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Setting the PACE

Windsor Elementary School and Westwood Middle School students combined to celebrate Partners Advancing Character Education's (PACE) Worldwide Character Day. Schools, families, businesses and... Full story

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    September 14, 2017 

A new life for Fisher Building

School House Lofts property manager Eric Pettit noted one of the unique features of the new student-housing project opening this fall across Fifth Street from Eastern Washington University’s Showalter Hall is the style of each apartment unit....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    September 14, 2017 

Man shot, abducted in Cheney

Lucid employee Cameron Smith has many traits, one of which is a knack for assigning people nicknames. For Stacia Shirley, manager of the Cheney marijuana shop, Smith dubbed her "Boss Lady." His...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    September 14, 2017 

Cheney council approves four utility-related projects

Cheney’s City Council elected to pull the trigger on several upcoming projects at their Sept. 12 meeting — but first had to pay for an emergency one that already took place. The council voted unanimously to approve a resolution paying Dow...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    September 14, 2017 

Gridiron to hardwood

Smoky conditions last week forced cancellation of many high school sports events and sent most teams to practice indoors, including the Cheney High football team which worked on defensive skills in...

 

School board gets draft Betz Elementary design

Cheney School District board of directors got a look at the preliminary expansion and renovation designs for Betz Elementary School at a school board workshop last Thursday at the district's...

 

Cheney police warn of IRS, Hurricane Harvey scams

Natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey over Labor Day weekend and most recently Hurricane Irma usually create an outpouring of support from individuals throughout the country. Unfortunately, they also create an outpouring of groups and/or...

 

Cheney 'flood gates' open for 9-0 soccer win

Cheney High girls soccer head coach Nels Radtke had a good feeling early on in last Saturday's non-league game with West Plains rival Medical Lake. Both teams battled each other pretty evenly through...

 

Blackhawks' girls run to win in Moses Lake Invitational

Despite the cancellation of the annual Highlander Invitational at Shadle Park due to still smoky conditions, the Cheney High School cross country teams still found a way to make it onto a course for their first competition of the season. They just...

 

Cheney defeats Rogers for first volleyball win

Unhealthy air caused by smoke from regional wildfires played havoc with the opening of local high school sports action last week — indoors as well as outdoors. Rules governing Pullman School District activities led not only to the cancellation of...

 

Fire, water head up priorities

The seasons are changing. Summer becomes fall. Baseball winds down, football ramps up. It's also time for a season most people seldom paid attention to until its impacts are felt later. Yes, it's...

 

Cheney to see more residential construction

Cheney's planning department has issued mitigated determination of non-significance rulings on a pair of development applications - including one for a new apartment complex. Fern 2 Vine, LLC has subm...

 

Becker brought cool to outcasts and made mythic loserdom OK

Walter Becker passed away last Sunday, Sept. 3. Most people reading that probably think “That’s sad, but who’s Walter Becker?” Those of us in the know, well, we know. Our response would be “Have you heard of the rock band, Steely Dan?”...

 

CHS soccer falls 4-1 in opener to Mt. Spokane

The Cheney High girls soccer team opened the 2017 season with a 4-1 non-league loss at Mount Spokane of the Great Spokane League’s 3A classification. Kaitlin Teeters answered an early Wildcat goal with a score off an assist from Lelie Holland in...

 

Cheney police seek Lucid shooter

Law enforcement authorities are searching for three individuals in connection with a shooting at the Lucid marijuana shop in Cheney Sunday afternoon, Sept. 10. Cheney Police Capt. Rick Beghtol said a...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 31, 2017

Keeping up with the codes

BCheney Police Department Capt. Rick Campbell spent the summer of 2016 chasing a couch around town. Obviously, Campbell performed other duties, but part of his new role of code enforcement officer had him watching for “free” signs placed on...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 31, 2017

Cheney has contaminated land for sale

Cheney’s City Council unanimously agreed to surplus a small parcel of land owned by the Street Division along First Street just east of Spokane Transit Authority’s K Street Station, but not without some questions regarding its price and condition...

 

Cheney officials work on new school funding

It’s been a long eight-plus weeks for Cheney School District Director of Finance Kassidy Probert. Probert and other administrators have been pouring over the immense documentation contained in the state Legislature’s House Bill 2242 — the...

 

Jeff Chandler takes athletic director reins at Cheney

New Cheney High School Athletics Director Jeff Chandler has made the rounds when it comes to teaching and coaching, doing both at high schools of various sizes as well as coaching at the collegiate...

 

With the Mariners, it's two steps forward, one step back

There have been many sports columnists who have driven the final nail into the Seattle Mariners’ playoff chances this season. Just as many columnists have flipped the hammer over and used the claw feature to pull out a few of those nails, giving a...

 

Roos eclipse experience

There was a long line for viewing glasses, but only several hundred available. Those who did get a pair, or brought their own, used them in a variety of ways: traditional or in front of a cellphone... Full story

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 24, 2017

Cheney depot relocation application submitted

The Cheney planning department has received mitigated determination of non-significance (MDNS) application materials from the Cheney Depot Society for approval to relocate the 1929 Northern Pacific Railroad depot from its current location along...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 24, 2017

Here's looking at you, sun

Up was the direction of choice on Monday for many throughout the nation as gazes turned towards what was dubbed the "Great American Eclipse," the solar eclipse of the sun that traversed the country...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 24, 2017

Brown considers run

If the reaction from the 20–25 people gathered at Cheney's Mason Jar last Saturday to hear Lisa Brown speak is any indication, it should be obvious to the former state legislator and current...

 

Cheney school board adopts annual budget

After months of waiting while the state Legislature grappled with how to meet a court order to fully fund basic education, the Cheney School District board of directors finally got to adopt a budget for the 2017–2018 school year. The district is...

 

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