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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 15, 2019 

Cheney water rates to go up

Cheney water rates are going up — again. City Council members voted unanimously at their July 23 meeting to approve a 10 cent increase in usage rates from $1.47 per 100 cubic feet (CF) of water — about 748 gallons — to $1.57/100 CF. The change...

 

Cheney Parks and Recreation holds school resource fair Aug. 22

Cheney’s Parks and Recreation Department is holding a back to school resource fair for students and their families gearing up for classes this fall. The resource fair takes place Thursday, Aug. 22, from 8 a.m. – noon at the Wren Pierson...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 15, 2019 

Wild Dogs raises funds for Cheney dog park

The Cheney Dog Park Association staged a triathlon on Aug. 3 for youth ages 5-14 to help raise money for a place for their furry friends. Ostensibly billed as “Wild Dogs,” the triathlon taking place at Cheney’s municipal pool raised $295 to go...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 8, 2019

Commission OKs repairs at Alpha Phi

Exercising its responsibility to review appropriate changes to historic properties, the Cheney Historic Preservation Commission gave its approval — with conditions — at its Aug. 1 meeting to $11,000 in repair work to a historic house at 306 F...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 8, 2019

Baccarella retires at Coldwell Banker

Pete Baccarella is retiring - again. The long-time Cheney Realtor is planning to step aside from his management role at Coldwell Banker Tomlinson in order to free up more time for him and family. But...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 8, 2019

Depot moving proceeding despite some snags

Plans to move the historic Cheney Railroad Depot are close to becoming a reality, despite a slight slowdown in logistics. In a July 10 email, Cheney Depot Society secretary Sue Beeman said the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    August 8, 2019

Hisaw named Washington track and field coach of the year

Cheney High School alum and current Walla Walla High School track and field head coach Eric Hisaw has been named the Boys High School Coach of the Year for Washington by the U.S. Track and Field and...

 

It's time to take responsibility for harmful words

Let’s say this first, just to get it out of the way. Most of the problems facing this country brought once again into the limelight from the two mass shootings over the weekend were not created by the current occupant of the White House. The same...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    August 1, 2019

Too bad Tour de France is so far away

One of these days I’m finally going to get to watch the conclusion of the Tour de France again. For the past several years I’ve missed the end of cycling’s preeminent event due to some reason or other. Usually it’s because I have been on...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 25, 2019

CEOs address WP needs

When it comes to business on the West Plains, chief executive officers of three long-time area employers told a large audience at the July 17 West Plains Chamber of Commerce’s monthly breakfast...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 18, 2019

Crime in Cheney rises 11 percent

Crime in Cheney saw a 11.1 percent overall rise in reportable offenses in 2018, a continuation of a rollercoaster-type pattern the city has seen over the past three years. According to the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 18, 2019

Cheney Bank of America branch closes

The ever-changing nature of online technology claimed another victim as the Cheney branch of Bank of America officially closed its doors at the end of the business day Tuesday, July 16. The move...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 18, 2019

Cheney's potable water well 3 start-up delayed

Cheney officials had hoped to have the city’s newest potable water well up and running by now, but have been prevented from doing so by what’s essentially a housing shortage. In order to bring the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 18, 2019

Cheney City Council renews federal surplus purchases contract

At its July 9 meeting, Cheney’s City Council unanimously agreed to renew its relationship with a program that has given the city access to equipment sometimes only wealthier municipalities can obtain. The council agreed to allow officials to...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 11, 2019

Taking steps for senior housing

Cheney’s Planning Commission voted 6-0 to approve a rezone of land near North 6th Street and Simpson Parkway that would allow the construction of new duplexes by the Cheney Care Center. The rezone...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 11, 2019

What was inside, is now outside

Construction crews have begun demolition on the front portion of Cheney High School in preparation to expand and create a more secure entrance to the facility — in the process opening up the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 11, 2019

Creating human connectedness

When it comes to talking about suicide, Washington Department of Health’s Sigrid Reinert feels a different approach to the issue is needed rather than the currently accepted practice. Most people don’t wish to discuss circumstances surrounding a...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 11, 2019

Parkside Commons goes up

Construction crews begin work on the second floor of the 96-unit Parkside Commons apartment complex. The student-housing complex is located two blocks north of Eastern Washington University across...

 

Sutton Park concert series kicks into gear

This year’s concert line up at Cheney’s Sutton Park brings something old together with something new — and a little musical something for just about everybody. Several of the seven acts are...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    July 11, 2019

Storm FC going to national girls soccer finals

Cheney’s U19 girls’ soccer team found out that there is truth in the old adage “It’s not how you start, but how you finish.” The FC Storm finished about as strong as a team could at...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 4, 2019

Two proposals for water usage

Cheney’s City Council received an overview of what a revised water rate structure might look like should such a measure be implemented in the near future. During an information-only presentation at the council’s June 25 meeting, representatives f...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    July 4, 2019

Barsness, Cheevers make all-conference teams

Two former Cheney and Medical Lake athletes received league and team awards as members of the Wenatchee Valley College fastpitch softball team after the recently concluded season. Former Lady Blackhaw...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    July 4, 2019

At least it's getting out and playing

I’m probably one of a handful of people in this region who doesn’t give a crap about Hoopfest. It’s hard for me to see the excitement over what is essentially a commercialized, expanded version of pickup basketball — the kind you use to play...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    July 4, 2019

Summerhawks fall in final at bat

For Cheney’s AA American Legion baseball team, last Tuesday’s rematch with Ferris boiled down to different results, same outcome as their June 24 game. The Summerhawks managed to get on the board against the home-field Saxons, but couldn’t...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 27, 2019

Pumping up more options

With a new well scheduled to go online July 9, Cheney officials are looking at some options for servicing the city’s water supply system in the future. Barring unforeseen circumstances, a re-drilled...

 

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