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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 24, 2014 

Fire tales: 'Man, that's going to get really big, really quick'

For Pete and Teri Jo Christianson at Badger Lake, the worst of the Watermelon Hill fire closed in late Saturday night through early Sunday morning, but in the end passed them by. As the resident...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 24, 2014 

Old adversaries, new challenger square off in county commissioner race

The primary race for the Spokane County Commissioner District 3 seat pits two adversaries from the last time the seat was contested in 2010 along with a relative political newcomer. Current incumbent...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    July 24, 2014 

Cheney school board contemplates high school bond decision

Cheney School District board of directors received a financial outlook at their July 16 meeting concerning a possible bond vote to fund a remodel and expansion of the district’s high school — an outlook that left them with even more questions....

 
 By John McCallum    Front Page    July 17, 2014

Council approves technical contract

The Cheney City Council unanimously approved a contract for technical support at the city’s water and wastewater treatment systems at its July 8 meeting, as well as entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Cheney School District on a...

 
 By John McCallum    Front Page    July 17, 2014

Commission resumes Cheney code review

The Cheney Planning Commission resumed its municipal code review process by taking a look at Chapter 22 – Subdivisions and Title, and Chapter 23 – Development Code Administration at their July meeting on Monday. The commission also took a look at...

 
 By John McCallum    More News    July 17, 2014

Karen McCormick plays Sutton Park

One of Cheney's own is returning Wednesday, July 23, to perform in the Summer Concert Series at Sutton Park. Karen McCormick - pronounced "Car-en" - is a 2013 graduate of Cheney High School who has...

 
 By John McCallum    Opinion    July 17, 2014

Seeking lessons in last trip to Guatemala, for now

Next Wednesday, July 23, I leave again on a mission trip to Guatemala. It will be my third consecutive trip, fourth overall, and likely my last for a while — at least a year. It’s an amazing adventure to be in that country, to travel and...

 
 By John McCallum    Sports    July 17, 2014

Bandits sweep of Stealth extends league winning streak to eight

The West Plains Bandits 14U softball team wrapped up their regular season schedule with a road doubleheader sweep of Mead’s Stealth (Finch) team. The Bandits scored in the first five of six innings to win game one 10-5. In the nightcap, West...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 10, 2014

Cheney adopts solid waste disposal plan

In what was really more a formality, the Cheney City Council adopted the city’s Comprehensive Municipal Solid Waste, Recycling and Moderate Risk Waste Management plan by a unanimous vote at its meeting Tuesday night. The city has long expressed...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 10, 2014

Criminal activity rises in Cheney

Cheney crime reports took an upswing in the April – June timeframe, enough so that overall the city is 6.5 percent ahead of where it was this time last year, ending a year and a half trend that had seen reports dropping each month. So far through...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    July 10, 2014

'We've called Cheney home'

Unlike several of his predecessors, new Cheney City Administrator Mark Schuller said he doesn't view his new position as a steppingstone to something greater. "We've called Cheney home for a number of...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    July 10, 2014

Training ride

Members of the Cheney Rodeo 2014 Grand Entry team warm up before practice last Thursday. The 47th annual rodeo opens this Friday with "Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night" where many participants and...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    July 10, 2014

Cheney School District using summer to deal with deferred repairs

While students and staff may have the summer off, projects in the Cheney School District will be keeping maintenance personnel and local contractors pretty busy. The district is doing about $4.2 milli...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    July 10, 2014

Bandits place second in 4th of July Shootout White Bracket

The West Plains Bandits 14U softball team placed second in the 25th annual 4th of July Shootout held July 4-6 at Spokane's Dwight Merkel Sports Complex and Franklin Park softball fields. The five...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    July 10, 2014

Flopping is what it's cracked up to be - and part of our sports culture

By JOHN McCALLUM Editor I have a confession to make. I have been guilty of flopping. Yes, I know. It’s hard to believe. It happened during junior varsity basketball my sophomore year in high school. We were playing at Harrington, leading, and...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    July 10, 2014

3rd annual Gran Fondo back in Cheney July 19

The third annual Jedermann Gran Fondo is taking place July 19, with three timed races beginning in downtown Cheney. The rides utilize back roads, are virtually traffic free and open to any cyclist....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 3, 2014

Council approves Cheney street work

Transportation was the name of the game in action items at the Cheney City Council’s June 24 meeting. And with that, city residents should expect to see a lot of Shamrock Paving gear around town. The Spokane-based company secured three contracts fo...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 3, 2014

Save Our Station wish list

Cheney's Save Our Station (SOS) organization has narrowed a list of "potential' sites for relocation of the former Northern Pacific train depot from 10 down to five. Group member Sue Beeman...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    July 3, 2014

Cheney School District adopts 2014-2015 budget

The Cheney School District's board of directors unanimously passed the district's $45.7 million 2014-2015 general fund budget at their regular meeting June 25. The amount is just over 8.4 percent more...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    July 3, 2014

Bandits convincing in Liberty Lake sweep

The West Plains Bandits 14U softball team ran their Spokane Girls Fastpitch Softball Association league mark to 8-2, 12-3 overall with a sweep of the Liberty Lake Lightning Monday evening in Medical...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 26, 2014

Cheney general fund reserves running low

Bills for years of balancing the budget through general fund reserves are about to come due for the city of Cheney, the result of which may lead the city to asking citizens’ approval for other means of financial support. City department heads...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 26, 2014

Schuller named City Administrator

The Cheney City Council unanimously approved the recommendation of Mayor Tom Trulove to appoint human resources director Mark Schuller to the position of City Administrator at its June 24 meeting, eschewing the public search process in favor of...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    June 26, 2014

Inspirational, but not necessarily a nerd

Cheney High School alumna Moira Gresham doesn't view herself as a nerd. But when told she was named a top college instructor by the organization NerdScholar, she took it with a grain of salt. "It's...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    June 26, 2014

Gridlock in Washington D.C. may begin at home on Washington Street

We have met the enemy and they are us. I’m not sure who said that, or even if it’s an actual quote. But when it comes to why there is such a huge inability to form a governing consensus among lawmakers in our nation’s Capitol, we might want to...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Neighborhood    June 26, 2014

Cheney Faith Center opens new building

When the Cheney Faith Center submitted their plans for upgrades to their facility, they only intended adding 4,278 square feet, 3,278 square feet of which would be a new sanctuary. Those plans...

 

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