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Going native to protect water supply

CHENEY – City officials are taking several steps to address the strain on Cheney’s water system due to growth and a reduction in water supply — one of which is how the city looks when it comes to landscaping. To that extent,... — Updated 2/20/2020


Cheney proposes occupancy code changes

CHENEY – A public hearing has been set for March 9 on changes to a pair of ordinances, one addressing residential occupancy issues and the other designed to encourage water conservation. Both ordinances changes acome after... — Updated 2/6/2020


Cheney sets water, internet and transportation as priorities

CHENEY – The state Legislature began its 60-day short session on Monday, Jan. 13, and legislators will be hearing from a lot of people on a lot of issues over the next two months. You can count representatives from the city of... — Updated 1/23/2020

 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Dams are the Pacific Northwest's flood busters

A year ago, much of America’s heartland was inundated by Missouri River flood waters. At least 1 million acres of U.S. farmland in nine major grain producing states were under... — Updated 1/23/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News

Cheney mayor lays transit funding shortfall on voter passage of I-976

CHENEY – Mayor Chris Grover on Wednesday, Jan. 8, blamed voter approval of the $30 car tab tax cap for an expected transit funding shortfall and possible increased traffic... — Updated 1/10/2020


Water issues prevail in Cheney with new well, rates - The year in review - top 10

CHENEY — Whether it was e coli in Medical Lake, dealing with the consequences of contamination from firefighting chemicals in Airway Heights or supply in Cheney, water issues generated a number of stories in 2019. Cheney led the... — Updated 12/27/2019


Cheney City Council approves fiber optic contract

CHENEY – The City Council voted unanimously to enter into a contract to lease some of their dark fiber optic lines, hold a hearing on the vacation of property along 1st Street... — Updated 12/12/2019


Forces beyond control

CHENEY – Outside influences may play larger roles in the future on the city’s Light and Public Works departments, City Council members found out during budget presentations at their Nov. 26 meeting. Light Department Director... — Updated 12/5/2019


Council to consider fiber contract

CHENEY – Hoping the agreement leads to better internet service in the city, the City Council appears ready to approve an agreement with telecommunications provider Ptera to lease the company strands of dark fiber optic cable... — Updated 11/26/2019


Four battle for two Cheney council seats

Hillman vs. Hilton CHENEY – The race for City Council Position 7 pits incumbent Dan Hilton, serving his second term, against Planning Commissioner Dan Hillman. 1. Cheney is facing issues with its water supply system. What... — Updated 10/24/2019


Winter seems to be off to a way-too-early start

Among other weather records that were set last week, we just might have seen our shortest fall ever. Just five days into the autumnal equinox - the fancy Latin term for the swing... — Updated 10/3/2019

 By Roger Harnack    News

Fish managers request notice before irrigation shutdown

SUNNYSIDE – State officials want farmers and ranchers to notify them before shutting off irrigation for the winter. On Monday, state Department of Fish and Wildlife employees... — Updated 9/26/2019


Water flowing, cash not so much

Cheney's latest water increase didn't sit well with resident Mike Mulholland – and the Harvest Bluff resident let the City Council know how he felt at their Sept. 10 meeting. Mulh... — Updated 9/25/2019


Cheney City Council OKs equipment purchase

Cheney’s City Council authorized the purchase of $119,737 of equipment for the city’s Light and Public Works departments at its Sept. 10 meeting. First, the council approved a r... — Updated 9/19/2019


A first of its kind for Cheney and Spokane County

From the outside it may look like a traditional multifamily complex, but inside, the new apartments arising along West 1st Street near Salnave Park are anything but traditional. In... — Updated 9/5/2019


Tomato troubles

You have waited all season for that first red ripe tomato only to discover less-than-perfect fruit. But don’t worry, you can still have a great harvest this year while improving... — Updated 8/22/2019


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... — Updated 8/15/2019


Cheney to flush water mains beginning Aug. 19

The Cheney Water Department will begin water main flushing from area fire hydrants beginning the week of Aug. 19. Flushing these water mains will cause water to discolor. Residents who experience colored water should flush their... — Updated 8/15/2019


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... — Updated 7/18/2019


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... — Updated 7/3/2019


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 circumst... — Updated 6/27/2019


Weather and Cheney water demands

So far, the weather has actually helped the city of Cheney's water system and its struggles with supply meeting demand created by irrigation. "The weather pattern has been a little... — Updated 6/13/2019


AH council gets update on coming smart meters

The Airway Heights City Council had a full plate at its June 3 meeting, hearing a presentation from Avista Utilities on the introduction of smart meters to the West Plains and getting a legislative update from the city’s governme... — Updated 6/6/2019


Ways of taking the hassle out of daily watering duties

Proper watering is key to gardening success, but untangling and dragging heavy hoses across the yard, smashing delicate flowers and young vegetable plants along the way is a common occurrence in many yards. If this describes your... — Updated 5/30/2019


Learning curve

Jenny Graham, 6th District state representative, listens as Cheney water reclamation plant operator Dan Ferguson explains how the facilities supervisory control and data... — Updated 5/30/2019


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