Looking Back


Following a sixth place finish in NCAA National Rifle Championships at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, Cheney’s Launi Meili announced plans to try out for the U.S. Olympic team.

10 Years Ago

April 10, 2003

Citing savings ranging from between $16,000 to nearly $19,000 per year, the Cheney City Council voted unanimously to to take over control of the city’s recycling center from volunteers and a board of directors.

Medical Lake’s Waterfront Park was set to have a permanent stage installed at the urging of the Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival which had just completed its first concert.

Speaking of Medical Lake parks, work on Coney Island Park near downtown was expected to be completed by June. The reconstruction project was projected to cost between nearly $32,000 and $67,000 depending on the extent of the final work.

An undefeated week, highlighted by a 2-0 win over Riverside, vaulted Medical Lake’s boy’s soccer team into the Great Northern League lead. Exchange student Bruno D’Elia scored both goals and goalkeeper Derke Ristau earned the shutout versus the Rams.

20 Years Ago

1993 is missing from the archives.

30 Years Ago

April 7, 1983

Cheney businesses were being urged by the local Retail Trades Committee and the Cheney Centennial Committee to dress the part of 1883 the week of May 1-7 in honor of the city’s 100th birthday.

The annual Easter egg hunt, co-sponsored by the Cheney Parks and Recreation Department and the Cheney Kiwanis Club was deemed a big success with over 500 participants.

House Bill 35, a measure that would allow the city of Cheney the right to negotiate with EWU for fire protection services was expected to leave committee and go before the full Senate for a vote.

Plans to electrically shock goldfish in Medical Lake were postponed until water temperatures warmed, allowing the overpopulated fish species to be easier to picked up afterwards. The dead fish would be scooped up and taken to local farm where they would be used for fertilizer.

40 Years Ago

April 5, 1973

Citing flat enrollment numbers, the Cheney School Board recommended the permanent closure of the Four Lakes elementary school in the upcoming fall term. Only 31 students were projected to attend the two room school in grades 1-3.

The congregation of St.Paul’s Episcopal Church were expected to be worshiping in their new facility by April 22, Easter Sunday, the Rev. H. Winfield Hubbard announced.

Lifelong Cheney resident Roydal Conley died in a traffic accident on Interstate 90 west of Four Lakes. The then 81-year-old was a passenger in a truck driven by his 85-year-old wife who mistakenly entered the freeway going westbound in the eastbound lanes and collided with another vehicle. Conley was born on a farm west of Cheney and was buried on his 82nd birthday.

Led by senior speedster Del Spear who had won blue ribbons in 100 and 220-yard dashes, the Cheney Blackhawks’ track team remained undefeated through three events.

50 Years Ago

April 5, 1963

Mayor Nolan Brown of Cheney suffered a mild heart attack in his home March 31. He was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital in Spokane where he was expected to remain for up to two weeks.

Bob Shea, an area cattle rancher, was named as the acting postmaster in Cheney, replacing Melvin Jones who had retired.

Ed Chissus, the head football coach at EWSC since 1953, was notified in a letter from Physical Education Department head Dr. Jack Leighton that his contract would not be renewed. Chissus, also the college’s baseball coach, would retain that position, his rank in the physical education department, and his salary.

Cheney third baseman Denny Lavigne drove in the winning run with a double in the top of the 12th inning as the Blackhawks beat East Valley 7-4. Dave Nicol went the distance on the mound for Cheney striking out 16 while allowing only three hits.


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