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Free Press deadline changes The Cheney Free Press is closed Nov. 26 in obser- vance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The deadline for legal notices is Friday, Nov. 20 by 5 p.m.The classified ad deadline is Monday, Nov. 23 at 11 a.m. The deadline for letters to the editor and public service announcements for the West Plains briefs is Friday at noon. The Cheney Free Press will reopen Nov. 27 at8 a.m. 22 1247 71 *'"*'' ..... "*""AUTO "ALL FOR ADO Wtl/tf.t small Town Papers i/1/2Ole t 217 W Cots 8t Shelton WA 98 14-22 I h,lhhq,l,.,,.,rPIl,,Hl,, qll.dh,dtqh.,tll Vol. 119-- No. 31 November 19, 2015 75 cents Your West Plains Newspaper Since 1896 Sports Taylor Fritz was a spe- cial addition to the Medi- cal Lake High School vol- leyball team. See Sect. 2, page 1 On target Business The various Highline Grain construction projects are moving along. These in- clude, u~.~edr tracks and a grain storage facility. The facility is expected to be ready to move product in early January, 2016. See Sect. 1, page 3 I"houghtexchange Education Both Cheney and Medi- cal Lake school districts partnered with Thought- exchange to create an open survey to learn the concerns of community member s. They're finished with the first two steps - Share and Star - but what's next? See Sect. 1, page 2 , Terrorism Opinion With terrorist attacks like those in Paris dominating the headlines and becoming more frequent, many are be- ginning to wonder what can be done - if anything - to eliminate the threat. See Sect. 1, page 4 Find us on Facebook and stay up date with West Plains area news. Like Us In print and online Due to Tuesday's region- wide windstorm and power outages, this week's issue of the Cheney Free Press is a rarety - an issue dated correctly but which arrived a day (or two) late. Photo by John McCallum High winds knocked out power and caused damage Tuesday, most of which was downed trees such as this one that also took out a sign at the Zip's restaurant in Cheney. S' ..................... Storm knocks out power to tens of thousands, damage, two fatalities By JOHN McCALLUM Editor High winds ravaged most of Eastern Washington on Tuesday, knocking down fences and trees, tearing off roofs and leaving thousands without power, with many areas still dark Wednesday morning. News service reports indicate almost 170,000 Avista Utility customers were out of power during the height of the storm, which took place late Tuesday afternoon. Numbers for Inland Power and Light customers were not available at press time Wednesday morning. Power was knocked out in north Cheney and the Fish Lake area about mid-afternoon, with the entire city going dark just after 5:30 p.m. - leaving all of the nearly 5,6q0 Cheney Light customers without power. "Every meter was out," Light Department Director Steve Boorman said. Most of the city was back up Wednesday morning Boorman praised the Work of the Light Department crew for their response to the storm, and the city has done annually to clear power line See Storm page 10 eney p li City offiicials prioritizing list ely's property tax assessment levy, a lift that will remain permanently in place. While that of police and fire needs after lift is estimated to provide about $410,975 annually in new revenue for the city to use voters approve of levy lid lift in meeting public safety needs, that money won't come in immediately, nor will it arrive By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Even though election certification doesn't take place until Nov. 24, city of Cheney offi- cials have begun the process of implementing the results of voter-approved Proposition 1. The measure does a one-time lift of the as a separate budget line item. Because property tax collections make up the majority of revenue in the city's CtaTent ex- pense fund - an account used for more than just police and fire - city officials are creating a special "Mayor's Reserve" fund under the Administration Department. When the city receives its property tax disbursement, which takes place in May and November, an amount equal to what the levy lid lift generates will bo transferred to this reserve. "It will look like the mayor's budget we: way up," Mayor Tom Trulove said with ,, slight laugh. "(To)be clear, it's just a hold- ing account. The mayor doesn't have a slush fund." "We said this was predominantly, at least the first couple of years, this is (for) See Next steps page 11 to Sit htly itions ML amends fireworks cod tour allowing dry weather ban By JOHN McCALLUM By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Editor The Medical Lake City Council The Slightly Westof Spokane Artists Studio Tour is entering approved the first reading of an its sixth year with a couple of changes and additions - most ordinance at its Nov. 3 meeting UnderquestiningfrmCuncil- of which are in one location, changing how the city deals with man John Paikuli, Medical Lake As- The roughly 30-mile auto loop tour through Medical Lake fireworks during periods of ex- sistant Fire Chief Corey Stevens said and Cheney has added a new location, Fresh DesignRetail & treme fire danger, the department receives burn-ban Rental Gallery in Medical Lake. Ordinance 1044 amends theadvisories from a number of sources. Owners Holly Dalke and Todd Hoffman opened the shop city's municipal code regarding The National Weather Service pro- at 116 N. Lefevre St. that specializes in vintage goods from discharging fireworks so that now, vides information on atmospheric antiques to garage accoutrements and jewelry last January-Feb- when certain conditions are met, conditions, including humidity ruary. Dalke said after taking part in the West Plains Vintage the Fire Department's fire chief levels and predictions along with the Tour in October, she was encouraged to join the Slightly West "may prohibit the discharge of all heat index, while the Department of fireworks" in the city. According See Slightly West page 12 to the ordinance, this takes effect See Fireworks page 12 under extreme fire danger, which the section defines as "a period of hot, dry weather accompanied by low fuel moistures." 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