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Cheney High School track at regionals

The Cheney High School track and field teams competed successfully at regional competition on May 19 with Great Northern League and Central Washington Athletic Conference schools. Junior Alsatta won... Full story


Lady Blackhawks come up short on bid for state

The Cheney High softball team faced East Valley-Yakima in regional glue-in action on May 22. Miscues in the second inning led eventually to the Lady Blackhawks 10-1 loss.... Full story

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    May 18, 2017 

Comp plan tabled by commission

Cheney’s Planning Commission has taken the unusual move of tabling approval of the city’s comprehensive plan — the document governing planning decisions over the next 20 years. In doing so, the commission raised the possibility the city could...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    May 18, 2017 

Cheney council accepts bid for Sutton Park gazebo restoration

A popular feature of Cheney’s parks system will soon be receiving some much needed repair work. The City Council voted 6-0 at its May 9 meeting to approve a $16,985 bid by Steve Moser Construction of Nine Mile Falls to repair the foundation of the...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    May 18, 2017 

Royal treatment

Windsor Elementary School literally rolled out the red carpet for Cheney School District employees honored at the May 10 "Employee Recognition Night." See Section 2, page 8 for more photos and...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    May 18, 2017 

Cheney selects project management model

Cheney Public Schools’ board of directors voted unanimously at their May 10 meeting to use the general contractor/construction manager (GCCM) form of project management on two facilities scheduled for renovations from voter passage of a $52...

 By John McCallum    Education    May 18, 2017 

Lucky send off

Cheney soccer player Gabe Hemenway (front) and Blackhawks head coach Morgan Hartanov (behind) lead the rest of the team through a corridor of students wishing them well as they headed to Renton...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    May 18, 2017 

Blackhawk girls capture district title

While the overall team results may differ, the bottom line from last Friday's district competition for the Cheney High track and field teams is a good contingent of athletes is moving on to this...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    May 18, 2017 

Lady Blackhawks' softball advance to regional crossover

It took a bit of work, but the Cheney High School softball team finally fulfilled a major preseason goal - making it back for a chance to play for a state tournament slot. The Lady Blackhawks got two...


West Valley hammers Cheney softball in doubleheader

Sometimes, you just have one of those days. For Cheney High softball coach Gary Blake, that pretty much sums up his Lady Blackhawks experience last Saturday as Great Northern League leader West... Full story


Blackhawks eliminate Pullman in shootout

Blackhawks soccer scored a 4-0 opening-round playoff win against Clarkston May 4. They played their ball-control game to perfection against the visiting Bantams, getting first-half goals from Prophet... Full story


Creating realism

Production assistant Tim Kippes applies fake blood to an actor lying in a downtown Cheney alley in preparation to film a scene for the movie "The Purple Rose." The thriller, adapted from a book by...


Separation strategy

Pastor David Krueger-Duncan believes misinformation is going around about his church's, the former United Church of Christ, Congregational, departure from the national denomination. One reason the...


Sunset's Terra Boling creates space for learning

Things are a little different in Sunset Elementary School teacher Terra Boling's fifth-grade classroom. For starters, there are no desks and few chairs. Instead, Boling's students sit around tables on...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    May 11, 2017

Cheney gets cast for 'The Purple Rose'

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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    May 11, 2017

Blackhawks eliminate Pullman in shootout

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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    May 11, 2017

Ooff - West Valley hammers Cheney in doubleheader

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Purple Rose

For four days this past week, Cheney has been doubling as a small town in Wyoming and Oregon's largest city. A local production crew has been in town at various locations shooting a movie, "The... Full story


Cheney's traveling bandstand

When work begins later this spring on rehabilitating Sutton Park's gazebo, residents shouldn't just look at it as an effort to preserve a popular location for concerts, movies and other events in...


Cheney council approves receipt of grants

Cheney’s Parks and Recreation Department has been busy pursuing grant funding lately, and it’s meeting with some success. At its April 11 meeting, the City Council approved receipt of a $4,000 grant from the Spokane Parks Foundation to be used...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    May 4, 2017

Cheney's Pumphrey is First Responder of the Year

Cheney Police Officer Matt Pumphrey has done quite a bit in his life, but it's his desire to help people that finally led him into law enforcement - and to being named the West Plains Chamber of...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    May 4, 2017

Lady Blackhawks tighten hold on second with Pullman wins

The Cheney softball team swept Pullman in an April 28 doubleheader, winning 17-4 in game one and 15-4 in six innings in game two. The wins keep the Lady Blackhawks in firm control of second place in the Great Northern League standings at 8-1, 14-2...  Website

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    May 4, 2017

Blackhawks fall to East Valley in regular season finale

Cheney High boys soccer coach Morgan Hartanov doesn't look at Monday's 2-1 shootout loss to East Valley as a failure. Rather, it's a positive step for the Blackhawks with the playoffs looming on...


Council punts on Parkside rezone

The saga that is the Parkside Commons rezone request continues. After meeting in a closed-door session for 32 minutes at its April 25 meeting, the Cheney City Council reconvened in open session and voted 6-0 — Councilwoman Jill Weiszmann was...


A chance to serve

When it comes to West Plains elected offices, it’s either feast or famine. Last year featured no positions in the cities of Airway Heights, Cheney, Medical Lake, either of the two school districts or any special districts — fire, sewer/water —...


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