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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... — 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... — 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-on... — 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


Cheney addressing brown water issues

Cheney crews are working to alleviate several cases of brown, stinky water emerging from residents water faucets. Public Works Director Todd Ableman told the City Council at its... — Updated 5/16/2019


Airway Heights to receive state funds from capital budget process

By SHANNEN TALBOT Staff Reporter In the first long budget-writing session to wrap on time in a decade, the Washington State Legislature recently passed a $54.2 billion two-year budget that relies on more than $800 million in new... — Updated 5/9/2019


Cheney scores with state

Cheney made out well when the smoke and dust from the state Legislature’s budgeting process finally cleared with passage of the capital appropriations package on April 27. While... — Updated 5/9/2019


Reduce maintenance, increase success with self-watering gardens

By MELINDA MYERS Contributor Raised beds and containers expand our planting options. They allow us to grow edible and ornamental plants even where there is no plantable space to... — Updated 4/25/2019


Straight into the ground

By JOHN McCALLUM Managing Editor Cheney typically averages about 700 gallons per minute in water usage from October to about mid-May, an amount easily produced by the city's two... — Updated 4/25/2019


Water contracts top Cheney City Council's agenda

Public Works Department business dominated the Cheney City Council's March 12 agenda. Three of the nine resolutions brought forward by Public Works Director Todd Ableman involved... — Updated 3/21/2019


Fairchild Air Force Base announces conservation initiative

According to Fairchild Air Force Base in Airway Heights, 2019 is the year to go green. Base officials are kicking off the new year with “Green in ’19,” a plan to improve the base’s overall energy consumption by promoting... — Updated 1/31/2019


Over extended

Cheney knows more about water woes than most small communities, and the beginning of 2019 is shaping up to be more of the same. State records indicated that the city’s water system is over-connected by more than 600 connections,... — Updated 1/24/2019


Council OKs Well 3 changes

Cheney’s City Council approved a fourth change order to the city’s Well 3 drilling project at its Jan. 8 meeting — a change that officials believe while increasing the cost... — Updated 1/17/2019


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