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See Sect. 1, page 2 Opinion The recent ruling by the Washington State Supreme Court in the ongoing Mc- Cleary school funding issue Fhkley caught everybody off guard. What does it all mean, and are all the players in education operating off the same playbook? See Sect. l, page 4 Like Us Find us on Facebook and stay up date with West Plains area news. In in Cheney investigation leads to arrests of burglary ring members By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Cheney and Spokane police departments combined forces last week to put an end to a burglary ring responsible for at least eight break-ins in the Salnave area since July 20 - and possibly more than that in Spokane. Cheney Police Sgt. Rick Beghtol said evidence from an Aug. 10 burglary of a residence on the 700 block of Clover Street pointed to an apparent suspect, which Was further confirmed by a "reliable source." That burglary included theft of a firearm. Beghtol and Detective Justin Hobbs then conducted a stakeout of the suspect's apartment at Garden Manor. After two days of watching the routine of the suspect, Beghtol said they decided to execute a search warrant, but also received support from the Spokane County Sheriff's Office's SWAT team, K-9 unit and Spokane Police Department's Patrol Anti-Crime (PAC) team See Burg laries page 10 Photos by John McCallum Sutton fun Two unrelated events brought Cheney residents to Sutton Park last Wednesday evening. Top, Pete and Jewell Baccerella per- formed under the park's gazebo aspart of the city's 2015 Summer Concert Series. Bottom: Cheney Kiwanis member Kirk Madison prepares to dish up some bar- becued brats to fellow Kiwanis members attending the club's annual picnic, and celebrating the 100th birthday of the international service organization. Embattled Airway Heights mayor cites health issues as reasons for stepping down By AL STOVER Staft Reporter The city of Airwav Heights is ready to move forward from the air of controversy that surrounded it this past month. At its Monday meeting, the City Coun- cil voted 4-0 to accept the resignation of Mayor Patrick Rushing. Council members Jack Collins and Steven Lawrence were absent. During the meeting, City Manager Al- bert Tripp reported that Rushing submitted his letter of resignation to staff earlier that day. In the letter, Rushing cited his health as the reason for his resignation. "After 15 years and eight months of continuous service to the city of Airway Heights and having survived three rounds of cancer, I find it difficult to continue due to my declining health issues," Rushing wrote. Rushing's resignation follows a reso- lution City Council passed at its July 22 meeting. The resolution declares that See Resig nation page 8 Timber to be for Sal Glen Proposed Cheney apartment complex requires Forest Practices Application By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Cheney Community Devel- opment Department officials have released a mitigated deter- ruination of non-significance on an application for construction of a three-story, three-building 72-unit apartment complex on West First Street near Salnave Park. Officials have determined the project would have no probable significant adverse impact on the environment as long as certain mitigation procedures are followed. One of those carries the unusual requirement of obtaining a Forest Practices Application from the state Department of Natural Resources in order remove a stand of trees that covers almost all of the parcel considered for development. "Just the large number of trees," Cheney Planner Brett Lucas said in an email when asked what triggered the Forest Practices Application. "DNR calls the shots on that. We told them what was on the site to see if a permit was needed. They indicated yes." Bob Anderson, DNR North- east Region office manager, said the department is one of many agencies receiving SEPA applications for comments during the approval process. In applications where ground is converted from timber to a use that's incompatible with timber harvesting -- trees once removed will not be replaced in substantial number -- the department requests a Forest Practices Application be filled out. "We just look at harvesting as being an intermediate step," Anderson said. Jeff Johnson, one of several partners in Salnave Glen, LLC, who owns the property, said they are in the process of com- pleting the DNR application, and was hoping it would not delay construction beginning at the site. Johnson said they hope to begin work on the site of the $7 million project sometime in September, with completion and opening taking place in August 2016. According to application See Salnave Glen page 10 Airway Heights commission recommends medical marijuana chang Amendments to zoning code required due to state's 'Cannabis Patient Protection Act' sent to City Council By AL STOVER S taff Report er The Airway Heights Planning Commission voted 3-0 to forward a resolution to City Coun- cil recommending they adopt amendments to the city's municipal code re- garding medical cannabis standards. Commission chair Larry Bowman was INSIDE Business & Service Classifieds Education Opinion Sect. 1,pg 8-9 Police & Legals Sect'. 2,pg. 5 Sports Sect. 1,pg 2 What's Happening Sect. 1,pg 4 West Plain Briefs absent from the meeting. No public comments were received regarding the new amendments. Development Services Director Derrick Braaten explained the amend- ments were in response L~ Sect. 2, pg 3 Sect. 2, pg 1 Sect. 1, pg 6 Sect. 1, pg 3 to Gov. Jay Inslee signing the "The Cannabis Patient Protection Act," a senate bill that creates regula- tion for medical cannabis in Washington state. The city had previously ad- opted its own standards for medical cannabis be- cause the state had no regulations for medical cannabis at the time. Several changes went into place after Inslee See Changes page 9 Online Extras Local News, Sports Updates www.cheneyfreepress.com