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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 17, 2014 

Cheney council finds county weed proposal noxious

Deciding whether or not to save the former Northern Pacific train station wasn’t the only thing Cheney’s City Council did at their April 8 meeting. They also discussed what to do about noxious weeds. Or more specifically what Spokane County’s...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 17, 2014 

Decrease in Cheney crime could be linked to increase in overtime

Just as they did in the first quarter of 2013, crime numbers in Cheney continued to decline through the first three months of 2014. And while that's good news, the flipside may come in increased...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    April 17, 2014 

Cheney Planning Commission to review parks plan

Cheney’s Planning Commission got a preview at their April 14 meeting of what’s in store for them over the next several months. Having just completed an accelerated yet extensive review of the city’s municipal code Chapter 21 – Zoning, the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    April 17, 2014 

I've been to Fort Worth, Little Rock, Tempe, I guess everywhere man

Either I’ve invented a new form of sleepwalking, let’s call it “sleep traveling,” or I’m not taking enough pictures. We get a lot of emails here at the Cheney Free Press. A lot of it’s good, requests for advertisements, press releases,...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    April 17, 2014 

Colville thumps Cheney in softball doubleheader

A Saturday trip to Colville might have been a bit too early for the Cheney High softball team to return to from spring break. And maybe it was the wrong opponent. The Lady Hawks committed an uncharacteristic five errors, almost double the number...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 10, 2014

Cheney council passes on depot offer

The Cheney City Council has said “thanks, but we’ll pass” to an 11th-hour offer that might save the historic Northern Pacific train depot from the wrecking ball. At its April 8 meeting Tuesday night, the council was presented with a proposal...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 10, 2014

Beyond Coal hosts Cheney meeting on coal and oil trains

The issue of increased coal - and now oil - train traffic through Cheney is back. The Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign is holding a public meeting Wednesday morning, April 16, from 7:30 a.m. to...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    April 10, 2014

Passport helps students keep up with the changing world

Next time you run into a student from Cheney's Betz Elementary School, ask them what level they are in the Passport Club? If they're a "Geo Whiz," they should respond by naming all 195 countries in th...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    April 10, 2014

Mariners' start gives cause for hope, maybe perchance to dream again

Yes, I know there are 162 games in a Major League Baseball season. Yes, I know that at 4-2, the Seattle Mariners are in first place in the American League West Division for all of 3.7 percent of that season. Yes, I know, it’s not May yet, or June...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    April 10, 2014

Lady Hawks wallop West Valley 20-1 in GNL softball

Cheney High's softball team headed into spring break on a high note, thanks to a 20-1, five-inning victory over visiting Great Northern League rival West Valley last Thursday. The Lady Hawks really...

 
 By John McCallum    Front Page    April 3, 2014

Fanning the flames of career exploration

Eastern Washington University foreign exchange students received an opportunity last week to answer a question that may or may not have been buzzing about in their minds. Do I want to have a career in...

 
 By John McCallum    Front Page    April 3, 2014

Cheney's first marijuana business is a family-affair

Maybe no other newly created industry has faced as many hurdles than the fledgling recreational marijuana industry. Just ask Bill and Chris Youngs. The brothers are owners of Cheney Hydroponics, the...

 
 By John McCallum    Sports    April 3, 2014

Cheney stays perfect in GNL soccer play chools

Next week's spring break isn't coming soon enough for the Cheney boys' soccer team. The team's first couple weeks of the season have been challenging, helped not only by a busy schedule - including...

 
 By John McCallum    Sports    April 3, 2014

Blackhawks compete at Ezra Gordon, host North Central

Cheney High's boys' and girls' track and field squads have kicked things into a bit higher gear, traveling to Colville last Saturday for the Ezra Gordon Invitational, followed by hosting Spokane's Nor...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    March 27, 2014

Marijuana ordinance gets first reading

Interim marijuana facility siting ordinance W-18 may have a new designation — W-33 — but it’s essentially the same zoning measure Cheney has been working on adopting since late November 2013. That adoption took one more step towards reality...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    March 27, 2014

Cheney commission recommends denial of Clay rezone

Cheney’s Planning Commission voted unanimously at its March 17 meeting to recommend denying a proposed rezone near Centennial Park that would have allowed for a higher residential density on property next door. Randall Gillingham, owner of...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    March 27, 2014

Cheney reviews EWU recycling center, depot demolition applications

The city of Cheney has issued notices of mitigated determinations of non-significance on a pair of project applications: one for a new recycling center at Eastern Washington University and the other...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    March 27, 2014

Sagan knew how to present science in a non-threatening way

I’ve been enjoying the new version of the popular 1980s series “Cosmos.” It’s wonderful to watch a science show that presents discovery and provides historical context at the same time, keeping things in perspective. Science’s advances and...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    March 27, 2014

The future may be now for Cheney girls' track

Despite being the smallest of the top four schools, with seven competitors, the Cheney High girls' track and field team missed a second-place finish at last year's 2A state meet by half a point. Five...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    March 27, 2014

Cheney: Target town to title town

Since 2009, the Cheney High boys' soccer team has entered the season with a target on its back as one of the region's premier programs - the team to beat. The only change this year is that target now...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    March 27, 2014

Lady Hawks bring experience to 2014 softball season

Cheney High School softball head coach Gary Blake has something he hasn't had in quite a while in his 2014 Lady Hawks team - a team heavily laden with upper classmen and experience. Ten of Cheney's...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    March 20, 2014

Cheney commission recommends W-18

The Cheney Planning Commission voted 4-1 on Monday night, March 17, to approve moving the city’s interim marijuana facility zoning ordinance a step closer toward final adoption and incorporation into its municipal zoning code. The ordinance provide...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    March 20, 2014

Precise measurements

Westwood Middle School students Kahlysta McKethen and Andres Margraf work on an exercise in teacher Marty Sexton's class to determine volume by first measuring geometric shapes, then filling them...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    March 20, 2014

Cheney sewer rates on the way up

Cheney residents will see something happen at the end of April they haven't seen in over nine years - their sewer rates go up. The City Council approved an ordinance March 11 raising sewer rates $5...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    March 20, 2014

Cheney council updates rates and fees

Cheney’s City Council adopted a resolution at its March 11 meeting updating fees and charges for 2014 city services that provide revenue for the general fund. These charges range from business licenses to building and plumbing permits, charges for...

 

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