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10 Years Ago

March 4, 2004

Construction projects at Eastern Washington University, and a boom in the building of both single and multi-family homes earned the city of Cheney a record $420,973 in building-related permit fees.

U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary, Gail Norton, paid a visit to the Turnbull Wildlife Refuge and spoke to visitors about her agency’s Healthy Forests program.

A proposal to rename Cheney’s Parkway Drive for longtime city engineer Dick Simpson slowed as questions began to surface over how the city decides such actions.

Lakeside, with an 11-11 record, upset top-seeded Medical Lake (17-4) in the opening round of the Great Northern League basketball playoffs, leaving the Cardinals with the chore of beating Pullman (16-5) in a loser-out game in order to advance to state.

20 Years Ago

March 3, 1994

Cheney voters would soon be casting ballots on a two-year maintenance and operations levy valued at $7.84 million and costing the owner of a home $5.70 per $1,000 valuation.

Medical Lake School District, meanwhile, was seeking approval of a $530,000 M & O levy that would cost homeowners $1.75 per $1,000 in valuation.

The Cheney Planning Commission approved EWU’s use of the historic Odd Fellows Hall as a storage warehouse.

Medical Lake, the second-seeded team out of the Northeast A League, was getting ready to face Rochester in the opening round of the 1A state basketball tournament at the Tacoma Dome.

30 Years Ago

March 1, 1984

Members of the Cheney School District Citizen’s Advisory Committee scheduled a series of community meetings to discuss the upcoming special level election.

Led by Laurie Hattemer, Karri Lunke, Krissann Hatch and Cindy Gifford, the Cheney girl’s basketball team defeated Grandview 59-42 in a game played at Medical Lake, earning a trip to regionals in Yakima.

40 Years Ago

March 1, 1974

Missing from our archives.

50 Years Ago

Feb. 28, 1964

Cheney voters would be asked to approve a $968,000 bond to replace the present high school built in 1929. If the measure passes, the school would be ready for occupancy in 1968 and house grades 10-12.

Final approval of the new Irene Place Addition housing development in Cheney was given by the City Council. Located north of Oakland the plan would consist of 15 homes valued in the $20,000 range.

Medical Lake’s 68-63 overtime win over Cheney, led by the 19 points of Gary Glasgow and Bob Marsalis, earned the Cardinals a trip to Tacoma for the State 1A Tournament.


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