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Thursday, September 23, 1982 UPS 102-240 Chem 'Washington 99004 25 Serving the Communities of Cheney, Medical Lake and Airway Heights \\; d" Adolescent Treatment Center closes doors By MariPerrotti determined by the total scores each community...I'm sorry we can't contin- was responsible for meeting the educa- committee meeting in Olympia, said While complaints from the commun- proposal received after being evaluated ue the relationship of support we had tional needs of ATC students and those the committee has drawn up some \\; ity over the placement of Adolescent Treatment Center students have often been heard by the Cheney School District, Superintendent Gale Marrs' reaction to the Tuesday announcement of the center's closure was one of concern rather than a sigh of relief. The State Department of Social and Health Services notified the ATC in August that the school would not receive a contract for educating and housing its 22 Level III children. By State definition, Level III children are those with severe emotional problems-- many of them have been severely abused, repeatedly shuffled from one program to another and have criminal records as "chronic runaways." Following the announcement, the board members, which had recently spearheaded an intensive public aware- ness campaign to raise funds for new facilities, met to discuss the problem. Two weeks ago, members decided to close the facility. ATC Director Matt Wright said Tues- day that he had yet to receive a copy of the specific criteria by which the ATC proposal was evaluated. Wright ex- plained that award of the contract was by a panel of five DSHS grant readers. The readers evaluated each of the anonymous applications, assigned numerical values to specific criteria qualifications nd ranked each propo- sal. Wright said he felt confident that the proposal would be approved when submitted. The director noted that this year's proposal contained the same basic elements as the proposal ap- proved last year with some areas further enhanced. "I don't think it was a problem of our proposal not being good enough, I just think that perhaps it wasn't competi- tive enough with other proposals," he said. He also explained that budget figures were not a factor as each proposal submitted was required to meet pre-determined budget allot- ments. Speaking to the early summer fund- raising campaigns in which the Cheney community, through the Cheney Cham- ber of Commerce, supported the ATC's activities, Wright said, "I've been here almost two years, and one of the things I was really happy about was the improvement in our relationship to the developed." The director also said that much of the funds raised have already been spent on on-going maintenance of the ATC program. What small amounts are left will probably be used in the establishment of a new facility some- time in the future. The board had not discussed whether a new facility would be located at the ATC grounds in Cheney or at another location, he said. While eight children have been relo- cated to other group homes, DSHS caseworkers are struggling to place the remaining children before the Oct. 1 closing date. Wright noted that DSHS has "been extremely cooperative in helping us relocate the children." At least 13 of the students, who were enrolled in classes in the Cheney school district, will be leaviug, slightly reduc- ing the districts fulltime enrollment, Marrs said. The superintendent also said the district would save money which it had paid to the ATC for educating students at the facility which could not be placed in the Cheney schools. Under state law, the Cheney district housed in Alph House, another residen- tial treatment facility which is still in operation near Airway Heights. Marts acknowledged that the pre- sence of the students in the district had caused problems in the past. Because many of the children suffered from such severe problems, some local students and parents came to view ATC students as a primary source of student discipline problems and high absentee- ism. Marrs said that the district has been in continual communication with the ATC in an effort to deal cooperatively with the problem of educating students, who have often been unable to cope to regular schools in their home districts. Over a year ago, the Cheney district placed board member Roberta McNeil and Bill Moore from Pupil Services on a committee set up to study the problems of educating Level III students at the district level. Marrs said the committee hoped to increase the state's awareness that the districts would require more funding in order to provide the inten- sive counseling and supervision these children require. McNeil, who recently attended a preliminary suggestions urging DSHS to study the problem and promote more cooperative efforts among DSHS, the residential institutions and the distrcts in dealing with the program. Both McNeil and Marrs expressed their concern that as the program exists now, many students are simply shuffled from one home to another with most of them "falling through the cracks" -- only to emerge as adults which are eventually taken over by the state's correctional system. McNeil also said she would be attend- ing a meeting in December at which the committee would present their plans and suggestions to the executive beard of school directors. If the directors approve the plan, it will be presented to state legislators with a request that they examine the issue during their January session. Admitting that many of the programs for Level III children appear to be "a series of stop-gap measures", McNeil said the district will continue its in- volvement in activities which will encourage the state to look for effective methods of housing and educating these most severely disturbed students. ii i i Cheney's Future Farmers of America again helped to supervise the Kiddie Barn at this year's Spokane Interstate Fair. Above, FFA member Jennie Chap. man holds a bunny for a young fair goer. 'Not now,' says official to Frederickson's 'dreams' Chamber of Commerce, Frederickson devoted the bulk of his state of the university speech to an outline of the reasons why EWU should be designated as an "urban university". Included in th zeasons detailed by the president, Frederickson said an urban designation would allow EWU to expand its off-campus programs by making all of Spokane "on campus", would allow the university to expand Regardless of what the state of the university is right now with budget cuts and program curtailments, Eastern Washington University's President H. George Frederiekson and Council for Postsecondary Education (CPE) Coor- dinator C. Gall Norris do agree - almost - that EWU is destined for expansion. destined for expansion. At last Friday's Faculty Organization meeting, co-sponsored by the Cheney d customers voice concerns Perrotti he Sept. 14 general Power and Light smoothly orches- 1982 meeting, attention when ratepayers rallied tdebtedness in the Power Supply Sys- 65 ratepayers, group, which the well-rehearsed their questions, Manager Vin- control was a the March meeting groups har- throughout argued loudly with mcreases which bills of many !hen justify the rate their involve- Wiser Inland man- in nationally Robert Olson, a project coord- Corp. of customers the Inland, the polite to Olson, nodded bill-paying fund Cheney Free Presentations, the to Parks Illlllllll Illllllllllllllllllllllllllll BPA holds rate meeting today It's late notice, but the Bonneville Power Administration has sent word of a public meeting to be held today in Spokane, concerning its wholesale power rate increase to such customers as the City of Cheney. Today's meeting starts at 9 a.m., with registration at 8: 30 a.m. at the Sheraton Hotel. Speaking will be BPA Admini- strator Peter T. Johnson and Robert Ferguson, managing director for the Washington Public Power Supply Sys- tem. The BPA office can be reached by phoning (503) 230-5131. llllllllllnllllllllllllllllllllllllllll group, armed with facts of their own, still let the management know they didn't like the proposed 62 or 63 percent increase for 1983. Even more telling, many of the members asked questions which showed that ratepayers have been doing their homework on nuclear ener- gy and far as they'are concerned, nuclear energy and its development in this state as a primary energy source does not set well with area energy consumers. During the presentation, Olson said energy developers must pursue a re- source which is "domestic, economical, avaiable, reusable and environmental- ly acceptable." "There is no free lunch when it comes to energy, and there is no way to not insult the environment to some de- gree," Oison maintained as he listed coal, oil, nuclear energy, hydroelectric power and gas as the resources avail- able for mass power production. While he acknowledged alternative forms of power such as wind and geothermal power as subjects worthy of research, Olson answered ratepay- ers questions about these sources by saying that they are all too expensive for wide-scale use at the moment. Instead, the energy expert who has participated in a variety of interna- tional power panels, told the audience that "today we're producing more power with nuclear energy than all the hydroelectric power plants put to- gether." Saying that Washington state is "at their limit for further development of hydroelectric power," Olson touted nu- clear energy as the key to replacing our nation's dependency on foreign petrol- eum products. Addressing the re-emergence of gas St. Rose of Lima as a power source, Olson said the decontrol of the product has inflated its price and cited the fact that this year "is the first time in history in which more nuclear energy will be produced than natural gas." Olson also said that by 1985 nuclear energy would be the primary energy source, with the exception of coal. During his talk, the energy expert said consumers are reluctant to "buy" nuclear energy because of over-regula- tion, the recession, public fears, impro- per rate setting and high interest rates. After Olson's talk, Slatts addressed some of these consumer fears, while presenting a complex figure-filled ex- planation of Inland's obligation to repay the WPPSS termination project. With 80 plants on line and 75 under construction nation-wide, Slatts as- sured the membership that repayment of the WPPSS debt was vital to the eventual completion of the power plants now mothballed throughout the state. The membership listened to the talks. The membership will probably pay the increased rates. But the smiles and nods of agreement were few. Despite the polished presentation, Inland's management may still have a long way to go before ratepayers write their checks for the increased electric bills with a smile, confident that their cooperative hos made the right deci- sions. Weather Words Church plans Centennial By Bob Quinn Date: Sept. 14 15 16 17 16 19 20 21 Max. Temp.: 57 64 73 75 80 81 70 .... MIn. Temp.: 42 37 42 42 48 57 58 53 The cool and showery weather of earlier this week should give way to a warming and drying trend by today. The better weather should continue into the weekend, but increasing clouds and a chance of more showers should develop by late Sunday and into Monday. High temperatures will be in the 70s, with lows in the 40s. Frost should not be a problem this week, but local residents . are urged to listen to dally reports to be certain their gardens won't be frosted. Total rainfall this month already is at .90 inches, above normal for the month Rainfall on Tuesday measured .08 inch. t Sunday, St. Rose of Lima parishion- ers will celebrate the Centennial year of their parish at the church at Sixth Street and Annie Place. Bishop Law- rence H. Welsh of the Diocese of Spokane will initiate the centennial event as he serves as main celebrant at the 11 a.m. Mass. It was on June 12, 1881, that Father Pascal Tosi, S.J., of the Coeur d'Alene Indian Mission, celebrated the first Mass in Cheney in a room above A. Blefgren's Furniture Shop. It was decided at that time to build a church. Bishop Aegidius Junger approved the establishment of a local parish in 1882 and bought two lots for a building. In 1883, the whitewashed church with Gothic lines was completed on the site of 5th and "C" streets where the second St. Rose Church still stands. The present church which was built in 1970 has just been remodeled by parishion- ers to more adequately house the some 180 families of the parish. The new addition provides two permanent class- rooms as well as further hall space. The culminating events of the early afternoon celebration will be a dedica- tion of the new addition to the church and of the Centennial Year. At this time, some of the earliest parishioners will be recognized. Following the dedi- cation, all present and former parish- ioners and pastors will participate in a potluck dinner held in the church hall. The present Pastor at St. Rose of Lima is Father John Oosterman. at all Cheney city for the remain- Salnave Park, Hagelin Park St. Tennis turned off and been remainder of the and Recreation for any incon- closures may have been neces- reductions. Recreation De- degrees offered at the masters level and to eventually offer doctoral de- grees, and would allow the university to develop programs in scientific technol- ogy and engineering in response to the needs of local businesses. "If Eastern were categorized accord- ing to the law of the state of Washington as an urban university, it would enable us to better rationalize Spokane's de- gree program needs, provide a solution to our enrollment pressures, and most important, clarify the future of Eastern Washington University," the president said. Following the president's speech, Norris announced that he was "the gray cloud" obscuring the "sunshine" of Dr. Frederickson's dreams. While agreeing that the CPE also envisioned an enr01llment of almost 10,000 by 1989, Norris commented that some of the president's ideas "may have their time, but the time is not now." While reaffirming that "EWU is the public university for Spokane," Norris said that "while we may not always agree, EWU is blessed with dynamic leadership." He then pointed out that the CPE did not foresee the institution of doctoral programs at the university at a time when legislatures are urging them to scrutinize programs to elimi- nate duplication. Norris also said that while the CPE views Eastern as an urban university already, it was not prepared to pursue an official reclassi- fication because of uncertain economic conditions. Pursuing the role of friendly adver- sary, Frederickson asked why EWU should not pursue an engineering pro- gram simply because other universities are having problems with funding in their own department. Norris replied that the CPE was concerned with "watering the soup" as far as the quality of programs offered throughout the state, to which Freder- ickson replied, "But, who's going to eat the soup?" The friendly, but pointed banter continued between the two men, Norris quietly explaining that growth would come, but not right now, and Frlerick- son replying in a similar low-key that he was convinced Eastern's time had come and he would continue to pursue its expansion. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII Haunted house sponsor sought Halloween is fast approaching, and the Cheney Parks and Recreation Department is seeking a group or groups to help sponsor and coordinate this year's Haunted House at Cheney City Hall. The event will be held on Oct. 30, and proceeds will go to help the Cheney Food Bank. Interested organizations can call the department at 2356134. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII Bantering While smiles were numerous and the humor light, EWU's President H. George Frederickson and Exec. utive Coordinator for the Council of Postsecondary Education, C. Gall Norris, exchanged some serious and opposing views on the future expansion o! the university.