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Looking Back


February 22, 2018

10 Years Ago

Feb. 21, 2008

Washington Trust Bank opened a new West Plains branch in Airway Heights. The bank’s opening ceremony brought appearances from Airway Heights Mayor Matthew Pederson, who was also the president of the West Plains Chamber of Commerce, and members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars who performed a flag raising during the ceremony.

Medical Lake Kiwanis presented its annual Senior of the Year Award to Judy Abbott of Medical Lake.

Cheney High School’s Jason Skjothaug overcame a first round loss to battle through the consolation bracket for a sixth-place finish at the Mat Classic XX at the Tacoma Dome.

20 Years Ago

Feb. 26, 1998

Emphasizing that Cheney has the total package, the Seattle Seahawks made it official that the NFL club would be back on the Eastern Washington University campus for the next three training camp years.

A proposal to change the zoning of undeveloped land on Salnave Road to allow for manufactured housing was meeting resistance from property owners near the site.

A rowdy and vocal crowd of students helped out the Eastern Eagles basketball team. The fans in the stands and the players on the floor made for a winning combination, as EWU defeated the Montana Grizzlies.

30 Years Ago

Feb. 25, 1988

Cheney High School student Eric Vines qualified as a finalist in the 1988 National Merit Scholarship Program.

The Cheney Lions Club handed checks to the local American Legion and Legion Auxiliary to cover the scholarship costs of Cheney High boys attending Evergreen Boys State ($125) and girls going to Girls State ($110).

Four students from Medical Lake Middle School defeated their classmates to take the top positions in a recent chess tournament. The winners were Dan Grant (first), Clinton Paris (second), Dang Nguyen (third) and Jason Riddle (fourth).

40 Years Ago

Feb. 23, 1978

The Cheney City Council ended its insurance problems with American States when they approved renewal of the city’s liability and “umbrella” policy insurance coverage for one year, total in excess of $40,000. Previous similar policies have cost the city $32,000 to $35,000.

Service and activity fees charged to Eastern Washington University students are used for many things, including grants to athletes. Students, who voted by a 71 percent margin in the primary election against financing grants for athletes, rejected this notion.

Farmer Night, the annual affair sponsored by the Cheney Chamber of Commerce to thank farmers for doing business in Cheney, was held. The chairman of the event was Tom Showalter.

50 Years Ago

Feb. 22, 1968

Bob Wilson announced plans for a new housing development to be located on West Fifth adjacent to the Clover Court area. Thirty-four of the single-family homes are planned.

Cheney Post 72 in conjunction with the college ROTC sponsored an American Legion Junior Rifle Team with Sgt. Kyle Payne and Wally Beard as instructors.

At the Airway Heights City Council meeting, it was discussed that 20 street signs were erected illegally in town.


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