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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 28, 2016 

Economic development is reviewed

Cheney's Planning Commission received an overview of economic development activities and conditions - past, present and future - at their final meeting of the summer, July 11. In a presentation to...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 28, 2016 

Four chase McMorris-Rodgers in 5th race

In a way, one could look at the 5th Congressional District primary race as 2014 2.0 – plus one. Four candidates are running to unseat incumbent Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, who is running for her seventh consecutive term. Three of those ca...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 21, 2016

Police nab armed robber

Cheney police feel confident they have arrested the individual who robbed the Dollar Tree store at gunpoint in May 2015 — but not before the same individual repeated his actions on Saturday, July 9. Police arrested and have charged Jeffrey J....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 21, 2016

Five candidates vie for Kevin Parker's seat

Three Republicans, a Democrat and an independent candidate provide 6th District voters choices in the upcoming primary elections Aug. 2. All five are running to replace outgoing Rep. Kevin Parker,...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 21, 2016

Jeff Holy faces challenge from Shar Lichty for Position 2

When 6th District legislative Rep. Jeff Holy first ran for House of Representative Position 2 in 2012, he overcame a second place finish in the primary to Dennis Dellwo to defeat the Spokane Democrat...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 21, 2016

Cheney council awards road work contract for Betz, Washington

Drivers using Betz Road and Washington Street should be ready soon to follow a mantra sometimes used by the state Department of Transportation — expect delays. At its July 12 meeting, the Cheney City Council unanimously approved awarding an...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 21, 2016

Golden yard

Greg and Glenda Schmidt's sharp and well-maintained yard at 803 Golden Hills Drive has been selected as Cheney's Yard of the Month by the Cheney Kiwanis and Cheney Gardeners Club. For the work, the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Neighborhood    July 21, 2016

Obscured by smoke

The Highline Grain transloader facility peeks out from behind bellowing smoke from a small brush fire last Wednesday, July 13 just off Interstate 90 at the Cheney-Four Lakes interchange. Fire crews...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 14, 2016

Cheney awarded water grant

The city of Cheney is taking preliminary steps to building a reclaimed water system for irrigation only, thanks to funding from the state Department of Ecology. The city has received $112,000 in what Public Works Director Todd Ableman referred to as...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 14, 2016

Coolness subsidies

When it comes to Cheney's 1964-era swimming pool, the overriding principal for maintenance and upkeep is pretty simple. "If the budget allows," Kim Best, Cheney's recreation supervisor, said. While...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Neighborhood    July 14, 2016

Wigs be flippin': SpoCats bring rockabilly to Sutton Park

Cheney's Sutton Park should be a rockin' place next Wednesday, July 20, with the sounds of rockabilly and the 1950s as the Spokane-based band "The SpoCats" come to town for the second concert in the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    July 14, 2016

Johnson resigns as Lady Blackhawks hoops coach

For the third time in four years, the Cheney High School girls’ basketball program is searching for a new head coach. Former head coach J.T. Johnson was forced to step down in June after just one year at the Lady Blackhawks’ helm due to a clause...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 7, 2016

Cheney is 'not flush with cash'

Anyone wishing for the city of Cheney to hire economic development help will have to keep on wishing. During the comment portion of the City Council’s June 28 meeting, Mayor Tom Trulove addressed a story in the June 23 issue of the Cheney Free...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 7, 2016

Events planned for downtown Cheney

This year’s Cheney Rodeo Round-up is a blend of something old and something new. The something old is that the Round-up, a combination of vendors and activities taking place downtown around Saturday’s parade, is once again under the coordination...

 
 By John McCallum    Front Page    July 7, 2016

Summer fun

Parents and kids enjoy some time in Cheney's pool last week as the summer temperatures finally warmed up enough for continuous use of the facility....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 7, 2016

Local geologists rock out with new book

No doubt about it - Washington Rocks! If there is a double entendre detected in that statement, it's because former Cheney resident Dr. Eugene Kiver believes Washington is geologically a very diverse...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 7, 2016

Expended

Empty fire extinguishers lie on the ground in front of an Airway Heights apartment complex damaged by a Sunday night fire. See the story on page 10....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 30, 2016

ML adopts transportation plan

As required annually, the Medical Lake City Council adopted the city’s six-year transportation plan — a wish list of road and street work to be performed should financing become available. Financing is the operative word as seven of the nine list...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 30, 2016

What happens when the trigger gets pulled

It started as a report of a discharge of a weapon. It ended as an example of the meaning of a random act of kindness, and what the lasting ramifications are when someone elects to fire a gun. At about 11 p.m. June 12, Cheney dispatch received a call...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    June 30, 2016

Believe it or not, news reporting is better today

“By allowing the general public unprecedented access to the original papers, this book lets us learn firsthand what many modern historians claim: Without newspapers, there would have been no American Revolution.” That claim was made by writer...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    June 30, 2016

Bandits softball wins Selah silver division

After dropping their opener, the West Plains Bandits 16/18U softball team rattled off four straight wins to claim the Silver Division title at the Selah Summer Warm-up Tourney, June 18-19 in Selah,...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 23, 2016

Help wanted: business recruiter

The Cheney Planning Commission has forwarded a recommendation to the City Council regarding how economic development is done in the city. At its June 13 meeting, the commission asked council to consider creating and filling an in-house economic devel...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 23, 2016

AH farmers market presented to council

Plans for a farmers market in Airway Heights moved a little closer to reality with a briefing given to the City Council at its June 20 meeting. During a presentation updating the council on activities in the city by the Spokane Regional Health Distri...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 23, 2016

Water conservation is the law in Medical Lake

While some cities are asking residents to voluntarily adhere to an irrigation schedule, in Medical Lake, when you are allowed to water is the law. In 2007, the City Council passed an ordinance establishing restrictions on irrigation from June –...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 16, 2016

Putting more feet on the streets

There are two reasons why the city of Cheney recently engaged in a reorganization of its police department. The first is to make sure as many officers are out on the streets engaged in patrol work as is possible. The second is to make sure that in a...

 

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