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Cheney 26 1294 64 .............. ;:=-*****AUTO**3-DIGIT 981 Small Town papers 8/30/11 10o5 5026 California Ave SW Seattle WA 98136-1208 Ihh,h,h,,,Ih,ihdh,.,lh,hllh,,h'h'd'hlh"l"li February 3, 2011 WEST PLAINS BRIEFS Little league umpire training in Feburary West Plains Little League is offering umpire training for those iinterested in working as umpires this coming league season. First time and experienced umpires are all welcome to come learn or re- fresh themselves on the rules and mechanics of umpiring. Training dates are Saturdays, Feb. 12 and Feb. 26, beginning at 1 p.m. at Cheney High School. There is no fee. For more information con- tact Mark Dixon at 838-8035. ML Kiwanis annual senior dinner Feb. 12 Medical Lake Kiwanis are holding thei annual Senior Citi- zen Valentine's Day dinner on Saturday, Feb.12 at St. Anne's Parish Hall, corner of Lake and Prentis streets beginning at noon. A traditional turkey dinner will be served, with entertainment, door prizes and the announcing of the 2010 Medical Lake Senior Citizen Volunteer of the Year. The dinner is free to all Medi- cal Lake area senior citizens. For more information call 299-5478. For more West Plains Briefs turn to page 3. This week in the Cheney Free Press... Education Local school boards honored as part of Washington School Board Recognition Month, and then get back to business with reviews of new personnel poli- cies. See the stories on... Page 2 Opinion To "win the future," as Pres- ident Obama called for in his State of the Union address, not only can American not stand still, but it can't stand divided. See In Our Opinion on... Page 4 Neighbor News Medical Lake's Kayla Wig- gins doesn't let bone cancer keep her from being a typical 5-year-old princess. See the story on... Sect. 2, Page 1 Sports Cheney boys just miss upset of league-leading West Valley while Blackhawk wrestling wins prepare them for the post season. See the stories on... Sect. 3, Page 1 Also inside... Business/Service Page 6-7 West Plains Briefs Page 3 West Plains Police Sec. 2 Page 4 Legal Sec.2 Page 4 Classified Sec. 3 Page 6 Vo1.114-- No, 41 Your West Plains Newspaper Since 1896 75 cents i Odds increase against Cheney's Betz Park Grant to fund new playing fields along Betz Road threatened in state legislature match fund and submitted an application for a $500,000 Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program grant. The application made it through a competitive field islature and may be wiped out to help fill the state's budget gap. "Our project kind of needs a hero to come in and save us," parks and recreation director Paul Simmons said. "If we do not build more fields in the next couple of years, we're going to have to start limiting games and practices By BECKY THOMAS Staff Reporter After years of effort, the chips still aren't falling in favor of Betz Park. First a bond to build the first phase of the 50-acre park failed by a handful of votes. Then, after another summer of crowded fields in Cheney parks, officials gathered a and was ranked second in the list of local parks projects, o w ........ r e re going to have to start cutting teams. It seemed:Cheney would finally see fields constructed Gov? Cis Gregoire's budget set aside $20 million at the city-owned parcel that has sat vacant for years. But now the WWRP funds are at risk in the state Leg- See Park funding page 9 Photo by Paul Delaney Dodger trio Members of Eastern's faculty and staff, AI Thompson (EWU Dean of Students), Jamie Gwinn (URC manager) and Josh Ashcroft (Director of Eastern Residential Life), await the start of the sixth annual dodge ball game with Eastern students. The game, staged at halftime of last Thursday's men's basketball game with Portland State at Reese Court and was won by ASEWU president and Cheney High graduateJustin Terry who defeated Thompson in a sudden death finale. ML wants better representation on STA board By RYAN LANCASTER Staff Reporter Medical Lake City Council heard from several visitors on Tuesday before moving forward on a number of action items, including a plan to beef up the city's volunteer fire department. Airway Heights Mayor Patrick Rushing gave a presentation asking council to pass a resolution supporting "a diversity of community presence" on the Spokane Transit Authority board of directors. He said the current perception is that nothing can happen on the board without the city of Spokane or Spokane County directing it. "This would give us the opportunity to have our voice be known and heard," he said. Council signed off on proposing that the cities of Medical Lake, Airway Heights, Cheney, Liberty Lake, Spokane Valley and Spokane each have a per- manent presence on the board along with all three county commissioner districts. The recommendation will be brought before the Public Transportation Improvement Conference next Wednesday. ' Spoktne County SH6riff Oz K/aezovich joined Lisa Jameson with Spokane Emergency Management to give an overview of the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP), requesting it be adopted by council. Like most other cities in the county, Medi- cal Lake has an interlocal agreement with Emergency Management to provide emergency services. See Council page 9 Cheney VFW post membership and participation suffering By BECKY THOMAS Staff Reporter The Cheney Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11326 meets in a small room next to the American Legion Hall. Despite having over 80 members, there's usually plenty of space in the room during the VFW's monthly meeting. Last month, only five members showed up. Post officers Jim Valentine, Roger Hagenbuch and Merle Craner gathered in the room recently to talk about the issues facing the post. They said declin- ing participation and new members have forced them to cut back on activities and if things don't turn around, the post could be closed within a year. "It went real good for awhile," Val- entine said. "We have tried real hard to participate in our own community. We try to do things for Cheney." Most residents know the Cheney VFW from their participation in area parades. Last year they rode in five parades, but they also hosted the Presi- dents' Day pancake breakfast, conducted See VFW page 9 Photos by Becky Thomas (left) and John McCallum (right) Early buttercups Beau Duke Hurd, age 5 at left and 9-year-old Annika Fiala are the two winners of the Cheney Free Press's 2011 First Buttercup contest. The pSir won $5 for their diligence in finding the first signs that spring is not far off -- hopefully. Drug investigation nets pounds of marijuana, Cheney arrest A multi-agency, six-month investigation resulted this week in the seizures of three and a half pounds of mari- juana, two vehicles and three suspects that police believe are responsible for the distribution of more than five pounds of the drug per week. Young adults and students at Eastern Washington Univer- sity in Cheney, and in other areas of Spokane County were targeted as customers for the marijuana. Detectives assigned to the Spokane Regional Drug Task Force and the Cheney Police Department executed a search warrant in that city after mak- ing several undercover mari- juana purchases from members of the Collins drug trafficking organization. Cheney resident Brandon M. Collins was arrested last Thursday and is believed to be the leader of the operation that was responsible for supplying a major portion of marijuana sold in Cheney and at EWU. Collins, 27, would routinely pick up multiple pounds of marijuana in Bellevue, Wash- ing. and then drive back to the Cheney area to distribute the drug. An employee of a large cellular phone store in Cheney, the suspect made several de- liveries while at work at the store. A second suspect from Cheney and Tacoma has been identified as a distributor for the Collins organization. A student at EWU, he is expected to be arrested in the near fu- ture. A Spokane Regional Drug Task Force spokesman said this week that the Collins investiga- tion is ongoing and evolving on a daily basis. Investigators, in cooperation with the Wash- See Drug Bust page 9 Tuesday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Cloudy Partly cloudy Rain/snow showers Partly cloudy ' 42/37 43/36 40/26 33/27 Mostly sunny High/Low 39/31 Wednesday Thursday Mostly cloudy Rain/snow showers 40/32 43/32 Cheney Free Press Weather Forecast is sponsored by: Oldies But Goodies Auto Sales, 235-6367