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1243 72 ...... "**'" .......... *'**AUTO* *ALL FORADCge0 Small Town Papers 1/'1/2oto 1: 217 W Cote St Shetton WA 98 4-226,'. ; h,li,hq,l,.,,ir.rll,,Hl,, qll.dh,dlqh.,R Vol. 119 No. 30 November 12, 2015 75 cents Your West Plains Newspaper Since 1896 Fumbled a Sports Cooper Kupp hung on to this catch, but the Eagles four turnovers kept them from hanging around with NAU. See Sect. 2, page 1 Business The Cheney Merchants Association announced they will conduct a "Cache for Cash," a popular twist once scavenger hunt game of geocaching. The "Cache for Cash is coming up in early December. See Sect. 1, page 3 Education The Cheney School District's Westwood Mid- dle School has established two student committees to help address concerns about student treatment by other students, and spread positivity. See Sect. 1, page 2 OPinion While rape is a life- changing and difficult is- sue to talk about, recent incidents of sexual assault on and around EWU's cam- pus has raised concerns on an issue that should be discussed more. See Sect. 1, page 4 Like Us Find us on Facebook and stay up date with West Plains area news. In print and online Don't forget to go to and follow the link to sup- port Medical Lake teacher Sandy Zimmerman in her quest to become an Ameri- can Ninja Warrior. Realigning the Palouse River Coulee City railway tops Cheney's legislative agenda By JOHN McCALLUM Editor While still in the budgeting process, the Cheney City Council set its sights on items farther a field by approving a resolution at its Oct. 27 meeting in support of the mayor's 2016 legislative agenda. On the agenda are items officials will push for either state funding or favorable resolution at the Washington Legislature's next session in January. City Administrator Mark SchuUer told the council the resolution contained "no surprises," and focuses on concerns city officials have talked to elected state representatives about before. What's new for 2016 is the item topping the list - realigning the Palouse River Coulee City railway that runs from Cheney through Four Lakes. The state, in partnership with Highline Grain, LLC, is in the process of improving the current tracks, which cross Cheney's main entrance, also considered Eastern Washington University's front door, at State Route 904 and Betz Road. The upgraded tracks See Agenda page 11 il Photo by AI Stover Golf goodies Eastern Washington University women's golf team members Taylor Anderson (left) and Marissa Borja (right) toss out candy during last Saturday's Home- coming parade through downtown Cheney. The sweet times didn't extend to the Eagles football team, who lost 52-30 to Northern Arizona. By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The Medical Lake City Council took its first official public steps on the budget process road by holding a public hearing and setting its property tax and emergency medical services tax rates for 2016. During a public hearing at its Nov. 3 meet- ing, the council heard a staff report indicating the additional amount the city could collect if it elected to raise property taxes by I percent as per state law would be $5,303.62. That would bring the total property taxes collected by Medical Lake in 2016 for its current expense account to $535,665.83. City staff recommended the council adopt the resolution increasing the property tax col- lections by I percent, along with increasing the EMS levy rate by 1 percent as well. The EMS rate, however, is set at 50 cents per $1,000 of as- sessed property value, and there is a maximum amount the city can collect. If the 1 percent exceeds the statutory amount, Spokane County will collect the lesser of the two. The anticipated amount Medical Lake will collect for its EMS levy in 2016 is $117,336.53. Even though the council approved the 1 percent increase in property tax rates, it doesn't necessarily mean residential property owners in the city will see their property tax payments increase. Medical Lake's total valu'ation is scheduled to go up over $6.57 million in 2016 to just above $238.92 million. See Council page 11 Rail crossin repair work to detours Palouse River Coulee City contractor to dergoing improvement work crossings, beginning Nov. 11- to increase its load capabil- 12 at Paradise Road just outside upgrade seven crossings before month's end ity to handle longer, 110-car Cheney's northern city limits trains loaded and assembled and west of State Route 904. By JOHN McCALLUM City Railroad's short-linetracks at the new Highline Grain, According to information Editor over the next three weeks. LLC's transloader facility just from the Washington State De- West Plains' drivers may The 6.9 mile portion of thewest of Four Lakes on Medical partmentofTransportation, work find they will be taking a little track running from Cheney Lake-Four Lakes Road. Part of will also take place Nov. 13 - 14 detour ff their route takes them through Four Lakes and justthat work involves upgrading across the Palouse River Coulee past Craig Road is currently un- rails and rail beds at seven area See Cr.ossings page 12 Latest election returns essentially ends all West Plains races By JOHN McCALLUM On the West Plains Nov. 3, Roberts trailed receiving 49.70 percent held a 39 vote lead, 431- Editor that means another challenger Don Kenne-of the vote to Kennedy's 392. With allbut a handful new face on the Airway dy by 22 votes, 296-274, 48.81. In Airway Heights in of ballots remaining to Heights City Council,with Kennedy receiv- With the third count the race for City Council be counted county wide, and a come from behind ing 51.03 percent of the Thursday, Nov. 5, Rob- Position 5, challenger it's probably safe to say win for Jessica Roberts vote. Not quite 24 hours erts had increased her Larry Bowman initially that most of the contested to replace retiring Coun- later with the release of lead to 35 votes, receiv- held an 11-vote 16ad races and measures on the cilman Art Kulibert on the second ballot count, ing 51.56 percent of the over incumbent Jack Nov. 3 general election Medical Lake's City Roberts had caught vote and with the count- Collins on Nov. 3. That ballot are for the most Council Position 7. Kennedy and held a ing of an additiona16,096 part, no longer contested. After the first count six ballot lead, 333-327, ballots Monday, Nov. 9, See Results page 11 INSIDE Business Sect. 1, pg 3Opinion Sect. 1, pg 4 Business & Service Sect. 1, pg 8-9 Police & Legals Sect. 2, pg 5 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 1