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24 1228 72 ** ..... *"***'*'****'~'*AUTO* *ALL FOR ADC 980 **'*** 1/t/2010 1; SnmH Town Papers 217 W Cola St Shelton WA 98 1-22 ) Ird,hq,l,.,,.,.rll,,Hl,, ,lltmlli,dlqh.,iq Vol. 119 No. 35 December 17, 2015 75 cents Your West Plains Newspaper Since 1896 . , ,:sta,d Sports Cheney boys knock off Deer Park and Timberlake before falling to West Val- ley. See Sect. 2, page 1 Family owned Business Tlie hardware store busi- ness has been part of Tom Jarms for most of his life, first working for his dad at two different locations before taking over the reigns himself. Now in a bigger third location, business is as good as it's ever been. See Sect. 1, page 3 Education The Cheney School Dis- trict's Thoughtexchange pro- gram has provided some solid community feedback. There's plenty of concerns about the district and indi- vidual schools, but also a lot of appreciative comments from parents, staff and others. See Sect. 1, page 2 .Opinion Surely there must be bet- ter uses for $700,000 than to fund a study to determine if pizza is as addictive as crack cocaine. But that's just one of the special projects our government is throwing our hard-earned money at with no oversight by Congress: See Sect. 1, page 4 Like Us Find us on Facebook and stay up date with West Plains area news. Stay tuned In print and online The Cheney Free Press has something big we're planning on unveiling at the beginning of 2016 - some- thing we hope will enhance not only our coverage but also our part of the world. I I il Few public comments made by residents, council members on $25.6 million measure By JOHN McCALLUM Editor In a unanimous 7-0 vote, the Cheney City Council approved the city's $25.6 million 2016 budget at the council's Dec. 8 meeting. Finance Director Cindy Niemeier recapped the budget process for the council before the ordinance vote, noting council budget sessions had been held Oct. 6 and Oct. 15 along with two public hearings during council sessions Nov. 10 and Nov. 24. Niemeier said there was little public participation at those meetings, and that her office had received no comments on the budget. The Light Department came in with the budget's highest revenue and expense projection, anticipating $9.793 million in revenues and expenses. Niemeier told the cohncil she adjusted this total to incorporate a recently awarded Transportation Im- See Cheney budget page 11 Just where does the 17 storm rank? Photo by John McCallum Some of the 1,200 wreaths that adorned head stones and cremation vault walls at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery west of Medical Lake. By PAUL DELANEY Staff reporter If old-timers who remember other notable weather events in the Northwest like the 1962 Columbus Day Storm thought the NOV. 17 windstorm that swept through the area seemed ........... like it was a doozie, they are right. According to Eastern Washington Univer- sity meteorology professor Dr. Bob Quinn, our most recent wind event was very much record setting. Warned well in advance that this storm was coming, and with potential 70 mile-per-hour winds, the region was devastated with the deaths of two people, hundreds of downed trees and power poles, and power outages that, in some cdses, lasted several weeks. "They put out some warnings and basically knew up to 72 hours prior that we were going to get a spectacular wind event," Quinn said. No one can predict precisely what the winds will be, but as it turned out what was forecast was right on with hurricane force and winds that did exceed 70 miles-per-hour. "Even though that's not the record for the Weather Service (at Spokane) it really, is," Quinn said. In the past, thunderstorm gusts, which are highly localized, were slightly faster, he said. "As far as sustained winds, this was it," Quinn said. See Winds page 11 Makin sure i eme - Honor- National Wreaths Across America program bestows seasonal honors at Washington State Veterans Cemetery near Medical Lake By JOHN McCALLUM Medical Lake have a little more Editor color this Christmas season, The rows of silent, gray thanks to a nationwide obser- headstones on the wind-swept vance that began with a boy- grasses of the Washington State hood impression and a surplus Veterans Cemetery west of of holidayproduct. Last Saturday after a brief ceremony, family members of veterans laid to rest in the cemetery fanned out over the quiet, mist-shrouded grounds to waiting stacks of boxes of wreaths to select a ribbon-decorated symbol of tlae season and place it at their loved one's marker. Members of the military were on hand to make sure.veter- ans without family were also honored. The wreaths are part of the annual Wreaths Across Amer- ica program, started in 1992 when the Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine found itself with a surplus of wreaths at the end of the holiday season. According to a See Wreaths page 12 Airway Heights Planning Commision service contract By JOHN McCALLUM Cascade. The agreementBraaten explained to the of which was designedStudio Cascade would Editor would allow the city commission that design to provide up to six or create a "unified de- The Airway Heightsto move forward with aspects of Highway 2 eight lanes to service sign approach" for U.S. Planning Commission revitalization plans for are what he receives the Fairchild Air Force Base 2 through the city by gave a thumbs-up ap- U.S. Highway 2, as well most complains from and is not safe. "identifying specific proval at its Dec. 9meet- as provide assistance residents about. The city "Too often we've design elements and ing to a professional ser- reviewing the land usehas tried multiple times spent tens of thousands streetscape treatments to vice agreement the city element of its compre-over the years to formu- of dollars on plans that improve the corridor's hopes to sign between hensive plan in 2016. late a plan to upgrade then sit on the shelf," aesthetics, stimulate itself and the Spokane Development Ser- the highway, the por-Braatensaid. consulting firm Studio vices Director Derricktion through the cityUnder the contract, See Contract page 11 Ill[!!!! III!!U!!,I1 INSIDE Business Sect. 1, pg 3Opinion Sect. 1, pg 4 Business & Service Sect. !, Pg 8-9 Police & Legals Sect. 2, pg 5 Classifieds Sect. 2, pg 7 Sports Sect. 2, pg 1 Education Sect. 1, pg 2 West Plain Briefs Sect. 1, pg 7 Online |xtrot Local News, Sports Updates www. cheneyfreepress.com