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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 15, 2015 

Cheney City Council nixes power deal

Power issues were on display at the Cheney City Council's Jan. 13 meeting, the first of 2015. The main issue swirled around what to do with one megawatt (MW) of Tier Two power the city purchased in...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 15, 2015 

Zoning measures approved

Cheney’s Planning Commission approved a pair of measures at its regular monthly meeting Jan. 12 recommending changes to the city’s municipal code Chapter 21 on zoning. The first was Ordinance W-55 that proposed housekeeping amendments to address...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 15, 2015 

Mop up

Firefighters clean up the scene of a one-car accident that took place last Wednesday west of Cheney on State Route 904 and Cameron Road. According to Washington State Patrol Trooper Jeff Sevigney,...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    January 15, 2015 

Sing out strong

A group of second- and third-grade students from Cheney School District's Windsor Elementary School performed a song from their recent Winter Concert for members of the West Plains Chamber of...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    January 15, 2015 

Cyber Patriots provide views of technology's 'real' world

Hanging out at a meeting of Cheney High School's Cyber Patriots club is like going to sleep and waking up in a non-English speaking country during the middle of a large community meeting. You don't...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    January 15, 2015 

Three losses drop Cheney into Great Northern cellar

The Cheney High School girls' basketball team came up short last week in their bid to move up in the standings of the Great Northern League. Instead, the Lady Blackhawks dropped all three of their...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    January 15, 2015 

Hawks come up short against Valley schools

Three straight road losses last week helped keep the Cheney High School boys’ basketball team at the bottom of the Great Northern League pack. The Blackhawks came up short in a couple of tough losses to Spokane Valley schools, beginning with a...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 8, 2015

Police overtime remains a concern in Cheney

Cheney Police Chief John Hensley has a concern about the new contract with the city’s Police Guild. Hensley’s concern is with what he feels might be unrealistic expectations from the public and City Council members that new staffing levels contai...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    January 8, 2015

Cheney to review zoning chapter despite codifier's errors

The city of Cheney is inviting public comment on its notice of application making changes to the city’s municipal code chapter Title 21 — Zoning while also moving forward with the public hearing process. The comment period, which runs through...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    January 8, 2015

Cheney school bus driver ticketed in Monday collision

A Cheney School District bus driver was ticketed following a Monday morning collision with an SUV at the top of Sunset Hill in Spokane. According to a Spokane Police Department accident report, the bus was pulling out of a driveway onto the Sunset...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    January 8, 2015

Lady Blackhawks perfect at West Valley tournament

Rock and roll legend Meatloaf once sang that “two out of three ain’t bad.” For the Cheney High School girls’ basketball team, that was true with regards to last week’s trifecta of basketball games, although three out of three would have...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    January 8, 2015

Nothing is certain anymore in the National Football League

It’s nice to think that there are specific certainties in life one can count on, so it’s a little disconcerting when something you thought you knew for certain, turns out to be questionable. Make sense? Neither did Sunday’s non-flag call late...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    January 8, 2015

First, fourth quarters are difference in Cheney loss to Clarkston

Cheney High School’s boys’ basketball squad earned a split of its games over the final week of the holiday break. The Blackhawks cruised to a 56-32 win over visiting Northeast A school Deer Park in non-league action Dec. 29. Cheney broke up a...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 1, 2015

Contention puts marijuana zoning at top of Cheney list

While there were many big stories in and around Cheney in 2014, few generated the same amount of citizen comments as the one that began quietly in late 2013. At its Nov. 12, 2013, meeting, Cheney's...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    January 1, 2015

Budgets to projects - it was a busy year in Cheney

While marijuana may have garnered the most public outcry from Cheney residents, there was plenty of other news that was taking place in and around the city in 2014. With lightning-caused wildfires...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    January 1, 2015

Cheney schools puts high school bond, M&O levy on 2015 ballot

The biggest Cheney School District education story of 2014 is likely to be one of the biggest stories for 2015 - a $44.88 million bond to expand and renovate the district's only high school. The 4-1...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    January 1, 2015

Cheney Storm FC U14 girls reach new soccer heights

It's been a long time coming, and has taken a lot of work, but the Cheney Storm FC U14 girls soccer team has done something no other Storm girls team has done. The Storm U14 are the first Storm team...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM and AL STOVER    Sports    January 1, 2015

Taking a quick peek at Blackhawks' sports in 2014

In his first year as Cheney head coach, Brad Rasmussen helped seven wrestlers advance to regionals. Josh Wessels took third in the 170-pound division at the Mat Classic XXVI state championships. Devon Waterman also qualified for the Mat Classic at...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    December 25, 2014

CMS track to be named after local couple

Few people would argue there are individuals more influential when it comes to creating good Cheney cross country and track and field athletes and programs than Lawson and Ruth Van Kuren. In fact, few would dispute that the long-time Cheney couple’...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    December 25, 2014

Oakes is named as Cheney Police Department's 2014 Officer of the Year

Cheney Police Officer Chris Oakes has been named the department's 2014 Officer of the Year. Oakes was one of five Police Department officers nominated, and selected by a committee based upon a...

 
 By John McCallum    More News    December 25, 2014

Waiting to send greetings

After receiving their candy canes from Cheney firefighters, a number of children along the Fire Department's Candy Cane Ride route near Salnave Elementary stayed around to wish firefighters and...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    December 25, 2014

Suspect in Maverick robbery arrested

The Cheney police have apprehended a 16-year-old male who allegedly robbed the Maverick gasoline and convenience story early last Tuesday morning, Dec. 16. According to a Police Department press release, at approximately 12:45 a.m., the suspect enter...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    December 25, 2014

Cheney basketball teams struggle with scoring in losses

If the weather outside is cold, it was likely colder inside the gym last week for both Cheney High School basketball teams. The Blackhawks boy’s team shot just 21 percent in a 40-30 loss at home last Tuesday (Dec. 16) to Idaho 4A classification...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    December 18, 2014

Cheney loses 'game arcade' dispute

The first medicinal marijuana dispensary in Cheney is scheduled to open up in early January 2015, but not without some opposition from the city. The owners of 3 Green Thumbs, LLC, filed an application Oct. 6 to locate a dispensary in 900 feet of...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    December 18, 2014

Planning Commission OKs Cheney parks plan

The Cheney Planning Commission finally approved the city’s updated parks plan at its regular meeting Dec. 8. The commission began the public hearing process at their October meeting, but lack of a quorum at the November meeting pushed final review...

 

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