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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports 

Blackhawks rally to down University

SPOKANE VALLEY -- Defensive back Ian Schwendiman scored two touchdowns -- including a 92-yard interception return for a score with 44 seconds remaining in the game and the Cheney... — Updated 3/1/2021 Full story

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Officials explain regional housing issues to West Plains Chamber

WEST PLAINS — According to several local officials, housing availability in the area — and particularly the West Plains — ranges from “grossly inadequate” to even worse. “We have a housing crisis,” Tom Hormel,... — Updated 2/27/2021

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports 

Cheney swimming earns meet wins over Pullman, Clarkston

CHENEY – The Blackhawks girls swimming program kicked off its return to the pool after over a year away due to the COVID-19 pandemic with a pair of wins in a virtual meet on Saturday, Feb. 20. Swimming in their individual pools,... — Updated 2/25/2021

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports 

Blackhawks fall to Mt. Spokane in 3A classification volleyball debut

CHENEY - Having over a year off and moving up a classification was going to be challenge enough for the Blackhawks volleyball program. Throw in having to face the reigning 3A state... — Updated 2/25/2021

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion 

Impact of 500,000 lessons learned

Monday marked an event I never dreamed I would see in my lifetime. Somewhere in the late morning, the United States crossed the threshold of 500,000 of our fellow American men and women killed by the coronavirus. If you had told... — Updated 2/25/2021

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Council chooses Pritchard to fill vacant seat

MEDICAL LAKE – After first meeting for 10 minutes in executive session, City Council members voted returned to open session at their Feb. 16 meeting and voted unanimously to name Chad Pritchard to the vacant council Position 7... — Updated 2/25/2021

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Learning Cheney is at your fingertips

CHENEY — If you want to learn more about your house, the land it sits on or some other dwelling or parcel in the city — and more — that information is only a couple computer... — Updated 2/25/2021

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

No Ball and Dodd deal

MEDICAL LAKE — City Council members voted unanimously at their Feb. 16 meeting to turn down an offer by national retailer Dollar General to purchase the former Ball and Dodd Funeral Home property at the southwest corner of the... — Updated 2/25/2021


Council approves fire grant application

CHENEY - Fire Department officials are pursuing another engine upgrade, but this time are looking to the federal government for funding assistance. At the Feb. 9 meeting, City Council gave approval to Fire Chief Tom Jenkins to purs... — Updated 2/22/2021


Cheney graduations up despite pandemic

CHENEY – School board members got a bit of good news at their Feb. 10 meeting in the form of graduation rates that exceeded high water marks for the past five years. Data and... — Updated 2/18/2021


Medical Lake receives fire dispatch refund

MEDICAL LAKE — City coffers were expanded a bit by an unexpected financial surprise recently. At the Feb. 2 City Council meeting, Spokane County District 3 Fire Chief Cody Rohrbach told members that with the coming online of the... — Updated 2/18/2021


Council approves city fuel upgrade

CHENEY — The City Council gave its blessings to an expansion of the Public Works fuel station, a renewing of the annual powerline clearance contract and reviewing proposals for a photovoltaic facility at the wastewater treatment... — Updated 2/18/2021


Medical Lake council declines Dollar General offer

MEDICAL LAKE -- The City Council voted unanimously at its Feb. 16 meeting to decline an offer by national retail firm Dollar General to purchase city property at the intersection of West Brooks Road, State Route 902 and North... — Updated 2/18/2021 Full story


Cheney Multicare physical therapy closes

CHENEY – Officials at Multicare / Rockwood have confirmed that the organization’s physical therapy clinic at 1727 1st St. has been closed permanently. “In an effort to streamline our physical therapy services, MultiCare... — Updated 2/18/2021


Outlining a recreational future

CHENEY – City officials are in the process of updating the 10-year parks and recreation comprehensive plan — and they want to know what residents think and would like to see in... — Updated 2/16/2021 Full story


Cheney, Medical Lake school levies passing

WEST PLAINS — Cheney and Medical Lake school districts’ Educational Programs and Operations levies were passing with comfortable majorities on Tuesday night — but not quite as comfortable as similar levies three years ago.... — Updated 2/11/2021

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports

Eagles sweep into first-place in Big Sky

CHENEY – A sweep of regional rival Idaho not only extended the Eastern Washington University men's basketball team's winning streak to five games but – with a little help ... — Updated 2/11/2021


Occupancy, water conservation ordinances head to council

CHENEY — The Planning Commission is advancing two ordinances, one dealing with residential occupancy and one with water conservation measures including landscaping limitations, to the City Council for consideration at upcoming me... — Updated 2/11/2021


Council candidates present themselves

MEDICAL LAKE – Four candidates vying for a vacant seat on the dais introduced themselves and described what they expected to bring to council to current members at the Feb. 2 meeting. Health Wilbur, Howard Griffith, Chrystal... — Updated 2/11/2021


City public records steps

CHENEY – City Council took a pair of steps last Tuesday night (Jan. 26) they hope will ensure transparency with city records and negotiations. The first was the approval of the two-year labor contract with the Cheney Police... — Updated 2/9/2021

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports

Eagle men sweep Sacramento State

CHENEY - A couple of decisive scoring runs and a career day led the Eastern Washington University men's basketball team to a Big Sky Conference sweep of visiting Sacramento State... — Updated 2/5/2021


Being prepared for what life brings

CHENEY — In writing a book about preparation for war, former Cheney High School English teacher Darrelyn McDermott drew on her experiences. In selecting a title summing up those... — Updated 2/5/2021


Wear and tear leads to Sunday power outage

CHENEY – An aging connection’s failure led to a power outage early Sunday morning, leaving a number of customers without heat. According to Light Director Steve Marx, around midnight on Saturday, Jan. 30, a “hot tap... — Updated 2/5/2021


District eyes legislature on financing, other measures

CHENEY—School district officials and board members are bracing themselves for what the new year could bring in the form of legislation and funding adjustments — adjustments that could negatively impact operations. In presenting... — Updated 2/5/2021


Council OKs more City Hall work

CHENEY — The City Council approved several portions of an expansive remodel of the Finance Department space at City Hall as part of their busy Jan. 26 meeting. The council originally approved the beginning of the work at their No... — Updated 2/5/2021


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