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Looking Back


10 Years Ago

Jan. 29, 2004

Concerns over proposed service cuts to the Spokane Transit Authority, estimated to trim 38-50 percent of the organization’s budget, were voiced at a recent Medical Lake City Council meeting. Cuts would affect the community considerably.

The Spokane Teachers Credit Union was already a month into its time at the Cheney location and was living up to expectations businesswise, officials reported.

Medical Lake’s two wins the past week, 71-37 versus Deer Park and 54-45 at Riverside, helped the Cards (6-1) keep pace with Pullman in the Great Northern League boys’ basketball standings. Dur Till had a triple-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in the DP game.

20 Years Ago

Jan. 27, 1994

With the recent announcement that Key Tronics Corp. would be closing its Cheney manufacturing facility west of town on SR 904, the city of Cheney was accelerating its effort to find a business to fill the 110,000-square-foot building.

After hearing an appeal, the Cheney City Council voted to uphold an earlier vote from the Planning Commission issuing a conditional use permit to Sigma Phi Epsilon to use the Philena Apartments south of Showalter Hall for their fraternity house.

Following passage of a resolution by the Washington State Board of Education asking all school districts to review building names and mascots, a local committee was studying the issue of whether the use of the Blackhawks mascot for Cheney High School was appropriate. The nickname use dates back to 1927.

30 Years Ago

Jan. 26, 1984

A bed and stereo unit left too close to an electric baseboard heater were blamed for a fire at the College Hills Apartment complex that gutted two units and left one student with minor burns.

Cheney Mayor Tom Trulove informed Spokane city and county officials via letter that this city’s residents would likely not benefit from the construction of a new Metro Center. The $50 million project would replace the present 40-year-old Spokane Coliseum, but would need support from a county-wide vote.

Medical Lake head wrestling coach Mike Carr earned a milestone 100th career victory when the Cardinals routed Colville 63-0 as Tim Bloom, Ross Rhineheart, Bill Murray, Sam Petersen and Mike Close all won by pins.

40 Years Ago

Jan. 24, 1974

Missing from our archives.

50 Years Ago

Jan. 24, 1964

Cheney voters were going to get a chance to see if they would support a new high school this coming May as the school board approved a ballot measure that would raise money to fund a school targeted to open in 1968.

Cheney fell in double overtime 50-46 to Medical Lake in a Northeast A League boy’s basketball game. The Cardinals’ Bob Marsalis scored 20 points, including the go ahead basket and two free throws from Larry Tarrant sealed it.


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