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Looking Back


10 Years Ago

March 11, 2004

With parking becoming an ongoing problem at Eastern Washington University's Woodward Field, the Cheney Planning Commission decided it better start looking at the school's proposal to add 1,500 seats to the stadium.

It took two wins on back-to-back nights over Pullman, 65-63, and over Chewelah, 59-52, to send Medical Lake on to the State 1A boy's basketball tournament. Following a surprise 58-43 loss to Lakeside the previous week, the Cards were in a loser-out situation.

Despite being on a six-game losing streak in league play, EWU's women's basketball team earned a fifth consecutive berth in the Big Sky Conference tournament as the No. 6 seed. The Eagles (5-9 Big Sky), 12-15 overall, faced No. 3 Weber State (11-3, 17-10) in the opening game.

20 Years Ago

March 10, 1994

The design for an expanded Pence Union Building at EWU was approved and students could expect the remodeled student center, which will increase from its present 60,000 square feet to 110,000 square feet, to open in May 1995.

The Medical Lake boy's basketball team finished seventh in the State 1A basketball tournament in Tacoma, following a 60-46 loss to Connell in the game that earned the winner fourth place. The Cards' Joe Deutsch was named to the Honorable Mention 1A team following the conclusion of the tournament at the Tacoma Dome.

30 Years Ago

March 8, 1984

Telephone Utilities of Washington, the provider of phone service for Cheney, was petitioning before the Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission to maintain their present rates.The cost of a one-party service would remain at $2 while four-party service would be 75 cents per month.

Washington Gov. John Spellman appointed Holly Frost Sonneland and Debbie J. Reis as new members of the EWU Board of Trustees.

For the second year in a row the Cheney boy's and girl's basketball teams earned berths at the State 2A basketball tournament. The boys earned their trip to Tacoma with a 57-44 win over Toppenish in Yakima while the girl's beat Clarkston 40-33, also in Yakima.

40 Years Ago

March 8, 1974

Missing from our archives.

50 Years Ago

March 7, 1964

The Spokane County Commissioners announced they intended to purchase Bunker's Resort at Fish Lake for $43,207. Previously the county had leased the facility for $10 since July 5, 1963.

A giant petrified tree, probably an oak with an estimated age of 21 million years and weighing an around 11,850 pounds, was recently turned over to Eastern Washington State College. The tree was unearthed during an excavation project near Latah Creek.

Before a packed house of 1,700 at the East Valley High School gymnasium, Medical Lake earned the No. 1 seed out of the Northeast A League in the upcoming state tournament in Tacoma, with a 53-44 win over Colville. Bob Marsalis topped scorers for the Cardinals and the game with 24 points.


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