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10 Years Ago

Nov. 27, 2003

Cheney City Administrator Paul Schmidt recommended the hiring of a department head to guide the newly resurrected Parks and Recreation Department.

Medical Lake’s skate park was only in operation for less than three weeks but was already stirring numerous complaints about noise.

A lack of turnout forced the cancellation of the boy’s swimming season at Cheney High School. Only two to three boys signed up when10-15 were needed, assistant vice principal for student activities, Jim Missel, said.

20 Years Ago

Nov. 25, 1993

Cheney’s first snowfall of the season, Nov. 21, provided a dusting of the white stuff causing a number of minor accidents.

Cheney’s Mark Winters was chosen to serve as a page in the U.S. House of Representatives and was set to depart to Washington, D.C. where he would serve a four month stint.

By a margin of just five votes, 313-308, Sharie Stearns earned the seat of Medical Lake mayor, edging out Dave Seagrave.

Eastern Washington University head basketball coach John Wade was counting on a number of returning veterans to improve upon a 6-20 record.

30 Years Ago

Nov. 24 1983

The first step in Cheney’s desire to have a sister city and to foster a peaceful relationship with the Soviet Union took place when the Cheney Community Council authored a letter to be sent to the Russian city of Vichorevka in the central part of the country north of Mongolia.

Cheney resident Grant Peterson, a member of the Board of County Commissioners, was chosen as Ronald Reagan’s campaign coordinator in the state of Washington.

Head coach Bill Smithpeters, who had guided EWU’s women’s basketball team to five consecutive winning seasons, said he was confident the Eagles would reach the Mountain West Athletic Conference postseason again.

40 Years Ago

Nov. 22, 1973

Missing from our archives.

50 Years Ago

Nov. 22, 1963

New construction totaling $7.5 million was announced for Eastern Washington State College. Dr. Don Patterson, EWSC President, said the building projects would include a women’s residence hall, library, creative arts complex, industrial arts building and an addition to the Tawanka Commons food service center.

Four Lakes School was singled out as one facility that might get an additional four to six classrooms, a library and multipurpose room for an expenditure of between $99,000-$135,000, superintendent Richard C. Langston said.

Six lettermen were among the 42 players who greeted Cheney High School head basketball coach Don Monson on the first day or practice.


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