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21 1277 73 .... *~***'*'~'**"'*** .... AUT O~ALL FOR ADC Ill Small Town Papers 217 W Cota St 1 ole i ,Shelton WA 96584-226, IrPhq,l,.-.,t,Hl,,HI-tll .Urdlqh",aq Vol. 119 No. 15 July 30, 2015 Your West Plains Newspaper Since 1896 75 cents Summer school Sports The Cheney Sum- merhawks 17U squad finished its first sum- mer baseball season away from American Legion with an 11-13 record, and hopefully some great experience the players will find helpful in the 2016 high school season. See Sect. 2, page 1 Rodeo round up More News Inside While rain and some cooler temperatures may have impacted attendance a bit at theparade and Rodeo Roundup downtown, event organizers still see a lot of good coming out of this year's Cheney Rodeo,, and t(J look f0i-ward to in the future. See Sect. 1, page 2 Still Yellow With the weather return- ing to-high temperatures, 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. ! Opinion It doesn't make a lot of sense for the city of Cheney and Eastern Washington University to.not be discuss- ing at length an important responsibility both have to the safety of students in this city - and that is what to do about the dispatch, contract. See Sect. 1, page 4 Like Us Find us on Facebook and stay up date with West Plains area news. Cheney voters to cast ballots Nov. 4 on proposed property tax By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The Cheney City Council voted unanimously at its July 28 meet- ing to pass an ordinance lifting the city's state law imposed l vy lid limit and send a proposed property tax increase to the Nov. 4 general election ballot. Contributed photo by John Waller~Spokane County Fire District 10 The proposed increase would raise the current levy amount of $2.4038 per $1,000 of assessed property valuation to $3.10 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. If approved, the levy would be lifted for a single year, but would remain permanently in place for future years, meaning it would always be $3.10 annually, but never lower, Finance Director Cindy Niemeier told'the council. According to information from the city's presentation, Cheney's current total assessed valuation is $515,883,823, which generates See Levy lid lift page 10 Morning blaze Airway Heights firefighters called to the scene of an early morning fire Mon- day at Sixth and Beeman found a good portion of the house fully consumed. See the story in Sect. 1, page 9. commission rime By JOHN McCALLUM Editor With a few exceptions, most categories in the Cheney Police Department's year-to-date figures from the June Monthly Accountability Report (MAR) reflect a downward trend when compared to this time last year. Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) totaled 286 through the first half of 2015, compared to 303 in 2014, a decrease of just over 5.6 percent. Seven of the 11 categories were at or near 2014 levels, with significant decreases seen in assaults (24.49 percent), burglaries (32.14 percent) and criminal alcohol offenses (46.67 percent). Most of the criminal alcohol offenses were driving under the influence reports, and the figures don't necessarily reflect the number of those incidents taking place in Cheney, Cheney Police Cmdr. Rick Campbell said. There have been a number of DUI arrests, but some have been handled by the Washington State Patrol, which has a speedier DUI processing method. One activity area showing an increase is drug offenses, up from two through June 2014 to 14 so far this year. Campbell said most of these are marijuana possession cases involving individuals under age 21, with the increase reflecting a newly established consensus among prosecutors and See Cheney stats page 10 Planning Commission asks staff to draw up resolution expressing disagreement with mayor's recent Facebook statements. in Rushing By AL STOVER Staff Reporter The Airway Heights Plan- ning Commission followed suit with many residents and staff regarding Mayor Patrick Rushing and his ability to lead the city. At its July 22 meeting, the commission asked staff to draft not agree with Rushing state- ments and asks him to resign from his position as mayor. Airway Heights has been the subject of controversy since Rushing posted comments on his personal Facebook account that compare President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to "monkeys." City a document stating they do Council, staff and residents have asked Rushing to resign, which he has refused to do. "As a city body, we have an obligation to make a state- ment for ourselves and for the residents of Airway Heights," Commission Chair Larry Bow- man said of the group's deci- sion to take a stance on the matter. The commission was con- cerned about the negative per- ception Airway Heights is receiving from Rushing's ac- tions and is unsure the city can accomplish its gSals, particu- larly in economic development Medical Lake has safe July 4, Fire Department's busy and overall growth with him as mayor. "It's not a question of guilt or innocence," Bowman said. "It's a perception of how all of this negatively impacts the city ," Development Services Di- rector Derrick Braaten said staff is disappointed with Rushing's comments, however they will continue to work just as hard as they have in the past. "We're not going to let this get us down," Braaten said. See Confidence page 10 season continues By AL STOVER vens said the department ing part in the voluntary July 4 due to the weather Staff Reporter had two fire trucks on fireworks ban," Stevens and potential threat of It was a relatively safe patrol. They also received said. "The deputies did a wildfires. Fourth of July for the city help from the Spokanegreat job of keeping it out Although many resi- of Medical Lake. County Sheriff's Office of the streets." dents took part in the At the July 20 City and SCOPE. Medic alLakerequest- volunteer fireworks ban, Council meeting, Assis-"I've also got to give ed residents to refrain Stevens said there were tant Fire Chief Corey Ste- it to our citizens for tak- from using fireworks on people from outside of the city who came to Medical city's code that allows the Lake to light off fireworks, fire chief and assistant fire He suggested the city chief to call an emergeney begin discussions regard- ban of fireworks based ing the issue of fireworks on wea[her conditions before next year; and fire danger," Stevens "Whether it's a full ban or an amendment in the See ML council page 9 INSIDE Classifieds Sect. 2,pg 5 Sports Sect. 2, pg 1 More News Sect. 1,pg 2 What's Happening Sect. 1, pg 6 8 1, Opinion Sect. 1,pg 4 West Plain Briefs Sect. 1, pg 3 Online Extras Local News, Sports Updates www.cheneyfreepress.com