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Aaron and David Harthcock at their home after police located Aaron with his mother in Hawaii in 1993.

10 Years Ago

July 31, 2003

The city of Cheney was taking steps that could eventually lead to the use of treated wastewater for irrigation purposes.

A once-dead skateboard park in Medical Lake was experiencing new life thanks to help from equipment manufacturer Skatewaves, which offered to sell the city used equipment. That would save the city approximately $10,500 out of the projected $50,000 cost of the facility.

Eastern Washington University announced the appointment of state Rep. Jeff Gombosky, a 1994 EWU graduate, as the school’s director of governmental relations.


20 Years Ago

July 29, 1993

The Bonneville Power Administration’s need to cover costs associated with their investment in the failed Enron Corporation in faraway Texas will be coming home to Cheney in the form of raising electrical rates 10.4 percent. The Cheney City Council heard an initial reading on the rate increase at its weekly meeting.

Aaron Harthcock returned to his Cheney home nearly two months after being taken to the Hawaiian island of Kauai by his mother. Kauai police, assisted by Cheney police officer Larry Smith, arrested Shirlynn Harthcock July 21 on a charge of custodial interference.

While Cheney’s Mayor, Al Ogdon, announced he would seek reelection, Donnie Johns, the Mayor of Medical Lake decided he would not run in the upcoming primary.

Bicyclists from across the Northwest descended on Cheney for the second annual Hammerfest presented by the Baddlands Cycling Club. Events included races that allowed riders to earn points in national points series.

30 Years Ago

July 28, 1983

Citing professional and personal obligations, Cheney City Councilman Ray Soltero announced his resignation after eight years in the position.

Candidates appeared to be slow in responding to filing to be on the ballot for the upcoming primary election. Cheney council member Fred Johns was the only officeholder to register but Jack Crabb, Oliver McCord and Dwayne Paul were expected to file before the July 29 deadline.

The Medical Lake City Council amended its ordinances that meant a reduction in the potential fines and penalties for violations that took place in Waterfront Park. Now, instead of a $175 misdemeanor for violating a park rule, those found guilty would be tagged with a $10 fine. City police were less likely to issue the larger fine, City Administrator Tom Bumgarner said.

Plans were underway for the arrival of the Seattle Seahawks to Cheney for their annual training camp and staging a special weekend that included watching practice, barbecues and a special dinner.


40 Years Ago

July 26, 1973

Missing from our archives.

 50 Years Ago

July 26, 1963

Eastern Washington State College was granted a construction permit by the Federal Communications Commission for a non-educational FM radio station. According to Howard Hopf, director of EWSC’s radio/television department, the new station, KEWC-FM, would broadcast on a frequency of 89.9 megacycles and planned to be on the air by mid October.

The Cheney City Council awarded a contract to Spokane-based XL to collect garbage in the city for 1963-64. With the awarding of the contract to a new company it ended a 13 year association with Cheney’s Toohey Hauling which meant owner Harold Toohey would have to layoff 13 employees.

Burglars entered Cheney Lanes by removing the glass from a door and stole a small amount of change from pinball and vending machines.


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