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 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Water rights should remain private, local

Under the guise of water conservation, the state Department of Ecology is once again moving to take water rights from farmers, ranchers and other private holders. Last month, the... — Updated 12/2/2021

 By Rod Larse    News

State senator assaulted in Ritzville

RITZVILLE – A political activist has been arrested in connection with an assault on Sen. Mark Schoesler. Glen R. Stockwell, 71, of Ritzville, a former candidate for various... — Updated 10/15/2021


Medical Lake Cemetery Association prepares for fall work day

MEDICAL LAKE – The Medical Lake Cemetery Association is planning a community work day for Saturday, Sept. 25. Volunteers with the organization will be cleaning up the grounds for... — Updated 9/9/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Newman Lake access closed Sept. 12-14 for milfoil treatment

SPOKANE VALLEY — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is closing the Newman Lake Access Area from Sept. 12-14 for milfoil treatment. A contractor hired by Spokane County and the Newman Lake Flood Control Zone District will... — Updated 9/9/2021


Cheney among recipients of $312 million Department of Ecology awards

CHENEY – The city’s Purple Pipe Project was among the recipients of a $312 million award from the Washington State Department of Ecology in conjunction with ongoing water quality projects in the state. The loan to Cheney... — Updated 7/23/2021


New irrigation station and more in the pipe

WARDEN - A new pump station seven miles northeast of the city will provide irrigation water to nearly 10,500 acres of farmland. The EL 47.5 station was dedicated Thursday afternoo... — Updated 6/3/2021


Create a garden anywhere with straw bale gardening

Add productive garden space and raise your planting bed with straw bale gardening. This technique allows you to create a raised bed garden on the patio, lawn, or poor compacted... — Updated 5/20/2021


Vacation care for your container gardens

Planning a few long weekends or a vacation may have you rethinking your garden plans. Don't let time away from home stop you from growing flowers and vegetables in containers.  I... — Updated 5/13/2021

 By John McCallum    News

Well 6 to remain offline into summer

CHENEY — Uncertainty over how best to repair a downed pump could leave the city without the use of one of its main reserve irrigation wells at a key point in time as the weather begins to warm and an unusually dry spring... — Updated 5/6/2021

 By John McCallum    News

A compromise better than nothing

WEST PLAINS — It may not be everything, but at least it’s something. That’s likely how area municipal and agency officials feel about the compromise $6.3 billion capital budget agreement passed April 23 by the House and... — Updated 4/29/2021

 By John McCallum    News

City council approves labor contract

CHENEY — The City Council approved a new three-year contract with local Chapter 270-C of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union at its March 23 meeting, granting a pay raise each year along with... — Updated 4/1/2021


Water main flushing begins

The Cheney Water Department began its annual water main flushing on Monday, March 15, beginning with fire hydrants in Zone 1. Flushing these water mains may cause brief periods of... — Updated 3/18/2021

 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Super Bowl ads: Super expensive, super perplexing

Why would any company spend $5.5 million for a 30-second Super Bowl ad which leaves viewers perplexed as some glitzy and abstract commercials did? After production costs are tacked... — Updated 2/11/2021

 By John McCallum    News

Occupancy, water conservation ordinances head to council

CHENEY — The Planning Commission is advancing two ordinances, one dealing with residential occupancy and one with water conservation measures including landscaping limitations, to the City Council for consideration at upcoming me... — Updated 2/11/2021

 By John McCallum    News

Council delays police contract

CHENEY — Deferment was the order of busines last Tuesday as the City Council elected to postpone decisions on three of seven agenda items — including a new contract with the Police Guild for 2021 – 2022. The two-year... — Updated 1/21/2021

 By John McCallum    News

State of the Cities

Addressing infrastructure needs CHENEY — While it’s been a difficult year, the overall state of the city is good, Mayor Chris Grover told participants at last Wednesday’s virtual “State of the Cities” event sponsored by... — Updated 12/24/2020


Department of Ecology updating lake treatment permit

MEDICAL LAKE – The state Department of Ecology is proposing “three major” changes to its permit that allows lake managers to use pesticides and chemicals to treat noxious weeds and algae such as Eurasian milfoil. “Very... — Updated 11/5/2020

 By John McCallum    News

Big money for a big water reuse project

CHENEY – The city’s proposed water reuse project (Purple Pipe Project) took another step towards realization last Tuesday when the City Council authorized officials to apply for a $22.8 million loan from the state’s Clean Wat... — Updated 10/22/2020


West Plains Briefs

Salnave work almost done CHENEY — The state Department of Transportation says only minor punchlist items remain to be finished on the Salnave Road repaving project. The work began June 1 after Shamrock Paving was awarded a $3.58... — Updated 9/3/2020

 By John McCallum    News

Cheney reuse plant improvements hits snag

CHENEY – The city’s proposed upgrade of its reclamation plant enabling it to produce irrigation-suitable water is on holding pending the outcome of a bid protest by a manufacturer of one of the main components. Nexom, Inc. is p... — Updated 9/2/2020

 By ROGER HARNACK    Opinion

Important Columbia, Snake river dams must stay

Dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers provide an appropriate balance between the economic needs of Eastern Washington and fish protections. While we already knew that here in... — Updated 8/13/2020

 By John McCallum    News

Cheney's purple pipe

CHENEY – The City Council gave its approval to several projects last Tuesday, July 28, allowing a residential development to proceed along with a long-anticipated move towards utilizing reclaimed wastewater for irrigation purpose... — Updated 8/6/2020


Dempsey's named Cheney's June Yard of the Month

Greg and Roxanne Dempsey, 1120 Moyer St., have been named Cheney’s Yard of the Month winners for June by the Cheney Kiwanis and Gardners of Cheney clubs. Pictured above from left to right are Pat Isbell, Cheney Kiwanis; Lisa... — Updated 6/25/2020

 By John McCallum    News

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

 By John McCallum    News

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


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