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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, November 26, 2015 Lil By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Tina Sikkema is betting that a popular business she once ran inthe last place she lived will have the same success in Cheney. Sikkema plans to open her latest ver- sion of Lilly Kate Boutique in space she's acquired ad- rBSikkt m jacent to Papa Mur- phy's at 1818 First St. The store has a "soft deadline" for an opening of Feb. 1, 2016, Sikkema said. "I used to have a younger version of the store, kind of infant up to age 8 or so, where we used to live in Sacra- mento," Sikkema said. "Lilly Kate is actually named after my daughter." The Cheney version will be the more trendy fashions for the 20 and 30-somethings. Sikkema calls the style Bohemian chic, which is defined as a style of fashion drawing on various bohe- mian and hippie influences, which, at its height in late 2005 was as- Photo by Paul Delaney Ully Kate Boutique will be located in a com- plex that includes Papa Murphy's Pizza, Pet Paradise, Arturo's Mexican Restaurant and soon the new CHAS clinic. sociated particularly with actress Sienna Miller and model Kate Moss in England. "I've always been crafty and very entrepreneurial," Sikkema said. "I'm a horrible employee but a great business owner," she added with a chuckle. Sikkema's husband, captain Brian Sikkema is a tanker pilot stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base. "As soon as we got orders to move Photo by Paul Delaney Verizon rising After several weeks spent on preparation of the ground, the Cheney loca- tion for Cellular Plus took shape quickly over the past several days. "The construction dates were modified because there was more ground water than expected on the lot," Merisa Saunders, marketing director for Cellular Plus wrote in an email. "The building base was modified due to that." The building is expected to open in the first quarter of 2016. here I started scouting out different towns and that helped us decide where in the area we were going to live," Sikkema said. "Cheney doesn't really have any clothing options at all, especially for new stuff." Sikkema is faced with the same challenge that other Cheney small business owners have - Spokane being just 20 minutes away - and See Boutique page 9 Top rodeo competitors bolt for new tour Gray on board with ERAs spring 2016 hunch By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Coming off another year where he missed the "playoffs" in his sport of rodeo, Ryan Gray and some of his fellow cow- boys are looking in a dif- ferent direction for their futures. The Elite Rodeo Ath- letes' League of Rodeo Champions will launch its sea' B son in 2016 with a series of events sched- u 1 e d Ryan Gray to be broadcast on Fox Sports, culminating with the championships at Amer- ican Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas from Nov. 9-13, 2016. "We have not released the tour schedule for 2016, but our first event is targeted for the spring," Holly DeLaune, ERA's media relations director wrote in an email. In joining ERA, Gray, who, because of injury, failed to qualify for the Pro Rodeo Cowboy's As- sociation (PRCA) Nation- al Finals, may be blocked from participation in 2016 events. But he's willing to take the chance things will be better. ERA re- cently filed a class action antitrust lawsuit against PRCA. "There's 80 guys who are commit- ted to standing firm to be a part of it, having an interest in making rodeo better for the future." Professional rodeo competitor Ryan Gray "It's similar to what the PBR (Pro Bull Rid- ing) did a few years ago," Gray said of ERA. "It will include all rodeo events." Plenty of notable PRCA competitors -- in- cluding bareback leader Kaycee Fetid, Tuf Cooper, a three-time tie-down roper and barrel racer Fallon Taylor -- have joined Gray at trying to make a living just a bit easier in a rigorous line of work. "There's 80 guys who are committed to stand- ing firm to be a part of it, having an interest in making rodeo better for the future," Gray said. "It's not just for us here and now, it's for the fu- ture of our sport." PRCA is a member- driven organization, Gray explained. "They have to accommodate 5,000 mem- bers and there's (just) 1 percent (of competitors) that compete in rodeo for a living." The format is not con- ducive to promote a high level of rodeo, like the NFL or any number of other sports Gray said. It could best be likened to having local racetrack drivers on the same track as NASCAR's elite com- petitors. ERA will hopefully encourage kids to want to rodeo, just like they play football, because it will be easier to watch and fol- low, Gray explained. Gray agreed that un- like other sports, one does not just have a rodeo tryout in a given city one day. It's something that it is quite generational -- as it was with his fa- ther being a cowboy who instilled it in his sons. Gray said he wants his son Ransom to want to follow in his dad's boot-steps if he chooses. But at this point in the current system Gray does not want his son to have to chase all over the coun- try, going to 100 rodeos to try to make a living -- and doing so without any guarantee. ERA will offer some of those as- surances. "At the end of the day, if I get hurt, no one's knocking on my door to pay my bills," Gray said. It's not as if PRCA hasn't done a good job. 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