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Residents contest development

Traffic and safety issues took center stage at a Cheney Planning Commission public hearing Monday night on a proposed rezone to accommodate a 115-unit apartment complex near Hagelin Park and the city pool. Over two dozen people attended the hearing,...

 

Water logged

A softball floats in a flooded swale at the Cheney High School football field as the Blackhawks track and field teams in the background get set to practice last Friday. Rains and rapid snowmelt have...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 16, 2017 

ML council amends cellular lease

The Medical Lake City Council unanimously approved an amendment to a site lease agreement allowing a company leasing space on the city’s water tower to add some equipment — and in the process bring in more money to the city coffers. The council...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 16, 2017 

Customers up at Cheney Clothing Exchange

Things are booming at the Cheney Clothing Exchange - in many ways. Volunteer coordinator Connie Oakes said the exchange - which is open Wednesdays from noon – 6 p.m. in space on the Third Street...

 
 By John McCallum    News    March 16, 2017 

Helping every woman

Medical Lake Firefighters Association vice president Jonathan Suffield presents a check for $371 to Every Woman Can chief executive officer Deb Barnes at the March 6 City Council meeting. The...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    March 16, 2017 

Got a beef or 'atta boy?' Try Cheers and Jeers

Sometimes things come to your attention that you feel the need to comment on, but don’t want to say too much. To provide a means of expressing these sentiments, whether it’s a good job to somebody or a “Come on man” as the popular ESPN segmen...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    March 16, 2017 

School board gets alternate construction method overview

Passage of the Cheney Public Schools’ $52 million capital facilities bond last month presents some interesting logistic issues, and perhaps none more important than the obvious requirement — that all four buildings need to be open for education d...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    March 16, 2017 

Cheney boys rally to knock off Mt. Spokane

It required a bit of modification, but the Cheney High School boys soccer team managed to get its first game of the year into the books. The Blackhawks rallied from a 1-0 deficit to score two second...

 

Cheney boys soccer rally to knock off Mt. Spokane

It required a bit of modification, but the Cheney High School boys soccer team managed to get its first game of the year into the books. The Blackhawks rallied from a 1-0 deficit to score two second... Full story

 

More snow - ordinances (?)

Cheney’s City Council has set the wheels in motion to consider creating an ordinance requiring residents and businesses to clear sidewalks adjacent to their property after a snowfall. Salnave-area resident Kathy Fleming approached the council...

 

Fairchild celebrates 75 years

See a photo gallery from the event here....

 

Canine rescue

Spokane County Fire District 3 firefighter Connor Rose carries one of three dogs rescued from a fire that flared up in a unit at Presnell Trailer Court March 1. Cheney Fire Department Battalion Chief...

 

Brother Geisel, er Seuss

Eastern Washington University student and Sigma Phi Epsilon member Nate Delo reads a Dr. Seuss book to Betz Elementary School students in Traci Trotter's first-grade class last Thursday to celebrate...

 

Fairchild Air Force Base 75th

Fairchild Air Force Base celebrated its 75th anniversary with ceremonies March 1. Besides guest speakers, cake and punch, the celebration featured a number of static displays telling the story of the... Full story

 

High flows and cracked streets

While Spokane County roads seem to have taken the brunt of the recent rains and snow melt, cities on the West Plains have experienced their own set of problems. Both Cheney and Medical Lake's water...

 

ML council OKs relamping plan

Medical Lake will soon see Avista crews around town changing out old high pressure sodium and other style streetlamps and replacing them with new, brighter and more energy efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) lamps — thanks to an agreement with...

 

Alternate route

Because of high runoff water conditions, the city of Medical Lake's water reclamation plant has been pumping into its secondary outfall that flows underneath Brooks Road and eventually into Deep...

 

School board hears next steps in school building expansions

With a final ballot count and election certification taking place last week, Cheney Public Schools Superintendent Rob Roettger gave the district’s board of directors an overview at their Feb. 22 meeting of the next steps in implementing the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    March 2, 2017

You mad bro? In this country, that answer seems to be definitely

We are an angry society. Not all of us, but a lot of us sure seem to be upset at something or someone or both at some point in time for some reason or reasons. I don’t understand why we have so much vehemence towards people, places and things that...

 

Missile defense: former Nike Hercules sites still around, in use

During the 1940s, military installations like those in Washington state in the Puget Sound region, at Hanford and Fairchild Air Force Base were protected by World War II-era antiaircraft guns. As the... Full story

 

Cheney changes snow ordinance

Cheney’s City Council has elected to fast-track proposed changes to the way the city plows streets after snow starts to accumulate. At its Feb. 14 meeting, the council unanimously approved all three readings and final passage of changes to the...

 

Cheney is mostly multifamily

Cheney single-family to multifamily housing ratio has undergone some significant changes in the past decade, as evidenced by a staff report presented to the city’s Planning Commission at its Feb. 13 meeting. According to information from Public Wor...

 

One year of working to 'solve common concerns'

A little over a year ago, Gill Moberly had some time on his hands. The Marshall-area resident was recovering after surgery, so he was taking the opportunity to catch up on his reading. One item was a...

 

Grant brings more music to Windsor Elementary

See a photo gallery from the event here....

 

Babcock finishes career with second, third at state swimming

Cheney boys swimmer Trevor Babcock wrapped up his high school career with a pair of top-three finishes at the 2A/3A/4A state championships last Friday and Saturday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. Head coach Jennifer Hochwalt said th...

 

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