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  • Eastern names new defensive coordinator

    Jonathan Olsen-Koziol, Cheney Free Press|Updated Aug 15, 2023

    CHENEY – Former Eastern defensive line coach Jeff Copp is taking on the defensive coordinator role for the Eagles. Copp has taught every defensive position on the field during his tenured career and is familiar with the Big-Sky Conference competition, having spent time coaching with UC Davis, Northern Arizona, and Idaho State before coming to Eastern in 2020. “I’ve coached every position on defense at some point in my career,” Copp said. “Coming to Eastern Washington and coaching the defensive line again, which I hadn’t do...

  • Eastern appoints second female president

    Jonathan Olsen-Koziol, Cheney Free Press|Updated Mar 5, 2022

    CHENEY – Shari McMahan is the new president of Eastern Washington University. The board of trustees announced the news in a Feb. 24 press release. McMahan is the 27th president of the university and the second woman president in the institution’s history. McMahan was one of the four finalists out of 60 applicants. She is currently the provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University in San Bernardino. McMahan beat out interim president David May for the job and Monroe Gorden Jr., vice pre...

  • Report: Drought conditions improving slightly

    Jonathan Olsen-Koziol, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jan 5, 2022

    WASHINGTON – The National Weather Service released a report in December breaking down the moisture and drought information for the entire Inland Northwest. According to the report, drought conditions have shown small improvements throughout the month of December across the Inland Northwes,t especially in Southeast Washington and the southern Idaho Panhandle. These improvements were reported because the areas in the state that were experiencing exceptional and extreme d...

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