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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...

 

Commission to consider Fisher registry

As can happen during the summer months of vacations, last Thursday’s meeting of the Cheney Historic Preservation Commission was canceled due to lack of a quorum. In an email, commission administrative assistant Susan Beeman said all of the agenda...

 

Getting help from where you might least expect it

So there I was, slogging my way down a foot path carved along the slope of a rainforestcovered Guatemalan mountain in the fading twilight of a late-July Saturday evening. My head, shoes and cargo pants were soaked by the torrential rain, my pants...

 

Tournament title eludes West Plains Bandits in Selah

The West Plains 18U softball team's chance at a tournament title in Selah fell just out of reach - literally. Grace Lilje came up short of making the third and final out in the bottom of the seventh i...

 

Airway Heights' rec center bond winning easily

With 21.95 percent of ballots returned Tuesday night, the city of Airway Heights Proposition 1, which would help fund a proposed $13 million recreation center, was passing comfortably with 62.10 percent yes votes, 349 – 213. If successful, the...

 

Economic development is reviewed

Cheney's Planning Commission received an overview of economic development activities and conditions - past, present and future - at their final meeting of the summer, July 11. In a presentation to...

 

Four chase McMorris-Rodgers in 5th race

In a way, one could look at the 5th Congressional District primary race as 2014 2.0 – plus one. Four candidates are running to unseat incumbent Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, who is running for her seventh consecutive term. Three of those ca...

 

Police nab armed robber

Cheney police feel confident they have arrested the individual who robbed the Dollar Tree store at gunpoint in May 2015 — but not before the same individual repeated his actions on Saturday, July 9. Police arrested and have charged Jeffrey J....

 

Five candidates vie for Kevin Parker's seat

Three Republicans, a Democrat and an independent candidate provide 6th District voters choices in the upcoming primary elections Aug. 2. All five are running to replace outgoing Rep. Kevin Parker,...

 

Jeff Holy faces challenge from Shar Lichty for Position 2

When 6th District legislative Rep. Jeff Holy first ran for House of Representative Position 2 in 2012, he overcame a second place finish in the primary to Dennis Dellwo to defeat the Spokane Democrat...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 21, 2016

Cheney council awards road work contract for Betz, Washington

Drivers using Betz Road and Washington Street should be ready soon to follow a mantra sometimes used by the state Department of Transportation — expect delays. At its July 12 meeting, the Cheney City Council unanimously approved awarding an...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 21, 2016

Golden yard

Greg and Glenda Schmidt's sharp and well-maintained yard at 803 Golden Hills Drive has been selected as Cheney's Yard of the Month by the Cheney Kiwanis and Cheney Gardeners Club. For the work, the...

 

Obscured by smoke

The Highline Grain transloader facility peeks out from behind bellowing smoke from a small brush fire last Wednesday, July 13 just off Interstate 90 at the Cheney-Four Lakes interchange. Fire crews...

 

Cheney awarded water grant

The city of Cheney is taking preliminary steps to building a reclaimed water system for irrigation only, thanks to funding from the state Department of Ecology. The city has received $112,000 in what Public Works Director Todd Ableman referred to as...

 

Coolness subsidies

When it comes to Cheney's 1964-era swimming pool, the overriding principal for maintenance and upkeep is pretty simple. "If the budget allows," Kim Best, Cheney's recreation supervisor, said. While...

 

Wigs be flippin': SpoCats bring rockabilly to Sutton Park

Cheney's Sutton Park should be a rockin' place next Wednesday, July 20, with the sounds of rockabilly and the 1950s as the Spokane-based band "The SpoCats" come to town for the second concert in the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    July 14, 2016

Johnson resigns as Lady Blackhawks hoops coach

For the third time in four years, the Cheney High School girls’ basketball program is searching for a new head coach. Former head coach J.T. Johnson was forced to step down in June after just one year at the Lady Blackhawks’ helm due to a clause...

 

Cheney is 'not flush with cash'

Anyone wishing for the city of Cheney to hire economic development help will have to keep on wishing. During the comment portion of the City Council’s June 28 meeting, Mayor Tom Trulove addressed a story in the June 23 issue of the Cheney Free...

 

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