Looking Back


10 Years Ago

Dec. 23, 2003

Use of methamphetamines and a car theft led to high-speed car chase by Cheney police that resulted in the arrest of 24-year-old Nicholas L. Gillam.

With a 55 percent cut in housing at Fairchild Air Force Base in the works, and the movement of personnel stationed off base, the Cheney School District was bracing for a loss of an estimated $300,000 in revenues.

A federal judge sentenced former Cheney auto dealer Keith Jones to two years in prison and ordered him to pay $631,000 in restitution.

20 Years Ago

Dec. 23, 1993

At a special meeting of the Cheney School Board, interim superintendent Phil Snowdon was offered a three-year contract to continue in his position.

As work continued on remodeling of Cheney Junior High, complaints were beginning to surface about fumes associated with the installation of new roofing. The fumes were said to not be harmful.

Behind the 22 points of Donovan Cathey one night and 21 from Joe Deutsch another, Medical Lake scored a pair of Northeast A League boy’s basketball victories over Newport, 64-35 and Riverside 73-63.

30 Years Ago

Dec. 22, 1983

The first of the six-phase Plaza View Condominiums was nearing completion and scheduled to open in January. The development was located on Clay Street near the College Hill apartment complex.

The Cheney School Board authorized the addition of both boy’s and girl’s soccer, golf and special education basketball to the extracurricular offerings at Cheney High School.

The Cheney High School boy’s basketball team improved their record to 3-1 after a 52-40 nonleague victory over Lewis and Clark of the Greater Spokane League. Brian Quinnett scored 20 points in the win and was aided by Scott Biesecker’s 12 and Bill Raunig’s 10 points.

40 Years Ago

Dec. 19, 1973

Missing from our archives.

50 Years Ago

Dec. 19, 1963

In honor of years of volunteer work for the Cheney School District, Dr. Wilfred Gamon was presented with the first-ever lifetime season pass for Cheney High School athletic events.

The Medical Lake Chamber of Commerce, the Bell Telephone Co., area firemen and others were to help bring a visit of Santa Claus to Medical Lake where he would pass out treats to all the kids.

Led by the 14 points of Howard Marsh, Cheney High School got off to a 1-0 start in Northeast A League play by scoring a 58-51 win over Newport.


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