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Looking Back


10 Years Ago

Feb. 12, 2004

For the second time in two years, the campus at Eastern Washington University was closed and evacuated because of a bomb threat. Receipt of a written note about 2 a.m. at University House, and follow-up messages found at Pence Union Building made the threat seem real.

An effort was underway to save Cheney’s 120-year-old SterlingMoorman house located at 308 Fourth St., following its purchase. Buyer, Mike Nation, said his plans for the property did not include remodeling but the structure could be moved.

Two-time defending state champion Garrett Johnson got a crucial win late in the match to help provide Medical Lake’s wrestling team with needed points to snuff out a Colville rally, helping the Cards claim a 38-30 win and a share of the Great Northern League title.


20 Years Ago

Feb. 10, 1994

Shirlynn Harthcock was sentenced to 12 months probation and a $1,000 fine and time served for the abduction of her son and taking him to Hawaii last May.

The Cheney Planning Commission met to discuss the proposed use of the Odd Fellows Hall at 321 First St. as a temporary warehouse for storage of office furniture and other items.

EWU head football coach Mike Kramer announced his most recent recruiting class that included offensive lineman Tom Ackerman.


30 Years Ago

Feb. 9, 1984

Demolition and removal of an 84 tons of iron from Cheney’s old steam generation facility was taking place behind Cheney General Repair. Shop owner John Reitmeier sold the hunk of pipes that had been on his property since about 1953, to Larry Bertolino for $1. Bertolino would resell as scrap iron.

Homeowners around Fish Lake submitted a petition to the Spokane County Park’s Department that would establish a no-shooting zone within 1,500 feet of the lake. The petition was not popular with Hal Meili who was concerned over how the ban might affect both his duck hunting, and daughter Launi’s rifle range as she prepared to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Shooting Team.

Ten Cheney wrestlers led by brothers Darren, Tim and Aaron Mason, as well as Marc Tareski, were headed to regional competition in Yakima.


40 Years Ago

Feb. 8, 1974

Missing from our archives.


50 Years Ago

Feb. 7, 1964

 The city of Cheney was the recipient of a grant for $8,100 from the U.S. Public Health Service. The money would help defer some of the estimated $27,000 cost to add a second lagoon for its sewage treatment plant.

A single-car rollover crash at 2:40 a.m. on U.S. Highway 10 just west of Marshall Road sent four area residents to Deaconess Hospital in Spokane. The 1963 Chevrolet veered into the left lane where the driver, Fred Broschet from Spokane, overcorrected and the car rolled several times.

Medical Lake remained a game out of first place and a game ahead of Cheney in the Northeast A League basketball standings following a 60-36 win over Chewelah where Jim Hillbrick scored 23 points.


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