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.2L._ ........ ! uT - " 0 ALL FOR ADC 217 W (}ota o l/t/201e 1 h'#hq'l OllO.nlh,uhOlh.,oq Vol. 119 No. 3 May 14, 2015 Your West Plains Newspaper Since 1896 75 cents Sports Despite a setback at Colville, the Medical Lake boys soccer team is playing its best soccer in time for the playoffs. See Sports page 4 Fire house New Inside It's been awhile, but the Cheney Fire Depart- ment is finally holding another open house, and invites the public down to w Kluipment, meet new firefighters, and enjoy refreshments. See page 10 3enerationol ed Education A mother and her two daughters decided to pur- sue degrees at Eastern Washington University - together. See page 2 Deadly service Opim.on Recent shootings deaths of police officers should remind us of the risks and dedication to community service assumed by those who elect to live a life wear- ing the badge. See page 4 Like Us Find us on Facebook and stay up date with West Plains area news. un Owners of local marijuana grower~processor brief Cheney City Council on business status By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Cheney's first marijuana production and processing facility is now open for business. Cheney Hydroponics co-owner Bill Youngs updated the City Council about the status of the growing and processing operation located in the city's Commerce and Industrial Park during the in- formation portion of Tuesday's council meeting. Youngs thanked numerous city staff and council members for their assistance in helping the at one time controversial business get off the ground. "Personally, ! feel a responsibility to do this thing right," Youngs said. Youngs told the council that they received their last license about three weeks ago as the result of a statewide process that demanded the completion of a lot of paperwork. The state Liquor Control Board oversight was very thorough, Youngs said, and See Pure Joy page 11 Photo by Mike Huffman/Spokane Valley News Herald Banner Day Westwood Middle School student Kiearra O'Neal and the rest of her color guard and band members for Cheney and Westwood middle schools performed under perfect weather conditions at last Saturday's Spokane Junior Lilac Parade. Airway Heights nominated for Voice of the People award By AL STOVER Staff Reporter Airway Heights' efforts to reach out to residents and improve the community have not gone unnoticed. In a press release, city officials announced that Airway Heights is one of three finalists for the 2015 Voice of the People Transforma- tion award in the Community Engagement category. The "Voice of the People" award is an honor given to local government based on the opin- ion of residents and conferred jointly by the National Research Center Institute, Inc., and the International City/County Management Association (IMCA) that embody the spirit of "The National Citizen Survey and displays the commitment to best practices in moving their community forward. "The city of Airway Heights has been nomi- nated for a Transformation award in the area of Community Engagement, which means it is among the top three communities having par- ticipated in the National Citizen Survey during 2014," Morgan Adams, NRC project coordina- tor, wrote in an email. "It showed the largest positive change between 2014 and their previous survey administration, which is typically within the past 1 to 3 years for most communities." City Manager Albert Tripp explained that the city began implementing these types of surveys four years ago to improve community outreach. "The city conducts them every two years at ralidom times," Tripp said. "It measures com- See Voice page 11 ical fi rks ban Measure would be implemented only under emergency, due to dry weather conditions By AL STOVER Staff Reporter At its May 5 meeting, the Medical Lake City Council voiced their concerns about fireworks and discussed a possible emer- gency ban on lighting them in city limits. Medical Lake, along with Airway Heights, currently allows fireworks to be set off in the city. The city has discussed banning fireworks within city limits, in 2008 and in 2013. Some residents were in favor of the ban because of the noise and mess that comes from lighting them, while others see them as an instrumental part of celebrating Independence Day. However, the council's concerns relate to the recent dry weather and potel wildfires. "If we did an emergency ban it would be because it's a safety issue with the weather," City Administrator Doug Ross said. "This isn't some sort of punishment or anything of that nature. We would do this because of the threat of wildfires." Ross said the city is waiting to see if the Department of Natural Resources or the See Fireworks page 11 Cheney man is one of two victims in Spokane River plane crash By JOHN McCALLUM Editor A Cheney man per- ished in the crash of a light plane that appeared to experience engine prob- lems prior to striking the Spokane River just above Upriver Dam and sinking last Thursday. Richard Runyon was one of two men aboard a 1996 Piper Malibu that took off from Felts Field just before 4 p.m., May 7. According to a news release from the Spokane Fire Department, Felts Field Air Traffic Control Tower staff contacted Spokane police and fire departments at 3:54 p.m. reporting that the aircraft had contacted the tower and declared an in-flight emergency. According to other me- dia sources, witnesses said the plane appeared to be having difficulty with its altitude and that the engine sounded like it was at high RPMs. Spokane police and fire units were en route to Felts Field when they were contacted by witnesses that the plane had impacted the water and remained afloat for a short period of time before sinking. At4:04 p.r the incident was upgraded to a water rescue event, and other resomres from the Spokane Fire Department alongwith units from the Spokane Val- See Runyon page 10 111!!!!!1111!!!!!111 [ On,,n.E ra. ~Bu~sin~ess~&~Ervlce Sect: 1, pg 8-9Police & Legals Sect. 2, pg 5 Classifieds " Sect. 2, pg,0 Sports Sect. 2, Local News, Sports tes Education Sect. I, pg2-3What's Happening Sect, I, pg6 8 1, Opinion Sect. 1, pg4-5West Plain Briefs Sect. 1, pg3 www.cheneyfreepress.com