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Potential for damaging impacts

SPOKANE — National Weather Service officials are tracking a powerful cold front that will be passing through the region this weekend, bringing with it the potential for very... — Updated 3/26/2021 Full story


Racist graffiti found at Eagle Point Apartments

CHENEY -- Police are asking the public's help for any information they may have on an incident involving racist vandalism at the Eagle Point Apartment Complex on March 19, 2021. The incident involves an Eastern Washington... — Updated 3/26/2021 Full story


Shantay Legans departs EWU for University of Portland

CHENEY - Eastern Washington's ever-improving basketball program has launched another coach out of Cheney. Fresh from guiding his team to only the program's third berth in the NCAA T... — Updated 3/26/2021


Washington's March 31 studded tire removal deadline is almost here

OLYMPIA — With spring almost here drivers have just a few more weeks to remove studded tires from their vehicles. The Washington State Department of Transportation reminds drivers that state law requires all studded tires to be... — Updated 3/26/2021


Airway council focuses on April 5 meeting

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — It was another quick study session by the Airway Heights City Council at its March 22 study session with all eyes focused on the next legislative meeting on April 5. A series of ordinances, six in all, that... — Updated 3/26/2021


State to launch new round of small business grants

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Commerce will open applications for Working Washington Grants: Round 4 on March 29. Business owners can find information about the program and a link to the application portal... — Updated 3/26/2021


Law enforcement shooting range coming to West Plains

SPOKANE - Members of the Spokane County Sheriff's Office, the U.S. Air Force and Spokane County will partner in building and operating a new Spokane Regional Indoor Small Arms... — Updated 3/26/2021


Personalizing the pandemic

CHENEY - In the future, the way historians look at the coronavirus pandemic will depend a lot upon the amount and type of information they have access to. Eastern Washington... — Updated 3/26/2021


Pandemic relief funding offers cities opportunities

WEST PLAINS — No matter how you slice it, Washington state, counties, cities and school districts stand to receive a healthy dose of federal funding under the recently passed American Rescue Plan — including a local infusion... — Updated 3/26/2021


Keeping the city clean

MEDICAL LAKE — Keeping the city’s parks and trails clean was the subject of two discussions at the City Council’s first meeting of the month, held March 2. Councilwoman Heather Starr returned to a subject from the previous... — Updated 3/19/2021


Permitting the non-permitted

Managing EditorCHENEY - A development deal leasing land to a local group of investors in the Industrial and Commerce Park has seemingly run slightly afoul of the city's zoning... — Updated 3/19/2021


Medical Lake man charged in I-90 rollover

SPOKANE — A Medical Lake man and his passenger were injured in an early morning one-car rollover accident on Interstate 90. According to a Washington State Patrol press memo, 35-year-old Steven D. Lassiter of Medical Lake was... — Updated 3/18/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

First buttercups

Clay Irgens, 7, and sister Camille Irgens, 4, of Cheney, brought the first buttercups of the season to the Cheney Free Press office on Monday, March 15. The children’s parents... — Updated 3/18/2021


Linda Pearson named Senior Citizen Volunteer of the Year

MEDICAL LAKE – Linda Pearson has been named the Kiwanis Club's 2020 Senior Citizen Volunteer of the Year. Pearson was nominated by fellow resident Jean Auerbach and honored at... — Updated 3/18/2021


Water main flushing begins

The Cheney Water Department began its annual water main flushing on Monday, March 15, beginning with fire hydrants in Zone 1. Flushing these water mains may cause brief periods of... — Updated 3/18/2021


Commission hears housing density proposals

CHENEY – Planning Commission members are considering several changes to city municipal codes that would allow greater residential density for developers. At their March 8 meeting,... — Updated 3/18/2021


Airway Heights had speedy meeting

AIRWAY HEIGHTS —Airway Heights City Council made quick work of its agenda at its March 15 with work centering primarily around first readings of ordinances. That one exception came with unanimous approval of the draft Airway... — Updated 3/18/2021


Eagles are going dancing

CHENEY - NCAA March Madness will have a West Plains flavor this year. By virtue of its win over Montana State last Saturday, Eastern Washington University will be making its third... — Updated 3/18/2021


State moving to Phase 3 of reopening March 22

OLYMPIA — Washington residents will take another step towards a return to normalcy from the coronavirus pandemic this coming Monday. At a March 18 news conference, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that effective March 22, the entire... — Updated 3/18/2021


Eviction protections approved by state Senate

OLYMPIA — As the end of an emergency eviction moratorium looms over thousands of Washington renters, a bill requiring landlords to have just cause for evicting a tenant passed the House of Representatives in a 54-44 vote March... — Updated 3/11/2021


Repair work scheduled for the Rosalia trestle

ROSALIA - Repair work is scheduled for the Rosalia trestle in March. Whitman County Public Works Director Mark Storey gave a report to county commissioners on Monday. Storey attende... — Updated 3/11/2021


Senate passes capital gains tax proposal

OLYMPIA — On a 25-24 mostly party-line vote, the Senate approved SB5096 on March 6, setting a 7% capital gains tax on profit realized from the sale of non-inventory assets such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds and even boats or... — Updated 3/11/2021


Finances, perceptions - and students

(Editor's note: The first part of this story dealing with the four options appeared in the March 4 issue of the Cheney Free Press.) CHENEY – Eastern Washington University's Board... — Updated 3/11/2021


Airway Heights 'Strategic Plan' draft moves forward

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — The road map to help guide what is sometimes referred to as the sleepy little town of Airway Heights moved yet another step closer to enactment following its review by Airway Heights City Manager Albert Tripp at... — Updated 3/11/2021


Listening rather than reading about history

CHENEY – The Historical Preservation Commission is looking to apply for a state grant to “jazz up” its walking tour brochure — jazz up in a way that some people may not even need to use it. At its March 4 meeting, commissio... — Updated 3/11/2021


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