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22 1195 71 ............ AUTO"ALL FOR ADC gE Cheney School District honors local couple with naming of Cheney Middle School Track and Field complex See Education, page 2. The return of fabric and more m Cheney's Against the Grain to open the "Sowing Loft" for area quilters and others who like to stitch things together now and then. See page 10 Also inside... Business/Service Page 8-9 West Plains Briefs Page 3 West Plains Police Sec.t 2 Page5 Legal Notices Sec.t 2 Page5 Classifieds Sect.2 Page 9 1 February 12, 2015 Your West Plains Newspaper Since 1896 75 cents By JOHN McCALLUM Editor In a short regular meeting Tuesday night, the Cheney City Council approved a one-year contract with the city's Olympia consultant Jennifer Ziegler. According to the contract, Ziegler represents the city on legislative, regulatory and administrative issues that arise in the state's capital. She meets with legislators and state agency officials on issues of interest to Cheney, attends important meet- ings and reports directly to Mayor Tom Trulove on results and what transpired, as well as advising the city on recommended actions and positions to be taken. "Jennifer has kept the city's name in play over there," City Administrator Mark Schuller said. According to the contract terms, which began Jan. 1 and run throtlgh Dec. 31, Ziegler is to be paid $2,500 per month while the Legislature is in session, and $1,500 a month when it is not. "In my persorial opinion, it's money very well spent," Schuller said. Also at Tuesday's meeting, the council held the second reading on a pair of or- dinances amending portions-of the city's Title 21 Zoning chapter and its chapter on overlay zones. Public Works Director Todd Ableman told the council the reason the second reading was being held, and not the third and final passage readings, was to allow for the state to complete its 60-day comment period as required by law. That period expires March 5, and the council expects to be able to hold the final readings at its March 10 meeting. See Cheney council page 9 File photo Change of direction Ending weeks of speculation, Eastern Washington University's All-American and record-setting quarterback Vernon Adams ,has elected to forgo his final year of eligibility and transfer to Eugene, Oregon to hopefully earn the starting job quarterbacking the Pac-12's University of Oregon Ducks, See the story in Sports, talk li By AL STOVER Staff Reporter Curbside recycling might become a reality in the city of M.edical lake. At the Feb. 3 City Council meeting, Mayor John Higgins and City Adminis- trator Doug Ross informed the council they had met with Sunshine Disposal and Recycling to discuss curbside recycling services for the city. Ross explained that signing with Sun- shine would have increased a resident's garbage bill by $5.75, but due to the reduction in tipping fees from the city's agreement with the city of Spokane and Spokane County for solid waste services, increase will be around $3.50. Ross added that commercial property owners shouldn't be included in the city's recy- cling plan and they would have to meet with Sunshine on their own. See Recycling page 11 Airway hts in dispute with for snow removal services By AL STOVER S taff Reporter Airway Heights is in a dis- pute with the Washington state Department of Transportation (WSDOT) concerning snow removal on the section of High- way 2 that runs between the city's east and west boundaries, rivelanes of Highway2. WSDOT owes a total of approximately ties would come to an agree- Both sides have contacted state estimated that it would cost the $18,490.40 - $13,878.20 for ment," WSDOT Eastern Region lawmakers about the matter, city anywhere from $30,000- January, February, March and Communications Manager Al After it annexed the area east $50,000 for services per year. May 2013 and $4,612.20 for No- Gilson said. of Hayford Road in 2012, Air- Despite no agreement, WS- vember and December 2014.Airway Heights City Man- way Heights and WSDOT began DOT continued to remove "We haven't billed themager Albert Tripp said the city discussions about a contract for snow on Highway 2 and billed anything for the 2013-14 season, snow and ice removal from all the city for it. Airway Heights we were hopeful that both par- See Plowing page 11 IS more all cars' By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Watching Cheney Po- lice Department dispatch- er Valerie Richey handle her duties at the police station is like watching a concert musician perform on a cathedral organ. Richey balances the telephone handset with her left shoulder and chin while using both hands to type information into the system regarding a "fender bender" from a driver involved in the mi- nor collision. Meanwhile, she watches a pair of TV monitors providing status reports, keeping the phone just far enough away from her ear so she can hear the responding officer's voice coming over the speaker telling her he's en route to the scene. She acknowledges the officer's remarks with a short "copy" into the radio dispatch talkback microphone she. keyed open using a foot switch -- all the while continu- ing to type and talk to the caller in a calm voice that is part registered nurse asking "tell me Photo by John McCallum Cheney's 2014 Dispatcher of the Year Valerie Richey, where it hurts" and part an employee on a task. shift supervisordirecting The six-year veteran of Cheney dispatch han- A native of Orange dles it allwith efficiency County, California, coupled with speed and Richey spent some of confidence; something her early years living in she said is critical to the Spangle, but most of it job of dispatcher, in Anaheim before mov- It'salsooneoftherea- ing to the Wenatchee sons Richey was named area, where she gradu- Cherkey's 2014 Dispatcher ated from Eastmont High of the Year. School. She attended "She doesn't get over- Walla Walla Community ly excited when getting College, but didn't feel information to the of- called to any specific ca- ricers," Police Chief John reer path. Hensley said. "She takes A friend of hers citizen information, does worked as a flight atten- it thoroughly and gets in- dant, and after hearing formation to the officers quickly." See Dispatch page 11 Vol, 118-- No. 43 0.1i1!!!!!1111!!!!!1111 Election Results Cheney School District Proposition 1 (M&O Levy) Yes 3,160 63.95 percent No 1,781 36.05 percent Cheney School District Proposition 2 ($44.88 million bond) Approved 2,905 57.07 percent (60 percent needed) Rejected 2,185 42.93 percent Medical Lake School District Proposition I (M&O Levy) Yes 1,184 64.98 percent No 638 35.02 percent Turnout 32.70 percent Ballots cast 91,196 (Out of 278,891) Check us out online at www.cheneyfreepress.com and on Facebook to stay up to date on what's happen- ing on the West Plains.