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Looking Back


January 11, 2018

The crew of the STS-89 mission, which was scheduled for launch on Jan.22, aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour from pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center (KSC), participated in the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test at KSC. Posing at the pad in front of the Shuttle Endeavour – with its large external tank looming overhead – were (from left) mission specialists Michael Anderson, Salizhan Sharlpov of the Russian Space Agency, Andrew Thomas, James Reilly, and Bonnie Dunbar, Commander Terrence Wilcutt; and pilot Joe Edwards Jr.

10 Years Ago

Jan. 10, 2008

The number of commercial properties for sale in downtown Medical Lake were up more than ever and kept realtors busy, but most had yet to see a sale or an offer that stuck.

Jay Shelter, a former firefighter, became the manager at Picnic Pines Restaurant and Lounge on Silver Lake Road in Medical Lake.

Beau Baldwin was named Eastern Washington University's new head football coach. He became the school's 20th football coach and was set to lead the team into EWU's 100th season of football.

20 Years Ago

Jan. 15, 1998

Nearly 30 percent of Cheney High School's student body was reported sick. Letters were sent home, confirming that "influenza A" was making the rounds and asked parents to keep children home if they were experiencing symptoms.

Maj. Michael P. Anderson, NASA astronaut and 1977 graduate of Cheney High School, was set to ride with seven other crewmembers into space aboard the shuttle Endeavor.

Ruth Brawley and her husband, Bill, took over management of the Pizza Factory in Medical Lake.

The Cheney City Council passed an ordinance which gave local police the authority to ticket nuisance smokers.

30 Years Ago

Jan. 14, 1988

The first-ever Snow Fest was held in Medical Lake at Waterfront Park. The event promised to be a fun filled day full of games, races, food and much more.

The movement to have Cheney participate in some way in the "Spirit of '89" celebration-marking Washington's 100 years of statehood-looked to be picking up steam.

The first City Council meeting of the New Year began with the swearing in of Duane Brooks, Medical Lake's newest member.

40 Years Ago

Jan. 13, 1978

Cheney City Council would likely approve schedules for substantial increases in the price of water-sewer and electrical rates. Water rates reportedly would rise an average of 31 percent and electrical rates by 25 percent to meet rising costs of supplies, maintenance and operations of the current utilities program.

One of the worst snowstorms on record and heaviest snowfall since 1968 hit the Cheney and Medical Lake area, leaving an estimated 14 inches of snow over ice covered roads.

The Cheney School Board voted unanimously to uphold a district hearing officers' decision to suspend two Cheney High School students for use and possession of marijuana during school hours. The two male juveniles would stay out of school until the next trimester which ended in March.

50 Years Ago

Jan. 11, 1968

A $15 per quarter increase in room and board charges for Eastern Washington State College received tentative approval. The hike would bring charges to $765 for three quarters.

Farmers and Merchants Bank opened for business in a trailer parked at Marshall Road on the highway. The trailer would be used until a permanent building was constructed

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries advised that most of the state's employers were required to pay the new minimum wage of $1.60 an hour.


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