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Looking Back


August 30, 2012

10 Years Ago

Aug. 29, 2002

Medical Lake City Administrator Curt Kelling announced the hiring of an interim police chief, Jake Evans, to replace Jim Sjothun who was recently placed on administrative leave due to concerns over his management style. A decision whether Sjothun leaves the force or accepts another position is pending.

Cheney residents would get one more chance to lobby City Council members about a proposed 13 percent increase in city utilities taxes when they met one more time Sept. 10 to vote to implement the measure. Only two of the six council members had voiced opposition to the increase.

Seven months after a head-on collision killed five Cheney residents, the city of Cheney had applied for $250,000 from the Hazard Elimination Program to pay for the installation of turn lanes at four intersections, adding lighting and rumble strips along the shoulder along SR 904.

Coming off a 38-2 loss in Tempe to the University of Arizona Sun Devils of the Pac-10 conference, the Eastern Eagles were set to hopefully even their record when they entertained NAIA Montana Tech Sept. 7 at Woodward Field.

20 Years Ago

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30 Years Ago

Sept. 2 1982

Eastern Washington University students and Cheney residents were going to have an additional means to travel via the Spokane Transit Authority with the advent of a ride-sharing program featuring van transportation.

Plans for what was being called a Northeast Park in Cheney that would be built in phases and located on 5.7 acres of land northwest of Seventh Street behind the Nolan Brown addition, moved forward with a grant application that would ultimately fund 75 percent of the purchase of land.

Plans to stage the Scott Evans Rodeo over Labor Day at the Cheney Rodeo Grounds weekend fell apart after a dispute arose with bulldoggers following a rodeo in Cusick, Wash. To fill the void, a demolition derby was planned Oct. 2 at the grounds.

The Medical Lake City Council was set to start sorting through an estimated 180 applications in their effort to fill the vacancy at the City Administrator's position formerly held by Mike McCurdy.

Eighty players continued their fall workouts as Eastern Washington University prepared for its Big Sky Conference opening game in Ogden against league title favorite Weber State.

40 Years Ago

Sept. 7, 1972

Medical Lake was preparing to celebrate its centennial with a variety of activities including a carnival and parade presided over by grand marshal George Spliker. Spilker was, perhaps, best known in the community for his work with the telephone company in Medical Lake.

A multiple step procedure that would allow reduced class size in Cheney schools was adopted by the Cheney School Board. The new rules would allow the pupil to teacher ratio to fall below the current 24.8 to one.

Over a month of correspondence and negotiations between Lakeland Village and Medical Lake Library Board of Trustees ended in a deal that would allow the soon to be vacated National Bank of Commerce to be turned over as the new home of the Medical Lake Library.

Eleven lettermen, including quarterback Mike Crabb, senior tailback Del Spear, fullback Robby Smith and flanker John Oswald on the offensive side of the ball were among the veteran players who were on hand for new Cheney High School football coach Bruce Grambo's preseason drills. Other notable returnees included Bobby Ogdon at center and guard Steve Osmonson. The Blackhawks were preparing to face Colville in their opener Sept. 8.

Medical Lake's football team, long a power in the Northeast A League, was moving up a notch to compete in the AA Border League and coach Bob Jundt expected players like Tim Teaford, Mike Lupo and Larry Broyles to carry the load. The Cards open their season at home Sept. 8 against Mead.


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