Looking Back


10 Years Ago

Aug. 28, 2003

Eastern Washington University President, Stephen Jordan got help from a shovel-wielding robot as the pair did a ceremonial groundbreaking for the school’s new Computer Sciences and Engineering Building on campus.

Parents in Medical Lake attended a public meeting to discuss the need for a new youth baseball program in the community. The hope was to avoid taking their kids to play in Spokane.

Law enforcement in Cheney and at EWU will be able to cross over and be more active within each other’s jurisdictions following a new cooperative agreement between the two. The changes were made in order to clear up vaguaries and inconsistencies in the original agreement that was first signed in 1997.

Cheney High School announced the hiring of Stephanie Elwonger, a Wyoming native, as the new coach of the swim teams.

20 Years Ago

Aug. 26, 1993

The Cheney City Council met and approved the final plat for the Parkside second addition which would add 27 single-family lots.

The Beta Theta Pi fraternity at EWU was granted full chapter status at the group’s national convention in Denver. The fraternity was originally formed in 1990 at the school and successfully went through the lengthy process to become fully chartered.

Working around the loss of $150,000 in state funding, the Medical Lake School District adopted their $12.5 million budget for the 1993-94 school year.

The Eastern Eagles had their work cut out for them when they met Northeast Louisiana University at Woodward Field Sept. 4. The Indians ended the season as the top-ranked I-AA team and beat the Eagles 41-31 in 1992.

30 Years Ago

Aug. 25, 1983

Medical Lake police found over 200 marijuana plants and arrested a pair of men in a raid of a home on the 200 block of Washington Street. In addition, police found five bottles of methadone. The street value of the 12 pounds of pot was estimated at $12,000.

Burglaries continued to plague Cheney with two more break-ins occurring in the city. The Miller & Wainwright office was broken into Aug. 18, reporting the loss of a camera. On Aug. 19, a collection of coins was taken by thieves who broke into the offices of Morlan Homes.

Two Spokane County lakes, Fishtrap and Clear, were singled out by the Washington Game Commission to be treated killing fish with rotenone in the fall and spring. Williams and Badger Lakes were treated two years prior.

Karen Farmer of Cheney returned from competition for the physically disabled in Sudbury, Ont. with four gold and two silver medals at the Canadian Games for the Physically Disabled.

40 Years Ago

Aug. 24, 1973

Missing from our archives.

50 Years Ago

August 24, 1963

Dr. Ray Whitfield, director of graduate studies at Eastern Washington State College, announced his intention to take a sabbatical and tour Europe for four months studying how school systems are operated in other countries. Whitfield would visit schools in Germany, Switzerland and England.

The Cheney Mets won the all-county baseball championship with a 3-1 victory over Park Road IGA in a game played at West Valley High School. Casey Hanrahan walked and later scored the eventual winning run on a double by Gary Ableman.

Medical Lake head football coach Jerry Connors announced his upcoming practice schedule, also noting the new football field and scoreboard would be ready for the Cardinals’ first home game Sept. 13, a merry-go-round tournament featuring Liberty, Freeman and DeSales from Walla Walla.


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