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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    February 14, 2019 

Similar fires that ended differently

Cheney firefighters were busy Feb. 4 with a pair of incidents that each had different outcomes because of one device — sprinklers. According to a department report, firefighters responded to an apartment fire at Eagle Point Apartments on the 1000...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    February 14, 2019 

Fire destroys District 3 volunteer's home

A fire consumed a single-wide mobile home just off State Route 904 between Cheney and Four Lakes on Feb. 11, leaving a Spokane County Fire District 3 volunteer firefighter homeless in the process....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    February 14, 2019 

Commissioners get Cheney depot update

Cheney residents might notice something different in a couple weeks at the corner of 1st and I streets just south of downtown. Something will be missing — but its removal shouldn’t go unnoticed. Historic Preservation Commission administrative...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    February 14, 2019 

Marked cars

Cheney police were busy on Tuesday, Feb. 12, designating vehicles for removal from city streets in order to facilitate snow plowing. City codes require vehicle owners to remove them within a certain...

 

Being too quick to label waters down meaning

I have a friend who can cuss up a storm. Talk about making sailors blush — his blue language could peel paint on a battleship. In fact, my friend drops f-bombs so much, it’s more like he’s adopted the word as an adverb or adjective...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    February 14, 2019 

Blackhawks' season comes to end in overtime thriller

If the Cheney High boys basketball team never sees Nick Drynan again, that will likely be too soon. The 6-foot-1-inch West Valley senior point guard poured in 69 points in two games last week against...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    February 14, 2019 

Lady Blackhawks bow out of post season

It’s difficult to beat a team in back to back games, as Cheney High School’s girls basketball team discovered last week. After earning a hard-fought win over Great Northern League rival West...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    February 7, 2019

Church project would demolish Rosebrook Motel

Cheney’s planning department has issued a mitigated determination of non-significance for an application to combine two separate parcels on 1st Street into one for future construction of a church....

 

Blackhawks falter at Pullman

The only thing Tuesday’s regular season finale between Cheney and West Valley will determine is who wears which uniforms come District 7 competition this Friday evening at University High School. The Blackhawks chances at moving up in the Great...

 

Lady Blackhawks earn split in GNL

Cheney High School’s girls basketball team earned a split in its Great Northern League action last week. The Lady Blackhawks stayed close early on with visiting East Valley before falling 66-51 to the state’s top-ranked 2A team last Tuesday,...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    January 31, 2019

Towering above

Cranes have been a feature of skylines in Cheney lately with construction at Eastern Washington University and Cheney Public Schools. This one rises above the new performing arts complex being built...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    January 31, 2019

They got him - Campbell named Officer of the Year

Overall, Cheney police Officer Zeb Campbell thinks 2018 was a pretty quiet year. That might be a comparative statement for the veteran who came on the force in 2006 and was named Officer of the Year i...

 

Cold-shooting Blackhawks boys fall to Bantams

Poor shooting and allowing their opponents too many easy points sent the Cheney High boys basketball team to a Great Northern League loss last Tuesday night against visiting Clarkston. The formula led to an early seven-point Blackhawks deficit after...

 

Not too much excitement for this year's big game

I will not be watching this Sunday’s Super Bowl. That is probably a first for me, but more one of logistics than anything else. This Sunday we’ll be driving back from Southern California after a quick trip to visit my wife’s mother and family,...

 

Lady Blackhawks fall short at home in Clarkston upset

Cheney High’s girls basketball team almost found a way to pull off an upset of the state’s seventh-ranked 2A team last Tuesday. The Lady Blackhawks fell behind early at home against Great Northern League leader Clarkston on Jan. 22, trailing...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    January 24, 2019

Cheney planning picks up moratorium work

City of Cheney officials outlined an aggressive work schedule for the Planning Commission at its Jan. 14 meeting for one item only — addressing a moratorium placed by the City Council on...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    January 24, 2019

Cheney's newest restaurant is OK with using 'mister'

For starters, the “M.R.” in the name of Cheney’s newest restaurant stands for the first names of the two men behind the venture — Mitch and Roger — not the prefix “Mister,” although...

 

Lady Blackhawks upset East Valley girls

They may not be giant killers yet, but the Cheney High girls basketball team made a bit of history last Friday night with a surprising 58-82 win at then 2A top-ranked East Valley. In winning their...

 

Blackhawks upset No. 2 Pullman

3,281 days. That’s how long it’s been since a Cheney High School boys basketball team has been able to celebrate a win over a Pullman squad. That ended last Saturday when the Blackhawks, led by a...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    January 17, 2019

Cheney fire department busy in 2019

It’s not quite three weeks into the new year, and already 2019 is shaping up to be a busy time for Cheney’s fire department. Cheney Fire Chief Tom Jenkins said department personnel have already responded to four fires — including a fire on...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    January 17, 2019

Council OKs Well 3 changes

Cheney’s City Council approved a fourth change order to the city’s Well 3 drilling project at its Jan. 8 meeting — a change that officials believe while increasing the cost of drilling a new well will actually decrease the project’s overall...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    January 17, 2019

Finally - a feather

Cheney cheerleader Evie Rowe hoists the Golden Feather trophy in jubilation as fellow Blackhawks students celebrate the school’s first spirit contest win in the annual game with Medical Lake....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    January 17, 2019

Going from calm to chaos in two seconds

Fate and scheduling conspired to put Cheney Police Department dispatcher Ben James at the center of a couple of 2018’s biggest events. And for those closer to the action, the combination that...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    January 17, 2019

Cheney seeks applications for City Council, Planning Commission

City of Cheney officials are looking for two individuals willing to step into leadership positions on a pair of local governing boards left vacant by recent resignations. City Council Position 2 is now open due to the resignation of long-time Council...

 

Blackhawks find pace in Golden Feather win at Reese Court

Cheney High’s boys basketball head coach Gregg Smith believes the past two wins for his Blackhawks have been the results of his team finally beginning to connect more with their identity — a...

 

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