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 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 21, 2016 

Passing the air refueling baton

Col. Ryan Samuelson stood in front of hundreds of airmen, local dignitaries and family as he said, "I assume command." Samuelson took command of the 92nd Air Refueling Wing from Col. Brian McDaniel...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    July 21, 2016 

Blue Waters, Bluegrass Festival enters 15th year

The Blue Waters Bluegrass festival celebrates its 15th anniversary, Aug. 12-14 at Waterfront Park in Medical Lake. "We've seen festivals come and go," Kevin Brown, Blue Waters music director, said....

 
 By AL STOVER    News    July 21, 2016 

Airway Heights acquires sewage lift station

The Airway Heights City Council breezed through a light agenda at its July 18 meeting. In action items, council approved a settlement agreement between the city and Jim and Jill Cook. Through the agreement, the city acquired a lift station and...

 
 By AL STOVER    Education    July 21, 2016 

Roettger begins tenure as Cheney Schools superintendent

The Rob Roettger era has officially begun. At its July 13 meeting, the Cheney School Board passed a resolution that designates Roettger as the Cheney School District superintendent. Roettger took...

 
 By AL STOVER    Education    July 21, 2016 

Welcome home Blackhawks

The Cheney High School Alumni Association sponored its annual all-class reunion picnic, July 17 at Salnave Park. Many former Cheney High School students flocked to the event to catch up with old...

 
 By AL STOVER    Sports    July 21, 2016 

NFL's latest tactic to combatting kicking - microchips

In an effort to make football more exciting for fans, the NFL is looking at ways to increase the difficulty of the kicking game. One idea that has been brought up over the years is narrowing the width of the goal post uprights, which is currently at...

 
 By AL STOVER    Sports    July 21, 2016 

Cheney loses close game to Pullman

The Cheney 17U baseball team began its last leg of the season with a 10-9 loss in a nine-inning game against Pullman’s AA American Legion team, July 14. The one game against Pullman was originally scheduled as a doubleheader, but one contest was...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 14, 2016

Crime drops in ML

Crime has seemed to have dropped in the city of Medical Lake - at least in the first five months of the year. According to statistics from the Spokane County Sheriff's Office, officers responded to...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 14, 2016

Airway Heights council forwards land swap

At its July 11 study session, the Airway Heights City Council forwarded several items to its July 18 meeting, including a land swap agreement with Spokane Rock Products. The agreement would provide the city with 45 feet of additional right-of-way on...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    July 14, 2016

Fairchild Toastmasters expands community presence

The Fairchild Toastmasters has expanded its presence beyond Fairchild Air Force Base and into the city of Airway Heights. The club, which began in 2014, has re-launched as a community club open to military and nonmilitary residents of Airway...

 
 By AL STOVER    Education    July 14, 2016

Summer school maintenance projects underway

Cheney and Medical Lake students may notice some new or changed features in their school when they return from summer vacation. Both school districts' maintenance departments are working on various...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 7, 2016

AH recreational bond to go on August ballot

A recreational sports complex in the city of Airway Heights is close to becoming a reality. In May, the Airway Heights City Council approved an ordinance to authorize placing a $13 million bond...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    July 7, 2016

ML Planning Commission told of service line work

The Medical Lake Planning Commission breezed through its June 30 meeting, which included a light agenda with no action items, but several city updates. City Administrator Doug Ross informed the commission the service line on Grace Street, across...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    July 7, 2016

West Plains fire agencies respond to Airway Heights apartment complex blaze

Crews from Airway Heights, Medical Lake, Spokane, Cheney and Fairchild Air Force Base fire departments and Spokane County fire districts 3 and 10 responded to a structure fire at an apartment complex...

 
 By AL STOVER    Education    July 7, 2016

Jaramillos grateful for HOPE, EWU, Cheney support

Former Eastern Washington University visiting lecturer Andres Jaramillo and his family recently left Cheney on a journey that will take them to their hometown of Bogota, Columbia. In the fall, the...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    July 7, 2016

Do not leave children and pets in cars on hot days

Last week, I spoke with Medical Lake City Administrator Doug Ross and Fire Chief Jason Mayfield, who hoped the city’s residents would not be careless with lighting fireworks during the Fourth of July holiday because of the current cooler...

 
 By AL STOVER    Sports    July 7, 2016

Summerhawks sweep Northwest Premier

The Cheney 17U Summerhawks baseball team is coming off a successful week where they swept Northwest Premier in a June 28 doubleheader, 10-1, 7-6, and went 3-2 in the Medical Lake pod of the Wood Bat...

 
 By AL STOVER    Sports    July 7, 2016

UFC fighters have learned to adapt new skills over the years

The UFC will have its historic 200th pay per view event on Saturday (July 9). One of the fights will feature former UFC heavyweight champion and WWE wrestler Brock Lesnar taking on former kickboxing world champion Mark Hunt. It will be Lesnar’s fir...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    June 30, 2016

Creating community health

The city of Airway Heights, in partnership with the Spokane Regional Health District, is laying the groundwork for a city-sponsored farmers market. The city has been collaborating with Heather Wallace, SRHD health specialist, who specializes in the d...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    June 30, 2016

Medical Lake asks residents to be safe on July 4

The city of Medical Lake is reminding residents to be safe this Fourth of July holiday. Medical Lake is one of the few cities in Spokane County that currently allows fireworks to be set off on private property within city limits. The city has...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    June 30, 2016

West Plains Fire Academy graduates 21 recruits

The West Plains Recruit Structural Academy graduated 21 recruits from its recent class, along with three crew leaders, during a June 23 ceremony at Medical Lake High School's auditorium. The academy...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    June 30, 2016

Cheney School Board approves 2016-17 budget

At its June 22 meeting, the Cheney School Board went through some items to prepare for next year, which included adopting the school district's budget for the 2016-17 school year. Kassidy Probert,...

 
 By AL STOVER    Education    June 30, 2016

Norman graduates from WSU with distinction

It has been four years since Dominique Norman graduated from Medical Lake High School and she's accomplished quite a bit since her days as a Cardinal. Norman's efforts helped her earn the honor of...

 
 By AL STOVER    Education    June 30, 2016

ML citizens concerned with learning standard additions

It was a packed house at the June 21 Medical Lake School Board meeting — at least for atbeginning. During the first 20 minutes, the school board took comments from several concerned citizens and parents regarding the Washington State Office of Supe...

 
 By AL STOVER    Education    June 30, 2016

EWU board of trustees adopt 2017 operating budget

At its June 24 meeting, the Eastern Washington University board of trustees approved the operating budget of $280.14 million for the 2017 fiscal year. The budget includes a 15 percent resident undergraduate tuition decrease, which was authorized by...

 

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