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Officials from the state Department of Wildlife treated West Medical Lake with a natural chemical called rotenone to kill off the goldfish population in 1993.

10 Years Ago

Oct. 17, 2003

Cheney police were busy with problems related to Eastern Washington University’s Homecoming celebration activities that produced over 30 alcohol-related arrests.

After seven months of meetings and discussions, the Cheney Planning Commission unanimously approved recommending to the City Council that off-street parking requirement for businesses in the downtown commercial zone be discarded.

EWU announced Oct. 8 that for the 10th consecutive year the school had showed an increase in enrollment with 9,506 students attending classes, up 328 from 2002.

Medical Lake’s 16-6 football victory over the Riverside Rams improved the Cards record to 6-0 as Zack Hanson rushed for 115 yards and scored a touchdown while Dur Till caught a 27-yard TD pass from quarterback Keith Schmidt.

20 Years Ago

Oct. 14, 1993

Officials from the Washington Department of Wildlife applied a treatment of a chemical called rotenone to kill off the goldfish population in West Medical Lake in an attempt to improve the body of water as a trout fishery.

The implementation of a 2.3 cent per gallon gas tax that would raise an estimated $4.44 million to clean up the air in Spokane County was a topic of lengthy discussion at a recent West Plains Coalition meeting.

The Cheney Planning Commission voted to deny Richard Chang’s request to convert the Pinehurst Motel on First Street into multi-family residential units.

Medical Lake, the state’s sixth-ranked 1A football team got a pair of touchdowns from Tim Cruger and went on to defeat Lakeside 22-17 and improved to a perfect 6-0 following a Saturday afternoon game in Suncrest.

30 Years Ago

Oct. 12, 1983

Following the recent closure of the Cheney Medical Center conversations began to center around initiating a new advanced life support ambulance service in Cheney.

The Medical Lake City Council expressed support for a pair of proposals from the Merchant’s Association that would boost interest and traffic in the downtown business area with signs, banners and maps.

Letter carrier Dave Foxworth, teacher Jane Yarwood and Carol Vines, a secretary at EWU, all were new write-in candidates for previously uncontested races for the Cheney School Board.

Running back Mike Bunting scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to lead the Cheney Blackhawks to a 17-8 Frontier League football victory over Colville.

After an 0-5 start, EWU was favored to break into the win column for the first time in 1983 when the Eagles met the NAIA Montana Tech Orediggers (4-1) in the 57th Homecoming game at Woodward Field.

40 Years Ago

Oct. 11, 1973

Missing from our archives.

50 Years Ago

Oct. 11, 1963

The Cheney City Council approved its 1964 budget of $877,987, a decrease of $127,473 over the slightly over $1 million from 1963. The Light Department’s $393,150 was the largest item up from the $371,850 from the previous year. The public hearing to accept testimony did not attract a single resident.

A Spokane landscape architect, Robert Woerner, was awarded an $800 contract to draw up long range site improvement plans for the Cheney School District. Special emphasis was to be placed on athletics and recreational needs.

The Turnbull Wildlife Refuge received a population of six trumpeter swans from Red Mountain, Mont. The transplanting of the swans was part of a program to help rebuild the species from near extinction in the 1930s to nearly 700 in 1963.

Cheney’s Randy Liddell scored three times to lead the Cheney Blackhawks to a 38-0 football victory over Deer Park.

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