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See Sect. 1, page 2 Opinion i Recent incidents at Whit- worth and Washington State uni verisities couldraise the question about whether we are being too sensitive, or not sensitive enough when it comes to trying to have a good, honest discussion abbut race and free speech in this country See Sect. 1, page 4 Like Us Find us on Facebook and stay up date with West Plains area news. In print and online Last week's story on sev- eral Geiger Heights-area fires possibly being man-made was the most viewed piece on the Cheney Free Press website, followed by the demolition of Hagel's House of Horrors. Council unanimously appoints Position member to replace former mayor Patrick Rushing By AL STOVER Staff Reporter The search for a new mayor of Airway Heights is over. At Tuesday's meeting, the City Council voted 4-0 to appoint Deputy Mayor Kevin Richey as the new Airway Heights mayor. Richey ab- stained from voting and Councilman Steven Lawrence was absent. Richey has served on council since 2007 and currently works as a deputy for the Spokane County Sheriff's Of- fice. He takes over for former Mayor Patrick Rushing, who resigned Aug. 17due to health concerns. Since Rushing's departure, Richey has overseen the former mayor's duties in the interim. Richey is scheduled to take the oath of office at the Sept. 21 meeting. His term expires in 2017, and he is eligible to run for reelection. Before he was appointed mayor, Richey resigned from his See New mayor page 10 Photo by Paul Delaney More room at the Inn Construction crews recently began excavation work that will accommodate construction of an expanded Holiday Inn Express in Cheney. The $5 million project will include a 46-room addition, larger conference center and remodeling of the existing 76 rooms. The anticipated completion date is March 2016. in Medical Lake water meets state and federal standards By AL STOVER Staff Reporter While water quantity has been top priority for the city .of Medical Lake this summer, one piece of good news comes in the form of the city's water quality. According to its most recent water qual- ity and efficiency report, the water Medical Lake provided residents in 2014 met or exceeded all federal and state requirements for safe drinking. The city treats itswell water with chlo- rine to eliminate any microbial contami- nation of drinking water. In the report, it stated the city collected 72 samples and DSHS collected 36 samples to monitor for coliform. No coliform was detected in 2014. Scott Duncan, Medical Lake's main- tenance supervisor, explained the city changed the tap locations and switched to an outdoor sampling station, which elimi- nates the possibility of contaminants from homeowners. "It's also tess invasive on the homeown- ers and easier on the pumps," Duncan said. See Water quality page 10 en council ets fi ptic fire upd Temporary fix could remain in place for extended period of time; permanent solution to be discussed by city and EWU officials By JOHN McCALLUM Editor In the short term, Cheney's communications system is up and running after a fire last week in an Eastern washing- ton University utility tunnel knocked out the city's fiber optic system. In the long term, how long that temporary fix will remain in place, and what a permanent fix will look like, has yet to be determined. Light Director Steve Boor- man gave an update to the City Council at its regular meeting Tuesday night, Sept. 9, providing some brief details about the incident that started Aug. 31. Sparks from a cutting tool being used by a contrac- tor doing sidewalk work in front of EWU's snyamncut (pronounced: sin-yam-en-suit) Hall ignited the fire that burned through about 60 feet of fiber optic cable tray, knocking out all city communications and communications to a couple university buildings. See Council page 10 Another AH official asked to remove Facebook post By AL STOVER Staff Reporter Another Airway Heights elected offi- cial has garnered some heat after a post they made on their person- al Facebook account. As reported in a story on the Cheney Free Press website, Sept. 3, the city of Air- way Heights released a press release, announc- ing that Councilman Dave Malet posted an offensive picture on his personal Facebook account, Sept. 2. Deputy City Man- ager Lee Bennett said he received a phone call regarding Malet's post. According to Ben- man and a Caucasian man with their arms around each other. The African Ameri- can male wore a shirt, with the words "My redneck" pointing to the Caucasian man, who was wearing a shirt with a deroga- tory term on it and nett, the picture was of ' pointing to the African an African American American male. This comes on the heels of the incident where former Airway Heights Mayor Patrick Rushing made a corn- ment on his personal Facebook account, com- paring President Barack See Facebook page 10 Correction Name misspelled in new logo story In the Sept. 3 Cheney Free Press story on Cheney Federal Credit Union's logo change, CFCU's chief executive officer's first name was spelled incorrectly. The correct spelling is Jo An Sanders. 0111!!!!!111!!!J!1111 INSIDE Business & Service Classifieds Education Opinion 'Sect. 1,pg 8-9 Police & Legals Sect. 2,pg 6 Sports Sect. 1,pg 2 Business Sect. 1,pg 4 West Plain Briefs Sect. 2, pg 4 Sect. 2, pg i Sect. 1, pg 3 Sect. l, pg 3 Omnli Local News, Sports Updates www.cheneyfreepress, com