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Cheney High School junior Kari Owen, left, was named as the 1984 Junior Miss. Cary Traher, right, was the runner-up.

10 Years Ago

April 1, 2004

Days removed from guiding Eastern Washington University to its first-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament, Eagles' head coach Ray Giacoletti accepted the same job at the University of Utah, a position vacated by Rick Majerus, who resigned due to health reasons.

A selection committee chose Paul Simmons over of a pool of seven candidates to become Cheney's new parks and recreation director.

By a vote of 3-2, the Cheney City Council voted to rename Parkway Drive in honor of Dick Simpson whose company did engineering work for the city.

20 Years Ago

March 31, 1994

Pete Rose, a native Californian and recent resident of Salem, Ore. and most recently the administrative services manager of that city's fire department, was named as the new City Administrator for Medical Lake.

Cheney Middle School was in the process of transitioning from a grade 7-9 school to one that would house grades 6-8.

The Cheney Blackhawks soccer team improved its record to 3-0-1 following a 3-0 win over West Valley with Perry Piercy scoring twice and John Shamp adding one.

30 Years Ago

March 29, 1984

Cheney High School junior Kari Owen was named as the 1984 Junior Miss. Cary Traher was the runner-up and would serve as Owen's princess.

While they were not asking for money, Friends of the Cheney Library went to a recent City Council meeting to remind council members of their upcoming effort to raise funds for a new facility and encourage them to promote the effort.

Residents of Spangle recently became connected to the Spokane County 9-1-1 system, giving them access to a variety of emergency services.

40 Years Ago

March 29, 1974

Missing from our archives.


50 Years Ago

March 27, 1964

 The Spokane County Commissioners announced that they would not operate the recently purchased Bunker's Resort on Fish Lake. County officials had met with lake residents, including Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Myers, owners of a competing resort on the lake, informing them the former Bunkers facility would be used by the Boy Scouts and the Red Cross for swimming lessons.

The Airway Heights Town Council issued the Washington Water Power Co. a 25-year license to provide natural gas to the community.

Veteran javelin thrower Dick Lee is the only senior among four returning members of the Cheney High School track team. Lee's best throw in 1963 was 165 feet.

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