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25 1274 00 ow.,.~.,* ........... "'"" AUll:)"ALL FOR A~ m 8rrmll Town Papem e rzot 217 WCota St Shetm WA h,d'hq,l,.,,.,.14,,HI.q .llrdtqh., ; ~ L, November 22, 2012 Your West Plains Newspaper Siflce 1896 75 cents WEST PLAINS BRIEFS INBC Blood Mobile at The Grove Nov. 29 The Inland Northwest Blood Center's donation mobile will be in Cheney Thursday, Nov. 29 at The Grove student housing complex, 240 S. Cheney Spangle Road from 9:30- 11:30 a.m. conducting a holiday blood drive. INBC needs an aver- age of 200 blood donors every day to meet the needs of more than 35 hospitals in the Inland Northwest. The needs become even greater during the holiday sea- son. Donating blood is a gift from the heart that truly touches the hearts of others. Help save three lives by donating blood Nov. 29 at The Grove. " For more West Plains Briefs turn to page 3. This week in the Cheney Free Press... Education Increasing full time equivalent enrollment numbers, revenue fig- ures spell good news for the Cheney School District. See the story on... Page 2 Opinion Area residents have an opportunity to speak up on transporting Powder River Basin coal through the region via trains. See In Our Opinion on... Page 4 Neighbor News It's a family affair at Cheney's newest dining establishment The Ma- son Jar, bringing energy and inspiration to down- town. See Of Cabbages and Kings on... Page 6 Sports With an exciting win over Portland State, East- ern Washington "s football team owns the Big Sky's automatic playoffbid and a No. 2 seed. See the sto- ries on... Sect. 2, Page 1 Also inside... Business/ServicePage 8-9 West Plains Briefs Page 3 West Plains Police Sec.2 Page 4 Legal Sec.2 Page 4 Classified Sec.2 Page 7 nal Cheney Light revenue and expenses grow while rising power costs shrink annual net income By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The Cheney City Council wrapped up its hearings on the 2013 budget with Nov. 13 presentations from officials in the Light, Public Works and Administration departments. Light Department revenue and expenses will grow by 4.83 percent to $8,061,300 in 2013. Much of the revenue -- just over $7.31 million, up 2.2 percent from 2012 - comes from charges for service, with the increase re- flecting growth in the residential sector, Light director Joe Noland said. Forty-two percent, $3.392 million, stems from residential use, with East- em Washington University next at 22 percent, $1.75 million. Commercial customers us'mg under 50 kilowatts, i.e. small business and retail, were losing ground with users above 50KW remaining flat while industrial us- ers actually showed signs of an upswing in consumption, increasing each year since a dip in 2008 when Wilcox Farms ceased operations. The department also enters 2013 with a larger amount of beginning cash, $491,600, compared to 2012's $225,500. On the expenses side Noland budgeted a 3.52 percent increase in power purchases, $4.558 million - the largest expense - mainly due to increases in wholesale power costs from Bonneville Power Ad- See Cheney budget page 9 Photo by Paul Delaney No distraction The work of crews from Baldwin Sign preparing Reese Court for its video boards doesn't bother Eastern Washington basketball player Thomas Reuter as he takes part in shooting practice last Friday. Reuter, from Germany, and Australian teammate Jordan Hickert were both impressive in their shooting drills. The new displays are expected to be installed any day now and will be similar to that which is already in place at Rods Field. I forum creat more questions Cheney residents, others urged to provide testimony on train traffic impacts By JOHN McCALLUM Editor A forum at the Cheney Library last Wednesday night to provide informa- tion on the issue of coal trains rumbling through Cheney likely produced more questions than answers and generated discussion over more than just increased rail traffic through the city. For some present, the issue was more than just the trains, which if five export terminals are built in western Washing- ton and Oregon and along the Columbia River could multiply the number of trains through the area from the 1-4 that currently come through town daily. The issue was whether coal from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana should be mined and exported at all. Forum organizer Art Hathaway noted tlaat coal shipments are currently going to Vancouver, B.C. en route to China. He asked audience members if. they knew which way the wind blows. "We're downwinders," Hathaway Said. "All of the stuff we are shipping over to them is coming back to us in a slightly different form. It should be a concern to you. I know it is to me." Sierra Club volunteer Laura Acker- man followed a video with a presenta- tion about a upcoming scooping hearing Dec. 4 by the Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Ecology and other agencies in Spokane. Ackerman, who lives on a Cheney-area farm and Whose kids attend Cheney schools, said she got involved over concerns about health risks to her family and the potential See Coal trains page 10 Airway Heights approves 1 percent property tax increase By JAMES EIK have increased regardless, due to get request on behalf of the City over $1 million in the Spokane Staff Reporter the city's assessed valuation drop- Council. Project Access provides community. TheAirwayHeightsCityCoun- ping for the first time in several full medical care for low-income "Wesavethatinactualhospital cil approved a 1percent increasein years. Assessed valuations across residents. Taylor said even with and medical organization cost," property tax rates for 2013 at its the region were also lower than health care reform coming in the Taylor said. Monday, Nov. 19 meeting, previous years, next year, around 230,000 people Airway Heights contributed The increase, according to city Kevin Richey was the dissent- in Spokane County would be$5,000 last year, which covered treasurer Richard Cook, amounts ing vote in the 4 to 1 decision, without coverage. About 700 $198,000 in medical services pro- to 2 cents per $1,000 assessed value. Lee Taylor from Project Access residents are currently served. The amount paid in taxes would sjgoke regarding a modified bud- Overall, the organization saves See Council page 9 heroes honored at Red Cross event JAMES EIK those nominated for an honors, Condon said, Staff Reporter award, represent the values and The unsung heroes Giving the event's character of the Spokane the Spokane region welcome statement wasregion, helping to form honored last week Spokane Mayor David a stronger community Red Cross Condon, who thanked through selfless actio*'* each of the award win- "Working toget] Nov. 15 at ners for their actions in a we truly will make Quest Resort larger-than-life scenario, community our city .... "They exemplify town," he said. from what makes our com- Board members from cities were in munity our town," Con- the Red Cross John Cas- along with don said. and friends of Those receiving the See Heroes page I0 Thanksgiving Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday 6 1, High/Low Pa~19~2udy 40/36CloudyShowers41/30 MostlY36128cudY Few snow35127showers Partly cloudyPartly cloudy 33/25 35128