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 By Roger Harnack    News 

Strike up the band

The Cheney High School band provided entertainment at the home football game Friday night against University. Pictured from left, freshmen Rowan Svignemartin and Haley Pierce, and... — Updated 9/29/2022

 By Drew Lawson    News 

Husband charged with first-degree murder

SPRAGUE-A Moses Lake man has been charged with first-degree premeditated murder after the dead body of 53-year-old Theresa Bergman was found 12 miles northwest of the city off... — Updated 9/29/2022

 By Cheney Free Press    News 

Geiger Heights man named managing editor

CHENEY -- The Cheney Free Press has hired a new managing editor to lead coverage of the West Plains. Lucas Walsh, 33, of Geiger Heights, joined the newspaper staff Tuesday, Sept. 20. “To help contribute balanced and fair... — Updated 9/29/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News 

Man arrested for wife's death

SPRAGUE – The U.S. Marshal Service has apprehended a man wanted in connection with the death of his wife. Charles Bergman, 54, of Moses Lake, was arrested Friday night, Sept. 23,... — Updated 9/29/2022


Two Rural Roads CLOSED Till Oct. 6th

SPOKANE COUNTY, Sept. 23, 2022 to Oct. 6th – ROADS CLOSED to through traffic only from 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m: Depot Springs Road: from Cheney-Spangle Rd. to Short Rd. A county road crew is rebuilding and adding gravel to the... — Updated 9/29/2022


A visit to Eastern

Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, traveled to Cheney last week to meet with students and staff at Eastern Washington University. During his trip, he also met the new university... — Updated 9/29/2022


Medical Lake School Board approves ASB and lunch fee increase

MEDICAL LAKE – The School Board unanimously voted to increase the ASB annual fee from $15 to $25 during its meeting on Sept 27. Additionally, the Board voted unanimously to increase the Adult Lunch fee from $4.25 to $4.55. This... — Updated 9/29/2022

 By Lucas Walsh    News 

German Shepherd causes collision

CHENEY, Sept. 22. Two teens were involved in a traffic collision on the 904 Highway, headed east, on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 22. State Patrol responded after a motorist slowed to... — Updated 9/29/2022

 By Cheney Free Press    News 

Three new employees at the Free Press

CHENEY - Erikka Soto, Cheney 24, is our new receptionist at the front office. She works with the classified section of all the papers as well as obituaries. “Big change for me, the environment is positive and welcoming. I always... — Updated 9/29/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Chicken Dancing

The annual Deutchesfest celebration in Odessa attracted several thousand visitors to the small farm town, including several from the West Plains area. Above, Renee Daniels of... — Updated 9/22/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Turkey season returns

CHENEY – Turkey hunting is coming to Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge in the fall of 2023. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials are opening 1,883 acres in the Long Lake Unit... — Updated 9/22/2022

 By Lucas Walsh    News

City looks at shipping containers in home construction

CHENEY — The city Public Works director is in the process of developing a plan that would allow for the use of shipping containers in construction of residences. During a Sept. 13 meeting, the City Council unanimously directed... — Updated 9/22/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Man facing charges after stabbing friend

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – A local man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly stabbed his friend in the chest and fled. Bobby E. Lewis, 22, was booked into the Spokane County Jail... — Updated 9/22/2022

 By Cheney Free Press    News

Feed Cheney meals set to resume

CHENEY – After a two-year hiatus, Feed Cheney will be resuming sit-down meals. This month’s dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, in the Wren Pierson Community Center, officials said. The dinner will be pulled-pork... — Updated 9/22/2022


Disability forum

Ninth Legislative District lawmakers Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, and Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, participated in a forum on developmental disabilities issues on Tuesday,... — Updated 9/22/2022

 By Cheney Free Press    News

Book Club to meet

CHENEY – The Cheney Book Club will meet Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the local branch library. The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the library, 601 First St. During the meeting, the book “Things You Would... — Updated 9/22/2022


West Plains Police News

CHENEY – The Police Department answered the following calls for service from Sept. 5-13: Sept. 5 Verbal dispute in the 1000 block of Betz Road. Sept. 6 No reports Sept. 7 Corrina M. Vasicek, 46 arrested on felony Spokane County... — Updated 9/15/2022

 By John Myers    News

Wild sky

Smoke from Inland Northwest wildfires tinted the sunrise over a holding pond off the Fish Lake Trail on Monday, Sept 12.... — Updated 9/15/2022

 By Cheney Free Press    News

Medical Lake receives grant for solar panels

MEDICAL LAKE – The city will receive a grant from the state Department of Commerce to install solar panels. According to Commerce officials, the city will receive one of 14 grants award to install the panels in public buildings... — Updated 9/15/2022

 By Cheney Free Press    News

Schoesler: Free bus fares discriminatory

 OLYMPIA – Sen. Mark Schoesler is calling a new program that subsidizes mass transit in urban areas as unfair to rural residents. Schoesler, R-Ritzville, further calls the program that went into effect in eight areas of Puget... — Updated 9/15/2022

 By Cheney Free Press    News

Smoky conditions persist

CHENEY – Smoke from Pacific Northwest wildfires continued to linger Tuesday evening, prompting area health officials to issue an air quality alert. The alert was expected to remain in place through 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon,... — Updated 9/15/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Pastures new

A herd of cattle caused a temporary early evening traffic jam on Spangle-Waverly road near Liberty high school on September 10th.... — Updated 9/15/2022

 By Cheney Free Press    News

Shriners name Deputies of the Year

GEIGER HEIGHTS – Two Spokane County Sheriff’s Office deputies have received “Deputy of the Year” honors from the Elk Katif Shriners. Travis West and Terry Liljenberg were recognized for their professionalism, dedication... — Updated 9/15/2022


Talkington earns first Big Sky Offensive Player Award

Eastern Washington quarterback Gunner Talkington has been named the Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Eagles to a 36-29 non-conference football win... — Updated 9/8/2022

 By Drew Lawson    News

Fall hunting season brings promising outlook

CHENEY-A flip of the calendar to September means that for most seasons, it's time to hunt. Many big game, small game and bird hunts began Sept. 1, while others begin later in the... — Updated 9/8/2022


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