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 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...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    June 18, 2015

Sorority applies to commission for removal of out buildings

Cheney’s Historical Preservation Commission reviewed several applications for changes to historic buildings as part of a busy schedule at its bimonthly meeting June 3. The commission voted to hold a special meeting in July and directed staff to...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    June 18, 2015

Bacteria research leads to blue ribbon award

Cheney High School sophomore Laura Mertens-Plowman had a question, an ordinary question many of us often have about claims made by product manufacturers: Does that really work the way the label says...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    June 18, 2015

Cheney hires new principal, nutrition director

The Cheney School District has announced the hiring of a new nutrition services director and a new principal at Sunset Elementary School in Airway Heights. In a June 5 news release, the district announced that it has hired former Centennial Middle...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    June 18, 2015

Bandits take second in Summer Classic 16U Silver Bracket

The West Plains Bandits 16U softball team rallied from a 0-2 start to take second-place in the Silver Division bracket of last weekend's Spokane Girls Fastpitch Softball Association's Summer Classic...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 11, 2015

Done almost all, time to go

When Joe Noland took a job as lineman for the Cheney Light Department in 1985, his plan was to work just long enough to see what it was like to collect 12 months worth of paychecks. Now, Noland is...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 11, 2015  
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 11, 2015

Cheney Pool kicks off summer with a 'bash'

Cheney’s Parks and Recreation Department is kicking off the summer swimming season with six hours of games, activities and other festivities during “Pool Bash 2015.” The “bash” runs from 1 – 7 p.m. Friday, June 19, and takes place not onl...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    June 11, 2015

Cheney High School approves updated constitution

Cheney High School finally has an updated new Associated Student Body constitution. At its May 27 meeting, the Cheney School District board of directors received a report and a copy of the new constitution from several ASB officers and high school as...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    June 11, 2015

Biliteral seniors

Ten Cheney High School graduating seniors have earned the Seal of Biliteracy through either the STAMP (Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency) or AP (Advanced Placement) tests. Biliteracy...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    June 11, 2015

Caitlyn Jenner benefits from status other transgenders don't enjoy

I’m not sure how to take this whole Bruce Jenner, now Caitlyn Jenner, thing. I won’t recap how a former 1976 Olympic male decathlon gold medallist became a 2015 female talk show and magazine personality. You’d truly have to have returned from a...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    June 11, 2015

West Plains fifth at North Idaho softball tourney

The West Plains Bandits softball team began their 2015 summer campaign by competing in the North Idaho (NI) Xtreme Tournament May 29-31 in Coeur d’Alene. The Bandits went 2-3 for fifth place in the eight-team U16 Division. West Plains opened with...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 4, 2015

Someone's loss is Cheney's gain

Thanks to another area agency’s inability to obligate funding, the city of Cheney is positioned to begin work on a major road project ahead of schedule. The City Council signed a pair of agreements at its May 26 meeting allowing it to receive...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    June 4, 2015

Cheney High School receives national award

Cheney High School has again received a bronze ranking on U.S. News and World Reports’ “2015 Best High Schools.” According to a May 12 news release, the rankings are produced in conjunction with RTI International, a global nonprofit social...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    June 4, 2015

Hetrick and Emert named CHS valedictorians

Sonora Hetrick and Keith Emert have been named valedictorians of the Cheney High School graduating class of 2015. Both students achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Hetrick moved to Cheney...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    June 4, 2015

Three Springs High School graduates find their own way to success

Most students face challenges in reaching their educational goals - elementary, middle, high school and college. For students at Cheney's Three Springs High School, those challenges can be different...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    June 4, 2015

Three named as Cheney High School salutatorians

Connor Pratt, Allison Sanchez and Jackson Spencer have been selected as salutatorians for the Cheney High School graduating class of 2015. Pratt is a life-long Cheney resident. His mother is a...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    June 4, 2015

Skillingstad captures two hurdle titles to lead Cheney at state

A pair of state titles helped the Cheney High School girls' track and field team to a sixth-place overall finish at the Star Track and Field 2A state meet May 28-30 at Mt. Tahoma High School in...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    June 4, 2015

Lady Blackhawks set high bar in 2015

Of all the things the Cheney High School softball team accomplished this year, one thing might have the most lingering effect. At least head coach Gary Blake hopes it will. "It was a hallmark year,"...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    June 4, 2015

Inland Power runs past Nine Mile Falls in softball

West Plains Little League's Inland Power literally ran itself to a 12-2 win over Northwest Little League's Nine Mile Falls team in action last Friday night at Lakeside High School. All Inland Power...

 

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