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CHENEY Jan. 11 No reports Jan. 12 Second-degree theft was reported on the zero hundred block of Simpson Parkway. Incident involved retail fraud. Domestic violence/verbal dispute was reported on the 1000 block of Betz Road.... — Updated 1/21/2021

Use of police force elicits emotional testimony

OLYMPIA — A proposed ban on the use of chokeholds, unleashed K-9 dogs and other use-of-force tactics by law enforcement is just the beginning of an effort by several state lawmakers to address police violence and its impact on... — Updated 1/21/2021

City opens yard waste pad for storm debris

CHENEY — In response to last week’s windstorm, the city of Cheney will be opening its yard waste pad to residents for free disposal of trees, limbs and event created debris. The service began Tuesday, Jan. 19 and runs through... — Updated 1/21/2021

Pandemic may help spread access to Legislature

CHENEY – In what might be somewhat of an irony, keeping legislators out of Olympia during the recently started biennial legislative session could actually increase participation by the public. With COVID-19 health protocol... — Updated 1/21/2021

Commission to take up zoning issues

CHENEY — Sidelined by COVID-19 for most of 2020, the city’s Planning Commission reviewed an aggressive schedule of items for the coming year at its first meeting in 2021, Jan. 11. Senior planner Brett Lucas outlined three... — Updated 1/21/2021


Exceeding expectations: Winds knock out power to thousands in the West Plains

WEST PLAINS - National Weather Service forecasters warned last week that a strong cold front scheduled to pass through Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho beginning late Tuesday... — Updated 1/21/2021

Council delays police contract

CHENEY — Deferment was the order of busines last Tuesday as the City Council elected to postpone decisions on three of seven agenda items — including a new contract with the Police Guild for 2021 – 2022. The two-year... — Updated 1/21/2021

Cheney buys land near Utility Building

CHENEY — The city’s land holdings are slated to soon increase by just over 228 acres. That’s amount of acreage the City Council approved spending $360,710 to acquire at its first meeting in 2021 last Tuesday. The total... — Updated 1/21/2021

Eagle women lose in net action at Gonzaga

SPOKANE —The Eastern Washington University women’s tennis team traveled to nearby Spokane to take on Gonzaga Jan. 17 and fell short of notching their first match win, dropping the decision 5-2 to begin the new season. The... — Updated 1/21/2021

EWU men open tennis season against Gonzaga

CHENEY – The Eastern Washington University men’s tennis team returns to competition, opening against the Gonzaga Bulldogs on Jan. 23. The Eagles look to compete against nine non-conference opponents and five Big Sky... — Updated 1/21/2021

GSL adjusts Season 1 sports start times

SPOKANE – The Greater Spokane League has adjusted its sports schedule to comply with changes made to reopening phases by the state Department of Health. The changes were also made in conjunction with the Washington... — Updated 1/21/2021

Cheney students need community's levy support

Dear Cheney School District voters, My children are grown and are no longer in school but all went through Cheney Public Schools. And I no longer work for the school district but did so for 23 years. Those are the very reasons I... — Updated 1/21/2021

School levy does not serve the taxpayers

The replacement Educational Programs and Operation Levy that Cheney School District is asking for a $1,700,000 increase over the old levy. The district and its supporters tout that students “currently enjoy... special programs... — Updated 1/21/2021

Levy dollars are about Cheney education future

I am a retired Cheney Middle School teacher who worked for the Cheney School District for 30 years and in education for a total of 38 years. I have been involved with our local school district for the last five years with various... — Updated 1/21/2021

Cheney levy needed even in pandemic times

When my husband, Rich, retired from the Air Force 28 years ago, we intentionally moved back to Cheney because we wanted our two daughters to attend Cheney public schools. I think other people move into our district for similar... — Updated 1/21/2021

Access to democracy in the 2021 session

There’s an old story about Elizabeth Willing Powel, the wife of the Philadelphia mayor, asking Benjamin Franklin, as he left the Constitutional Convention, “Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?” To which Ben... — Updated 1/21/2021

Cheney High School names December Students of the Month

CHENEY – High School officials have released a list of students named Students of the Month for December’s PACE (Partners Advancing Character Education) character trait: Caring. The students are Jenae Potter, Kaitlyn Burts,... — Updated 1/21/2021


Eastern Washington University Gallery of Art presents: Intersections

CHENEY – Eastern Washington University Gallery of Art has resumed presenting exhibitions – this time via an online format. The gallery opens its 2021 season with Intersections... — Updated 1/21/2021

Cheney schools continue reopening plans

CHENEY — School district re-opening plans for in-person instruction continued this week with a phased return of third-grade students beginning on Tuesday. Third-grade students from families electing to return to in-person... — Updated 1/21/2021


Cheney Congregational Church We have made the decision to suspend in-person Sunday morning worship for the time being. This is a difficult decision, and we make it with the whole Cheney community in mind. We will continue to host... — Updated 1/21/2021


Managing a difficult insect pest on houseplants

A sticky substance on plant leaves, plant stands, and the floor are often the first clue alerting gardeners to a problem. If a closer look reveals bumps on the upper and lower... — Updated 1/21/2021


Richard Earl "Dick" Christenson

Richard Earl "Dick" Christenson passed away Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 in Spokane Valley, Wash. He was born Aug. 29, 1930 in Ritzville, Wash. to Martin C. and Irene M. (Jones)... — Updated 1/21/2021 Full story


Capt. Donald E. Early

Capt. Donald E. Early, (U.S. Air Force Ret.)  9/24/1940 – 1/11/2021. Don Early, avid outdoorsman, devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather passed away... — Updated 1/21/2021 Full story


Xandra Leigh Victor

Xandra Leigh Victor, (Age 56). Beloved daughter, mother, wife, stepmother and grandmother was born in 1964 to Brad and Diane McHenry. She passed away on New Year's Day, 2021 in... — Updated 1/21/2021 Full story

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