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Page 4 Cheney Free Press Thursday, June 17, 1982 Get those fishing licenses Each week, the Cheney Free Press court report lists the names of many local residents who have been found guilty of fishing violations, many of which involve persons who failed to buy fishing licenses. With the return of summer weather, many more people will return to local lakes, and it would behoove those who intend to catch trout to obtain their licenses. Annually, a lot of money is spent by the Department of Game to produce trout and to plant local lakes. Money raised through the sales of licenses helps in supporting the game management programs. Law-abiding fishermen resent those who are too "cheap" to help support their own sport by purchasing licenses, as well as those who insist on disregarding other fishing regulations. Among other common infractions of the law are those related to the taking of fish on "quality" or "selective" fishing waters. People should be aware that when they are fishing such lakes that the limit is only one fish and that only barbless, artificial lures may be used. Region One Wildlife Agent Ernie Trim, Cheney, reports that 59 persons were arrested on local waters over the Memorial Day weekend for fishing without a license. Since the opening of fishing season, some 133 such citations have been issued. Those who still insist upon violating fishing laws should be aware that the fines have gone up this year-- from $50 to $75 for most offenses. And while we're at it...Persons should be aware that game officials are ever watchful to catch those who also insist upon littering. And this means even small items, such as cigarette packages, beer cans, etc. The general rule for outdoors persons is to treat others as you would have them treat you and to leave your campsite or fishing hole as clean as or cleaner than you found it. Earlier retirements costing taxpayers On July 1, thousands of public em- ployees will go on the retirement rolls as they take advantage of a new law that allows an "early out." Wanna bet on how many of them will be sitting at their same old desks the next day, and maybe for many days to come? A lot of them, it seems, are going to stay on at their same salaries on personal service contracts, while suc- cessors are found and/or trained. So hoped-for savings achieved by encouraging higher paid employees to get off the payroll will not come to pass immediately. For awhile anyway in many cases, two people will be paid for the job one was doing before. The 1982 Legislature passed two laws that triggered the July 1 outflow. One allows full retirement benefits for employees with 25 years service, or who are 55 with five years service, Under the old law, that was 30 years service and the age minimum was 60. The other ends as of July 1 the Olympia mma--e,,,:er, u,on long-standing practice of state workers saving up their vacation time and adding it to the base on which their pensions are figured. Actually, they can only use the previous two years accrual, so it amounts to doubling somewhere between 20 and 30 days. But what's happening in the public utility districts is fantastic. The PUDs, it seems, unlike most other areas of government, have no limit on accrual of vacation time. One PUD employee, according to Dr. Robert Hollister, head of the State Retirement System, cashed out $64,000 in .accrued vacation. You read it right, $64,000. About $14,000 of that could be applied to his pension base, which, said Hollis- ter, increased the man's pension by $3,500 a year. And all over the state, eligible PUD employees are opting for early retire- ment. Take the Chelan County PUD. Twenty-three employees are retiring. "Three or four" of them, according to PUD manager Jerry Kopp, have managed to accrue 200 days each of vacation time. Kopp declined to identify these vaca- tion hoarders, but he conceded that they were getting a sizeable bundle of pay for going out the door. "You take a $40,000 a year employee and 200 days is almost a man year," he said. "A man year is 220 working days." The kind of employees he was talking about, he said, were a lineman, a foreman, a supervisor. And Kopp de- fended their vacation time hoarding. "They get 20 to 30 days vacation a year and that's a lot to take if you are in a fairly responsible position," he said. "Instead of taking 25 days, they take 20. You take five days a year over 15 or 20 or 30 years and it adds up." Not only that, but some of these PUD employees also fall into the category of being difficult to replace so they're staying on under personal service contracts while they teach their successors the ropes, or wires, as it were. Kopp said about half a dozen con- tracts were being written "for any- where from a few days to a few months, to make the transition. It all just happened too fast, he said, these new laws that spurred the retire- ments, and new people have to learn what's going on. That's no isolated case. Wait until the biffs come in from all over the state later on... Anti.gun control Today I received my Gun Week weekly newspaper. The news in re- gards to freedom-loving Americans is not good. The very sad news is the Criminal Code bill, and it is one of the worst ones yet to be before the U.S. Congress. It is Senate bill # S-1630, while in the House its H.R. 1647 and 4711. The fact is if gun owners let these bills slip through without opposition, which very well could be possible should the news media choose to remain silent. The danger is these bills could become the Law of The Land. There would be no question this would end Constitutional Government in the United States of America. The language in the above bills is very tricky. In fact, two U.S. Senators voted in favor of these bills; since these bills are 425 pages long they only read the good sounding part of them. I had always considered the two senators strong pro-gun. What this Criminal Code bill really means, go easy on the criminal; but, at the same time, it would disarm each and every Ameri- can law-abiding citizen. A bill that needs to be desperately supported is S - 2123, as the states, cities, towns and villages do not have the right to abolish the second Amend- ment or, any part of our Constitution mot  than that, we don't want to be left unprotected in a society that, grows more Law-Less every day. We can no longer count on the police or the Courts to stop criminals or keep them locked up. We have a Consti- tutional right to protect our lives, our families and our property...Nobody can deny us this right, as long as America avr  remains a free country. It would be very wise to contact our two U.S. Senators Henry M. Jackson and Slade Gorton as soon as possible and ask them to support S-2123; to do nothing at this time would eventually make slaves out of all U.S. Citizens, including the Anti-Gun People, those that want to relieve us of our right to keep and bear arms. Sincerely, Anton W. Andor Picnicking The return of warmer weather prompted a picnic at Cheney City Park last Thurs. day. Above, Eastern Washington University employee Donna Perdgo enjoys the warm rays and a chat with her daughter, Debble Fitzgerald. Your city government The Cheney Police Department is located at 611 Second Street, which is the north portion of the City Hall Complex. Our telephone number for emergency calls is 235-6233. This number should be kept near your telephone for immediate availability should an emergency situ- ation require contact with Police or Fire Department. For information or business calls, our number is 235-6234. Both Police and Fire emergencies are dispatched by personnel in the Police Department, and we are avail- able twenty-four hours a day every day. The department consists of an authorized strength of eleven commis- sioned officers who are responsible for the prevention, investigation, and docu- mentation of criminal conduct occur- ring within the city. At present the department is operating with 10 com- missioned personnel, including one police chief, three sergeants and six officers. Two officers are assigned with primary responsibility for in- vestigative services. They perform follow up duties on reported incidents and prepare required documents for warrants or charges in local and superior court. In addition to the full time members, there are. nine active volunteer reservists. These are community based people who volunteer their time to supplement and assist the department in patrol and enforcement efforts. A full-time civilian secretary per- forms clerical and records functions, as well as the business day radio dis- patching. During evenings and week- end hours, dispatching is done by trained scholarship students who work a four day week to earn their school expenses. The Police Department operates five vehicles, three of which are marked patrol cars. The others are assigned to administration and investigation. The department maintains a complete records system and cooper- ates with other local, state, county and federal law enforcement agencies in the exhcange of information on crimi- nal conduct. A teletype systems links the Cheney Police with state and national computer systems for quick access to information on wanted per- sons, criminal records, license infor- mation and stolen property data. All officers of the department have received a minimum of two years of college education; five have bacca- laureate degrees, and two have sub- stantial pest graduate credit. All offi- cers have completed the 440-hour basic training academy provided by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, and we average an additional 60 to 80 hours of training per officer each year. In 1981, the department answered 4,138 calls for service, wrote 1,374 police reports on crime incidents, made 614 arrests, investiaged 105 traffic acci- dents and issued 988 traffic infraction citations. Our rate of clearance in all crime classifications was from 10% to 40% above the national average. The Cheney police remain proactive in our approach toward crime pre- vention. We provide services aimed at education and awareness of security and safety of persons and property. The following will briefly describe some of those services: VACATION CHECK-If you are going to be away from your residence or business, or, if you are experiencing some on-going problem, we will list your location on our prowl check list. Officers will them physically inspect the location at least once on each shift (three times each day). BICYCLE CONTACT CARD--Offi- cers contacting young bicyclists many complete a contact card which gener- ages a follow up contact with the youth's parents. The conditions found are explained and steps recommended to insure safe and lawful operation. SECURITY CHECKS--The police will inspect your home or business for security and safety deficiencies and provide recommendations for improv- Explorer Scouts receive donation ing conditions which invite criminal conduct or make intrusion easy. ALARM MONITORING--The police monitor on site alarms twenty-four- hours-a-day for businesses or homes, and respond immediately upon activa- tion. MONEY ESCORTS-The police will provide escort to any person finding it necessary to carry large sums of money for night deposit or other transaction. VEltICLE LOCK OUTS--The police have equipment which can assist in opening locked vehicles. While we cannot guarantee success, we are usually able to open locked cars. RIDE ALONG--Any concerned citi- zen is invited to ride with a patrol unit and see first hand the problems, frequency of events, types of calls and methods used by the police. This is a good opportunity to discuss police concerns with your patrol officers. OPERATION I.D.-You may borrow an electrical pencil from the depart- ment and etch your driver's license number on your valuables. Window stickers are provided which may dis- courage a theft to begin with. Serial- ized property stands a much higher chance of recovery if lost. TALKS AND TOURS-The Police Department regularly appears at local schools, Eastern Washington Univer- i.00els Thank you Our heartfelts thanks goes out to the entire community. It's been over- whelming to see the gifts of food and money that have come from so many different directions. Thanks to those who have babysat and watched our store, and also thanks to the Methodist Cheney Police Officer Greg Lopes II received a check for $40 from the CI :3( Club on behalf of the new Explorer Chenay. Lopes and Officer Allen Bral :0 hey High School students learn morel torcement in their community. The mo ward new uniforms. Explorer Scouts :3 Guenzel, Eric Duenow, Pat Reffalt, I Rick Campbell, Mike Henry, Rene ar Maureen Karin and Paula Hastings. # dents) see some of the positive things :0 do and see that it is not a totally he( ence," said Lopes. :3(] sity, church groups and  Publication Policy c,u,c. NEWS, WEDD,NGS, POSTMASTER: Send address corrections to Cheney G CLUB MEETINGS, ALL OTHER Free Press, P.O. 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