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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    October 23, 2014 

Watching for smoke

With a little luck, Cheney and southwest Spokane County residents may see a plume or two of smoke rising into the air in the next couple of weeks. Weather conditions permitting, officials at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge are planning on conductin...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    October 23, 2014 

Cheney officers render first assistance at I-90 accident

Cheney police units were first on the scene of an accident involving four vehicles, two of which were motorcycles, on Interstate 90 early Sunday morning, Oct. 19. Cheney Officer Zeb Campbell was returning to Cheney from transporting an individual to...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    October 23, 2014 

CSD to begin implementing Smarter Balanced assessments

Like a rocket where individual components are tested before final assembly and liftoff, the Cheney School District is joining other districts around the nation in implementing the Smarter Balanced assessments for students in grades 3-8 and 11,...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    October 23, 2014 

CHS Homecoming King and Queen

Seniors Garrett Yarbrough (left) and Mary McCombie (right) were named Cheney High School's Homecoming King and Queen for 2014 at halftime of last Friday night's football game....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    October 23, 2014 

Lady Blackhawks notch back-to-back soccer wins

The Cheney girls' soccer team earned its first winning streak of the season, albeit briefly, with back to back wins last week at home over Pullman and East Valley. The Lady Blackhawks used the foot...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    October 23, 2014 

Blackhawks' miscues lead to 17-14 Homecoming loss

It's hard to win when you get triple-teamed. That was the case for the Cheney High School football team last Friday night, who not only found themselves battling a very good West Valley team but also...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    October 23, 2014 

Blackhawks face big test at District 7 cross country

The injury and illness bugs have hit both Cheney High School cross country teams at just the wrong time — if there is such a thing as a good time. Several key runners were sidelined as the Blackhawks traveled to face a good Pullman team last...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    October 16, 2014

Cheney council defers hook up charges

In an effort to promote new development in Cheney’s vacant Commerce and Industrial Park, the City Council unanimously approved a resolution changing the structure of utility connection charges for businesses who might be interested in locating to...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    October 16, 2014

Coats 4 Cheney Kids drive in need of donations

Unseasonably warm fall weather likely hasn’t led Cheney residents to think too much about wearing coats, let alone donating them. Volunteers at Cheney’s annual Coats 4 Cheney Kids coat drive hope that changes — at least the donation part....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    October 16, 2014

Development grant cycle ending for Cheney, county

When it comes to applying for federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, the city of Cheney is going to stick with what has proven to work — submitting infrastructure projects that qualify based upon meeting area benefit criteria....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    October 16, 2014

Keep pushin'

Cheney High track coach Tom Stralser gives encouragement to cross country runners Lexi Brooks (left) and Kelsey Schwendiman during the Blackhawks meet last Wednesday with West Valley. For results,...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    October 16, 2014

Cheney school board updates policies

First readings of proposed school board policy updates were the main topics in an otherwise light agenda for the Cheney School Board at its Oct. 8 meeting. An update of policy 3415 regarding “Accommodating Students with Diabetes” consisted...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    October 16, 2014

Getting public officials off talking points is what citizens must do

As town hall meetings go, the Sept. 26 “Conversation with Cathy” with congressional 5th District Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers at Cheney’s Wren Pierson Community Center was definitely good political theater, if nothing else. But that’s part of...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Neighborhood    October 16, 2014

Hand stands for the Blackhawks

Participants in the Cheney High School cheerleaders annual Little Cheer camp perform during halftime of last week's Blackhawks-Moscow football game....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    October 16, 2014

Blackhawks steamroll Moscow Bears 48-6

About the only thing the Cheney High School football team did wrong last Friday night against Idaho 4A school Moscow was let them score. The Blackhawks ran through, over and around the Bears for...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    October 16, 2014

Picking football winners this year can give you a Mac-headache

Man, it’s not easy picking winners in football this year. It’s not easy in any pool, contest or at any level. The days of the traditional powers being sure bets, er, picks, in college or pro ball are gone, or at least they’re rapidly shifting....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    October 16, 2014

Blackhawks earn cross country split with West Valley

In cross country, as in any other timed athletic event, not only seconds, but tenths and hundredths of seconds can make a difference between winning and coming up short. The Cheney Blackhawks boys cro...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    October 16, 2014

Undermanned Lady Blackhawks lose close match at West Valley

Anytime an undermanned team can hold a defending league champion and potential state title contender to a single score, it’s a triumph for the underdog. The Cheney High School girls soccer team came close to that achievement on the road against def...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    October 9, 2014

Ryan Gaard tapped for vacant council seat

In a unanimous 6-0 vote, the Cheney City Council selected Eastern Washington University senior graphic designer Ryan Gaard to fill the council seat left vacant by the resignation of Councilman Bob Sto...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    October 9, 2014

CHAS looking at former Jarms building as new clinic site

If all tumblers click into place, Cheney could soon be home to the Community Health Association of Spokane’s (CHAS) 11th clinic in the Inland Northwest. Cheney’s City Council unanimously endorsed a resolution supporting the opening of a CHAS...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    October 9, 2014

Four arrested as crowd at large Cheney party turns confrontational

An attempt by law enforcement to break up a loud party in Cheney Saturday night turned into a confrontational and potentially dangerous situation, resulting in the arrests of four Eastern Washington University students, including a member of the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    October 9, 2014

Historic Commission approves Odd Fellows building tax valuation

Cheney’s Historical Preservation Commission has approved a special valuation tax incentive application by Cheney Properties, LLC for work done on restoring the International Order of Odd Fellows Building located on the southeast corner of the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    October 9, 2014

Four and counting - Blackhawks down Knights 29-14

Start slow — big second quarter — defensive stops — late score. Those nine words have proven to be the winning formula for the Cheney High School football team the past two games, none bigger than last Friday’s 29-14 win in the Blackhawks...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    October 9, 2014

Cheney girls blanked in pair of soccer losses

The Cheney High School girls soccer team couldn't find the net in a pair of Great Northern League games last week, losing at East Valley and at home to Clarkston by identical 3-0 scores. Against the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    October 9, 2014

Blackhawks' runners compete at Yakima's Sunfair Invitational

Cheney High School’s cross country teams returned to action last Saturday, competing in the 41st annual Sunfair Invitational at Yakima’s Franklin Park. The Blackhawks’ boys and girls varsity seven both finished 22nd overall, the boys with 153...

 

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