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10 Years Ago

Nov. 12, 2009

Some Cheney businesses were considering re-forming the former chamber of commerce after expressing dissatisfaction with the 10-year-old West Plains Chamber of Commerce.

The Cheney High School girl’s soccer squad earned District 7 to seed after beating both Deer Park and Pullman in post-season playoff action.

20 Years Ago

Nov. 11, 1999

About 300 Cheney residents petitioned the City Council to silence the “ear-splitting” train whistles that were blowing at road crossings.

Medical Lake City Council had to revisit the city budget due to the passage of Initiative 695, forcing the reduction of $220,000 from the original budget.

The Medical Lake Cardinal football team was resting before facing East Valley in the state football playoffs in Yakima.

30 Years Ago

Nov. 16, 1989

The Cheney City Council passed a resolution in support of a proposed renovation of the downtown IOOF building that included designating the city’s Central Business District as a “blighted” area.

The Medical Lake Planning Commission voted for conditional approval of a comprehensive plan amendment to accommodate a zoning plan for an annexation request of 214 acres of land north of State Route 902, east of the Burlington Northern Railroad Tracks and surrounding Graham Road.

The Cheney Blackhawks opened post-season football play by “pounding” the Selah Vikings 36-14 at home.

40 Years Ago

Nov. 15, 1979

The Cheney City Council voted against a proposal to drop an 1889 ordinance that required residents to shovel snow from their sidewalks. Although never enforced, according to Mayor Tom Trulove, a new ordinance in the works would create a minimum fine of $10 for violators.

The Medical Lake Town Council was scheduled to hold a five year water system plan public meeting related to the repair and replacement of sub-standard water mains throughout the town. Two tentative projects were estimated to cost $20,000.

50 Years Ago

Nov. 13, 1969

The Medical Lake mayor and council race was won by the closest votes in an election with the highest turnout in the history of the city. The widest margin was 26 votes, the narrowest seven. Marshall W. Webb was elected mayor by 10 votes. Total votes were in the low 400s.

The Blackhawk football squad fell to the Mead Panthers 35-0 in their last game of the year, going 1-8 for the season.

Phonograph records were made available at the Cheney Public Library. Selections included Glen Campbell, Barbara Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Jascha Heifitz and Arthur Fiedler. The records were available to borrow for two weeks.


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