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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    April 11, 2019 

Turnbull burns to take place

If you see gray and white smoke plumes rising to the east and south of Cheney, don’t be too alarmed. It’s not the start of an early wildland fire season, but prescribed burns being carried out on...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    April 11, 2019 

Cheney to seek preservation grant for downtown walking tours

Cheney’s Historic Preservation Commission gave a thumbs up at its April 4 meeting to a city staff request to apply for state grant funding to be used to develop details on historic buildings and make that information available online. Commission...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    April 4, 2019

Council Oks Grocery Outlet easement

Cheney’s City Council opened the door at their March 26 meeting for a new grocery store in the city. By a unanimous vote, the council approved a partial easement release on property in north Cheney along 1st Street owned by Main & Main Capital...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    April 4, 2019

Construction digging causes natural gas outage in north Cheney

A number of commercial and residential natural gas customers were left without service on March 27 when a line was broken in Cheney. Avista Utilities communications manager David Vowels said a contractor digging at a construction site in the 300...

 

Cheney museum to ask 'why we collect'

What do you collect? That’s what the folks at Cheney’s Historical Museum would like to know. Just as importantly, why do you collect these items, and would you be willing to share that story and...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    April 4, 2019

Blackhawks control Connell Instant Invite

Cheney High’s boys and girls track and field teams traveled to Connell last Friday, March 29, to compete in the Connell Instant Invite. Both Blackhawks came away with victories in the nine-school field, that included 2A schools Grandview and East V...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    April 4, 2019

Medical Lake sets records at Connell invite

As the weather warms up, Medical Lake High School’s boys and girls track field teams seem to be doing likewise. The Cardinals set 38 new personal records (PR) last Friday, March 29, at the Connell...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    April 4, 2019

Blackhawks flatten East Valley for league win

Cheney High School’s baseball team continues to cruise through its so far abbreviated season. The Blackhawks had little trouble with East Valley in their only game last week. Cheney was up 9-3 heading into the sixth inning in the March 26 game...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    April 4, 2019

Lady Blackhawks fall at Kamiakin, Ephrata

The Cheney High School softball team dropped a pair of non-league games last week to some pretty good opponents. The Lady Blackhawks traveled to the Tri-Cities to face 3A Kamiakin High School on March 26, falling 13-6 to the Braves. Cheney boarded...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 28, 2019

Cheney eyes possible fourth grocery store

The Emeryville, California-based supermarket chain Grocery Outlet has submitted paperwork for a new store to be located on 1st Street in north Cheney. According to a Notice of Application dated March...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 28, 2019

Everything except animal control

The only position Cheney Capt. Rick Campbell has not held in the police department is that of dog catcher. There’s a good reason for that. Cheney doesn’t currently have such a position, and only e...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 28, 2019

Cheney police find Nampa Amber Alert mother and daughter

Cheney police were able to put a successful ending to an Amber Alert issued last week for a mother and daughter reported missing out of Nampa, Idaho. The Nampa Police Department issued the Amber Alert on March 20 for 41-year-old Brooke A....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 28, 2019

Buttercup repeat

Two-year-old Penelope Beasley and her six-year-old brother Max were the winners of the Cheney Free Press annual buttercup contest to see who can be the first boy and girl to bring in a buttercup. The...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    March 28, 2019

Blackhawks split diamond action with West Valley

Field conditions forced the Cheney High School baseball team to switch its Great Northern League opening doubleheader with West Valley from Cheney to the Eagles’ field in Millwood. The result was a split for both teams, with West Valley...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Photos    March 28, 2019

NCAA brackets should be fun, even with billions as stake

According to a March 18 news release by the American Gaming Association (AGA), about 47 million American adults will wager $8.5 billion on this year’s NCAA mens basketball tournament. Other findings in a survey conducted by the AGA indicate $4.6...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    March 28, 2019

Cheney track and field gets a taste of competition at Whitworth

Cheney’s track and field teams finally got to do some running, jumping and throwing for real this past weekend, competing in a five-team mini-invitational meet at Whitworth University March 23. The Blackhawk boys finished second with 154 points,...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    March 28, 2019

Lady Blackhawks open season at Warden and Sunnyside with win, loss

Like many of their fellow spring sports athletes around the region, Cheney High School’s softball team finally made it onto the competitive field with a pair of road games last week. The Lady Blackhawks opened with a trip to Warden on Thursday,...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 21, 2019

Field prep

Cheney High School pole vault coach Tom Stralser uses a snowblower to clear the white stuff from the Blackhawks football field Tuesday afternoon. Many area spring sports teams have seen early-season...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 21, 2019

Water contracts top Cheney City Council's agenda

Public Works Department business dominated the Cheney City Council's March 12 agenda. Three of the nine resolutions brought forward by Public Works Director Todd Ableman involved Cheney's water...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    March 21, 2019

Blackhawks sweep Ephrata in season opener

Sometimes, desperate times call for desperate measures. Not that local high schools’ sports teams are experiencing desperate times, but with snow blanketing most playing surfaces, unusual measures have been required to get some competition going. S...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 14, 2019

A loss of historic proportions

A three-vehicle collision Sunday night not only claimed the life of a Cheney man, but also a large part of local history and perhaps the collective soul of a community. Eastern Washington University...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 14, 2019

Understanding how things burn

Rich Freier has a favorite saying. Actually, the veteran Spokane Valley Fire Department fire investigator and commissioned law enforcement officer has a lot of them — to talk with Freier is to talk...

 

Some thoughts on the passing of Charlie Mutschler

My wife Sheila reminded me Tuesday morning that life can change in the blink of an eye. It’s a familiar statement that is so true — in many ways. Life changed for many members of the Cheney and Eastern Washington University communities last Sunda...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 7, 2019

Cheney council confirms Barthels

Cheney’s City Council welcomed its newest member last Tuesday night, Feb. 26, as Vince Barthels was sworn in to serve on the Position 2 seat left vacant after the resignation of Doug Nixon in late 2018. Nixon, who served since 2007, stepped down...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 7, 2019

Crime in Cheney declines

While even one report of a crime is one too many, Cheney Police Chief John Hensley is proud of the fact that reported incidents in the city last year dropped by 4.76 percent over 2017 totals. “I think it reflects well on the community and the polic...

 

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