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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 9, 2018 

Silver Lake fire held to 100 acres

Thanks to quick mobilization and nearby water resources, firefighting crews were able to contain to 100 acres a grass and timber fire that broke out on Monday about three miles northwest of Cheney....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 9, 2018 

Cheney's Bicycle Time to close doors by October

Mark Sheldon got involved in the bicycle repair business when he was 15 years old - a 45-year career that will come to an end this October with the closure of his Cheney business, Bicycle Time....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 9, 2018 

Gerbers named Cheney's Yard of the Month

The home of Sterling and Laurelle Gerber, 372 Nolan Brown Place, has been named the Yard of the Month for August by the Cheney Garden Club and the Cheney Kiwanis. For their efforts the Gerbers...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    August 9, 2018 

The saga of Ohio State's Urban Meyer mirrors life's challenges

I’ll admit, I’m not as much up to speed on the Urban Meyer situation at Ohio State University as I should be, given that one of my many hats here at the Cheney Free Press is one of sports guru. Or more accurately, one of several gurus. Meyer, as...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 2, 2018

Contractor sweeps net West Plains violators

Several contractors at Cheney and Medical Lake construction sites were caught up in a nationwide crackdown on illegal activities that netted 50 violators in Washington state alone. Inspectors from the state Department of Labor & Industries made unann...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 2, 2018

Cossalman House recommended for Cheney registry

Cheney's Historic Preservation Commission voted at a July 12 special meeting to recommend the James and Ruth Cossalman House for inclusion on the local historic registry. The house on Fifth Street has...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 19, 2018

Temps heat up, water draws down

A recent rapid draw down in reservoir levels has led city of Cheney officials to impose watering restrictions on several large users as well as call for additional conservation measures from residents. Public Works Director Todd Ableman said levels...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 19, 2018

Celebrating community relevance

How does a church stay relevant in changing times? It's a question the answer for which is part of the Cheney Church of the Nazarene's second service in their three-service celebration of 100 years...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 19, 2018

Cheney engages in rapid-fire ordinance approvals

In whirlwind-style action at its July 10 meeting, Cheney’s City Council passed five ordinances that did everything from proposing capital facilities projects to incorporating new zoning changes and moving money to pay for debt principal and...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    July 19, 2018

Operation Success was really a failure

I’m going to tell you a story. It’s a story about “Operation Success.” Never heard of it? You’re probably not alone. Most of the millions of people in the United States don’t know the tale of how our State Department and the Central...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    July 19, 2018

Eastern's No. 1 pick can be a boon - and a bane

Once again, the Big Sky Conference bulls-eye is on the Eastern Washington University football team. In a July 16 news release, conference media representatives and coaches voted the Eagles as the top pick to win the Big Sky this season. Eastern...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 12, 2018

Cheney council OKs street work

Cheney's City Council approved the city's six-year, $4.309 million transportation improvement program at its June 26 meeting - an annual event for a plan that fully funded would repair and preserve...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 12, 2018

Connecting the transit dots on the West Plains

New Special Mobility Services mobility manager Allie Lance has a unique position - she works for SMS, but not exclusively. Lance is operating under a federal 5310 grant that seeks out unmet transporta...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 12, 2018

Coming attractions

The gates may be closed now, but by Friday the Bi-Mart Arena will be open and the 51st Cheney Rodeo will be underway, bringing cowboys and cowgirls from throughout the Columbia River Circuit to three...

 

Cheney Schools adopt 2018-2019 budget

The Cheney School Board officially adopted the district’s largest budget in its history at its June 27 regular meeting —a document that comes up just shy of $64.1 million in general fund revenues while slightly exceeding $64 million in general...

 

PUB advancement

Most of the work on Eastern Washington University's Pence Union Building has moved inside as the $42 million student union building project nears a fall completion date....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    July 12, 2018

Lady Blackhawk's Meghan Krantz receives national honors

Cheney High School senior softball player Meghan Krantz has been named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association's High School West Region Second Team, according to a July 2 news release. Krantz,...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 5, 2018

Cheney dog park is proposed

Does Cheney really need a dog park? That was the central question Cheney council members wanted to know about a request to build such a facility in the city, presented at their June 26 meeting. The...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 5, 2018

Bringing Main Street program to Cheney

Between 40-50 community members gathered at Cheney’s City Hall auditorium June 25 to talk about what can be done to revitalize the city’s downtown — and how the state and other communities can help. The meeting, hosted jointing by the city’s...

 

Project work underway at Cheney schools

Construction work on all four of the Cheney School District's facilities included in 2017's $52 million bond is underway. In a presentation to the school board last Wednesday, June 27, OAC project...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 5, 2018

Groundbreaking moments

The Cheney School District kicked off its final and largest project stemming from the 2017 bond last Wednesday - the expansion and renovation of Cheney High School. Several area dignitaries and...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 28, 2018

Getting around on the West Plains

Growth has created transportation challenges on the West Plains, and attendees at a recent West Plains Chamber of Commerce breakfast received an overview on how those challenges are being met....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 28, 2018

Fire station upgrades, well 3 top improvement plan lists

Cheney’s Planning Commission approved an annual update to the city’s six-year capital improvements plan at its regular meeting in June. The plan identifies project the city views as essential to maintaining established levels of service (LOS)...

 

Cheney board OKs high school constructability

Expansion and renovation work at Cheney High School is one step closer to beginning, thanks to the approval by the school district’s board of directors of a resolution accepting a constructability review report. The review was based upon architect...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 28, 2018

Riddick named July Yard of the Month

The home of Robert and Bridie Riddick at 30 North Seventh St. across from the Cheney pool, is the Cheney Kiwanis and Cheney Garden Club Yard of the Month for July. The Riddicks receive a $25 gift...

 

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