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13, 2012 y James Elk 'cessfully , Sunday ks from a re, which ,' of grass, Cheney quickly reached at m. ra insurance 1 state filings s. depending Vol. 116-- No 21 ualify for the ., policy must not available ale under the 29 1335 89 --========="*******AUTO"'ALL FOR ADO 980 Small Towr Papers 217 W Cota St 8/30/2013 12:1005 Shelton WA 98584-2263 h,tHiq,l,tr,.,rrll,,Hl,,ql%dirihlfld%q,anl, /] The Cheney Free Press is now on Facebook. Check us out, Like us and follow us daily for breaking news and hints about upcoming stories. September 13, 2012 Your West Plains Newspaper Since 1896 75 cents t WEST PLAINS BRIEFS STA seeks West Plains residents for corridor planning advisory committee Spokane Transit is involved in a major planning initiative called STA.Moving Forward. This process will design future public transit investments for the next five, 10 and 15 years. Sixcorridors have been selected for specific study, in- cluding the downtown Spokane to Cheney corridor. STA is cur- rently putting together advisory panels of interested stakehold- ers for four of the corridors. It is very important for members of the West Plains burliness com- munity to be represented If you are interested in be- ing part of an advisory panel, please log on to the website www.stamovingforward.com to learn about the initiative or call Molly Meyers at 325-6090. The application can be completed on line and submitted. For more West Plains Briefs turn to page 3. This week in the Cheney Free Press... Education Local superintendents "de- liver different messages about the state of their school districts at West Plains Chamber of Commerce breakfast. See the story on... Page 2 Opinion Constitution Week, Sept. 17- 23 is a good time to ask yourself and your children, what you know about our founding docu- ment, and what you practice. See the guest commentary on... Page 4 Neighbor News Three daughters, three wed- ings, one year -- piece of cake. See the story of Medical Lake's Winston and Kirsten Cook in Of Cabbages and Kings on... Page 6 Sports Cheney, Medical Lake and Eastern Washington Univer- sity teams continue good show- ing overall after season's second week. See the stories on... Sect. 2, Page 1 Also inside... Business/Service " Page 8-9 west Plains Briefs Page 3 West Plains Police Sec. 2 Page 5 Legal Sec.2 Page 5 Classified Sec. 2 Page 6 Council approves leasing new police vehicles Chief John Hensley says they'.re needed but budget constraints prevent purchase By BECKY THOMAS Staff Reporter The Cheney City Council approved a four-year lease agreement for three new police vehicles at its Tuesday meeting. The vehicles, Ford Interceptor SUVs, would be leased at $33,358 per year and would replace three cars-which were 8-10 years old or had logged more than 100,000 miles- preserving the current fleet total of 11 vehicles. Police Chief John Hensley told the council that the Police Department needed the new vehicles, but current budget constraints prohibited outright pur- chase. The lease agreement, totaling $126,099, would include a fied interest rate of 3.678 percent, and the lease could!be terminated at any time. "This gets us on track to create a program where we have regular and frequent vehicle replacement," he said. Councilwoman Teresa Overhauser said she ap- proved of the lease since it wasn't binding, calling it a "good opportunity, while Councilman Graeme Webster said he didn't like leases, but he understood the need for new vehicles." See Council page 10 Photo by lames Elk Honoring the fallen Col. Brian Newberry, commander of the 92nd Air Refueling Wing at Fairchild Air Force Base, accepts the folded U.S. flag during a Retreat Ceremony in remembrance of the Sept. 11,2001 terrorist attacks. Typically, the ceremony is held at the end of a duty day, but for more important events, like those on the 11th, Honor Guard members are present. AH meeting changes to move foward By JAMES EIK S taft Reporter The Airway Heights City Council began to formally adopt its new meeting time and additional council work session at its Tuesday, Sept. 4 meeting, with the first read of an ordinance. City Council meetings will begin at 5:30 p.m. starting Oct. 1, eliminating the pre-agenda workshop previously held in that time slot. The workshop will be replaced by a monthly council work ses- sion; where members of the council and public are brought up to speed'on issues that will appear in future City Council meetings. The next council work session is Sept. 24, at 5:30 p.m. A second reading of the ordinance will take place at the City Council's next meeting, Sept. 17. ............. .,,"There's a resolution that accompanies ffiis, {ie resolution provides for the change in council rules and regulations," City Man- ager Albert Tripp said. Until the ordinance is fully passed, the council will designate the monthly session as a special meeting. Also with the ordinance, the City Council's committees will meet only See Meetings page 10 Jimmy John's franci'00ise planned for historic Cheney building By BECKY THOMAS Staff Reporter One of Cheney's oldest buildings is on its way to becoming a Jimmy John's restaurant. The building at 327 First St. in down- town Cheney, built as the Odd Fellows Hall in 1904, has been vacant in recent years, but owner Steve Emtman says the building has received more than $100,000 in structural repairs and is ready for a tenant. That tenant is a Jimmy John's sandwich shop, operated by Ric and Kathy. Rocca, who currently operate four Jimmy John'S franchises in Spokane. The Roccas plan to open the Cheney location in January. On Sept. 6 the Roccas and Emtman brought their plans for the building to the Cheney Historic Preservation Commission. The commission unanimously approved their application for a certificate of appro- priateness, a document required to make changes to a registered historic building. Commissioner Charles Mutschler told the applicants he was happy to see the plans for a business in the historic down- town building, noting that revenue is needed to maintain and improve historic structures. "It's a whole lot better than losing the building, which we've seen so much of here," he said. The plan puts the Jimmy John's restau- rant in the front two-thirds of the build- See Jimmy John's page 10 Contributed photo by Jeff McCIure/Cheney School District This photo taken from the Cheney School District's satellite site, a former Nike missile installation, shows the plane tlqat helped fight a fire that broke out near the site Thursday, Sept. 6. Andrus Road fire contained through multi-agency effort By BECKY THOMAS Staff Reporter Contractors welding a gate for the Cheney School District's satellite site on Andrus Road caused a 4.5 acre brush fire Thursday, Sept. 6. Despite dry and windv con- ditions, the fast-moving fire was contained before it could dam- age nearby buildings thanks to a multi-agency effort. The fire broke out shortly after 2 p.m., when workers from Northwest Fencing saw their welding equipment spark a fire in the grass surrounding the gate at 12414'S. Andrus Road. According to school district maintenance and operations director Jeff McClure, the crew was there to fix the gate that had been damaged by a semi truck earlier in the summer. Though the workers had fire extinguishers, the fire quickly spread beyond their control, and Spokane County Fire District 3 crews were called. Deputy Chief Brian Ander- son was in charge of the crews from the fire district. As they approached the scene from Chenev, Anderson said he knew they would need backup. "I added a second alarm to it right away when I saw the smoke column," he said. Anderson said the fire was quickly driven by wind to the northwest, but its progress was impeded by a fire plane that had just filled its tank with fire retardant gel in Deer Park and responded to the two-alarm call. The plane made three sweeps of the fire, one with the gel and two more with water from nearby lakes. Anderson said the fast re- sponse was good luck for crews on the ground. 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