June 12, 2014 | Vol. 118 -- No. 8

Looking Back

10 Years Ago

June 17, 2004

The Cheney City Council took the first step towards putting a measure on the September ballot to counter Initiative 864, a measure proposed by Tim Eyman that would slash the city’s property tax revenues by about $180,000.

The on again, off again Silver Hills development in Medical Lake was slowly moving ahead under the leadership of developer Larry Pilcher who had dissolved his partnership with Dennis Hill.

Regan Dulaney, a graduate of the University of Wyoming, was named as the new Cheney Lady Hawks basketball coach, replacing April Arland who resigned April 28.

20 Years Ago

June 16, 1994

City officials in Medical Lake recently received good news that they would qualify for low-interest loans from the state Department of Ecology to pay for the design phase of the new wastewater treatment plant costing just under $450,000.

The familiar sight of a B-52 bomber over the skies of the West Plains would return, temporarily at least, during Fairchild Air Force Base’s annual Aerospace Day ’94. The bombers recently were redeployed to other bases after 30 years here when Fairchild became a tanker base.

The Cheney Track Club sponsored its first-ever meet on the new surface of EWU’s Woodward Field attracting more than 400 athletes.

30 Years Ago

June 14, 1984

Dr. Wilfred Gamon, the man who had prescribed medicine in Cheney for nearly 40 years and who helped found the Cheney Medical Center, announced his pending retirement, effective June 28.

Over $1,650 worth of merchandise was reported stolen in a pair of burglaries at the E&P Shop and Movies, Etc. located in Cheney’s F&M Center, investigating officer Randi Twiss reported.

40 Years Ago

June 20, 1974

The former dining room facility at Monroe Hall was recently remodeled to house a new visitors center at EWU.

Due to unseasonably hot weather, the City of Cheney Utilities Department initiated a volunteer rationing system as the water reservoir reached critical levels.


50 Years Ago

June 12 1964

Immediate fluoridation of Cheney’s drinking water was urged at a recent Cheney City Council meeting by Dr. O.E. Hoffman from the state Department of Health.

Albert D. Rosellini was scheduled to give the commencement address to 223 graduates of Eastern Washington State College at Memorial Field House. The Washingtons governor was chosen to replace Braj Kumar Neru, India’s ambassador to the U.S. who returned home following the death of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Neru.

The new Little League baseball season was set to start with seven teams from Cheney. Boys ages 9-11 would play in the A League, those 12-13 in the AA and 14-15 year-olds in the AAA division with games at Fisher Field, Medical Lake High School and Airway Heights.

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