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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, December 31,2015 Li By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter A vandal, or vandals somewhere might be tempting intervention by higher powers after throwing a fist-sized rock through one of the windows of St. Rose of Lima Catho- lic Church in Cheney. The damage likely occurred Christmas night, but it was not discovered until Saturday, Dec. 26, Fr. Paul Heric, the church's pastor said. "Things happen but I think it's such a sacrilegious thing, and I think the community needs to know someone did that," Heric said. A temporaryfix using cardboard will have to suffice until the perma- nent repair can be made. Heric speculated that damage might be in the vicinity of a few hundred dollars by the time the pane of colored glass is replaced. "They're not expensive win- dows, something like stained glass," Heric said. To Heric's knowledge there has never been any notable cases of vandalism at the church in the past. He did say, however, there has been theft from the house he occupies. It's very disheartening, "Some- one had to say, 'We don't like you,'" Heric said. There were a lot of ways for someone to vent their anger other than a church, he added. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress.com. Photo by Paul Delaney A church official points out the damaged window at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. WDFW invit OLYMPIA - In a news release, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seek- ing public comments on a newly updated program with a long history of pro- tecting fish life. The department's Hy- draulic Project Approval (HPA) program is respon- sible for issuing permits for bulkheads, culverts, docks and other projects and ac- tivities in and around state waters. In an average year, HPA biologists review apt proximately 2,500 projects around the state to ensure comments on they meet fish-protection standards outlined in the state's Hydraulic Code rules. Jeff Davis, assistant di- rector of WDFW's Habitat Program, said the depart- ment welcomes comments on recent updates to those rules, efforts to streamline the permitting process, and other aspects of the HPA program. "Our goal is to protect fish life and help people complete their projects within budget and within state guidelines," Davis said. "We believe we've made real progress toward rmit program that that goal in recent years and want to hear what others have to say." Davis said WDFW will consider comments sent to hpaprogramideas@dfw. wa.gov through April 15, 2016 in developing its rec- ommendations for the 2017 Legislative Session. State habitat managers also plan to discuss the future of the program with tribal and other governmen- tal representatives, envi- ronmental groups, business organizations and others involved in HPA issues, Davis said. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commis- sion, which sets policy for WDFW, approved a wide range of updates to the Hydraulic Code rules in 2014 after six years of dis- cussions with interested parties. The new rules, con- stituting the first compre- hensive update since 1994, set new standards in areas ranging from culvert design to decking materials used in overwater structures. Also in 2014, WDFW launched a new permit- ting system that allows applicants to complete the entire application process online and makes applica- Contributed photos by Jill Weiszmann Winter Wonderland The trees, streets, buildings and land- scapes throughout the city of Cheney and surrounding areas in the West Plains have become a winter wonder- land, covered in snow and ice. fi h ,tions visible to the public on WDFW's website. The system reduced the stan- dard HPA application from 14 pages to three. The HPA program oper- ates under the authority of the state Hydraulics Code, approved by the Legisla- ture in 1943 to regulate activities that "will use, di- vert, obstruct, or change the natural flow or bed of any of the salt or freshwaters of the state." For more information about state's HPA program is available on WDFW's website at http://wdfw. wa.gov/licensing/hpa/. .t." i M I i i' =, i !i, v ';:; i i,;E ilil ii!i iii ................................................................ i!il iiiiii!i;: ii?iiliiiiii !!%iiiliiiiiiii4i;!{i;i!il; G!iiii iiiiii!i ;i!ii!i!i!i!i!iiiiii!;i ;;T1/e 'es N6 Place Like Home bo HOLleAYS Make sure your brakes can take you there! .~j 14022 Hwy 2 Airway Heights. 509-321-7276 www.promufflersandbrakes.com www.lnfo@promufflerandbi i L We Provide Family Peace of Mind! How may we serve you? ~:~ We are available 24/7 for:. 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