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10 Years Ago

Nov. 20, 2003

The city of Cheney moved to free itself of some of the uncertainty involved with receiving services from the Bonneville Power Administration by purchasing two electrical substations from BPA for $617,000.

Medical Lake officials were in the midst of studying a long-term plan that would affect the city’s growth and economic development. Planning consultant Bill Grimes suggested the city look at areas including Fox Hollow, the western edge of Silver Lake as well as lands east and north of Brooks Road.

Both Cheney, who lost to West Valley of Yakima 14-10, and Medical Lake, whose perfect season came to an end with a 17-12 loss to Yakima’s East Valley saw their respective football seasons come to an end.

20 Years Ago

Nov. 18, 1993

After 18 months of meetings, public hearings, rough drafts, re-writing the rough drafts, public comments and finally public debate, the Cheney City Council finally voted to approve the city’s comprehensive plan.

Bill Shaw, who recently won election to Position No. 3 on the Cheney City Council was sworn in by city clerk Grant Murie. Shaw was filling the unexpired term of Fred Johns who passed away.

No.22 ranked Eastern Washington wrapped up its football regular season with a 28-17 victory at Boise State and finished 7-3. The Eagles were awaiting word as to whether they would qualify for the NCAA 1-AA playoffs.

30 Years Ago

Nov. 17 1983

Construction of Cheney’s Northeast Park, located off the end of Clay Street was expected to begin late in the spring of 1984 following the awarding of a $70,000 grant from the State Inter-Agency for Outdoor Recreation.

The Medical Lake Merchant’s Association, in conjunction with the Cheney Free Press, announced the launch of a new a new tabloid newspaper dedicated to coverage of Medical Lake.

With 10 minutes to play in Cheney’s State AA football playoff with Selah Roger Kugler’s interception appeared to secure a Blackhawks win, but a hit dislodged the ball with fell into the hands of Selah quarterback Paul Gojenola who raced 55 yards the opposite way for a third touchdown for his team in a 20-12 victory.

40 Years Ago

Nov. 15, 1973

Missing from our archives.

50 Years Ago

Nov. 15, 1963

Recently passed Senate Bill 356 authorized the change of the local election cycle where all city elections will switch from even numbered to odd numbered years. The March 1964election for mayor and council would be the last on even-numbered years.

College radio station KEWC-FM went on the air for the first time broadcasting from 6 p.m. to midnight with 10 watts on 89.9 megacycles according to assistant professor Howard Hopf.

Mike Liddell’s three touchdowns were not enough for the Cheney Blackhawks who lost their final football game of the season 27-25 to Colfax and finished the season 1-5.


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