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West Plains Police News

CHENEY May 9 A civil problem was reported in the 0 block of W. 2nd St. An assault was reported in the 1000 block of Betz Road. Jason C. Doud, 47, was arrested for 4th degree assault in the 3000 block of Silverthorn Lane. May 10 A... — Updated 5/19/2022

 By Dean Henrich    News 

Wade Nelson throws hat into ring

SPOKANE VALLEY-There are now two men who want to be the next Sheriff of Spokane County. Wade Nelson is the newest candidate to throw his hat into the ring. Undersheriff John Nowels... — Updated 5/19/2022

 By Matthew O. Stephens    News 

Skyfest draws large crowd

FAIRCHILD AFB – Tens of thousands of area residents came to experience the fun of Skyfest 2022 hosted at Fairchild Air Force Base on May 14 and 15. Many showed up to see the... — Updated 5/19/2022

 By Michaela Friedrich    News 

Staggered school schedule on hold

CHENEY—The Cheney Public School Board is postponing its decision on staggered scheduling until its May 25 meeting to give families a full three months to prepare for the impending... — Updated 5/19/2022

 By Matthew O. Stephens    News 

Hometown hero flies with Thunderbirds

FAIRCHILD AFB – Airway Heights Youth Engagement Specialist (YES) Officer Patrick Carbaugh got the chance to fly with the Air Force Thunderbirds after being nominated as a... — Updated 5/19/2022

 By Michaela Friedrich    News 

FFA greenhouse sales a big success

CHENEY—After two months of hosting Thursday plant sales in their greenhouse, Cheney High School’s (CHS) FFA is wrapping things up and they’re going out with a bang. FFA studen... — Updated 5/19/2022

 By Matthew O. Stephens    News 

Fire destroys apartment building

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – A Monday evening blaze on May 10 destroyed a single-level apartment building in the 12000 block of West Sunset Highway. Deputy Chief Andre Steevens with the... — Updated 5/19/2022

 By Michaela Friedrich    News 

No-Li Brewhouse partners with EWU

CHENEY- What started with a few beers and good conversation has turned into a Craft Beer Industry Professional Certificate program at Eastern Washington University (EWU). Senior... — Updated 5/19/2022

 By Teresa Simpson    News 

Train goes off track near Hwy 26

HOOPER - A wheat train derailed along state Highway 26, west of the town of LaCrosse and east of Washtucna. Ten train cars derailed, state Department of Transportation spokeswoman... — Updated 5/19/2022

 By Michaela Friedrich    News 

Symposium highlights student research

CHENEY-Eastern Washington University (EWU) hosted its 25th anniversary of the Student Research and Creative Works Symposium last week to showcase the hard work and dedication of... — Updated 5/19/2022

 By Bob Kirkpatrick    News 

Spring training

The Eastern Washington University Army ROTC unit conducted a repelling exercise at the Spokane County Fire District 3 Station 31 facility at 10 S. Presley Drive in Cheney last... — Updated 5/19/2022

 By Michaela Friedrich    News 

Inferno Wings open for business

CHENEY- After almost two years of strictly delivery and pickup orders, Inferno Wings moved out of Bene's kitchen on May 1 and opened their own place to call home at 401 1st St.... — Updated 5/19/2022


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


Crime on the rise

AIRWAY HEIGHTS—A city’s rapid growth rate often translates to increased criminal activity. Such is the case in Airway Heights and that has law enforcement seeking creative ways to keep a handle on things. Police Chief Brad... — Updated 5/12/2022


Airway Heights Fire Department pondering facility options

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – Facility options for city departments have been a topic of discussion for some time. With some of the details yet to be ironed out, issues with the fire... — Updated 5/12/2022


Ribbon Cutting

Josh Cochran (Left) and Mark Losh shake hands and smile during the ribbon cutting ceremony held on May 4. Losh is the CEO of the West Plains Chamber of Commerce, and helps new... — Updated 5/12/2022


Council considers review process

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – As the city continues to grow, and with development happening at such a rapid pace, city leaders are looking at the Development Review Process (DRP) and mulling whether or not this process needs updated or... — Updated 5/12/2022

 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


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