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Gifts for kids donations lagging

At the halfway point of the annual Christmas Gifts for Cheney Kids, drive organizers say they are ahead of last year’s number when it comes to children signing up, but behind in what they hope to give them on Dec. 16. Drive coordinator Elsy Lusk sa...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    December 8, 2016 

Public Works keeps focus on streets, water work in 2017

The final piece in Cheney’s proposed $24.34 million 2017 budget is Public Works. Maybe that really should be final pieces. There are a total of 12 departments and funds that fall under the category of Public Works, including the Planning...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    December 8, 2016 

Cheney School Board to send bond to voters

The Cheney School Board voted 4-0 at a Dec. 1 workshop to officially “direct district administration to work with bond counsel to prepare a resolution submitting such capital projects and bonds to the district’s voters on Feb. 14, 2017.” In...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    December 8, 2016 

Lady Blackhawks open with wins at Deer Park, North Central

New Cheney High School girls basketball head coach Lorin Carlon had a simple reply to a question about the beginning of the Lady Blackhawks 2016-2017. “It’s a start,” Carlon said of his team’s 2-0 performance in the first week of play. Cheney...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    December 8, 2016 

Cheney swimmers 'impressive' in Yakima meet sweep

The Cheney High School boys swimming season got off to an impressive start last Saturday at Lions Pool in Yakima. The boys swept a four-team meet, winning head-to-head match-ups against Selah, Grandview, Prosser and East Valley-Yakima. Blackhawks...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    December 8, 2016 

Aggressive play earns Blackhawks hardwood win at NC

The Cheney boys’ basketball team built a big enough first-half lead that it was able to overcome an old nemesis and earn a 60-54 win at North Central in the season-opener last Friday night. The Blackhawks played aggressively on both ends of the...

 

Fisher Building sale finalized

When it comes to the case of the Cheney School District’s surplused Fisher Building, apparently the fourth time is the charm. After three previous purchase proposals for the district’s former high school, junior high and administration building...

 

Flossie Dickey passes

If St. Peter was the one to meet Cheney Care Center resident Flossie Dickey at the "pearly gates," he had better made sure he had a shot of whiskey to offer her. Dickey, who would have turned 111...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    December 1, 2016

Construction keeps Cheney Light Department busy

The Cheney Light Department has around $197,500 in capital projects it hopes to accomplish in 2017 — if they can find the time. Department Director Steve Boorman told the City Council at a Nov. 22 budget presentation that construction, along with...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    December 1, 2016

Industial tree trimming

Cheney Light Department linemen Will Birrenkott (yellow vest) and Dan Holtan hang lights on the city's Christmas tree at the public library downtown in preparation for Thursday's (Dec. 1) tree...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    December 1, 2016

Cheney council adopts one-year union contract

The Cheney City Council has approved a new contract for the city’s union employees, but only for one year. City Administrator Mark Schuller told the council at its Nov. 22 meeting that the reason for the shorter time period, rather than the...

 

Cheney runners compete at Northwest regional qualifier in Boise

Cheney High School’s girls and boys varsity cross country teams competed in the Nike Cross Northwest Regional Qualifier Nov. 12 at Eagle Island State Park in Boise, Idaho. The Blackhawks were among 1,700 runners from Oregon, Washington, Idaho,...

 

Depot relocation gathers steam

The relocation of Cheney's 87-year-old train depot has taken another step towards reality with the apparent acquisition of property by the group spearheading the effort. Cheney Depot Society volunteer...

 

Assessed value increase helps Cheney budget picture

Although not “flush with cash,” as Cheney Mayor Tom Trulove put it at a previous City Council budget workshop, additional anticipated revenues from several sources have presented city departments with a bit more leeway with their 2017 budgets....

 

Cheney school board schedules bond work session

Cheney School Board directors voted unanimously at their Nov. 16 meeting to set Thursday, Dec. 1, as a work session to determine the final composition of a potential capital facilities bond the district hopes to advance to an election in February. Th...

 

Look around - there's plenty of reasons to be thankful

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, unless you purchased the paper on Tuesday which in that case it’s two days away. There will be a number of print article and columns, along with broadcast stories about why we should be thankful, and what we should be than...

 

General fund leads Cheney budget talks

The Cheney City Council’s public hearing Nov. 8 consisted mostly of presentations on the 2017 budget from six departments funded by the city’s general fund on what they hope to do in the upcoming year, and what they have been able to accomplish...

 

Lessons learned from last year's windstorm

Eastern Washington residents can be forgiven if they get nervous when the winds begin to blow - especially this time of year. Thursday, Nov. 17, marks the one-year anniversary of the historic "big...

 

Cheney council accepts public defense grant

The 2017 budget wasn’t the only item on the Cheney City Council’s Nov. 8 agenda. The council approved a resolution accepting a public defense grant from the Washington State Office of Public Defense, money that can be used to help with services...

 

Cheney firefighters fill the boot

Cheney Firefighters Local 1919 raised $1,640.29 in their annual "Fill the Boot" drive, Oct. 8, for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Presenting the check to MDA representative Mattie Kelton (second...

 

Weathers brings the good wood to West Plains artists tour

Stormy Weathers admits it - he's addicted to wood. Especially the mangled type. Actually, gazing over the collection of stuff covering almost every inch of space on his shop floor and in a number of...

 

Alexis Schmidt captures state swimming title in butterfly

The Cheney High School’s girls swim team saved their best efforts for the last meet — the 2A state championships Nov. 11–12 at the Federal Way Aquatics Center. The Blackhawks scored in six of eight events to finish eighth overall with 120...

 

Errors gouge Bandits at Pumpkin Classic

The West Plains Bandits 18U softball team finished its season with a third-place finish at the Pumpkin Classic in Selah, Oct. 8 – 9. The Bandits went 2-1 in pool play on Saturday to earn a No. 2 seed in Sunday’s Gold Champions bracket, but three...

 

Weathers brings the good wood to West Plains artists tour

Stormy Weathers collects all sorts of items for use either as pens or repurposed craft works. The former U.S. Army draftee, Air Force officer and retired Medical Lake School District teacher has... Full story

 

Council reviews discretionary requests

The Cheney City Council held a budget workshop Nov. 1 to review a list of 27 discretionary funding requests from departments that will be included in the 2017 budget, 24 of which have already been approved. All told, 61 discretionary funding...

 

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