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Page 8 Free Press Thursday, November 22, 2012 Search for stat Veterans Cemetery director underway By JAMES EIK staff there are doing a difficult job of holding things represented at the cemetery include the Patriot Guard Staff Reporter down." Riders, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Spokane Lilac Searching for a new veterans cemetery director is Aside from being a strong leader, the position Festival and several others. In addition to the groups much like a search for any other position in the state also involves some experience with maintenance• helping with events, volunteers from the Airway government. Running equipment, knowledge of mechanics and Heights Corrections Center repair flags that often see That exact search is currently taking place for the scheduling preventative work all factor in to the extremely strong West Plains wind conditions. Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake. successful operation of the Veterans Cemetery. Hav- "We're very blessed with a large cohort of volun- Former director Rich Cesler retired earlier this year, ing financial experience also comes in to play when teers out there," Lee said. prompting the beginning of a search to fill the position, developing the site's biennial budget and managing Last year, Eagle Scout projects helped to fill in the The second round of applications recently closed, ac- its expenditures, cemetery's scattering garden, build steps for Honor cording to John Lee, director of the Washington State Being the director is a busy role, and an important Guard members and helped develop the site's master Department of Veterans Affairs. one to keep things moving smoothly between various plan• The additions contributed to the picturesque "We typically like tO post the job for a couple of levels of the state and federal government, vision of the cemetery, which has seen tremendous weeks and then evaluate the applicants," Lee said. "It's not just about experience running a cemetery, growth since its opening in 2010. Earlier this year, Typically, the process for the position takes around: because one can be trained in those areas. It's about the cemetery had received approximately $280,000 in a month and a hall where the top applicants move being a demonstrated leader, a person who can make donations in the two years it's been open, coming in forward to interview with a panel. Among those on the right decision for all the various entities in the the form of plants, plaques and cash donations. the panel include members of the Spokane commu- community," Lee said. "And they represent the De- The hard work and dedication of everyone at the nity, representatives from the cemetery and members partment of Veterans Affairs and the governor." cemetery, including the director, continue' to make it of the cemetery's advisory board. Salary for the position is listed on the Department of a worthy resting ground for veterans. Since Cesler left, Travis Potter has served as acting Veterans Affairs as being between $51,216 and $63,048. "It's really a beautiful shrine that we have out cemetery director. The cemetery director will also have to coordi- there," Lee said. "We've got a great No. 2 guy there in Travis, who nate efforts between a large, and growing, number James Elk can be reached at james@cheneyfreepress. heads the plant crew," Lee said. "He and the other of volunteer groups. Among the groups regularly com. Local law enforcement agencies launch new holiday DUI campaign Lyun Ross spent more warmup- Ross, aunion For someone who fic Safety Commission than $1,200 paying for the carpenter, is thankful was still drinking, Ross announced the "Drive So- ignition interlock that he for the ignition interlock thought the ignition ber or Get Pulled Over" had to have installed on program, interlock might be a holiday campaign, Gron- his Dodge truck as a re- "It's a goodprogram,"more negative experi-del urged drivers to plan sult of a DUI conviction, he said recently. "It kept ence. Ever since January ahead. The device is about the me from drinking and 2012, ignition interlock "Don't let a DUI ruin size of a cellphone with a helped me get my license drivers have to have a your holidays," he said. tube for breath samples, back." record of clean blows"Before you leave home Ross, a Spokane Val- Keeping the ability to for the last four months for a holiday party, think ley resident, had to blow legally drive, even during of the restriction in or- about how everyone can into it every time he start- his suspension peri.od, der to get the deviceget home safely• Desig- ed his truck every day meant being able to keep removed and be eligible nate a sober driver, take a for 14 months. The truck his job since his work for their regular driver's taxi, stay the night." would only start if there requires him to travel license. As part of the cam- were no alcohol in his throughout the north-"This ensures that paigu, extra officers will system, west region, drivers demonstrate the be canvassing roadways Despite the cost and "I wouldn't have a ability to separate their between Nov. 21 and Jan. the hassle - he to switch job if I couldn't drive." drinking from their driv- 1, 2013 throughout Spo- to alcohol-free mouth- "It was a very positive ing," Washington Traffic kane, Pend Oreille and wash and wait for a few experience for me," he Safety Commission direc- Ferry Counties search- minutes in the morn- said, "But I was donetot Darrin Grondel said. ing for impaired drivers. ing for the machine to drinking." As the Washington Traf- The Cheney, Airway Heights, Eastern Wash- Drive Sober or Get Pulled ington University, Over campaign. Spokane and Spokane The Spokane County Valley Police Depart-Target Zero Task Force ments, the Spokane, Pend organizes and supports Oreille and Ferry County this enforcement effort. 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