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22 1238 ..... * ....... ** .... "**"**AUT O**ALL FORAOG tl Small Town Papers 217 WCota St t/t,',1ote t Shelton WA 98684.226,. | Irli'laq'l'"""'""lH'll'' ql%dli,daqh",lq Vol. 119 -- No. 27 October 22, 2015 75 cents Your West Plains Newspaper Since 1896 Uplifting work Spots Mason VanStone (above) and the rest of the Black- hawks boys cruised to a GNL cross country title. See Sect. 2, page 1 Business While Bill Jarms may have accidentally come about being the owner of Jarms Pump Service, he and hi.~ t_~i~tZg have been providing good products and solid services for water users throughout the West Plains. See Sect. 1, page 3 Familiar look Education While facing no chal- lengers to their positions, most members of the Medi- cal Lake School District board of directors agreed to answer a few questions about their views on issues such as the condition of the district's schools and what the state needs to do to bet- ter fund education. See Sect. l, page 2 Opimon While Cheney voters are right in being leery about the account the money is going into, passage of Proposition i to fund public safety needs is essential for the health and well being of the community. See Sect. 1, page 4 Like Us Find us on Facebook and stay up date with West Plains area news. li Cheney Proposition 1 raising levy lid would ForOfficerNateConley, thatmightbeapprehendingaduckthat wandered into town several years ago and created traffic problems provide funding for police and fire departments downtown, or withOmcer Ch.s Oakesrespon gtonc about a cat getting stuck in the batting cage nets at Cheney High School's By JOHN McCALLUM Editor It's often stated, from Police Chief John Hensley down to officers on the street, that for the Cheney Police Department, no call is too small. softball field. But then there's the other end of the spectrum - like the running gunbattle on Second Street Conley was one of the first responding of- See Public safety page 12 Photo by AI Stover Trailer fire Cheney firefighters mop up after responding to a trailer fire in Presnell's Trailer Court Wednesday morning, Oct. 14. Cheney Fire Chief Mike Winters said the fire started, and was contained, underneath the trailer, with minor smoke and water damage to the interior. Winters said the trailer had been unoccuppied for 10 days, and that the cause of the fire is undetermined. Long-time residents vying to replace retiring Art Kulibert By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The only City Council race in Medical Lake, Position 7, pits two long-time residents who are both very active in their community. Don Kennedy has lived in Medical Lake the past 19 years, and is the owner of Kraton Man- agement Company. He is a graduate of Eastern Washington University, possessing bachelors (1973) and masters (1979) degrees in geology as well as a juris doctorate degree (law) from Gonzaga University in 1991. Kennedy lists precinct committee officer un- der elected experience. His community service is through Central Lutheran Church, along with the Spokane Melody Singers, Medical Lake Blue Waters, Bluegrass Festival and as a referee for youth, high school and college soccer. Jessica Roberts community links go back to her grandfather, who opened a pharmacy in Medical Lake in the 1950s and her mother who at- tended all 12 years of school in the district. Also an EWU graduate, she worked for 16 years with the of Medical Lake in the Fire Department, Parks and Recreation, Utilities and the Municipal Court. Roberts is currently working at Spokane County See Position 7 page g Airway Height ances rezone U Planning Commission agrees to open comprehensive plan public process for considering chan ng two parcels to residential multifamily By JOHN McCALLUM Editor At its regular monthly meet- ing last Wednesday, Oct. 14, the Airway Heights Planning Commission unanimously approved moving a rezone request to the city's compre- hensive plan docket for con- sideration. Under state law the city can only amend the plan once a year, and can do so at the request of the city or of a private citizen. The request submitted by Nine Mile Falls' residents Dan- ny and Judi Lee asks that two parcels, roughly one acre of land the couple owns at the southeast comer of the inter- section of Russel Street and 10th Avenue, be changed from Industrial (I-1). to multifamily residential (R-3). In their application to the city, the Lees wrote they have been marketing the property for the past four years. They have received no interest in its industrial development capa- SeeRezone page g Cheney City Council tackl public works issues By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The Oct. 13 Cheney City Council meeting had a decidedly public works flavor. All five action items before the council in- volved issues falling under the scope of Pub- lic Works Director Todd Ableman - ranging from recycling to road- work to water of differ- ent sources. Council approved a $31,218.94 contract with Taylor Engineering for preliminary work on the Betz Road Preservation project, with the city receiving a grant for the project through the Spo- kane Regional Trans- portation Commission. The work, which Able- man said the city should receive funding for in early 2016, includes pavement removal and replacement, sidewalk and ADAimprovements and new striping and signage. The council approved receipt of funding under the state's Coordinated Prevention Grant (CPG) Waste and Recycling Agreement for 2015- 2017. The money covers operations of the city's recycling center. See Council page 12 111!!!!! III1!!!!!11i INSIDE Business Business & Service Classifieds Education Sect. 1, pg 3 Sect. 1, pgl0-11 Sect. 2, pg 9 Sect. 1, pg 2 Opinion Police & Legals Sports West Plain Briefs Sect. 1, pg 4 Sect. 2,:pg 6 Sect. 2, pg 1 Sect. 1, pg 7 Online | roJ Local News, Sports Updates www.