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Looking Back


September 20, 2012

10 Years Ago

Sept. 26, 2002

Angry that the Cheney City Council passed a 7-percent increase on utility rates, citizens began to circulate a petition that would require council to reconsider the matter. A total of 503 signatures would be required.

Once again the voters in Cheney were dancing to the beat of a different drummer as they cast support behind Proposition 1, which would raise additional funds for operation of the Spokane Transit Authority. The measure failed overall across Spokane County as just over 52 percent cast yes votes that would have raised sales tax .3 percent, but Cheney voters said yes at a 65 percent rate.

Eastern Washington University earned a top-10 ranking in U.S. News and World Report as a school granting masters degrees.

Medical Lake police determined the July 11 drowning of Christopher Michael Barton at the city's boat launch was an accident.

Lewis and Clark used a fake punt that turned into a third quarter touchdown to provide the ultimate winning margin in a 21-15 Greater Spokane League football victory over Cheney. Chase Ableman had 23 carries for 148 yards and a touchdown in the loss.

Former Medical Lake player Emery Meeks was selected as the Big Sky Conference defensive player of the week after a nine-tackle, one sack and a fumble recovery in Eastern Washington's 49-14 non-conference win over Southern Utah.

20 Years Ago

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30 Years Ago

Sept. 23 1982

The State Department of Social and Health Services pulled the plug on a controversial adolescent drug treatment center following notification their contract to educate and house 22 students would not be renewed.

Regardless of state budget cuts and loss of programs, EWU President H. George Frederickson was pushing ahead with plans to expand programs to Spokane.

Saying there's “Nothing like the real thing,” when it came to training, Medical Lake's Fire Chief Bud Revill oversaw training for his volunteer crew by burning down a vacant house that had been provided to the department.

Cheney turned a pair of interceptions into touchdowns on the way to a 13-6 football victory over Medical Lake.

Former Cheney mayor and schools superintendent George Fisher was to be one of nine people that would be inducted into the North Dakota School of Science's Athletic Hall of Fame. Fisher lettered in football at the school in 1923 and 1924.

40 Years Ago

Sept. 28, 1972

A petition containing nearly 900 names, most favoring the Fifth Street Crossover Arterial width of 34 feet, did not sway the Cheney City Council to compromise on the issue. Council voted 5-2 to reject any negotiated settlement on the project.

The Cheney Fire Department took delivery of a new $75,000 truck featuring a 100-foot ladder. Fire Chief Maynerd Haskins certified that the new addition to the fire fleet was ready for duty.

New apartment buildings, one an 11-unit structure valued at $90,000 and located at Sixth and F streets, were part of a new trend in what had been described as a relatively flat summer for construction projects.

Medical Lake School Superintendent Byron Leeper was busy making the case for passage of a bond issue that would fund a new middle school for the district. The proposed 45,000 square-foot building would house 500 seventh and eight graders in a district that had seen significant growth over a five-year period. Between 1966 and 1972 elementary enrollment more than doubled from 300 to 608 while high school numbers grew from 350 to 637.

Following a 20-6 Border League football win over University, Cheney remained undefeated and ranked No. 6 in the state among 2A schools.


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