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From the archives: 1988

After clinching a state tourney berth, the Cheney Blackhawks (including Brent Clark, above) took turns cutting down nets in the East Valley gym.

10 Years Ago

March 6, 2008

Kati Carlson opened Zen Hair Studio, which was the former location of Heidi's Venetian at 1861 First St.

Airway Heights Flooring, located at 13514 No. C on Highway 2, had its official grand opening. The store was the second store for owners Vern Chapman and wife Beth, both from Cheney. Chapman's decision to add another store just a few months after his first in Cheney was influenced largely by encouragement from clients.

The Cheney Blackhawks boys basketball team defeated Pullman 54-42 for a berth to the state tournament at the Tacoma Dome.

20 Years Ago

March 12, 1998

Colleen Duggan was the grand prize winner in a recent contest offered by Cheney Real Estate Management. She received a free round-trip vacation to Mexico.

It was announced by the Cheney Recycling Center that the business had processed a whopping 864 tons of materials during 1997. It was a 15 percent increase from the previous year.

It wasn't exactly how the Medical Lake Cardinals planned it, but the team would be making its second consecutive state tournament appearance at the Tacoma Dome. The Cardinals clinched a state berth by virtue of a tough 56-50 win over Colville, a team they beat four times during the season.

30 Years Ago

March 10, 1988

There was plenty of cause for alarm outside the Pence Union Building at Eastern Washington University as numerous fights broke out among a crowd of hundreds. Troubles reportedly stemmed from a group if individuals headed back from a campus concert who were denied entrance to a EWU dance event because they appeared intoxicated.

Medical Lake's post office had been the target of vandalism from the time they opened the doors of the new building, but it seemed problems were getting worse. Post office staff confirmed most of the vandalism was minor, happening mostly at night and warned that if vandalism continued, the doors would have to be locked after certain hours.

Representatives of the state Department of Transportation came to Cheney, intent upon finding out what the community thought about the proposal to have a traffic light installed at the Highway 904/Marshall Road intersection.

40 Years Ago

March 9, 1978

Consideration and possible adoption of new water rates for the city of Cheney was the major agenda item for the City Council at their upcoming meeting in City Hall. If passed, the average metered rate would jump from a current $4.10 minimum charge per month to $5.

It wasn't quite what it hoped for, but the town of Medical Lake received $60,000 from the Urban Arterial Board in state gas tax revenues to pave, construct curbs and install sidewalks on two blocks of Stanley Street from Percival Street to Highway 902. The city originally requested an excess of $1 million in funds.

EWU would be among five universities considered for membership in the Big Sky Conference when the league's board of directors meets in May. Others seeking membership were Portland State, Nevada Reno, North Dakota and North Dakota State.

50 Years Ago

March 8, 1968

Gary Wallingford was elected president of the Cheney Jaycees during a meeting at the Fireside Restaurant.

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the first phase of a new chapel and cultural hall for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were planned. The building was several blocks north of Cheney High School on Murphy Road.

vice and activity fees on the basis of ability, rather than financial need.


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