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10 Years Ago

Dec. 17, 2003

The inability of public power providers such as the city of Cheney and its light department to negotiate a deal for wholesale electrical rates means residents will not get a proposed 10 percent rate rollback.

The familiar Smokey Bear located on the Department of Natural Resources fire danger warning sign at the outskirts of Cheney on SR 904 was recently found to be missing officials reported.

With junior Steven Wesley notching a double-double off of 16 points and 10 rebounds, Medical Lake scored a 31-21 boys basketball victory over Valley Christian to improve their record to 3-0.

20 Years Ago

Dec. 16, 1993

The Cheney City Council approved a 1994 budget of $26.89 million as well as having the first reading of a proposed ordinance that would see Spokane County handle animal control work.

The Cheney School Board was set to review the work of interim superintendent Phil Snowdon and vote on whether to approve him as the person to replace Walt Rulffes who left in July to return to a position with Spokane schools.

The Cheney Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit for the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity to use the Philene Apartments as its new home.

30 Years Ago

Dec. 15, 1983

If sales tax rates remain in place the city of Cheney revenues for 1984 the city coffers would realize about $114,000 less revenue. The city council was considering following the county in reducing the rate from 7.8 percent to 7.3 percent.

The Brown family, owners of property in downtown Cheney, signed over property that formerly housed Anderberg Chevrolet to the EWU Foundation. The property was valued at $130,000.

The Cheney High School boy’s basketball team improved its record to 2-1 following nonleague wins 59-42 over Rogers and North Central 65-47 of the Greater Spokane League. Brian Quinnett led the Blackhawks both nights with 24 and 22 points.

40 Years Ago

Dec. 12, 1973

Missing from our archives.

50 Years Ago

Dec. 12, 1963

City councilman Ted Edgett told his colleagues at their regular meeting that Cheney’s new sewer system was already at capacity.

The Cheney School Board discussed the idea of circulating a survey among residents to gauge the popularity of and the chances of Dr. Richard C. Langton staying on the job.

Cheney split a pair of weekend basketball games falling to Pullman 65-34 but beating Ritzville 40-39 where Howard Marsh scored 14 points and brother John, 13.


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