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Pa9e 2 Cheneg Free Press Thurs., Dec. 30, 1976 Bright future for EWSC The potential for the dawning of a new era at Eastern Washington State College is excellent as the institution of higher learning puts a troubled recent past be- hind it and launches into the New Year under the administration of Dr. H. George Frederickson, who will be at the helm of EWSC as it begins Winter Quar- ter and 1977. Dr. Frederickson's cordial and profes- sional manner in public could very well be the strong base of a progressive public relations campaign to shore up the battered image of the college within the Inland Empire. And with the help of Executive Vice President and recent Acting President of EWSC Philip Marshall, the new chief executive's mission to Eastern and the communities and region it serves, as well as his transition to the office, should be efficient and smooth. There will be, of course, those who will seek to curry favor with the incoming president to better their standing and influence within the collegiate commun- ity, but if first impressions can be trust- ed, Dr. Frederickson does not seem to be the type to be easily led...in fact, it wouldn't be a surprise at all to see the Missourian take a firm grip on the course of the college within the space of one quarter--his record shows he is a leader and a doer. Dr. Frederickson is one of those men that you instinctively trust to abide by his own convictions and impressions... and vet, he showed an openess and frankness with member of the college faculty during the campus question and answer session shortly before his selec- tion by the EWSC board of trustees that promised an administration with an open mind and pragmatic approach to the college's problems. The past year has been a trying one for Eastern. The college's faculty and ad- ministration, which would much prefer to be involved in education, has found it- self embroiled in political problems not always of their own making. Claims of racial discrimination and institutional racism, the somewhat hasty departure of Dr. Emerson Shuck from the Pres- ident's Office, and some minor commun- ity relations problems have tainted the college's image this past year. It is time to rebuild that tattered image, to set a new course, to get back to the business of education...to heal. The problems Dr. Frederickson will face in this task are many, but the will- ingness of the campus community to put the past behind and latch onto a progres- sive program that will put Eastern into good standing for quality public educa- tion in the near future could out-weigh those problems. The positive approach of Dr. Frederickson and his optimism about EWSC's future in academics could well be the much needed catalyst. Welcome, Dr. Frederickson. There are problems, and it is time to get to work. Perhaps if everyone will roll up their sleeves and get to the task, Eastern's future will he brighter.--B.M. Your opinion is needed If New Year's resolutions are ever taken seriously, the Cheney City Council is apparently taking deadly serious their resolution to determine to the best poss- ible degree the attitudes of the commun- ity toward the future course of the city's capital outlay and program develop- ment. The council is seeking public advice and input on two important areas of current exploration. The first and most immediate concern is what use, if any, the citizens want for the present school administration building when the Chen- ey School District terminates their lease of the past six years to move to a new lo- cation upon the opening of the new junior high school in the fall of 1977. A second area, broader in scope, is the council's concern over possible uses for a $280,000 federal Community Block Grant that it authorized City Adminis- trator Charlie Earl to apply for last month. Both issues are being considered wide-open arenas for public involve- ment, the council being unable to unite behind any one solution in either area. A public hearing has been scheduled for 8 p.m., Jan. 11 to gather suggestions and ideas from the rank and file by a council which seems to sincerely want to follow the course of community opinion in planning for possible uses of the grant if and when it becomes a reality for Cheney. Perhaps more visible and potentially controversial is the future use of the building at 312 C Street which presently serves as the offices of the school dis- trict. With a budget lean and stretched to the maximum with present program ex- penses, council members are rubbing their temples with anxiety over what to do with an 18,000 square-foot facility that will be not only vacant some time this summer, but as lease payments dry up, will be soon making demands on a nearly-overextended budget for main- tenance and operation. The most obvious solution would seem to be to sell the property--a move tenta- tively favored by more than one council member. The other has little chance of success--funding whatever function the citizenry desires through a special levy each year. The troublesome situation places the council in the unenviable position of being between a fiscal devil and the deep blue sea of public dissatisfaction. Are the possible programs and ser- vices that could be carried on in the building important enough to justify a special levy? Or should we go without further services (and taxes)? If Cheney does get the Community Block Grant, what should they do with it? Voice your opinion, either by writing City Adminis- trator Earl, attending the Jan. 11 meet- ing of the city council, or both.--B.M. BPA flyover beneficial The recent revelation that the City of Cheney had been chosen as one of seven public-owned utilities to take part in a program of aerial infrared-photography flyovers in the Pacific Northwest should be welcomed by residents of this area genuinely concerned with energy con- servation. The program could very well turn out to be one of those rare occurances where not only the super-agency benefits, but also the public at large--and citizens in- dividually. The Bonneville Power Ad- ministration will collect valuable date that will determine for them the experi- mental value of using heat-sensitive photography to determine heating and insulation effectiveness, and will also benefit Cheneyites who have always wondered if they were paying for heat that is wasted through a poorly insulated roof. If a success, the photographs will show "hot spots" throughout the city, indicat- ing areas where merchants and home- owners could save money in the long run on fuel and electricity bills by making in- vestments in insulation...and of course, the photos will also indicate areas where homes and other buildings are insulated properly against the cold winter air. The 1975 flyover failed because of warm temperatures in those areas at the time the infrared photos were taken... but this time around the BPA will avoid the hurdle and other potential weather difficulties by caretully picking the time the missions are flown over the areas of the seven public utilities, according to Charlie Earl. Cheney City Administrator tor, who worked closely these past months to bring Cheney into the benefic- ial plan. Besides temperature, cloud cover and daylight have been found to be natural enemies of a successful heat-sensitive photo run from the air...so this time around the planes will fly on selected cold, clear, winter nights, And not just the BPA and the com- munities involved will benefit from the findings of the program...energy offices in Washington, Idaho and Oregon are also watching closely, and will be pre- sented full reports from each of the util- ities involved as well as from the BPA. In Washington, the State Energy Office will followup the flyover with investiga- tions of their own. It is also possible that the city govern- ment will combine the aerial phots with on-site investigations to encourage pro- per insulation in Cheney. The manner in which the various levels of government are cooperating on local and state levels with the BPA effort is a good indication that a commitment to the conservation of energy is alive and well in the Northwest, and the individual dllars'and'cents benefits that Cheney- ites could gain from the program add another favorable dimension to this possible scientific advance.--B.M. NEW CHENEY FREE PRESS SUBSCRIPTION I I I I Name ........................................................................................ I | Address ....................................................................................... I [ City ............................ State ........................ ZIP .................... I [ RATES: $7 per year in Spokane County; $7.50 within [ State;. $8 outside of State; $8 servicemen. I I Check - Cash - Money Order This 'n that By Free Press Editor Bob Mims Lance Hills Santa He might have gotten away with it if it hadn't been for one fatal flaw in the act...but I have to admit, for several minutes late Christ- mas Eve, I actually believed that I'd met the Jolly Old Elf himself, Santa Claus. It was near midnight when I awoke to the sound of something or someone at the door, rattling the locks. I shook the sleep tempor- arily from my eyes and bounded out of bed, creeping into the hall- way of our home to better hear what was happening. ! backed quickly into the shadows when a harsh whisper broke the silent winter night. "Confound it, Rudolph: i said to keep the light on the door...gettin' harder 'n harder to find dependable red- nosed reindeer nowadays." I slipped on some shoes and my winter coat and exited quietly through the backdoor to sneak up on the stranger and get a better look, and had to stifle a surprised gasp when I got my first glimpse of the intruder. There he was, I could've sworn, Santa Claus...and he was using selected probes and tools to get my front door open, all the while cursing what looked like a mule deer holding a flashlight in its mouth. "Dagnabit, Rudy! Hold the light where I can see the keyholes! Chrismus ain't gettin' any funner lately what with people using deadbolt locks and such and not havin' chimneys...how they expect a body to deliver presents anymore?" My eyebrow shot up in an expression of doubt when "Santa" spit out a good-sized chaw of tobacco and laid it neatly in our open mail- box. A hefty pinch of fresh chaw was taken with two skinny fingers and a thumb, stuffed unceremoniously between cheek and gum, and the old man in red continued his work on my triplelocked front door with a vengeance. I heard a dull clicking sound, and Santa let out a chirp of delight and exclaimed, "Two down, and one deadbolt to go, by gum. Only one way to get into these new-fangled houses anymore...Rudy, get me that blow torch contraption. And hurry, I ain't got all night!" That's when I stepped into the moonlight. Saint Nick or no, I didn't relish having my front door scorched. "Just what do you think you're doing?" I said calmly, walking behind Kris Kringle to cut off any escape. 1 could see him clearly now, and...well...I was disappointed. He wasn't fat, hardly jolly, didn't have red cheeks or a pipe, or even "tlo, ho, ho" as an answer to my question...there was no sleigh in the street, no reindeer--just a mule deer holding a flashlight in its teeth, a beatup old pickup in the driveway, and a skinny, little old man chewing tobacco and telling me to stuff it. "I got my rights, copper...l ain't sayin' nuthin...besides, you youngins nowadays wouldn't believe me even if I told ya the truth. Just take me to a phone and I'II call my attorney, Elias Elf, and we'll see who laughs last." The old man said through flashing steel- gray eyes. "I'm not a policeman...l own this house and I want to know what you think you're doing here in the middle of the night, picking my front door's locks," I demanded. "'Why, don't you recognize me son? I'm Santy Claus! Sorry about havin' to break into your house, but without chimneys and such, it's the only way." "You can't be Santa Claus...for one thing.he doesn't exist, for another, well_you're too SKINNY." "OH. THAT again. I don't know how that stuff got started, but use your confounded head son! If I was as big as they say I am, how do you think I ever got DOWN the chimney...shoot, those dagnabbed flues can get pretty naow, ya know. I assure you, I am Santa Claus." The old man in the red suit sat down on the steps, got a faraway look and, putting his skinny hand under his grizzly bearded chin, began, "Of course, you know at one time ! delivered presents all over the Northwest on Christmas Eve...just the Northwest, you . say? Well of course: You didn't really believe that there was just ONE Santa Claus to do all the work, did you? Tbe big man at the North Pole gave me this territory back in 1902,..of course lately, i'm just down to Cheney...l don't even have Four Lakes, Tyler or Medical Lake anymore since that new punk elf came out of Chicago and moved in on my Christmas Eve action." Suddenly I knew who it was under that suit and beard. "Lance! l,ance Hills Louis!" "Confound it, anyhow! How'd you guess pilgrim?;' Lance said, spitting out a black wad. "Well, it's me, alright...hut Christmas Eve l'm Santy, at least from Lance Hills to North Sixth Street. Now if you don't mind son, I've still got a lot of locks to pick and presents to deliver," The old man said. emptying out a pile of gifts. "There's yours...and if you tell anyone about this, I'll...I'll put rocks in your socks, under- stand?" Somehow I knew--as I watched Cheney's Santa rattle off into the night yelling, "Har, Har, Har, Merry Chrismus!"--that Christmas 1977 would find me with an abundance of stone bruises. l Free Press Publication Policy The volume of news the Free Press receives each week for publication makes necessary an organized schedule for re- ceiving and printing stories and photographs. Generally the rule is the earlier items are received, the better the chance for publication. The Cheney Free Press requests that con- tributors observe the following deadlines which will be strict- ly enforced: SPORTS, LATE-BREAKING NEWS, OBITUARIES, MEETINGS OF GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES-Tuesday, noon. CHURCH NEWS, WEDDINGS, CLUB MEETINGS, ALL OTHER SOCIAL NEWS-Monday, 2 p.m. GENERAL ADVERTISING-Tuesday, noon. CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING-Tuesday, 3 p.m. No guarantees of publication will be offered to any items, and items contributed after designated deadlines will probably not be used. FREE PRESS LETTERS POLICY All letters must be signed, with the writer bearing sole re- sponsibility for their content. Libelous or slanderous letters will not be printed. Names may-by written request-be with- held from pubication, but will be available on file at the Free Press for public view. Letter should not be over 500 words long, or approximately one typewritten single-spaced page. All letters are subject to editing and comment. PHOTOS Unless otherwise arranged with Editor, contributed photo- graphs will not be returned. llllI I II I I I CHENEYf ..... Pross PUBLISHED AT 412 FIRST STREET. CHENEY. WASHINGTON Entered as Second Class Matter at the Post Office at Cheney Washington under the Ac of March 3, 1879. Published every Wednesday evening by the Times Publishing Co Publisher .................................................................................. Jerome H. Jantz Editor ............................................................................. Robert "Bob" Mims Community Reporter .............................................................. Janet Anderson Advertising Representative .................................................... Eva May Green Environmental Action Corner Happy New Year, By Jessica Webster A brief survey of all the issues of the Cheney Free Press published this year has reminded me of several hopeful developments in areas of environmental concern locally in 1976 which make a cheery reminder for the New Year. At the very beginning of the year there was a major headline "Heirs Canyon Saved," which was a good start. There had been 30 years of debate between power companies and conservationists which was finally re- solved in favor of retaining this great and beautiful wilderness area. Then, in March, EWSC estimated that in the two and one-half years ending June 1976 it would have saved $220,700 in energy expens- es, simply by setting thermostats at 68 degrees F in winter, 80 degrees F in summer, and the hot water thermostats at II0 degrees F. This seems to me to be quite a savings. Cheney City Council has a rather erratic record on environmental issues this year. In April it considered introducing a noise law. and in May it approved an ordinance setting decibel limits for residential, commercial and industrial zones within the city. However, in July the ordinance was abandoned because it was too difficult to enforce. Now the police use disturbing the peace provisions in the city code to control noise levels. In June the City Council approved a nuclear energy plan costing $460,000 per year for 30 years beginning in 1982. This would two megawatts of power at five to the current pric city has contracts for electric power annually until 1991, of i uses 10.4 megawatts and sells the population of Cheney reaches I0,000 the estimated use will be around watts, and Cheney is expected to megawatts by the year 2000. This caused so much adverse it was revoked in July and a city servation program is to be will include promoting greater home tion, providing speakers for conservation advertisement cam The most noticeable im Cheney environment was the of the downtown area with a Local ment District grant. It was a major and fitted in very well with the The City of Cheney also initiated a i habilitation program for improved supply, but con.,servation in summer: necessary for city dwellers. There were also some privately environment programs reported in thel One person worked at cleaning up the tery; one family built a solar house; own group set up the recycling shed Red Barn for newspapers, board and aluminum cans. So we are all beginning to be vironmental concerns. Let's hope thatt even better than 1976. oe#e What has Dan done? Adele Ferguson All over the state editors are beginning to write their farewell salutes to Gov. Dan Evans. Some of the national writers have done it al- ready, and they lavished such praise on Washington's 12-year chief executive that it must have embarrassed even him. What intellect, they exclaimed. What integ- rity. What courage, what honesty, and so on and they all wound up saying what a fine indi- vidual the state is losing and how much his kind is needed in public service. There was a noticeable lack of listing of accomplishments by this fine, intelligent, courageous governor, and probably all for the same reason. They couldn't think of any. Now, just pause a moment. What will Dan Evans be remembered for? With his edecessor, Al Rosellini, it was upgrading of adeplorable mess in institutions to one that rated national acclaim. But Dan Evans hasn't done anything for in- stitutions. In fact, they're almost back where they were in pre-Rosellini days. It was under his administration that insti- tutions, health and other departments were massed into a monstrosity called the Depart- ment of Social and Health Services under the guise of saving money. Human resources are budgeted for over $2 billion in Evans' final budget--the whole state budget wasn't that when he took office. eye until a few slipped and killed some P and things tightened up a bit. It prise me if he granted dons just to prove his real feelings on itation. The fishing situation is likewise thanks to the fact that Evans give-away to Indians by his of resources that belonged to all the Highways? They're than the institutions and Dan care less. He wants the building of a rapid rail transit downtown Seattle. He helped virtually destroy the party in this state by working drive out the non-liberal element. He has ballooned the budget and ployment, so, all in all, I guess writi Dan Evans' personal attributes is way to go. Because building his was the major accomplishment of hiS agree that he is a fine individual and ! service needs more has any control over the spending of t because he never gave a thought in 12', what the people he governed could really wanted, only what he should have. One of the later rumors is that his lations for Weyerhaeuser. Well, erhaeuser can afford him. The can't. The prison system is a time bomb with the prisoners almost reaching the stage of running the show under Evans' benevolent [Editor's note: But the state him...as the new head of Ever College] i