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Some roads 'disappearing'

The good news on Monday was that the Spokane County Public Works Department hadn't added any area roadways to its list of closures over the weekend. The bad news that with more rain in the forecast, t...

 
 By John McCallum    News    March 23, 2017 

Production line

Cheney High School Drama Club students constructed these replica railroad tracks as part of their production of "The Diary of Anne Frank." Performances of the famous story of a young girl's struggles...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 23, 2017 

Cheney council hears dispute over towing claim

Cheney City Council members had the rare occurrence during their March 14 meeting to hear an appeal for a claim for damages from a resident who alleges the city towed a trailer he owns too early. Jake Vibbert said he received a letter from the city...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    March 23, 2017 

Parlez vous Francais? (Do you speak French?)

One thing is for sure, there will be no English spoken in Holly Vittetoe's French class. The Westwood Middle School world language teacher practices an immersion technique to help her students better...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    March 23, 2017 

Numbers give Blackhawk girls track and field options

For their first meet of the season, the Cheney High School girls track and field team didn’t do too bad, considering conditions last Saturday for the Howard Dolphin/West Valley Invitational were way less than ideal and a number of athletes were...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    March 23, 2017 

Strong junior class propels Blackhawk boys track and field

With 72 athletes turning out, the Cheney High School boys track and field team might be approaching an all-time school record for roster size. And while that might bode well for the future, it’s a specific class that has head coach Derek Slaughter...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    March 23, 2017 

Lady Blackhawks offensive in opening softball wins

One might say that the start to the Cheney High School softball team’s season has been explosive. The Lady Blackhawks “exploded” for a total of 52 runs and 36 hits in wins over 3A North Central of the Greater Spokane League and 4A Sunnyside...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    March 23, 2017 

Blackhawks edge Pullman in league soccer shootout

Cheney High’s boys soccer team earned its first Great Northern League win last Saturday. Trae Babcock provided the winning goal as the Blackhawks out shot Pullman 4-3 for a 1-0 win on the road. Also scoring in the shootout were Blake Smith, Bas...

 

Residents contest development

Traffic and safety issues took center stage at a Cheney Planning Commission public hearing Monday night on a proposed rezone to accommodate a 115-unit apartment complex near Hagelin Park and the city pool. Over two dozen people attended the hearing,...

 

Water logged

A softball floats in a flooded swale at the Cheney High School football field as the Blackhawks track and field teams in the background get set to practice last Friday. Rains and rapid snowmelt have...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 16, 2017

ML council amends cellular lease

The Medical Lake City Council unanimously approved an amendment to a site lease agreement allowing a company leasing space on the city’s water tower to add some equipment — and in the process bring in more money to the city coffers. The council...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 16, 2017

Customers up at Cheney Clothing Exchange

Things are booming at the Cheney Clothing Exchange - in many ways. Volunteer coordinator Connie Oakes said the exchange - which is open Wednesdays from noon – 6 p.m. in space on the Third Street...

 
 By John McCallum    News    March 16, 2017

Helping every woman

Medical Lake Firefighters Association vice president Jonathan Suffield presents a check for $371 to Every Woman Can chief executive officer Deb Barnes at the March 6 City Council meeting. The...

 

Got a beef or 'atta boy?' Try Cheers and Jeers

Sometimes things come to your attention that you feel the need to comment on, but don’t want to say too much. To provide a means of expressing these sentiments, whether it’s a good job to somebody or a “Come on man” as the popular ESPN segmen...

 

School board gets alternate construction method overview

Passage of the Cheney Public Schools’ $52 million capital facilities bond last month presents some interesting logistic issues, and perhaps none more important than the obvious requirement — that all four buildings need to be open for education d...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    March 16, 2017

Cheney boys rally to knock off Mt. Spokane

It required a bit of modification, but the Cheney High School boys soccer team managed to get its first game of the year into the books. The Blackhawks rallied from a 1-0 deficit to score two second...

 

Cheney boys soccer rally to knock off Mt. Spokane

It required a bit of modification, but the Cheney High School boys soccer team managed to get its first game of the year into the books. The Blackhawks rallied from a 1-0 deficit to score two second...

 

More snow - ordinances (?)

Cheney’s City Council has set the wheels in motion to consider creating an ordinance requiring residents and businesses to clear sidewalks adjacent to their property after a snowfall. Salnave-area resident Kathy Fleming approached the council...

 

Fairchild celebrates 75 years

See a photo gallery from the event here....

 

Canine rescue

Spokane County Fire District 3 firefighter Connor Rose carries one of three dogs rescued from a fire that flared up in a unit at Presnell Trailer Court March 1. Cheney Fire Department Battalion Chief...

 

Brother Geisel, er Seuss

Eastern Washington University student and Sigma Phi Epsilon member Nate Delo reads a Dr. Seuss book to Betz Elementary School students in Traci Trotter's first-grade class last Thursday to celebrate...

 

Fairchild Air Force Base 75th

Fairchild Air Force Base celebrated its 75th anniversary with ceremonies March 1. Besides guest speakers, cake and punch, the celebration featured a number of static displays telling the story of the...

 

High flows and cracked streets

While Spokane County roads seem to have taken the brunt of the recent rains and snow melt, cities on the West Plains have experienced their own set of problems. Both Cheney and Medical Lake's water...

 

ML council OKs relamping plan

Medical Lake will soon see Avista crews around town changing out old high pressure sodium and other style streetlamps and replacing them with new, brighter and more energy efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) lamps — thanks to an agreement with...

 

Alternate route

Because of high runoff water conditions, the city of Medical Lake's water reclamation plant has been pumping into its secondary outfall that flows underneath Brooks Road and eventually into Deep...

 

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