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Page 8 Free Press ' Thursday, August 23, 2012 OBITUARY Gary Cox Cheney has lost one of its finest this past week with the passing of Gary Cox at the age of 67. Gary was born in 1945 in Alhambra, Calif. to the late Lloyd Cox and Mildred (Cox) Kalbin of (lleney. He served his country with pride in the U.S. Navy aboard "his ship" the USS Hornet dur- ing Vietnam and welcomed his first son Michael in 1965. Gary and Patricia (Dye) Cox married in 1969, having two daughters Brenda (Cox) Gladden and Valerie (Cox) Graver. Gary leftGTE of SanJose and Los Gates Police De- partment in 1978 and moved the family to Cheney to join Telephone Utilities (CenturyLink) and the Cheney Police Department as a reserve police officer. Gary became the Cheney Police Reserve commander, serving Cheney for over 30 years. His pride, dedication, integrity and commitment were ever present in all that he said and did. Gary was most proud of his eight grandchildren, He loved watching his boys play football and the girls in theft sports. Gary even coached one of the football teams for two years and took it very seriously; teaching the boys about sportsmanship and the game, nevermatter the score. He would call the players "his boys" to this day. Gary retired from CenturyLink in 2010 and was ready to relax and travel. His last trip was to his favorite place, the beach, always excited to see the sunset. Gary was a simple man who loved his wife, family, friends and had the utmost pride in his community, and never wavered from his beliefs and morals. He taught his family that "your word is all you have, anything can be agreed upon with a handshake, respect-you get what you give, and anything worth having is worth working for." If you worked with him as a partner, you felt safe knowing he was your backup. If you watched how he treated people you knew what it meant to be compassionate. If you watched him with his wife you knew true love and how marriage should be. If you watvhed him with his children and grandchildren you knew that family was his life. If you were part of his family you knew what it meant to be loved, supported, valued, encouraged and protected. If you were his friend you had the promise of an ear to listen and a strong shoulder, a warm smile, and a word of advice if you asked for it, and sometimes not what you wanted to hear but what you needed to hear; whether you liked it or not, there was always love behind it. With the passing of Gary, Dad, Pap~ Coach, there is a forever void that can never be filled, but the principals he taught and the love he showed with carry on forever. Gary is survived by his wife of 43 years; PaNda (Dye) Cox of Cheney, his son Michael (Govero) Cox of Visalia, Calif., his daughters Brenda (Cox) Gladden and Valerie (Cox) Graver, both of Cheney, his sister Kathleen (Cox) and Gary Johnson of Veradale, Wash., his eight grandchildren Meghan Cox, Caitlyn Cox, Justin Ward, Amanda Ward, Tyler Glad- den, Shannen Gladden, Hailee Huff and Jessie Gladden. His great granddaughter Ella Cox, nieces [,off Renshaw and Chenine {Johnson) Peloquin, nephews Mike Renshaw and Brian Johnson, sister-in-law Debby (Dye) Renshaw and Gary Renshaw. THE ROCK DOC A By Dr. E. KIRSTEN PETERS Contributor Ity tomb within an underground crystal The next time you have a saltshaker handy, you might want to remove a few grains. If you have a simple magnifying glass, you'll see the salt is really tiny cubes. Salt is a mineral and each grain is a well- formed crystal that breaks into cubic shapes. Salt in your saltshaker looks like a simple solid, just another bit of sturdy mat- ter that doesn't flow or deform. But salt that's under pressure is different. Salt far enough under- ground behaves like Silly Putty, oozing and flowing over time. Salt has been on my mind recently because I've been read- ing about nuclear energy. Bear with me and I'll explain. Nuclear plants give us a fifth E. Kirsten Peters of the electrical power that we use in the grid each day. Even The Rock Dec some environmental activists think nuclear energy: holds significant promise because it gives us power without the production of greenhouse gases. But our use of nuclear plants also demands that we address the question of burying radioac- tive waste. The good news is that we've started to do exactly that in New Mexico and so far things are going just as planned. I've been reading re- cently about that topic in an interesting book about nuclear energy called Power to Save the World by Gwyneth Cravens. The four square mile Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (or WIPP as it's commonly known) is in the Chihuahuan Desert. It makes use of one small part of an enormous salt bed that's 690 miles long and 260 miles wide. The gigantic body of salt was laid down by a shal- low sea in what geologists call the Permian Period about 250 million years ago. It's been a crystalline body of salt from that day to this, surviving intact despite all the changes that went on above it at the surface of the Earth in the following two geologic eras. In many parts of the world circulating ground- water could move nuclear waste after it's buried in the Earth. Happily, the salt formation at WIPP is quite dry, with only a little water in it. Best of all, the water does not move to any appreciable extent from the salt to the surrounding rocks. "Movement of groundwater the wound" of the empty areas from or through the salt formation within the Earth. to rocks nearby is essentially non- Alert readers may remember existent," Dr. Don Wall of Wash- that more concentrated, high-level ington State University told me. nuclear waste was slated to go to Wall is the director Of the nuclear the Yucca Mountain site in Ne- reactor at WSU and he used to vada. We as a nation spent billions work on the WIPP project, of dollars researching and build- WIPP's storage rooms for ing that repository. But Yucca our nuclear waste are over 2000 Mountain was ultimately nixed feet underground in the salt bed. because people in Nevada didn't The WIPP facility accepts what's want the waste in their state. called transuranic waste, much Most folks in New. Mexico feel of which is materials like gloves differently about WIPP and its suc- that have been in contact with cessful operations are converting uranium, plutonium and other some skeptics, one by one. There's radioactive elements, even the argnmertt to be made that From my point of view, part of WIPP could someday accept high the magic of WIPP is that salt 2000 level waste, not just the type it's feet underground deforms like licensed for. plastic, flowing about three inches Nuclear energy is part of our dai- per year at the repository. That's ly electrical power supply. No matter a helpful feature for the isolation your feelings about that, we've got of the nuclear waste because it nuclear waste on our hands and we means the salt will flow around therefore need to address waste dis- the casks of waste, enveloping posal. For my part, I'm glad WIPP is them in earth material and sealing putting waste into a salty tomb. them in place as time unfolds. .Dr. E. Kirsten Peters, a native oJ When WIPP is fully finished, it the rural Northwest, was trained as a will have eight underground ar- geologist at Princeton and Harvard. eas with seven rooms apiece. 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