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CMA receives lodging tax money

The Cheney City Council approved another distribution from the city’s lodging tax fund at its Sept. 13 meeting to help a local business organization with an event planned as part of Eastern Washington University’s upcoming Homecoming week. The...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    September 22, 2016 

Cheney transportation system is good, for now

While Cheney streets and intersections can seem very busy at times, according to a recently completed traffic study, volumes on arterials and intersection wait times are within established national...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    September 22, 2016 

Cheney council OKs revised contract for former Myers property

The Cheney City Council performed a sort of “do over” at a special meeting Sept. 19 regarding a contract agreed to at its Sept. 13 meeting between the city and Dow Excavating for leasing property at what used to be known as Myers Mobile Home...

 

Myers property to get tenant

The First Street location of what was formerly known as Myers Mobile Home Park may have a new tenant — and use. At its Sept. 13 regular meeting, the Cheney City Council unanimously agreed to a resolution entering into a 10-year lease agreement...

 

Making local history more current

Joan Mamanakis is on a quest. The Cheney Historical Museum director wants to take history out of the confines of the downtown location and put it into the real world for everyone to experience. To do...

 

Randalls selected September Yard of the Month

Tim and Jackie Randall's home at 1112 Gary St. is the Cheney Gardeners and Cheney Kiwanis Yard of the Month selection for September. The Randalls have been working on their yard since moving to the...

 

Sunset Elementary School gets gym upgrades

Sunset Elementary School students were treated to a surprise at last Friday afternoon's assembly recognizing replacement work done over the summer at the school in Airway Heights - a surprise that was...

 

Clara Luce-Reynolds turns 100

Tracy Gibbar said her grandmother, Clara Luce-Reynolds, has never had a large circle of friends, but instead enjoyed a "huge circle of family." "For her, it's always been about family," Gibbar said....

 

Blackhawks varsity boys capture Highlander title

Before the season began, Cheney High cross country co-coach Derek Slaughter said he had one simple message for the Blackhawks boys varsity seniors. "I told the seniors this year before to not leave an...

 

Commission OKs Fisher listing

Cheney’s Historic Preservation Commission took an important step towards preserving a piece of the city’s history by unanimously approving an application for inclusion on the local historic registry for the Fisher Building. The Fisher Building...

 

Haakon proposes Cheney plant expansion

Cheney’s Planning Department has issued a notice of application and is receiving public comments on a 45,000-square foot expansion of local manufacturer Haakon Industries production facilities at 1633 First St. The application required an environme...

 

9/11 anniversary is a reminder of freedom's vulnerability

This Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon — now knowingly referred to as 9/11. In the days leading up to it as well as Sunday itself there will be many remembrances of that awful...

 

Tracking where all of Cheney's water goes

“Water is life” — at least according to text on the city of Cheney’s Consumer Confidence Report for 2015 regarding water quality in the city. Part of that life these days is not only conserving the precious resource underneath residents’...

 

High speed pursuit through Cheney

The sound of many sirens filled the Cheney air last Thursday morning as a high-speed pursuit wound its way through the city before eventually terminating miles later east of Ritzville on Interstate...

 

Eagle alumnus joins Cheney Police Department

If the name of the Cheney Police Department's newest officer sounds familiar, it should - particularly if you're an Eastern Washington University football fan. Officer Rocky Hanni officially began...

 

CPD nabs, Tase car prowlers

Cheney Police officers apprehended a pair of car prowlers last Friday night who came to the city from Spokane in search of loot. Cheney Sgt. Chad Eastep and Officer Rocky Hanni responded to the 200 block of Betz Road after receiving a call from...

 

National anthem controversy begs other questions

There is a lot to be said and written when it comes to the actions of San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his refusal to stand during the playing of the national anthem at the beginning of the Aug. 26 game at Green Bay. Kaepernick’s...

 

Sunday, fiery Sunday

Spokane County Fire District 3 crews remain on standby should their resources be needed as other regional firefighting organizations battle a series of wild land fires that burst out Sunday afternoon...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 25, 2016

Cheney council OKs new website proposal

The city of Cheney will soon have a new, updated website — one that is all their own. At its Aug. 23 meeting, the City Council approved a $29,454, one-year contract with CivicPlus to design, implement and host a new website. The contract also has...

 

Students show Cheney school board images of a leader

Student leaders for the coming school year at Cheney and Westwood middle schools gave Cheney school board members their interpretations of a “portrait of a leader” during presentations at the board’s August meeting last Wednesday night. The...

 

The ups, the downs and the same

When it comes to criminal activity in the city of Cheney, 2016 is somewhat of a mixed bag of statistics. According to Police Department numbers, through June 30 there have been 290 uniform crime report offenses filed, compared to 289 through the...

 

Residential expansion

Cheney's newest residential development is also one of its oldest. City planners have issued a notice of application, along with a mitigated determination of non-significance (MDNS), for the View Acre...

 

Cheney council OKs vehicle purchase and pre-purchase

Vehicle purchases were the order of business at a short Cheney City Council meeting Aug. 9. Council unanimously approved a Police Department request to purchase a 2016 Ford Interceptor all-wheel drive SUV from the Columbia Ford Government Sales...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 18, 2016

Monday pick up

From left to right: Phoebe Short, Hailey MaGalsky, Ryan MaGalsky, Connor MaGalsky and Naomi Short pose with some of the litter they picked up Monday morning along Washington Street near the Eastern...

 

Cheney's fire chief steps down

Citing a desire to return to his native Arizona, Mike Winters has tendered his resignation as Cheney Fire Chief and Fire Marshal. Winters’ resignation was effective Aug. 2. City Administrator Mark Schuller said Winters had discussed the...

 

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