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25 1202 ?'3 ***"******'** .... *'*'**"***AUTO**ALL FOR ADC t m Small Town Papers 217 WCota St t/lr ole t" I / Shelton WA 98584-226 / Ir#h:H,.,,.,rrlI-Hl,, qll.dli,d|qh.,iq Also inside... Cassidy Hagel basketball team listen to instructions from their coaches during a timeout in their playoff game last week with Chewelah. To find out how the Lady Cards did, see Sports. Business/Service Page 10-11 West Plains Briefs Page 3 West Plains Police Sec.t 2 Page 4 Legal Notices Sec.t 2 Page 4 Classifieds Sect. 2 Page 7 February 26, 2015 Your West Plains Newspaper Since 1896 75 cents Undergraduate conference to bring over 3,700 participants to campus April 1 6-18 By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Come mid-April, don't think your calendar is out of sync when the Eastern Washington University campus is buzzing with activity like a fall football week- end. The uptick in visitors will be due tO the National Conference on Undergradu- ate Research (NCUR) which EWU will host April 16-18. The event will draw an estimated 3,700 participants including students and their leaders. NCUR will take place at Eastern for the first time and has never before been staged in the state of Washington. "This is only the eighth time it's been out West, it's never been in Washington before," Chris Robbins, NCUR project manager said. Previously it's been held in California a couple of times, Utah and in Missoula at the University of Montana. NCUR has been staged for 29 years. Participants will be coming from 390-plus universities as well as at least a half-dozen countries, so it has an international flavor. Without doing research, Robbins suggested this might be the largest aca- demic event ever held at EWU. Activities will take place at dozens of locations See Research page 12 And I add it to... Photo by John McCallum Snowdon Elementary School Principal Shawna Fraser explains to third-grade student Shaelynn Lowry some of her cooking uses for basil during an herb planting activity as part of the school's Heart Health fundraiser last Thursday. The herb planting class was put on by Molina Healthcare, with 180 students taking part in this and other activities to raise money for the American Heart Association. il By JOHN McCALLUM Editor -The Cheney City Cotmcil c~sndi;i~ted a couple financial transactions at its final regular meeting in February. Tuesday night, Feb. 24, the council unanimously approved the sale of a 4,000 square foot piece of property in Golden Hills Phase II Addition owned by the Water Department to homeowners Gary and Glenda Glasgow. The Glasgows live next to the property and purchased the lot, which was part of a larger parcel and had been deemed surplus by the dry, for $2 per square foot. The council then unanimously ap- proved the $15,705 purchase of a pole trailer by the Light Department to replace its exist- ing trailer that is undersized and in some instances illegal to use, Light Department Director Joe Noland said. Noland originally budgeted $13,000 for the trailer, but prices have gone up and a $2,500 delivery charge was not included. "I'm a little over budget but we sorely need this piece of equipment," he said. The council approved a $45,000, one- year extension of a contract with American See Council page 11 ey p movin, rtion of railway Io City officials believe rerouting tracks under highway and to the east can be picked up by Burlington accommodatelargerandheavier Northern Santa Fe engines and trains that could travel faster than will avert potential safety and social costs from increased train traffic hauled back to BNSF lines inter- the currently allowed 10 mph. secting at Cheney via the Eastern That track also hooks up with the By JOHN McCALLUM For Trulove and other cityintersection of Craig Road and Washington Gateway branch of Geiger Spur line, seen by many Editor officials, the problem is the ever- Medical Lake-Four Lakes Road. the Palouse River Coulee City area business and government Cheney Mayor Tom Trulove growing amount of train traffic Once built, the terminal will Railway. leaders as a key ingredient to believes that if you're going to through the city, a problemmade allow a consortium of grain It's not the terminal per se bringing more economic growth point out a problem then you more of an issue by the ground- cooperatives organized under that worries Cheney officials, to the West Plains. should also think about offering breaking in December on a grain Highline Grain LLC to assemble but rather the 6.9 miles of track, a solution, terminal and rail yard near the and load ll0-car unit trains that which will need to be upgraded to See Railway page 12 Medical Lake City Council continues curbside recycling discussions By AL STOVER Staff Reporter Curbside recycling once again took cen- ter stage at the Feb. 17 Medical Lake City Council meeting. City Administrator Doug Ross informed the council and everyone program with Sunshineance of approximatelygram. "Every residentRoss explained curb- in attendance that after Disposaland Recycling. $12,000 in the garbage will receive a 96-gallon side recycling would be calculating the costs, At the Feb. 3 City Coun- fund, which is less than cart and Sunshine will a mandatory service and the residents would pay cil meeting, Ross es-what it finished within pick it up every other every resident will be an additional $3 to the timated that the cost2014. week," Ross said. "Ifcharged the $3 whether $14.70 they are already would be $3.50. Ross reiterated some you are renting cartsor not they use it. charged for garbage By charging resi- of the benefits residents for $1 you will no lon- If the city adopts fees if the city adopts dents $3, the city an- would receive if the ger be charged for that a curbside recycling ticipates an ending bal- city adopted the pro-service." See Curbside page 12 Vol. 118-- No. 45 I I!!![!llll!!!J!lll o i,,ou know that... 1, According to the Parks and Recreation comprehensive plan, Cheney parks: Check us out online at Total 79.22 acres of land (50 acres undeveloped along Betz Road) www.cheneyfreepress.com Contain 625 trees total (8.6 trees per acre) and on Facebook to stay up Are located within a 1,200 foot radius of residents within city limits to date on what's happen- Have 1.5 acres of the 8.5-acre Centennial Park as a community garden, ing on the West Plains.