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24 1275 0B The Cheney Free Press is online at www.cheneyfree- press.com and is updated every Friday. October 22, 2009 Your-West P] ru Economy, growth and business are main topics addressed by mayor By BECKY THOMAS well as the mayoral candida Staff Reporter from the audience of around The Cheney Free Press Candidates' Forum sparked discussion on a hosted by the Cheney Free Pl variety of topics as audience members put their potential representatives Little Theatre. The forum b in the hot seat before the upcoming election, candidates: Fred Pollard an The candidates for two contested City Council positions, as open Position 1, and Kathleq Newspaper Since t896 75 cents f cir council Position 3 incumbent Mike McKeehan was unable to attend due ' "-'Z"'a "" to a medical emergency. After moderator and Cheney Free Press cditor John McCaUum introduced es for the City, answered questions the candidates, they each presented a bit of background on themselves, and 50 people at the third annual event, the forum began. ess Oct. 14in Cheney High School's For the next hour, the candidates answered questions posed by McCaUum questions of the Council as well as written questins frm audience members" Much f the discussion running for the bid for Position 3. See Forum page 12 ' r m Photo by John McCallum There's no off switch Nadine Arevalo, wife of EWU President Dr. Rodolfo Arevalo, takes a turn on the mechanical bull as part of the Homecoming week kickoff on Monday after- noon on the campus mall side of the Pence Union Building. Homecoming activities take place all week, including Friday's parade, bonfire and bed races, and concludes with Saturday's football game with Montana State University. By RYAN LANCASTER Staff Reporter It was standing room only at Tuesday's Medical Lake City Council meeting and most of the roughly 50 present were there to see one woman ask ques- tions. City Administrator Doug Ross started the meet- ' ing bysaying he hadn't yet received a final contract for police services from Spokane County, but' that he expected to have it in hand by Friday. The council agreed to a special session to review and decide on the contract next Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. Angie Keith, who is running against incumbent AJ Burton for council Position 3, then used the public comment period to grill council members about the pending police agreemmat. Over a 20-minute period Keith directed many questions at the council, although city attorney Cindy McMullen told her council members would be unable to answer her due to the nature of the counci! meeting. , .. I a l e late Itff wehad a public comment period on thiS,a Keith responded. "A lot of people in our community didn't even know this was hap- pening. I think that's a huge problem." Some of Keith's questions revolved around whether or not the council's decisions on the mat- ter truly reflect the desires of the community, if the process of looking for a police chief was done fairly, See Council page 9 L keland Village union members, sup confn nt budg By RYAN LANCASTER small nursing facility while leaving Pine minimum-security beds at female institu- ern Washington's Mission Creek facility Staff Reporter Lodge Correctional Center as is. tions requires Pine Lodge Correctional would be utilized instead of reopening a A plan to mend state budgets by The first draft of a consultant's report, Center remain unchanged. Pine Lodge unit that was closed in June. cutting institution costs would reduce issued last week by the Office of Financial If the report' recommendations areThe report says a more modern Mission Medical Lake's Lakeland Village to a Management, says future needs for more followed, a new, 100-bed unit at West- Creek unit wouldn't need improvements as soon and Pine Lodge's size is adequate for minimum=security female offenders in Eastern Washington. See Lakeland page 9 Photo by Becky Thomas Blast from the past The historic Southern Pacific Daylight No. 4449 locomotive steamed through Cheney Tuesday morning on its return trip to its home base in Portland, Ore. Pulling 16 cars with names like the California Zephyr Silver So- larium, No. 4449 was returning with about 300 passengers from a summer train festival in Owosso, Mich. Ninth district candidates differences tough to find Fagan and Hailey share similar views on issues, differ on background, campaigning and I-1033 By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Since their primary victories in August, state representative candidates Susan Fagan and Pat Hailey have put thousands of miles on their vehicles, crisscross- ing the vast 9th District they seek to represent. They've spoken at so many meetings, forums and debates they're eligible to charge a speak- ers fee, and they've rung so many doorbells that the phrase "ding-dong" likely elicits a Pav- lovian response to extend a handshake. But with all this public expo- sure, neither candidate said re- cently that the priorities they first campaigned on have changed. In fact, they say, they've been strengthened. Both believe get- ting Washington's economic house in order is priority one, too many regulations, especially regarding water and property rights, andsays she would work to relax some of those while pro- moting conservation and protec- and say the best way to do that is t/on of resources. through limited government and "We need to remember how fiscal responsibility, much agriculture means to this Hailey also lists protecting state," she said. and strengthening agricultureFagan, from Pullman, agrees, and education as two,other pri- saying Washington is the most or/ties, especially agriculture, trade-dependent state in the Harley, from Mesa in Franklincountry, exporting $16 billion in County, said $22 billion of Wash- 2008. If elected, she would work ington's revenue is agriculbare- to strengthen export markets related, with the 9th accounting while protecting property and for $1.2 billion of that, as well as water rights for rural and urban $200 million in property taxes users. paid by farmers. Hailey believes farmers face See' Ninth page 12 International Market sale dates incorrect In the "Of Cabbages and Kings" column in the Oct. 15 issue it was incorrectly reported that the retirement sale at the International Market was occurring only Wednesday, Oct. 14. The sale actually began Oct. 14 and will run until Thanksgiving. The market will be open Monday through Friday from noon to 7 p.m. with items 25 to 50 percent off. A portion of proceeds will benefit cancer research. This week in the Cheney Free Press... 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