Sunday, June 20, 1999

Century in Review

Through the years
A timeline of events that occurred in the Inland Northwest form 1951 to 1975

Compiled by
Kyp Graber

1951
Jan. 1 The Chronicle headline reads, "Rampaging Reds Slam South," as Yankee troops are forced out of Seoul by communist troops from North Korea. News on this front is not good, as two more Spokane boys have fallen in that battle. The families of Pfc. Walter Knott and Pfc. Jeff L. Weaver were notified this morning.
Jan. 1 Moscow-area farmers are dealing with the aftermath of the alfalfa weevil. The mite virtually destroyed the region's hay crop. Researchers at the University of Idaho and Washington State College are looking into the infestation.
Jan. 3 Drunks outnumbered speeders more than 4-to-1 in Spokane during 1950. There were 1,930 speeding arrests last year, and 8,114 folks arrested for drunkenness. Of those, 154 were in court on drunken driving charges.
Jan. 5 Local merchants and grocers are bowing to the U.S. government's 30-day price freeze, effective immediately. Prices for food and other essentials have increased greatly with winter.
Jan. 11 Wheat prices are expected to rise 10 cents higher this farm season, with loan rates of $2 per bushel available in Eastern Washington.
Jan. 11 Spokane firefighters are asking for a pay boost. The men currently make $22.32 per month.
Jan. 14 Hundreds of Lewiston and Clarkston, Wash., citizens are decrying the foul odor surrounding the Potlatch Forest company's newly erected pulp mill. Home sellers cannot give their property away because of the stench.
Feb. 19 The proposed sale of Washington Water Power has Spokane city and county officials in an uproar. All are working at claiming prior rights to water and power should the company sell.
March 19 Spokanites are told that the A-bomb scars in Hiroshima are fairly well concealed now. The city's shopping district is rebuilt, and one must look closely to find evidence of the devastating 1945 bombing.
May 2 Spokane city officials are considering private-enterprise parking lots in the downtown area. Downtown street parking is a problem, and off-street parking blocks owned by private citizens is favored.
Sept. 1 Negotiations are under way at Wallace to end a mine strike at the Coeur d'Alene Mines. More than 4,000 miners are currently idle.
Dec. 31 Employment in Spokane County reached an all-time high during 1951. Just over 68,000 people held jobs during the year. The main reason for the year's high nonagricultural employment was the continuing defense program.

1952
Jan. 1 Liquor receipts at state-run liquor stores are down. Figures from 1951 show booze sales dropped $2 million from 1950.
Jan. 3 A movement to widen Trent Avenue from two to four lanes to the Idaho border is under way. State highway funds are sought, though unlikely, as King County has a stranglehold on highway money.
Feb. 25 Yesterday's statewide Civil Defense "yellow alert" was deemed a success despite problems. The alert showed bugs in the communications process; telephone lines and radio signals need the most work in case of national emergency.
Feb. 25 Oklahoma oilmen are looking for drilling sites in Whitman and Adams counties. The wildcatters are thinking there could be bubbling crude under the Okie-like territory, which is causing quite a stir.
Feb. 27 The Navy announced it will detonate a bomb in Lake Pend Oreille between April 15 and June 1. The tests are being protested due to harm to fish life.
April 16 Taketo Kirara, a Japanese-American World War II veteran, was willed a 184-acre parcel near Soap Lake in the Columbia Basin Reclamation Project. Kirara was chosen because the prior owner of the land, Mrs. Ada Kraus, felt Japanese-Americans were given a "raw deal" during the war. The two never met. Kirara, his brother and sister will farm the acreage.
April 25 More than 300 Civil Defense directors in the area were told to staff ground observer posts 24 hours a day beginning May 17. All unidentified aircraft flying over any post is to be reported.
May 1 Fairchild Air Force Base asks for nearly $10 million in military construction funds to upgrade facilities.
July 5 Four veteran pilots from Florida said today they saw a "pancaked flying saucer" about 20,000 feet above the Hanford atomic plant at Richland. The "perfectly round disk" was "white in color and almost transparent, with small vapor trails off it like the tentacles of an octopus, and sat suspended in space" before jetting off.
Sept. 11 Air Force troops no longer live the plush life. A two-week survival course at Fairchild is showing pilots who have to bail out how to survive and live off the land until rescued. The course is said to be grueling.

Jan. 5 A third powerhouse at Grand Coulee Dam is proposed by Congress.
Feb. 13 Spokane County is officially out of debt. The final payment on $950,000 in relief bonds issued to cover welfare costs in 1932 and 1933 has been paid.
Feb. 16 Applications for 20 family-size farms in the Columbia Basin Project will be received by the Bureau of Reclamation. Prices range from $1,912 to $4,580 for the 40- to 102-acre tracts. Applicants are required to have at least two years of farming experience and possess at least $4,500 in assets. The drawing will be held in mid-April.
Feb. 26 Proprietors of nightclubs at Idaho's Stateline Village, 20 miles east of Spokane, will rake in the dough from slot machines as long as they can. Slots will officially be outlawed in Idaho Jan. 1, 1954.
May 16 The state highway between Wilbur, Wash., and Grand Coulee Dam opens today. It is the first paved road to the dam.
July 27 Armistice in Korea; Marine Cpl. Wayne R. Hill is the last Spokane serviceman killed in action.
Dec. 15 Spokane-area state patrolmen use their first radar speedmeters to single out speeders. Appleway and East Sprague will be targeted first.
Dec. 16 More than 80 speeders were caught along Appleway yesterday and today testament that radar will help police do their job more efficiently.

1954
Jan. 5 Huge grain elevators at Almira are finished. The Almira Farmers Warehouse can store 380,000 bushels of wheat. Many other rural communities are constructing more granaries as 20 million bushels of surplus wheat are mothballed in this area.
Jan. 15 Famed comic strip creator Al Capp has helped a Spokane woman to see. Mrs. G.M. Harrington wrote Capp a letter telling him she enjoys the Li'l Abner comic, but she cannot read it anymore due to failing eyesight. Capp arranged an examination and bought Harrington new glasses.
Jan. 20 Bunker Hill and Sullivan Mining Co. announces a five-day work week because of poor lead-zinc market conditions.
Feb. 18 Columbia Basin settlers are finding agriculture difficult on their 160-acre plots. The raw, sagebrush-covered land is hard to break, but once a plow is through, the dirt will blow away without an abundance of water to hold it down.
March 1 Local psychiatrists say the current rise in juvenile delinquency is due to parental apathy. Parents are too busy accumulating wealth and "keeping up with the Joneses" to discipline and lead their children.
March 11 The skies above Moses Lake's Larson Air Force Base are busy with B-52 flight tests. More than $10 million will be spent on the tests here.
April 22 Spokane's population is up 10.5 percent. Numbers show 178,000 residents, compared to 1950's tally of 161,121.
June 10 A study released today says Washington state would be cut in half if an H-bomb hit Grand Coulee Dam. The Columbia Basin would be flooded, all bridges washed away, and Hanford plutonium plants would be powerless.
July 1 Six giant grain elevators have been completed south of Trent between Madelia and Napa streets. They will add 1.2 million bushels of wheat housing to the storage-starved region.
Oct. 31 Vice President Richard Nixon visits Spokane. He sees peace and jobs as main issues of local and national government.
Nov. 4 Mrs. Roy Christofferson is a local hero. The South Hill woman crawled through her neighbor's burning house to save their newborn and 2-year-old daughters, Pamela and Christina Schumacher.
Dec. 3 The Spokane Coliseum opens, with 50,000 people attending events the first week.

1955
Jan. 1 A post-holiday employment slump has hit Spokane. Over 5,300 men and women have applied for unemployment insurance benefits, 500 more than just last week.
Jan. 1 More than 2,000 homes were built within the Spokane city limits last year, with another 900 erected in the county. Local builders estimate 1955 to be bigger yet, with 2,800 homes citywide.
March 2 The final tally is in. The Spokane Coliseum cost $2,731,090 to build and furnish. That price tag includes land purchase. The bond issue for the entertainment center was only $2 million.
May 20 Aerialist Mrs. Bino Litzman plunges 100 feet to her death during the Spokane Lilac Festival's stadium show.
June 15 Attack-readiness tests of area military bases went well today. More than 3,500 men, women and children at Fairchild and Fort George Wright were evacuated to the town of Davenport when readiness sirens wailed. Fairchild is Washington's No. 1 H-bomb target.
June 27 The Spokane Valley freeway is under construction. The first mile has been graded and the exits for Argonne Road have been excavated.
July 6 Spokane city commissioners choose a site for their sewage treatment plant. Despite homeowner protest, the "intersection" of Assembly and Longfellow streets on the Spokane River was chosen.
Oct. 26 The Spokane School Board plans to build three more high schools by 1965. Currently, North Central, Lewis and Clark and Rogers house all secondary-school children.

1956
Feb. Spokane gets natural gas via 1,660-mile pipeline from New Mexico.
May 3 The 99th Bomb Wing will no longer be stationed at Fairchild. More than 2,000 enlisted men will move to Maryland. Congressman Walt Horan has been assured an air-refueling wing will be transferred here and that Fairchild will remain open.
June 16 Construction begins today on the 1,713-foot-long Maple Street Toll Bridge. The city hopes the span will be finished by March 1.
Sept. 1 Pickets marched briefly around the Kaiser Aluminum mill at Trentwood last night. United Steelworkers planned a walkout on the huge aluminum rolling mill, but the strike was short-lived as an 11th-hour deal with management was made. Kaiser Mead workers received news of the deal just 15 minutes before their pickets were to begin.
Nov. 16 The Valley freeway opens for public travel at 10:30 a.m. today. Motorists planning to drive no faster than 35 mph are urged not to use the freeway. Top speed limit of 60 mph will be strictly enforced. No U-turns are allowed.

1957
Jan. 3 The supersonic F-102 jet is scheduled to be stationed at Geiger Air Force Base within the month. The jet is designed to destroy enemy bombers.
Jan. 23 Spokane school officials estimate an additional eight middle schools will be needed to house the crest of the World War II baby wave. Those children are currently in the fifth grade.
March 31 The last B-36 bomber is replaced by a B-52 at Fairchild.
Sept. 2 The Valley freeway is celebrating its 290th death-free day. Each day there is no traffic fatality, a different local business donates $12 to a local charity.
Sept. 11 Kaiser Trentwood will lay off 500 employees, bringing its work force down to 3,000. A fluctuation in the market was blamed for the cut.
Sept. 11 All elementary schools will have "take cover" drills during Civil Defense Week. During drills children take refuge in portions of the building most likely to withstand bombing. Ducking under desks is a thing of the past, as it is considered unsafe and ineffective.
Oct. 5 Cold War alarm sweeps the nation and Spokane as Sputnik passes over Spokane at 2:30 a.m. The space race is on.
Nov. 1 City and Air Force officials dedicated Geiger Field's new $2.5 million runway, the longest in the state. A new air traffic pattern was also put in place, forcing more planes to fly over the city to land and take off.
Dec. 31 Spokane hospitals admitted 44,178 patients this year, down nearly 10,000 from 1956 a record year for accidents. While admissions were down, births were up, with a total of 6,760.

1958
Jan. 3 The Orpheum Theater announces it will close its doors after 50 years of plays and films. The theater was also named The Pantages until it was sold to the Orpheum group in 1925. The theater has been in existence since 1907.
Jan. 13 Local voters will cast ballots on a $4.15 million Geiger Air Field terminal facility bond issue. This is the fifth bond issue for the March ballot, with public works, an observatory and school bonds also on the menu.
Jan. 14 The new Shadle Park High School is dedicated. The building cost $3 million.
May 21 The Deep Creek Nike missile site is now equipped with Nike Hercules atomic warheads. Geiger and Fairchild air bases both have known A-bombs. Handling tests found they are safe to have near large populations, as accidents are extremely rare.

1959
Jan. 10 The first open-heart surgery in Spokane is performed.
March 6 Nine-year-old Candy Rogers disappears while selling Camp Fire mints. In a massive search, her body is found seven miles northwest of downtown Spokane 16 days after her disappearance. The case is never solved.
May 1 Police have a boy, 12, in custody for calling in a bomb threat at Lidgerwood Elementary. The building was evacuated.
May 1 The new state wage law is being scrutinized by local employers. The law says people working at least 40 hours per week must be paid a minimum of $1 per hour. Time and a half will be paid for labor over 40 hours.
May 24 The Spokane Chamber of Commerce challenges all employers to expand their payroll to accommodate graduating seniors. This is an attempt to knock down unemployment numbers and keep talented youths from leaving the area for good jobs.
July 7 Female fliers are landing in Spokane right and left. The big draw is the Powder Puff Air Derby. Women aviators will vie for top honors, cash and prizes in front of appreciative local crowds.
Sept. 19 The Air Force announces Larson Air Force Base in Moses Lake will be home to the Titan intercontinental ballistic missile.
Nov. 12 The city of Spokane will lay off 55 workers. Funds to pay their salaries came from the street fund, which is running desperately low.

1960
Jan. 5 Eastern State Hospital hires its 20th staff doctor. Admittance is up and staff is at an all-time high.
Jan. 15 Citizens swamp city commissioners' chambers to protest the commissioners' refusal to let voters decide changes to city government structure. Citizens want to pull the plug on full-time commissioners and go to a part-time mayor and city council system.
Jan. 16 Cheney Cowles Museum is dedicated. Maj. Cowles, formerly managing editor of the Chronicle, was on military leave from the paper when he was killed in an Air Force plane crash in 1943. His family, which owns the newspaper, says the museum is its gift to the city in his honor.
March 1 Barbers Union Local 66 votes to raise the price of a haircut to $1.75. Local barbers say $1.50 haircuts are not in keeping with other large Washington cities.
March 20 Spokane voters dump full-time city commissioners in favor of part-time mayor and city council, and full-time city manager. Neal Fosseen is elected mayor three months later.
May 11 Grant's Department Store has announced it will build a bigger and better store at the Northtown Mall. The 50,000-square-foot facility will be much bigger than the current facility, also at the outdoor mall.
July 1 The Spokane postal terminal at Trent and Cincinnati is completed. The structure cost $2 million.
Sept. 3 Spokane schools employ a fleet of private police officers to keep vandalism down. Twenty buildings currently have additional protection year-round, with damage done only at schools without security officers.

1961
Jan. 1 Spokane retailers are predicting a rough year of local competition. Most merchants say they expect to fight harder for a portion of the sales pie in 1961. Boom conditions have been over since 1959 as family budgets are tightening and luxury items are now becoming truly luxuries.
Jan. 21 City and county officials are debating construction of a new terminal building at Spokane International Airport. Air traffic to and from Spokane is increasing rapidly, and an improved terminal may help the tourist trade.
March 20 The Spokane Philharmonic Orchestra folds after 16 seasons. The Spokane Symphony is immediately organized.
May 18 Spokane gasoline stations battled all day long with prices. Although the majority of stations charge 29.9 cents per gallon of regular, renegades hoping to win the war through volume dropped prices to 18.9 cents per gallon. Ethyl sold for 2 cents on the gallon more than regular.
Aug. 1 The first scheduled passenger jet from Spokane's new terminal at Geiger lifts off at 1:45 a.m., bound for Minneapolis and Washington, D.C.
Sept. 1 White Block Co. on Trent is advertising "fallout bomb shelters" for personal use. The six-person basement-type model, which includes blocks and mortar, sells for $112.40. The ad urges all to "Be prepared" and "Do it now."
Sept. 1 Nike missile sites at Airway Heights and Four Lakes are scheduled to be closed and declared surplus by Oct. 1. Lakeland Village hopes to obtain the Four Lakes site.

1962
Jan. 1 City business leaders believe urban renewal programs and the Seattle World's Fair will bring new vitality to Spokane merchants and service vendors this year. Gradual improvement, not a boom, is expected.
Jan. 6 City bank deposits reach a new peak of $451.8 million $20 million more than January 1960.
March 1 Spokane celebrates the 20th anniversary of Fairchild Air Force Base.
March 17 A mysterious St. Patrick's Day explosion levels half a city block on North Monroe between Sinto and Maxwell. More than 30 people are injured.
Sept. 10 An Air Force KC-135 jet crashes on Mount Kit Carson, west of Mount Spokane, killing 44.
Sept. 18 Canine star Lassie visits Spokane and gets her licks in on children at St. Joseph's Children's Home.

1963
Jan. 18 A survey shows one-fourth of Spokane divorces began as weddings in Coeur d'Alene. Haste could be the problem, as there is no waiting period in the Lake City after a license is obtained.
March 19 The Spokane Public Library moves into a new, larger building at Main and Lincoln. The former city library, just a few blocks away, was built with grant funds from tycoon Andrew Carnegie nearly 50 years ago.
July 9 Spokane is officially awarded a community college. The college will be established either in September or January.
August The city receives news that Spokane man Timothy Lang, 26, a helicopter pilot, was shot down and killed by communists in Vietnam.
Sept. 4 Plans for a new St. Luke's Hospital include a $3 million multilevel facility with 175 patient beds.
Sept. 26 President Kennedy attends a groundbreaking at Hanford Atomic Works for the world's largest nuclear reactor, the N-Reactor.
Nov. 1 Construction of the Spokane freeway will resume as soon as the Deaconess Hospital case has been settled. The hospital wants the freeway to be at least 300 feet from the facility or it will be forced to abandon 100 patient rooms because of noise and vibration. The hospital also has concerns about access to the facility.
Nov. 22 Chronicle headline screams, "Sniper's Bullet Kills President Texas Governor Hit in Ambush." Lee Harvey Oswald, a Texan who once wanted Russian citizenship, is being questioned. Spokane Police Chief Clifford Payne says he recalls being relieved that Kennedy had, just one month prior, visited the Richland area. "I was glad he didn't come here because of the tremendous responsibility. It would be a blot on a town you could never erase if the president were to be shot in your town."
Dec. 31 In an end-of-the-year address, Spokane schools Superintendent William Sorenson said the recent opening of Joel E. Ferris High School and the completion of the Lewis and Clark Field House are keys to academic advancement of district students.

1964
Jan. 1 A downward trend in employment has halted in Spokane. Local business leaders feel jobs may even increase in 1964.
March 1 The YMCA has received a $225,000 loan to finish a five-story building and gym near downtown.
April 4 Local Army National Guardsmen performed a mock defense against 2,000 enemy invaders of Spokane today. The exercise was to check mobilization and strategy if the area were invaded by communist troops.
July 1 Spokane boy Larry Brenton is one of 20 Washingtonians engaged in the civil rights registration program in Mississippi. Local attorneys Carl Maxey, Thomas Lynch and Samuel Fancher will give free legal assistance and counsel to Southern Negroes who've been denied their civil rights and aid workers like Brenton.
July 3 Spokane reaction to the new federal Civil Rights Law is favorable. Most believe in equal treatment for all races and feel segregation in the South is dehumanizing.
Sept. 1 Dixon Investment Co. of Spokane acquires Northtown site for $5 million. It is the largest real estate transaction in city history.
Sept. 16 The race for U.S. representative between longtime incumbent Walt Horan, R-Wenatchee, and attorney Thomas Foley, D-Spokane, has just begun. Many feel youngster Foley may beat Horan on talk of a national backlash against elected officials who've been in office "too long."
Oct. 14 Gerry Lindgren, the sensational runner from Spokane's Rogers High School, finishes ninth in the 10,000-meter race at the Tokyo Olympics.
Nov. 1 Survey for urban renewal in Spokane shows the city is crumbling and environmental deterioration is quite evident. The city is not keeping up with the times.
Nov. 4 Spokane upstart attorney Thomas Foley defeats veteran incumbent Walt Horan in the 5th Congressional District's representative race. Horan held the post 22 years. Foley, it is said, will throw a party for Horan in Washington, D.C., to thank him for his years of service to the area.

1965
Jan. 16 Six Spokane teens are found guilty of rioting. The boys, armed with guns, were involved in a gang fight on the North Side.
April 1 A $4.5 million terminal opens at Spokane International Airport. It is seen as an investment in Spokane's future.
May 1 Spokane institutes 20 mph speed limits near parks. The limit will run from May to September and will be strictly enforced.
Sept. 1 The new 5-million-gallon reservoir near Shadle Park is undergoing final tests. The green and yellow structure is 72 feet high, 107 feet in diameter and cost $300,000.
Nov. 1 Two Hecla Mining employees, Richard Holmberg and Ivan Cleveland, were killed today at the Lucky Friday mine as the giant ore grinder they were repairing was turned on by a faulty electrical switch.
Dec. 7 The Spokane freeway from Walnut Street west opens. The nine-mile stretch will be well traveled.
Dec. 31 The Spokane phone exchanges added 3,500 names. The city now has 129,350 listings.

1966
Jan. 6 Kettle Falls is awarded a Boise Cascade plywood plant.
Jan. 17 A South Hill burglar hit his 35th house last night. Police are still looking for leads.
Sept. 6 The city of Spokane announces a $22.6 million budget, the largest in city history.
Nov. 17 Santa will be on hand to open the new Kmart store on North Division today. The discount store employs 163.

1967
Jan. 1 Inland Empire military recruiters report today that 4,558 men and women signed up here in 1966. The majority joined the Army.
Jan. 12 The Spokane School Board considers reinstating kindergartens, long removed from the local program.
Jan. 20 The second crash of a KC-135 in the Mount Spokane area in four years kills nine.
February More than 80 anti-war demonstrators marched in downtown Pullman. Two years ago, the students donated 750 pints of blood to be directed to soldiers in the Vietnam War.
Feb. 22 Spokane Valley doctors announce plans for 95-bed, $1.25 million hospital on East Mission.
Sept. 28 Spokane's first skywalk links the Parkade with the Bon Marche.
Dec. 30 More than 1,190 homes were built in the city of Spokane during 1967, a rebound from the slump of the past four years.
Dec. 31 Local recruiters say enlistment numbers for the area are down significantly. A spare 2,789 signed up, just over half the number that joined the military in 1966.

1968
Jan. 1 The Newport Geophysical Observatory in Kaniksu National Forest is open. The observatory records the continued changes of the Earth's geomagnetism and seismology.
Jan. 6 A city transportation survey says 28,500 cars drive Division Street daily, making it the most traveled road in town. The Monroe Street Bridge ranks second with 24,450 vehicles daily.
March 1 Dr. Emerson Schuck, president of Eastern Washington State College, says the new dissent of young people is not evil but "represents idealism and may make a great difference in the log of man."
April 4 The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. In Spokane, 16 east-end businesses had their windows broken in what police believe to be a reaction to the King killing.
April 19 Spokane is overjoyed at news that its community float has been accepted for the first time to the Portland Rose Festival Parade.
Sept. 4 Spokane Tribe members will receive $1.8 million of the ordered $6 million owed for federal confiscation of tribal lands. There are 1,600 registered Spokane Indians.
Sept. 16 Spokane has added another 26 fallout shelters. Civil Defense officials have tallied 222 bomb shelters and tons of emergency rations in the city limits.
Nov. 14 Forces advocating fluoridation of Spokane drinking water are gaining on those opposing the water treatment. The issue will come up again on the next municipal ballot.

1969
Jan. 10 Room rates at Spokane's general hospitals have increased $4 per day. Deaconess is charging $44 per day, while Sacred Heart's bill is $48.50.
March 8 Sex education is being considered by the Spokane School Board. Researchers who advocate sex education have spoken with the board and say kids need to know sex isn't evil, but that free love is immoral.
May 16 Spokane city and county officials are exploring consolidation as a way to keep expenses down due to duplication of services. The study will be finished by June.
Sept. 1 Spokane schools boast more than 36,000 students on opening day. The numbers traditionally rise after harvest and the Interstate Fair are over. Spokane Community College says 5,200 have registered for classes.
Nov. 9 The public school at Cocolalla, Idaho, is destroyed in a fire. Only the basketball court remained and damages are put at $200,000.

1970
Jan. 1 The Spokane Stock Exchange says 1969 was its second best trading year ever. Exchange insiders say the local market will get nothing but stronger in 1970, as many downtown improvements are rumored.
Jan. 2 Spokane School Board announces it will resubmit a $7.6 million levy to voters. With record enrollment of 36,300 students, the district is quickly losing funding ground.
Jan. 4 Marriage is going out of style in the Lake City. Coeur d'Alene posted its second worst year in a row of low marriage certificate purchases. Only 3,139 couples tied the knot in Coeur d'Alene in 1969. In 1966, more than 7,160 licenses were sold.
Jan. 5 Catholics in Post Falls are unhappy that the Interstate 90 project goes directly through their church sanctuary. St. George's Roman Catholic Church, as well as 35 homes, are in the path of the giant highway project. The church will be reconstructed near the junior high school.
Feb. 2 President Nixon asks Congress for millions to construct Libby Dam in northwestern Montana and Dworshak Dam in north central Idaho.
Feb. 10 Three black athletes at Washington State University withdraw their lawsuit against the school. The "clenched fist" controversy still rages as Black Student Union leaders want paragraph 2 of the conduct code, prohibiting expression of political or religious views in athletic arenas, dropped completely from school bylaws.
March 16 WSU President Glen Terrell denounces 300 student rioters for recent acts of vandalism. The students were protesting the draft in front of the Pullman Selective Service office when things got out of hand. The protesters marched throughout the city, wreaking havoc along the way.
March 26 Air Force Maj. Raymond Vissotzky, shot down in November 1967, was released today by the North Vietnamese in a prisoner exchange. His wife and five children in Veradale are rejoicing.
Sept. 22 A consultant recommends that Spokane leaders change plans for a 1973 city centennial celebration into a world environmental exposition in 1974.
Nov. 5 Locals question whether Spokane needs a "Philadelphia Plan" to set specific quotas on minority workers hired for federal construction programs.

1971
Jan. 1 Spokane Valley General Hospital changes its abortion policy, now allowing abortions when there is a probability of genetic defect or if the pregnancy is caused by rape or incest reported to legal authorities.
Jan. 12 The Washington Parks and Recreation Commission pledges to "assist and cooperate" in the planned world ecological exposition set for 1974.
March 2 Crime Check is working beyond its expectations. The program, only 3 months old, helps cut crime with the "If you see it, report it" approach.
March 12 The third powerhouse of the Grand Coulee Dam is under construction. The powerhouse should go on-line by February 1974 and again rank the dam as the single largest hydroelectric producer in the world.
April 16 The City Council will not contest the U.S. Census Bureau's findings that Spokane's population has decreased by 11,092 since 1960. Spokane's current population is 170,516.
Aug. 16 The Spokane City Council approves bingo and raffle games conducted by charities and nonprofits.
Aug. 19 Union Pacific-Milwaukee Railroad donates $4 million in downtown property to the city for Expo '74.

1972
March 9 Unemployment on the Kalispel Indian Reservation at Usk hits 71.4 percent. Of employed tribal members, 26.8 percent are classified as "underemployed."
April 7 Phase I of Spokane's $6.13 million mass-transit program is approved. Officials are thrilled at the timing, as it means there will be citywide buses for Expo '74.
May 10 Two miners entombed nearly a mile underground in the Sunshine Mine were found by rescue crews. Tom Wilkinson, 29, and Ron Flory, 28, are recovering with food and fluids. The company continues to search for survivors of the May 2 disaster. The death toll in the underground fire reached 91.
Sept. 1 The state Department of Ecology is investigating fluoride emissions from Kaiser Aluminum. The company wants to open a seventh potline. More than 100 concerned citizens oppose the move.
Dec. 31 Spokane labor leaders say 1972 was a good year. With only one strike, by Northwest Airlines pilots, the area had a sane and sound financial year.

1973
Jan. 1 North Idaho mines are looking forward to 1973. After abysmal markets in 1972, local miners' spirits are rising at the promise of the new year and international prosperity, which brings big orders to the metals industries.
Jan. 5 The nationwide airline anti-hijacking campaign has come to Spokane International Airport. A new metal detector has been installed in the rotunda, and all carry-on items will be thoroughly searched.
Jan. 11 The historic Davenport Hotel has petitioned for Chapter 10 reorganization bankruptcy with $301,881 in debt.
April 2 The Spokane County Air Pollution Control Authority called for a public vote on a countywide burn ban on garden waste.
April 2 More than 28 percent of area wheat fields were lost to winter kill this bitter winter season. The severe damage to the area's most important crop is expected to turn consumer spending down, especially in rural areas.
April 9 Nordstrom announces that the former S.H. Kress Co. building and soon-to-be former J.C. Penney building will be remodeled for the Seattle-based retailer. J.C. Penney is moving from its present location next to the Kress building to newly constructed quarters on the south side of Main.
July 2 Washington Mutual Savings Bank and Washington Trust Bank are both erecting skyscrapers in downtown Spokane. Washington Mutual's building will be 15 stories, while Washington Trust's sports 16.
Sept. 1 Expo '74 tickets go on sale today. Both one-day and season tickets are available.
Sept. 4 The waterfall and bridges are complete at Manito Park's Japanese Gardens. Landscaping crews from Nishinomiya, Spokane's sister city, will work on the path and planting until weather shuts down their operation.
Nov. 6 In an advisory ballot, 58 percent of Spokane voters support a north-south freeway. Neighborhood opposition along the Nevada-Hamilton route is mounting.
Dec. 12 Local stores report a downturn in Christmas sales over last year. The fuel shortage has kept rural shoppers from Spokane as well as made bargain shoppers out of many.

1974
Jan. 1 Spokane's Expo '74 float took the Queen's Trophy today at the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif.
Jan. 1 State economists predict Expo '74 will keep the local economy out of the slump the rest of the nation is feeling. Most speculate even the fuel shortage won't keep folks from the world's fair, which may be the region's saving economic grace.
Jan. 9 With food prices soaring, even grocery sales don't seem like sales. Thrift stores are offering 10-pound bags of sugar for $1.49 and six cans of Campbell's Soup for $1. Boneless chuck steak is on sale for $1.19 per pound, with petite steaks ringing up at $1.69 per pound.
March 1 More than 265 speeding charges have been dropped by the state Highway Commission. Spokane Prosecutor Donald Brockett alleges the new 50 mph speed limit is illegal. The Thurston County Superior Court agreed with Brockett, hence the ticket dismissals.
May 4 Expo '74 opens.
May 9 Daily attendance at Expo '74 is well above 20,000 visitors, with nearly 100,000 on opening day. The projection of 4.8 million visitors likely will be shattered, with most visitors being from out of town.
July 10 Bus fare in Spokane is increased from 25 to 35 cents to make up for the $28,000 monthly deficit.
Sept. 2 Inflation and better wages have consumers and workers on edge nationwide. In Spokane, union leaders do not predict local labor woes as Expo '74 has kept the economy on an even keel and employment high.
Nov. 3 Expo '74 is officially closed. Total attendance was 5,187,826.
Nov. 4 Local welfare recipients are flooding food banks and other charities as inflation has outstripped food-stamp allotments.
Nov. 8 Dismantling of the world's fair has begun, with millions of pounds of scrap sent off for recycling. The Expo site will become a riverfront park once the buildings and carnival are taken down.

1975
Jan. 1 A group of Spokane Valley parents is asking the county to help build bicycle trails. Fueled by the gasoline shortage, the group is working with Central Valley schools to build a network of trails for commuters and recreation.
April 1 Only five of 30 draft dodgers from the Spokane area took advantage of President Ford's clemency program. Those who signed up will repay their country through alternative service. Criminal indictments, arrest warrants and an eternity in Canada remain for those not registering.
June 2 Diplomas for 4,767 Spokane County high school seniors will be awarded in exercises throughout this week.
June 3 Spokane police begin a Neighborhood Watch program.
Sept. 5 Spokane has lost 8,200 jobs since July 1974. The closing of Expo, a large employer, and the end of summer break have put 3,100 people on unemployment rolls. Although numbers look grim, they are better than 1973 unemployment statistics.
Nov. 7 A coin flip last night decided that Jordeen Bohn and not David Thorne will be mayor of Athol, Idaho. Both received 42 votes in the recent election.

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