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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 3, 2021

Eastern joins WSU in requiring 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...

 By John McCallum    News    March 25, 2021

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 strong winds on Sunday...


Great Conjunction has us looking up - for a change

It’s been a difficult year for us all. I know that’s an understatement. But methinks I shouldn’t have to go into many details to explain why. Unfortunately, those reasons are still all around us. It’s said hard times bring out the best and...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    October 1, 2020

EWU reporting COVID-19 cases

CHENEY -- Eastern Washington University officials are reporting an uptick in cases of COVID-19 since instruction resumed in an online format Sept. 23. According to the university's Risk Management website, 64 students living off-campus in Cheney...


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 spelled out by the...

 By John McCallum    News    August 27, 2020

Still time to fill out 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 congressional...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    August 27, 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 congressional...

 By John McCallum    News    August 20, 2020

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 hot, dry conditions,...

 By John McCallum    News    August 13, 2020

EWU moves all instruction online after Thanksgiving

CHENEY – Eastern Washington University has announced that will offer online only instruction after the Thanksgiving/Native American Heritage holiday break. In a news release today, Aug. 12, university officials said the move is designed to keep...

 By John McCallum    News    August 13, 2020

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 that would stave off declaration of a severe financial crisis. All of the trustee’s voted for the memorandum...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 30, 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 named Provost and Vice...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 2, 2020

World War II warbirds flyover Eastern Washington

SPOKANE VALLEY – A small piece of history will pass through eastern and central Washington skies on July 4. Five World War II vintage aircraft owned by Hangar 180 air museum in Lewiston will be...

 By John McCallum    News    May 14, 2020

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 businesses Facebook page...

 By John McCallum    Sports    May 7, 2020

EWU looking at $2.1 million in athletic budget cuts

CHENEY – Eastern Washington University’s Athletics Department is eyeing an estimated $2.1 million loss in revenue, Athletics Director Lynn Hickey said during the weekly “Lunch & Learn” show on the department’s Facebook page. Hickey told...

 By John McCallum    News    April 30, 2020

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 -- including...

 By John McCallum    News    April 30, 2020

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 measures imposed to slow...

 By John McCallum    News    April 23, 2020

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 afternoon, April 21....

 By John McCallum    News    April 23, 2020

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) Cisneros passed away...

 By John McCallum    News    April 16, 2020

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 Department Commissioner... Full story


School closure remains for entire school year

OLYMPIA ― Gov. Jay Inslee and Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal Monday announced the extension of school closures for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The order keeps bot...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    April 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 next couple of...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    April 9, 2020

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 with the severe acut... Full story

 By John McCallum    News    April 9, 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 individuals due to...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    April 2, 2020

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 government over...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    April 2, 2020

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 the total number...


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