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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, June 11,2015 r n lirni r fun It's that time a year when we map out our summer getaways. But as you plan to visit desti- nations that are maybe far away, or even foreign, think about ratcheting things back a little and remember what might just be in or near your backyard. The West Plains has events that both need your patronage, and maybe even some help, too. If you missed Cheney's third-annual Mayfest, staged May 29-30, an opportunity passed you by to connect with businesses and neighbors. The event, one of a number that showcases Cheney, was well attended and bigger than the previous years. The Cheney Free Press editorial board will take this opportunity to remind you to go to the wall calendar or the smartphone app and put these activities on your to-do list in the next few weeks. Medical Lake's Founder's Day, June 20 The Cheney Rodeo, July 10-12 Blue Waters Bluegrass Fes- tival, Aug 7-9 Airway Heights Festival, Aug. 21-22 The cities and organizations hosting these events would like your support of the events and would probably love your vol- unteer involvement as well. Medical Lake honors its heritage at Founder's Day and presents a day of activities such as a parade, car show and a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, among numerous other things to entertain the entire family. Among those helping pro- mote the event is new Medical Lake Superintendent of Schools, Tim Ames, who wants the school district out front and engaging the community, not just when they need support for bonds and levies. For nearly a half century, the Cheney Rodeo has brought some of the top cowboys in the country to the West Plains. They compete at Bi Mart Arena the second weekend in July and try to grab their share of the money at what has come to be known as "Cowboy Christmas." Who would have thought that back in 2002 the Blue Wa- ters Bluegrass Festival would have grown to the stature it enjoys today, booking some of the top acts in the country? Bluegrass is truly an infec- tious style of music, but it's an ambitious band of volunteers behind the curtains who make it all happen on the stage, and under the lights. Airway Heights is in its 32rid year of producing its massively popular Ford Show. When asked if they're going to the Ford Show, most people reply is more often than not, "Oh you mean the one in Airway Heights?" Each of these events pro- vides their respective com- munities with a unique way to showcase themselves to people from outside their towns who might never before have had a reason to visit. These events thrive on the energy of the many volunteers who work long hours behind the scenes. They also die when that wanes. The Cheney Jubilee had a run of just three years and seemed to be a fine companion to the rodeo down the road. But the volunteer seed to keep this fun event alive, although planted, never germinated and grew roots. It wasn't but a couple of years ago that the future of Founder's Day was also in doubt. The old guard, who saw to it that the event took place, experienced burnout and needed new people to step up. With some appar- ent pushing and shoving a new group of organizers are steering Founder's Day forward. Whatever magic potion the Cheney Rodeo has used to keep it successful and vital many others might like the recipe. Perhaps it was the reputed party atmosphere that kept organizers engaged. By drawing people from outside each of the West Plains communities and giving them reason to stay a while, everyone wins, the businesses, the com- munity, the city itself. Take a small piece of your summer and catch some of the fun, and if you have more time get in and volunteer. Write to the .Point Caitlyn Jenner benefits from status other transgenders don't enjoy By JOHN McCALLUM Editor I'm not sure how to take this whole Bruce Jenner, now Caitlyn Jenner, thing. I won't recap how a former 1976 Olym- pic male de- cathlon gold medallist be- came a 2015 John Uum female talk show and magazine per- sonalitv. You'd truly have to have returned from a desert island to not know the story. I never gave the trans- gender/gender change sub- ject much thought until last fall when the Cheney school board considered changes to its non-discrimi- nation policy. The new lan- guage recommended by the Washington State School Directors Association pro- posed inclusive approaches for transgender students such as confidential health and education information, sports and physical educa- tion and access to restroom and locker room facilities. There was plenty of public outcry about the policy at the board's Nov. 12 meeting, especially the restroom and locker room provisions. Eventually, the board tabled the changes, and could bring them up at a later date. Originally [ had intend- ed to do a story about the issue. I know something about gender issues as I have a brother who is gay and several gay friends, but virtually nothing about transgender individuals. So, I contacted someone I knew had answers - my friend and Eastern Washing- ton University Pride Center Director Sandra Williams. She said my story timing was "interesting" as that week, Nov. 17-21, was national Gender Awareness Week, and the Pride Center was hosting daily activities. The only event my sched- ule allowed was Thursday's "Internati onal Transgender Day of Remembrance," with an hour-long program at Showalter Hall memorial- izing individuals killed as a result of anti-transgender violence, and bringing at- tention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community. It was a sobering experi- ence. See Write to the Point page 5 FREE PRESS VoL 119-No. 8 Press Production Manager Randy Warwick Pressman Mark Cordes Sales Steve Barge DeeAnn Gibb Front Office Venus Bratsveen Dawn Chernak Rachel Stuart Editor John McCallum Reporters Paul Delaney AI Stover Graphics Brittani Montecucco John Myers Bookkeeper/Office Manager Debi Labish Publisher Harlan Shellabarger The Editorial Board is composed of Paul Deianey, AI Stove, Brittani Montecucco. John McCallum and Harlan SheUabarger 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 ADVi~RTISING -- Monday, 4 p.m. LEGAL NOTICES -- Monday, 5 p.m. CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING -- Tuesday, 11 a.m. 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 emall: cfp @ .,, ........ ....... Www, cberl -yfreePrus'cm Consumers have an out of control spending problem From 1960 to 2014, the average house size has more than doubled from 1,200 to 2,600 square feet, automobile ownership has gone up from 1 to 1.7 per household and the percentage of household income spent on food has dropped from 17.5 percent to 9.6 percent. In addition, we take longer vacations, retire younger and have a plethora of electronic and other products that didn't exist in 1960. The reality is that all segments of society, from the poor to the middle class to the richest 1 percent, are better off today than ever before in this country. It may be that the income gap between the rich and the poor is growing, but this has mostly to do with a growing skills gap and a welfare system that encour- ages dependency on govern- ment programs - programs which, by the way, greatly underestimate the true in- See-Letters page 5 John McCallum Al Stover Editor Staff Reporter Main contact for editorial coverage. Coy- Covers all Medical Lake government, ers all Cheney government, communi~ community and school district news, as school district news and events, as well well as A#way Heights news and Cheney as Cheney High School sports.High School sports. jmac al @ Paul Delaney Staff Reporter Covers all Medical Lake High School and Eastern Washington Univers~ sports and news. Contact for miscellaneous sports.