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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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