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10 Years Ago

Nov. 6, 2003

Unofficial election results showed Bob Stockton holding an overwhelming lead in the only contested city council race. Stockton enjoyed a 664-379 edge in votes over Arlene Mowatt.

Medical Lake’s 44-14 win over Newport, led by the 212 yards on the ground from Zack Hansen, clinched a playoff spot for the Cardinals.

Cheney cross country runners Ryan Pauling and Alison Hilton earned return trips to the state meet in Pasco.

20 Years Ago

Nov. 4, 1993

Al Ogdon earned 54 percent of the vote and a 766-600 edge in votes to win the race for Cheney mayor. Curt Huff’s 53 percent earned him the Position 1 City Council seat while Marlis Gregerson’s 57 percent in Position 2 and Bill Shaw’s 76 percent won the Position 3 seat on the council.

If changes in federal impact aid were to take place the Medical Lake School District stood to lose nearly $560,000 while Cheney schools could see $300,000 less in the respective budgets.

30 Years Ago

Nov. 3, 1983

Cheney and Medical Lake voters were to decide whether or not to have their respective libraries become part of the Spokane County Library system. The move would cut the city’s contribution to library operations from $35,000 per year to an estimated $5,000.

Faced by declining enrollment and losing football seasons, Medical Lake’s school board voted to move from the AA Frontier League to the A classification in the Northeast A. Thirteen of the school’s 16 coaches voted to move from an enrollment classification of 401-1,000 to the 151-400 students.

Finishing with a 13-1 league record, Cheney High School’s volleyball team claimed the Frontier League’s regular season championship.

40 Years Ago

Nov. 1, 1973

Missing from our archives.

50 Years Ago

Nov. 1, 1963

Cheney was about to say goodbye to the two-letter BE prefix – the word Belmont – and switch to 235 prefix the Cheney Telephone Co. announced. The move was being made in part because EWSC was also moving from BE to 359.

A year’s subscription payment for the Cheney Free Press made by Seattle resident Kent Ratcliffe made it 41 consecutive years he had been a regular reader of the newspaper.

Terri Nilles, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pete Nilles was selected as Medical Lake’s 1962 Homecoming queen in the Cardinals 33-6 win over Deer Park. Nilles was crowned in halftime ceremonies by football team captain Gary Glasgow.


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