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By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Thanks to another area agency's inability to obligate fund- ing, the city of Cheney is positioned to begin work on a major road project ahead of schedule. The City Council signed a pair of agreements at its May 26 meeting allowing it to receive federal funding and begin engineering work on its Betz Road Preservation project. The $352,000 project will repave Betz from State Route 904 to North Sixth Street, as well as provide installation of ADA-compliant curb ramps. The city is eligible to receive 86.5 percent of the total proj- ect cost in federal funding, $302,900. Obligation of the grant funding required the council to authorize Mayor Tom Trulove See Projects page 10 Photo by Rachel Stuar Up in the air Kacey Brantley (above) and fellow members of the Spokane Aerial Perfor- mance Arts' troupe wowed Cheney festival goers with complex and colorful routines last Saturday during the third annual Cheney Mayfest. See page 10 and our website, www.chen eyfreepress.com, for more photos. Moratorium on medicinal pot put in place Airway Heights council enacts measure in order to reconcile state's blending of medical and ' recreational marijuana codes By AL STOVER Staff Reporter At its May 26 study session, the Airway Heights City Council passed an emergency moratorium on medical marijuana cooperatives and dispensaries. The moratorium is a result of Gov. Jay Inslee passing a new state bill referred to as the "Cannabis Patient Protection Act." The bill, which was passed in April and will take effect in July, establishes the Liquor Control Board - now the Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) - as the regulatory agency overseeing medical marijuana. It also establishes guidance for rules, regulation and licensing of medical cannabis. According to Development Services Director Derrick Braaten, the purpose of the moratorium is to ensure the city's standards do not con- flict with the new state regulations regarding medical cannabis production, processing and dispensing. "There is currently some conflict between this new bill and local codes," Braaten said. "We're amending our codes and hope to have everything finished in July." In August, council approved ordinance See Moratorium page 8 Cheney High School receives national award By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Cheney High School has again received a bronze rank- ing on U.S. News and World Reports' "2015 Best High Schools." According to a May 12 news release, the rankings are pro- duced in conjunction with RTI International, a global nonprofit social science research firm, and is based on a complex method- ology formula. That formula is "based on three aspects of school performance: (1) the performance of all students on state assessments in read- ing and mathematics; (2) the performance of disadvantaged student subgroups - defined as Black/African-American students, Hispanic/Latino stu- dents, and students who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch or who are economically disadvantaged as determined by the state - on these assess- ments; (3) and the degree to which high schools prepare students for college by offering a college-level curriculum. The national report features detailed information from more than 21,150 public schools, with many schools given a "College Readiness Index" score. The top 6,150-plus of these received el- See Award page 10 Reimagine Medical Lake works to preserve lne00 past and build future Group is wq with a broa By AL STOVER Staff Reporter There's a revitali: tion movement pois )rking on documentary film der historical presentation to happen in the Medical a group of citizens, that Lake. is looking to preserve the a- Leading the charge is city's history, as well as ,'d Reimagine Medical Lake, help it thrive in the future. The group is currently making a documentary about the history of Medi- cal Lake. The film will fo- cus on historical buildings in the city. Ben Cabido, community-based eco- nomic development direc- tor and CMTV14 program developer and marketing director for Community Minded Enterprises, said the documentary will also focus on families who have historical ties to the city. "Historians have talk- ed about (Stanley) Hallett, (Andrew) Lefevre and their families but they have missed others," Ca- bido said. See Reimagine page 9 INSIDE Education Sect. 1. pg 2 What's Happening fi 1, Opinion Sect. I, pg 4 West Plain Briefs Sect. 2, pg 3 Sect. 2, pg 1 Sect. 1, pg 6 Sect. 1, pg 3 Online Extras Local News, Sports Updates www.cheneyfreepress.com