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Sandra Godinez, a freshman at Cheney Junior High returned from a stint in Olympia as a legislative page in the Washington House of Representatives. She was sponsored by Rep. Lisa Brown, D-Spokane.

10 Years Ago

Feb. 19, 2004

Medical Lake was turned down in its request to Spokane County for $10,000 in funding to assist with improvements to Coney Island Park.

Cheney and Rogers High School engaged in their first-ever Golden Dipper Spirit Game in Cheney. Rogers lost the basketball games but won the spirit competition.

The Eastern Washington men's basketball team's 91-81 victory over Northern Arizona earned the Eagles their first-ever Big Sky Conference regular season championship. The title assured EWU of being the host for the conference tournament, March 9-10.

20 Years Ago

Feb. 17, 1994

Additional felony charges were filed against Breen Espeleta, the brother of Shirlynn Harthcock, in connection with the abduction of Harthcock's 6-year-old son, Aaron. Espeleta faced the same 12 months probation and $1,000 fine as his sister.

Students at Cheney High School moved into the new 100 Building on campus and assisted by moving chairs and desks into the new classrooms.

Cheney cat owners could begin the process of licensing their cats Feb. 19, paying $4 for spayed and neutered animals or $8 for those not.

Medical Lake returned five wrestlers to the state A/B wrestling championships in Tacoma, including Viet Do at 101 pounds, Dave Cassells (108), Steve Russell (129), Rick Knott (148) and Tim Cruger (190).

30 Years Ago

Feb. 16, 1984

The Cheney School Board threw its support behind keeping the current 10 percent levy ceiling and opposing a legislative proposal to increase the amount local residents would pay to 20 percent.

Cheney's Marc Tareski, Aaron Mason, John Vigil, Tim and Darrin Mason were all headed to the state wrestling championships in Tacoma.

Noel Piercy, a junior at Cheney High School served as a page and was sponsored by Rep. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville.

EWU announced the signing of 24 football recruits including Rob Woods, the son of former EWSC basketball standout Alex Woods.

40 Years Ago

Feb. 15, 1974

Missing from our archives.

50 Years Ago

Feb. 14, 1964

Three Cheney High School students, Tom Samons on sousaphone, soprano Karen Kidd and Gene Kinnick, a baritone, would participate in the All-State Musical, Feb. 20-22 in Yakima.

Mail-in donations boosted the Medical Lake March of Dimes drive effort to $336.58, about $60 over the amount raised in 1963 according to chairperson Zelma Heyer.

League-leading Colville was visiting Cheney in a crucial Northeast A League basketball game with a potential trip to the state tournament on the line for coach Don Monson's Blackhawks should they win.


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