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Cheney changes snow ordinance

Cheney’s City Council has elected to fast-track proposed changes to the way the city plows streets after snow starts to accumulate. At its Feb. 14 meeting, the council unanimously approved all three readings and final passage of changes to the...

 

Cheney is mostly multifamily

Cheney single-family to multifamily housing ratio has undergone some significant changes in the past decade, as evidenced by a staff report presented to the city’s Planning Commission at its Feb. 13 meeting. According to information from Public Wor...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    February 23, 2017 

One year of working to 'solve common concerns'

A little over a year ago, Gill Moberly had some time on his hands. The Marshall-area resident was recovering after surgery, so he was taking the opportunity to catch up on his reading. One item was a...

 

Grant brings more music to Windsor Elementary

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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    February 23, 2017 

Babcock finishes career with second, third at state swimming

Cheney boys swimmer Trevor Babcock wrapped up his high school career with a pair of top-three finishes at the 2A/3A/4A state championships last Friday and Saturday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. Head coach Jennifer Hochwalt said th...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    February 23, 2017 

Cheney High bowlers reach state

Cheney High School's bowling club sent one team and three singles bowlers to the state championships last Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18–19, at Lilac Lanes in Spokane. It was the first time the state...

 

Windsor music students

Thanks to a $14,000 grant from the Spokane-area Hagan Foundation, Windsor Elementary School students have 11 new xylophones on which to learn and perform. Besides class instruction, a group of... Full story

 

School bond barely passing

As of press time Tuesday night, the Cheney School District’s $52 million capital facilities bond was barely receiving the 60 percent voter approval needed for passage. According to information from the Spokane County Election Department’s...

 

Cheney changes plowing ordinance

Cheney’s police department is proposing changes to the city’s snow removal ordinance it hopes will lead to less confusion and conform to current practices by utility crews when the snow flies. The current ordinance requires vehicles be off city...

 

Rezoning proposed for North Eighth and Cedar lot

The same real estate acquisition and development company behind the purchase and renovation of Cheney's Fisher Building is proposing a rezoning of 3.59-acres of property on North Eighth Street in...

 

Cheney school board adopts legislative priorities list

The Cheney School District board of directors approved a resolution adopting the board’s priorities it looks to promote to the state Legislature during its current biennial budgeting session. Superintendent Rob Roettger told the board the four...

 

Cheney, Medical Lake swimmers off to state

There are going to be a few more people on the Cheney High School bus leaving for the 2A/3A/4A boys state swimming meet in Federal Way today (Thursday). The Medical Lake Cardinal boys 400-yard relay team will be joining the Blackhawks, making it...

 

Lady Blackhawks season ends in loss at West Valley

If one must assign blame for the Cheney High School girls basketball team’s elimination-round playoff loss to West Valley, Lorin Carlon said you can lay it on him. The long-time head coach in his first year with the Lady Blackhawks has been trying...

 

Blackhawks bow out of District 7 playoffs at Pullman

The Cheney High boys basketball team enjoyed one of its better offensive performances Tuesday night, Feb. 7, in Pullman. The Blackhawks tallied 73 points, tying their previous season high Dec. 28 against Colville. Unfortunately, the second-seeded...

 

Maximizing every inch of space for instruction

There are good things and bad things about working in the "horrible" media. One of the good things is through our work, we get the chance to become a little bit of an expert on a lot of subjects. As...

 

Pierce takes seat on Historic Preservation Commission

The Cheney Historic Preservation Commission’s first meeting of 2017 was abbreviated last Thursday due to a session of the Cheney Municipal Court going longer than anticipated. The commission did meet long enough, however, on the staircase landing...

 

Lady Blackhawks down Pullman, Clarkston in finale

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Hawks regular season ends with Pullman, Clarkston losses

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Blackhawks swimmers are second at district competition

Cheney High School’s boys swim team capped a successful season with a number of accolades — beginning with a second-place finish at 2A district swimming competition last weekend between teams from the Great Northern League and Central Washington...

 

Cheney court seeks domestic violence grants

Unable to find money in the city’s 2017 budget, the Cheney City Council gave approval at its Jan. 24 meeting to the Municipal Court to apply for grants to help fund a domestic violence victim’s advocate. Court administrator Terri Cooper has...

 

Spreading love instead of hate

For Rosario Rodriguez, President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration - authorizing construction of a U.S–Mexico border wall and imposing entry restrictions on residents from seven...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    February 2, 2017

IRS program changes impact AARP Tax-aide filers

It’s tax filing time, and Violet Lincoln, Cheney coordinator for AARP’s Tax-Aide program, wants those using the free service to know there are some changes. Specifically, one major change. The Internal Revenue Service has switched tax providers,...

 

Combining history with critical thinking

Have historians overemphasized the slavery issue as a cause of the Civil War? That’s the question posed to four Cheney High School students in instructor Steve Arensmeyer’s AP U.S. History class on Friday, Jan. 20 — two tasked with defending...

 

Dealing with mumps, class sizes, part of Cheney board meeting

So far, the Cheney School District hasn't been impacted by the mumps outbreak hitting other area districts - but it hasn't been unaffected either. At its Jan. 25 meeting, Superintendent Rob Roettger...

 

Lady Blackhawks absorb losses to West Valley, East Valley

The Cheney High girls basketball team is having difficulty scoring lately, at least consistently - a difficulty that led to league losses last week at West Valley and at home against Great Northern...

 

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