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21 1197 72 .... ' .......... **"*" .... AUTO*ALL FOR AO~ 217 W o(e st / Shelton WA 0 i84.22e ., ! h,J|,hq.-irrdH,II-tlP.tlS, qh.,iq Also ins~de... For the latest on what's happening at staff tune in to "Hawks News." Business/Service Page 8-9 West Plains Briefs Page 3 Salnave ElementarySchool, students and West Plains Police Sect 2 Page 6 Legal Notices Sec.t 2 Page 6 See the story in Education, page 2. Classifieds Sect.2 Page11 March 19, 2015 Your West Plains Newspaper Since 1896 75 cents School board cites small February turnout by district voters, misunderstanding of needs as reasons to rerun $44.88 million measure By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The Cheney School District board of directors voted 4-1 to rerun the district's $44.88 million bond proposal for expansion and renovation of its high school on the upcoming April 28 special election ballot. The district previously ran a vote on the bond in a Feb. 10 special election, receiving 58.43 percent approval but. short of the 60 percent yes votes needed for passage. Since the vote was certified by the county election's office Feb. 25, the district has instituted measures to gain public feedback. Superintendent Dr. Debra Clemens said the district sent a letter to the Cheney Free Press from board president Henry Browne asking for public input, held a comment period at the board's Feb. 25 meeting and posted a survey on. the district's website and on its Facebook page. Clemens said 577 individuals filled out the survey, with 77 percent urging the district to rerun the bond. Some of the respondents questioned why the district wasn't looking at the option of adding a second high school. See Bond page 10 t I Photo by Paul Delaney Second-round smiles An afternoon of nervously waiting to hear the name of Eastern Washington University called during Selection Sunday for the NCAA Basketball Tournament ended with smiles from players and coaches following the news the Eagles would face Georgetown University tonight (March 19) in Portland, Ore. at 7 p.m By AL STOVER Staff R Torter Vehi~:Ie~/ind' ~ansp6r tafiS~ii~vere major topics at the March 16 Airway Heights City Council meeting. The council approved the Parks Maintenance Department's request to purchase a 2004 Dodge Ram for $25,347 from Dishman Dodge. Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director J.C. Kennedy explained that when staff sent out the first pro- posal bids came back too high and that City Manager Albert Tripp asked the council if they could increase the bid- ding amount. Kennedy said Glenn Pike, parks maintenance coordinator, has already inspected the vehicle. Councilman Doyle Inman asked Pike if he was satisfied with the truck's short bed and if the flatbed from the old truck See Vehicles page 8 y council y to buy By JOHN McCALLUM components to repair a main is because some of the parts repairs, many residents on the appropriations for rehabilitat- Editor underground switch cabinet are 12-15 weeks out. Repairs city's north side could be with- ingthecity'sNo. 8 water well. The Cheney City Councildamaged in a Feb. 15 autoto the cabinet, located at the out power for an extended Water Recovery Resources of approved a resolution declar- accident, northeast corner of North period. Spokane supplied a low bid ing an emergency in order City Administrator MarkSixth Street and Betz Road, "Weneedto get these corn- on the project of $43,885 plus to waive the competitive bid Schuller said the reason for are temporary and if some-ponents in," Schuller said. taxes, with the total appropria- process and proceed with the emergency resolution,thing additionally unforeseen Council also approved a purchasing needed electrical which would exceed $7,500, should happen affecting those resolution authorizing needed See Council page 10 Side work Photo by ,~l Stover Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) crews performed some sidewalk work March 12-13, at the intersection of Highway 2 and Lawson Street in Airway Heights. Cheney's April Stark supplies much of the organization ual major event Nope, it's not Hoop- fest, nor is it Bloomsday. Months in advance teams block out hundreds of rooms to accommo- date players from across the nation who will be area competing in the Pacif- By PAUL DELANEY ic Northwest Qualifier Staff Reporter volleyball tournament Quick, name one of March 20-22 and then the area's sporting events again March 27-29. that makes interest in Eastern Washing- hotel rooms spike and ton University will be something area mer- one of three venues that chants dig. will house 661 teams for the event that will send champions on to New Orleans for the national . championship later in the summer. The PNQ is one of about a dozen similar regional qualifiers. "March Madness has a whole different mean- ing for our family," PNQ director, Cheney's April Stark said. The competition takes place at Reese Court with See PNQ page 10 II!!!![! 1!!!!!111, Did you know that... by Spokane Transit Authority's proposed West Plains transit center, to be funded voter approval of a tax measure on the April 28 special election ballot, will: Include over 100 vehicle spaces in the park and ride lot, Have three passenger loading platforms, i Cost an estimated $14.7 million (not including real estate costs), Lead to 1.1 million fewer vehicle miles traveled by the fourth year. 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.