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Free Press Memorial Day ,deadlines The Cheney Free Press will be closed Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. Therefore, deadlines for submissions for the June 2 edition have been changed. The deadline for legal notices is Friday, May 27, by 5 p.m. The deadline for letters to the editor and public service announcements for the West Plains Briefs is Friday at noon. The Cheney Free Press will be open again for business Tuesday, May 31, at 8 a.m. Seven-day weather forecast Partly cloudy through Tuesday, turning nice to- ward week's en& Daytime highs in the low 60s begin- ning Friday, rising sharply to 82 Thursday. Overnight lows 40s to mid 50s. Chance of precipitation. Memorial Day 69/44 with a 20 percent chance of rain. 23 11M 70 ***'*'*****'**'* .... ****'*AUTO* "ALl. FORADC ***** ltl/20tip 1 Small Town Papers 217 WCota 8t Shelton WA 98584-2262 I h'mHIq,l'.,,n,rHI-Hl,, qll.dh,d qh.,ll Vol. 120-- No. 6 May 26, 2016 75 cents Your West Plains Newspaper Since 1896 DCI Y Sports Lady Blackhawks sur- prising season ends with playoff loss to Selah See Sect. 2, page 1 Business In a world with large cable companies, DCI Ca- ble and Communications continues its mission to provide cable TV and In- ternet services to residents in the cities of Ch~ney, Four La gg"ai*li:l Medtcal Lake, and 6flier areas on the West Plains. See Sect. 1, page 3 Class Clubs Education The students in the Home Works! parent part- nership leadership class have formed different clubs that are in charge of organiz- ing the events happening at the end of the trimester, as well as handling the daily announcements and help celebrate their classmates' birthdays. See Sect. 1, page 2 Opinion The issue of transgender public bathroom use isn't just about choosing the stall that corresponds to how you identify yourself. It goes deeper to our fear of the un- known, and our inability to follow the Golden Rule. See Sect. 1, page 4 We're online at www. Like Us Find us on Facebook and stay up to date with West Plains area news. Download our new app il n Elizabeth Rosenbeck named to fill seat left vacant by resignation of Howard Jorgenson By JOHN McCALLUM Editor In a reversal of a previous decision, the Medical Lake City Council conducted interviews at its May 17 meeting and named a community member to fill the seat vacated by the resignation of the late-Councilman Howard Jorgenson on Jan. 19. After a 20-minute executive session to discuss the qualifica- tions of all five. candidates, the council voted unanimously to recommend Elizabeth Rosenbeck to fill the vacant Position 5 seat. The recommendation now goes to the Spokane County Board .See Rosenbeck page 11 Photo by John McCallum And these grow well in shade... Lin Summers Hoskins (with hat) assists a customer at the Gardeners of Cheney's annual plant sale last Saturday in Mitchell's Harvest Foods' parking lot. According to club members, business was brisk for most of the day. While total call volume is down since university joined county system, Cheney police dispatchers are still busy By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Roughly six months after Eastern Washing- ton University decided to part ways with the Cheney Police Department for dispatch ser- vices, things are "going very well," according to Cheney Police Chief John Hensley. Without much of an explanation to the city as to why, the university decided last summer to end its contract with Cheney for most com- munications services in favor of those provided by the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. The switch resulted in about a $90,000 decrease to the Cheney department's budget, some of which has been recouped by a data storage contract with EWU and contracts for data stor- age and processing with Airway Heights and the Kalispel Tribe police departments. Hensley said the move has resulted in less "air time" for Cheney dispatchers, which has translated into more time to address other func- tions of their work - processing of no-contact orders, warrants and firearms-related issues and other paperwork-generating requirements not only from Cheney, but for Airway Heights and the Kalispels as well. "Now that they're (EWU) gone, Cathy's See Dispatch page 11 By AL STOVER Accorcting to Airway received the threat over the verged at the school and helped Staff Reporter Heights Police Department's phone said the caller"sounded evacuate the students to safety, A bomb threat on Monday, Sgt. Robert Swan, police were like a robo-caller," which is an relocating them to a nearby May 23, led to the evacuation of notified about the bomb threat automated telephone call that church, then blocked the fol- students at S mset Elementary at approximately 12:20 p.m. delivers a recorded message. School in Airway Heights. Swan said the person who Airway Heights police con-See Bomb hoax page 10 Photo by Paul Delaney Unlawful road change In what the Washington State Patrol said is likely a road rage incident, two cars were involved in a collision Monday afternoon on Interstate 90, causing this v hicle to leave the freeway, plow through fencing and land on Westbow Road near Spotted Road. Neither driver was seriously injured in the collision. AH eyes grant for industrial area economic plan By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The Airway Heights City Council elected to move a resolution out of its May 23 study session to consideration at a regular council meeting that could eventually lead to the successful recruiting of more industrial-type businesses to the city. Development Services Director Derrick Braat- en is requesting to apply for a $50,000 Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) planning grant in order to implement a contract with con- suiting firm Studio Cascade to develop a plan See Council page 11 II1[!![!11!!!]!1111 INSIDE Business Sect. 1, pg 3 Opinion Sect. l, pg 4 Business & Service Sect. [, pg 8-9 Police & Legals Sect. 2. pg 4 Classifieds Sect. 2, pg 6 Sports Sect. 2. pg 1 Education Sect. 1, pg 2 West Plain Briefs Sect. 1, pg 7 Online Extras Local News, Sports Updates