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  • Interstate 90 on ramp at Geiger closed

    From Staff and News Service Reports, Cheney Free Press|Updated Aug 6, 2021

    SPOKANE – Drivers who use the loop on-ramp to eastbound Interstate 90 at the Geiger/Grove Road interchange, will need to find alternate routes during an upcoming four-week closure of the loop on-ramp. The loop on-ramp closure to eastbound I-90 began Wednesday, Aug. 4, and continues through Wednesday, Sept. 1. This allows contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation to extend the length of the on-ramp connection to eastbound I-90. During the loop on-ramp closure, drivers will detour south o... Full story

  • Williams Lake public access to close for improvements

    From Staff and News Service Reports, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jul 30, 2021

    CHENEY - Water recreation enthusiasts will find their access to Williams Lake limited beginning this week. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is beginning a project to replace the existing ramps at the public water access are on the lake, located south of Klink's Resort. In a news release, DFW officials said the work was beginning now due to a limited construction season. Contractor crews will be onsite preparing the area for construction, which will require full... Full story

  • Airway Heights shooter still at large

    From Staff and News Service Reports, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jul 28, 2021

    AIRWAY HEIGHTS — A domestic violence-shooting occurred in Airway Heights at around 3:50 a.m. on July 27. Zion J. Carter, 38, fired shots at his wife and 11-year-old stepdaughter, who were transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. Airway Heights Police Officers and Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the call in the 1000 block of S. Aspen Street. Carter is believed to have fled the scene in a silver 2018 Nissan Rogue with the Washington license plate BQT0555. He is a Black male, 6 foot 7 inches tall and weighing ar...

  • Andrus Road fire near Cheney at 55% containment

    From Staff and News Service Reports, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jul 9, 2021

    CHENEY -- State Patrol officials are reporting that the fire which broke out Monday near Andrus Road has reached 55% containment. Crews utilized infrared technology on the fire line overnight to look for hot spots, and will continue to conduct mop up operations today within 200 feet from the fire perimeter as well as begin the repair process. "In the initial attack of a fire the crews may have to cut fence or drive into areas we wouldn't normally drive into," State Patrol... Full story

  • SR 902 in Medical Lake to close for railroad crossing replacement

    From Staff and News Service Reports, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 23, 2021

    MEDICAL LAKE — Travelers using State Route 902 will experience detours and delays due to railroad crossing replacement. The closure will begin at 5 p.m., Wednesday, June 23, until 5 p.m., Friday, June 25. Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will close State Route 902 at North Staley Street to the east and North Lefevre Street to the west. Once closed, crews will begin removing the existing asphalt and railroad ties around the railroad crossing. Once the new railroad ties have been p... Full story

  • EWU unveils six-game spring football schedule

    From Staff and News Service Reports|Updated Nov 4, 2020

    CHENEY--Eastern Washington University is scheduled to host a trio of teams starting this February as the result of an abbreviated 2020-21 football schedule announced by the Big Sky Conference on Nov. 4. Montana is scheduled to visit EWU's Roos Field on March 6, with Idaho coming to Cheney on March 27 and Cal Poly on April 10 in the return to EWU of new Mustang head coach Beau Baldwin. 10 of the league's 11 schools will play in the winter/spring, with Sacramento State opting out because of concerns with the short turnaround...

  • EWU releases men's Big Sky basketball schedule

    From Staff and News Service Reports, Cheney Free Press|Updated Oct 15, 2020

    CHENEY -- Road trips will be few and far between for the Eastern Washington University men's basketball team, as the preliminary 2020-21 Big Sky Conference schedule has been released. On Wednesday (Oct. 14) the Big Sky Presidents' Council approved the league schedule, which will help limit travel because of the Covid-19 pandemic. League teams will typically play two games at a venue, with EWU's schedule starting with games on Dec. 3 and Dec. 5 versus Northern Arizona at Flagstaff, Ariz. Eastern will have 10 home games, starti...

  • Air quality to deteriorate over weekend

    From Staff and News Service Reports, Cheney Free Press|Updated Sep 11, 2020

    SPOKANE -- Officials at the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency are warning residents in the region that, depending on the winds and fire activity, air quality over the next several days is expected to worse. According to a Sept. 10 news release, air quality today (Sept. 11) could possibly reach the Orange Range (Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups) or worse of the Air Quality Index (AQI). Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12-13, the air quality could decline even further to the Purple...

  • Sullivan Family Farms grand opening Saturday

    From Staff and News Service Reports, Cheney Free Press|Updated Sep 10, 2020

    WILLIAMS LAKE, Wash. – Sullivan Family Farms is holding the grand opening of its farm stand this Saturday, Sept. 12, at 14411 W. Williams Lake Road. The grand opening takes place from 9 a.m. – noon, and will feature prizes such as T-shirts, sunflower bunches, locally made pop tarts, cookies and a grand prize spring subscription to customers who come early. According to a news release, the farm was founded by Louise Sullivan, her sons and their families. In her recovery process from a long-term abusive relationship, Sul...

  • Haz-mat incident in Cheney

    From Staff and News Service Reports|Updated Sep 9, 2020

    CHENEY -- Emergency response crews are onsite at a hazardous materials incident at Centennial Mills in downtown Cheney, 601 1st St. According to an alert posted on the city's website, 1st Street is closed between C Street and College Avenue. Residents are asked to avoid the area if possible. According to an employee, the incident involves a chlorine leak that happened as a result of a broken chlorine bottle at the Archer-Daniels Midland facility. Response teams from Cheney... Full story

  • Perimeter established around Chapman Lake fire

    From Staff and News Service Reports|Updated Aug 20, 2020

    CHENEY -- Officials with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources are reporting that a fire which broke out this afternoon, Aug. 19, near Chapman Lake south of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge now has a line around the entire perimeter of the 64-acre blaze. Crews will use the line to continue containment and mop-up operations. No evacuations orders were in place as of four hours ago. Chapman Lake is 13.2 miles south of Cheney and just east of the Cheney-Plaza Road. It is approximately 2.5 miles east of Badger...

  • State mobilization for fires near Badger Lake

    From Staff and News Service Reports|Updated Aug 17, 2020

    CHENEY -- State mobilization has been approved for a series of fires burning near Badger and Williams Lake. The fires broke out several hours ago and have led to evacuations of residents in the area. According to the Stare Fire Marshal's Office, the fire is burning over 200 acres in the area, with Department of Natural Resources, Spokane County Fire District 3 and other area resources onsite. Williams Lake Road is closed, and DNR officials have told media sources that some structures are threatened....

  • Hot weather coming this weekend

    From Staff and News Service Reports, Cheney Free Press|Updated Aug 14, 2020

    EASTERN WASHINGTON -- The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for the region, with residents warned to expect "dangerously hot" hot temperatures from Sunday -- Tuesday. Temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s and even low 100s before dropping back into the 80s and 90s by Wednesday. The extreme heat can lead to significant increases in heat-related illnesses, and residents are advised to stay hydrated and seek air conditioning inside or shade...

  • EWU's 2018 football schedule is announced

    From Staff and News Service Reports|Updated Mar 29, 2018

    One question was answered, but the bigger once remains as Eastern Washington University released its 2018 football schedule. A previously open date has been filled when the University of Idaho plays at Roos Field on Oct. 27 after a 20-plus year absence. The open Sept. 1 date remains so with work going on to fill that slot. Eastern plays a Sept. 15 non-conference game at Washington State. The Eagles earned one of the biggest victories in program history with a 45-42 Eagle upset to open the 2016 season. Eastern opens league...

  • Cheney/Spokane finalist for 'Sky basketball tourney


    The Eastern Washington University men’s and women’s basketball teams are trying hard to deliver the 2015 Big Sky Conference tournament to Reese Court the second week of March by winning the regular season championships. But a group from EWU and the Spokane Regional Sports Commission is hoping to make Cheney and Spokane the permanent home for future tournaments beginning in 2016. A bid to stage both the men’s and women’s tournaments beginning in 2016 at sites that include both Reese Court and the Spokane Arena is among t...

  • Eastern women beat Florida


    The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team will begin their chase of a Big Sky Conference title fresh from a huge victory Dec. 22 at the Gator Holiday Classic in Gainesville, Fla. after beating host Florida, 67-56. The senior duo of Lexie Nelson, who led Eastern with 28 points, and Melissa Williams, who recorded double-doubles in each of the tournament games, were selected to the All-Tournament team. The Eagles, 7-4 and with three consecutive wins, now take a...

  • Foul-troubled Eastern women stumble at SMU


    Early foul trouble spelled problems in the end for the Eastern Washington women’s basketball team, which suffered its first loss of the season, 69-53 to Southern Methodist University Nov. 22 in Dallas, Texas. The game, played before the Eastern men met SMU (2-2) in a Moody Coliseum doubleheader, turned quickly — and early. First, Eastern freshman Delaney Hodgins was called for fouls on consecutive possessions to open the game. Then, senior Melissa Williams was whistled for two infractions immediately after. That left hea...

  • Kupp named as Jerry Rice Award winner


    Bursting onto the scene with the best season by a freshman wide receiver in NCAA Football Championship Subdivision history, EWU receiver Cooper Kupp has been selected by The Sports Network as the recipient of the Jerry Rice Award given to the top freshman in FCS football. The award was presented Monday, Dec. 16 at The Sports Network's FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation in Philadelphia. "It's a great honor to receive an award named after the best receiver of all-time," Kupp...

  • Eastern women return to Reese for long home stand


    The Eastern Washington women’s basketball team’s most recent road trip came up empty as they went winless in a pair of games last weekend in Las Vegas. Now Eastern will be home through the entire month of December and into the first week of 2014 with a seven-game home stand shooting to get momentum heading into conference play. The Eagles were unable to overcome a nine-minute scoring drought spanning the end of the first half and the start of the second, falling, 74-51, to Butler last Saturday, Nov. 30 in the South Point Tha...

  • EWU volleyball meets Montana schools in Reese Court matches


    After splitting a pair of matches to open Big Sky play last week, the Eastern Washington women’s volleyball team welcomes the Montana schools to Reese Court for a pair of league showdowns this weekend. The Eagles square off with Montana State Thursday, Sept. 26, before taking on the Griz Saturday, Sept. 28. Both matches are set for 6 p.m. starts. Eastern (4-9, 1-1 Big Sky) experienced both ends of the emotional spectrum last week, earning a thrilling comeback win against visiting Sacramento State last Thursday, Sept. 19, befo...