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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 23, 2015 

Avoiding complicity by silence

The Cheney School Board will decide at a July 29 special meeting how it will respond to controversial comments made by Airway Heights Mayor Patrick Rushing on his personal Facebook page that became public almost two weeks ago. Rushing’s comments...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 23, 2015 

Council briefed on Cheney-EWU dispatch

Perhaps the best way to get Eastern Washington University back to the bargaining table on a dispatch service contract with Cheney Police Department might be to equate the services the city provides the university to another business most about...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 16, 2015

Condition yellow

While conservation efforts have led to a restoration of levels in the city’s five-reservoir system, Cheney officials are cautioning residents from a false belief they are out of the woods when it comes to water supply over the remainder of the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    July 16, 2015

Apex opens clinic in Fairways Plaza

Residents in the residential-boom town of the West Plains' Fairways area have always faced a decision when it comes to seeking physical therapy. That decision is where to go. Do you travel the 8-10...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 16, 2015

Close contact

Despite wet conditions, many people made it downtown for the Cheney Rodeo Parade and Vendor Roundup, browsing vendor booths and taking part in a number of activities such as this petting zoo in the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    July 16, 2015

Damp weather, not spirits

Cheney residents lined the streets downtown Saturday for the annual Rodeo Parade. Wet weather kept many away until about one hour before the start of the parade....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    July 16, 2015

Area firefighters respond to wildfire south of Turnbull

Local fire crews battled what appeared to be a lightning-caused fire that began Sunday about eight miles south of Cheney and two miles south of the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge along Cheney Plaza Road. State Department of Natural Resources...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    July 16, 2015

State budget holds promise for Cheney School District

It takes training, skill and experience to put together a multi-million school district budget — especially given the Washington Legislature’s penchant for going down to the final session seconds before passing a budget. Given all that,...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    July 16, 2015

Key command on how we treat others lost in same-sex marriage argument

The ink was barely dry on the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 decision guaranteeing same-sex marriage as a constitutional right when the backlash against the ruling began. The most laughable of these came from Republican presidential aspirant Sen....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    July 16, 2015

West Plains All-Stars capture district crown, off to state

The West Plains Little League 9-10-year-old All-Star team dominated the competition in earning a District 13 baseball championship in action July 6-9 in Liberty Lake. The West Plains team outscored...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 9, 2015

Communications breakdown(?)

The on-again-off-again discussions between Cheney and Eastern Washington University over renewal of a contract for the city’s Police Department dispatch services appears to be on again. Maybe. Contract negotiations, first brokered in 2006-2007, beg...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 9, 2015

'Altered' fireworks discovered, disposed of near Petro truck stop

You never know what you might encounter when you’re out walking your dog. West Plains resident Michelle Grimmett experienced this first hand late July 4 when she discovered what looked like some type of explosive device while out walking her dog ne...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    July 9, 2015

After 105 years, Cheney finally has a new brewery

New Boundary Brewing owner and brew-master Shane Noblin has an easy answer when asked which of the beers he brews are his favorites. "I wouldn't make them if I didn't like them," Noblin said. Owners...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    July 9, 2015

Fire train helps firefighters remain on the fire line

One of the units used on the Fish Lake fire June 17 was a unit some people may not know existed, others may have forgotten existed and most might not ever see - a fire train. Burlington Northern...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    July 9, 2015

Bandits place second once again

The West Plains Bandits 16U fastpitch softball team found themselves in familiar territory at the end of last weekend's Spokane Youth Softball Fourth of July Shootout. The Bandits split their games...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 2, 2015

...and summer's just barely started

Residents' efforts to comply with the city's request to sharply curtail water use this past weekend helped Cheney avoid a critical situation regarding its water supply. But with more hot weather on th...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 2, 2015

Cheney CHAS clinic hits funding setback

Plans to open a community clinic in Cheney serving the West Plains have hit a snag as hoped for federal funding has fallen through, at least for now. Community Health Association of Spokane — CHAS — announced plans in October 2014 of its...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    July 2, 2015

Cheney council OKs $6.4 million transportation plan

The Cheney City Council approved the city’s six-year, $6.4 million transportation improvement plan at its June 23 meeting. Of that funding, $4.9 million is planned for grant-eligible projects, with $655,470 in grant-eligible matching projects and...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    July 2, 2015

Cheney Storm FC U14 have successful road trip

The Cheney Storm FC U14 Premier League girls soccer team hit the road for a 10-day trip that included tournaments in Seattle and Cranbrook, British Columbia together with a little soccer development...

 
 By John McCallum    Front Page    June 25, 2015

Fish Lake fire units demobilized

Quick response by local emergency personnel helped contain a fast-moving wildfire that broke out last Wednesday afternoon east of Fish Lake, threatening several homes in forested land southeast of Mar...

 
 By John McCallum    Front Page    June 25, 2015

Trains, trains and - trains

It might seem ironic a town that started life thanks to a nearby railroad would have trouble with trains. Such has been the city of Cheney’s lot lately, but through the efforts of city and railroad officials, some of those problems may be finding...

 
 By John McCallum    Front Page    June 25, 2015

Cheney Rodeo organizers put out call for volunteers from community

There are three reasons why the Cheney Rodeo has been bringing three days worth of fun and excitement for the past 48 years to the West Plains and Spokane region - volunteers, sponsors and the...

 
 By John McCallum    Front Page    June 25, 2015

Cheney Rodeo organizers put out call for volunteers from community

There are three reasons why the Cheney Rodeo has been bringing three days worth of fun and excitement for the past 48 years to the West Plains and Spokane region - volunteers, sponsors and the community. "Without those three things, there's no...

 
 By John McCallum    Opinion    June 25, 2015

In Our Opinion 101 - how the Cheney Free Press editorial board works

"Who wrote that?" It's a question I often receive regarding our in house editorial feature "In Our Opinion." I get it enough, and lately from several readers, that it probably means it's time to reiterate how we go about producing the weekly opinion...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 18, 2015

Council has electric night

Electrical issues took center stage at the Cheney City Council’s June 9 meeting. The council agreed to sell the Light Department’s 15-year-old digger/derrick truck to the city of Chewelah for $23,000, contingent upon the truck’s condition at...

 

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