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Page 12 Free Press Thursday,,Februa 26,2015 continued from page 1 That growth could then lead to more than just periodic grain trains entering Cheney and blocking access to the city from the north via State Route 904, as Well as traffic along Betz Road, which serves as the main entrance to Eastern Washington University. More trains, longer trains, even if traveling faster would not only create traffic delays for students and residents, but also pose safety issues such as delaying emergency service vehicles responding to a call. "We don't want to absorb all of the social costs from increased train traffic on the West Plains, which is what would happen if this goes through," Trulove said. Those costs could be further exacerbated should a passing train stall or derail, something Cheney residents experienced Jan. 15 when a smaller, 30-car Eastern Wash- ington Gateway train jumped the tracks while crossing Cheney-Spokane Road, blocking that main connection to the Marshal area and Spokane for two days. If something like that should happen to a longer train crossing Betz Road, and without engines on either end, it could be much longer before Cheney's main entrance is reopened. "You're not going to do it (move the train) with your Ford 350," Trulove said. Cheney officials have raised their concerns about the potential problem with state and county officials, includ- ing representatives from the Washington State Depart- ment of Transportation. But, Cheney has also proposed a solution - move the tracks. In a January meeting with WSDOT representatives, Trulove and City Administrator Mark Schuller presented three alternatives for re-routing the Eastern Washington Gateway tracks, all of which called for a train underpass beneath SR 904. The first alternative would realign the tracks so that they traveled along the eastern side of the highway, crossing only Betz Road east of the intersection and reconnecting with existing tracks just south of the Maverik station. The second alternative rerouted the line further to the east so that it crosses Betz behind Maverik and the public storage facility and reconnects with existing track to the" east of Presnell's Trailer Court. The third alternative, which Trulove said WSDOT officials seemed to like tt e most, crosses SR 904 to the north Of Paradise Road, but instead of running along the highway, continues east over the existing wetlands, then turns southto the east of the wetlands, crosses Betz and eventuaUyreconnects with the existing line just northeast of Bi-Mart. Trulove said alternatives two and three would uire the state to purchase additional right of way, whereas that is not an issue in alternative one. There is also the larger issue of money, which the state does not have in plentiful supply right now. Trulove said construction of a grade separation, train underpass, would run around $30 million. The Palouse River County City Railway has been allocated $50 mil- lion in the state Senate's proposed transportation bill, but that money is mostly for repairs along the line's entire route, induding $7 million needed to repair the Eastern Washington Gateway portion between Cheney and the grain terminal. But rerouting the tracks, especially under alternative three, could open more land that would be attractive to railroad associated uses and businesses, bringing a mea- sure of economic development to Cheney. "We think the opportunity is great," Trulove said. John McCallum can be reached at jmac@c ss. com. P.oto A t Sto e' : Cannonballs away! Veronica Messing and her son Chase (center) attempt to launch miniature cannonballs at the pirate ship. The Messings were one of several families who attended the Airway Heights Parks and Recreation Department's "Morn and Son Fun Night: Treasure Adventure." continued from page 1 So far planning has gone well, Robbins said. across campus, from the The hotel planning and largest facilities like the transportation have been Phase and University Rec the biggest challenges Center to Paterson Hall, The estimated economic Senior Hall and others, impact for this group is Lecture halls and oth- $5.4 million according er buildings and rooms to Tim Robinson of Visit will be home to the per- Spokane. formance and art presen- "It energized a lot of tations, the state," Robbins said, "(We will use) verynoting that just about ev- much the majority of the cry four-year institution campus," Lindsey Porter, in the state are sending symposium coordinator participants. "They've all said. got students coming." continued from page 1 only for residents and businesses would nego- curbside recycling, the tiate their own recycling earliest it would start service with Sunshine. implementing it would Jorgensen asked if Sun- be in June or July. Ross shine could provide said he would notify resi- some rates for business dents about the change, owners and Ross said Another benefit of he would have a repre- curbside recycling, ac- sentative from Sunshine cording to Mayor John speak at the next City Higgins, is that the Council meeting. equipment outside of the A n o t h e r c o n c e r n maintenance shopcould of Jorgensen's was the be stored in the recycling compost trailer and center if it is closed, how curbside recycling CouncilwomanShir- would affect its opera- ley Maike was in fa- tion. Ross said there are vor of the city adopting no current plans to close curbside recycling, the trailer but residents "Everybody I've talk- can subscribe to a curb- ed to has said 'let's do it,'" side compost service Maike said. "We're not from Sunshine. just looking at an increase, In action items, the it's a new service." council approved the Councilman How- city's Commute Trip Re- ard Jorgensen said ductionImplementation business owners have Plan update for 2015-19. approached him and The city's CTR goals asked about how the include the following: curbside recycling To establish program would affect Medical Lake's trail sys- them. Ross explained tern as one of the best in that the $3 charge is the state. Contributed photo courtesy EWU Eastern students present a project at an earlier National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) event. EWU will host the 2015edition on campus April 16-18. Knowing the value of the forum to allow stu- Provide alter- nate transportation modes for major em- ployers within the city. Use the system effectively for all types of motorized and non- motorized transporta- tion between the city and residents of neigh- boring communities. Improve pe- destrian, and ehicular safety along tlty streets and the State Route 902 co ridor and provide al- ternativ.e.transportation to a large commercial districtwithin the city. Maintain the existing transportation network including bike paths and sidewalks. Make public transportation available to all city residents and workers and advocate for support and service from Spokane Transit Authority to accomplish this goal. AI Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress. com. dents to be on a stage like this, Eastern has sent more students than anyone of other NCUR conferences. NCUR is designed to accomplish a number of goals for participants. It helps cement connections with both other higher education institutions and for future employment. "We will have job fairs and graduate fairs occur- ring at the conference," t, March 5, 2015 p.m. Place: Marshall Community Church 5910 W. P ark Street Marshatl,:' A I CommeBts Accepted i ~O]Lma~O~ [ February 23 - March 25, 2015 ! .gmd Cammem~ to I Patrick Cabbage I WA Department of Ecology | 4601 N. Monroe | Spokane, WA 99205-1295 [ Phone: 509/329-3543 [ E-mail: ~k.cabb~.wa~ov I Porter said. "We definitely Rex Fuller, it all fell into encourage further research, place," Robbins added. further development." In addition to the na- Eastern has been send- tional conference, East- ing students to NCUR ern will also stage its since 2007 and got the traditional Undergrad notion, "Why don't we Symposium, an event try this?" Robbins said. that started in 1997. Working in conjunction Normally happening with Visit Spokane, the in mid-May, the sympo- bid was submitted in sium was pushed for- October 2012. ward a month to coincide "What really makes with NCUR. The 2014 NCUR different from symposium attracted 563 many other conferences participants who made is it's held on campus," nearly 350 presentations. Robbins said. Typically Presenters will come from such events are held in as far away as Great Brit- convention centers and ain, Porter said. solely at big hotels. "You can go see any It's the perfect fit, Rob- type of presentation," Per- bins said, because of the ter explained. "(You i li availability to use class- be able to) see what you rooms for so much of the are interested in, but also events, other disciplines, too." "Eastern had been P a u I D e I a n e y kicking around the idea ca n b e r e a c he d a t for a while, but with pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. support from provost com. You are Invited Ecology invites you to come ask questions and learn about the plan to conduct a Remedial Investi- gation and Feasibility Study at the Marshall Landfill. Ecology will evaluate soil and groundwater because there are several contaminants of concern at the site, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and metals. The site is located approximately 1 mile southwest of the town of Marhsall. For more information come to the meeting or review Ecology's website at: https:// fortress.wa.gov/ecy/gsp/ Sitepage.aspx?csid= 1022 Documents for Review Work Plan and Public Participation Plan Locations for Review Cheney Library, 610 1~' Street. Cheney Dept. of Ecology, 4601 N. Monroe, Spokane Website listed above. For ADA accommodations or documents in an alternate format, call Carol Bergin 509/329- 3546; 711 (relay service) ; or 877-833-6341 TTY After two years in t e' onor pr0gram at Community CoLLeges of Sp6kane,: American Honors students transfer to top schools Like; UW. 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