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This Sunday it's time to... Eastern Washington players can only look on as Montana's Fabijan Krslovic grabs the rebound off of Parker Kelly's missed shot in the final seconds of the Grizzlies' 77-76 Big Sky basketball win over the Eagles Saturday at Reese Court. See Sports for more details. 21 111111 'r0 "******'*'***'*****'"**"tAUT FOR ,faTmllTownPal::le / I1\, 217wc st ' I Sh.Uon WA )U h,lt,hlH, ir,.,i,t,U,,I,Ii6qllnllhqhqhU,lq Also inside... Business/Service Page 10-11 West Plains Briefs Page 3 West Plains Police Sect 2 Page 4 Legal Notices Sect 2 Page 4 Classifieds Sect. 2 Page 8 March 5, 2015 Your West Plains Newspaper Since 1896 75 cents irway ghts propose to buymobile home parks By AL STOVER S taft Reporter Airway Heights is taking more steps to thin out property south of Highway 2 that encroaches on Fairchild Air Force Base. As a part of its Fairchild Protection and Community Empowerment Project to help thin out density in the Accident Potential Zone II (APZ), which lies in the approach to Fairchild's runway, the city has proposed purchasing two mobile home parks located on Lawson and Campbell streets. In 2012, the city began its efforts to reduce the residential density in the APZ to two units per acre and provide alternative housing choices for residents currently living in that area. "It would be at a comparable rate but with better housing and a safer location for those residents," Development Services Director Derrick Braaten said. Progress was made on the project after Spokane County purchased the Solar World apartment complex through a $2.7 million grant from the state in 2013. The apartments were demolished last year. One option the city proposes is to purchase the mobile home parks through a single funding source, which would allow the project to be completed at the end of a three- year agreement. Another option is a three-phase funding plan that would be completed in the seventh See Parks purchase page 12 Seaport Steel expansion underway Seaport Steel began construction on its approximately 60,000 sq uare foot facility on sign will include the installation of a new 1,900-foot rail spur next to the facility. South Hayden Photo by AI Stover Road. The expan- EWU School of Social Work teams with Spokane Fire Department to develop services for those in need By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter The story of the beginnings of Eastern Washington University's CARES Program is maybe not all that different from a memo- rable television commercial. Remember, the one with the lines, "You got your chocolate in my peanut butter," followed by "You got your peanut butter in my chocolate," an ad for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups? Seems that back in 2006 the Spokane Fire Department and EWU's School of Social Work each had a mission that See CARES page 10 Cheney School Board hears from both sides of $44.9 million high School bond vote meaning the owner of a $166,000 house in Cheney would see a gross monthly increase of $10.43. By JOHN McCALLUM Butwhilemost oftheestimated Editor 2O0 leinattendarceatSalnave Rerun the bond If the number of those testify- Elementary School's commons Of the 25 individuals who ingandamountofapplauseisany area supported rerunning the spoke at the meeting, 21 were in indication, mostofthoseattending measure, there were a number of favorfrerunningthebnd'Allf the Feb. 25 Cheney School Board individuals who asked the board these have direct ties to the school meetingenthusiasticaltyagreeflaat to reconsider, and look for better, district: eight were employees the board should rertm the just less costly ways to provide more - including a representative under $44.9 million high school learning spaces and amenities at from the district's architect NAC construction bond that failed to the 48-year-old school. If passed, Architecture - while seven were receive the needed supermajority the bond would increase property students, four were parents ofcur- required for passage in the Feb.10 taxes in the district by 75centsper rent or former students and two special election. $1,000 of assessed property value, were former employees. ThOse in favor of re-rtmning the bond ticked off a number of reasons for doing so, ranging from safety to overcrowding to the excellence of instructiolx Sev- eral said the overcrowding at the high school has been a problem for almost 20 years. High school leadership in- structor Allison Tobler said she was a freshman at CHS in 1994 when the last remodel was done. She spoke to the lack of class- rooms, saying when she returned as a teacher 14 years ago, she was one of the ones without a homeroom, pushing a cart with her materials from dassroom to classroom. "Obviously, it hasn't gotten any better/' she said. Tobler told the board that as a one-time basketball coach, cheefleading coach and dance instructor she was often taking her students to different facilities to practice. As the instructor of a growing leadership program - 40 current students with 60 signed up next year - she faces the same issue. "We are literally teaching that See Bond page 12 AH council says Sunset Park project complete By AL STOVER lay completed construction anticipating that we'll wait The council accepted Staff Reporter on the project and it has until we've got the land- the letter of understand The Airway Heights met staff's standards, scaping done. We have all ing to extend the agree- City Council breezed Councilman Dave of the pieces in the shop." ment between the dty and through another short Malet asked about the Kennedy also fiUed out Waste Management for agenda at its March 2 meet- timeline for when staff an application with the solid waste removal ser- ing. will install the splash pad. Spokane Regional Health vices until June 2. The council accepted the Kennedy Said they are pre- District for temporary food Prior to approval, City completion of the Sunset paring for the landscaping permits. He plans to have Manager Albert Tripp Park Restroom/Sidewalk work. a celebration on Saturday, said he would like to dis- Project. Parks, Recreation "We can install theMay 23, with the Rotary cuss how the city could and Community Director spray apparatus aboveClub of Spokane West for use some of the money it J.C. Kennedy explained ground pretty much at any the splash pad's grand that WM Winkler Compa- time," Kennedy said. "I'm opening. See Council page 12 Corrections Fisher Building meeting at Betz Due to inaccurate information, last week's West Plains Brief announcing a public hearing at the March 11 Cheney School Board meeting to discuss the possible sale of the district's Fisher Building contained an incorrect location. The meeting is taking place at 6:05 p.m. at Betz Elementary School, not Salnave Elementary. Westwood honor roll for Term 2 The Westwood Middle School honor roll that appeared in the Feb. 26 issue was incorrectly iden- tiffed. It is for "Term 2," not fall quarter. Vol. 118 No. 46 0 IL! !!!! III1! !!J! I:11 Cheney High School bond discussion is also online An audio recording is available of all the public comments made at the Feb. 25 Cheney School Board meeting with regards to whether or not to rerun the nearly $44.9 million high school construction bond. To hear the comments, which run about 70 minutes, go to www.cheneyfreepress.com and follow the link provided. 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.