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Lowland fishing season opens Saturday

EASTERN WASHINGTON — The lowland lakes fishing season opens Saturday, April 24, with trout being the most sought-after species. Opening day also marks the opening day of the... — Updated 4/22/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Trolling for trout

A fisherman trolls for trout in his kayak Friday, April 9, on Medical Lake. The lake is a popular place for fishermen to try to catch rainbow and brown trout.... — Updated 4/15/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Gov. Inslee to sign bill to replace Whitman statues today

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to sign a bill today that would begin the process of removing statues of perhaps the state's most prominent figure from the Capitol building and the National Statuary in Washington, D.C. The... — Updated 4/15/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Gov. Inslee threatens return to Phase 2

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday, April 8, that moving a county backwards for at least three weeks in his phased reopening plan may provide the impetus to improve vaccination rates. During his press conference, the... — Updated 4/8/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

No, you go

A herd of elk cross Cheney Spangle Road, near Jennings Road, early morning on Mar. 25.... — Updated 4/8/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Deer Park dominates

Medical Lake’s Owen Stevens (51) pursues Deer Park quarterback Chaz bird during action last Friday night. The visiting Stags played a dominating game, with Bird throwing for... — Updated 3/18/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

First buttercups

Clay Irgens, 7, and sister Camille Irgens, 4, of Cheney, brought the first buttercups of the season to the Cheney Free Press office on Monday, March 15. The children’s parents... — Updated 3/18/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Gesa buys naming rights to field inside Martin Stadium

PULLMAN — Washington State University has sold naming rights of the field in Martin Stadium to Tri-Cities-based Gesa Credit Union. The university and financial business have signe... — Updated 3/12/2021


Rest stop

Canada geese rest on a log along Hangman Creek between Latah and Waverly Tuesday morning. The creek weaves its way from Whitman through Spokane County before emptying into the... — Updated 3/11/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Crash damages building, vehicles

CHENEY - A local man was booked into the Spokane County Jail on Tuesday afternoon, March 2, following a crash that sent a car careening into a building. Stephen Michael Foster, 37,... — Updated 3/4/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Getting loose

The Medical Lake volleyball team hams it up a bit prior to team pictures on Monday. The Lady Cardinals had their first day of practice March 1, and will host Riverside High School... — Updated 3/4/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Last gasp

Winter took one more stab at the region last Thursday by dumping 2.6 inches of new snow, according to National Weather Service in Airway Heights data. The early morning snow caused... — Updated 3/4/2021

 By ROGER HARNACK    Opinion

HB1356 panders to politically correct power brokers

It’s a solution in search of a problem. Lawmakers in Olympia appear to be fast-tracking House Bill 1356, which would ban the use of “racially derogatory or discriminatory... — Updated 3/4/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

A new look

Cheney High School cheerleaders Chloe Hewes, Morgan Hayes, McKinley Gerard and Emma Miller (right to left) provide inspiration and an example of proper mask wearing during the... — Updated 2/25/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Help comes to Malden

MALDEN – Mayor Dan Harwood accepted a $20,000 check Tuesday, Feb. 16, on behalf of the Fire Department. The donation from the Washington Fire Chiefs association was presented to t... — Updated 2/18/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Roundabout tip-over

A 52-foot gooseneck vehicle hauler and pickup tipped over Wednesday evening, Feb. 10, in the roundabout at the intersection of state Highway 902, West Geiger Boulevard and West... — Updated 2/18/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Sprague school levy garners overwhelming support

SPRAGUE — Unofficial special election results tallied Tuesday night, Feb. 9, show the School District levy passing with overwhelming support. According to the Lincoln County Auditor's Office, the initial tallied showed with 145 v... — Updated 2/11/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Rosalia voters giving thumbs up to at-large seats

ROSALIA — Voters in this rural Whitman County community are supporting a ballot measure to convert two School Board seats to at-large positions. In an initial tally of Tuesday's special election, School District voters were... — Updated 2/10/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Lamont School District levy failing

LAMONT — A requested two-year replacement educational programs and operations levy continued to fall short Wednesday, Feb. 10, following a tally of late-arriving ballots in the special election. As of 3:51 p.m., the measure that... — Updated 2/10/2021

 By ROGER HARNACK    Opinion

Whitman statues should remain, part of history

The culture, heritage and history of Eastern Washington — indeed all of Washington and Oregon history — is under fire again in Olympia. I’m talking about an effort this year... — Updated 2/5/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Students call on board to open Pullman schools

PULLMAN – Four students took the School Board and employees to task Wednesday night for failing to get them back on campus even though the governor and the Centers for Disease... — Updated 1/29/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Gov. Inslee keeps Eastern Washington locked down

SPOKANE – A day after Sen. Andy Billig said area residents would be "glad" about the expected loosening of coronavirus restrictions, Gov. Jay Inslee announced he is keeping the East region pinned down. In addition, Eastern... — Updated 1/28/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Rosenau named Franklin County assessor

PASCO — In a split decision, financier John Rosenau has been named as Franklin County assessor. Rosenau edged Franklin County Deputy Assessor Piper Mitchell and applicant James Gimenez in the Franklin County Commission selection... — Updated 1/28/2021


State releases new regional COVID-19 plan

CHENEY — Area restaurants, bars and gyms may be able to reopen indoor services as soon as Jan. 11 under another coronavirus-related plan release by Gov. Jay Inslee during a press... — Updated 1/7/2021


Pushing back against bureaucratic harassment

SPOKANE - Extortion, blackmail and harassment. That's what the more than 50 area restaurant and tavern owners and their supporters called Liquor and Cannabis Board officers' threats... — Updated 1/7/2021


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