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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    November 20, 2014 

Cheney council OKs 2015 levy amounts

The Cheney City Council unanimously approved a pair of ordinances at their Nov. 12 meeting, setting annual increases to the city’s regular property tax and emergency medical service levies. Increases are limited by state law to 1 percent of the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    November 20, 2014 

Meeting Cheney's budget needs, and restless nights

During a June workshop, Cheney department heads were asked to answer three questions for attending City Council members: What are your department's short-term needs? What are its long-term needs?...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    November 20, 2014 

CHS alumnus dies in mountain fall

A Cheney High School graduate died last week while climbing the 10,047-foot Middle Sister mountain in Oregon’s Three Sisters Wilderness west of Bend. According to news releases from the Lane County Sheriff’s Office in Eugene, a 15-person search t...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Neighborhood    November 20, 2014 

Masons run to help clothe foster children

Most people would agree it's gratifying to raise money for a good cause or charity. It's even more so when you're among those who have been impacted by that service. With regards to the latter, for...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    November 13, 2014

A naming of names

The Medical Lake Kiwanis Club erected a "wall" on Tuesday, Nov. 11, with the names of community members who have served in the military. The wall at the corner of Lefevre Street and Brooks Road will...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    November 13, 2014

Parks and Recreation receives youth program award

Cheney’s Parks and Recreation Department was one of 15 organizations in King, Pierce and Spokane counties recently honored by the Raikes Foundation for providing “high quality out of school time programs to young people as part of its Youth...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    November 13, 2014

A season's worth of University of Montana games

Because of the success of the Eastern Washington football program over the past several years, for the city of Cheney, every home game weekend in fall is a Grizzly weekend. “EWU football games in the last few years are well attended when any team c...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    November 13, 2014

Westwood students honor close to 100 veterans

Westwood Middle School students, staff and guests took time Monday afternoon, Nov. 10, to honor almost 100 men and women U.S armed forces veterans for their service at the school's annual Veterans...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    November 13, 2014

When elections are about domination, politics is no longer healthy

I don’t know about you, but I’ve found elections becoming ever more exhausting with each cycle. The nastiness, the bitterness, the name calling, the subtle and sometimes not so subtle insinuations of dark motive and agenda, the fear mongering,...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    November 13, 2014

Blackhawks end season shelling GSL's Rogers

For Cheney High School football players, coaches and fans, last Thursday's shellacking of visiting Rogers High School in the season-finale was a great way to send out a talented group of seniors, and...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    November 13, 2014

Cheney freshman wins title at state cross country

Cheney High athlete Isaiah Rigo now has a unique opportunity — thanks to what he did last Saturday at the state cross country championships in Pasco. Rigo blitzed a pair of opponents to capture a state championship in the wheelchair division,...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    November 6, 2014

Planning for some catch up in 2015

Joe Noland, Cheney's light department director, is the first to admit his plans for 2015 are pretty ambitious. Noland has a list of eight projects, totaling an estimated $710,000, included in his $8.7...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    November 6, 2014

Ea-ghouls

The staff at Rockwood Clinic got their "Red" on and then some last Friday, dressing up in Halloween costumes and posing with Eastern Washington University mascot Swoop at Roos Field as part of a...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    November 6, 2014

Adding color to education

Westwood Middle School recently commissioned stained-glass artwork created by Seattle-based artist Sonja Blomdahl, of which two of the piece's eight panels are shown above. See the story in...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    November 6, 2014

Cheney council approves ordinances updating codes

Not all of the agenda items at the Cheney City Council’s Oct. 28 meeting were budget related. The council approved the final readings and passage of three ordinances making changes to the city’s municipal code. Todd Ableman, Cheney’s public wor...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    November 6, 2014

O'Reilly Automotive looking to break ground on store in Cheney

Cheney may soon have another auto parts store. National auto parts retailer O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. has filed an application with the city to construct a new 7,000-square-foot O’Reilly Auto Parts store on one acre of property located at 2210...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    November 6, 2014

Incumbents lead most all county, state and federal races

While voters around the nation were indicating they were ready for some changes in political leadership, voters in Spokane County were electing to go with the flow. At press time Tuesday night, Nov. 4, all incumbents in local, state and federal...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    November 6, 2014

Projects sparse in Cheney's 2015 Public Works budget

While Cheney Light Department goals for 2015 might be ambitious, Public Works Director Todd Ableman’s budget reflects more of a hold the line approach to the coming year. “It’s heavy on operations,” Ableman said. “There’s not a lot of...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    November 6, 2014

Westwood receives colorful addition to school's entrance

Westwood Middle School students walking the hallway between the school's front entrance and the gymnasium will receive a splash of color now and then - if the sun is out and the lighting is just...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    November 6, 2014

What will you do for money? Certainly not a real college football playoff

If you’re looking for people that are really excited about the inaugural College Football Playoffs (CFP), don’t look my way. I love college football, all shapes, sizes, colors and divisions of college football. It’s one of the most perfect...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    November 6, 2014

Big plays lead to Blackhawks' rout of Pullman

Running back Ty Graham scored three touchdowns, tight end Keenan Williams added two more and the Cheney High football team got some big plays from its defense and special teams as the Blackhawks...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    November 6, 2014

Blackhawks battle Bantams, officials, in playoff soccer loss

Any Cheney athlete, coach or fan — current or former — will tell you it’s always difficult to play in Clarkston. Especially team sports, where sometimes questionable officiating leads to a feeling of playing two on one. That was the case again...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    November 6, 2014

Blackhawks girls post season best times in returning to state meet

The post season for the Cheney High cross country team continues. The Blackhawks girls’ team nabbed one of four berths to state in this region with a third-place finish at last Saturday’s 2A District 5/7 meet against teams from the Central...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    October 30, 2014

Thoroughly cleaning Cheney's budget

For City Administrator Mark Schuller and Finance Director Cindy Niemeier, Cheney's $6.728 million 2015 General Fund budget may be one of the most reviewed and scrubbed general fund budgets ever done....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    October 30, 2014

Council gets 2015 income outlook

In order to have a budget you have to have revenues matching expenses, and the Cheney City Council got a first look at what income the city can expect in 2015 at their Oct. 28 meeting. Cheney’s assessed valuation has been climbing each year, and...

 

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