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TO "#U.L FOR: 1/tt1010 , Stud Town Papers 217 WCota 8t She 0eSS4-Z h.#hq,I',-.,.HI-HI- ql .ll 4Jqh",R Vol. ! i NO. 34 December I0, 2015 Your West Plains Newspaper Since 1896 75 cents CHAS o )ens L t Spots Former Eastern Wash- ington University lineback- er J.C. Sherritt recently added Grey Cup champ to his football resume. See Sect. 2, page 1 Business .The new CHAS clinic, located at the old Jarms Hardware building, 1720 Second Ave., recently had its soft opening. CHAS has ........... 6h " rimary medical care provider on duty and is in the process of recruiting three additional family care providers. See Sect. 1, page 3 Song and Dance Education Faced with budgetary and space challenges, the Cheney High School drama club successfully staged a production of "Way, Way Off Broadway," which gave audiences a glimpse into the history of musical theater. See Sect. 1, page 2 Opinion Following the .recent shooting in San Bernardi- no, Calif., many are de- bating about the Second Amendment and gun con- trol laws while dancing around the shooters' mo- tives and connection to radical Islam. See Sect. 1, page 4 Like Us Find us on Facebook and stay up date with West Plains area news. Reading Regniel In print and online A1 Stover's story on for- mer CHS baseball coach Terry Regnier's induction into a hall of fame reached over 4,500 people when posted to the Cheney Free Press Facebook page. ' Christmas Gifts for Cheney Kids behind on registrations, donations By JOHN McCALLUM Editor As the deadline for registrations and donations nears, Christmas Gifts for Cheney Kids volunteers are hoping for a surge in both. Coordinator Elsy Lusk said they have had 75 children signed up so far to receive gifts, which will be distributed Friday, Dec. 18, at the Wren Pierson Community Center beginning at 9 a.m. The gifts are arranged on tables in the center's multipurpose room, with parents then let in to select a gift for their child who might not otherwise receive a present this Christmas. Lusk said past coordinators have told her registrations are gener- See Special gifts page 10 West Plains tree lighting scenes West Plains cities held their annual tree lighting festivities last week. Top left: Cheney Po- lice Officer Chris Eng- lish reads "How the Grinch Stole Christ- mas" to children at Cheney Library. Top right: A couple relax near Airway Heights' Christmas tree. Left: Visitors to Medi- cal Lake's ceremonies grab some refresh- ments at Re*image Medical Lake's office. By JOHN McCALLUM Editor After several months of work by city staff and commissioners; the Cheney His- torical Preservation Commission unani- mously adopted an updated set of rules and procedures at its Dec. 3 meeting. Public Works Director Todd Ableman told the commission that the goal in the update process was to pare down the original rules from 60 pages to just over 20 while also maintaining the document's intent. Ableman brought to the commis- sioners' attention several key points in the document. One of those established a quorum for meetings at four members, even if the com- mission is operating without all seats filled. The commission currently consists of seven members, with all seven filled. The commission's bylaws also call for monthly meetings. Commissioner Bettye Hull noted they are meeting every other month currently and questioned whether the commission should amend the docu- ment to reflect this practice. Commission Chair Charles Mutschler pointed out the bylaws gave the commis- sion flexibility in holding its meetings. "We have made the discretion to hold it (meeting) every other month," Mutschler added: Commissioners agreed that changes made See Bylaws page 10 Questions on Airway ghts truck purch Concerns about bidding process eventually clarified By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Purchasing a truck has likely never generated as much scrutiny as it did at the Airway Heights City Council's Dec. 7 meeting. Community Development Council packet information on a four-year-old truck is Director Derrick Braaten told indicated the truck, priced at pretty good." the council that delaying a just under $20,952, is currently Braaten added senior build- hiring consideration within Owned by Parker Subaru in inginspectorCindyReddekopp the department had createdCoeur d'Alene. A Carfaxreport checked the vehicle over and enough savings to purchase a also indicated the vehicle had said it met the department's 2011Chevy Colorado Extended one previous owner, an odom- needs. Cab 4x4 pickup truck. The truck eter reading of 36,129 miles and Before the council could was identified as a need of the was valued at $1,060 above the vote, city attorney Stanley Building Department duringlisted price from Parker. Schwartz indicated a desire to budget talks, replacing an "It's a smokin' deal," Braat- older, more used vehicle, en said. "Thirty-six thousand See Purchase page 10 Littl comment made on Medical Lake 2016 budget By JOHN McCALLUM Editor With no one providing comment, the Medical Lake City Council's first public hearing of the city's $9.52 million budget at the Dec. I meeting was brief - just under a minute. According to informa- city Administrator tion provided by the city, JJOur starting and ending cash Doug Ross said the cur- the 2016 current expense was down over$640,000. To get it rent expense spending fund is projected to be at back up was a great job by staff." would leave the city with just over $3.35 million, a cash reserve of $940,830, with $2.41 million going City Administrator Doug Ross which shouldn't drop over towards departments and the course of the year. activities funded through and various fees revenue, an increase of $120,032 the fund's Property tax The $2.41 million reflects over 2015 spending. See Budget page g lli!l!i![i]i lll!!!lJ]l [ Online Upd INSIDE Sect. 1, pg 3 Opinion Sect. 1, pg 4 Business & Service Sect. 1, pg 8-9 Police & Legals Sect. 2, pg 5 Local Ne s, orts tes Classifieds sect. 2, pg 8 Sports ' Sect. 2, pg 1 /~ 1, Education Sect. 1, pg 2 West Plain Briefs Sect. 1, pg 7 www.cheneyfreepress.com