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'X O i. 3- )r :o s, '11 3 on Facebook to stay up to date on what's happening on the West Plains. Cheney Hig! nual Golden Feather see Sports. For 21 12t6 Y" 60 ...... "*~*'**'**"*****~AUTO**ALL FOR ADC ~R Small Town 217 WC( St I rz01s i SheRon WA 985e4-23 I h,ii,hq,hrqrrdl-Hl-qPmllaql lh"qq Also inside... Business/Service Page 8-9 on g the an- West Plains BriefsPage 3 Spirit Game with Medical Lake. For stories on the games, West Plains Police Sec.t 2 Page 5 Legal Notices Sec.t 2 Page 5 more photos, check out www.cheneyfreepress.com. Classifieds Sect.2 Page9 ,y :h ~s is ~r It ~e :y td tt, g- .is ht ce Lal nt es fie be ,.&- all tat all go at on he its 6, tte he .~er ily zed m__. January 22, 2015 Your West Plains Newspaper Since 1896 75 cents t ur Elected officials announce plans to lobby Olympm for restoration of shared liquor revenue, other funds By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The message delivered by local mayors at the Jan. 8 West Plains Chamber of Commerce breakfast was polite, but clear. It was the same one delivered again at a Jan. 12 press conference outside the city of Spokane's Fire Station No. 4, and one Washington legislators can expect to hear more of in the coming weeks - "Give us our money back!" It was a message delivered both times by Cheney Mayor Tom Trulove and Airway Heights Mayor Patrick Rushing. The pair were joined at the press con- ference by Spokane Mayor David Condon, Spokane Valley Mayor Dean Grafos, Chewelah Mayor Dorothy Knauss and Town of Rosalia Mayor Nan Konishi, all detailing impacts to their respective municipalities by the Legislature's decisions to withhold liquor revenues they say were guaranteed to them when Initiative 1138 passed privatizing alcohol. To make legislators more aware of the impacts to cities from lost liquor revenue, the Association of Washington Cities is launching the "Strong Cities, See Money page 9 Cheney dispatch calls jump by almost 20 percent in 2014, calls for patrol service, crime relxms also up By JOHN McCALLUM Editor No matter one's famil- iarity with the Cheney Police Department's year- end report, the statistic still jumps out at you like a bright, flashing neon sign. In 2014, dispatchers in the department's commu- nication division handled a record 55,018 calls, a 19.18 percent jump over 2013 numbers. And while the breakdown between calls for Cheney police and for Eastern Washington Uni- versity officers remain near historical levels, 55 percent See Calls page 10 Population and CAD 2010" 2011 2012 2013 2014 Dispatch Call Comparison Graphic by Brittani Montecucco 0 5000 10000 15000 20000 25000 30000 35000 Population(Citizens& Students);CAD Dispatch Calls CheneyPopulation B CheneyPDCADDispatchcalis ~ EWU CAD Dispatch calls B EWUFull-&Part-TimeEnrollment *CAD Dispatch call data for 2010 was missing from data set (Cheney PD & EWU) **For years 2011 and 2012 population data was missing from data set. Population was linearly calculating using formula in excel (Previous cell+(Next cell with data-previous cell)/number of ceils from orevious to next cell with data) nuisance process modifications By AL STOVER Staff R Torter The city of A rway Heights is taking a slightly different approach to taking care of nuisances within the community. At the Jan. 12 City Council study session, Development Services Director Derrick Braaten presented an ordinance that would change the city's municipal code on nuisances to amend some of the language in the noticing, enforcement, abatement and appeals of nuisance viola- tions. The cotmcil had the first reading of the ordinance at its Jan. 20 meeting. "In the past we've gone to mitigate or abate a nuisance, but our process didn't work," Braaten said. "There were gaps in the process. We're trying to make it easier to understand for staff and citizens, as well as make sure that citizens' rights are respected." The city currently uses report-driven code enforcement. If the city receives a See Nuisance page 10 Photo by AI Stover Grain train jumpsthe tracks A 30-car Eastern Washington Gateway grain train derailed Thursday, Jan. 15, before 1:30 a.m., closing the Cheney-Spokane road on the northeast side of Cheney until Saturday. No injuries were reported, Officials are still awaiting the outcome of a federal Railroad Administration investigation, but believe the cause of the accident was a broken rail due to cold weather. Deer committee shifts its focus to education By AL STOVER S taff Reporter The citizens of Medical Lake, young and old, might get an opportunity to learn more about deer. At its Jan. 14 meeting, the Medical Lake Citizens Deer Advisory Committee decided to add education and public outreach to their list of ways to combat the city's deer issue. In the first two meetings, there were several citizens concerned about deer attacking childlyn and pets, as well as high school students antagonizing the animals. Candace Bennett, Wildlife Conflict Specialist with Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) agreed to go to the schools and give presenta- tions to students on the importance of not feeding the deer, deer biology and safety. Committee chair Russ Brown suggested having school wide assemblies at both Hallett Elementary and the middle school. Bennett said she had materials ready for kids while Brown suggested she bring props and materials for the younger students. In regards to the high school Brown said an assem- bly wouldn't necessarily work with older students. "For the high school we'll select certain classes and break it down for the students," Brown said. To educate the adults in the community, Bennett sug- See Deer update page 10 Friday Saturday Sunday + Mostly cloudyPM showers AM showers High/Low 41/36 43/38 46/35 Monday O Mostly sunny 46/34 Tuesday Wednesday Thursday O ++,+L+:+>!+ :3 :: ,:+'7,. ::, : Partly cloudy , AM showers Mostly cloudy 46/33 44/34 44/32