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Eastern to now require COVID-19 vaccinations

CHENEY — Eastern Washington University has switched gears and is now requiring students, faculty and staff to get a COVID-19 vaccination. The revised policy and reasons behind it were highlighted in a June 3 email from interim... — Updated 6/3/2021


Former EWU president Mary Cullinan dies

CHENEY – Eastern Washington University officials announced on Monday, May 3, that the university's 26th president and first woman to serve in the position Dr. Mary Cullinan had pa... — Updated 5/6/2021

 By John McCallum    News

Potential for damaging impacts

SPOKANE — National Weather Service officials are tracking a powerful cold front that will be passing through the region this weekend, bringing with it the potential for very... — Updated 4/14/2021


EWU, Cheney issue coronavirus enforcement notice

CHENEY – While education is their preferred first choice of enforcement, Cheney and Eastern Washington University law enforcement are prepared to take sterner measures with students who continue to violation safety protocols... — Updated 9/17/2020


Still time to take the census

PORTLAND, Ore. — Officials want Washington residents to know there is still time to respond to the U.S. Census — especially residents in Eastern Washington. The count conducted every 10 years is important in that it determines... — Updated 8/26/2020

 By John McCallum    News

Badger Lake fire grows

CHENEY — A series of small wildfires has grown into a 200-acre-plus blaze near Badger Lake about 15 miles south of Cheney. The fires began around 5:04 p.m. Sunday evening under... — Updated 8/20/2020

 By John McCallum    News

EWU, union agree to faculty salary concessions

CHENEY – Eastern Washington University’s Board of Trustee’s approved a memorandum of understanding with the United Faculty of Eastern (UFE) that would stave off declaration of a severe financial crisis. All of the trustee’s... — Updated 8/14/2020


Cullinan steps down at EWU

CHENEY — Eastern Washington University President Mary Cullinan has announced she is retiring from her position, effective immediately. The university's Board of Trustees has... — Updated 8/5/2020


Ag secretary visits Spokane Valley

SPOKANE VALLEY - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and 5th District Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers look over boxes of fresh farm produce at the Share Care facility in Liberty... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By John McCallum    News

Name change proposed for state Highway 902

MEDICAL LAKE — A local veterans group has submitted a proposal to rename State Route 902 through Medical Lake as the “Gold Star Memorial Highway.” The Eastern Washington Veterans Task Force has submitted the proposal to... — Updated 5/28/2020

 By John McCallum    News

Lenny's in Cheney closes for good

CHENEY – A dining favorite in the city has shut its doors permanently. Lenny's American and Italian Fine Cuisine on 1st Street has officially closed. While a post on the... — Updated 5/18/2020

 By John McCallum    News

EWU looking at $2.1 million in athletic budget cuts

Editor's note: This story has been updated on May 13 at 11:01 a.m. to add "state appropriations" to Athletics Director Lynn Hickey's statement on the estimated loss of revenue sources. CHENEY – Eastern Washington University’s... — Updated 5/14/2020

 By John McCallum    News

Eastern students won't be returning to campus in the fall

CHENEY – Eastern Washington University officials announced that they will continue with the current online instruction format created about seven weeks ago in response to... — Updated 5/5/2020

 By John McCallum    News

Kalispel Tribe to reopen all facilities

AIRWAY HEIGHTS -- Citing entertainment and hospitality as essential businesses needed to run their government, the Kalispel Tribe of Indians announced today (April 29) that they will be reopening all of their facilities on May 5... — Updated 4/30/2020

 By John McCallum    News

Eastern State Hospital nurse dies of COVID-19

MEDICAL LAKE – Long-time nurse at Eastern State Hospital has died due to complications from contracting the disease COVID-19. According to an obituary published in the April 19 Spokesman-Review, 64-year-old Esequiel (Zeke)... — Updated 4/23/2020

 By John McCallum    News

Turning the state's recovery dial

OLYMPIA – Praising Washingtonians for their efforts in what appears to be a slowing of the spread of the COVID-19 disease, Gov. Jay Inslee announced some plans to reopen the state’s economy during a televised address Tuesday... — Updated 4/23/2020


Washington state to release 950 inmates from DOC

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee and Department of Corrections Secretary Stephen Sinclair have announced plans to release up to 950 state inmates from facilities who are part of population vulnerable to COVID-19, including nonviolent... — Updated 4/16/2020 Full story


Expanded unemployment filing begins this weekend

OLYMPIA -- Beginning this Sunday, Washingtonians currently ineligible to receive unemployment benefits may get a chance to receive financial help. In a press conference this afternoon with Gov. Jay Inslee, Employment Security... — Updated 4/16/2020 Full story


West Coast states form recovery pact

OLYMPIA -- Washington, Oregon and California governors announced they have agreed on a shared vision to reopen their states economies and provide unified efforts to control COVID-19 in the future. The pact is based around dealing w... — Updated 4/14/2020


Gov. Inslee orders schools closed for remainder of 2019-20 year

OLYMPIA - Gov. Jay Inslee and state Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal on Monday, April 6, closed schools fore the remained of the 2019-20 school year. The order... — Updated 4/9/2020


DNR enacts early burn ban in Eastern Washington

OLYMPIA – The state Department of Natural Resources is implementing burn restrictions on DNR-protected lands in Eastern Washington, beginning Friday, April 10. DNR officials cited a front scheduled to pass through the region the... — Updated 4/9/2020 Full story


Kalispel Tribe, Northern Quest file suit against 3M, Tyco Fire Products

AIRWAY HEIGHTS --The Kalispel Tribe of Indians, its economic authority and the Northern Quest Resort & Casino have filed a $21.27 million lawsuit against companies including 3M and Tyco Fire Products along with the United States... — Updated 4/5/2020 Full story


Spokane County COVID cases top 200

SPOKANE -- COVID19 cases in Spokane County have topped 200, with the death toll from the severe acute respiratory disease rising as well. In an April 4 news release, Spokane County Department of Emergency Management officials said... — Updated 4/5/2020 Full story


Layoffs coming at Eastern Washington University services

CHENEY -- Eastern Washington University officials have indicated there will be some layoffs in response to changes on campus resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The layoffs will take place in the housing and dining services due... — Updated 3/28/2020 Full story

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion

Taking this disease lightly serves no good purpose

It’s times like these that bring out the best and worst in people. Unlike previous crisis, this one surrounding the spread of novel coronavirus and the disease it carries, COVID-19, has elements of politics mixed in. It also is... — Updated 3/19/2020


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