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In advocating for rerunning the $44.88 million Cheney High School expansion and renovation bond after its near passage in the Feb. 10 special election, Harris said he was "able to look up" voter turnout numbers for the election that revealed only one-third of registered voters in the district, who were also parents of students in the district, w ted. "Two-thirds of eligible voters with kids in our district did not vote at all," he con- cluded. While some might have shrugged these comments off and move on, others might have asked the question "How does he know that?" The answers are at once simple but also not so obvious. The answer to the assertion about the number of registered voters who voted in the election is easily obtained through a report called a "matchback." Matchbacks contain See Matchbacks page 10 Medical Lake's wastewater treatment and reuse facility experienced a slight and recent rainstorms. Photo by A! Stover increase in water flow from the mild winter Schreiber leaves as West Plains Chamber director By JOHN McCALLUM Editor West Plains Chamber of Commerce Executive director Kathleen Schreiber stepped down from her position March 31, but didn't have to go to far to begin her next career opportunity. In fact, she moved two doors north of the chamber's offices on First Street in Cheney. Schreiber leaves the chamber after five years to become the director of marketing and community relations at Cheney Federal Credit Union, a finandal institution that began in 1951 in a drawer at Eastern Washington State College and has grown to over 4,600 members with $85 million in assets. Schreiber said she learned about the opening, which had been vacant for about a year and a half, when the credit union - a chamber member - came to her seeking help advertising the position: See Schreiber page 10 usiness usual when it comes to water nt Mild winter has little effect on West Plains facilities By AL STOVER Staff Reporter The combination of light snowfall during the winter months and March rainstorms have had little impact on the various wastewater treatment facilities in the West Plaifis. Steven Cooper manages the Medical Lake waste- and right now we're at 600,000. It's business as usual water treatment and reuse facility, which collects waste for us." and water from the Medical Lake, Lakeland Village and Cooper added that the plant's flow may increase Eastern State Hospital. Similar to last year, Cooper said from the excess water from resident's basements, a re- there were some increases in the water the plant col- sult from the recent rainstorms. On March 16, Spokane lected in recent months, but not as much as it has seen was hit with a record-breaking rainstorm that also hit in years that had a high amount of snowfall, surrounding areas. "We saw a little bit of an increase, about 300,000 Although the mild winter had little effect on Medi- gallons, but it's not what you would expect," Cooper said. "Typically we have about of half-million gallons See Facilities page 9 . . Responder William Allen puts community first Photo by AI Stover Captain William Allen received the 2015 "First Re- spender of the Year" award from the West Plains Chamber at its March 20 awards banquet. By AL STOVER "First to be nominated Staff Reporter with those guys (Oakes Captain William A1-and Steiner) was really len of the Medical Lake an honor," Allen said. Fire Department never "When they said my thought he would win the name at the West Plains' West Plains Chamber's award ceremony, I was "First Responder of the not expecting it. I was Year" award, March 20 at taken away by the whole the Organization's awards experience." banquet, let alone be nomi- Allen thanked his nated for the honor. He wife, saying he wouldn't was nominated along with be able to do his job or Cheney police officer Chris have never won the honor Oakes and Cheney fire- without her support. fighter Lt. Tim Steiner. "While I'm out here, she's taking care of two son Mayfield were trying young boys," Allen said. to create a training pro- Allen grew up in Colo- gram for future recn its. At rado where his father was the same time the Spokane a volunteer firefighter for Fire District 10 and Airway 17 years. Hejoined the Air Heights fire departments Force and was stationed were also trying to come at Wichita, Kan., then up with their own training moved up to the area in programs, which resulted 2009. He became a vol- in the three departments unteer firefighter for the forming the West Plains Medical Lake Fire Depart- Fire Structural Academy. ment in 2011. All three departments After Allen became a oversee the training of two lieutenant, he and current Medical Lake fire chief Ja- See Allen page 10 Vol. 118-- No. 50 II111!1!11111111!1!11!111 8 1, In order to prevent electrical outages, the city of Cheney has hired a contractor to trim trees near power lines in Cheney. Tree trimming will begin in April and will continue through May. If there are trees near power lines needing to be trimmed or removed, please contact the'Light Department at 498-9230. Please do not attempt to trim trees near power lines as this is extremely hazardous. Only qualified, trained personnel should perform this work. 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.