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I CHENEY FREEPRESS Thursday, June 18, 2015 NEWS continued from page 1 also stated thatSTEP is compatible with Fairchild. The Interior Department has am thankful for the current and past worked with the Spokane Tribe and Spokane Tribal Leadership, the mere- the Air Force to establish procedures to bership and growing list of Eastern mitigate any potential encroachment. Washington supporters who continue In April 2014,.,Spokane County to rally behind us." Commissioners wrote a letter to the STEP has gained approval from BIA, asking them to take a new look at several local businesses and munici- possible negative impacts the project palities, including Don Barbieri, former would have on Fairchild. Commissioner Chairman and CEO of Red Lion Hotels, A1 French said the board will continue Airway Heights Mayor Patrick Rushing to oppose STEP. and Spokane City Council President "We're going to focus our attention Ben Stuckart. on working with the governor to make However, it is not without local op- sure he can live up to his promise to position. The Spokane County Board protect Fairchild," French said. of Commissioners oppose the project, The Kalispel Tribe, which owns mainly due to their concern of the po- and operates Northern Quest Casino tential dangers STEP poses to Fairchild in Airway Heights, also voiced its dis- Air Force Base. approval of the project. According to In 2013, the BIA published the the release, Spokane Tribe's proposed West Plains Mixed-Use Development project is within their aboriginal lands, Final Environmental Impact Statement while Northern Quest is not located on where it determined that STEP would the Kalispel's traditional land. In the not negatively affect Fairchild. It also release, Washburn stated that it would concluded the project would invest over be "ironic" to allow the Kalispel Tribe $350 million in Spokane County, gener- to have a casino within the Spokane ate revenues for several businesses and Tribe's aboriginal area while deny- create over 5,000 jobs in the area. ing the tribe the opportunity to use The Federal Aviation Administra- its own aboriginal lands for the same tion also released a study in December purpose." 2013, determining that STEP would not Peone added that the tribe is open be a hazard to air navigation around to "sitting with our relatives at Kalispel the base. The United States Air Force and exploring what can be worked out between us to benefit both of our Tribes email, spokeswoman Jaime Smith said and all of Eastern Washington." Inslee's office had received the letter All eyes are on Inslee, who must and "will begin reviewing it shortly." concur with Interior's analysis before Al Stover Can be reached at gaming can occur on the site. In an al@cheneyfreepress.com. Photo by Al Stover Allen's named Medical Lake Yard of the Month Cliff and Arlene Allen's home at W. 18315 Barker Road was selected as the inaugural Gardeners of Cheney and the Medical Lake Kiwanis Club June selection for Yard of the Month. From left to right: Steven Meltzer, Medical Lake Kiwanis; Sharry Cowan, Gardeners of Cheney; Arlene Allen, Cliff Allen, Denny Wuesthoff and Jean Nelson, Gardeners of Cheney. ncil continued from page 1City Administrator city's Planning Commis- Doug Ross said the recy- sion to fill a vacancy left by complexes and the Medical cling center will only take Commission member Lois Lake School District on the oil and batteries once curb- Feken. Ross confirmed that week of July 6. Council- side recycling begins. Feken resigned prior to the man John Paikuli said he "Curbside recycling is councilmeefing. spoke to residents at the something new and people "Lois has been a long- recyding center and many arehesitantaboutitbutI'm time member of the com- of them are pleased about sure in about six months, mission," Ross said."We'd the new service, we'll wonder why we like to bring her in front of "Itseems generational," didn't have it," Ross said. council to acknowledge her Paikuli said."The older the Medical Lake Mayorfor her efforts." residentswere, thelessthey J9hn Higgins app0intcd AI Stover can be reached seemed pleased about it." Tammy Robersonl t0! , e 'at al@cheneyfreepress.com. continued from page 1 would come every week- end to visit the healing waters of the lake" Roewe added that Medical Lake is the first city to represent Spokane County on the WRH proj- ect. Some artifacts, which are a mix of physical items and photographs, are already on the web- site, including a 1916 photograph of a fourth- grade class. Alex Fricks, a Spokane Falls Community College graduate who is planning to transfer to Eastern Washington University, is the intern working on the project. Her tasks include retouching old photographs, scanning and realigning items. She also conducts research and is working with Evan Robb, project manager and digital repository librarian. "There's a little bit of piecing things together on my part," Fricks said. "Sometimes I'll have to go through and identify people in photographs." Photo by AI Stover Alex Fricks is currently photographing and archiving various artifacts from Medical Lake's histow. When she started this and so many people are project, Fricks didn'tgoing to get a chance to know Medical Lake had learn aboutit," Fricks said. such a rich history. Some- "It's nice we are going to one she's enjoyed learn- document all of it." ing about is Theo Hall. Roewe said the goal is "She was the post- to have 100 items on the mistress and taught Sun- WRH website by August. day school," Fricks said. He added that the library "She was very active in will collaborate with the the Community and was historical society and oth- all over the place." ers to add more informa- One of the artifacts tion about the artifacts. Fricks recently found was "This is not just a stat- a bottle of mineral water ic project, it can change with liquid still inside and grow over time," of it, R0ewe said. "All of this informa- AI Stover can be reached tionis becoming available at al@cheneyfreepress.com. Call me today to discuss your options. Some:people think Allstate only protects your car. Truth is, Allstate can also protect your home or apartment, your boat, motorcycle - even your retirement and your life. 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