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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    October 19, 2017 

Cheney moves to buy fire truck

Cheney's City Council took a step towards replacing the fire department's aging No. 1 attack engine by unanimously authorizing Mayor Tom Trulove's office to sign an agreement with General Fire for...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    October 19, 2017 

Cheney's only race features candidates with longevity

Gainer wants to bring a different direction to city Cheney City Council Position 1 candidate Tim Gainer is a long-time resident of the community, having graduated from Cheney High School in 1981....

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    October 19, 2017 

Cheney schools address project cost overages

The Cheney School Board received an update at its Oct. 11 meeting on how district staff and design personnel intend to address $2.165 million in cost overruns at three elementary schools scheduled...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    October 19, 2017 

Cheney Second 'art experience' to feature music, pottery throwing

The same three artists who brought you the chance for a hands-on art experience in August are bringing it back later this month to the Cheney Library - only this time with musical accompaniment. Local...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    October 19, 2017 

October's a poppin' good month - among other things

We’re going to keep this light this week, so before reading, head out to the kitchen for something to drink — hot or cold, take your pick. And while you’re at it, pop a batch of popcorn. Back and settled in for another Write to the Point?...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    October 19, 2017 

Blackhawks runners are edged by West Valley

A good summation of the Cheney High School cross country teams Great Northern League showdown with visiting West Valley could come down to the line from the 1960s TV program “Get Smart.” “Missed it by that much,” the Maxwell Smart character...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    October 19, 2017 

Cheney drops pair of close matches to league leaders

Cheney High’s girls soccer team absorbed a pair of close losses last week, one on two late second-half goals and the other in an overtime shootout. The Lady Blackhawks led 2-1 before East Valley scored in the 62nd and 68th minutes for a 3-2 win on...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    October 19, 2017 

Cheney volleyball looks to solidify GNL 2 seed

Despite a pair of losses last week, the Cheney High School volleyball team still has its destiny in its own hands when it comes to positioning for the upcoming District 7 playoffs. The Lady Blackhawks experienced a brief bump in the road with...

 By John McCallum    Photos    October 19, 2017 

CHS Cross County Girls vs WV

The Cheney High girls cross country team hosted the West Valley Eagles in a Great Northern League showdown on Oct. 11 at Salnave Park. The Eagles prevailed 26-29.... Full story

 By John McCallum    Photos    October 19, 2017 

CHS Cross Country Boys vs WV

Cheney's High's boys cross country team took on the visiting West Valley Eagles on Oct. 11 at Salnave Park. The Blackhawks just missed an upset, falling 26-29.... Full story

 By John McCallum    Photos    October 19, 2017 

CHS Girls Soccer vs PHS

The Cheney Lady Blackhawks soccer team got goals late in the first half and early in the second for a 2-0 win over visiting Pullman Oct. 12... Full story

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    October 12, 2017

Water, traffic and development

Cheney’s Planning Commission unanimously approved a modification to an existing preliminary plat application for construction of phases 5 and 6 in the Golden Hills subdivision at its Oct. 9 meeting — but not before several familiar subjects...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    October 12, 2017

Mobilizing for fighting and training

It's fairly typical for local fire department crews to be asked to be a part of state efforts in fighting wildland fires in the region during the summer months. For Cheney Fire Department battalion ch...


Bus Safety Week highlights 'Stop on Red'

Cheney School District driver trainer and router specialist Athena Dunham wants drivers to remember two very basic ideas when it comes to school buses. “First of all, when they see school buses they need to exercise caution no matter what because...


Suominen named National Merit Scholarship Commendable Student

Cheney High School senior Rachel Suominen has been named a Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship program, according to a news release from the high school. Suominen will receive a letter...


A frenzy for fitness

Windsor Elementary School capped its Windsor Spirit Week with the "Wildcat Walk and Fitness Frenzy" last Friday, Oct. 6. The school's Parent-Teacher Organization sponsored the event that featured the...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    October 12, 2017

Cheney leak provides preview of next grant project

Cheney water department crews spent the earlier part of this week patching — actually repatching — what might be part of the city’s next application for Community Development Block Grant funds. Department staff were notified late last week of...


Ejection for targeting in football is a rather severe punishment

At first, this column was going to focus on what’s wrong with the NCAA’s targeting rule, enacted in 2008 to try and curtail escalating incidents of concussions and head and neck injuries that sidelined football players and in several instances...


Cheney swimming trounces Selah 117-48 in Yakima

Cheney High’s girls swimming team coasted to a 117-48 win over host Selah in dual-meet action last Thursday at Lion’s Pool in Yakima. The Blackhawks won nine of 11 events, including three events in which they nabbed the top three places. Courtney...


Lady Blackhawks remain in second with West Valley win

Cheney High’s volleyball team notched a road sweep in their only court action last week. The Lady Blackhawks downed West Valley in straight sets, 25-22, 25-21 an 25-19 to run their Great Northern League record to 5-1, 7-1 overall. Sophomores...


Cheney girls runners keep GNL lead with Pullman win

Cheney High girls cross country team continued its pursuit of a Great Northern League title with a 25-32 win over Pullman in dual meet action Oct. 4. The Blackhawk boys showed they still have a little ways to go before replacing the Greyhounds as...


Slow Lady Blackhawks fall at West Valley

Cheney High girls soccer team did something last week that they had previously only forced their opponents to do: fail to find the goal. The Lady Blackhawks struggled offensively last Tuesday at West Valley, hampered by the Eagles constant pressure...


Windsor Fun Frenzy

Windsor Elementary School capped its Windsor Spirit Week with the "Wildcat Walk and Fitness Frenzy" last Friday, Oct. 6. The school's Parent Teacher Organization sponsored the event that featured the... Full story

 By John McCallum    News    October 12, 2017

Cheney police warn citizens of suspicious person

Cheney police are asking the public to be on the look out for a suspicious individual who approached several young women at Salnave Park Tuesday evening, Oct. 17. According to an email from Capt. Rick Beghtol, police received a report between 5-6...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    October 5, 2017

CHS grad among those killed in Las Vegas

A Cheney High School graduate was one of the 59 people killed in a shooting rampage at a country music concert Sunday night in Las Vegas. Rachael Parker, 33, was among the first of the victims to be...


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