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Wildfires threaten Cheney area in 2018

While most Cheney residents were dealing with water restrictions on their lawns, others and several West Plains residents were battling with the opposite element – fire.... — Updated 1/4/2019


Sports Week

(Note: All schedules subject to change. Consult school, club or facility websites to confirm.) COLLEGE BASKETBALL Men Thursday, Jan. 3, EWU at Idaho, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, EWU at Northern Colorado, 6:05 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10... — Updated 1/3/2019


Sports Briefs

Eastern women top Weber on road Eastern Washington, who trailed by 12 points with 9 minutes, 27 seconds left in the game, but rallied for a 64-58 Big Sky Conference women’s basketball victory in Ogden Dec. 29. The Eagles had... — Updated 1/3/2019

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports

Cheney football has turnaround season with strong start

The Blackhawks baseball team seemed to harness the same late-season magic that carried it to a state tournament appearance in 2017 — winning their final five games that included sweeps of East Valley and Clarkston. But unlike 201... — Updated 1/3/2019

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports

Cheney hoops teams sweep GSL's Shadle Park

Thanks to a last second shot, both Cheney High School varsity basketball teams earned pre-Christmas wins against Shadle Park. Nick Berman hit a jumper at the buzzer to propel the Blackhawks past the visiting Highlanders of the Grea... — Updated 1/3/2019

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports

Lady Blackhawks return to state in record-setting year

By all accounts, the 2018 Cheney High School softball season was not only one to remember, but also one for the record books. The Lady Blackhawks posted a 19-4 record, tied for the second most wins in head coach Gary Blake’s... — Updated 1/3/2019

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports

Blackhawks boys repeat as state 2A track and field champs

It may not have set a record, but it did achieve half of Cheney High School boys track and field head coach Derek Slaughter’s goal. Led by the four state titles of senior sprinter Charles Johnson, the Blackhawk boys out-pointed... — Updated 1/3/2019

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports

Eastern football certainly 'left no doubt'

Eastern Washington will take its second trip to Frisco, Texas and the Football Championship Subdivision championship game in nine seasons when they face North Dakota State Jan. 5.... — Updated 1/3/2019

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports

Eagles gearing up for the Bison in Frisco

Two of the most winning programs in Football Championship Subdivision knock helmets and pads Jan. 5 in Frisco, Texas for the 2018 title. In a battle of programs which have never lost in the title game, Eastern Washington faces... — Updated 1/3/2019


Thanks to community for Festival of Trees success

The second annual Cheney Festival of Trees raffle was a success, raising $3,250 for Cheney Historical Museum programs. Congratulations to the raffle winners who were drawn Saturday, December 22nd. We thank the entire Cheney communi... — Updated 1/3/2019


Cheney made brighter by Merchants Association

It’s been a joy to see downtown Cheney all dressed up for the holidays this year. I’m especially enjoying the lights on the kiosks and the painted windows in the downtown businesses. Thank you to the participating businesses... — Updated 1/3/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

Making football safer

I have about quit watching football. I did watch the Army/Navy game, and was pleased when my old alma mater made it three wins in a row. The only other college game I watched was the Apple Cup. I don’t watch the pros since some... — Updated 1/3/2019


New Year's Resolutions? No thanks.

It’s January 3. Have you broken your New Year’s resolutions yet? I’ve never been a fan of annual resolutions. There, I said it. I won’t make them. I resolve nothing. In 2019, I’ll be the same bad-habit-having, pasta-eatin... — Updated 1/3/2019


A look at some of what made education news in Medical Lake

February: Medical Lake passes school funding levies The Medical Lake School District presented a pair of ballot propositions to voters, one an educational programs and operations levy with the second dedicated to a variety of capit... — Updated 1/3/2019


EWU projects highlight busy 2018 construction year

Eastern Washington University started the year landing not one, but two much-desired projects, and ended 2018 by opening another one launched by students in 2016. As the year... — Updated 1/3/2019



Fifty years ago in 1969, Cheney experienced a severe winter with snow falling on 27 days in January. Children rejoiced as schools were closed most of the month as 42 inches accumulated during the month. A total of 78 inches of... — Updated 1/3/2019


Marian E. Jones

We are sad to announce the passing of our mom, Marian E. Jones on Dec. 4, 2018. Her sons are holding a celebration of life on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at 4 p.m. at the Hilton Garden... — Updated 1/3/2019



Cheney Congregational Church We would like to invite you to join our worship service this coming Sunday. During pastor Dave’s absence, Dr. Michael Folsom will deliver the sermon “Is the Christian West Still Christian?... — Updated 1/3/2019


West Plains BRIEFS

Beginner square dance lessons start Jan. 9 The Hi-Flyers Dance Club restarts beginning Square Dance lessons on Wednesday nights, starting on Jan. 9 at Cheney City Hall, 609 Second St., 7 - 9 p.m. Our teacher is Adam Christman.... — Updated 1/3/2019


Ellsworth "Reade" Brown

Ellsworth "Reade" Brown, 94, left this world and all who loved him dearly the morning of December 21. He was born in rural eastern Washington near Mount Hope to a farming family... — Updated 1/3/2019


Looking Back

10 Years Ago Jan. 8, 2009 Cheney officials made the call to condemn the Wren Pierson building after snow accumulation damaged its roof structure. Record snowfalls put Medical Lake maintenance crews to the test, with employees worki... — Updated 1/3/2019


Plant indoors now for a fragrant new year

Plant away the stress of the of the holidays and add some fragrance to the new year by growing paperwhites. Just plant the bulbs, no cold treatment needed, and watch them grow into... — Updated 1/3/2019


Deal reached with Public Safety Guild

The Airway Heights City Council approved an agreement with the city’s Public Safety Guild at a special Dec. 27 meeting following several weeks of unsuccessful negotiations. The new memorandum of agreement gives Guild members a 4.... — Updated 1/3/2019


Water, water everywhere - but not always Cheney

Once again, water — or rather the difficulty in supplying it — was one of the top stories of the year in Cheney. From October to April, the city has little issue bringing the... — Updated 1/3/2019


Amazon made it all official

Arguably one of the worst-kept secrets in the local business world charged into the open on June 20. That’s when Amazon pulled the thinly-veiled curtain back on Project Rose, now... — Updated 1/3/2019


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