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...... "**"**"*'*'*"'*"AUT O"ALL FOR ADO Small Town PapenD 217 W Cota St !M/2ole 1 Shelton WA 98884-220, ) h,d,hq,l,.,,.,rrll,.Hl,, illlmlh,diqh.,iq Vol. 119-- No. 14 July 23, 2015 Your West Plains Newspaper Since 1896 75 cents Sports When Bill Chaves ar- rived in Cheney from Bay- lor University in Waco, Texas in 2007, he became the fourth Eastern Wash- ington University athletics director - permanent and interim - in five years. After eight years on the job, Chaves has the Eagles sports teams climbing high- er than ever before - and looking for more. See Sect. 2, page 1 Despite seasonal tem- peratures and recent rain, city of Cheney officials are maintaining a "Condition Yellow" water usage alert. Restrictions include: - Watering on odd/even days per address, Watering in evening, overnight hours and, - No more than 1 inch per week. Education The Medical Lake School District and Medi- cal Lake Parks and Rec- reation Department have joined forces to create a place and program for stu- dents who have to leave for school an hour early because of their parents work schedule. See Sect. 1, page 2 Opinion If s long been known there a many benefits to exploring outer space, benefits we enjoy every day and don't think twice about it. But in reality, those medical breakthroughs, those fancy gagdets, aren't why we go out. See Sect. 1, page 4 Like Us Find us on Facebook and stay up date with West Plains area news. li il Cheney School Board considers response to mayor's comments By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The Cheney School Board will decide at a July 29 special meet- ing how it will respond to controversial comments made by Airway Heights Mayor Patrick Rushing on his personal Facebook page that became public almost two weeks ago. Rushing's comments regarding President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama made nationalnews, generating claims of racism and demands by Airway Heights City Council members for his resignation. Rushing has. apologized for the remarks, but has See District response page 10 Photo by AI Stover Sendoff to state Friends, families and fans gathered at Salnave Park, July 17 to send off the West Plains Little League All Stars as they traveled to Montesano, Wash., to compete in the state tournament. The All Stars qualified for the tournament after winning the District 13 championship, but were eliminated from state play after losing their first two games over the weekend. The West Plains community raised over $7,000 to cover the team's travel expenses after water supply issues forced the tournament to be moved from Cheney to Montesano. Airway Heights City Council imposes sanctions on mayor By AL STOVER Staff Reporter Residents, staff and dignitaries filled the Airway Heights City Council chambers Monday night tO watch the political fate of Mayor Patrick Rushing. During its meeting, council approved boards and commissions. Rushing was a resolution, 5-1, that declares Rushing's the only dissenting vote with Councilman Facebook offensive comments about First Doyle Inman absent. Lady Michelle Obama and President The resolution came out of a July 13 Barack Obama inexcusable and prejudicial, study session where council asked Rush- and that his personal views do not repre- ing to resign, which he refused to do. On sent the values or beliefs of the city. It also July 10, Rushing made comments on his declares the council has no confidence in personal Facebook account, comparing Rushing to perform his duties as mayor and directs staff to review his position on See Staying put page 10 nc, il dis By JOHN McCALLUM most about everybody in the on the negotiations' status, would not be comparable to Editor world uses - and for just about" which began informally after what Cheney provides today. Perhaps the best way to get everything, the contract expired in 2011 but Hensley told the council the Eastem Washington University "We are more than a dis- were broken off suddenly in county is capable of providing back to the bargaining table patch center for them," Cheney October 2014. The city discov- emergency services to the uni- on a dispatch service contract Police Chief John Hensley told ered in the interim that EWU versity, with enhancedcomputer with Cheney Police Depart- the City Council at its July 14 has been negotiating with the aided dispatch (CAD) calls and ment might be to equate the meeting. "We are more likeSpokane County Sheriff's Of- a regional records management services the city provides the Goggle." rice for dispatch services, al- university to another business Hensley briefed the council beit at a level all parties agreed See Dispatch page 3 By AL STOVER One of the headline acts Dickens was the eighth of Staff Reporter for the 14th annual Blue 11 siblings. In the 1950s, C me notable Waters, BluegrassFesfival, she moved to Baltimore ames in blue- Aug. 7-9 at Waterfront Park and worked in a facto- k,,Jgrass are coming in Medical Lake, is the Ha- ry before meeting Mike to Medical Lake to pay zel Dickens Tribute set. Seeger, one of the found- tributetooneofthegenre's Born in Montcalm, ing members of the New trailblazers. W.V., on June 1, 1935, Lost City Rattlers. Dick- ens soon became active was a male-dominated lan County, USA," as well in bluegrass and collabo- genre, as appearing in the film. rated with Alice Gerrard, In 1976, Dickens began In 1994, she became Seeger's wife. The duo her solo career, recording the first woman to receive produced five albums and fouralbums and beingfea- the Merit Award from the became one of the promi- tured on many compila- International Bluegrass nent acts in the bluegrass fions. She contributed songs scene, which at the time to the documentary "Har- See Dickens page 9 10!!111!!!1!!111 INSIDE Business & Service Sect. 1,pg 8-9 Police & Legals Sect. 2, pg 4 Classifieds Sect. 2,pg 7 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