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Looking Back


The new 12-story men's dormitory at Eastern Washington State College opened for students in winter quarter 1964. Some 336 students were assigned to the new building that would later be named Pearce Hall.

10 Years Ago

Jan. 8, 2004

A cold weather snap descended on Cheney recently with temperatures on Jan. 6 falling to a near-record minus-22 degrees with the next punch of 8-12 inches of snow expected.

The Medical Lake City Council approved the final plat of the 29-lot second addition to the Fox Hollow housing development.

Medical Lake's offensive machine, which was averaging 92 points in two games, got wins 92-73 over Tonasket and 93-26 over Colville in the Northeast A League opener. Against Colville, Mike Perez and Scott Spilker each had three 3-point baskets. Perez, Dur Till, Keith Schmidt and Greg Johnson all scored 13 points for the Cards.

20 Years Ago

Jan. 6, 1994

Long time Cheney resident and ardent Eastern Washington University supporter, Patsy Utter, 70, passed away at her home. The cause of death had not yet been determined. Utter, a resident of Cheney since 1965, made news earlier in the year with her donation of $790,000 to the EWU Foundation.

One good day of sunshine was all that was needed to counter soggy conditions and keep the new Fairways Golf Course at West Terrace from opening general manager John Durgan said.

Behind the 27 points from Donovan Cathey, Medical Lake scored a 52-49 boy's basketball victory at Cheney in a nonleague game.

30 Years Ago

Jan. 5, 1984

The Cheney City Council approved its 1984 operating budget of $7.3 million. After approving the continuation of a half-cent sales tax the city expected to have $100,000 in a reserve fund for the first time in several years.

While Bill Rauning scored 14 points and Brian Quinnett 10, Cheney still fell to Sandpoint 50-46 in a nonleague boy's basketball game. In a 72-32 crushing of Riverside, Nathan Netz had 12 points and Scott Biesecker 11 for the Blackhawks.

The Cheney High School cheerleaders solicited funds for their trip to Tacoma in March 1964 to back the high school basketball team in the State Class A tournament. Left to right were Mira Morehouse, Gwen Jackson, Lonna Smith, Lynda Arnold, Bonnie Geschke and Diane Michaelsen. The girls made it and it was off to Tacoma to cheer the Blackhawks.

40 Years Ago

Jan. 3, 1974

Missing from our archives.

50 Years Ago

Jan. 4, 1964

Eastern Washington State College was anticipating the opening of a new 12-story round men's residence hall that would accommodate up to 440 students. Dr. Daryl Hagie, EWSC dean of students, said 279 residents of Hudson and Gary Halls would be moved to the new quarters.

Cheney Telephone Co. officially activated the 359 prefix for numbers at EWSC and the 235 prefix for Cheney, replacing the former Belmont exchange. All phone numbers were also changed to four-digits.

In the midst of a three-game losing streak, the EWSC Savages basketball team found a potential spark in 6-foot, 1-inch senior guard Darwin Monasmith who scored 29 points in an 89-67 loss to Seattle Pacific and 25 against St. Martins.


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