “reflective commentaries” where I... — Updated 11/25/2014

 By Al Stover    Sports

Wild horse race is dangerous, but entertaining spectacle at Stampede

This weekend I had a chance to make it out to the Bi-Mart Arena to enjoy a little bit of the Cheney Rodeo. I haven't been to many rodeos in my lifetime - in fact, this was the... — Updated 7/18/2014

 By AL STOVER    Opinion

When walking through life, always carry a pocketknife

I had intended to write this as a potential graduation commencement speech for Wolf Point High School, similar to Mary Schmich’s essay she wrote for The Chicago Tribune back in 1997 where she recommended that young folks wear... — Updated 6/12/2014


Judge Greg Tripp receives state Judge of the Year Award

SPOKANE – Spokane County announced April 24 that District Court and Cheney Municipal Court Judge Greg Tripp has been named Judge of the Year by the Misdemeanant Corrections... — Updated 5/1/2014


Idaho's wolf issue could soon become Washington's

Many years ago, when buffalo roamed the western United States, Native Americans made excellent use of this amazing animal. There were no government officials to patrol the land. If a buffalo, a bear or a wolf became a menace, the n... — Updated 4/24/2014


Do you know what a coyote looks like? Know your nature

It’s been years since I’ve stopped to visit “Cat Tales” on Highway 2. Every time I drive by I say to myself, “Stop one of these days and see the animals.” And every time I whiz on by. We Americans seem to be forever in... — Updated 2/20/2014

 By AL STOVER    Sports

Queen Underwood retains USA Boxing national crown

The crowd at the Pend Oreille Pavilion at Northern Quest Resort erupted as Queen Underwood made her entrance to the ring. A chant of “Queen of the ring” filled the air as Underwood steps through the ropes and stands at the red... — Updated 1/30/2014

 By Al Stover    Front Page

Al Stover returns to Cheney, signs as reporter with Cheney Free Press

My name is Al Stover, and I am the new staff reporter with the Cheney Free Press. I recently moved back from Wolf Point, Mont., a small town in the northeast part of the state that... — Updated 12/27/2013


Betty M. England

Betty M. England, age 83, longtime Sunnyside, Wash. resident passed away Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 in Kennewick, Wash. Betty was born July 22, 1930 in Lincoln, Neb. the daughter of... — Updated 12/20/2013 Full story


Life's different paths eventually unite Jacksons

Sometimes another person’s story reminds you of your own, sometimes not at all. Larry Jackson grew up in a family of eight children in Hoopeston, Ill., four miles from the Univers... — Updated 8/30/2013


MLHS names second semester honor roll

Principal’s Honor Roll Semester 2 4.0-3.5 Dara Abounorinejad, Dominique N. Anderson, Kaylee D. Andrews, Seth A. Barr, Ashley H. Beecher, Frederick F. Belga, Stefan H. Bergman, Kelli R. Beseler, Andrew C. Bliss, Joshua T.... — Updated 6/26/2013


MLHS announces honor roll for fall trimester 2012-13

The following students were named to the Medical Lake High School honor roll for fall trimester 2012-13. To qualify, students must earn a GPA of 3.50 or higher. Seniors Sydney E. Ahlf, Tiffany E. Allen, Luke H. Alvarado, Dominique... — Updated 2/21/2013


Carol Ann Moczulski (Squires)

Carol Ann Moczulski (Squires) passed away Jan. 14, 2013 in Spokane, Wash. after a long battle with cancer, surrounded by her loving husband Mitch, her immediate family and... — Updated 2/7/2013 Full story


Exercise can be the difference for retirees

I don’t know about you, but I find it all too easy to sometimes come up with a reason I just can’t exercise on a given day. I tell myself that my life is too crowded with work and meetings, or that I’m too tired from... — Updated 11/1/2012


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