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a4 1t g 71 -"'-""-'"-"'act m h'li'hq,l,lr 'll'l'Pll,4 - lillhlh!lI Vol. 119-- No. 9 18, 2015 75 cents Your West Plains Newspaper Since 1896 Sports Rosa's Pizza and the Cheney Free Press squared off for the West Plains Little League Majors' division title. See Sect. 2, page 1 Just imaciine New Inside The Re-imagine Medi- cal Lake committee is cir- culating a survey asking residents of the city by the lake what they would like to see in their community. Please check out the survey inside and take the time to fill it out. Enclosed inside Bacterial claim Education Is that stuff really that good? Cheney High sopho- more science student Laura Mertens-Plowman asked herself that question about a common household prod- uct, and the answers earned her a top prize at a presti- gious local science confer- ence. See Sect. 1, page 2 Opinion While inexcusable, the actions of the officer in the McKinney, Texas pool- party incident may have some origination in several earlier, stressful incidents. After dealing with these, should he still have been on duty? See Sect. 1 page 4 Like Us Find us on Facebook and stay up date with West Plains area news, Roberson appointed to Planning Commission BY AL STOVER Staff Reporter Medical Lake residents received an update of when the city's new curbside recycling service would begin. During Tuesday's City Council meeting, Dusfin Bender, Sunshine Disposal and Recycling general manager, said the first wave of recy- cling carts will be delivered to residents on July 22. "The delivery of all of the carts will take the course of a week," Bender said. The fully-automated garbage collection will begin Aug. 5. Sunshine will pick up garbage every week and recyclables every other week. Bender said Sunshine will take old cans if residents request them to. He added that Sunshine will contact local businesses, apartment See Council page 10 Photo by Paul Delaney Important words Eastern Washington University graduates and their guests heard a keynote speech from EWU grad and Spokesman Review columnist Shawn Vestal at last Saturday's morning ceremony at Roos Field. Among the advice he offered, Vestal said never give up pursuing what you think is important. il Cheney deals with Light rtment matters, honors outgoing director By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Electrical issues took center stage at the Cheney City Council's June 9 meeting. The council agreed to sell the Light Depart- ment's 15-year-old digger/derrick truck to the city of Chewelah for $23,000, contingent upon the truck's condition at time of sale and on the arrival of Cheney's new digger/derrick truck. The old truck was inspected April 22 prior to the preliminary sale agreement. In February, the Cheney council accepted the purchase of the Light Department's new dig- ger/derrick truck for $228,376 plus tax, which still brings it in below the estimate of $250,000 and in- cludes several amenities not specified in the city's bid request. Light Department Director Joe Noland said the city expects to take delivery of the new truck sometime this fall. The council approved a Light Department re- quest to surplus 17 transformers and seven enclo- sures. Noland said the equ!pment was no longer of any use, and a number of the transformers needed to be disposed of in order to prevent any spillage of their cooling fluid. Cheney received one bid for the equipment disposal, a $2,430 price from Trans- former Technologies, Inc. In the final Light Department item on the agen- da, council agreed to renew a $10,000 contract with the Eastern Washington University Foundation for the university athletic department's advertis- ing of the city's power conservation program for 2016. The city receives funds for the advertising See Cheney council page 8 ment of th Interior OK By AL STOVER burn, assistant secretary for the mercial facilities. It will also In an email, Spokane Tribal Staff Reporter Bureau of Indian Affairs, wrote feature a tribal cultural center Council Chairman Rudy Peone The Spokane Tribe Eco- that STEP will not be detrimen- and a police and fire station, said it was gratifying to receive nomic Project (STEP) passed tal to the community, but will Although the land is off the Interior's approval for the another one of its hurdles, create employment and increase Spokane reservation, the tribe project. According to a news release, "tribal public service programs owns it. According to the re- "I am so happy and grati- the U.S. Department of the Inte- on the Spokane Reservation." lease, the land was once an en- fled for the Spokane Tribe and rior sent a letter to Washington The project, which wouldcampment area for theSpokane the entire community who Gov. Jay Inslee, voicing itsap- be located off Highway 2 and Tribe during battles between will benefit," Peone said. "I proval for the project. . Craig Road, will consist of a them and the U.S. Army more In the letter, Kevin Wash- resort casino, hotel, and com- than 100 years ago. See STEP page 10 'S acts to on By AL STOVER StaffReporter Medical Lake resi- dents who want to view artifacts that detail the city's history, but do not have the time to go to the library, will be able to look at them from their In collaboration with the According to its web- make them accessible on- Patrick Roewe, Spokane own home. Medical Lake Histori- site, the mission of WRH line to a wide audience. It County Library District In 2014, the Medical cal Society, the library is to enable small andalso provides long-term deputy director of library Lake Public Library re- is photographing and rural libraries to create storage and preservation services, said. "At one ceived a Washington Ru- scanning items from the digital collections of his- of digital masters created time, it was a destination ral Heritage grant from city's past and posting torical items that high- by WRH participants, where up to 3,000 people the Institution of Muse- the images on the WRH's light and tell the stories "Medical Lake has um and Library services, website, of their communities and such a rich history," See Archives page 10 IIl!!!!lll!!!!!lll INSIDE Business & Service Sect. 1, pg8-9 Police & Legals Sect. 2, pg 4 Classifieds Sect. 2, pg 8 Sports Sect. 2, pg 1 Education Sect. 1. pg 2 What's Happening Sect. 1, pg 6 Opinion Sect. 1, pg 4 West Plain Briefs Sect. 1, pg 3 Online Extras Local News, Sports Updates www. cheneyfreepress, com I