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Looking Back


10 Years Ago

July 1, 2004

The city of Cheney received a $72,300 grant to begin the study of installation of a fiber optics system that would, among other things, allow automated water meter reading.

The Medical Lake School Board approved a budget for the 2004-05 school year totaling $16.9 million, an amount that reflected an anticipated loss of 17 full-time-equivalent students and a loss of $300,000 in state funding.

The Cheney School District announced the hiring of former Shadle Park High School principal Tom Gresch as the new principal at Cheney High School.

A new all-weather track, lights for the football field and a new softball field were part of $1.1 million in improvements to the athletic plant at CHS.

20 Years Ago

June 30, 1994

Following the June 20 shooting at Fairchild Air Force Base Hospital by Dean Melberg that took the lives of four people and wounded 21, a B-52 bomber practicing for the upcoming air show crashed June 24 near the survival school, killing the crew of four.

Cheney Superintendent of Schools, Phil Snowdon, was given a three-year contract extension in a unanimous vote of the school board.

The Medical Lake City Council voted to allow the American Legion to operate a fireworks stand.

A Cheney team in the 15-year-old division, consisting of Cody and Luke Woodruff, Mica Harthcock and John Patterson, won five straight games to win their age group’s championship at Hoopfest. The 1994 event attracted 3,000 teams and 12,000 players.

30 Years Ago

June 28, 1984

This issue missing from the archives.

40 Years Ago

July 4, 1974

It was recommended by an ad hoc school construction committee for the Cheney School District that a new junior high building would be constructed at Betz and Murphy roads, near the new bus maintenance lot, at an estimated cost of $2.25 million.

The Medical Lake School Board approved the sale of $2.5 million in bonds to finance construction of a new middle school that would open in time for the 1975-76 school year.

The seventh annual Cheney Rodeo was expected to attract 150 competitors for its three-day run from July 12-14.

50 Years Ago

June 26, 1964

The Cheney School Board approved a price of $961,725 for construction on a new high school that needed voter approval in the Sept. 15 election.

A former University of Idaho football player, James A. Hatch, 37 from Coeur d’Alene, was confirmed as the new head football coach at CHS. Hatch came to Cheney from Carnation, Wash., was selected from a pool of 15 applicants to replace Bob Everson, and he will assist head basketball coach Don Monson.


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