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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Increasing tribal visibility

CHENEY - New Eastern Washington University Tribal Relations Director Erin Ross sees her primary focus as communicator - internally with current Native American students but just as... — Updated 7/29/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Daupler startup passes without initiation

CHENEY — Implementation of a new afterhours utility service dispatch system will have to wait a couple more weeks. According to Light Department Director Steve Marx, the July 20 initiation of the new incident response management... — Updated 7/28/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

Read all about the election

SPOKANE — Two new elements will be in play in the upcoming August primary election — one with a physical manifestation the other less so, but with a possibly large presence nonetheless. The first element comes via a... — Updated 7/22/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

Cheney to try out Daupler

CHENEY — Beginning July 20, afterhours calls for utility services will no longer be handled by the Police Department but will instead be directed to a new incident response management system provided by Daupler, Inc. The City Cou... — Updated 7/22/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion

Innocence until proven guilty extends to elections

The Spokane County Elections Department has conducted 21 recounts of specific races over the past 20 years, according to the department’s online archives. To me, that indicates an inclination towards openness and transparency in... — Updated 7/22/2021

 

Juggling a full schedule

CHENEY — Like most of us, new Eastern Washington University student trustee Auriana Mitchell claims it’s difficult for her to be in two places at once. A look at the Liberty... — Updated 7/22/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports

Rodeo returns after year off

CHENEY — It takes a lot of work to stage the Cheney Rodeo — no small feat considering all of that work is done by volunteers. But given all that takes place, literally beginning... — Updated 7/9/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

A fire dangerous Fourth

WEST PLAINS — When it comes to the Fourth of July tradition of discharging fireworks, local fire agency officials are hoping West Plains residents will follow the old 1980s Nancy Reagan adage about drug use and just say no.... — Updated 7/1/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion

Our birthday card for celebrating independence

If you’re trying to beat the excessive heat by staying indoors this Fourth of July weekend and you run out of things to do, let me offer a suggestion. Read the Declaration of Independence. At 1,338 words it’s actually a short... — Updated 7/1/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

Avista power outage planned in Sprague, surrounding area

SPOKANE — Approximately 460 Avista electric customers in Sprague and the surrounding area will experience a planned power outage on Thursday, July 8. The planned outage will begin at 10 p.m. and end at 4 a.m. on Friday, July 9.... — Updated 7/1/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports

Cheney High alum and four-time state champion to compete in Paralympic Games

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn — Former Cheney Blackhawk Isaiah Rigo is one of 61 athletes selected to represent the United States at the Paralympic Games this August in Tokyo, Japan. Rigo is... — Updated 7/1/2021

 
 By John McCallum    News

Fireworks temporarily banned in Medical Lake

MEDICAL LAKE — Spokane County District No. 3 Fire Chief Cody Rohrbach has declared a temporary ban on fireworks in the city due to extremely dry conditions and increasing fire potential brought on by excessive heat and a prolonge... — Updated 6/29/2021

 
 By John McCallum    Sports

Cheney's Rigo to compete in Tokyo Olympics

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn -- Former Cheney Blackhawk Isaiah Rigo is one of 61 athletes selected to represent the United States at the Paralympic Games this August in Tokyo, Japan. Rigo is... — Updated 6/29/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

Lifting the levy lid - again

CHENEY — The City Council is considering putting an ordinance on the November ballot to once again lift the property tax levy lid in order to fund public safety needs. Council was schedule to debate and vote on the ordinance at i... — Updated 6/24/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

Local firefighters, business, team to help family

WEST PLAINS — When fire left an Airway Heights family without a home, local fire agencies and a business stepped in to provide some much needed resources. Airway Heights Fire... — Updated 6/24/2021

 

Class portrait

Cheney High School Class of 2021 speakers Kayli Lucas and Dawson Heuett take time to remember their classmates and the special moment of graduation the modern way — by taking... — Updated 6/24/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports

Cheney wraps up accelerated sports seasons

CHENEY — The Blackhawks Season 3 (winter) teams wrapped up competition with some playoff action last week. Boys basketball They may have finished 0-12, but Cheney’s last game of the season was one of its better ones. The... — Updated 6/24/2021

 

Class portrait

Cheney High School Class of 2021 speakers Kayli Lucas and Dawson Heuett take time to remember their classmates and the special moment of graduation the modern way – by taking... — Updated 6/21/2021

 
 By John McCallum    News

Rollover accident in Cheney

CHENEY -- Police and Fire Department personnel are currently onsite of a rollover accident near Oak and North 5th streets. Roads in the area have been blocked off. This is a... — Updated 6/18/2021

 
 By John McCallum    News

Stealing from the community

CHENEY - Sue Beeman and other Cheney Depot Society members have a message to the individual, or individuals who recently stole bricks from the site of the relocated historic... — Updated 6/18/2021

 
 By John McCallum    News

Council sets in-person meetings

CHENEY — The City Council took steps at their June 8 meeting to resume holding its regular meetings in-person. Like all other legislative bodies, Cheney’s City Council has been holding its twice-monthly meetings remotely via... — Updated 6/17/2021

 
 By John McCallum    Sports

Cheney wrestlers earn district titles

CHENEY - A pair of Blackhawks wrestlers, Jackson Showalter and Dylan Straley, earned Greater Spokane League titles at the district championship meet June 9. Also wrapping up the reg... — Updated 6/17/2021

 

Free at last

Cheney High School Class of 2021 graduates celebrate with the traditional tossing of their caps after being announced at ceremonies last Friday.... — Updated 6/17/2021

 
 By John McCallum    News

Cheney's municipal drinking water gets a passing grade

CHENEY — The city’s drinking water has received the federal Environmental Protection Agency seal of approval when it comes to allowed level of contaminants contained with in the system’s eight wells, five reservoirs and... — Updated 6/14/2021

 
 By John McCallum    News

Area fire chiefs enact burn restrictions

SPOKANE COUNTY — Acknowledging that the local wildfire season is “off to a strong start,” area fire chiefs joined together to issue a burn restrictions order last Friday. The order began June 4 and remains in effect... — Updated 6/10/2021

 

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