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10 Years Ago

Aug. 21, 2003

The Cheney Care Center’s planned senior apartment project hit a snag when it was learned that the city had not yet signed off on the project’s traffic plan. The project needed access to North Sixth Street that had to conform to private road width regulations.

An underestimation of the total costs for the SR 904 safety project put some parts of the project in jeopardy. The original $250,000 cost estimate had risen to just over $336,000, but the city offered to pay the difference.

“Everyone that wants a skate park raise your hands,” Medical Lake Mayor Jim Hill asked those in attendance at a recent council meeting. Nearly every hand went up in a chamber packed with supporters, and who added encouragement to the city to move forward with the project.

The Eastern Washington Eagles’ football team participated in their first scrimmage as head coach Paul Wulff began serious preparation for the team’s season opening game at San Diego State, Aug. 30.

20 Years Ago

Aug. 19, 1993

While construction on additions to Cheney High School still had over a year to run, elementary students at Betz, Sunset and Windsor would have the use of new libraries – newly titled media centers – at those buildings.

Cheney Mayor Al Ogdon, and members of the City Council were scheduled to attend the Spokane Police Training Center and find out in some manner how law enforcement personnel are trained and what some of their challenges in the field might be.

Interest was high in Medical Lake political races in advance of the Sept. 14 primary. Sharie Stearns and Dave Seagrave were seeking the position of mayor after incumbent Don Johns decided not to run. Political newcomers John Higgins, Ward Kaplan and Gale Baker were all seeking Position 1 on the council, a seat currently held by Stearns.

Head coach Dick Zornes oversaw the defending Big Sky Conference football co-champion from EWU begin two-a-day practices. With 60 veterans joining 35 freshmen, the Eagles’ were in preparation for their opening game Sept. 4 hosting defending Southland Conference champions, the Northeast Louisiana Indians.

30 Years Ago

Aug. 18, 1983

Cheney police were investigating the overnight burglaries of downtown businesses, Bill’s Tavern and the Book & Brush where varying amounts of cash – including funds to send the tavern’s softball team to nationals – were taken.

Cheney Mayor Tom Trulove emerged from a meeting with the region’s other mayors and elected officials saying the event presented “nothing new.”

More than 100 team members were signed up to recruit a goal of over 500 members for the new Eagle Athletic Association, a new sports booster association designed to help raise money for EWU’s recently approved move to NCAA Division I athletics. The group was chaired by former football player, Randy Behrens.

40 Years Ago

Aug. 17, 1973

Missing from our archives.

50 Years Ago

Aug. 17, 1963

Workmen completed the resurfacing of the gymnasium floor at Cheney High School. Assistant superintendent Lowell Poore said the work cost the district about $1,000.

A severe lightning storm was responsible for a number of small fires, one near Fishtrap, and the death of a two-and-one-half-year-old heifer.

Wayne Just pitched two-hit ball, then doubled and later scored on a John Gamon single as the Cheney Mets beat the Kaiser Reds 4-3 in county baseball tournament play. Cheney opened with a 1-0 win over Fairchild, then beat Deer Park 4-2 and Chattaroy 14-6 to reach the finals but lost to the United Steelworkers 3-2 in the championship.


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