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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    November 23, 2017 

Waiting for spring

A child's toy truck sits on a transformer at the site of the Viewacres development in southwest Cheney. Work on the new subdivision has ceased for the season, but once resumed will extend Ridgview...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    November 23, 2017 

Cheney tags tax revenues for fire department

When it comes to uses for Cheney’s 2018 forecasted property tax revenue, the city’s fire department figures to be next year’s big winner. Officials are estimating the regular property tax levy in 2018 to reach almost $1.94 million — of which...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    November 23, 2017 

Sales tax, increased valuation help Cheney general fund

Cheney’s 2018 budget revenues might not necessarily be rosy, but they certainly don’t stink either. City officials are forecasting total governmental revenues in the coming year at almost $12.64 million, an increase of 9.17 percent from 2017’s...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    November 23, 2017 

Eastern's postseason omission not necessarily a bad thing

So, in the end, the Eastern Washington University football team’s bid for another postseason appearance falls short. I should be joining the multitudes in Eagle Nation screaming “We got hosed” after Eastern was rejected for an at-large...

 

'Community living room' under way

Local and state officials turned out for a Nov. 8 groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new Airway Heights recreation center, and it's a good thing they did. At the rate site crews are moving,...

 

Bus service changes coming

Depending which option is selected, Cheney residents and Eastern Washington University students will see some definite changes in bus service in late 2018. Representatives from Spokane Transit Authority outlined those changes at the Cheney Planning...

 

Blackhawks give good account at state swimming

A season that began with a little uncertainty ended with a lot of promise for the future for the Cheney High School girls swimming team. The Blackhawks began 2017 absent several prominent swimmers from 2016 due to graduation, but ended by sending a...

 

Cheney, Medical Lake runners compete at Boise

Cheney High School cross country runners competed in the NXR Northwest Regional Championships last Saturday, Nov. 11, on the 5,000-meter course at Eagle Island State Park in Boise, Idaho. Running as team Pacific Pod, the Cheney girls finished 20th...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    November 9, 2017

Fanning firefighting capabilities

Cheney officials acknowledge there are large needs to be met when it comes to the city's fire department - and they hope to address those in the coming weeks and months. Cheney resident Cliff...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    November 9, 2017

Cheney Light to pass along BPA increase

Nothing is simple when it comes to electrical power. Take billing, for instance. While customers look at two measures, base rate and usage costs, Cheney Light Department Director Steve Boorman has 21...

 

Cheney adopts construction scope and budget policies

The Cheney school board of directors adopted several policies at their Oct. 25 meeting dealing with implementation of upcoming construction work at three elementary schools and the high school. The first was the second reading and final adoption of...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    November 9, 2017

Special valuation considered for School House Lofts

Cheney's Historical Preservation Commission held a special meeting Nov. 2 to talk about something else special - special valuation for the renovated and opened School House Lofts. The facility...

 

Violence isn't about guns - it's about what's inside us

I think it’s time for us to admit that the society of the United States is a violent society. Let’s just look at gun violence. As of Nov. 7, there were 52,606 reported incidents of gun violence in this country this year. Staying with current...

 

Cheney volleyball season ends in regionals at Selah

Cheney High volleyball head coach Heather Zorrozua said her Lady Blackhawks did all they could do and did everything right — and still came up on the short end of a back-and-forth battle with Selah in regional crossover action. The second-seeded...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    November 2, 2017

Rate hike proposed for Cheney

Cheney residents could see an increase in their utility rates in 2018, should the city's Public Works Department budget proposal receive council approval. The increase is one of two proposed to deal...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    November 2, 2017

Cheney council approves Well 3 loan application

The Cheney City Council took the first steps towards dealing with the city’s water production issues at its Oct. 24 meeting. The council approved a public works department request to apply for a loan from the Washington State Department of...

 

Cheney High School renovations over budget

The Cheney school board found out during a schematic design review of the proposed remodel of the district’s high school that the work is over the budgeted amount specified in the February 2017 bond by just over $3.21 million. The board also found...

 

Cheney girls peaking at the right time in cross country

The Cheney High girls cross country team’s train keeps rolling — with a final stop this coming Saturday at state 2A competition in Pasco at Sun Willows Golf Course. The Blackhawks posted some of their best three-mile times to hold off Great...

 

Cheney soccer falls to West Valley in district playoffs

Hoping to play more soccer in November, the Cheney High girls soccer team found its season ending in October - and for the second year in a row by the same opponent. Madeline Liberg gave the West...

 

Cheney swimming continues to develop talent, success

I’ve got to give a shout-out to the Cheney High School girls swimming team. In fact, a shout-out to Blackhawk swimmers of both genders through the years. I hope this doesn’t come out wrong, but if it does, don’t shoot me. Cheney’s swimming...

 

Cheney swimmers place third at districts in Moses Lake

The Cheney High School girls swimming team appears to peaking at the right time — in the postseason. The Blackhawks turned in some of their best times of the season last Friday and Saturday at district competition in Moses Lake, finishing third ove...

 

Lady Blackhawks VB await CWAC foe

All it took was one win for the Cheney High volleyball team to punch its ticket to regional play this Saturday against the Central Washington Athletic Conference. The Lady Blackhawks got that, albeit not as easily as hoped, at the District 7 tourname...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    October 26, 2017

EWU Homecoming week kicks off Sunday evening

It's Homecoming at Eastern Washington University, with a week-long slate of activities kicking off this Sunday, Oct. 29, with the annual bonfire, pep rally and bed races. Members of the Eagles...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    October 26, 2017

Depot relocation inches closer to reality

Piece by piece - even if small pieces - the relocation of Cheney's former Northern Pacific Railroad depot is slowly coming together. The latest piece involves creation and installation of a sign for...

 

Using tricks and trots to tackle workforce needs

Cheney High senior Evarosa Perry had an idea for a project for her Future Business Leaders of American club, but didn't know how to fund it. Fellow senior Megumi Call had an idea for a fundraiser,...

 

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