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Looking Back


10 Years Ago

July 22, 2004

A 22-year-old Cheney woman reported she was raped in her residence by an unknown assailant armed with a pistol. The woman had no recollection of the incident as she lost consciousness during the assault.

Dino Rossi made a stop in Cheney to promote his run for Washington state governor.

Mike Henry, a graduate of White Swan High School and Central Washington University — and a member of the Wildcats 1995 national championship team — was named as the new head football coach at Medical Lake High School. Henry replaced John Giannandrea who retired after 24 years on the job.

20 Years Ago

July 21, 1994

Despite overwhelming opposition from members of the community during public testimony, the Medical Lake Planning Commission voted 2-1 to allow the Fox Hollow housing development to move forward.

The Medical Lake School District began moving forward with a new elementary school now that $2.9 million in state matching funds had been approved.

The Cheney II Junior American Legion team improved its record to 18-2 by winning five of their last six games.

30 Years Ago

July 19, 1984

A 37-year-old Texas man, Edward Weathersby, died at a Spokane hospital from injuries suffered when he was crushed against the side of a truck by an elephant from the Fords Brothers Circus that had been performing in Cheney.

A spaghetti dinner featuring chef Tony Carpine was scheduled to help raise funds to support the Cheney community float.

At a meeting in Chicago, the NCAA approved Eastern Washington University’s request to reclassify their football program from Division II to Division I for the upcoming season. It’s a move that helped the school move a step closer to possible membership in the Big Sky Conference.

40 Years Ago

July 25, 1974

The Cheney City Council approved the drilling of a fifth municipal water well, funding the project through increases in city utility rates.

With construction of two Circle K stores nearing completion in Cheney, it was expected that the city would also see a new 7-Eleven built as well.

Should an ironworkers’ strike continue much longer it could bring a halt to the construction of the new Special Events Pavilion at EWU.

50 Years Ago

July 17, 1964

The Eastern Washington State College Board of Trustees voted to approve funding construction of a new women’s residence hall and an addition to Tawanka Commons totaling $1.384 million.

Telephone users in Medical Lake were finally able to direct dial their long distance calls to hundreds of cities across the both the United States and Canada.


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