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29 1342 67 ********~AUTO**ALL FOR ADC Small Town Papers *'~f'~ t 217 W Cota St 8/30/20t3 12:1005 Shelton WA 98584-2263 h'Phq,l,.,,n,rHl,,Hl,,illmmlh,dtqhi%q,%iI, 080 Free Press changes size in Oct. 4 issue The Cheney Free Press wil be going to a more manageable paper size beginning with the Oct. 4 issue. The paper will the same height, but will be narrower. Our content won't change howev- er. We will still be the source for news and sports on the West Plains. September 27, 2012 Your West Plains Newspaper Since 1896 75 cents WEST PLAINS BRIEFS Free Press football contest begins Oct. 4 The Cheney Free Press foot- ball contest was to have kicked off this issue. However, due to problems with replacement of- ficials the contest will begin next Thursday, Oct. 4. New children's choir starts up in Cheney The Spokane youth choir group Kinderchor is beginning a satellite program in Cheney for boys and girls with treble (unchanged) voices in grades 5-8. Rehearsals will be Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. at the new Cheney Middle School beginning Oct. 11 and run for nine weeks (except Thanksgiving) and culminate in a Dec. 14 concert with Spokane Kinderchor. The cost for the program is $55 per student. For more information call Jurene at 509-294-1192. For more West Plains Briefs turn to page 3. The Cheney Free Press is on Facebook. Like us and get the latest information. Thisweekin the Cheney Free Press... Education Spokane's youth choir or- ganization Kinderchor will begin offering choral singing opportunities for Cheney kids in October. See the story on... Page 2 Opinion As the world's leading de- mocracy the United States sets the standards for free speech. But those standards also come with responsibilities. See In Our Opinion on... Page 4 Neighbor News, While he's been to many countries, in Cheney, Richard Graham and his wife Dolores are content to raise pigeons. See Of Cabbages and Kings on... Page 6 Sports Once dormats the Medical Lake football Cardinals are fly- ing high with a 4-0 start in their first season in the Northeast A League. See the story on... Sect. 2, Page 1 Also inside... Business/S~ervicePage8-9 West Plains Briefs Page3 West Plains Police Sec. 2 Page 5 Legal Sec.2 Page5 Classified Sec. 2 Page 7 bring ill il Retired Bmneville Power Administration employee fills the late Mike McKeehan's seat on the Cheney legislative dais By BECKY THOMAS S taff Reporter Cheney Mayor Tom Trulove said he was looking for someone with a new set of skills to bring to the vacant seat on the City Council. He found that in new appointee John Taves, who was unanimously approved as the citv's newest rep- resentative on the council at Tuesday night's meet- ing. Taves fills the Position 3 seat left vacant in July after the sudden death of longtime Councilman Mike McKeehan. Taves, a soft-spoken man, grandfather and avid gardener who moved to Cheney in 2008, worked for the Bonneville Power Administration for more than 30 years. He holds a doctorate degree in sociology from Washing- ton State University, and was teaching the subject at the University of Texas at Arlington when he was recruited by BPA in the mid-1970s. Taves said he originally saw the job as a stepping stone to an academic career in the Northwest-- his wife Joellen is a Spokane native and wanted to return to the area. As it turned out, Taves became interested in the inner work- ings of the federal utility, and he said he enjoyed applying his sociology training through his work with local power plants in the regmn as well as public interest groups. See Taves Dage 11 Photo bv lohn McCallum True grit Cheney cross country runners Jesse Hallstrom and Kameron Galm (rear) show the effects of racing against Great Northern League title favorites Deer Park and East Valley over the 3.1 mile Salnave Park course last Wednesday. Both Cheney boys and girls earned a split in meet action. some State Liquor Control Board is concerned about more available, sophisticated and growing fake ID technology By JAMES EIK S taft Reporter Local law enforcement officers and liquor retailers received a briefing Thursday, Sept. 20 from the Washington State Liquor Control Board's Spokane division, outlining the organization's role in enforcement and compliance in Cheney. Liquor and Tobacco Enforcement Officer Jeremy Wissing said one of the main issues in living in a college town is youth access to liquor, largely in the form of university students. The control board is hardly new to the area, and performs compliance Checks on liquor retailers at regular intervals. Passage of 1-1183 last year meant there were more retailers in Cheney starting in July. The main focus of the Liquor Control Board revolves around minors, Wissing said See Identification page 10 show crime rat in Medical Lake down by 25 percent By JAMES EIK Despite a recent report from Spokane growth," he said. "But the biggest issue is fire on Sunday, Sept. 9. Major crimes detec- Staff Reporter media, overall crime in the city is down by juvenile issues." tives and fire investigators are currently Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Kne- around 25 percent, comparing January to While the overall crime rate has looking at the instance, continuing their zovich addressed the Medical Lake City August figures from 2011 and 2012. Should dropped, the past month has seen a series investigation into what happened. Council at its Tuesday, Sept. 18 meeting, that trend line hold, Knezovich expects of unfortunate events in the city, from a City Administrator Doug Ross asked as part of his regular semi-annual report continued decreases in Medical Lake. drowning to vehicle prowlings. Knezovich to the city. "That's not bad, given the population also briefly spoke about a suspicious house See ML crime page 11 Photo by James Eik An official greeting Incoming freshman students at Eastern Washington University take part in the Pass through the Pil- lars event, Monday, Sept. 24~ The annual event marks the first official steps in a student's education at EWU as they meet staff and faculty walking up the brick pathway to Showalter Hall. Airway Heights council briefed on upgrades for Police Department Assets from shared agency cases help fund new equipment By JAMES EIK S taff Reporter Upgrades for the city's police department equipment dominat- ed discussion at Airway Heights' City Council work session Mon- day, Sept. 25. After receiving funds from a shared assets case with the FBI and Washington State Patrol in 2010, the city's Police Depart- ment had $271,105.62 to invest in upgrades to fight crime. Among the items pursued by Police Chief Lee Bennett include three new vehicles, handguns, Tasers and threat-level entry body armor. "It's fortunate we had the money to buy them," Bennett said. Two patrol cars, both 2001 Crown Victorias, have been plagued by almost weekly repair sessions to help patch them up for duty. A third, vehicle, a truck, would help haul equipment for the department's detective. In the realm of equipment up- grades, Bennett said some hand- guns were coming to their life's end. Officers currently only use a second-generation Glock pistol. Included with the purchase are holsters, magazines and pouches, which come with 16 Glocks and 10 Slg Sauers the department is pursuing. Using. shared assets money from the aforementioned 2010 case, Airway Heights will pur- chase newer Glocks in addition to the Sig Sauer p22, with which some officers are more familiar. "A lot of guys aren't as com- fortable with the Glock," Bennett said. Tasers are also due for an upgrade, as the department cur- See Upgrades page 11 0r[!![!i!!!J]il .... : :~ Friday , Saturday Sunny Mostly sunny High/Low 79/48 76/46 Sunday Partly cloudy 77/46 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday ...... ~,~ ~{~4 ~:~ ......... ": '~ ;~ ~!.,..,~ Mostly sunny Partly cloudy Sunny Sunny 73/45 70/42 68/41 60/41 Cheney Free Press Weather Eorecast /s sponsored by: Oldies But Goodies Auto Sales, 235-6367