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Looking Back for Aug. 6, 2009


August 6, 2009

10 Years Ago

August 5, 1999

Cheney's city attorney, Steve Miller, is on a temporary leave of absence and will seek outside legal council as he fights possible disbarment for actions related to the management of the estate of Mamie Ottomeier. Miller faces a lawsuit accusing him of a conflict of interest after he was named sole beneficiary of Ottomeier's $750,000 estate.

Former project manager, Don MacDonald, assumed control of Cheney's Public Works Department. MacDonald takes over the job formerly held by Paul Schmidt who moved up to the City Administrator's job.

Trees have been removed along Lake Street in Medical Lake in preparation for reconstruction that will invest $429,000 on new paving, sidewalks, curbing and new utilities.

The Cheney Cinema was featuring showings of “Runaway Bride,” starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, as well as the movie version of “Wild, Wild West,” with Will Smith, Kevin Kline and Selma Hayek in featured roles.

Acting police chief Jim Sjothun has been elevated to the position of fulltime chief.

The Seattle Seahawks opened the Mike Holmgren era as the team worked out in Cheney during training camp.

20 Years Ago

August 10, 1989

A five-member delegation from the Soviet Union is set to arrive at Eastern Washington University later in August to sign a historic sister university agreement with Kalinin University, located in Central European Russia.

Quick action by a Washington State Trooper, Fred Swan, helped save the life of 8-month-old Ashley Wuesthoff as he administered CPR to the infant who had suffered cardiac arrest.

The Cheney City Council has agreed to send future garbage to Spokane's waste-to-energy plant.

Eastern Washington University will remain in NCAA Division I athletics and the Big Sky Conference while college presidents study ways to cut costs.

30 Years Ago

August 9, 1979

Pending approvals from the state fire marshal, HUD, the Department of Social and Health Services, as well as the city of Cheney, the new Cheney Care Center is about to open its doors to nursing home patients. “We'll probably take patients within the month,” Cliff Gresham, chairman of the Cheney Care Center Association said.

Medical Lake voters will not go to the polls until November to vote on town council and school board positions since no more than two people have filed for each of the positions up for election.

Dave Peck of El Paso, Tex., emerged as the top player among 135 others and won $1,200 in the Northwest Summer Racquetball Classic at Eastern Washington University. Peck defeated 17 year-old Scott Hawkins of Santa Clara, Calif.

40 Years Ago

August 7, 1969

Thirteen candidates have filed for mayor and council positions in Cheney. They include George Fisher who is unopposed for mayor. Dr. Gerald Blakely and Norman Hove will vie for council Position No. 1, Richard Hagelin, the incumbent will face challengers Joe Chatburn, Jim Prekeges and Kenneth Kennedy for Position No. 2. Position No. 3 will feature a race between Frank Nicol, David Weeks and Ron Lemmen. Incumbent Orvel Allen faces off against Warren Westerman for Position No. 2.

The Cheney swim team, coached by Wally Beard, scored a 357 to 292 victory over a second place team from Spokane's Witter Pool.

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