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Windsor music students

Thanks to a $14,000 grant from the Spokane-area Hagan Foundation, Windsor Elementary School students have 11 new xylophones on which to learn and perform. Besides class instruction, a group of... Full story

 

School bond barely passing

As of press time Tuesday night, the Cheney School District’s $52 million capital facilities bond was barely receiving the 60 percent voter approval needed for passage. According to information from the Spokane County Election Department’s...

 

Cheney changes plowing ordinance

Cheney’s police department is proposing changes to the city’s snow removal ordinance it hopes will lead to less confusion and conform to current practices by utility crews when the snow flies. The current ordinance requires vehicles be off city...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    February 16, 2017 

Rezoning proposed for North Eighth and Cedar lot

The same real estate acquisition and development company behind the purchase and renovation of Cheney's Fisher Building is proposing a rezoning of 3.59-acres of property on North Eighth Street in...

 

Cheney school board adopts legislative priorities list

The Cheney School District board of directors approved a resolution adopting the board’s priorities it looks to promote to the state Legislature during its current biennial budgeting session. Superintendent Rob Roettger told the board the four...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    February 16, 2017 

Cheney, Medical Lake swimmers off to state

There are going to be a few more people on the Cheney High School bus leaving for the 2A/3A/4A boys state swimming meet in Federal Way today (Thursday). The Medical Lake Cardinal boys 400-yard relay team will be joining the Blackhawks, making it...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    February 16, 2017 

Lady Blackhawks season ends in loss at West Valley

If one must assign blame for the Cheney High School girls basketball team’s elimination-round playoff loss to West Valley, Lorin Carlon said you can lay it on him. The long-time head coach in his first year with the Lady Blackhawks has been trying...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    February 16, 2017 

Blackhawks bow out of District 7 playoffs at Pullman

The Cheney High boys basketball team enjoyed one of its better offensive performances Tuesday night, Feb. 7, in Pullman. The Blackhawks tallied 73 points, tying their previous season high Dec. 28 against Colville. Unfortunately, the second-seeded...

 

Maximizing every inch of space for instruction

There are good things and bad things about working in the "horrible" media. One of the good things is through our work, we get the chance to become a little bit of an expert on a lot of subjects. As...

 

Pierce takes seat on Historic Preservation Commission

The Cheney Historic Preservation Commission’s first meeting of 2017 was abbreviated last Thursday due to a session of the Cheney Municipal Court going longer than anticipated. The commission did meet long enough, however, on the staircase landing...

 

Lady Blackhawks down Pullman, Clarkston in finale

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

 

Hawks regular season ends with Pullman, Clarkston losses

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

 

Blackhawks swimmers are second at district competition

Cheney High School’s boys swim team capped a successful season with a number of accolades — beginning with a second-place finish at 2A district swimming competition last weekend between teams from the Great Northern League and Central Washington...

 

Cheney court seeks domestic violence grants

Unable to find money in the city’s 2017 budget, the Cheney City Council gave approval at its Jan. 24 meeting to the Municipal Court to apply for grants to help fund a domestic violence victim’s advocate. Court administrator Terri Cooper has...

 

Spreading love instead of hate

For Rosario Rodriguez, President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration - authorizing construction of a U.S–Mexico border wall and imposing entry restrictions on residents from seven...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    February 2, 2017

IRS program changes impact AARP Tax-aide filers

It’s tax filing time, and Violet Lincoln, Cheney coordinator for AARP’s Tax-Aide program, wants those using the free service to know there are some changes. Specifically, one major change. The Internal Revenue Service has switched tax providers,...

 

Combining history with critical thinking

Have historians overemphasized the slavery issue as a cause of the Civil War? That’s the question posed to four Cheney High School students in instructor Steve Arensmeyer’s AP U.S. History class on Friday, Jan. 20 — two tasked with defending...

 

Dealing with mumps, class sizes, part of Cheney board meeting

So far, the Cheney School District hasn't been impacted by the mumps outbreak hitting other area districts - but it hasn't been unaffected either. At its Jan. 25 meeting, Superintendent Rob Roettger...

 

Lady Blackhawks absorb losses to West Valley, East Valley

The Cheney High girls basketball team is having difficulty scoring lately, at least consistently - a difficulty that led to league losses last week at West Valley and at home against Great Northern...

 

Blackhawks drop pair to Spokane Valley schools

A pair of losses last week has pretty much sealed the Cheney High boys basketball team's playoff seeding. The Blackhawks fell Tuesday at West Valley 56-44 and Saturday at home against East Valley 56-4...

 

Blackhawks swimmers drop second meet to Pullman

Cheney High School’s boys swim team wrapped up their regular season schedule with a dual meet last Saturday at perennial Eastern Washington swimming power Pullman, absorbing a 121-48 loss to the Greyhounds. Trevor Babcock captured the...

 

Rusty Lady Blackhawks knock off Pullman

A challenging week for the Cheney High School girls basketball team — and likely all Cheney squads — ended with a 1-2 record in Great Northern League play. The Martin Luther King holiday on... Full story

 

Blackhawks defeat East Valley for first league win

The Blackhawks began with a 57–52 win at East Valley, and finished with a pair of 40-plus point losses to Pullman and at Clarkston, the fifth and third-ranked teams in the state 2A classification.... Full story

 

Controlling court loads

Medical Lake’s City Council took an initial step to bring its municipal court up to speed regarding public defender caseload rules adopted by Washington’s Supreme Court and Legislature. At its Jan. 17 meeting, the council held a discussion and fi...

 

Cheney loads demand additional power

Cheney needs more power - and is in the market to purchase it. The Light Department is forecasting the need for more power in 2019 beyond what it currently buys from the Bonneville Power...

 

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