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 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 5/15/2020

 By John McCallum    Sports

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... — Updated 5/12/2020

 By John McCallum    News

Eastern students won't return 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 4/29/2020

 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 4/22/2020

 By John McCallum    News

Eastern Washington cancels in-person commencement

CHENEY — Eastern Washington University President Mary Cullinan has announced that the university's June13 commencement will be switching from an in-person ceremony to an online format as part of protective measures to slow the sp... — Updated 4/16/2020 Full story

 By John McCallum    News

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

 By John McCallum    News

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

 By John McCallum    News

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 Full story


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 4/10/2020

 By John McCallum    News

Coronavirus prompts early end of school year

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee announced Monday that school campuses will remain closed the rest of the 2019-20 school year. The executive order generally prohibits in-person instruction through June 19. Facilities remain accessible... — Updated 4/9/2020


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... — Updated 4/5/2020


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... — 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 3/30/2020 Full story


Fairchild announces first COVID-19 case

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, WASH. -- Fairchild Air Force Base officials have announced that one of their airmen has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. In a March 16 news release, officials said they are monitoring the situation after... — Updated 3/18/2020 Full story


Inslee: 'We will get through this'

SEATTLE - If Washington is to stop the spread of coronavirus and the disease it carries, COVID-19, the most important step is to essentially keep our distance from each other. That... — Updated 3/16/2020 Full story

 By John McCallum    News

Verizon outage hampers 911 service across region

SPOKANE — Eastern Washington Verizon cellular customers were left without the possibility of calling 911 on Monday night, Feb. 10, due to a fiber issue that interrupted service. Service was eventually restored after a couple... — Updated 2/12/2020

 By John McCallum    Sports

Basketball legend, former Ritzville coach passes away

CHENEY – An Eastern Washington coaching legend passed away last week. According to the family, Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Hall of Fame basketball coach... — Updated 10/10/2019

 By John McCallum    Opinion

Opinion: Look beyond border to solve immigration

We Americans like to think of ourselves as problem solvers of a sort. If something is wrong, or needs fixing, we feel we can get to the heart of the matter and figure out a solution that is best addressed to solve it. There is a... — Updated 1/30/2019


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