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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, May 14, 2015 Thi ' We all walk out the door every day and never know what lies ahead, but rarely do we ask ourselves, "will we come home?" That might ring differ- ently for members of the law enforcement community as it seems police officers have proven to be noteworthy tar- gets lately. The deaths of four police officers at the hands of crimi- nals with guns in the month of May have brought the prob- lem into the national spotlight and conversation. And what is generally some- thing that only happens some- place else hit close to home May 5 when Coeur d'Alene police Sgt. Greg Moore was gunned down on routine pa- trol in the wee hours of the morning in a residential area of the city. Jonathan Renfro gunned down Moore, a 16-year vet- eran of the Coeur d'Alene li Police Department, with the sergeant's body camera re- cording the tragedy. It is mystifying as much as it is maddening to wonder what was going through Ren- fro's mind that actually al- lowed him to think he would "be able to get away with gun- ning down Moore. In trying to avoid going back to prison as a felon in possession of a firearm, he is now likely to re- ceive the death penalty for the capital crime of murdering a law enforcement officer. Moore's death, coupled with those of two others, May 8 in Hattiesburg, Miss., brings to 46 the number of police of- ricers lost this year in the line of duty. Granted, not all are from the hand of a gun, but so-called ambush attacks are seen as the leading cause of new deaths in the law enforce- ment profession. There were 126 who lost their lives in 2014, a 24 percent increase over the previous year and 2015 seems to unfortunate- ly be on pace to be similar. What is it that has made 9 targeting police a new and tragic trend? There seems to exist a cul- ture these days where it's ev- erybody against the cops and they are our enemy. But walk a mile in their shoes - or as our staff has done with ride-alongs on a few shifts with the Cheney Police Department - and you'll find that here, as in most of the rest of this nation, the police are here to be that shield between you and the dark side of our society. Just as the rest of us do not intentionally head off to work each day all jazzed to screw things up, police officers do not put on the uniform intent on making headlines. They are not itching to unleash their firearm. No matter what the size of town or city, be it a rural or urban, for years either the local sheriff or the cop on the beat worked hard to establish relationships and a rapport with citizens in their respec- tive communities. The vast majority of those in the law enforcement business would like it to be that way, still. Among their regular pa- trols, Cheney police still con- duct feet on the street patrols on Thirsty Thursdays where they pop into local watering holes just to check on how things are going - not to write citations or herd folks off to jail. And the number of people who are in the bars - mostly college students - seem to know the officers by name, and that is a good thing. They promote the message of keep- ing everyone safe, versus tak- ing people off to jail. Not everybody's cut out to be a policeman. People in law enforce- ment are called by the desire to give back to their community. We really need to control this fire of hatred that has been fanned about law en- forcement because 99.9 per- cent are good cops. No one should ever have to have a thought in their minds that they will not come back in the door they left after a day on the job. Write to the Point und science history, learn to th dirt By JOHN McCALLUM Editor "" Tl is is a 'fact: You can't walk around Eldon Pueblo without step- ping on a piece of his- tory. For those who don't know, Eldon Pueblo is an John Mc lum ancient Native American ruin about a mile east of Flagstaff in Northern Arizona, which is where I spent most of my spring break vaca- tion. It was the home of a people known as the Sinagua, as are the cliff dwellings in the nearby Walnut Canyon and Wupatki national monuments. Actually, Northern Arizo- na is an archeologists dream when it comes to ruins with societies that were thriving over 800 - 1,000 years ago. It's not just the home of the Grand Canyon. At Eldon, we got to take part in a daylong actual arche- ological dig, trowels, scoops wheelbarrow, wire-mesh shaking screen and all. That's how archeology is done in the modern era, hunched over on your hands and knees and slowly, care- fully scraping away the soil - 10 centimeters per layer - then dumping it on the screen to be shaken, and once the loose dirt disappears in a choking cloud of dust, picking FREE PRESS Vol. 119-No. 4 Press Production Manager Randy Warwick Editor John McCallum Pressman Reporters Mark Cordos Paul Delaney AI Stover Sales Steve Barge Graphics DeeAnn Gibb Brittani Montecucco John Myers Front Office Venus Bratsveen Dawn Chernak Bookkeeper/Office Manager Debi Labish Publisher Harlan Shellabarger The Editorial Board is composed of Paul Delaney, AI Stover, Brittani Montecucco, Bill Ifft, John McCallum and Harlan Shellabarger The Cheney Free Press is published every Thursday by the Free Press Publish- ing Company, William Ifft, president. Periodical post- age paid at Cheney, Wash. 99004. Published at 1616 W. First Street, Cheney, Wash. 99004. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Cheney Free Press, P.O. Box 218, Cheney, Wash. 99004-0218. ID PUBLICATION # 102240 The Free Press re- quests that contributors observe the following dead- lines, which will be strictly enforced: OBITUARIES, MEETINGS OF GOVERNMENT AGENCIES - Tuesday, 10 a.m. CHURCH, CLUB MEETINGS, ALL SOCIAL NEWS .-- Monday, noon DISPLAY ADVERTISING -- Monday, 4 p.m. LEGAL NOTICES -- Monday, 5 p.m. CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING-- Tuesday, 11 a.ITI. Rates: Addresses in Spokane County, $24 per year; $36 per year outside Spokane County; senior citizens in Spokane County, $22 per year. For other rates, call 235- 6184. Subscription cancellations are non-refundable! HOW TO CONTACT US Phone: 235-6184 Fax: 235-2887 emalh cfp @ through the larger remains for artifacts. And at Eldon, those arti- facts are plenty, mostly pot- tery sherds. The word "sherd" is a vari- ant of "shard." One thing I learned at Eldon is that when referring to glass pieces, you says "shards" and when refer- ring to pottery fragments, you say "sherds." At Eldon, and at a near- by un xcavated village site where we did a walkabout in the afternoon, you don't need to dig to find pottery sherds. They're lying all over the ground. Just bend down, pick up some fiat pieces and turn them over in your hand. If they bear reddish-brown striations, grooves, they were made at Eldon, but if they have black and white markings, they were likely made by the Hopi people miles to the north. At its height around 1150 A.D., Eldon was a major trading hub. Obsidian not native to the area but found 120 or so miles to the south has been uncovered, as have seashell necklaces and other artifacts. Eldon was also big, with about 30-40 rooms currently uncovered from what arche- ologists estimate is a complex of 70-80 rooms. Each room housed an extended family. Sinagua is also not what the Eldon inhabitants called themselves. It's Spanish, "sin" meaning without and "agua" meaning water. And there's not a lot of agua around Eldon. The in- habitants carried it in from elsewhere in large jars, stor- ing it for use. The same goes for those living in Walnut Canyon, Wupatki and other ruins we didn't get to, such as the large complex at Montezu- ma's Castle to the south. There's much more to write about the ruins we vis- ited, but what was interesting to me was how we are able to See Write to the Point page 5 Brunelrs endorsement of fossil fuels is irresponsible By RICHARD BADALAMENTE Contributor Don Brunell's 'Guest Com- mentary' on fossil fuels hap- pened to appear in the Cheney Free Press on my son's birth- day, March 26, 2015. The chronological mile- stone - he turned 50 - made me consider just how irre- sponsible Mr. Brunell's com- mentary was. My son, as old as he is, will still live to see the day when the folly of man's stubborn refusal to address climate change will have dire consequences effecting everything from agriculture to zoology. Why would Mr. Brunell, who at last count, had 14 grandchildren, promote fos- sil fuels, when scientists tell us unequivocally, that the greenhouse gases they create are irrevocably warming the planet? Scientists warn us of di- sastrous sea level rise, ocean acidification, extreme weather, crop failure, fierce wild fires, loss of biodiversity, and an altogether less habitable, even hostile world for those coming See Badalamente page 5 John McCallum A1 Stover Paul Delaney Editor Staff Reporter Staff Reporter Main contact for editorial coverage. 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