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Looking Back


February 8, 2018

From the archives: 1988 Justin Countryman, 3, told us that it might just be spring, as he delivered the first buttercup of the season to the newspaper office. Justin and his family lived on acreage near Marshall. The newspaper annually provides a prize for the first boy and girl who bring a buttercup through the front door of the office. Justin was the first boy.

10 Years Ago

Feb. 7, 2008

The Medical Lake police department was awarded two traffic safety grants from the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC). That brought nearly $1,500 in funds for the purchase of new equipment and materials for a traffic safety education project to be taught at Medical Lake's elementary schools.

Spokane County Sheriff's detectives raided a house in Cheney seizing 32 pot plants and nine and a half pounds of harvested marijuana. The house was across the street from the Cheney High School's football field.

Medical Lake's fire department saw the resignation of its fire chief of nearly eight years, longtime volunteer Gino Palomino. He also announced he would take on the roles of a full-time fire captain and director of emergency medical services with Spokane County Fire District 4.

20 Years Ago

Feb. 12, 1998

After years of the city attempting to confine college fraternities and sororities to a small nine-block square, a major policy change came forward out of the Cheney Planning Commission. The board directed the city's community development department to gather information on the possible results of radically enlarging the "Membership Lodging Overlap Zone" to encompass the area bounded by Elm, Washington and First streets.

The Cheney Chamber of Commerce and the city of Cheney jointly applied for a state grant that would provide tourism consulting to the city.

Mariann Donley, a fourth-grade teacher at Betz Elementary School, was the surprise recipient of a "Teacher of the Month" award during an all-school assembly presented by KHQ TV and sponsored by Eastern Washington University.

30 Years Ago

Feb. 11, 1988

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Cheney Community Library was set and everyone in the community was invited to bring a shovel and dig in.

The name remained the same, but it was a different operation this time around as the Elegant Egg Restaurant was open again for business.

Having led her Cheney Blackhawk volleyball team to a state class AA championship, Pam McKinzie was named the state's "Coach of the Year."

40 Years Ago

Feb. 9, 1978

Andy Kaufman, a zany comedian whose portrayals ranged from Jose Jimenez-type to Elvis Presley, performed at EWU's Pence Union Building.

Roger Harder, voted by the Cheney School Board to replace Edmund Burge, was officially sworn in.

About 25 inmates arrived to begin state correction operations at the newly remodeled Pine Lodge facility in Medical Lake.

50 Years Ago

Feb. 8, 1968

The Cheney High School Blackhawks will participate in a seven-team athletic league next year. The Blackhawks were set to join Mead, East Valley, Central Valley, University High, West Valley and Pullman.

Dan Evans, governor of Washington, designated Feb. 12 as "Pennies for Vietnam Day."

A major change at Fisher Junior High during the semester was the teaching of a new subject - typing - for ninth graders.


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