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 By AL STOVER    Front Page    January 15, 2015 

Medical Lake Fire Department shows steady call volume in 2014

The Medical Lake Fire Department had a steady year of calls in 2014. At the Jan. 5 City Council meeting, Assistant Fire Chief Corey Stevens announced that the department had 46 calls for December with...

 By AL STOVER    More News    January 15, 2015 

Mystery of hit-and-run involving Medical Lake man remains unsolved

An incident officers labeled as a hit-and-run accident involving a Medical Lake man is still under investigation. According to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, Rick Johnson was walking along Geiger Boulevard, near Interstate 90’s Medical Lake...

 By AL STOVER    Neighborhood    January 15, 2015 

Rogers reflects on time at AH Fire Department

Nathan Rogers entered his second year with the Airway Heights Fire Department in a new role. Rogers was one of two firefighters promoted to lieutenant on Dec. 30, 2014. Born in Spokane, Rogers moved...

 By AL STOVER    Education    January 15, 2015 

Hougar to represent Medical Lake at Spokane Lilac Festival coronation

Medical Lake High School senior Katelynn Hougar is within reach of becoming one of the 2015 Spokane Lilac Festival Royal Court. She just has to overcome one last hurdle Jan. 25, when she competes at...

 By AL STOVER    Education    January 15, 2015 

Headrick finishes first in Hallett Geography bee

Reid Headrick took first place in the annual Hallett Elementary Geography Bee. Headrick and other students were quizzed on various geographical topics. He will take a written exam in hopes of...

 By AL STOVER    Sports    January 15, 2015 

Wilson on verge of being best Seahawks' quarterback ever

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson put on an impressive performance in Seattle’s 31-17 win over the Carolina Panthers in the NFC divisional playoff game. Besides Kam Chancellor’s pick for a 90-yard touchdown, Wilson was the star of the night....

 By AL STOVER    Sports    January 15, 2015 

Ferguson, Pederson go undefeated in River City Duals

The Cheney High wrestling team dove right into Great Northern League competition Jan. 7 with a 48-36 loss to West Valley, followed by a seventh-place finish in the Silver Bracket at the River City...

 By AL STOVER    Front Page    January 8, 2015

AH council OKs change orders to local road projects

The Airway Heights City Council kicked off the new year with some old business at its Jan. 5 meeting. The council approved a change order for the Hayford Road Overlay project. Public Works Director Kelly Williquette explained that as staff was...

 By AL STOVER    Front Page    January 8, 2015

Medical Lake's Care and Share store installs security cameras

Customers who browse through the Care and Share's men's department and glance at the corner above the sorting room will see a security camera with a sign hanging below that has a yellow smiley face dr...

 By AL STOVER    More News    January 8, 2015

Responding to seasonal calls

Firefighters devote their time and lives to make sure the community is safe from blazes throughout the year, but several fire departments on the West Plains gave back to families during the holidays....

 By AL STOVER    More News    January 8, 2015

Airway Heights purchases land for park

The city of Airway Heights is laying out the groundwork for a future park, located on the eastern part of the city. At its Jan. 5 meeting, the City Council approved the purchase of 2.06 acres of land from Vandervert Development Inc. for $100,000 for...

 By AL STOVER    More News    January 8, 2015

Medical Lake City Council supports upcoming school maintenance and operations levy

The Medical Lake City Council started the year with a quick Jan. 5 meeting that was focused on education. The City Council voted unanimously to support the Medical Lake School District’s operations and maintenance renewal levy, which is up for...

 By AL STOVER    Opinion    January 8, 2015

Don't panic and remember to be safe on those icy roads

One of my favorite phrases is “Don’t Panic,” which is found in Douglas Adams’ “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” In an interview with Sci Fi Weekly, author Arthur C. Clarke said Adams’ use of the phrase as the “best advice to human...

 By AL STOVER    Sports    January 8, 2015

Ferguson takes second at Blackhawk Invite

The Cheney High wrestling team began the new year on a high note after several athletes placed in the top 5 of their brackets at the Jan. 3 Blackhawk Invitational. As a team Cheney placed seventh out...

 By AL STOVER    Sports    January 8, 2015

Nadeau qualifies for state in 100 butterfly at Pullman

The Cheney High boy’s swimming team started 2015 with a close 87-75 loss to Pullman Jan. 3. Junior Scott Nadeau qualified for his fourth state event after he took first in the 100-yard butterfly in 56.87 seconds. He also finished first in the 100...

 By Al Stover    Front Page    January 1, 2015

ML takes small steps to address deer issue

The deer population has been an issue in Medical Lake for the last few years. The city attempted to address the matter when staff introduced an ordinance that would prohibit residents from feeding...

 By AL STOVER    Front Page    January 1, 2015

Exotic Metals leads the way for more industry in Airway Heights

This past year, the city of Airway Heights saw some businesses move their operation to the city. Exotic Metals Forming Co. LCC (Exotic), an aerospace company based out of Kent, Wash., purchased 56.6...

 By AL STOVER    More News    January 1, 2015

Medical Lake says yes to county solid waste, no to pot

The city of Medical Lake made a decision on the topics of solid waste and marijuana. Back in October, Medical Lake entered into a contract with the city of Spokane to haul garbage to the Waste-to-Ener...

 By AL STOVER    More News    January 1, 2015

Airway Heights goes through many changes in 2014

Airway Heights made several strides in 2014 to improve life within the community. The city's retail sales tax change went into effect in April. In 2013, citizens voted to pass a sales tax increase... Full story

 By AL STOVER    Education    January 1, 2015

Medical Lake district welcomes Ames as superintendent

The Medical Lake School District said goodbye to former superintendent Dr. Pam Veltri, who took a position as an assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction with the Mead School District....

 By AL STOVER    Sports    January 1, 2015

Blackhawks' Norman takes first at state swimming

The Cheney High girls' swimming team finished an impressive season, Nov. 15, after they took 10th place with 110 points at the 2A state swimming championships at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic...

 By AL STOVER    Sports    January 1, 2015

Ferguson captures another tournament

The Cheney High wrestling team closed out 2014 with several wrestlers bringing home medals from the Dec. 27 Freeman Invite. Michael Ferguson once again took the top spot in the 220-pound weight...

 By JOHN McCALLUM and AL STOVER    Sports    January 1, 2015

Taking a quick peek at Blackhawks' sports in 2014

In his first year as Cheney head coach, Brad Rasmussen helped seven wrestlers advance to regionals. Josh Wessels took third in the 170-pound division at the Mat Classic XXVI state championships. Devon Waterman also qualified for the Mat Classic at...

 By AL STOVER    Front Page    December 25, 2014

Medical Lake approves budget

The Medical Lake City Council finished its budget season at its Dec. 16 meeting. The council voted, 5-0 on the second reading of ordinances that adopted the 2015 final budget and set salaries for appointive officers and city employees. Councilman...

 By AL STOVER    More News    December 25, 2014

Community comes together for Maddy Harris

The Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA), along with Papa Murphy's Pizza, held a fundraiser Dec. 17 in honor of Maddy Harris, 6, of Airway Heights, and her family. The fundraiser, which was... Full story


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