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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    December 6, 2018 

Cheney council OKs rate increases

Cheney’s City Council passed resolutions increasing water and sewer rates, a cost of living adjustment for the city’s firefighters and agreeing to a pair of settlement agreements with Bonneville Power Administration between BPA and its... Full story

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    December 6, 2018 

EWU shatters annual Giving Joy Day goal

Tuesday, Nov. 27, was a joyful day for Eastern Washington University students, faculty and staff. The reason is the university’s third annual “Giving Joy Day” — coinciding with the national Giving Tuesday — brought in more donations than... Full story

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    December 6, 2018 

Cheney Public Works budget looks at 2019 work

One of the biggest accomplishments for Cheney’s Public Works Department in 2018 comes from the building department in the form of construction permit valuations — an amount topping $82.1 million, making it the most profitable in valuations in...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    December 6, 2018 

Blackhawks turnovers lead to opening loss to Rogers

Cheney commits 17 miscues in 64-54 non-league setback Fueled by the 3-point shooting of senior forward Gavyn Betholf, the visiting Rogers Pirates used a 16-8 second quarter run to open a 36-21 halftime margin en route to sending Cheney High School...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    December 6, 2018 

Lady Blackhawks trounce Rogers

Cheney High School’s girls basketball game with visiting Rogers of the Greater Spokane League was close for a while — until the jump ball to start the non-league contest took place. The Lady Blackhawks shutout the Pirates 27-0 in the first...


Holiday Hoopla hits Cheney

Webster’s Dictionary defines the word hoopla very simply: “To Do.” Cheney Merchants Association members hope that’s exactly what local residents will find this weekend at the inaugural “Holiday Hoopla” celebration downtown. The two-day...


Cheney's emergency needs and challenges

Increases in booking fees and emergency response times, combined with the potential for a large turnover in command personnel are three of the challenges faced by the Cheney Police Department in its 2...


Engine ordered, fire department looks at other needs in 2019

One of the Cheney Fire Department’s major accomplishments for 2018 was actually taken care of in October 2017. That was when the City Council pulled the trigger on purchasing the department’s...


Cheney gets holiday home display contest

If you like to put up more than a single string of Christmas lights, the Gardeners of Cheney Club want to hear from you — or your neighbors. The folks who have been awarding the nicest looking yards each month since at least the mid-1990s now want...


Nickel and dime plans

Without large-item dealerships to bring in huge sales tax amounts, the city of Cheney has had to rely on construction projects, dedicated fees and taxes along with grants to pay for things like public safety, street improvements and its...


Cheney City Council approves Harvest Bluff final plat

Cheney’s City Council voted unanimously at its Nov. 13 meeting to extend final plat approval on phase four of the Harvest Bluff subdivision. Located across Betz Road from Cheney Middle School, Harvest Bluff is a 136-lot, single-family dwelling... Full story


This Thanksgiving, be thankful for where you're at

Each time I get to write this column for the Thanksgiving edition I like to relate some sort of story about why I am thankful. Thankful not just this year, but in all years. This year is no different, mostly. It has been an interesting year for me...


Slightly West Artists Tour is slightly smaller

The ninth edition of the Slightly West of Spokane Artists Studio Tour — taking place this Saturday, Nov. 24 — is featuring slightly fewer artists than in previous years. “I have no explanation... Full story


Eastern brings December football back to Cheney

So, here we go again. Eastern Washington University’s No.3 seed in the Football Championship Subdivision 24-team playoffs bodes well for a return trip to the national title game in Frisco, Texas if it weren’t for one thing. We have to play other...


Cheney well redrilling proceeding smoothly

City of Cheney officials hope that, with some luck, they will soon be doing pump testing on the city's redrilled well 3. As of Nov. 13, crews with Blue Star Enterprises had reached a depth of 700...


Blackhawk runners compete in Portland as Pacific Pod

Cheney High cross country runners took a trip to Portland to compete at the NXR Northwest Regional championships Nov. 10, running as team Pacific Pod. Bas Holland posted the highest place and time for the mens’ team. Running by himself in the...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    November 8, 2018

Keeping tabs on the tallies

Eastern Washington University students staffed the Associated Press' 2018 Western Region Election Center at the Fieldhouse on Tuesday night. Students gathered voting information from counties in 17...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    November 8, 2018

Cheney general fund budgets previewed

Administration and Finance stable Little is changing when it comes to the city of Cheney’s finance and administration department 2019 budgets and goals. Finance In a presentation at the Oct. 23 City Council meeting, Finance Director Cindy Niemeier...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    November 8, 2018

Spooky and creepy

Area school children got a chance to meet some scientists, enjoy cool activities and experiments while learning a little science at Eastern Washington University's first "Spooky Science" exhibit as...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    November 8, 2018

Republicans winning most county, legislative races

With the exception of just a few races, Republican candidates were proving to be the big winners on election night, Nov. 6. In the 6th legislative district, Cheney’s Jeff Holy was easily defeating his Democratic challenger Jessa Lewis, 54.60 ...


Blackhawks can't find groove in season-ending loss to Othello

Cheney High's football team ended its 2018 season with its fourth-straight defeat, never really finding its rhythm in a 27-7 loss last Friday night to visiting Othello in crossover action between the...


Blackhawks turn in solid performances at state

It may not have been a team appearance, but Cheney’s cross country runners made a good appearance as solo acts at the 2A state cross country meet last Saturday at Pasco’s Sun Willow Golf Course. The Blackhawks sent just three runners, the...


Playing through from Hagelin to Salnave

Most Eagle Scout projects take place in one location. Cheney Boy Scout Gabe Gerber's took place in two - one at each end of the city. Gerber led the construction of Cheney's first disc golf course, a...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    November 1, 2018

Shooting at Zip's injures three

Law enforcement officials still don’t know who or why someone opened fire on people dining at Cheney’s Zip’s restaurant early Saturday morning. Three individuals, all unrelated men in their 20s, were injured and transported to an area... Full story

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    November 1, 2018

Cheney council adopts large user policy

Cheney’s City Council members believe they have taken steps to protect the city’s electrical system from becoming over-taxed by large users locating in Cheney due to its cheap power. At its Oct. 23 meeting, the council passed an updated line exte...


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