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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 21, 2018 

Irrigating instructions

Even though the spring weather has been mostly cool, Cheney Public Works officials aren’t taking any chances when it comes to the city’s water supply. Cheney has implemented its annual water conservation schedule it recommends residents and...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 21, 2018 

Founders highlights

Heather Leigh Collazo of Reardan gets some face painting done between her father's 3-on-3 basketball games during activities at last Saturday's Medical Lake Founders Day. The annual event drew...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 21, 2018 

Cheney approves $600,000 state loan for fire engine

Cheney’s purchase of a new main attack engine for its fire department is officially paid for. At its June 12 meeting, the City Council voted 7-0 to approve an ordinance with all three readings and final passage authorizing execution of a financing...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    June 21, 2018 

Cheney school district budget grows with enrollment

The Cheney School District’s 2018-2019 general fund budget is scheduled to top $60 million for the first time ever — and that’s just the beginning. During a budget workshop at the school board’s June 13 meeting, Finance Director Jamie...

 

You lookin' at me?

Participants in the annual Medical Lake Founders Day parade last Saturday came in all shapes, sizes and species. Other activites at the festival included fireworks, a triathlon and lots of fun...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    June 21, 2018 

Knock on wood - hope for fall ball springs up in Seattle

At the risk of invoking kibosh, I’m feeling pretty good about the Seattle Mariners right now. Yes, it’s mid-June. By the time you read this, summer will have been at least 24 hours old. Not exactly the time to start counting my change with the ho...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 14, 2018

Cheney institutional zone moves to council

Cheney Planning Commission gave its blessing at its June 11 meeting to the creation of a new zone in the city. The “Institutional Zone” would establish areas that provide greater development flexibility for public structures and uses such as educ...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 14, 2018

Farmers opens in Cheney Merchants Center

Marc Hughes cuts the ribbon opening his Cheney branch of Farmers Insurance last Friday morning, June 8. Hughes office is located at 1833 First St.... Full story

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 14, 2018

Cheney planners seek public input on downtown

Cheney Planning Department officials are inviting residents to come to the City Hall auditorium or the Wren Pierson Community Center later this month to answer one question. What kind of city is Cheney? The meeting, which takes place June 25 at 5...

 

Cheney United Methodist choir hits Carnegie Hall

Cheney United Methodist Church choir director Mary Jane Shevais had never heard of Distinguished Concerts, International New York City until the day last September when she returned home from judging...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    June 14, 2018

Lady Blackhawks look for continued softball success

By all accounts, the 2018 Cheney High School softball season was not only one to remember, but also one for the record books. The Lady Blackhawks posted a 19-4 record, tied for the second most wins in head coach Gary Blake’s 15-years at the helm....

 
 By John McCallum    News    June 7, 2018

Determining property liabilities

If approved by the City Council at an upcoming meeting, the city of Cheney will add a chapter to its municipal code that deals with property maintenance. The city’s Planning Commission approved the repeal of text dealing with natural gas at its...

 
 By John McCallum    News    June 7, 2018

Lifting leadership

Cheney Middle School leadership class student Hunter Passey looks for a place to stack another box of food he and his classmates raised for the Cheney Food Bank during a school-wide drive April 23...

 
 By John McCallum    News    June 7, 2018

Toastmasters looking at establishing Cheney club

Representatives of the international communication organization Toastmasters recently met with city of Cheney officials about the possibilities of starting a club in the area. And while there is interest, City Administrator Mark Schuller said...

 

Cheney Middle School leadership students aid food bank

Each year, the seventh and eighth-grade students in Cheney Middle School teacher Sherrie Syrie's leadership class undertakes a project to help out a local organization. Leadership student Camryn Bisho...

 
 By John McCallum    Opinion    June 7, 2018

Isn't Mother Nature good enough to lead?

There’s a saying, “You are what you eat.” In this case, our daily news diet. Currently, our intake seems to be all Trump, and almost exclusively Trump. Even if something comes up that takes our attention away from the current White House...

 
 By John McCallum    Opinion    June 7, 2018

Hitting the hot spots

A Spokane County Fire District 3 brush truck applies water to some spot fires that broke out on Interstate 90 between the Cheney/Four Lakes and Medical Lake exits last Wednesday morning. Emergency...

 
 By John McCallum    Sports    June 7, 2018

Summerhawks scrimmage University in U15 action

The Cheney Baseball Association U15 Summerhawks got their 2018 baseball season underway last Saturday against University’s American Legion Single A team. After falling behind 7-1, the Summerhawks rallied with two runs in the third and eighth...

 
 By John McCallum    News    May 31, 2018

Cheney council OKs second cyber mining deal

For the second time in just over two months, the city of Cheney is signing an agreement to supply power to a cyber currency mining business. The City Council approved an electrical power and service contract with Willow Street Mining, Inc., at its...

 

Cheney school board gets look at state funding

Cheney School District board of directors got a preliminary picture at their May 23 meeting of what life will look like under the state’s new funding package passed last year — which increases the state’s portion and decreases the level of...

 

Eastern Washington police monitor open carry issue

Like his Cheney counterpart, Eastern Washington University Police Chief Tim Walters understands that in Washington state, individuals have the right to openly carry a firearm. Also like Cheney Police Chief John Hensley, he wished people inclined to...

 
 By John McCallum    Sports    May 31, 2018

Two in a row

It may not have set a record, but it did achieve half of Cheney High School boys track and field head coach Derek Slaughter's goal. Led by the four state titles of senior sprinter Charles Johnson,...

 
 By John McCallum    Sports    May 31, 2018

Blackhawk girls come up short in state title bid

It wasn't the way Cheney High girls head coach Tom Stralser would have preferred to have his track and field coaching career end, but it was still a satisfying conclusion nonetheless. The Blackhawks b...

 
 By John McCallum    Sports    May 31, 2018

Lady Blackhawks' state appearance ends on first day

While the experience and memories of making it to the state 2A tournament will last a lifetime, Cheney High’s softball team’s stay was all too brief. The Lady Blackhawks couldn’t find an answer offensively for Woodland’s Olivia Grey in the...

 
 By John McCallum    Sports    May 31, 2018

It's time to take the anthem out of protests

I agree with those who are tired of seeing sports and politics mixed and would like to do something to take the latter out of the former. My solution probably won’t land me on any Christmas card lists. Last week, the National Football League...

 

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