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I CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, August 20, 2015 NEWS nation continued from page 1 15 years and was the longest tenured council member prior to resigning. council has no confidence in Rushing He is challenging incumbent Henry to perform his duties as mayor as a re- Browne for the Cheney School Board sult of public comments he made that Director District 3 position in the Nov. were offensive, derogatory and not3 election. representing the views of the AirwayDuring public comment, resi- Heights, its dent Dale staff andres-"We all want this to go away. Perry said idents. Rush- it was un- ing made corflnlents on his personal R u s hin g' s F a c e b o o k what we want." resignation page, com- Airway Heights Deputy Mayor Kevin Richey under the paring Presi- current cir- discuss and review the process with filling the vacant council position. Tripp explained that council had two options in choosing Rushing's successor. One was to take applica- tions for the mayor position, review them and select a candidate. Another was for one of the council members to resign from their seat and step into the mayor's position. Council would then take applications to fill the va- cant seat. "We're going to spend the next couple of weeks figuring it out," Richey said. "I hope we have an an- swer soon." Al Stover can be reached at When I spoke to Mr. Rushing ear- fortunate to Animal knocks out power to over 3,000 lier today, we both agreed that's hear about dent Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle to "monkeys" on the weekend of July 10. Rushing's comments garnered national attention for Airway Heights and the call for him to resign as mayor, something he refused to do at the time. In additional to council, many residents called for the mayor's resignation. City staff drafted a letter expressing their lack of confidence in Rushing. Rushing's tenure as Airway Heights mayor began in 2009. He has served on the city Council for the past cumstances, however it was time for the city to heal from the negative attention it received from the mayor's actions. "It's done with now, let's move on," Perry said. Deputy Mayor Kevin Richey agreed with Perry's statement. "We all want this to go away," Richey said. "When I spoke to Mr. Rushing earlier today, we both agreed that's what we want." Rushing's resignation is effective Sept. 1 and Richey will handle the duties of mayor in the interim. Council will By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Over 3,000 electric- ity customers lost Thursday morning, Aug. 13, due to the return of a past foe of all-things electrical equipment - the tiny squirrel. Cheney Light De- partment Director Steve Boorman said a squirrel managed to find its way into a piece of equipment This story was originally pub- lished Thursday, Aug. 13, on www. cheneyfreepress. com. at the city's main substa- tion along Cheney'Plaza Road, the result of which power knocked out power to both Cheney and Inland Power and Light cus- tomers. The out- age, which occurred at 7:38 a.m., deprived over 2,500 customers in Cheney and 676 Inland Power customers in Ed- wall, Sprague, Spokane and unincorporated areas of Spokane County. Power was restored at 8:38 a.m. Boorman said a surge arrester was dam- aged and replaced. John McCal- lum can be reached at Dr. David Turner, DMD Modern Most dental dentistry insurances with 01daccepted fashiOned including Tricare care ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS Airway Heights Family Dentistry 9173 W. 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