Looking Back


10 Years Ago

Jan. 15, 2004

Ultra-frigid temperatures caused a pipe in the city’s Wren Pierson Center to burst, flooding a portion of the top floor of the building and damaging the Cheney Museum that was located on the ground floor.

The city of Medical Lake reached an agreement with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Community Oriented Policing Effort (SCOPE) to move their office from Espanola to a location on Brooks Road.

Newport scored the first two points of the game, but Medical Lake got the next 31 straight on the way to a 74-24 thrashing of the visiting Grizzlies in a Northeast A League boy’s basketball game. Dur Till’s 13 points, along with 11 each from Jake Gamble and Steven Wesley, led the way for the Cardinals.

20 Years Ago

Jan. 13, 1994

Approximately 100 full-time employees of the Cheney Key Tronic Corporation’s plant on SR 904 would be without jobs as the Spokane-based manufacturer announced the pending closure of the facility by July of 1994. Additionally, 200 part-time workers would lose their jobs and another 200 would be transferred to Spokane.

Medical Lake star athlete Robbie Baker was resting at home following an argument and fight with an unnamed 17-year-old minor who stabbed Baker during the course of a fight that stemmed from an argument at school.

30 Years Ago

Jan. 12, 1984

The Cheney City Council voted to approve a 5-percent increase in wages and benefits for all city employees except those in the electrical department, and firefighters.

Members of the Cheney Kiwanis Club were spending spare time in the former Cheney telephone building on College Avenue salvaging equipment and wiring and earning money for recycling the items.

The Cheney Blackhawk boys’ basketball team swept their opening weekend games in Frontier League play, blowing past Deer Park 80-38 and 63-44 over West Valley. Senior Brian Quinnett scored 22 points in the Deer Park game.

40 Years Ago

Jan. 10, 1974

Missing from our archives.

50 Years Ago

Jan. 10, 1964

The Cheney School Board went on unanimous record at their most recent meeting to retain the present high school building in any future building plans and to push for a new school as soon as possible.

The General Motors Company’s “Previews of Progress” traveling demonstration of a solar powered automobile was scheduled for Cheney High School. In the future, solar-powered cars could save the equivalent of 400,000 gallons of oil.

Three former Cheney Blackhawks were preparing to make their debut as members of the Eastern Washington State College’s first-ever wrestling team. They included Ron Chatburn at 137 pounds, Jim Heiydt and Dave Harris, both wrestling at 157 pounds in an upcoming match with Montana State at the EWSC Fieldhouse.


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