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Check us out online at and on Facebook to stay up to date on what's happen- ing on the West Plains. Cheney's Adam Deutsch (white) battles an East Valley player for the ball in Blackhawks' 2-1 win over the visiting Knights last Thursday. See Sports. 21 1197 71 ...... **. .................. ^UTO"A L, oc Small Town Papers 217 WCota St " l SheltonWA g8584-226 1 I h,d, hq,l,.,,.,.elH,II.' qPtdlhhqh",lq the Business/Service Page 8-9 West Plains Briefs Page 3 West Plains Police Sec.t 2 Page6 Legal Notices Sec.t 2 Page6 Classifieds Sect.2 Page 11 March 26, 2015 Your West Plains Newspaper Since 1896 75 cents rl Increase is first since 2001, needed to keep Light Department reserves from being depleted by 2019 By JOHN McCALLUM Editor For the first time in 14 years, Cheney residents will likely see an increase in the rate they are charged to consume electricity. At its last meeting in March on Tuesday night, the Cheney City Council unanimously approved a 6 percent increase in the electrical usage rate for both residential and commercial. The rate is scheduled to take effect May 1 to allow for public comment. Light Department Director Joe Noland told the council the last rate increase took place in 2001. Since then the city's revenues from electrical sales have not kept pace with what spends to purchase power, particularly over the past six years. In 2009, the city saw just over $7.7 million in electrical sales revenue, while in 2014 that figure was just shy of $8.09 million, an increase of not quite 4.9 percent. By comparison, Cheney had electrical expenses of $7.1 million in 2009, but $8.64 million in 2014, an increase of nearly 18 percent. During the recent recession the city elected to hold it's electrical rates steady to help residents' pocketbooks. It used money from its Light Department reserve account to make up deficits between revenues and expenses, along with mak- See Rates page 10 Contributed photo by lulie Poolman-Jackson/Photo Optima Swoop speak Eastern Washington University mascot Swoop provides some "remarks" to the crowd at Northern Quest Casino and Resort after winning the "Uniquely West Plains" award at the West Plains Chamber of Commerde's annual "Best of the West" awards banquet last Friday night. For a complete list of award winners, see Neighbors, page 6 Cheney High School assistant principal and athletics director to retire at the end of the school year By JOHN McCALLUM Editor An era will end June 30 as Cheney High School assistant principal and ath- letics director Jim Missel has announced his retirement at the end of the school year." Missel said the decision has been in the works for awhile, and this past weekend he and his wife Robin did a lot of thinking and talking, including a phone call from Jim to his brother Tom, currently a private investigator but also an Eastern Washington University line coach and assistant coach under former head coach Paul Wulff. "He said, 'Jim, life's too short,'" Mis- sel said. "If you can do it, you need to retire." It's definitely something Jim Missel can do. A 1977 graduate of Mead High School, Missel played football at Mon- See Missel page 10 Spokane County proposes rk improvemen Three projects proposed for West Plains By AL STOVER munity Services Director J.C. Staff Reporter Kennedy was surprised to see When Spokane County that the proposed 70,acre Air- published a list of potential way Heights sports complex park improvement projects to " was not on it. gain public input and to help Spokane County has 27 prioritize and guide futureprojects on their park im- decisions, Airway Heights provement list, one being. Parks, Recreation and Com- a 93,0000 square-foot, $27 million multi-purpose sports complex on the North Bank in downtown Spokane, right be- hind Riverfront Park. Spokane County Parks Director Doug Chase said Spokane's Public Facilities District would own the sports complex. There are three projects proposed for the West Plains: installing a park near the Fairways Golf Course, corn- pleting of Fish Lake Trail and Back in 2010, Airway enhancing Fish Lake Park. Heights entered into an agree- The county is still seeking ment with Spokane County to input from residents through acquire a 70-acre parcel adja- an online survey, cent to Spokane County Race- "We're looking at the big way Park, formerly Spokane picture," Chase said. "Spo- kane County has over 50 parks and facilities and much of the parks system started 50 years ago. We've looked closely at those needs." Raceway Park was purchased in 2008 from a court-appoint- ed bankruptcy trustee, to be developed as a regional sports See Parks page 10 Medical Lake City Council says 'yes' to curbside local recycling ByALSTOVER utility rates and fees to "While we are raising garbage able to lower theprice city adopting curbside Stag~Reporter add $3 to the current due to the reduction in recycling. Medical Lake will be $14.70 in garbage fees rates, we're also providing a new tipping fees from the Councilman Art Ku- the latest city in Spokane to residential accounts service for the city." city's agreement withlibert, who was absent County to participate in to pay for curbside recy- the c!ty of Spokane and from the last three council curbside recycling, cling. They also voted to City Administrator Doug Ross Spokane County for solid meetings, said he was At its March 17 meet- amend the city's current waste services, in favor of curbside re- ing, the City Council contract for disposal curbside recycling ser- Spokane County pay Prior to the vote, cycling and that the city unanimously approved with Sunshine Recycling vices. $5.75 for curbside recy- residents spoke both in a resolution to amend and Disposal to include While some cities in cling, Medical Lake was favor and against the See Recycling page 9 Vol. 118-- No. 49 II!!!!!111!!!!!1111 Cheney High School onnounces touts The public is invited to tour Cheney High School Heuett at Plan to convene at to learn more about the Cheney High School $44.88 the main office and participate in a guided tour. If you million construction bond. The dates available for the would like to tour the high school but the above dates tour are Wednesday, April 1; Thursday, April 16; and and/or times will not work for you, please contact Monday, April 20. All tours begin at 8:15 a.m. Heuett to make arrangements for a separate tour of Please RSVP by contacting CHS Principal Troy the facility,