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10 IcHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, August 27, 2015 NEWS continued from page 1 and then headed west, again down 1-90, about 11 hours to the Puget Sound and a position with Boeing on the 767/747jetliner pro- gram. Of those six years in Seattle, three were spent on project work and three in customer service. "Customer service for Boeing is the complaint department," Boorman said. It was a position dif- ferent than the customer service one might expect from a cable or phone com- pany, for example, in that Boorman and others were working with customers who were buying multi- million dollar airplanes. It was a position requiring a lot of research to answer questions - especially when those questions got weird. "Some snakes got lost on a plane and we can't find them. How do you kill them?" was one such question, Boorrnan said. Boorman eventually left Boeing and again headed east on 1-90, this time just as far as Mis- soula for an engineering position with the Missoula Electrical Cooperative. After five years there, he, wife Cyndy and their three children moved again, and back west on 1-90, but only as far as Coeur d'Alene where they made a 90-de- gree right turn and came to rest in Bonners Ferry. Boorman worked the first year as the North Ida- ho city's electrical supervi- sor, but was subsequently elevated to city adminis- trator, where he spent 13 years before coming to Cheney last month as the new Light Department director'. The job of city administrator is challeng- ing Boorman said, in that it requires a lot of digging into details to determine if things can and can't be done. "I have a fair bit of respect for Mark (Cheney City Administrator Schul- le0," he said. "It's a tough job." With elected officials terms fluctuating in Bon- ners Ferry, Boorman felt it was time for a change this past spring, which was when Cheney was search- ing for a replacement for Light Department Direc- tor Joe Noland, who re- tired in June after 30 years with the city. Noland and Boorman knew each other from years of service on various boards, and when Cheney approached him, he decided to make the move down 1-90 and a little east. "Joe did a great job," Boorman said. "He's got a solid system with solid people. No Pandora's boxes, no land mines, no messes." Boorman does see challenges moving for- ward, and most of those revolved around one word - growth. There are sys- tem needs required by expansion as well as the fi- nancial health of Cheney's utility, which is in good shape now but will need watching when it comes to the relationship between demand and rates. "Those conversations are there," Boorman said. "It gets down to what you want and what you are willing to pay for." There will also be larg- er issues with regional power acquisition. Boor- man said Noland and the city have done a good job of anticipating current future loads, but with power prices tied more Photo by John McCaUum Steve Boorman brings a wide-ranging blend of experi- ence to his position as Cheney's new Light Depart- ment director. closely to oil and natu- ral gas production, the need to determine usage requirements well in ad- vance will become more challenging. "That's part of the crystal ball," Boorman said. "What will Cheney see in 20 years?" John McCal- lure can be reached at j mac@cheneyfreepress. COm. continued from page 1 As a native of the Okanogan Valley and timberland owner in Ferry County, I know how tinder-dry the for- ests and sageland are. I have heard from many people about burned out homes, close calls, lost livestock and a gen- eral struggle to survive to fight the fires and help each other out. Three young men - all of them with lo- cal roots - died in the Methow. These are tough, hardy people, but they need help from the outside. The infusion of dona- tions from those commu- nities that are not in t~he path of the fire is a cause of hope and celebration from those areas affected. Every single donation is needed. The eyes and ears of the thousands of people still in the smoky, often fiery maelstrom, are searching for word of help and tangible assistance from the outside. I'm writing to urge you, if you haven't al- ready, to inform readers about the need to make contributions to support the communities in need. Cash (or credit) dona- tions are extremely im- portant, both to give the non-profit agencies on the ground the flexibility to get just what's needed, and to let them support local businesses who are likewise walking along the brink of survival. - Here are some targets of donations that have my confidence, based on people on the ground who are trustworthy, in- cluding local publishers. I'll tell you up-front that I am biased toward local organizations - there have been complaints about the high adminis- trative expenses of some well-known national or- ganizations, based on experiences during last year's wildfires in the Methow Valley. Okanogan County, home of three of the largest fires and offering family support. Okano- gan County Community Action Council. Visit the website, www.occac. com. All funds donat- ed go to disaster relief. They are very local with boots on the ground. The Methow (Twisp, Winthrop) are in Okano- gan County along with Omak, Okanogan, River- side, Conconully, Malott and Tonasket. Regional support, includes Okanogan and Chelan counties: Com- munity Foundation of North Central Washing- ton. Visit the website,; you'll see "Community Fund" options to direct funds toward one area or an- other. This fund reaches Chelan and also Okano- gan County. A fund targeted at people who were burned out of their homes in the Chelan area. The fund is managed by Chelan Valley Hope, a nonprof- it community service organization based in Chelan. The funding appeal comes through a web platform called "Give Naked" as "Give #104," here is the web link: http://givenaked. org/. Fund for the fire- fighters who were killed or injured in the Methow Valley: www.Gofundme. corn/methowfirefight- ers. It's legit. Aid for injured or homeless livestock: Okanogan County Sher- iff's Office has an Emer- gency Animal Response Services Team, providing shelters and food. Checks only and make them out to Okanogan County Sheriff, attn: Deputy Yar- nell, 123 N. Fifth Ave, Room 200, Okanogan WA 98840. Memo line must say "Animal Re- lief/Rescue." Volunteers: The Department of Natural Resources is still looking for qualified volunteers. See information at this link: wildfirevolunteer. Donations: Money is best. Material: Coolers, tents, cots, sleeping bags, diapers, paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, paper cups, flashlights, batteries, playpens and Band Aids. Equipment such as generators,, even trailers or campers for temporary housing, but no clothing is needed at this time. continued from page 1 were just one of a num- ber of West Plains sports teams that had to scram- ble asthe air quality index (AQI) moved in to the 180 parts-per-million range, considered unhealthy when conducting out- door activities according to Spokane Clean Air. Greg Hare, Cheney High School's new ath- letic director, has literally gotten a baptism by fire - or smoke in his case - as he has had to find places for fall sports teams to practice inside. "I woke up this morr - ing and looked outside and I went 'ah man, I could just tell I could tell by the haze, you got some work to do today,'" Hare said. "Welcome to the fire, literally." Hare recently replaced Jim Missel who retired at the conclusion of the past school year. On Monday, Aug. 24 the AQI was in the 180s, Hare said and all activities were moved inside. By the evening the level had dropped to 125. Cheney's athletic trainer, Kyle Loughery, consulted with Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga and other lo- cal athletic trainers and all were doing the same thing, Hare said. Soccer was using the middle school gym, vol- leyball was at the main CHS gym and football went to one practice Mon- day and was going to drill after volleyball. The thing Hare did not consider was the band, which was in the middle of camp. "They can't be out in this, either," Hare said and those activities moved to Betz Elementa- ry. "We have instruments and kids everywhere." For Hare, if the AQI hits 150 or below he and staff will analyze things and decide accordingly. Readings of 100-150 will keep any athletes with asthma out of practice. "About 150 is the mark, if it's above that we're definitely inside," Hare said. Looks can be deceiv- ing, too, Hare said. "Even today (Aug. 24) I thought it didn't smell as smoky, but it was bad." Days where it doesn't seem as bad and it still smells pretty smoky, prac- tice will be inside, Hare said. "We're going to err on the side of caution." At Medical Lake both football and soccer headed indoors. "We all had to adjust," Hobbs said. The decision to move football inside will be a day-to-day matter Hobbs said. But if they have to return indoors the practice schedules for all fall sports are now staggered by de- sign and the conflicts will be lessened. "It's not conducive to football, you just do what you do," Hobbs said. At Eastern" head train- er Brian Norton studied the AQI numbers Friday, when the smoke seemed to hang heavier than other days and ordered football practice inside the Thorpe Field House. "We just felt it was the best thing to do and keep our guys safe," he said. Monday morning the AQI was again at 185 and the Eagles once again head- ed indoors as they prepare for their season opener at Oregon, Sept. 5. "Our plan was to look for an alterna- tive site, or ride it out," Norton explained. The danger zone is any reading over 155, Norton said. A couple of the play- ers with asthma were taken out of practice. "Anything less than 155 to 150,youwatchyour asth- matic kids," he explained. "Anything over 155 it can affect anybody, the non asthmatic, as well." The Eastern football team recently experienced some respiratory issues that Norton wants to at- tribute to the smoke. He helped develop the practice policies usedby area schools, something that has never been a con- sideration in the past he said. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@c~ss. com. ds 10 & Under Eat with 1 paying adult meal with a beverage ....... !II i1"i 1 I/', .....