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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    April 19, 2018 

Cheney proceeds with Well 3 design

The city of Cheney is proceeding with work on the estimated $1.8 million redevelopment of its domestic water well No. 3, despite not having all of the funding needed to pay for the work. At their April 10 meeting, the City Council approved a...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    April 19, 2018 

Cheney council approves street grant application

Water wasn’t the only issue Cheney City Council members tackled at the April 10 meeting. The council approved a request from the Public Works Department to apply for funding from three grant programs run through the Spokane Regional Transportation...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    April 19, 2018 

Lady Blackhawks get revenge with Sandpoint win

Last year, Cheney High’s softball team saw their season-opening nine-game winning streak snapped in a 5-3 loss at Idaho 4A Sandpoint, with all of the Bulldogs runs coming in a long third inning. This year, the Lady Blackhawks came in to...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    April 19, 2018 

Plenty to look for in the upcoming NFL draft - including its finish

The NFL Draft is coming! The NFL Draft is coming! Hallelujah, if only for the fact that once it’s done, the endless speculating, promoting, advertising and hype will be done with it. From April 26-28 — three days, count ‘em, three days — 256...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    April 19, 2018 

Blackhawks down West Valley in boys track and field

Cheney High’s boys track and field team stayed unbeaten in Great Northern League dual meet competition with a 77-68 win at West Valley last Wednesday. The Blackhawks won 11 of 17 events to run their record to 3-0 in the GNL. Charles Johnson and Col...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    April 19, 2018 

Cheney track and field girls remain unbeaten in GNL

The Cheney High School girls track and field squad downed West Valley 85-65 last Wednesday to run their Great Northern League dual meet record to 3-0. The Blackhawks capped that with a first place team finish at their own Van Kuren Invitational....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    April 19, 2018 

Roundabouts are about going - not stopping

“I’ll be the roundabout The words will make you out ‘n’ out I spend the day your way Call it morning driving thru the sound and in and out the valley.” In 1971 while touring Scotland, the English progressive rock band Yes traveled from...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    April 12, 2018

Cheney's 'Brooms Day' is coming

Cheney’s 11th annual Clean Sweep is just around the corner, offering what city officials are calling something of a “’Brooms Day’ celebration on April 21 where residents and volunteers can easily tackle their spring cleaning chores in a fun...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    April 12, 2018

Former Fisher Building receives preservation award

Historic Preservation Commission administrative assistant Sue Beeman told commission members at its bi-monthly meeting April 5 that any letter that starts with "Congratulations!" is a good letter....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    April 12, 2018

Lady Blackhawks sweep Clarkston for first Great Northern League wins

The Cheney High softball team not only kept their overall record perfect with a sweep of visiting Clarkston Monday, April 9, but subsequently moved into first place in the Great Northern League...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    April 12, 2018

Blackhawks send eight to Los Angeles track and field meet

Nothing like spending spring break in the heat of Los Angeles. For eight Cheney High School boys track athletes, that heat was the heat of competition April 6-7 at the prestigious Arcadia Invitational at Arcadia High School in the San Gabriel Valley...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    April 12, 2018

Blackhawks baseball loses pair at Avista

Cheney High School dropped a pair of non-league baseball games played at Avista Stadium last Tuesday, April 3. The Blackhawks sprang to an 8-0 lead after three innings against Cashmere, only to have the Bulldogs rally in the end for an 11-10 win. In...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    April 5, 2018

Developing buildable residential space

Public projects won't be the only items on city of Cheney officials plates as the weather heats up. A number of private projects - mostly residential - are also on tap to begin later this spring and...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    April 5, 2018

Cheney council OKs Betz Elementary use permit

Cheney’s City Council essentially gave their blessing to the expansion of Betz Elementary School at their March 27 meeting by unanimously approving recommendations from the Spokane County Hearing Examiner to grant the school district a conditional...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    April 5, 2018

Master Gardener program starts up in Cheney

The Washington State University Extension Program is providing a new service to Cheney residents — especially those who have or are cultivating a green thumb. WSU Master Gardeners are providing a “Satellite Plant Clinic and Information Booth”...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    April 5, 2018

Cheney boys perfect in early meet competition

Cheney High's boys track and field team ended March with a perfect record by winning a pair of meets last week - including finishing first in the 17-team field at the Riverside Invitational Friday....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    April 5, 2018

Blackhawk girls down Clarkston in GNL track and field

The Cheney High School girls track and field team had little difficulty in extending their Great Northern League mark to 2-0 with a convincing 108-34 win over visiting Clarkston on Wednesday, March...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    April 5, 2018

Cheney softball eyes deeper postseason run

Hitting is something Cheney High School softball head coach Gary Blake has always been able to count on from his Lady Blackhawks teams, and this year is no exception. Through their first six games -...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    April 5, 2018

Blackhawks look to repeat last year's magic - and more

If second-year manager Glenn Chamberlain is worried about his Cheney High School baseball team’s 4-3 start, he’s not showing it. And after last year, maybe he has a good reason. The Blackhawks started 2017 at 6-3, went into a mid-season 1-8...

 
 By John McCALLUM    News    March 29, 2018

STA route changes nearing approval

Using information gathered from a public input process, Spokane Transit Authority is moving forward with proposed route changes - including several affecting riders in Cheney and on the West Plains....

 
 By John McCALLUM    News    March 29, 2018

Project season nears for Cheney utilities

The weather still may carry threats of winter, but city of Cheney officials are beginning to look past the bluster to the heat of the upcoming projects season — one that will include a large mixture of public and private work. The Public Works...

 

Cheney High teacher uses award for Spanish Club rather than spa day

Cheney High School Spanish teacher Marissa Sheldon could no doubt use a relaxing day at a spa, given her schedule. However, the native of Brazil recently decided that her Spanish Club could use it -...

 

March for Our Lives is democracy in action

Last week I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with three Cheney High School students who are involved in the student-led movement that emerged in response to the shootings at Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Fla. Feb. 14. The three...

 
 By John McCALLUM    Sports    March 29, 2018

Blackhawk girls have size, experience and title to make noise at state

Like their male counterparts, the Cheney High School girls track and field team is huge — with a turnout of over 80 athletes; something that could give them a decided advantage when it comes to meet scoring. Also like the boys, the Blackhawk...

 
 By John McCALLUM    Sports    March 29, 2018

Blackhawks boys dominant East Valley for first Great Northern win

It’s been a long time since a Cheney High boys track and field team came up on the top end of a score against Great Northern League rival East Valley. In fact, the last time Cheney beat the Knights — 2008 — both schools were in a different...

 

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