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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    August 20, 2015 

Salnave area break-ins solved

Cheney and Spokane police departments combined forces last week to put an end to a burglary ring responsible for at least eight break-ins in the Salnave area since July 20 — and possibly more than that in Spokane. Cheney Police Sgt. Rick Beghtol sa...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    August 20, 2015 

Sutton fun

Two unrelated events brought Cheney residents to Sutton Park last Wednesday evening. Bottom, Pete and Jewell Baccarella performed under the park's gazebo as part of the city's 2015 Summer Concert...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    August 20, 2015 

Timber stand to be removed for Salnave Glen

Cheney Community Development Department officials have released a mitigated determination of non-significance on an application for construction of a three-story, three-building 72-unit apartment complex on West First Street near Salnave Park....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    August 20, 2015 

Lenny's named Cheney's August Yard of the Month

For John Maticchio, owner of Lenny's American and Italian Fine Cuisine restaurant in Cheney, how his restaurant looks on the outside is just as important as what's on the inside. "People stop by just...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    August 20, 2015 

Bandits win 'Hot August' title

The West Plains Bandits 16U fastpitch softball team had one more tournament in them this summer - last weekend's Hot August Nights played Aug. 14 – 16 at Selah's Carlon Park sports complex. The uniq...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    August 13, 2015

Cheney clinic gets fed money

Plans for a community health clinic in Cheney serving low-income West Plains residents are back on track, thanks to a second round of federal funding. Officials at Community Health Association of Spokane — CHAS — were notified Tuesday morning...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    August 13, 2015

Save Our Station ramps up preservation efforts

Efforts to save the historic Cheney train depot are picking up steam, and preparing to leave the station, heading down the tracks in search of funding to move, refurbish and maintain the 86-year-old former Northern Pacific terminal. “We’re ready...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    August 13, 2015

Cheney council approves federal funding for Betz/Washington pedestrian safety project

The Cheney City Council took care of a couple of other pieces of business at its July 28 meeting besides asking voters to lift the city’s levy lid. First, the council authorized construction to commence, after the bidding process is complete, on...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    August 13, 2015

Council gets water briefing, pays bills

With no resolutions or ordinances to deal with on its agenda, the only real business the Cheney City Council did at its Aug. 11 meeting was pay bills. Council voted unanimously to pay vouchers in the amount of $422,731.11, and payroll totaling...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    August 13, 2015

Cheney Outreach seeks school supplies

The Cheney Outreach Center is asking the community for help in providing needed school supplies for children who will be beginning and returning to school in about four weeks. Outreach’s annual drive is not only seeking donations of new and used...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    August 13, 2015

Making time to move beyond language, and learn about others

“I don’t have time to be politically correct.” An interesting statement made by billionaire real estate mogul and poll-leading erstwhile presidential aspirant Donald Trump at last Thursday’s first Republican debate. Trump’s comment, while r...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    August 13, 2015

West Plains battles in 16U Western B Nationals

The West Plains Bandits 16U fastpitch softball team wrapped up its summer schedule after competing in the 16U/18U Western B Nationals July 28 – Aug. 1 in Spokane. The Bandits went 3-3 in the tournament that included teams from California, Oregon...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    August 6, 2015

Businesses to shut down at month's end

Two Cheney businesses have announced plans to close down at the end of August. Communications provider CenturyLink will be closing the customer service portion of its Cheney location while Cheney...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    August 6, 2015

Cheney chapter celebrates Kiwanis International's 100th anniversary

If you’re passing by Cheney’s Sutton Park the evening of Aug. 12 , and happen to see a group of people laughing uproariously, don’t be alarmed. In fact, that group would like you to stop in and ask them some questions — perhaps why they are...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    August 6, 2015

Grillin' and washin' for children at Jarms

Jarms Ace Hardware is planning a little grilling, a little washing and a little jamming this Saturday, Aug. 8, to help fund the needs of local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in Spokane. The long-time Cheney hardware store invites area...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    August 6, 2015

Cheney School District adopts its 2015-16 budget

With all but one director present, the Cheney School Board unanimously adopted its 2015-2016 school year budget at a special meeting last Wednesday, July 29. The meeting was called because precise budget figures were late in getting to the school...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    August 6, 2015

West Plains Bandits qualify for Western B Nationals

The West Plains Bandits 16U softball team finished fourth at the 16U/18U B State Metro Qualifier for Nationals tournament July 11 and qualified for the Western B Nationals tournament in Spokane, played last week. The Bandits went 2-2 at State Metro,...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    August 6, 2015

Animal knocks out power to West Plains customers

Over 3,000 electricity customers lost power this morning (Thursday, Aug. 13) due to the return of a past foe of all-things electrical equipment — the tiny squirrel. Cheney Light Department Director Steve Boorman said a squirrel managed to find its...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 30, 2015

Council approves levy lid lift

The Cheney City Council voted unanimously at its July 28 meeting to pass an ordinance lifting the city’s state law imposed levy lid limit and send a proposed property tax increase to the Nov. 4 general election ballot. The proposed increase would...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 30, 2015

Cheney crime through first half of 2015

With a few exceptions, most categories in the Cheney Police Department's year-to-date figures from the June Monthly Accountability Report (MAR) reflect a downward trend when compared to this time...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    July 30, 2015

Cheney Holiday Inn Express plans expansion, remodel

Cheney Holiday Inn Express owners Debbie and Brian Anderson have filed an application with the city’s Community Development Department to expand their 76-room hotel and conference center. The proposed $3.5 million expansion would add 46 more guest...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    July 30, 2015

Rick Roig retires after 31 years with Cheney Fire Department

Rick Roig's career with the Cheney Fire Department not only spanned several decades, but also included being on the forefront of many changes in the field of emergency response. And, it included...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 23, 2015

Avoiding complicity by silence

The Cheney School Board will decide at a July 29 special meeting how it will respond to controversial comments made by Airway Heights Mayor Patrick Rushing on his personal Facebook page that became public almost two weeks ago. Rushing’s comments...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 23, 2015

Council briefed on Cheney-EWU dispatch

Perhaps the best way to get Eastern Washington University back to the bargaining table on a dispatch service contract with Cheney Police Department might be to equate the services the city provides the university to another business most about...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 16, 2015

Condition yellow

While conservation efforts have led to a restoration of levels in the city’s five-reservoir system, Cheney officials are cautioning residents from a false belief they are out of the woods when it comes to water supply over the remainder of the...

 

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