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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 17, 2017 

Delegating application authority

Cheney’s City Council could consider an ordinance that relinquishes some of its rights to prior approval of grant applications by department staff. During the resolutions section of the Aug. 8 meeting, Mayor Tom Trulove asked the council to...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 17, 2017 

Percussion preparation

Members of the Cheney High School band percussion line practice music and choreography for this year's presentation. The award-winning Blackhawks' band will perform not only during halftime of home...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 17, 2017 

Monday's celestial view of a lifetime

While it’s not complete totality, the 91 percent coverage that Cheney and the rest of the Spokane area will experience during the Aug. 21 solar eclipse is pretty close. At least that’s what Eastern Washington University student Jason Schriver...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 17, 2017 

Cheney school board adopts high school education specifications

The Cheney School District board of directors unanimously approved, at a special meeting Aug. 9, the education specifications for renovation and expansion work at the district’s high school. Funding for the estimated $35.2 million project was part...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 10, 2017

Fire destroys Cheney apartments

An early afternoon fire destroyed four units and left several residents of Cheney's 100 Washington Square apartment complex homeless last Saturday, Aug. 5. Cheney Fire Department Lt. Tim Steiner said...

 

The new normal surrounding our water supplies

Welcome to the new normal. It’s one of those phrases that’s beginning to annoy me, partly because it gets used a lot lately. It’s right up there with “What is it about (insert object here) that we don’t understand?” Or, “How’s that...

 

Don't look now, but fall sports aren't very far away

In past Crunch Time columns I’ve referred to this time period of late August as the dog-days of sports, that time when sports pages and coverage consist of Major League Baseball and that’s it. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. In...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 3, 2017

Contamination closes Cheney pool

Cheney parks and recreation department staff have a simple request: if your child is sick or has been sick, don't send them to the swimming pool. Cheney's pool has been forced to close six time so...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 3, 2017

Council finalizes Parkside Commons rezone

The Cheney City Council unanimously approved final adoption of an ordinance at its July 25 meeting changing the zoning of a 3.6-acre parcel of land bordered by North Eighth, Cedar, Erie and Oak streets — clearing the way for development of a...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 3, 2017

Bomb scare forces temporary Sutton Park closure

Cheney's Sutton Park was shutdown last Thursday due to a suspicious object law enforcement officials thought might be a bomb found inside the park's gazebo. Police Chief John Hensley said they receive...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 3, 2017

Loomer named August's Cheney Garden Club Yard of the Month

Cheney's Shirley Loomer summation of her yard, named the August Yard of the Month by the Cheney Garden and Kiwanis clubs, is pretty succinct. "I don't have a yard, I have a park," she said last...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 27, 2017

Police seek sexual assault witnesses

Cheney police investigators are seeking an individual or individuals who may have witnessed a sexual assault that happened at a party on the night of June 9–10. Police Capt. Rick Beghtol said the actual assault occurred early in the morning of...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 27, 2017

On the cover of the fishing rules guide

The best way to keep something a surprise is to make sure others don't see whatever it is. Easy to do, except when that surprise is an appearance in a statewide publication. That was the case for...

 

School board OKs elementary education specifications

Construction at three Cheney School District elementary schools took another step forward with acceptance of educational specifications for the facilities by the district's board of directors at...

 

St. Paul's Episcopal garden hits second year

For the second year in a row, Cheney's St. Paul's Episcopal Church is doing its share to provide food for people in need through its community garden. The garden, started last year out of inspiration...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    July 27, 2017

Bandits miss Bronze title game at Summer Sizzler

The West Plains 18U softball team placed third in the Bronze Division of the Selah Summer Sizzler tournament, July 15–16 at Carlon Park in Selah. The Bandits went 1-2 in Red Pool play, losing the opener on Saturday 4-2 to SnoCo Express, shutting...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 20, 2017

Water restrictions eased

City of Cheney officials have relaxed water restrictions imposed on June 30 after one of its deepest and largest producing wells went down with a mechanical failure. The failure, coupled with very...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 20, 2017

Weeding credit

Cheney High School summer school students earned some extra credit on Tuesday by performing community service - pulling weeds at Sunset Elementary School (above) and several other district school...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 20, 2017

Cheney, Parkside LLC reach agreement

Cheney’s City Council unanimously approved the second reading at its July 11 meeting of an ordinance rezoning a 3.6-acre parcel of land at the corner of Cedar and North Eighth streets from multifamily residential (R-3) to high-density multifamily...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    July 20, 2017

Putting community into community newspapers

In my June 20 column I spoke of changes coming to the Cheney Free Press. I also asked a question of you: What do you value about news? More on the latter in a minute. In that column I noted that the newspaper that has been serving the West Plains...

 

Cheney Care Center hosts bake sale

The Cheney Care Center is having a bake sale. That’s not necessarily new, they’ve been holding one for several years. What is new is this year’s sale, July 29, will coincide with the Center’s annual yard sale and a craft sale being put on by...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    July 20, 2017

Up and down with the Seattle Mariners

I hesitate to write anything on this year’s Seattle Mariner’s. Especially right now. The M’s have had a propensity lately to put together a few winning streaks of promise, only to have those erased like Vesuvius wiping out Pompeii. A good...

 
 By John McCallum    Photos    July 13, 2017

Scenes from the 2017 Cheney Rodeo Parade and Round-up | Pt. 1

Cheney's annual rodeo parade and roundup was truly a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Cheney Rodeo. Hot, sunny weather helped the fun and pageantry, which feature rodeo royalty from around... Full story

 

Cheney water use curtailed

The City of Cheney has enacted a mandatory lawn irrigation water shutdown for residents and businesses. The shutdown went into effect late Thursday afternoon, July 6. City water resource manager Dan Ferguson said the bearings in Well No. 5’s pump c...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 13, 2017

Slidin' into cool

Toivo Tomlinson-Ryan hits the water slide during the Rodeo Round-up Saturday morning prior to the annual Cheney Rodeo Parade. Tomlinson-Ryan and his brother, Jericho Ryan, both Cheney Middle School...

 

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