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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Candidate filing opens Monday, May 17

WEST PLAINS - Candidate filing week takes place May 17 – 21, and a quick glance at the seats up for election suggests the possibility for wholesale changes among some cities and d... — Updated 5/14/2021 Full story

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports 

Blackhawk boys edge Ferris in track and field

CHENEY – The Blackhawks boys and girls track and field teams wrapped up their first regular season in the Greater Spokane League at Ferris High School in Spokane last Thursday. The boys downed the host Saxons 76-69 while the... — Updated 5/13/2021

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Law enforcement, bias and racial justice

SPOKANE — Bias and racial justice, especially when these become intermixed with law enforcement, are two of many hot button issues of our times — topics that require more than just one setting to adequately discuss. To that ext... — Updated 5/13/2021

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Sixth District legislators lead missed votes list

Family matters, illnesses led to Holy, Volz missing Senate and House roll calls By JOHN McCALLUM Managing Editor CHENEY — Our world is made up of lists, and of all those lists, probably one of the ones you would prefer not to be... — Updated 5/13/2021

 By John McCallum    Sports 

Opposition recognition

Cheney High softball players Lindsey Hagreen (2) and Isabella King (12) exchange a light-hearted moment as the senior duo were honored as part of University High School’s Senior... — Updated 5/13/2021

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

New eyes in the sky

CHENEY — The Police Department recently upgraded its eyes in the sky watching over anything taking place downtown. The department has replaced its four pole-mounted cameras with... — Updated 5/13/2021


Former EWU president Mary Cullinan dies

CHENEY - Eastern Washington University officials announced on Monday, May 3, that the university's 26th president and first woman to serve in the position Dr. Mary Cullinan had... — Updated 5/7/2021 Full story


We've got your back

CHENEY — City Council members hope they have sent a strong message to Eastern Washington University interim president David May and the Board of Trustees that when it comes to the pending decision on the status of athletics, the... — Updated 5/7/2021

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports

Blackhawks softball on four-game skid

CHENEY – After winning their first four games, the Blackhawks softball team has done the reverse – lost their last four games in this year’s shortened Greater Spokane League season. The three latest setbacks came last week,... — Updated 5/6/2021

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports

Blackhawks earn close wins over University

CHENEY – On paper, last Saturday’s track and field matchup between the Blackhawks and visiting University Titans boys was a 72-all tie. That’s on paper. On the track and in the field, a tie is settled with places. “A... — Updated 5/6/2021

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports

Blackhawk boys battle on the courts against larger teams

CHENEY – The Blackhawks boys tennis team is still looking for some success in its first season in the Greater Spokane League 3A/4A classification. First-year head coach Dan Estock attributes part of that to the size of... — Updated 5/6/2021

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports

Cheney soccer upsets Mead for second GSL win

CHENEY — The Blackhawks soccer team returned to the win column, notching a victory over visiting Mead on Monday, May 3. The baseball team is still searching for that elusive break, losing three games including two to Greater... — Updated 5/6/2021


Well 6 to remain offline into summer

CHENEY — Uncertainty over how best to repair a downed pump could leave the city without the use of one of its main reserve irrigation wells at a key point in time as the weather begins to warm and an unusually dry spring... — Updated 5/6/2021


Covid outbreak moves Cheney High to Level 2

CHENEY -- An increase in positive COVID-19 cases has led to school district officials moving Cheney High School into a "level 2" status beginning today, May 3. While the school remains open, additional testing and quarantine... — Updated 5/6/2021 Full story


Former EWU president Mary Cullinan passes away

CHENEY -- Former Eastern Washington University President Dr. Mary Cullinan has passed away. Interim President David May made the announcement in an email to the university... — Updated 5/3/2021 Full story


A compromise better than nothing

WEST PLAINS — It may not be everything, but at least it’s something. That’s likely how area municipal and agency officials feel about the compromise $6.3 billion capital budget agreement passed April 23 by the House and... — Updated 4/29/2021

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports

Blackhawks drop meets at Mt. Spokane

MEAD – The Blackhawks boys continue to show competitive form, albeit in a losing cause last Saturday at Mt. Spokane. Cheney lost a close meet, 75.5 – 64.5, to the Wildcats, with the girls falling 108-42. Ryan Rieckmann was... — Updated 4/29/2021


Council authorizes search for cheaper power

CHENEY — The best time to buy is when the price is right, and Cheney’s Light Department believes that time is right now. Or more specifically April 16 — the date department Director Steve Marx told City Council at its April 1... — Updated 4/29/2021

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports

Blackhawks dive into spring sports action

CHENEY — No sooner has one sports season ended than a second has begun as Blackhawks traditional spring sports teams swung into action last week. Baseball The Blackhawks (0-2) are... — Updated 4/22/2021


Parks Board reschedules April meeting

Cheney — A lack of a quorum at the April 14 meeting has led to the Park Board calling a special meeting on May 12. In an email, Recreation Director Kelly McGinley Ashe said the meeting was canceled due to several members not... — Updated 4/22/2021


Commission moves bonus density forward

CHENEY — Planning Commission members unanimously approved a motion on April 12 directing city staff to bring back an ordinance at the commission’s June meeting that would modify development densities and the number of units... — Updated 4/22/2021

 By John McCallum    News

Watching you, watching me

A female moose takes a break from grazing last Friday evening near the end of the auto loop at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. With warming temperatures, more and more animals are beginning to come out at the... — Updated 4/22/2021


Small wildland fires break out in and near Cheney

CHENEY — Area firefighters were kept buys last weekend by a pair of small wildfires that broke out Saturday and Sunday. The first took place early Saturday afternoon, April 17, when Cheney Fire Department crews responded to a... — Updated 4/22/2021


Bang for the public safety buck

CHENEY — City staff will be putting out a request for quotes from consultants to conduct an evaluation of Cheney’s public safety agencies — an evaluation that includes organizational structure, equipment and whether or not... — Updated 4/22/2021


Eastern Washington names presidential search committee

CHENEY — Eastern Washington University’s search for its next president has officially begun. At a special meeting on Monday, April 19, the university’s Board of Trustees... — Updated 4/22/2021


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