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Kirsten Bleeker's trip to Iceland was the experience of a lifetime. See Of Cabbages and Kings in Neighbor News, beginning on page 6. 21 1178 70 ...................... AUT O'ALL FOR N:)C Small Town Papers 217WCota St mi2ote / SheRon WA 98584,226 ,t, h,Phq,l,.-.,rPll-Hl-ql%dh,llqh"dl Also inside ..... Business/Service Page 8-9 West Plains Briefs Page 3 West Plains Police Sec.t 2 Page4 Legal Notices Sec.t 2 Page4 Classifieds Sect.2 Page 8 t April 16, 2015 Your West Plains Newspaper Since 1896 75 cents National consumer research organization study places city in top 50 cities with over 5,000 resident; . rway Heights ranked 58th By JOHN McCALLUM Editor With a good quality school system, well-maintained streets and a neighborly, small-town feel, Cheney has always been seen as a great place to live. According to a recently released survey by the consumer research company ValuePenguin, it's also one of the safest cities in Washington state. Cheney, with a 2013 population of 11,117, was ranked 38th out of 113 Wash- ington cities with populations over 5,000. Airway Heights, with a population of 6,441, was ranked 58th while Spokane with a population of 209,524 was ranked 112th and Spokane Valley, at 90,835, came in at 92nd: Seattle, the largest city in the state with a population of 642,815, was ranked 110th and Tacoma at 203,226, was 111th. The safest city in the state was Sam- mamish, population 49,805, while locally that honor went to Liberty Lake, popu- lation 7,979, which came in sixth. "As a general trend With these studies, we see that smaller cities/towns have better safety numbers than larger places," study co-author and ValuePengum co- founder Brian Quinn said in an email. "That's not a huge surprise, but there are always some exceptions in each state. For example, Sammamish, with a population of almost 50,000 ended up being the number one safest place on the list." The study used uniform crime report (UCR) data submitted by police depart- See Safest page 11 Photo by AI Stover Last-minute modifications Hallett Elementary fourth-grader Conner Gall makes some last-minute adjustments to his robot race car, dubbed "Turbo Engine." Gall is one of several students in Hallett's after-school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program. heney Medical rt collaboration Airway Heights looks to update parks master By AL STOVER Staff Reporter A park near Walmart, a 70-acre regional sports complex and a wheel- chair-accessible van. ! These are just a few of the projects the Airway Heights Parks and Recre- ation Department is considering as it prepares to update its master plan. The department had a public work- shop April 9, to discuss some of the proposed improvements, as well as take suggestions from the public. "As the city's population increases, the facilities and parks must be up- dated and funds must be set aside to pay for these improvements," Airway Heights Parks Advisory Board Presi- dent Jacob Powers said. Since the department's last update in 2009, the city has completed several projects, including Sunset Crossing, Traditions Park and the first phase See Parks plan page 11 smooth one By AL STOVER 17 criminal cases - fromMedi- Lake $48,000 annually, reim- administrator Jessica Roberts "There's a stigma with Staff Reporter cal Lake so far this year.burse court fees to the city, .tookupajobwithSpokaneSupe- contracting with other cities It's been seven months since Back in August, the Medi- and sends a report at the end rior Court and we were happy for for services but many smaller the city of Medical Lake col- cal Lake City Council passed of every month, her," City Administrator Doug cities do that to save money in laborated with Cheney for an interlocal agreement withOne of the primary reasons Ross sai& "We thought'lefs look this financial climate," Ross court servicesand it appears to Cheney to provide municipal for the agreement is concerns into collaborating court services said. have gone pretty smooth, court services and facilities, relating to building and safety with Cheney.'" The transition was also During a report, Cheney Under the agreement, with having court at Medi- Ross said there was hesi- . smooth for Cheney's side. court administrator Terry Coo- Cheney will provide admin-cal Lake's City Hall. Another tation from some residents, Cooper, who is a MedicalLake per informed the Medical Lake istration, a clerk, a judge, bai- reason was Medical Lake did citing concerns about loss of resident and used to work for City Council at its April 7 meet- liff and public defender ser- not have a bailiff or a full-time identity, but the collaboration the city's municipal court, ing there have been 36 court vices for Medical Lake cases, court administrator, with Cheney also helped the cases -- 19 traffic incidents and Cheney will charge Medical "AttheUme, our former court city financially. See Court page I0 Bring out your trash -- Cheney Clean Sweep takes place April 1 Eighth annual community.wide clean up day introduces a new feature m ability to dispose of , household hazardous wastes at Recycling Center Every year hundreds This year'sCheneyCleanSweep offers a sort of of Cheneyresidents come Sweep takes place Satur- "Brooms Day" celebra- together to spruce up the day, April 18, Earth Day, tion where residents and town in what is known as from 8:30 a.m tonoon.volunteers can easily "Cheney Clean Sweep." The Cheney Clean tackle their spring-clean- ing chores in a fun and public effort to clean headquarters and one at cooperative effort, the city,: Cheney Clean Amazing Grace Fellow- Volunteers will meet Sweep provides many ship Church, 416 Betz at 8:30 a.m. at Veter- services for residents to Road. an's Memorial Park, 615 easily clean their own Dumpster hours are Fourth St., and then fan homes and yards. Two 9 - 11:30 a.m., and are out in groups to perform large item dump siteslimited to Cheney utility a deep clean of Cheney's will be set Up in town, customers with proof of streets, parks, and public one at Presley Drive residency. places, across from the Spokane In addition to the County Fire District 3 See Clean page 11 Vol. 118-- No. 52 Last chance to 0111!l[l!l[l!lll!!!lJ!lll, tour ChenHigh SchooleY The public is invited to tour Cheney High School to learn more about the Check us out online at proposed $44.88 million construction bondl The final tour date is Monday, April 20, beginning at 8:15 a.m. and on Facebook to stay up Please RSVP by contacting CHS Principal Troy Heuett at theuett@cheneysd, to date on what's happen- org. Plan to convene at the main office and participate in a guided tour. ing on the West Plains. The second vote on the proposed bond is April 28.