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Rain doesn't dampen Cheney's Mayfest gala

CHENEY-The ever-popular Mayfest celebration returned to the streets of Cheney last weekend after a two-year hiatus due to COVID. In its eighth year, the event hosted approximately... — Updated 5/18/2022

 By Bob Kirkpatrick    News

Free Press hires reporter

CHENEY- Michaela Friedrich is the newest addition to the Cheney Free Press. She is a junior in the Gonzaga journalism program and is looking forward to her new gig. "I'm really exci... — Updated 5/12/2022

 By Bob Kirkpatrick    News

Gov. Inslee stops at Eastern

CHENEY-Governor Jay Inslee met with students, faculty and administrators on campus Thursday morning, April 28, to inquire about the university's approach to combating climate... — Updated 5/5/2022


Fairchild Airmen charged in theft conspiracy

FAIRCHILD AFB – John I. Sanger and Eric A. Eagleton, two airmen stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base (FAFB), have been arrested and charged with conspiracy to steal government property. According to an April 27 press release... — Updated 5/5/2022

 By Bob Kirkpatrick    News

Depot Society receives grant dollars

CHENEY-The Avista Foundation presented the Cheney Depot Society (CDS) with a check for $25,000 Wednesday morning, April 27. It was the second of two installments to help fund the... — Updated 5/5/2022


New finance director at Medical Lake

MEDICAL LAKE – Koss Ronholt has been named the finance director for the city of Medial Lake. He may be new to the position, but he’s a familiar face in town, having lived in Med... — Updated 5/5/2022

 By Bob Kirkpatrick    News

Cheney FBLA shows well at State

CHENEY—The Cheney FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) Club turned in a top 10 performance at the State Business Leadership Conference on April 20-23. “Team members placed... — Updated 5/5/2022


West Plains has new dental clinic

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – Residents of the West Plains now have a new full-service dental/medical clinic with the opening of Dr. C Family Dentistry, 11919 West Sunset Highway in Suite C2.... — Updated 5/5/2022


CHS senior recognized

Cheney Free Press CHENEY-The Northeast Washington Association of School Administrators recognized Cheney High School senior Jackson Redder with a student award on Friday, April 22.... — Updated 5/5/2022


Tale of a Legend: Airway Heights K-9 officer retires

AIRWAY HEIGHTS —After serving the community of Airway Heights for five years, Legend, a K-9 narcotics officer for the police department, retired on his last day of duty on April 4. According to his handler, Cpl. Dennis Bachman,... — Updated 5/5/2022


Airway council approves agreement with Lime

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – After initially hearing about the proposal during the April 25 study session, council was ready to take action on the potential integration of an electric scooter and bike system for the city. According to... — Updated 5/5/2022

 By Bob Kirkpatrick    News

Fastpitch sandwiches win in between two losses

CHENEY— The Blackhawks lost two of three games last week, falling 10–3 to Mead at home on April 26, beating Ferris 5–1 on the road on April 28, and losing an 18-8 contest to Mt. Spokane in Cheney on April 29. The team sits at... — Updated 5/5/2022


West Plains Police News

CHENEY April 25 Fuel was stolen from a vehicle parked on the Cheney-Spokane Road. Damage was reported on a fence in the 100 block of First Street. April 26 A gift card, two pocket knives, a multi-tool kit and ammunition was taken... — Updated 5/5/2022


Tale of a Legend: Airway Heights K-9 officer retires

AIRWAY HEIGHTS -After serving the community of Airway Heights for five years, Legend, a K-9 narcotics officer for the police department, retired on his last day of duty on April 4.... — Updated 4/28/2022

 By Bob Kirkpatrick    News

Cheney Public Schools names new superintendent

CHENEY-It's been weeks in the making, but the Cheney Public Schools have finally hired its next superintendent. Dr. Ben Ferney is the unanimous choice of the Board of Directors.... — Updated 4/28/2022


Army trying to rebound after COVID-19

CHENEY-In recent years, recruitment numbers have been trending downward, according to Major General Dennis LeMaster, who spoke at Cadet Hall on the Eastern Washington University... — Updated 4/28/2022


Fisherman's Breakfast reels in large crowd

MEDICAL LAKE – The annual Fisherman's Breakfast, held at the Medical Lake Fire Station on April 23, marked the opening day of trout season. It was also the first in-person event... — Updated 4/28/2022


Boat flips at Waterfront Park

MEDICAL LAKE – A small boat with two fishermen aboard flipped in the lake near Waterfront Park on April 22, prompting a water rescue by officers from the Spokane County Sheriff's... — Updated 4/28/2022

 By Bob Kirkpatrick    News

You shall not pass

The Cheney-Spangle road off Main Street was closed all day Friday, April 22, as crews with the street department remove a cold patch over a natural gas line and replace it with regular asphalt.... — Updated 4/28/2022

 By Dean Henrich    News

Arrest made in fatal shooting

AIRWAY HEIGHTS—Spokane Valley Major Crimes Detectives, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service Task Force, arrested 29-year-old Shayne R. Galloway at the Days Inn in Airway Heights last Friday in connection with the... — Updated 4/28/2022

 By Cheney Free Press    News

Local woman and child injured in accident

CHENEY—Ashley Christensen, 35, and her 9-year-old daughter were transported to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center on Thursday, April 21, with unspecified injuries after Christensen’s car was hit head-on in a Spokane Valley... — Updated 4/28/2022

 By Bob Kirkpatrick    News

Operation Clean Sweep a big success

CHENEY—The city of Cheney’s Clean Sweep event on Saturday, April 23 saw more than one hundred local residents turn out to help beautify the community. The popular event has... — Updated 4/28/2022


West Plains Police News

CHENEY April 18 A 15-year-old male was arrested for trespassing in the 400 block of N. 6th Street. Two bicycles were stolen from a car parked in the 100 block of Pine View Place. Knives, jewelry, clothing and equipment were stolen... — Updated 4/28/2022


West Plains Police News

CHENEY April 11 A verbal dispute reported on Alki Street was reported. Cyberstalking reported In the 500 block of Fourth Street. A 56-year-old male suddenly died In the 800 block of West First Street. A local agency assisted with... — Updated 4/21/2022

 By Bob Kirkpatrick    News

Cheney Fastpitch split games

CHENEY— The Blackhawks took one on the chin in a 5-0 loss to Gonzaga Prep on Tuesday, April 12, but came roaring back in dominating fashion, with a 15-1 win over North Central on April 15, to improve to 5-3 in league play. “We... — Updated 4/21/2022


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