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EWU board approves new stadium concept

Eastern Washington University's Board of Trustees unanimously took a step to upgrade the university's aging and out of date Roos Field football stadium by approving a $25 million pa... — Updated 9/9/2019


No longer an arterial in name only

Cheney council members got an earful at their Aug. 27 meeting from several residents upset about street signage and pavement marking designating a residential street as an... — Updated 9/5/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

Unelected judges replacing our government of we the people

I thought the court decisions against the makers of Roundup were over the top, but I was absolutely astounded at the recent ruling against Johnson & Johnson. These judgments are not only out of line, but tend to spawn even more... — Updated 9/5/2019

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion

Look out: it's election season

“Leaves are falling all around, it’s time I was on my way.” Thus sang leader singer Robert Plant on Led Zeppelin’s classic 1969 song “Ramble On.” OK, so leaves aren’t falling — yet. And I’m not really on my way... — Updated 9/5/2019


EWU's Keister scores in 90th minute, game goes into double OT

The Eastern Washington University soccer team took on the Colorado State Rams to a 1-1 draw at home on Monday, Sept. 1. The match ran into double overtime for the Eagles, but the score remained tied after the final whistle. “We... — Updated 9/5/2019


Sports Week

(Note: All schedules subject to change. Consult school, club or facility websites to confirm.) College Football Saturday, Sept. 7. EWU vs. Lindenwood, 1:05 p.m. College Soccer Friday, Sept. 6, EWU at Colorado State, Bakersfield, 7... — Updated 9/5/2019


EWU board to act on stadium task force recommendations

The task force charged with conducting a comprehensive study of a possible football stadium renovation project at Eastern Washington University has completed its work and will make its recommendation to the university’s Board of... — Updated 9/5/2019


Women tennis player conduct exemplifies sportsmanship

For a long time in the sports world, poor behavior on the court or field was taken as a sign of passion. Whether it was players breaking equipment and storming into the locker room or coaches throwing sideline temper tantrums and... — Updated 9/5/2019


Cheney teams warm things up

Cheney High School hosted its Black and Red scrimmages on Friday, Aug. 30, amping up players, coaches and spectators for the rest of the season. Onlookers brought non-perishable food to donate for a food drive and enjoyed... — Updated 9/5/2019


Eastern women make fourth, men sixth at Clash

Isaac Barville and Maddie Drennen were the top finishers for the Eastern Washington University cross country teams as they opened the 2019 season in Cheney with the Clash of the... — Updated 9/5/2019

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports

Cheney adds slow pitch softball to line up

Football pads slapping against each other and the thumping kick of soccer balls aimed at nets will be joined by new sounds this fall at Cheney High School — the sounds of balls hitting bats. Slow pitch softball makes its debut th... — Updated 9/5/2019


Eagles drop season opener to Huskies

A pair of early fourth downs didn’t go Eastern Washington University’s way, while the Pac 12 University of Washington Huskies used a fast start to beat the Eagles 47-14 in the... — Updated 9/5/2019


George Berdis

George Berdis passed peacefully in Cheney, Wash. on Aug. 28, 2019, at the age of 86. George was born on July 14, 1933 in Greenville, Pa. to John and Sarah Berdis. He graduated from Spokane Community College with a degree in... — Updated 9/5/2019


West Plains Briefs

Feed Medical Lake features smorgasbord Sept. 9 It’s smorgasbord supper at Feed Medical Lake on Sept. 9 at 5 p.m.  There will be an assortment of meat and veggies choose from plus dessert. The monthly grocery distribution begins... — Updated 9/5/2019



Cheney Congregational Church Pastor Matt Goodale will deliver the message Sunday, Sept. 8 at 10 a.m. You are invited to join us. Hearing assistance is available. We are located at 423 N 6th St., across the street from the high scho... — Updated 9/5/2019


Getting the most out of your tomato harvest

Nothing beats the flavor of fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes and when they're left on the plant five to eight days after the fruit are fully colored, the flavor only gets better.... — Updated 9/5/2019


Cheney's new boundary busing

The Cheney School District Transportation Department has implemented a new routing software to streamline the routing of school buses. According to an announcment on the district website, it is imperative it has the most up to date... — Updated 9/5/2019


Sticks and stones

By SHANNEN TALBOT Staff Reporter A newspaper-covered card table in Crystal Chutes’ living room is heaped with piles of small, clean rocks — most still varying shades of gray... — Updated 9/5/2019


ML school board kicks off new school year

The Medical Lake School Board kicked off the new school year at its Tuesday, Aug. 27 meeting by moving money around for a new high school roof, hearing summer program reports, recei... — Updated 9/5/2019


A route through history

An element that helped create Cheney and much of Eastern Washington received some more official recognition earlier this summer. Historic route U.S. 10 signs went up on either end... — Updated 9/5/2019


Spokane Regional Transportation Council holds open house to review local improvement projects

The Spokane Regional Transportation Council (SRTC) is hosting an open house in two weeks for the public to review and comment on the draft 2020-2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP identifies $791 million in regio... — Updated 9/5/2019


L&I extends overtime rules comment period

In a Sept. 3 news release, Washington’s Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) announced that because of a high level of interest, it is extending the public comment period on its proposed changes to the state’s overtime rules.... — Updated 9/5/2019


A first of its kind for Cheney and Spokane County

From the outside it may look like a traditional multifamily complex, but inside, the new apartments arising along West 1st Street near Salnave Park are anything but traditional. In... — Updated 9/5/2019


Fairchild exercise to bring thousands to West Plains

Fairchild Air Force Base will be hosting what has been described as a “large war exercise” on the West Plains Sept. 8 – 28. The exercise has been titled “Mobility... — Updated 9/5/2019

 By Lee Hughes    News

In search of better fire flow

Big changes are coming to the Medical Lake water system — and nobody will likely notice. The changes, including a new booster pump at one of the city’s two interties with the... — Updated 9/5/2019


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