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  • Team Fairchild Demonstrates Readiness During Titan Fury

    Special to the Free Press|Updated Dec 7, 2023

    FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE – Airmen assigned to the 92nd and the 141st Air Refueling Wings conducted the Titan Fury 24-1 exercise Nov. 13-17. Airmen demonstrated how support activities contribute to mobilizing KC-135 Stratotankers quickly if called upon. “It’s critically important that Fairchild Air Force Base conducts exercises like this for one reason only, and that’s deterrence,” said Lt. Col. William Dowd, 97th Air Refueling Squadron commander. “We have to send a clear message to our adversaries and allies alike that...

  • Disability forum

    Special to the Free Press|Updated Sep 22, 2022

    Ninth Legislative District lawmakers Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, and Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, participated in a forum on developmental disabilities issues on Tuesday, Sept. 13, in the Tri-Cities. They discussed issues with Sen. Perry Dozier, R-Richland, during the forum. The 9th Legislative District includes southern Spokane County, including the greater Cheney and Medical Lake areas....

  • Schoesler: State should keep testing

    The Free Press|Updated Jul 28, 2022

    RITZVILLE – A local law maker is taking issue with educational moves being pushed by the state superintendent of public education. Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, said last week that State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal’s plans to end standardized testing and reallocate timber revenues would be detrimental to education. Reykdal unveiled his plans for ending standardized testing during the state Board of Education meeting in Spokane. According to Reykdal, the tests “means nothing.” Reykdal said he is ...

  • Meetings to be scheduled for veterans concerns

    The Free Press|Updated Jul 28, 2022

    SPOKANE – Two members of the state’s congressional delegation will hold town hall-styled meetings in October and November relating to veterans. The meetings will take place in Spokane and Walla Walla; the times, days and days have yet to be announced. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Shoreline, will join the Department of Veterans Affairs for the public sessions. The meetings at the request of McMorris Rodgers will provide forums for veterans to voice their concerns about wait times, lim...

  • Eastern football ranked No. 6

    The Free Press|Updated Jul 28, 2022

    CHENEY – The Eastern Washington University football team has been picked to finish sixth in the Big Sky Conference in polls released Monday, July 25. Eastern is expected to return five starters on offense and seven on defense, plus three kickers, a punter and a long snapper to go with 47 returning lettermen. In the coaches poll, Eastern finished behind Montana, Sacramento State, Montana State, Weber State and University of California-Davis, and ahead of Northern Arizona, Idaho, Portland State, Cal Poly, Idaho State and Northe...

  • Eastern women's soccer season set

    The Free Press|Updated Jul 28, 2022

    CHENEY – The Eastern Washington women’s soccer schedule is finalized with Coach Missy Strasburg beginning her second season at the helm. Fourteen players are turning and 16 newcomers are on the roster. Returners include All-Big Sky first team selection, Madison Kem, and All-Big Sky defensive honorable mention, Mya Elder-Hammond. Kem, a junior midfielder, tied for the team lead with three goals last season, including two game winners. Elder-Hammond played in all 17 of the team’s matches and logged 1,503 minutes, helping Easte...