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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

Charting the democratic process

SPOKANE - Voting is a process - one as essential to our democracy as yeast is to making a good loaf of bread. On it's surface, that process involves the voter opening their ballot,... — Updated 8/26/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports

EWU women's soccer drops openers

CHENEY — Eastern Washington University’s women’s soccer team is still searching for its first goal of the season, having come close on several occasions in back-to-back losses to open the 2021 campaign. The Eagles fell 4-0 in... — Updated 8/26/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

Man identified in fatal Cheney-Spokane Road crash

SPOKANE COUNTY — The Medical Examiner’s office has identified the man who was killed in a single vehicle accident Aug. 4 on Cheney-Spokane Road near Latah Creek. Nyckolas Davis, 20, was killed then the vehicle he was traveling... — Updated 8/26/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports

Taking in the experience

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Isaiah Rigo's current mental state is somewhat cyclical when he thinks about the upcoming Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. "I get excited, nervous to serious,... — Updated 8/20/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

U.S. 2 proposal tabled over roundabouts

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — At their Aug. 16 meeting, City Council members elected to postpone consideration of a request by the state Department of Transportation for concurrence with their U.S. Highway 2/West Plains Subarea... — Updated 8/19/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion

The Covid shark is still lurking, and it's hungry

One aspect of the last 18-plus months that has struck me is how life can sometimes imitate art. Specifically, for me, how some events with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic correlate to the Steven Spielberg summer blockbuster... — Updated 8/19/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

Daupler dispatch delayed 3-4 weeks

CHENEY — Implementation of the city’s new afterhours utility service dispatch system has been put on hold and won’t be initiated for another 3-4 weeks. Light Department Director Steve Marx said the July 20 startup of the new... — Updated 8/12/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

Mark Losh new West Plains Chamber director

SPOKANE — After a months-long search, the West Plains Chamber of Commerce has finally found its next leader. The Chamber announced on Aug. 2 that Eastern Washington native Mark... — Updated 8/12/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

All Aboard Washington pulls into Cheney

SEATTLE — Advocates for expanding passenger rail service in Washington state – including a new, east-west route, are bringing a public presentation and fact-finding session to Eastern Washington. All Aboard Washington’s... — Updated 8/12/2021

 
 By John McCallum    News

Sorting it out

Spokane County election workers use a sorting machine at the Election Department's office on West Gardner Street Tuesday afternoon to prepare ballots for counting. Ballots are run... — Updated 8/5/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion

As the song goes, 'It's time for me to fly'

One hot mid-August Wednesday morning in 2000 I received a phone call from then-Cheney Free Press Dave Rey. Rey didn’t waste any time. After a quick greeting, he asked one simple question “How’d you like to come work for the... — Updated 8/5/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

Williams Lake public access to close for improvements

CHENEY - Water recreation enthusiasts will find their access to Williams Lake limited beginning this week. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is beginning a project to... — Updated 8/5/2021

 
 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

 

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

 

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