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2t 1267 715 .... *'****"***"**'** .... NJT O"ALL. FOR m Smafl Town Papers 217 W Cota tn lote Shelton WA 98684.226 I h'lhhq'l,."a'rHl,,HI- ql0mlh@qk.,#l Vol. 119-- No. 24 October I, 2015 75 cents Your West Plains Newspaper Since 1896 Sports Blackhawks' runners down Clarkston to go to 2-0 in GNL. See Sect. 2, page 1 Rai deal New Inside Thanks to funding in the recent transportation bud: get, and a reimbursement deal worked out between the state and Highline Grain, Eastern WaslXington Gateway Raflr~-going ahead with track improvements between Cheney and the Geiger Spur. See Sect. 1, page 3 .pplying pressure Education And the McCleary drum beat goes on - Cheney and Medical Lake school boards both draw up and approve resolutions call- ing on the state Legislature to comply with the state Supreme Court's ruling and fully fund basic edu- cation. See Sect. 1, page 2 Opinion Even though abortions amount for just 3 percent of the services it provides to women, and videos criticiz- ing the organization's prac- tices have been shown to be heavily edited, congressional Republicans still want to def- und Planned Parenthood. See Sect. 1, page 4 Like Us Find us on Facebook and stay up date with West Plains area news. Read all about it In print and online , Cheney High School s FFA club took first in the Spokane County Interstate Fair tractor driving competi- tion, and they were also first among most read stories last week at www,cheneyfree- press.com in City. Council to consider ordinance assigning varying values to different proceedings By JOHN McCALLUM Editor At their regular study session meeting Sept. 28, Airway Heights City Council members agreed to forward an ordi- nance changing how the city's municipal court manages its public defender cases to the council's next regular meeting, Oct. 5. If approved, ordinance C863 would allow the court to adopt a case weighting system for misdemeanor cases handled by the public defender. The ordinance would keep the city in compliance with a state Supreme Court order to limit public defender cases in order to allow attorneys to properly provide defense services for indigent See Management page 12 Photo by AI Stover King smash! Cheney High School senior Harrison King brings a sledgehammer down on the front of the vehicle during last Friday's car smash, The car smash was a fundraiser for the senior class all-nig,hter, as well as part of the activities during Homecoming Week, Area agencies focus during Fire Prevention Week is on smoke alarms By JOHN McCALLUM Editor When it comes to fire safety in one's home, the guiding principal is almost the same as that for a suc- cessful business - location, location and location. Keeping that in mind, local fire departments want residents to remember this during the upcoming national Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4 - 10: "Hear the beep where you sleep." West Plains fire fighting organizations are join- ing with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to encourage people to make sure they have proper home smoke alarms installed in bedrooms and any other areas they may fall asleep in, along with making sure currently installed alarms are in good working order. According to a Spokane County Fire District 3 news release, half of home fire deaths occur in fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. NFPA statistics indicate three of five deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. On the opposite end of the scale, having a working smoke alarm can cut the chance of dying in a fire by half. Fire Prevention Week's campaign also urges people to install smoke alarms not only in bedrooms but also outside sleeping areas and on every level of a home, including the basement. Interconnection of smoke alarms is encouraged, along with testing alarms at least once a month and replacing all alarms when they reach 10 years old. SCFD 3 Division Chief Debby Dobson said the See Prevention page 11 Cheney council school resource officer contract Salary and benefit increases negotiatied with Police Guild are only changes to agreement By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Power and police occupied some agenda time at the Cheney City Council's Sept. 22 meeting. Council approved renewal of a contract with the Cheney School District to provide a uniformed officer as school re- source officer covering all eight of the district's schoolbuildings pay for the SRO's vehicle fuel and other support facilities, and maintenance. Terms of the contract call for Cheney's police department the school district to compen- in turn provides an officer, in sate the city $119,468 to cover this case an officer of supervi- all labor, equipment travel and sory rank, Sgt. Kelly Hembach, training expenses as well as all law enforcement services as $11,982 in annual vehicle lease payments. The district is also to See Council page 12 October is breast cancer awareness month From the National Breast Cancer Foundation Can drinking alcohol increase the risk of breast cancer? ModeratiOn is key. One drink per day has been shown to slightly increase the risk of breast cancer. Having more than one drink per day has shown to be z: ;: a more significant risk factor, and 6e alcohol content ,iI doesn t matter: wine, beer yourr a mixed drink. Alcohol also increases estrogen in bloodstream. Although we know that more than one drink per day increases risks, to date there are no studies that ..... demonstrate directly that the more a person drinks, * the greater their risk for cancer. If you drink alcohol, this is an important topic to discuss with your doctor so that you will know what limits are best for you to observe. Medical Lake commission needs operating rules By JOHN McCALLUM up with and adopt a set Editor of operating rules and Medical Lake plan- procedures to be used ning commissioners left to guide the conduct of their regular monthly its meetings. The W-ash- meeting Sept. 24 with ington Cities Insurance some homework to do Authority determined before they next get to- after a recent audit of the gether on Oct. 28. city that the procedures The commission is are needed, not from a being required by the city's insurer to come See Rules page 11 ~lll!!![!'ll!!!!!lll, INSIDE Business Sect. 1, pg 3Opinion Sect. 1, pg 4 Business & Service Sect. 1, pg 8-9 Police & Legals Sect. 2, pg 6 Classifieds Sect. 2, pg 8 Sports . Sect. 2, pg ' 1 Education Sect. 1, pg 2 West Plain Briefs Sect. 1, pg 7 Online Extras Local News, Sports Updates www. cheneyfreepress, corn