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Locals contribute to car give-away

CHENEY – Local business owners and residents have contributed to the repair and donation of a used car to a nominated resident. Steve Burke, of Burke's Repair, 107 H. St., first... — Updated 3/17/2023


Young scheduled as speaker

CHENEY – Elinor Young of Chattaroy will be the guest speaker at 10 a.m. during the Sunday, March 12, service. “Her story is fascinating and so encouraging in obedience to God’s call on our lives,” church Administrator... — Updated 3/17/2023


First buttercups of 2023

 — Updated 3/16/2023


Is winter finally over?

Goodbye, Winter! How many times have we said this the last six weeks? Maybe this time it is for real. A look at the forecast gives us hope for warmer temperatures but not too much encouragement to wager when to lock up our snow... — Updated 3/16/2023

 By Lucas Walsh    Neighborhood 

Bus drivers volunteer at 2nd Harvest

SPOKANE - Cheney School District bus drivers volunteered Friday, March 10, for various tasks at 2nd Harvest. The 18 bus drivers spent about five hours sorting food items and... — Updated 3/16/2023


Cheney Congregational continues series

CHENEY — The Congregational Church is continuing its “Holy in the Ordinary” series in which the congregation explores the concepts of encountering the divine in every-day life. Administrator Carol Campbell said there is a... — Updated 3/16/2023

 By Vern Hopkins    Neighborhood 

Writers Workshop: The War Creek Bear

I was scared. Like cold sweat, heart pounding scared. I knew it was all over. A bear was going to have me for lunch. It was late summer and the bear population was pretty serious about getting fat before winter. We didn’t see... — Updated 3/16/2023


A week at the Capitol

Tekoa High School sophomore Alexis Taylor, 15, of Tekoa, served as a page in the state House of Representatives from 19-24 at the state Capitol in Olympia. Taylor was sponsored by... — Updated 3/9/2023


Gardening By Osmosis

There is much ado about lions and lambs this time of year. It seems those species are confused about who will win the ‘First of March’ contest. I don’t dare bet on either one. I can guarantee, however, that leopard’s bane,... — Updated 3/2/2023



He was walking carefully, putting down one foot at a time, trying not to break through the thin crust on the snow. The scrawny old coyote had watered up at the tank in the back corral and was on the search for his breakfast. I... — Updated 3/2/2023


Soul of the Hunter

Home is the hunter Home from the hills With fragrance of Sage and pine He tracked the white goats The stately bull elk The great bear that Roams on the line He traveled the paths Of lion and wolf And drank from Glacier-fed streams... — Updated 2/23/2023


Gardening by Osmosis

What are Neonics? Neonicotinoid pesticides are contributing to the loss of beneficial insects, especially bees and their ability to pollinate many of our favorite food crops. Honey bees, that have come in contact with plants... — Updated 2/23/2023


Community Briefs

Cheney FOL Book Club Meeting By Delphine Phillips February 28th will be the date of our next book discussion.  The time will be 6:30 pm in the Cheney Library Meeting Room.  The Book is “Josephine Baker’s Last Dance” by... — Updated 2/23/2023



United Methodist Church The Rev Dale Cockrum will be filling the pulpit and will conclude the sermon series based on Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount this Sunday at the United Methodist Church. Worship is at 10 a.m. Or you may... — Updated 2/16/2023



Cheney Congregational Church Cheney Free Press CHENEY - Cheney Congregational Church invites the community to join them this Sunday as they continue their series titled “Baby Talk.” “We’re exploring what we can learn about... — Updated 2/9/2023


EWU Black History Schedule of Events

Feb. 16 (Thursday) | Divine 9 Panel | PUB NCR | Noon-1:30 p.m. There are nine historically Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLOs) that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council. Those organizations are Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity,... — Updated 2/9/2023


February in the garden

February 2023 We may actually be able to be in the garden or close to it this month. Inside we can trim and fertilize herbs we wintered over. An application of half strength indoor plant food will regenerate healthy growth. After... — Updated 2/9/2023



United Methodist church Cheney Free Press By Carol Kriegh CHENEY – The church welcomes the community for worship this Sunday at the United Methodist Church, 204 4th Street in Cheney. Worship is at 10 a.m. led by Pastor Damian... — Updated 2/2/2023


Community Briefs

Masquers Theater presents new drama Cheney Free Press Darryl Pheasant SOAP LAKE - The drama “Almost, Maine” opens in Soap Lake at the Masquers Theater on February 10th and goes to February 26th and director Cynthia Beyer would... — Updated 2/2/2023


Australian finds love in Reardan

CHENEY–After twice breaking up with her fiancé, 27-year-old Audrey (Quayle) Wagner needed change. She wanted to travel and get a new perspective on life. In 1953, she boarded a steamship in her native Australia, not realizing a... — Updated 2/2/2023


The Family Portrait

Lizzy was a busy wife and mother of three. Three precocious children who never sat still. They even slept restless. Each morning Lizzy would wake her little angels, remake beds from scratch, sigh and get on with her day. Lizzy’s... — Updated 2/2/2023


Gardening By Osmosis

January 13, 2023 Margaret A. Swenson Can you believe the price of spaghetti sauce? Matter of fact, everything made with tomatoes is expensive. How do we fight inflation? Our battle ground is a well prepared patch of soil, whether o... — Updated 1/19/2023


Community Briefs

Cheney book club meeting Cheney Free Press CHENEY – The Friends of the Library book club will meet Jan. 24 at 6:30pm to discuss the memoir Beautiful Boy, by David Sheff. The club’s members encourage anyone to join them for... — Updated 1/19/2023


Students start beekeeping club

CHENEY – Students at Three Springs high school gave a presentation on the beekeeping club at the Cheney school board meeting. Jayce VanD Elzen and Dylan Moree wore beekeeping... — Updated 1/19/2023



We are celebrating a new year on our Gregorian calendar, 2023. This number counts the duration of our particular Western European culture. The bigger the number, the longer we have lasted. It is, though, just a number. If it... — Updated 1/12/2023


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