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2O Small Town Papers 217 WCota St Shelton WA 98 ,-22 t m FOR eO t/t/20161 h,iNiIH,.,,.,i,rll,,Hl,, qll.dh.diqh.,ll Vol. 119 No. 37 r December 3 I, 2015 75 cents Your West Plains Newspaper Since 1896 Neighbors Lakeland Village has seen a lot in its first 100 years. We've tracked down people who have lived through much of that his- tory and recently talked about it. See Sect. 1, page 6 Overachievers Sports Once again the Medi- cal Lake High School cross country team excelled with an unlikely runner-up fin- ish at state. See Sect. 2, page 1 Welln :ss Education The Cheney School Dis- trict is partnering with the Communities of School to host two health and well- ness fairs at Betz and Sunset elementary schools in Janu- ary. The events are a chance for families to learn ways to be more healthy at home. See Sect. 1, page 2 Opinion There are many things during the holidays that invoke special times and memories from our lives. For some, it is the lights and decorations while for others it's certain holiday tunes. See Sect. 1, page 4 Like US Find us on Facebook and stay up date with West Plains, area news. 2015's 10 Look for the second part of our annual "Top 10" news and sports stories of the year in the Jan. 7, 2016 issue. The Cheney Free Press staff have voted on some stories that may sur- prise you, and us, in how they were ranked. By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Record high winds ravaged most of Eastern Washington on Nov. 17, causing two deaths - including a Cheney woman - knocking down fences and trees, tearing off roofs and leaving thousands without some for weeks. See Windstorm /" ' if' ' ................ . ~ File photo High winds knocked out power and caused damage Tuesday, Nov. 17, most of which was downed trees such as this one that also took Out a sign at the Zip'srestaurant in Cheney. Here's how we developed our 2015 'Year In Review' Long-time readers of the Cheney Free Press will remember the days of our end-of- year feature, "The Year in Review." Usually a two-part synopsis of the year in a month- by-month format, they were long, ponderous recounting of the events of the year. If they proved difficult to read, rest as- sured, they were difficult to produce. In fact, there areprobably a couple computer key- boards from that era in storage, blackened by the newsprint we had to wash off our hands every 20 minutes or so. A couple of years ago we decided to do something different and go with a top-10 recounting of the stories that affected us the most during the previous year. That process received good reviews from those who both- ered to tell us so - and thank God! We have refined the selection process this year. Whereas in the past we simply dis- cussed what we thought were the top stories of the year, this year we have ranked them. The ranking was simple. After a discus- sion of the editorial board members about which stories should be considered - using such considerations such as number of people impacted, what received the most media cov- erage, reader popularity through our online outlets and other factors - we each took a list of 10 news stories and 10 sports stories, and ranked them, with 10 being the most impor- tant, nine being the next and so on. We then added the vote totals together to determine our ranking. That process did lead to four ties, three in news and one in sports. Instead of instituting some sort of a tiebreaker to determine rank, we elected to have the ties remain ties: We realize there were probably some is- sues we left out, and we have already thought of a couple of those. But in any listing, there will always be items that don't make it. We hope you enjoy this look back at 2015 in both our Dec. 31 and Jan. 7, 2016 issues. And we wish you peace, happiness and prosperity in the coming new year. John McCallum Editor lunl I answer e call i ion' By JOHN McCALLUM Editor At their first meeting in April 2014, Cheney's City Council was presented with a last-minute challenge - find a way to move, Install at a new location and main- tain the former Northern Pacific Railroad depot "in perpetuity as long as the trains roll thru Cheney" and a private party Cheney band finds success By AL STOVER Staff Reporter The Cheney High marching band has added some more hardware to its trophy case in fall 2015. They swept their division at the Harvest Marching Band Festival in Yakima, Oct. 17. They also won the AA Division - finishing fourth overall -- at the Pacific Northwest Marching Band Championships at Joe Albi Stadium, Oct. 10 and were third at the Washington State University Marching Band Championships in Pullman, Oct. 24. would purchase new land where the 86-year-old station could rest and escape the wrecking ball. Faced with an estimated bill for doing that of $415,200, the City Council said "thanks, but no thanks." That set up a new challenge for a group of community volunteers who were Sandy Zimmerman f a By AL STOVER Staff Reporter Sandy Zimmerman, Michael Anderson Elementary physical education teacher, is determined to save not only the station, scheduled for demolition by current owner Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, but in doing so the history that goes with it. Those efforts finally have begun to come to fruition, which puts the "Save Our sta- tion" stories at No. 7 on the Cheney Free See Station page 12 Highline Grain terminal .sprouts . By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter U The sleepy community of Four Lakes will have an added bustle to it soon with the comple- tion of the Highline Grain termi- nal and accompanying track up- grades allowing Burlington Northern Santa Fe unit trains to efficiently ship Northwest crops to markets worldwide. Despite a return to a more traditional win- ter, the various elements of the project were on track to begin operation early in 2016. That's the word from Keith Bailey, gen- eral manager and CEO of Ag Ventures and See CHS band page 9 See Zimmerman page 9 See Highline Grain page 11 ,111!1!!1!!!111!!!!!11 INSIDE News Business & Service Classifieds Education sect. 1, pg. 3 Sect. 1, pg.10-11 Sect. 2, pg. 5 Sect. 1, pg. 2 Opinion Sect. 1, pg. 4 Police & Legals Sect. 2, pg. 4 Sports Sect. 2, pg. 1 West Plain Briefs Sect. 1, pg. 7 Online Extras Local News, Sports Updates www.cheneyfreepress.com