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  • Fresno State edges Eastern in 2 OTs

    staff and news service reports|Updated Sep 14, 2023

    Fresno, Calif. — Dylan Lynch’s 25-yard field goal in the second overtime proved to be the deciding points and Lavelle Bailey’s interception on the next play allowed Fresno State to claim a 34-31 non-conference football victory over Eastern Washington, Sept. 9 at Valley Children’s Stadium in Fresno, Calif. The teams traded a pair of short touchdowns in the first overtime from EWU’s Anthony Stell, Jr. and FSU’s Elijah Gilliam that tied the game at 31-all. Eastern (0-2) twice rallied from 11-point deficits — 14-3 and 21-10 — aga...

  • 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...

  • Jarrells, Swanger earn degrees at Oregon State


    CORVALLIS, Ore. – Two West Plains-area residents have joined more than 7,000 students representing all 50 states and 73 countries who recently earned degrees as part of Oregon State University’s class of 2020. Molly E. Jarrells, Cheney, was awarded a bachelor of science degree in natural resources. Zeth W. Swanger, Medical Lake, received a bachelor of science degree in agricultural sciences. While Oregon State’s traditional commencement ceremonies were postponed in keeping with the university’s measures to help reduce...

  • One injured in Tyler-area rollover


    TYLER – One person was injured in a single-vehicle rollover accident early this morning on Interstate 90 near its intersection with State Route 904 at milepost 257. According to a Washington State Patrol press memo, at approximately 1:15 a.m. June 3, 75-year-old Louis R. Walter of Olympia, Wash. was eastbound in a white Ford F-150 pickup truck when he drifted off the road to the right. His wheels went off the roadway and he overcorrected to the left, sending the vehicle across the lanes to the median. Walter than o...

  • Emmanuel Lutheran uses award for food pantry


    CHENEY – Emmanuel Lutheran Church has been awarded $500 from the Lutheran Disaster Response program of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ECLA). According to a June 8 news release, the church intends to apply the funding to its Free Community Pantry program to expand food purchases for residents in need. “The ELCA’s motto is ‘God’s Work, Our Hands,’ and we are happy to do as God calls us,” Emmanuel Lutheran pastor Arianna Arends said in a statement. “To provide a no-questions-asked, open 24-7 option for those needi...

  • EWU's Peatling is Big Sky MVP

    NEWS SERVICE REPORTS|Updated Mar 12, 2020

    CHENEY — The hardware haul was large for the Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team, but none bigger than the one senior Mason Peatling deservedly garnered. Peatling capped a dominating run through the Big Sky Conference by being selected as the Most Valuable Player by the conference’s 11 head coaches, the league announced on Tuesday, March 10. He becomes the fifth Eagle to win the award in EWU’s 33 seasons as a member of the conference. “Mason is as deserving of the MVP as any player I’ve ever been around,” Ea...

  • Legans is Coach of the Year in the Big Sky

    NEWS SERVICE REPORTS|Updated Mar 12, 2020

    CHENEY — The Big Sky Conference announced Tuesday, March 10, that third-year Eastern Washington University men’s basketball coach Shantay Legans had been named the conference’s Coach of the Year as a result of balloting by the league’s 11 head coaches. “I’m so humbled to receive the Big Sky Coach of the Year Award, especially among the group of outstanding coaches in this conference,” Legans said in a news release. “But make no mistake, this is a team award. Coaches are only as good as their players and staff, and I ha...

  • Eastern claims first outright 'Sky title since 2004


    CHENEY — Eastern Washington made fellow Big Sky Conference coaches look good and the media not so much in the pool of experts. The Eagles broke away from a 59-all tie near the midpoint of the second half with a 10-0 run and outscored Weber State 19-10 down the stretch Feb. 7 to earn a 78-69 victory and win the outright Big Sky Conference title on Senior Day at Reese Court. Back in October, conference coaches predicted the Eagles had the necessary horses to battle their way to...

  • News briefs


    County property taxes collected at Spokane Valley City Hall SPOKANE VALLEY – The Spokane County Treasurer’s Office will begin collecting tax payments for Spokane County property tax bills this Friday, Oct. 4, at Spokane Valley City Hall, located at 10210 E. Sprague Ave. As previously announced by the Treasurer’s Office and Spokane Valley, property tax payments will be accepted every Friday in the month of October from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at City Hall leading up to the Oct. 31 payment deadline. Currently, taxpayers making...

  • Barriere is newest All-American

    NEWS SERVICE REPORTS|Updated Dec 20, 2018

    Quarterback Eric Barriere has joined the list of Eastern Washington University football All-Americans, as he was honored Dec. 18)as an honorable mention selection on the Hero Sports NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Sophomore All-America team. In addition, kicker Roldan Alcobendas, center Spencer Blackburn and nose tackle Jay-Tee Tiuli were chosen by STATS to its All-America squad, a week after that same trio earned honors from the Associated Press. Alcobendas was earned first team honors from STATS, while Tiuli was on t...

  • Eastern volleyball opens Flores-Cloud era on road

    NEWS SERVICE REPORTS|Updated Aug 23, 2018

    After nearly two weeks of preseason training, a new era for Eastern Washington University volleyball under first-year head coach Leslie Flores-Cloud officially begins this week when preseason matches get underway at the Titan Classic at Cal State Fullerton University. The Eagles open against the University of Massachusetts at Lowell on Friday, Aug. 24. "I'm really excited. The girls are buying in to what I'm teaching them as a far as a culture piece and what we're doing...

  • Eagles ranked ninth nationally in STATS preseason poll

    NEWS SERVICE REPORTS|Updated Aug 9, 2018

    The Eastern Washington University football team has been ranked ninth in the STATS preseason top 25 poll announced Aug. 6. That poll, as well as a poll of coaches now conducted by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), will be released on a weekly basis once the season begins in September. Picked to win the Big Sky Conference title by the league’s head coaches and media, just one of EWU’s 2018 opponents are ranked in the top 25. Weber State is No. 8, while three others received enough votes to rank in the top 31...

  • EWU's Big Sky basketball schedule released

    NEWS SERVICE REPORTS|Updated Jul 26, 2018

    As expected, the 2018-19 schedule of games in the Big Sky Conference for the Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team will have a few twists and turns. The schedule was announced by the league on July 24, and includes 20 conference games for the first time since the 2013-14 and 2012-13 seasons. Those were the only years in the league’s 55-year history the schedule has included 20 conference games. The departure of North Dakota left the league with 11 members, making for a challenge in scheduling 20 games for eac...

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