Looking Back


September 6, 2012

10 Years Ago

Sept. 12, 2002

Citing the need to close a $450,000 budget deficit, the Cheney City Council, by a slim 4-3 vote, approved a 7 percent increase in city taxes on water, sewer and solid waste. The increase would cost the average homeowner $100-$150 per year.

Medical Lake had submitted proposals to the Washington State Department of Transportation for nearly $600,000 in improvements for area roads.

About 40 community members, EWU students and employees took advantage of the opportunity to have a sneak peek at the new Brewster Hall in downtown Cheney.

Crews completed the installation of brand new lights at Medical Lake's Holliday Field. One of the new banks of 12 lights was said to put out more light than all of the previous poles that were at the field.

Eastern Washington University quarterback Josh Blankenship, a transfer out of the University of Tulsa, was 14-of-20 for 226 yards and five touchdowns, while Erik Meyer added a pair of TD passes as the two combined for a school record seven touchdowns in a 50-6 rout of Montana Tech at Woodward Field.

20 Years Ago

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30 Years Ago

Sept. 9, 1982

Candidates for Spokane County Commissioner District No. 3, Stuart Kirk, Bill Carroll, Grant Peterson, George Marlton and Bob Andren addressed issues such as formation of a port district in Spokane County in a lengthy profile in this issue of the Cheney Free Press.

The Cheney City Council was about to act on the proposed 50-percent-plus hike in power rates for residents.

A candidates' forum featuring those vying for the 6th District state Senate seat and sponsored by the Cheney Chamber of Commerce was scheduled to be held at the Willow Springs Station. Sen. Sam Guess along with primary challengers Max Snyder, James West, Mary Springer, Richard Bond and William Norton were all sent invitations to attend according to program chairman Gale Marrs. The forum would also feature candidates for the Third District County Commissioner's race.

Cheney High School was set to open the 1982 football season at Connell with senior quarterback Bob Fitzner leading the offense.

Returning senior letter winners Pharelon Johnson and Brenda Reitmeier were singled out by Medical Lake head volleyball coach Dave Kingsley as keys to the team's success.

40 Years Ago

Sept. 14, 1972

The city of Cheney would have its day in court over the Fifth Street Crosstown Arterial following the issuing of a restraining order by Superior Court Judge Willard Roe. The judge's order, on behalf of plaintiff Cameron Weekes of Cheney, kept the city from issuing any contracts for construction on what had become a controversial project.

Gale R. Marrs, the assistant superintendent of the Camas School District for four years, was chosen as the new leader of Cheney schools. Marrs was selected from the final pool of four to replace William J. Riggs who had taken a job with Spokane School District 81.

With the addition of about 100 more students on the first day of school, enrollment in the Cheney School District climbed to 2,987, just below the projection of 3,160. The district expected enrollment to level out at 3,200 when counts were to be taken in October.

Installation of the traffic signal as First and F streets in Cheney was expected to be delayed until Christmas and improvements to intersections at SR 904 and Betz Road, as well as in Four Lakes, were pushed back to the spring of 1983.

The Cheney Blackhawks opened the Bruce Grambo era in a positive manner with a 49-14 football victory over Colville. Del Spear had three touchdowns and 107 yards rushing while Robby Smith added a pair of scores and 113 yards on the ground.

Mead scored a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns on the way to a 20-8 Border League football win over Medical Lake. Chuck Van Matre scored the lone Cardinal touchdown.


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