Looking Back


August 23, 2012

10 Years Ago

Aug. 29, 2002

With a four-person block of Cheney City Council members backing it, a proposal to raise utility taxes 13 percent – between $100-125 ­– was certain to pass. The increase was designed to cover the city's expected $480,700 deficit.

Voters casting ballots on Sept. 17 would determine the future of transit service on the West Plains. The proposed tax would add $17 million to fund existing Spokane Transit Authority services, as well as new service.

The Eastern Washington University Trustees voted to approve a joint parking plan that would add 300 meters to land in and around the school.

The Medical Lake City Council voted to approve the newest edition of the Fox Hollow development. Fox Hollow West would consist of 39 acres and 156 single-family homes.

Cheney's Nonie Wainwright qualified for United States Swimming Western Zone meet at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles after clocking a time of 28.32 seconds in the 50-meter freestyle and then 1-minute, 2.33-seconds in the 100.

20 Years Ago

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30 Years Ago

Aug. 26 1982

The Cheney City Council voted 3-2 to table a proposed electrical rate increase and reconsider it at the Sept. 14 meeting. “I'd like to have public to be more aware,” Councilman Ray Soltero said in supporting the delay. Council member Dwayne Paul voted to move forward with the increase. “I honestly feel people have been warned,” Paul said of the proposed 50.8 percent increase.

The prospect of having to dig through layers of basalt rock was one of the main factors in engineers suggesting a $2,000 per resident assessment for Martin Street improvements might climb.

Entering his third season on the job with a record of 20-9, Eastern Washington University head coach Dick Zornes welcomed 87 players to fall camp. Zornes' Eagles came off a 7-3 record, including a 14-13 upset of the University of Montana.

40 Years Ago

Aug. 31, 1972

The list of candidates to fill the vacancy as the superintendent of Cheney Schools following William J. Riggs' move to Spokane School District 81 was narrowed from 16 to seven. Future interviews would trim that list further at which time the names of the candidates might be released.

Activity at Cheney's three grain elevators reached record levels during the 1972 wheat harvest as 40,000 bushels were received Sunday, Aug. 27. The old record was 38,000 bushels. The following day the elevators took in 36,000 bushels.

Structures at Salnave Park were beginning to take shape as a picnic shelter, restrooms and sprinkler system were now in place.

A Cheney city garbage collector became a hero in the life of Third Street resident Terry Bren after Barney Weheymer found Bren's purse in a trash can. Weheymer received an award of an undisclosed amount for his honesty.

Cheney's rodeo grounds were named as the site of the Washington Rodeo Association's finals Sept. 23-24. The event was expected to attract 20 competitors in each of the traditional rodeo events where they would vie for $6,000 in total prize money.


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