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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 13, 2019 

Weather and Cheney water demands

So far, the weather has actually helped the city of Cheney's water system and its struggles with supply meeting demand created by irrigation. "The weather pattern has been a little strange, which has...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 13, 2019 

6th District representatives talk about recent session

It’s difficult to cover all the issues of a 105-day legislative session in 90 minutes, but Eastern Washington 6th District representatives Jenny Graham and Mike Volz gave it their best in a June 6 meeting with Cheney Free Press editorial staff. Whi...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 13, 2019 

Leaks delay Cheney pool's opening to next week

Water leaks have postponed the opening of Cheney’s municipal pool from this Friday to sometime early next week, with city officials hopeful for a Tuesday start to the swimming season. At the June 11 City Council meeting, Cheney City Administrator...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    June 13, 2019 

Chabot earns save in All-State championship final

Cheney High School graduating senior Julian Chabot was busy last weekend. Class of 2019 commencement ceremonies Friday night. Graduation party Saturday. All-State all-star game Sunday. The Blackhawk...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    June 13, 2019 

If you're a baseball player, then college is for you

The College World Series is scheduled to get underway this Saturday with Texas Tech taking on Michigan in the opener in Omaha, Neb. I can hear the overwhelming chorus of “Who cares?” now. It’s true that when it comes to NCAA sports and their...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    June 13, 2019 

Smith steps down from CHS basketball

Not long ago, Cheney High School boys basketball head coach Gregg Smith was in a conversation with a former Blackhawks coach when he was asked how old his kids were. The former Eastern Washington Univ...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 6, 2019

Terra Vista moratorium extended

Cheney’s City Council agreed at its May 28 meeting to extend a moratorium on development south of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific railroad tracks by another seven weeks. Originally enacted at the council’s Dec. 11, 2018...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 6, 2019

Cheney Care Center seeks rezone for development

The Cheney Care Center has submitted a rezone application to the city in order to proceed with the next phase of its Blackstone Estates project. The application, submitted April 15 with a notice...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 6, 2019

Hose check

As smoke from a 5,000-plus acre wildfire in Grant County filled the local air, volunteer firefighters with Spokane County Fire District 3 tested their hoses on Fred Johns Way in Cheney in preparation...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 6, 2019

Cheney police to host prescription drug drop off

Cheney residents will soon have a permanent location where they can dispose of unused, out-of-date prescription drugs. Once approvals are given, the Cheney Police Department will be home to a drop box that residents can use to safely dispose of unuse...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    June 6, 2019

Honoring our war dead where they live

Memorial Day weekend was busier than usual this year in Cheney. Here are some thoughts on that. This year saw the first staging of a reenactment of the American Civil War by the Washington Civil War Association. In partnership with several...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    May 30, 2019

Public safety by the numbers

In a discussion sure to continue at future meetings, Cheney’s Planning Commission received an overview of public safety issues at its May 13 arising from an increasing population due to development south of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Unio...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    May 30, 2019

Learning curve

Jenny Graham, 6th District state representative, listens as Cheney water reclamation plant operator Dan Ferguson explains how the facilities supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    May 30, 2019

Farmen claims 1A triple jump state title

Medical Lake High School’s Jaxyn Farmen’s final Memorial Day weekend as a Cardinal proved to be a good one. The senior hopped, skipped and jumped further than she had ever previously done to...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    May 23, 2019

Cheney council OKs final plat

Cheney’s City Council approved a final plat designation for the fifth phase of the Golden Hills subdivision at its May 14 meeting, a move a Cheney developer made a last minute request to deny due to a property dispute. In a May 14 email to Cheney...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    May 23, 2019

Civil War - Memorial Day weekend reenactment provides a living history of conflict

The Civil War is coming to Cheney — or at least a pretty fair approximation of the four-year conflict that ended 154 years ago. Called “The Battle of Cheney/Minnie Creek (depending upon which...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    May 23, 2019

Civil War - Washington may not have participated directly but the conflict's impacts were felt

While the battles and emotions making up the American Civil War took place far from the territory of Washington, the land that would eventually become the 42nd state in the union on Nov. 11, 1889...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    May 23, 2019

Blackhawks advance 11 to weekend state meet

Despite the Great Northern League’s two slots per event limitation, Cheney High School’s track and field teams put on a good show at regional competition last Friday at Central Washington University in Ellensburg. The Blackhawks boys and girls...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    May 16, 2019

EWU dedicates restoration, center projects

Eastern Washington University officially launched two long-time initiatives with dedication ceremonies last Wednesday. A crowd of around 100 people stood by on the wind-swept hill near the university'...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    May 16, 2019

Cheney addressing brown water issues

Cheney crews are working to alleviate several cases of brown, stinky water emerging from residents water faucets. Public Works Director Todd Ableman told the City Council at its May 14 meeting they received 11 calls Tuesday morning from residents...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    May 16, 2019

Taves named Cheney Yard of the Month

The home of John and Jolene Taves has been selected as Yard of the Month for May by the Cheney Kiwanis and Gardeners of Cheney. Taves has been a Yard of the Month selection before, and a regular...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    May 16, 2019

Blackhawks finish third at District 7 meet

Cheney High’s contingent to this weekend’s regional track and field competition at Central Washington University in Ellensburg may not be large, but it will be potent. The Blackhawks boys and...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    May 16, 2019

Cardinals send eight to state track and field meet

The Medical Lake High School track and field team advanced eight athletes out of District 7 competition last weekend to the State 1A track meet at Eastern Washington University in two weeks, May...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    May 16, 2019

Ditch the graphics during the action

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of humankinds first walk on the Moon, which you must admit is an interesting way to start out a sports column. I say that because it’s an event I have memories of when it happened — how old I was (9) and wha...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    May 16, 2019

Lady Blackhawks shutout Clarkston in playoff opener

For Cheney High School softball head coach Gary Blake — and many of his spring sports counterparts — “prom” is a four-letter word. The annual spring social function creates a myriad of distractions in most teenagers minds, and in Blake’s...

 

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