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Looking Back


August 10, 2017

One of the many winners at the West Plains Fair was 7-year-old Emily Thomas, who teamed up with her brother, Michael, to win one round of the water balloon toss.

10 Years Ago

Aug. 9, 2007

The Airway Heights City Council voted 3-2 to deny a request by Emerald Outdoor to furnish the bus benches at five locations at no cost to the city. While Mayor Matthew Pederson said he does not have any problems with city residents taking a load off while waiting on a bus to take them downtown, he did have an issue with more signage on Highway 2.

Kim Exner, John Lothspeich, Kari McKay, Meriel Michelson, Pamela Parks, Thorne Tibbits and the 1982 men's cross country squad along with the 1977 wrestling team were a part of the eighth class of inductees into the EWU Athletics Hall of Fame.

20 Years Ago

Aug. 14, 1997

For a little more than a month, businesses along Medical Lake's Lake Street had been braving the bulldozers while the city made improvements to the street. Parking had become a challenge as business owners and customers had to step over piles of rock and dirt and use back doors to enter shops.

Medical Lake's solid waste may have had to find another destination if the city of Cheney couldn't take it. Engineers at the wastewater treatment plant in Cheney were looking into new ways to store the compost to see if accommodating Medical Lake was feasible.

LeAnn Fanning Knowles of Cheney was named an All-American Collegiate Scholar by the United States Achievement Academy.

30 Years Ago

Aug. 13, 1987

Cheney Grain Growers was cited for 11 violations by the state Department of Labor and Industries, although none of them were severe enough to result in a monetary fine.

The playground at Salnave Elementary is now a brighter place for children to play, thanks to the efforts of the school's Parent Teacher Organization. A new piece of equipment replaced the old climbing toy that was old and starting to rot.

An F-86 Saber Jet was the latest addition to the Fairchild Air Force Base Museum Park.

40 Years Ago

Aug. 11, 1977

Cheney City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that required city administrators in the future to reside within the city limits. The vote was a compromise; the council had refused an earlier vote to include all city employees in the residency requirement.

The Cheney Parks Department put on the Penny Carnival and Recreation on College Avenue. Hundreds came to the festival and sidewalk sale, an annual event for Cheney shoppers.

The city of Airway Heights town council voted to rezone the area of the town west of Lundstrom Street to Craig Road to a C-2 zone from agricultural.

50 Years Ago

Aug. 10, 1967

Contrary to the much-publicized fact that it will be legal to sell alcoholic beverages statewide, there would be no sales of liquor within the Cheney city limits.

With the foreseen college enrollment to reach the 4,600 mark, contractors were stepping up production on many of the apartment houses under construction.

Medical Lake's elegant mirrored float, "Springtime Reflections," took another first, winning the grand sweepstakes award at the Omak Rodeo.


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