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Page 10 Free Press Thursday, November 22, 2012 Coal trains continued from page 1 transportation issues pre- sented from trains pass- ing through Cheney. "One of the reasons I got involved in this campaign was simply my children," she said. While Ackerman and Hathaway both admitted their main goal was to keep the Powder River Basin coal in the ground, potentially by prevent- ing construction of the export terminals, most of the information pre- sented and discussed centered on the potential increase in train traffic and its impacts. One of the unknowns is how many trains will be coming through the Spo- kane region daily. That figure depends on how much coal is extracted in the Powder River Basin, with estimates ranging from 75 million tons to 170 million tons as re- ported in a study by the Western Organization of Resource Councils to 50 million to 100 million tons as reported by the Energy Policy Research Foundation. That could lead to a daily increases ranging from four to 12 trains to 28 to 63 of the ap- proximately 1.5-mile long shipments. With about 35 trains per day passing through Cheney, there is File photo A coal train passes through Cheney on its way to Vancouver, B.C.'s export terminal this past July. New terminals proposed for construction in Washington and Oregon could increase this type of traffic anywhere from four to 63 trains per day. potential for significant Don Brunell state the in upgrades to the busiest impacts, state DOE ranks lace- line in their system, Pasco "Some of us do have motives as one of the to Portland. problems now," one au- smallest contributors to Other questions cen- dience member said. emissions among the 19 tered on impacts to the Trains speed through sources it tracks. In the local economy from in- town, noise from horns same column, BNSFCEOcreases in traffic. Ack- and long delays at cross- Matthew Rose said the erman noted BNSF of- ings have been an issue in railroad plans to spend ficials have said that the the city and several audi- $1.1 billion on energy- coal trains would have ence members noted this. efficient locomotives ex- the right of way over Ackerman also added pected to further reduce trains carrying other the existence of potential emissions by 60-70 per- cargo. health impacts fromcoal cent. Ackerman stressed dust and increased diesel Another audience the importance of provid- fumes, but admitted that member noted that they ing testimony during the BNSF is taking Steps to had heard BNSF wouldscoping period, which mitigate the diesel issue, add another line, and runs Sept. 23 to Jan. 21, A Sept. 11 column by Ackerman said that was 2013. She urged the au- Association of Washing- possible. BNSF has al- dience to express their ton Business president ready made $100 million concerns during this time and at the Dec. 4 hearing, which runs 4-7 p.m. at the Interstate Fairgrounds. Spokane is the only city this far east along the train route to have an impact meeting, Ackerman said, noting the Sierra Club and other concerned groups worked to get the Army com. Corps to come here. "They didn't have to ' go outside the west side locations," she said. ;'All of the rail traffic has to come through Spokane. There is no other way around it." Ackerman urged peo- ple submitting testimony to state their needs about having questions on im- pacts addressed rather than stating dislikes, i.e. "I want to know about coal dust impacts." She said to make sure to use the word "scope" in the comments, and to submit them in ~ fashion similar to the famous phrase about Chi- cago voting habits. "Scoping is the same way," she said. "Do it early and do it often." John ,McCal- lum can be reached at jmac@chenqyfreepress qlNkRB Locally owned & operated Tank pumping & maintenance Baffle inspection System inspection for home sale License #60287299~ cheneyseptio@gmail.corn vovw.cheneyseptic.com continued from page 1 key, Col. Thomas Roshet- ko and Airway Heights Fire Chief Mitch Metzger led the presentation of awards and flags to each of the award recipients. Among those hon- ored included Airway Heights Fire Department member Chandler Tus- cany. He was nominated by Col. Brian Newber- ry, Commander of the 92nd Air Refueling Wing at Fairchild Air Force Base. While on a com- mercial flight, the flight crew asked if anyone had medical training. Tuscany had previously taken Emergency Medi- cal Training courses and was certified in CPR and operating an Automated External Defibrillator. He was directed to the back of the plane, where a woman was having a medical situation requir- Photo by .James Eik United Airlines employee Rainer Kisle (center right) received a Hometown Heroes award for helping a traveler suffering from cardiac arrest, The traveler has since made a full recovery. ing CPR. The plane made Throughout the an emergency landing event, local heroism and with Tuscany continuing facing the odds were ob- to aid the woman, who vious from each award was then transferred to recipient. From military a medical crew on the members offering help ground, to those in the right place Tuscany is a Senior at the right time, the re- Airman in the Air Force gion's charitable nature and is currently serving was on display. the first of a six-month "They all say I just tour of duty overseas, did what anyone else would do," KREM news anchor Randy Shaw said. "As a newsman, I can tell you that's not true." Receiving the Spirit of the Red Cross Award was Phil Haugen, gen- eral manager of North- ern Quest. The award is given to a member of the community who fits with the core values of the Red Cross: selflessness, com- passion and a commit- ment to improving the community by helping those in need. "Just by seeing this room right now, you know Spokane is a great community and is heavily involved in the charities and supports each other," Haugen said. "It's one of the best places to live in the entire world." James Eik can be reached at james@cheneyfreepress. com'. SANTA WILL BE AT fARMS Saturday, November 24, 2012 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (Santa's napping noon to i:00 pmj 4"x6" Print made for each digital photo. Feel free to bring your own camera, thumb drive or SD card, so you can print more at your convenience Limit 3 photos, please 1720 2nd Street Cheney, WA 235-4410 County delays online auctions until 2013 NEWS SERVICES prevent the loss of their defaulted property and In consideration of home," Chase said. Chase also reduces the number the upcoming holidays also foresees a February of unsold parcels. and the other expenses or March auction date The available prop- associated with winter becoming permanent, erties can be viewed weather, Spokane Coun- Initially scheduledonline at www.spokan- ty Treasurer Rob Chase to begin in December,ecounty.org/treasurer/ will postpone the launch the auction of foreclosed foreclosures. Chase be- of online auctions until properties will become lieves there may be addi- March 4, 2013. According more convenient and ef- tional uses for online auc- to Chase, the postpone- fective, thanks to a con- tions, including the sale ment will help property tract between the Spa- of obsolete equipment, owners facing foreclo- kane County Treasurer's cars, computers, etc. In sure. Office and Bid4Assets, addition, there may be "Providing peg- Inc. Chase said the online future opportunities to ple with another three auction process increases partner with other local months to pay their back the number of biddersgovernments for regional property taxes might and the sale price of a tax- online auctions. V sion Haus .,, .... app for that/ Now you can hold Cheney FCU in the palm of your hand. With our new mobile app, you have all the accessibility of 'It's Me 24/7," online banking, with the convenience .of a call phone application. The Cheney Federal Credit Union app is designed for Apple and Android devices. They can be downloaded from their mark~tplacas. There is no charge for the Cheney FCU app. Download rates and other charges may apply. Refer to your cell phone service provider for details. Cheney Federal CradR Unlon I