Looking Back


July 19, 2012

10 Years Ago

July 25, 2002

Spokane County Regional Health District officials still had not found the source of an E. coli 0157outbreak that swept through a dance camp held at Eastern Washington University that infected an estimated 45 of the 90 in attendance. There were 22 laboratory confirmed cases.

A room full of residents, 182 names on a petition, and overwhelming opposition voices from those citizens couldn't keep parking meters from being approved for areas around EWU in Cheney. Mayor Amy Jo Sooy cast the deciding vote to break a 2-2 deadlock among council members.

The Medical Lake City Council voted to waive all deposits, user and parking fees for a variety of events, including the Blue Waters BlueGrass Festival. The hope was area merchants' increased revenue would offset the need for the fees.

Cheney's Todd Pence and Pete Sisich each used clutch shots on the back nine to earn second and third place respectively at the 43rd annual Lilac City Invitational golf tournament held recently at The Fairways. Pence shot three consecutive birdies on 10, 11 and 12 to help him to a final round 66. Sisich shot a 67 as both golfers finished 21 under, six shots back of winner Mark Worthington from Kirkland.

20 Years Ago

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30 Years Ago

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40 Years Ago

July 27, 1972

Plans were rapidly being finalized for the proposed Alpine Village Mobile Home Park, which would be located on 28 acres of land north of Cheney on SR 904. However, the facility, with space for up to 120 mobile homes, was experiencing opposition from a number of areas, mostly property owners.

A number of highway improvement projects in the area were in the works, including a new traffic signal at SR 904 and F Street and the interchanges tying SR 904 with the new freeway in Four Lakes and Betz Road with the interstate.

Buses from the Cheney School District were in the process of being moved to a new location in order to make way for construction of a new fire station. The remainder of the maintenance operation for the district, which also occupied the land, was expected to be relocated in a month.

The Cheney-area ranch being operated by Elmer Buob was believed to have the only device in the state of Washington capable of producing round hay bales.

The Medical Lake School Board was in the process of reviewing bids for construction of a new high school for the district. The board also approved to negotiate the purchase of land for a new middle school.

Over 300 area athletes competed in the AAU National Junior Olympics track and field qualifying meet held at Eastern Washington State College's Woodward Field. Athletes hoped to qualify for the National Junior Olympics that were scheduled to take place in Spokane in August.


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