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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 4, 2016 

Turnbull closed as precaution

Cheney-area residents like Greg Houff who like to use the trails at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge for a variety of outdoor activities may have been surprised to find a roadblock in their way last week. Houff said he drove out to the refuge last...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 4, 2016 

Council OKs contract with Banner Bank

The Cheney City Council approved a pair of resolutions at its Jan. 26 meeting that entered the city into a community trip reduction plan with Spokane County and a three-year agreement for banking services from Banner Bank. Like other qualifying...

 
 By John McCallum    Front Page    February 4, 2016 

Winter color

Members of the Cheney High School band's color guard, who call themselves the "Winter Guard" for winter appearances, perform during halftime of last Thursday's boys basketball game with East...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 4, 2016 

Airway Heights gets road projects underway

At its first meeting in February Monday night, Feb. 1, the Airway Heights City Council unanimously approved a pair of consultant agreements to begin design work on two transportation improvement projects in the city. The first is a $158,400 contract...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 4, 2016 

Dugout to turnout: Gustafson named Resident of the Year

Cheney Fire Department resident Tyler Gustafson found his way into the firefighting profession through a rather unique way - baseball. A 2013 graduate of Cheney High School, Gustafson played for the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    February 4, 2016 

Medical Lake planning meeting first in three months

Medical Lake’s Planning Commission strolled through a light schedule, Jan. 28, in their first meeting in three months, now that they have a full complement of five members with the appointment of Judy “Mayu” Mayulianos. The benefits of a...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    February 4, 2016 

Black History Month should encourage the study of everyone's history

“If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.” These are the words of historian Carter G. Woodson, as quoted in the article...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    February 4, 2016 

Simian surgery: Blackhawks snap 10-game losing streak

That big, hulking black shape Cheney residents saw leaping down the highway and out of town Saturday night was the monkey that had been on the backs of the high school boys basketball team all regular...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    February 4, 2016 

Lady Blackhawks drop three in league play

The Cheney High girls' basketball team dropped three league games last week, including a close contest with West Valley that would have all but wrapped up a No. 3 seed and home game in the upcoming...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 28, 2016

Understaffed and under budget

After a 12.37 percent increase in 2014, crime activity in Cheney resumed a downward trend last year, according to end-of-year figures released by the Police Department. Uniformed Crime Report (UCR) data indicated a drop in nine of 11 offense...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 28, 2016

McMorris Rodgers fields comments

Congressional 5th District Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers likes to refer to her town-hall-style meetings as "Conversations with Cathy." They're aptly named, as anyone who attended the latest installment...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 28, 2016

Jorgenson steps down from Medical Lake City Council

Long-time community organizer and City Councilman Howard Jorgenson tendered his resignation at the Jan. 19 Medical Lake City Council meeting. Jorgenson is experiencing health issues, has been absent from meetings the past several months and is...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 28, 2016

Airway Heights council hears STA vote appeal

Airway Heights City Council members heard a request for supporting mass transit at their Jan. 25 study session from a different source — one of their West Plains neighbors. Cheney Mayor Tom Trulove addressed the council about a second attempt by...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    January 28, 2016

Lady Blackhawks close to earning No. 3 seed

With a couple wins in its last four games, the Cheney High girls basketball team will likely secure something they haven’t had in four years — a home playoff game. And, at 3-5 in Great Northern League play, 7-9 overall, a couple wins would give...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    January 28, 2016

Blackhawks still looking for first league victory

The Cheney High School’s boys basketball team is still looking for that four quarters of consistent play, something head coach Gregg Smith believes they need to do and soon if they hope to make any noise in the Great Northern League regular season...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 21, 2016

ML seeks police service funding

City of Medical Lake officials have sent 41 letters to members of the Washington State Legislature asking for one simple thing, and that is to have at least one person pick up the phone and call Mayor John Higgins to discuss the nature of the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 21, 2016

Firefighters, city work out new contract

At its Jan. 12 meeting, the Cheney City Council approved a three-year contract between the city and the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1919 chapter; giving Cheney firefighters pay increases and making changes to language in the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 21, 2016

Cheney police officer/dispatcher of the year

Cheney dispatcher Thomas Hall doesn't think of his job as just that - a job. Nor does he want residents to think of him and the rest of his Cheney Police Department comrades as merely public safety. "...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    January 21, 2016

Strong second half earns Cheney Golden Feather win

For Cheney High School girls basketball coach JT Johnson, all signs point to his Lady Blackhawks making the turn from a team competitive most of the time, to a team competitive all the time. Johnson...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    January 21, 2016

Blackhawks find finishing more difficult than starting

Head coach Gregg Smith thinks his Cheney High School boys’ basketball team is on the cusp of a recipe for winning, but lacks one small ingredient — knowing how to finish close games. In four of the last five games, the Blackhawks have been close...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 14, 2016

Cheney, EWU partner on data

The Cheney Police Department and Eastern Washington University may have parted ways over dispatch services, but when it comes to maintaining law enforcement data, they’re still buddies. At its Jan. 12 meeting, the Cheney City Council approved a...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 14, 2016

Libraries to hold wildland fire dialogue

No matter where you live in this state, it’s likely you and your neighbors felt impacts from Washington’s record-setting wildland fire year — and the Spokane County Library District hopes to find out what those impacts were. The district is...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 14, 2016

Taco shoot

Cheney High School students try to make as many shots as they can in two minutes during halftime of the Blackhawks boys basketball game Friday with visiting Clarkston. The winners of the contest,...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 14, 2016

Tweaking the vision of a future Cheney

If a city's comprehensive plan updating process is like a surgical operation, then what the Cheney Planning Commission experienced at their meeting Jan. 11 can best be described as "pre-op." City...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 14, 2016

Airway Heights proceeds with EMS levy expenditures

If you're an Airway Heights resident and you have some questions about how your recently approved emergency medical service levy funds are going to be used, don't worry. Fire Chief Mitch Metzger has...

 

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