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21 1230 73 "*"" ..... * ........ **--AUTO" "AI.,I.~:(~IA~,910 **** I/IQ0te 1: Small Town Papers 217 W Cota St , Shelton WA 98M4.2'2 ; In,ahhnH..,,.,n,n, ll,,141,, ql,.dMhnlh.,aq Vol. 119-- No. 33 December 3, 2015 75 cents Your West Plains Newspaper Since 1896 , Global reach Sports Former Cheney High School baseball coach Terry Regnier has earned a place in the Washington State Baseball Coaches Associa- tion Hall of Fame. See Sect. 2, page 1 Business North Star Manufac- turing, located at 1341 W. First St. in Cheney, makes supplies and equipment for the ceramics industry and has uat n K s in Denmark, England and many other parts of the world. See Sect. 1, page 3 Getting ready Education Many Medical Lake High School basketball players missed practice as a result of the Nov. 17 windstorm. They would have not had the required number of practices to be eligible for their first game - that is, until the ML school board did something about it. See Sect. 1, page 2 Opinion 'Tis the season to be helpful to our friends and neighbors in need. There are many organizations, locally and regionally, that can use our help, from donating our money to donating our time. See Sect. 1, page 4 Like Us Find us on Facebook and stay up date with West Plains area news. Tree lighting All three West Plains cities have scheduled Christ- mas tree lighting events this week. Cheney's is tonight (Thursday) at 5:30 p.m., Medical Lake's Friday and Airway Heights' Saturday, both at 6 p.m. il Council passes resolution supporting keeping portion of John Wayne Trail open By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Why, that's mighty neighborly of you, Cheney. At their Nov. 24 meeting, the City Council unanimously de- cided to throw support behind another Eastern Washington com- munity in its battle against a pair of state legislators over one of the longest, continuous public-use trails in the nation. The council approved a resolution supporting the town of Tekoa in its fight with 9th District state representatives Joe Schmick and Mary Dye over closing 130 miles of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. The trail stretches from the Cascade Mountains to the Idaho border, and is run as a state park from North Bend to Vantage See Council page 12 Slightly West studio snapshots Photos by John McCallum The sixth annual Slightly West of Spo- kane Artists Studio Tour took place last Saturday. Top. Plaid Cat members Dan and Andrea Vaughan perform at Janet Wilbanks' Cheney Studio; visitors check out Stormy Weathers' handcrafted tuming tools at Donna Kulibert's Medical Lake stu- dio (middle); fired clay rings adom a wall at Blue Heron Pottery on Wolfe Road. i: le AirwayHeights Planning Commission modifies R3 rezone request By JOHN McCALLUM Editor With the owner of two parcels at the cor- ner of Russell Street and 10th Avenue request- ing his property be rezoned from industrial to residential multifamily, and at least one hom- eowner on Russeli in opposition requesting it be changed to single-family, Airway Heights' Planning Commission is hoping their recent decision proves to be just right. The commission voted unanimously at its Nov. 30 meeting to change the rezone request to R-2, duplexes, and send the com- prehensive plan amendment back to city staff for modification. The revised request should be resubmitted to the commission at its next meeting in December. City planning staff recommended approv- ing the request of property owners Danny and Judi Lee to change the property from I-1 to R-3 multifamily residential, noting such a change would provide a transition zone from nearby industrial uses east and south of the property to the current residential zones to the west and north. Development Services Director Derrick Braaten said the reality is the property is actu- ally surrounded on three sides by residential instead of two. The parcel to the south, while zoned industrial, currently has a single-fain- ily residence on it, which Commissioner Mat- thew Pederson noted is currently occupied and maintained. Opposition to the rezone was expressed in a letter from Russell Street homeowner Janet Stradling, who listed nine reasons why the See Rezone page 11 public wraps hearin By JOHN McCALLUM police and the municipal court, Editor share a closer bond as the activi- The final three departments ties of one generally lead to the receivingfundingfromCheney's workload levels of the other. current expense, orgeneralfund, All three rely heavily on account fall together loosely un- property tax revenue coupled der one heading - public safety, with charges for services al- The word "loosely," however, lowed under law in order to only describes the relationship meet their needs. And while vot- between the three, ers approved lifting Cheney's Individually, Cheney's Fire property tax levy lid to help Department can pretty much police and fire with their needs stand alone with its overall for personnel and equipment, function, although in times of Cheney's municipal court is left emergency it requires assistance to find other revenue sources, or from Police Department person- nel. The other two departments, See Safety page 11 AH council moves budget ordinances to next meeting By JOHN McCALLUM the second reading and final Editor adoption of the proposed 2016 The Airway Heights City budget, which totals over $16.13 Council ensured itself of a busy million in expenses. As part of agenda at its first meeting in the 2016 budget process, thefinal December by moving nine items ordinance to be considered at the forward from its Nov. 23 study Dec. 7 meeting is the setting of session, positions, salaries and compen- Three of the items were for sation for city employees. the second readings of ordi- Council also approved moving nances dealing with current and forward a resolution supporting proposed future budgets. The the Fairchild Air Force Base Pro- council will address the second tection and Community Empow- reading of an ordinance amend- erment project. The project seeks ing the 2015 budgets of eight to provide "alternative affordable departments, a move that could housing for the residents located total $537,080. The council will also hold See Ordinances page 12 II tl!lt ! LI ill!!!!!l I 'oca,On"n" ,.:; Business Sect. 1, pg 3Opinion Sect. 1, pg 4 Business & Service Sect. 1, pg 8-9 Police & Legals Sect. 2, pg 4 1,4ews, orts tes Classifieds Sect. 2, pg 6 Sports Sect. 2, pg 1 /~ 1, Education Sect. 1, pg 2 West Plain Briefs Sect. 1, pg 7 www.cheneyfreepress.com