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Check inside for our special section on the... Seven-day weather forecast , " i! ' Hot!. Sunny conditions with daytime highs upper 90s through the weekend, dropping to upper to mid 80s next week. Overnight lows mid 60s. Light winds, no chance of precipitation. Forecast from The Weather Channel ""-*....,...,.-.-J.. AUT ALL e#wee~ Small Town Papers 2i7 W Cola St 8helton WA 981J 1-2 3 7S FOnAO(3 im l lr/Olll i h,n0,hq,l,n, vl,vll,.Ht,,qlh.lhqhqldNi Vol. 121--No. 12 July 6, 2017 I I I 75 cents Your West Plains Newspaper Since 1896 Acro 'bat' ics ,Sports Medical Lake hosted a Pod in the Wood Bar Classic that featured some spectacular play: See Sect. 2, page 1 A great drive Business The Ice Age Floods was listed as one of the "great summer drives" by AAA magazine. See Sect. 1, page 3 Education Medical Lake School District is gearing up for its summer programs - one being the Circuit Breakers STEAM camp. See Sect. 1, page 2 Opinion The Cheney Rodeo will celebrate its 50th year this weekendl To keep it going for another 50 will require more community involve- ment. See Sect. 1, page 4 Like Us Find us on Facebook and stay up to date with West Plains area news. Council approves first reading of ordinance increasing density for Parkside Commons By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Cheney's City Council unanimously approved the first read- ing of an ordinance changing the zoning of a 3.6-acre parcel of land at the comer of Cedar and North Eighth streets from mul- tifamily residential (R-3) to high-density multifamily residential (R-3H). The increased density will allow the Parkside Commons student-housing project to move forward once the other two readings and final passage are held. Parkside Commons' request for the zoning changes have See Rezone page 10 Photo by Grace Pohl Low cost cooling The Cheney pool was the place to cool off this week from the hot temperatures on the West Plains. The pool hosts open swim Monday - Saturday every week from 1 - 5 p.m. Various free swims throughout the summer are sponsored by local businesses, with the next one taking place July 8. By AL STOVER Staff Reporter The Medical Lake Fire Department doesn't usually have Mot of problems man- aging outdoor burning in the city. In most cases, when firefighters or Spokane County Sheriff's Office deputies ask people to extinguish illegal fires, folks oblige. However there are a few incidents with repeat offenders or people who disre- gard the request to put out the blaze. During the June 20 Medical Lake City Council meeting, Fire Chief Jason Mayfield submitted an ordinance for the city's mu- nicipal code regulating portable outdoor fireplaces and recreational fires in the city, as well as giving firefighters and SCSO deputies the ability to enforce regulations and forward reports to the prosecuting at- torney for charges. Although the Fire Departmentenforces International Fire Code and Revised Code of Washington laws regarding outdoor burning, the city's current municipal code does not clearly define which personnel can enforce regulations, which Mayfield said makes it difficult for firefighters and deputies to impose the law. "It's nothing different from what we've been doing before," he added. According to the ordinance, portable outdoor fireplaces shall include a built-in chimney. Fireplaces shall not be operated See Fires page 9 ommission sen com [an council Upgrades to long-term planning document recommended; staff proposes dealing with parking, density issues through zoning By JOHN McCALLUM proved updates to the city's historic as it was preceded by Editor comprehensive plan at a spe- a joint workshop with the City Cheney planning com- cial meeting held June 26. The Council to learn more about missioners unanimously ap- meeting was also somewhat planning and zoning and how they relate to issues brought up recently by citizens. The comp plan consider- ation was a continuation of the commission's June 12 meeting, during which concerns were See Plan page 10 Dim ii~!~i! Nell Pitching in through June The staff of the Cheney Free Press has started a year-round donation program to help those in need in our com- munity. We are inviting the community to take part. To find out how, call Harlan or Paul at 235-6184. Remodeled utton Parkgazebo to host events this summer Historical structure given better foundation, supports for roof By GRACE POHL Staff Intern ith the gazebo at Sutton Park newly remod- voted 6-0 to approve a $16,985 bid from Steve Moser Construction of Nine Mile Falls to eled, it is time to enjoy irepair the foundation the summer with free of the gazebo. Along concerts and movies in with the foundation, the park. work also included Back on May 9, the Cheney City Council See Activities page 8 011t!!!tU 11!!!!!111 INSIDE Business Business & Service Classifieds Education Sect. 1, pg 3 Sect. 1,pg 8-9 Sect. 2, pg 7 Sect. 1, pg 2 Opinion Police & Legals Sports West Plain Briefs Sect. 1, pg 4 Sect. 2, pg ' 4 Sect. 2, pg 1 Sect. 1, pg 7 Online Extras Local News, Sports Updates www.cheneyfreepress.com L