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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 20, 2017 

Water restrictions eased

City of Cheney officials have relaxed water restrictions imposed on June 30 after one of its deepest and largest producing wells went down with a mechanical failure. The failure, coupled with very...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 20, 2017 

Weeding credit

Cheney High School summer school students earned some extra credit on Tuesday by performing community service - pulling weeds at Sunset Elementary School (above) and several other district school...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 20, 2017 

Cheney, Parkside LLC reach agreement

Cheney’s City Council unanimously approved the second reading at its July 11 meeting of an ordinance rezoning a 3.6-acre parcel of land at the corner of Cedar and North Eighth streets from multifamily residential (R-3) to high-density multifamily...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    July 20, 2017 

Putting community into community newspapers

In my June 20 column I spoke of changes coming to the Cheney Free Press. I also asked a question of you: What do you value about news? More on the latter in a minute. In that column I noted that the newspaper that has been serving the West Plains...

 

Cheney Care Center hosts bake sale

The Cheney Care Center is having a bake sale. That’s not necessarily new, they’ve been holding one for several years. What is new is this year’s sale, July 29, will coincide with the Center’s annual yard sale and a craft sale being put on by...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    July 20, 2017 

Up and down with the Seattle Mariners

I hesitate to write anything on this year’s Seattle Mariner’s. Especially right now. The M’s have had a propensity lately to put together a few winning streaks of promise, only to have those erased like Vesuvius wiping out Pompeii. A good...

 
 By John McCallum    Photos    July 13, 2017

Scenes from the 2017 Cheney Rodeo Parade and Round-up | Pt. 1

Cheney's annual rodeo parade and roundup was truly a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Cheney Rodeo. Hot, sunny weather helped the fun and pageantry, which feature rodeo royalty from around... Full story

 

Cheney water use curtailed

The City of Cheney has enacted a mandatory lawn irrigation water shutdown for residents and businesses. The shutdown went into effect late Thursday afternoon, July 6. City water resource manager Dan Ferguson said the bearings in Well No. 5’s pump c...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 13, 2017

Slidin' into cool

Toivo Tomlinson-Ryan hits the water slide during the Rodeo Round-up Saturday morning prior to the annual Cheney Rodeo Parade. Tomlinson-Ryan and his brother, Jericho Ryan, both Cheney Middle School...

 

The efficient use of water

Once the dust from other issues has settled, Cheney officials will revisit a water conservation plan for the city. Municipalities are required to produce and implement water conservation measures under the Water Use Efficiency (WUE) rule, which was...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 13, 2017

Cody Rohrbach takes over as Fire District 3 chief

New Spokane County Fire District 3 Fire Chief Cody Rohrbach hasn't just been learning the duties and challenges of his new position - he's also been dealing with generational staff changes and how tho...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 13, 2017

Cheney council approves six-year transportation plan

The Cheney City Council unanimously adopted the city’s six-year transportation plan at its June 27 meeting, providing a list of projects the city hopes to accomplish between 2018 – 2023. The document also enables the city to apply for grant...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 13, 2017

CHS alum Griffon Jones now at Apex

One of Cheney's favorite sons is back in town, and ready to help with you physical therapy needs. Griffon Jones has come on board at Apex as a physical therapist. Jones is a 2008 graduate of Cheney...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    July 13, 2017

West plains Bandits take third place in Spokane Tournament

The West Plains Bandits 18U softball team finished third in the Silver bracket of the 4th of July Tournament at Spokane's Dwight Merkel Sports Complex, June 30 – July 2. The Bandits lost their...

 
 By John McCallum    Photos    July 13, 2017

Scenes from the 2017 Cheney Rodeo Parade and Round-up | Pt. 2

Cheney's annual rodeo parade and roundup was truly a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Cheney Rodeo. Hot, sunny weather helped the fun and pageantry, which feature rodeo royalty from around... Full story

 
 By John McCallum    Photos    July 13, 2017

Scenes from the 2017 Cheney Rodeo Parade and Round-up | Pt. 3

Cheney's annual rodeo parade and roundup was truly a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Cheney Rodeo. Hot, sunny weather helped the fun and pageantry, which feature rodeo royalty from around... Full story

 

Cheney water restrictions lifted

City of Cheney officials have relaxed water restrictions imposed on June 30 after one of its deepest and largest producing wells went down with a mechanical failure. The failure, coupled with very hot weather conditions, sent water levels at the city...

 

Cheney rezone moves ahead

Cheney’s City Council unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance changing the zoning of a 3.6-acre parcel of land at the corner of Cedar and North Eighth streets from multifamily residential (R-3) to high-density multifamily...

 

Commission sends comp plan to council

’s June 12 meeting, during which concerns were raised about being able to address residents’ complaints surrounding problems with parking on city streets, especially around Eastern Washington University, and the over abundance of multifamily...

 

Cheney water emergency forces irrigation shutdown -- UPDATED

The City of Cheney has enacted a mandatory lawn irrigation water shutdown for residents and businesses. The shutdown went into effect late Thursday afternoon, July 6. City water resource manager Dan Ferguson said the bearings in Well No. 5's pump...

 

Golden Hills dog attack investigated

Cheney police and Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Services, SCRAPS, officers aren’t certain if two stray dogs were what killed a cat in the Golden Hills area last Wednesday evening, but are advising the public to keep an eye out for them...

 

A rainbow of talents

Clara Silver puts the closing touches on her talent, using sign language to perform the 1939 classic from Wizard of Oz "Over the Rainbow" at the annual Betz Elementary School talent show June 15....

 

Ben James is Cheney police 2016 Dispatcher of the Year

For Cheney Police Department's Ben James, being a dispatcher is just another way of helping people, something he's always felt called to do. James went into financing to help people with their...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 29, 2017

Means named Yard of the Month

Paul and Sue Means, 902 Summit Drive, have been named the Cheney Kiwanis and Cheney Garden Club's Yard of the Month. Pictured above are left to right: Paul and Sue Means, Cheney Kiwanis...

 

Calvert accepts Air Force Academy appointment

Cheney High School 2017 graduate Bridget Calvert has accepted an appointment to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Calvert began the process last year, applying to and...

 

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