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Looking Back


10 Years Ago

July 4, 2002

The city has a final design for a new Cheney aquatics facility in hand but when, and whether residents get to vote on funding it is still up in the air. The project, estimated to cost $4 million, would occupy 7 acres of the proposed 50-acre park on an unused parcel of land along Betz Road.

A proposed revision to the new Fox Hollow West subdivision may add more park land to the city of Medical Lake, and provide a new soccer field for the Medical Lake School District. Negotiations between the city, school district and property owners, A & K Development, resulted in a swap of 3.54 acres of land in turn for development fees.

Chris Halverson, a 13-year-old skateboarding enthusiast, was proposing the construction of a new skateboard park in Cheney. The park was estimated to cost about $110,000.

After several instances of vandalism where not one suspect was caught, the Cheney School District was considering the installation of security cameras at both the high school and middle school.

The Eastern Washington University board of trustees announced following their meeting that tuition would increase 14 percent. Undergrads would see costs increase $393 a year to $3,357 while graduate students faced a $5, 403 tuition bill.

EWU announced the hiring of new personnel for the school's athletic teams. The appointments came from football where Malik Roberson and Aaron Best were hired as assistant coaches, and basketball when Denny Humphrey added to Ray Giacoletti's staff as an administrative assistant. Humphrey had recently retired after 34 seasons as a high school coach, many at Cheney High.

20 Years Ago

July 1992

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30 Years Ago

July 1982

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40 Years Ago

July 6, 1972

The Cheney School Board approved the contract for certificated employees and also authorized $7,800 in expenditures to improve athletic fields. A new backstop for the baseball field, a new shot put ring and even a putting green between the high school buildings and football field were among the items covered in the use of the contingency fund.

Some of the best cowboys in the Northwest were headed to the fifth annual Cheney Rodeo to try to tame Ralph McLean's rodeo stock and chase after coveted trophy buckles.

A group of Cheney merchants were deputized to write citations to area residents who were not attired in western wear during rodeo week, and also to “those in eastern garb,” for impersonating a cowboy. All monies collected would fund the Kiddies Parade.

Cheney Police Chief Robert Jamison completed his six-month probation period and his appointment to the position became official. It was a tumultuous half-year for Jamison who oversaw the resignation of three members of the force who said they were unable to work with the new chief, appointed by Mayor George Fisher, Jan. 1, 1972.

Ten swimmers from the EWRA Swim Team competed in the Junior Olympics Long Course regional qualifying championship swim meet in Pasco. Kevin McNeal, swimming in the 10 and under age group set a new meet record and finished first in the 50-meter breaststroke.


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