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 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 Cheney Free Press    News

Wheat Growers concerned by dam breaching push

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Association of Wheat Growers is objecting to a biased report designed to push Democratic efforts to breach dams on the lower Snake River. In comments opposing the dam-breaching effort and... — Updated 9/8/2022

 By Teresa Simpson    News

Colfax FFA member named national finalist

COLFAX – Colfax FFA member Cotton Booker has been named an American Star finalist in the Agribusiness category. The National FFA American Start Award represents the best of the... — Updated 9/8/2022

 By Drew Lawson    News

New apartments coming to Medical Lake

MEDICAL LAKE-It has been tough to find housing on the West Plains recently, but a new option is coming soon. The Park Apartments have been under construction on the north end of... — Updated 9/8/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Methodist church has new pastor

CHENEY – United Methodist Church of Cheney has a new pastor. Damian Carruthers, 33, now of Cheney, arrived here from Frankfurt, Germany, on Aug. 4. He began as pastor of the... — 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

 By Cheney Free Press    News

Yakamas recognize Democrats for dam-breaching efforts

TOPPENISH – The Yakama Nation has recognized two Democrats for their efforts to breach Snake River Dams. On Tuesday, Aug. 30, the tribe recognized U.S. Sen. Patty Murry and Gov. Jay Inslee in connection with a report on the... — Updated 9/2/2022

 By Linda Pantzer    News

Burned motel demolished

A demolition crew was called in to raze the Motel Cheney, 1502 First St., after it was heavily damaged in a Tuesday, Aug. 23 fire. The fire began at about 12:30 a.m. and the... — Updated 9/2/2022

 By Cheney Free Press    News

BLM prohibits all fires in Spokane District

SPOKANE – In advance of extended warm weather, the federal Bureau of Land Management has announced new restrictions on public land it manages as part of the Spokane District. The agency is now prohibiting all fires on land it... — Updated 9/2/2022


West Plains Police News

CHENEY – The Police Department responded to the following calls for service from Aug. 22-29: Aug. 22 Vehicle’s rear windshield damaged in the 300 block of North Fourth Street. Aug. 23 Cheney Motel fire in the 1500 block of... — Updated 9/2/2022

 By Dean Henrich    News

Sheriff's Office welcomes new deputies 

SPOKANE – Three new deputies have joined the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. Ty Laboy, Whitnie Whitman and Paul Grady Jr. were sworn in Tuesday, Aug. 16, by Undersheriff John Now... — Updated 9/2/2022


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