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Spokane County Raceway operator steps aside

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — Citing the inability to come to an agreement to negotiate a different lease term, Spokane County Raceway operator Craig Smith will step away from the facility leaving both the 2021 season, and the track’s... — Updated 8/17/2021


Eagles volleyball closes with match losses at Southern Utah

CEDAR CITY, Utah – Eastern Washington University’s volleyball team wrapped up their regular season schedule with a pair of match losses on the road against Southern Utah University – including a tightly contested,... — Updated 4/1/2021


Kansas' second-half rally dispatches Eastern Washington

INDIANAPOLIS — The ebb and flow, floods and drought found in the game of basketball are arguably unique in the sports world. And it was one of those things — a 25-7 stretch of the second half by the Kansas Jayhawks — that dro... — Updated 4/1/2021


Record-shattering performances earns Bowden Big Sky honors

CHENEY — Eastern Washington track and field senior Parker Bowden has been selected as this week’s Big Sky Conference Men’s Track Athlete of the Week, as announced by the... — Updated 4/1/2021


Lower Columbia sturgeon fishery slated

OLYMPIA — Starting May 10, anglers will have an opportunity to catch and retain legal-size white sturgeon in the lower 40 miles of the Columbia River. Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon agreed Thursday to open the... — Updated 3/26/2021


State, Oregon fisheries commissioners to meet

OLYMPIA — State and Oregon Fish and Wildlife commissioners will meet virtually next week to discuss policy for the shared waters of the Columbia River. Four members of the state Fish and Wildlife Commission and three of the... — Updated 3/26/2021


Local credit union buys naming rights to field inside WSU's Martin Stadium

PULLMAN — Washington State University has sold naming rights of the field in Martin Stadium to Tri-Cities-based Gesa Credit Union. The university and financial business have signe... — Updated 3/12/2021


Columbia River salmon fishing seasons to be set by returning fish numbers

OLYMPIA – Salmon fishing will be limited due to low returning numbers of fish. To determine the impacts, the state Fish and Wildlife Department (WDFW) are meeting with state,... — Updated 3/3/2021


Most area school sports delayed at least two weeks

UPDATE: On Saturday, Feb. 13, Franklin County and the surrounding area were moved to Phase 2, allowing football, and girls volleyball, soccer and slowpitch softball games to proceed as previously scheduled. PASCO — With Gov. Jay... — Updated 2/16/2021


Bill requiring classes for kayakers, paddleboarders may be scuttled

OLYMPIA – A bill that would've required boating classes for kayakers, canoeists, paddleboarders and even some surfers appears to have been scuttled. House Bill 1018 is the subject... — Updated 2/11/2021


Eagles announce sports schedules

CONNELL - The North Franklin School District is planning for Connell Eagles sports to resume next week. All home events are at the high school, 1131 W. Clark St. Here are the tentat... — Updated 2/10/2021


Riverhawks announce football schedule

PASCO - The Chiawana Riverhawks have announced their varsity football season schedule. The Riverhawks will open their season away against the Richland Bombers, officials said. That... — Updated 2/10/2021


WSU quarterback suspended after alleged DUI

PULLMAN – Washington State University starting quarterback Jayden de Laura was arrested for allegedly driving while under the influence on Saturday, Feb. 6, and has been... — Updated 2/9/2021


EWU Football spring schedule

CHENEY — After changes necessitated by four Big Sky Conference teams bowing out of the upcoming six-game winter/spring football season, the Eastern Washington University football team will play at home and away on the same dates... — Updated 1/29/2021


Chiawana girl graduates early to play hoops for OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University has signed a high school girls basketball player to its roster for this spring. Talia von Oelhoffen, a 5-foot-11 guard, will graduate... — Updated 1/20/2021


WSU Cougars host Cal Bears

PULLMAN — The Washington State Cougar football team will host only its second home game Saturday as California rolls into town. The Cougars, 1-2, and banking on freshman quarterback Jayden de Laura to be the deciding difference... — Updated 12/22/2020


Hunters can win an incentive permit

SPOKANE — Hunters reporting their 2020 black bear, deer, elk or turkey results by Jan. 10 will have the opportunity to win one of nine deer and elk incentive permits for fall 2021. State Department of Fish and Wildlife Game... — Updated 12/22/2020


Hanford Reach steelhead fishery to close

RICHLAND — The Hanford Reach steelhead fishery will close Jan. 1. The closure is from the Interstate 182 bridge upstream to the old Hanford townsite powerline crossing over the Columbia River. It will remain in effect iuntil... — Updated 12/22/2020


Small schools call for sports to resume

REARDAN - More than 70 small school coaches and educators are calling on the governor to allow them to resume sports post haste. In a letter penned Dec. 10 by Superintendents Eric... — Updated 12/16/2020


Cable Bridge Run set for Dec. 19-20

PASCO — The 42nd annual Lampson Cable Bridge Run will take place in person Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 19 and 20. The event includes 1 mile, 5k and 10k races, with waves starting... — Updated 12/14/2020


Only 25 boats had zebra, Quagga mussles

ELTOPIA — Out of 32,000 boat inspections here along U.S. Highway 395 and in Spokane County, only 25 vessels were found to have invasive zebra and Quagga muscles. In addition to the mussels, Fish and Wildlife employees said they... — Updated 11/30/2020


Spring bear hunts, fishing and more on tap

OLYMPIA — The state Fish and Wildlife Commission is expected to consider approving a land transaction and hear updates on a wide variety of topics during its Dec. 3-5 virtual commission meeting. The commission will begin with... — Updated 11/30/2020


WIAA delays start of winter sports

RENTON — The pandemic has struck another blow to local athletics. The Washington Interscholastic Activities Assiation voted to delay the start of winter sports to Feb. 1, 2021,... — Updated 11/22/2020


Connell's Radke signs with Eagles volleyball

CHENEY – Connell volleyball standout Alyssa Radke of Mesa was one of four players to sign letter of intent to play for the Eastern Washington University volleyball team on the... — Updated 11/12/2020


Women's roughstock events gain renewed interest

They may be on a bucking horse in Montana, or riding bulls in Colorado or parking their gear bag behind the chutes at practice pens near Reardan. They are sometimes smaller than the... — Updated 11/4/2020


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