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10 Years Ago

July 11, 2002

The discussion on parking meters being installed in and around the Eastern Washington University campus has gone from whether they were feasible and fair to whether they were simply an ugly addition to the city. A recent change in the plans called for a reduction of the number of meters from 600 to 330.

After nine years of work and planning, the proposed bed and breakfast that created so much consternation to residents along Third Street, the Boggs project, had its conditional use permit revoked by the Cheney Planning Commission.

Owl Pharmacy in Medical Lake was undergoing a major expansion for the first time in 24 years of existence as new construction doubled the size of the business.

Airway Heights was jumping into the new annexation game, proposing the addition of one square mile of land directly to the east of the city off of Hayford Road. The city of Spokane was eyeing that same piece of property so a fight over who ultimately would control it was anticipated.

The Seattle Seahawks were preparing to hold their annual training camp at EWU starting July 27 and lasting through Aug. 22.

20 Years Ago

July 1992

This issue missing from our archives.

30 Years Ago

July 1982

This issue missing from our archives.

40 Years Ago

July 13, 1972

Gerald A. Blakley, a resident of Cheney since 1968 and a member of the City Council for 18 months, was elected to fill the unexpired term of George Fisher as Mayor of Cheney at the week's council meeting. By a 4-2 vote, Blakley was selected to finish the term that would end with the election of November 1973. Also elected unanimously that night were Gene Teves, filling the seat vacated by Norm Hove and Dr. Richard Hagelin, who would take over Blakley's spot on the council.

Funding for the Salnave Park development was confirmed and the contract with Loftus Landscaping signed by the Interagency Committee on Outdoor Recreation at a recent meeting of the Cheney Park Board.

The Cheney Rodeo Parade was described as being “much better this year,” according to event chair Rella Heidyt. “There were more entires and they were much more varied,” Heidyt said. Winners included the Davenport community float and the Centennial Wagon of Spangle Oldtimers.

Rules for hitchhiking recently changed after a new statute took effect May 23, allowing the practice to take place on non-limited access highways.

Medical Lake voters were set to go to the polls this week to cast ballots on the recall motion of Mayor Marshall Webb.

Faced with a cut in the athletic budget from $80,000 per year to $67,800 at Eastern Washington State College, and the prospect of eliminating some sports, the new Savage Athletic Club was officially formed as a way to raise funds. Head basketball coach Dr. Jerry Krause was named as club and fund drive chairman.


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