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Cheney water use curtailed

The City of Cheney has enacted a mandatory lawn irrigation water shutdown for residents and businesses. The shutdown went into effect late Thursday afternoon, July 6. City water resource manager Dan Ferguson said the bearings in Well No. 5’s pump c...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 13, 2017

Three vie for Medical Lake mayor

With Medical Lake Mayor John Higgins not seeking another term, three candidates are vying for his seat in the 2017 August primary election. Two are longtime City Council members, Shirley Maike and...

 

The efficient use of water

Once the dust from other issues has settled, Cheney officials will revisit a water conservation plan for the city. Municipalities are required to produce and implement water conservation measures under the Water Use Efficiency (WUE) rule, which was...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 13, 2017

Council approves inspector contract

For the last year, the Airway Heights building department has been seeking a full-time building inspector to help with the influx of commercial and residential developments sprouting in the city. The department has found their inspector — at least...

 

Cheney water restrictions lifted

City of Cheney officials have relaxed water restrictions imposed on June 30 after one of its deepest and largest producing wells went down with a mechanical failure. The failure, coupled with very hot weather conditions, sent water levels at the city...

 

Cheney rezone moves ahead

Cheney’s City Council unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance changing the zoning of a 3.6-acre parcel of land at the corner of Cedar and North Eighth streets from multifamily residential (R-3) to high-density multifamily...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 6, 2017

Medical Lake fire ordinance proposed

The Medical Lake Fire Department doesn’t usually have a lot of problems managing outdoor burning in the city. In most cases, when firefighters or Spokane County Sheriff’s Office deputies ask people to extinguish illegal fires, folks oblige. Howev...

 
 By Grace Pohl    Front Page    July 6, 2017

Low cost cooling

The Cheney pool was the place to cool off this week from the hot temperatures on the West Plains. The pool hosts open swim Monday – Saturday every week from 1 – 5 p.m. Various free swims...

 

Commission sends comp plan to council

’s June 12 meeting, during which concerns were raised about being able to address residents’ complaints surrounding problems with parking on city streets, especially around Eastern Washington University, and the over abundance of multifamily...

 
 By Grace Pohl    Front Page    July 6, 2017

Remodeled Sutton Park gazebo to host events this summer

With the gazebo at Sutton Park newly remodeled, it is time to enjoy the summer with free concerts and movies in the park. Back on May 9, the Cheney City Council voted 6-0 to approve a $16,985 bid...

 

Cheney water emergency forces irrigation shutdown -- UPDATED

The City of Cheney has enacted a mandatory lawn irrigation water shutdown for residents and businesses. The shutdown went into effect late Thursday afternoon, July 6. City water resource manager Dan Ferguson said the bearings in Well No. 5's pump...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    June 29, 2017

Increasing living space density

More units will be added to the Northern Heights apartment complex project. During a special June 21 meeting, the Airway Heights Planning Commission approved a planned unit development (PUD) overlay...

 

Golden Hills dog attack investigated

Cheney police and Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Services, SCRAPS, officers aren’t certain if two stray dogs were what killed a cat in the Golden Hills area last Wednesday evening, but are advising the public to keep an eye out for them...

 

A rainbow of talents

Clara Silver puts the closing touches on her talent, using sign language to perform the 1939 classic from Wizard of Oz "Over the Rainbow" at the annual Betz Elementary School talent show June 15....

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    June 29, 2017

Medical Lake receives TIB grant funding

The city of Medical Lake received some additional funds to help with its summer street patching. During its June 20 meeting, City Council approved the state Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) fuel tax grant distribution agreement for the $23,274...

 

Ben James is Cheney police 2016 Dispatcher of the Year

For Cheney Police Department's Ben James, being a dispatcher is just another way of helping people, something he's always felt called to do. James went into financing to help people with their...

 

Fund set up for Cheney man injured in accident

On June 17, Cheney resident Brad Rasmussen was seriously injured after he was hit by a car while riding his bike. Rasmussen has deep roots in Cheney, as he is a teacher at Cheney High School and the head wrestling coach. Since the accident,...

 

Cheney on Parkside: Let's talk

Cheney’s City Council reached a consensus at its June 13 meeting on a proposal by Mayor Tom Trulove to approach developers of the Parkside Commons student housing project to see if a negotiated agreement could be reached on the contentious issue. T...

 
 By Al Stover    Front Page    June 22, 2017

AH teams with DV firm

The Airway Heights Municipal Court will go through a new consultant for advocate services that it provides to domestic violence victims. During its June 19 meeting, the Airway Heights City Council approved a $7,500 contract between the city and...

 
 By Al Stover    Front Page    June 22, 2017

Airway Heights' splash pad is still not on

Normally during the summer, the Airway Heights' splash pad in Sunset Park would be operating and children would be playing on it. However, there have been a couple situations has kept the city from...

 

Parkside gets recommendation

Cheney’s Planning Commission approved a recommendation to allow a zoning change for a proposed student-housing complex across from the city’s pool and Hagelin Park. The 3-2 vote at the commission’s June 12 meeting came after a second public...

 

Depot LLC considered

The Cheney Depot Society is considering forming a limited liability company (LLC) to address any potential clean up at a proposed new location for the former Northern Pacific rail station. At the June 1 Cheney Historic Preservation Commission meeting...

 

Little help, please

Photo by John McCallum Cheney High School senior class speaker Amber Laura Wohali employed some props to help the audience along with her presentation titled "Once upon a time..." at commencement...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    June 15, 2017

Airway Heights water is safe for consumption

The water in Airway Heights is safe to drink again. During a June 8 press conference, City Manager Albert Tripp announced staff received the third round of test results for perfluoro chemical contamination. Twenty of the 21 samples that were sent to...

 

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