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l CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, October 8, 2015 Facility would be unique tourism driver for city By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Dave Daugharty wants to stake some of the future of Cheney and the surrounding area to its past. And we're not talking about the familiar characters like railroads. The retired Eastern Washington University math- ematics professor and Cheney resident for the better part of a half-century would like to dive back about 15,000 years and make the community the center of the Ice Age Floods universe. "Cheney has one really big business, and that's the university," Daugharty said. But that is not necessarily a destination for people traveling through the region, unless, perhaps, to see the red turf. "I think we have some things with the Ice Age Floods that can interest people and make them hang around a little bit," Daugharty said. It's a vision not unlike other areas have with natural wonders. While what these floods left behind may not stand out like a Mt. Rainier, The Badlands or any number of Mother Nature's other works, their result is im- pressive. The Ice Age Floods are responsible for how much of Eastern Washington looks today. These cataclysmic events, also known as Missoula, Spokane or Bretz Floods, took place an estimated 13,000-15,000 years ago. These floods' were the work of encroaching and receding glaciers that would first block the Clark Fork River east of Sandpoint, Idaho, creating massive Lake Missoula that filled river valleys like the Clark Fork, Bitterroot, Flathead and others with water hundreds of feet deep. Until, that is, the climate warmed, the glaciers re- treated and an unimaginable torrent of water, perhaps 300 feet high here in Cheney, crashed across the region over and over and over again every 50 or so years. To the untrained eye what was left behind may not Cheney po By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Members of the Cheney Merchant's Association received a variety of reports and updates at their Oct. 5 meeting at the Holiday Inn Express. Cheney Police Chief John Her sley and of- ficer Nate Conley ad- dressed the group, hop- ing to gain their support for the upcoming ballot issue known at Proposi- tion 1, a levy lid lift that will aid area emergency services. The measure, which will be on the Nov. 3 ballot would add about $12 per month to the taxes on the average house. Money raised would help fund a va- riety of upgrades to police and fire equip- ment, :plus potentially add more personnel and are funds that the city simply does not have available. The department is in desperate need of re- placing both police cars - particularly several 2008 model Ford Crown Victoria's - plus the laptop computers and outdated software that runs them. Photo contributed by Dave Daugharty The Williams Lake Plunge Pool in Cheney, located off Williams Lake Road between Williams and Badger lakes, used to be a large cataract area as a part of the larger Ice Age Floods. Former Cheney chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute president Dave Daugharty have much appeal, but Daugharty wants to unleash a treasure trove of information to bring these epoch events to life again. Notable effects of the floods are seen all over the region known as the Channeled Scablands and the Columbia Plateau. They include Dry Falls, Grand and Moses coulees and Steamboat Rock, among others. These and more effects of the floods can be easily seen in a day-long loop trip through Eastern Washington. The National Park Service is in charge of develop- ing the trail from its origins in Missoula, Mont., to the Pacific.Ocean. But with the university being a collection point for scads of information, Cheney seems to be the ideal See Floods page 9 ,iceadd reii CMA on Proposition, ] i{[:]ii iiiK.ii Eastern is also p o- 2016 football schedule Save 8 a 1on [ mating an event shirt for the organization will be Oheney Depol; [ Eagle Week and is seek- looking at renewing its [ a $1,000 svonsor to "Tailgating Starts Here I underwritetheproject, event that took place in II [ The CMA has pledged August 2014, or develop, its support to Mayfest ing something similar. ] 2016, an event that works P a u 1 D e l a n e y " Graphic contributed by Save Our Station for $10 with all proceeds going to local breast can- cer causes. Hensley noted that ceived strong interest among the needs the from the state histori- Cheney Fire Depart- cal preservation office, ment has is that the Taves said. And former must replace their fire Cheney resident Pete packs, the air tanks used Hansen has pledged to when firefighters enter match up to $500,000 of burning buildings, any money collected to On a lighter note, assist in the project. John Taves took off his "We're hopingit be- Cheney City Council comes another vital part hat and donned the one of downtown," Taves he wears as a member said. of Cheney's Save Our Eastern Washington Station campaign that University was on hand hopes to keep the Bur- to update the group on lington Northern Santa a busy fall that will in- Fe from demolishing cludebothHali of Fame the vintage 1929 train weekend Oct. 10 and the depot. EWU-Cal Poly football The Cheney Depot game, and Eagle Week Society, Tavesreported, - formerly Homecom- has been busy prepar- ing - spanning Oct. ing official papers to 30- Nov. 8, whichin- become a non-profit cludes a pair of Eastern group. That will allow home games (Oct. 31 vs. them to begin a city- Weber State and Nov. 7 wide fundraising cam- vs. Northern Arizona). paign to relocate, reno- Special breast cancer vate and repurpose the awareness T-shirts will historical structure, be on sale Oct. 10 for the Their project has re- "EagsBelieve" program to draw people to down- can be reached at town Cheney. And de- pdelaney@chenevfreepress. pending of EWU's finalcom. MEDICAL LAKE DENTAL CLINIC Bruce C. Tollllon, DDS EVERYONE'S INVITED m | | Cheney Free Press, 1616 W. First Street Come see the inner workings of your local newspaper and enter to win drawings and prizes. MARKET FRESH Tomatoes on the Vine Club Price Prices effective 10/8/15 thru 10/13t15 Hot dogs, pop and chips Will be served. 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