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Free Press deadline changes Because Veterans Day, Nov. 11, falls on Wednesday this year, the Cheney Free Press deadlines for submissions have changed for the Nov. 12 edition. The deadline for legal notices is Friday, Nov.' 6, by 5 p.m. The deadline for letters to the editor and public service announcements for the West Plains Briefs is also Friday at noon. Vol. 119 No. 28 II I October 29, 2015 75 cents Your West Plains Newspaper Since 1896 Sports Cheney boys win cross country district title while girls swimming wraps up regular season and prepares for districts. See Sect. 2, page 1 Business West Plains" business Spe'4 aI WIachining has .been making custom parts products for a variety of businesses for nearly 50 years See Sect. 1, page 3 Education Eastern Washington University plans to honor local Native American ac- tivist Lucy Covington with an education center that will not only serve tribes, but help promote cross-cul- tural understanding among everyone. See Sect. 1, page 2 Opinion To make representative democracy work correctly, the more representatives you have from a broader area, the better the chances. That's why increasing the number of Spokane County Commissioners from three to five makes sense. See Sect. 1, page 4 Like Us Find us on Facebook and stay up date with West Plains area news. Help local warriol Medical Lake teacher Sandy Zimmerman's audi- tion video for American Ninja Warrior has 201 likes and 2,710 views. Go to www.cheneyfreepress.com and click on the link to help her out. ur Fund services many essential government departments, but mostly through one revenue source that is out of the city's control By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Cheney Mayor Tom Trulove calls it the "trouble fund." Ifs technically known as the 20 ] 6 Budget current expense fund, or the gen- eral ftmd. It's the section of munici- pal government whose revenues rely mostly on that five-letter word citizens hate most -- taxes. And yet, like a drink with multiple straws, it's the fund many municipal departments rely on to operate - departments such See Current expense page 12 Photo by John McCallum Four years a Lady Blackhawk Cheney High School senior foward Reba Eaton prepares to put on the home whites for the last time prior to last Saturday's regular-seas0n finale, Senior Day, game against Pullman. Eaton has been a Lady Blackhawks varsity member all four years of her career at CHS. After years of loan payments, Medical Lake is nearly debt free By JOHN McCALLUM Editor For the most part, the Medical Lake City Council budget workshop held prior to the Oct. 20 council meeting resembled the same workshop held in 2014 - and 2013, and 2012 and on back. The city has looming ma- jor expenses, but 2016 Budge| with revenues fiat and little sign of increasing, it must either put the expense off another year or look for creative ways to fund it. There was one sliver of good news delivered by City Administrator Doug Ross, however, and that is the city is scheduled - barring unforeseen developments -to soon be debt free. Medical Lake has been paying off two Public Works Trust Fund loans, one for the water reservoir and the transmission main from the Craig Road/State Route 902 well and the other to cover a portion of the construction of the wastewater treatment and water reclamation plant. The reservoir and transmission main is sched- uled to be paid off in 2016, with the WWTP loan be- ing wrapped up in 2017. With those two milestones See ML budget page 12 owman vs. Collins in Airway H 'hts By JOHN McCALLUM County Elections Department's who stepped down when he ing current services in the city Editor 2015 General Election Voters' moved from the area. are covered as the community The only race for an Air- Guide. A resident of Airway grows. way Heights City Council seat According to a story pub- Heights for over four years "Having the city grow and pits incumbent Jack Collins lished in the Aug. 7, 2014and a lieutenant in the city's fire improve as long as it's not af- against Planning Commis- Cheney Free Press, Collinsdepartment, Collins ranin2013 fecting the current citizens or sion Chair Larry Bowman at was appointed to Position 5, for the council Position 2 seat, taxing the emergency systems Position 5. vacated by Kevin Richey when but was defeated by current are my biggest platform," Col- Attempts to contact Collins he was appointed mayor. HeCouncilman Steve Lawrence.lins said then. for an interview were not suc- was one of four applicants to fill In an Oct. 17, 2013 CheneyIn both Cheney Free Press cessful, and he has not posted council Position 3 previously Free Press story, Collins said any irfformation in the Spokane held by Barren Williamson,one of his priorities was ensur- See Position 5 page 11 Airway H ights finally adopts cannabis standards By JOHN McCALLUM opted revisions to the lective gardens, Which section in chapter 17 medical and recreational Editor city's municipal codeare now prohibited, allowing medical can- marijuana adopted, by The Airway Heights regarding medical can- and replaces it with nabis dispensaries in the Legislature.during City Council unani- nabis standards. Ordi- requirements undersec- the city. City attorney their.session earlier this mously approved a pair nance C-846 amends tion 5.14.060 governing Stanley Schwartz told year. of ordinances at its Oct. chapter 5 by completely medical cannabis coop- the council the adopted "Medical dispensa- 19 meeting, removing language in erative gardens, ordinance brings the city ries no longer exist," After a long process, 5.14.040 pertaining to The ordinance also in line with new state the council finally ad- medical cannabis col-completely removes a standards regarding See Council page 11 ~, INSIDE IIlI!I![1111111!!!l!!lll -' Business & Service Classifieds Education Sect. 1, pg 3Opinion Sect. 1, pg 4 Sect. 1, pg 8-9 Police & Legals Sect. 2, pg 5 Sect, 2, pg 8 Sports Sect. 2, pg l Sect. 1, pg 2 West Plain Briefs Sect. 1, pg 7 Online Extras Local News, Sports Updates www.cheneyfreepress.com