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this Week to Santa graders H Vol. 86-No. 32 N Thursday, December 23, 1982 i i i r.rl rr-rl iv Serving the Communities of Cheney, Medical Lake and Airway Heights I ,J m If" ='= w L hike in electric winter and a gY chimney fires can be prevented and the final wood burning a couple so far this Fire Chief fires in Montague advise on the 'fires. is the best to the (UL) which to clean their a monthwhen ed how- often neglect time involved a chimney 'use their should also and to fireplaces visual in- professional services when installing or remodeling wood-burning fixtures. In the event of an actual fire Monta- gue noted that, often, residents can take the first step in extinguishing minor chimney fires. Homeowners should apply a small amomit of water, between a pint and a quart, to the firebox. In most cases, this amount is sufficient to create enough steam to extinguish any flames. Even in cases where this method is successful, Montague urged residents to notify the fire department. Firemen will come to the house and make sure that the fire or burning embers are not smoldering in crawl spaces or other areas of the roof. While snowy rooftops are good in- surance against spreading flames, the chief noted that neighbors often spot a chimney fire before residents who are The Cheney Free Press will be unware of happenings on their own rooftops. While few problems have been noted with lined masonry chimneys installed in newer area houses, Montague said recent trade magazines have noted some problems with some new triple- lined steel chimneys. As in most cases, preventive main- tenance and alert thinking during an emergency are the best insurance against possible chimney fire mishaps. Montague ended his interview by wishing area residents a "Merry Christmas" and ul'gillg them to sign up for CPR classes offered free by the fire department the last Monday of every month. Who plays the Lottery? Based on nearly 6,200 high-tier ($100, $500, $1,000, $5,000) prizes paid by the Washington State Lottery, the "average" player of the Lottery is a state resident, between the age of 35 and 44, male, who has finished high school and earns between $15,000 and $25,000 annually. Lottery Director Robert A. Boyd today released player profile informa- tion tabulated from claim forms sub- mitted by high-tier winners. The claim forms provide optional questions on education and household income in- with nearly 37 percent having attended some college, and 10.9 percent complet- ing four years of college. Over 26 percent of the winners family income is $15,000 to $25,000; 23.5 percent is less than $10,000; 15.6 percent earn from $10,000 to $15,000; 21.1 per- cent from $25,000 to $35,000; 9.7 percent from $35,000 to $50,000; and 3.3 percent over $50,000. Boyd added that this information paralleled other states' player profile information. CHU FISH Photo by Tom Thrun Planners debate 'downtown' theme What is to become of downtown Cheney? Should local residents even refer to it as the "downtown" or might it be called "Old Town"? These were some of the ideas dis- cussed Dec. 13 by the Cheney Planning Commission as it continued its review of the proposed General Comprehen- sive Land Use Plan Update. The commission will begin public hear- ings on the large document and assocmted maps at its Jan. 10 and Feb 14 meetings. Last week, planners looked at three special interest areas: 1) the Spokane County Fringe Area surrounding the city; 2) the Eastern Washington Uni- versity Fringe Area extending 300 feet out from the boundary of the campus into the community; and 3) the "down- town". "It (the downtown) is not a viable commercial area," said Planner Gerald Blakley, former city mayor. "It's never going to have the same character again." Blakley recommended an amend- ment to the proposed comprehensive plan, urging fellow planners to take a "creative" stance in their plan. "Let's quit calling it the 'down- town'," continued Blakley. "I'd like the Planning Commission to be the creative thinking group on this. Frankly, the Planning Commission has done ab- solutely nothing creative for the City of Cheney." City Planner Tom Richardson said some thought has been given to having more high-density housing in the down- town, but that such a plan would not necessarily mean any rezoning. High- density housing already is a permitted use under C-1 (commercial) zoning, he said. "Just because we discuss it doesn't mean anything is going to happen," said Chairman Claude Montecucco. A suggestion then was made that perhaps the "downtown" could be called "Old Town" and that a new focus be made by the community. Blakley said the citizenry would have to get used to any change made and could eventually be made to stop calling it the downtown, llakley noted that Cteney's business district has expanded to the area near the F&M Bank and that the city plan should reflect such. Blakley then volunteered to work with Richard- son on a new guideline for the compre- hensive land use plan. In other matters, planners elected Joe Chatburn as the new chairman, with Blakley as vice chairman. Al Beckwith served his last meeting on the commission. Beckwith originally was appointed by Mayor Blakley to fill an unexpired term on the commission, after which he served a regular six- year term. "I think we've accomplished things," said Beckwith. "I don't think we've done everything right, but I think we have worked for the betterment of the community." Beckwith currently was serving as vice chairman and had served as chairman of the commission. No re- commendation has been made yet to the City Council by the mayor as to Beckwith's replacement. Council will fund tourism Cheney City Council members Dec. 14 'oted in favor of proposed ordinance, M-23, a measure which would t in a new local tourism fund. In short, the city now will be able to collect two percent of the tax paid to the state by local motels and hotels. Money is to be spent for a stadium or other tourism promotions. Judi White, president of the Cheney Float Association, requested that the council award any such revenues to the float group. In particular, she said funds could be used to cover construc- tion costs, with the association willing to do any accounting necessary to please state auditors. White estimated that the cost to build the last float was between $5,500 and $6,500. She also said it is getting more and more difficult to ask local mer- chants and residents to keep financing the construction. To this, she also said formation and are being completed by closed Dec. 24 82 percent of all high-tier winners, ide The profilealsoshowedthatmales Two Cheney res nts and 31 for the represent d0.5 percent of all players. By n- eli o- ays age, only 10.8 percent are under the age of 25, with 47 percent between 25 and 45. win big in state lottery Eighty-one percent of the winners profiled have completed high school, On Monday morning, Mrs. Nyman and her son headed to the lottery office to transfer the winnings to Jeff. When asked if she was planning on spending even a little of the money on Christmas splurges Mrs. Nyman remained firm. "No I said that anywinni go to Jeff's college fund. By the time he get's there college could cost $5000 a quarter," she said. In addition to the Nyman's big winnings, Safeway also provided James Gergen with a $500 Christmas surprise last weekend. Gergen, who is currently staying with his parents, Leonard and Fay, said he has also earmarked his prize winnings for school tuition. Formerly employed by Bunker Hill, Gergen is now enrolled in the commerical baking course at Spokane Community College. Weather Words By Bob Quinn Date: Dec. 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Max. Temp.: 34 40 44 41 39 36 34 Min. Temp.: 21 33 35 32 28 26 29 Precip.: . ........ .21 Snowfall: 1 .4 ............... 3.3 Our on-again, off-again rain and snow pattern will continue through the end of this week and into early next week. Pacific storms will continue to sweep across the region, depositing abundant snow at higher elevations and rain at lower elevations. Our recent snowfall has brought the December total to just over 15 inches, matching the normal for this month, "It just proves there is a Santa Claus," said a jubilant Mia Nyman, Cheney's first $5,000 winner in the state's lottery game. Mrs. Nyman, wife of Arie Nyman, a psychology professor at Eastern Washington University, purchased the winning ticket at Safeways last Satur- day afternoon. Taking the ticket home, she gave it to her 14-year old son Jeff who was ill in bed. Even though Jeff is too you nlZ to purchase the lottery tickets, Mrs. Nyman has told him that any big winnings would be_ .ap_plied. his college savings. Until Saturday, Mrs. Nyman had purchased 12 tickets with one 15 winner and one $2 winner as her rewards. As an English teacher at Cheney High School, Nyman said she. purchased the tickets because they supported educa- tion. According to Mrs. Nyman, Jeff un- covered a $2 figure and two $5000 signs in the first row. Jumping over to the last spot in the second row he then scratched off the third $5000 figure. "He just called me in and said, 'Morn, we just won $5000.' He was so calm," Mrs. Nyman recalled. "I was in shock," said Jeff. According to Mrs. Nyman she and her daughter Jenny were hysterical. "I just couldn't believe it. I kept saying, 'We have to take this down and show it to Shorty (Watson, manager of Safeway).' ...... "They came down and made me check the ticket. You should have seen em; they were sure flying high," Shorty said. "1 was so hysterical I had to run down to Safeway end have Sherry tell me I had really won," was the comment of Mia Nyman, pictured center with her son Jeff, the lucky recipient of his mom's $5000 winnings in the state lottery. Safeway manager Shorty Watson, left, was more than happy to confirm the family's good fortune after Mrs. Nyman purchased the winning ticket st hie store last Saturday. that the association could not always depend on Eastern Washington Uni- versity to contribute to the construction costs. This year, Eastern made a generous contribution to the float fund as the float reflected Eastern's 100th anniversary. White said the Cheney float traveled 2,300 miles this year in Washington, Canada and Montana. "The Cbeney float is the best way of promoting tourism in Cheney," said White, adding that funds from the new tax would not be used to help cover any travel costs. Mayor Tom Trulove said the city would have to see bow the funds come in during the next few months before any final determination on any possible use is made. The mayor emphasized that the new fund does not represent any new tax on local residents. Cheney residents told to register dogs in Dec. Cheney residents may have noticed the reminder printed on their last utility bills that December is dog license renewal time in Cbeney. At its last meeting, the Cheney City Council renewed the animal control position for 1983, so residents can expect to perhaps find their pets impounded if they are caught running at large. Fines for those caught at large without licenses are double of the fines for licensed animals tound to be stray. Lmenses cost .$4 each for dogs and am,, Fines for unlicensed pets that are picked up by the animal control officer are $10, $30 and $50 for first, second and third offenses, respectively. Fines for licensed pets are $5, $15 and $25, respectively. Currently, animal complaints are being handled by the Cheney Police Department. The animal control posi- tion was terminated in October because of budget cutbacks. may be purchased at the Cheney Police Department, weekdays, from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4:30 p.m A FREE PRESS Your window to the world We're Going to Give the Non.ey Narket Funds a Run for Noney. For more details, see your Farmers & Merchants Bank. @