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Looking Back


10 Years Ago

Feb. 26, 2004

With the 9th District Position 2 seat in the Washington State Legislature being vacated by Rep. Mark Schoesler who would run for the senate seat, the first candidate to file for the office was Jeff Phelps from Pullman.

Don Mayfield, a Medical Lake reserve officer since 1994, and Jacob Keith, who’s been a fulltime officer for the previous nine months, were named the Police Department’s officers of the year.

Medical Lake’s Garrett Johnson won a third straight state wrestling title in the 215-pound weight class at Mat Classic in Tacoma.

20 Years Ago

Feb. 24, 1994

The Cheney Police Department unveiled new dash-mounted video cameras that Chief Jerry Gardner promoted as a tool to assist in the apprehension of drunk drivers.

Snowpack across the state of Washington was averaging about 65 percent of normal according to a report from the U.S. Soil Conservation Service. Hardest hit was the Yakima area where totals were just 33 percent of normal.

Medical Lake’s 62-53 win over Northeast A League regular season champion, Colfax, led by the 14 points from Ian Farr, earned the Cardinals a berth at the upcoming state championships at the Tacoma Dome. Colfax beat Medical Lake twice in the regular season.

30 Years Ago

Feb. 23, 1984

The Cheney Parks and Recreation Department received a $138,000 National Park Service grant that would help allow the start of construction at the proposed Northeast Park.

Cheney High wrestling coach Sam Indorf was named the state AA Coach of the Year following the recently completed state championships in Tacoma.

The Cheney Blackhawks completed their Frontier League regular season schedule with a 13-1 record and were set to host a game featuring any of four teams with a berth to regionals on the line.

40 Years Ago

Feb. 22, 1974

Missing from our archives.

50 Years Ago

Feb. 21, 1964

By a 4-1 vote, the Cheney School Board said that administrative salaries needed to be reduced “before harmony can prevail in the district,” according to a resolution read by board member E.H. Wagoner.

The State Highway Commission announced it would divert $1.23 million in funds from the downtown section of the Spokane freeway for use in the Tyler and Four Lakes area. An estimated $250,000 would be used for property acquisition while $1 million would be used to begin construction of the nearly 14-mile stretch of four-lane roadway.

Colville’s 41-37 Northeast A League basketball victory over Cheney all but ended the Blackhawks’ chances of qualifying for the state tournament. Cheney was to meet Medical Lake in the final league game for each team.


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