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 By AL STOVER    News    July 20, 2017

Nine candidates square off in ML council races

Three residents have thrown their names into the hat for Medical Lake City Council Position No. 2 — Elizabeth Rosenbeck, who currently serves on council, Monica Manza, a long-time member of the Fox Ridge Homeowners Association and John Merrick,...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    July 20, 2017

Stein faces challengers to retain Position 4 seat

One of the contested races in Medical Lake is City Council Position No. 4, which is held by incumbent Destiny Stein. Challenging her is former mayoral candidate Tony Harbolt and Don Kennedy, who has run for different council positions in past...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 13, 2017

Three vie for Medical Lake mayor

With Medical Lake Mayor John Higgins not seeking another term, three candidates are vying for his seat in the 2017 August primary election. Two are longtime City Council members, Shirley Maike and...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 13, 2017

Council approves inspector contract

For the last year, the Airway Heights building department has been seeking a full-time building inspector to help with the influx of commercial and residential developments sprouting in the city. The department has found their inspector — at least...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    July 13, 2017

Hummel's are ML Yard of the Month

Hela and Randy Hummel, 511 S. Grant St. was selected as the Medical Lake Kiwanis and Cheney Garden Club's "Yard of the Month" for July. The Hummels' yard included a variety of plant life including...

 
 By AL STOVER    Education    July 13, 2017

Bound for Home

Eastern Washington University's Downtown Student Gallery is holding an exhibit, "Bound for Home," until Aug. 18. The exhibit features quilts by members of the Washington State Quilters. One of the...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    July 6, 2017

Medical Lake fire ordinance proposed

The Medical Lake Fire Department doesn’t usually have a lot of problems managing outdoor burning in the city. In most cases, when firefighters or Spokane County Sheriff’s Office deputies ask people to extinguish illegal fires, folks oblige. Howev...

 
 By AL STOVER    Education    July 6, 2017

Medical Lake School District announces summer programs

Although school is out for the summer, the Medical Lake School District will have several courses and activities for students in July and August. During its June 27 meeting, the school board of...

 
 By AL STOVER    Education    July 6, 2017

Airway Heights applies for FEMA street repair grant

Like many cities in Washington state, Airway Heights is gearing up to complete some well-needed street repairs. In May, staff had a preliminary meeting with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    July 6, 2017

Dear West Plains: So long and thanks for all the lessons

Well West Plains, it’s been a fun three and a half years. Some folks already know this, but I am going to be leaving the Cheney Free Press and going to work as a staff reporter for The Ritzville-Adams County Journal. To put this into context, Free...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    July 6, 2017

Airway Heights council holds water contamination debriefing

For Airway Heights City Council and employees, there was a lot to learn from the recent water situation. During a June 28 study session, council and city department heads held the first of what is scheduled to be several debriefings of the perfluoro...

 
 By AL STOVER    Sports    July 6, 2017

Looking at the bright side of Mayweather-McGregor superfight

In the Jan. 19 issue of The Cheney Free Press I wrote that a fantasy superfight between boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor was “a long way from happening.” Well fight fans, since I last wrote in...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    June 29, 2017

Increasing living space density

More units will be added to the Northern Heights apartment complex project. During a special June 21 meeting, the Airway Heights Planning Commission approved a planned unit development (PUD) overlay...

 
 By AL STOVER    Front Page    June 29, 2017

Medical Lake receives TIB grant funding

The city of Medical Lake received some additional funds to help with its summer street patching. During its June 20 meeting, City Council approved the state Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) fuel tax grant distribution agreement for the $23,274...

 
 By AL STOVER    Education    June 29, 2017

ML instruction meeting state health standards

Medical Lake School District won’t be changing its structure or course materials when it comes to its health education curriculum for K-12 students for the 2017-18 school year. That was the conclusion staff came up with after spending several month...

 
 By AL STOVER    Education    June 29, 2017

Golden Service

Linda Haladyna (left) received the 2017 Golden Service Award from Hallett Elementary School Principal Cindy McSmith during the school's June 15 talent show. Haladyna was honored for helping at the...

 
 By Al Stover    Photos    June 22, 2017

Duffy's Point dedication

Family and friends of Vincent "Duffy" Ready III came together June 16 for the dedication of the Duffy's Point memorial. The memorial is dedication to the life and memory of Ready. Many of his... Full story

 
 By Al Stover    Photos    June 22, 2017

Hallett Elementary School talent show

Hallett Elementary School celebrated the end of the school year with a talent show. The event featured students singing and dancing, as well as some comedy and magic.... Full story

 
 By Al Stover    Photos    June 22, 2017

Medical Lake Founders Day | Pt. 1

Several businesses, organizations, clubs and groups participated in the annual Medical Lake Founders Day parade. Fairchild Air Force Base 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander Col. Ryan Samuelson was the... Full story

 
 By Al Stover    Photos    June 22, 2017

Medical Lake Founders Day | Pt. 2

The 2017 Medical Lake Founders Day celebration had a plethora of events for all ages. On Friday (June 16) there was the return of the street dance, featuring four area bands. On Saturday, there were... Full story

 
 By Al Stover    Front Page    June 22, 2017

AH teams with DV firm

The Airway Heights Municipal Court will go through a new consultant for advocate services that it provides to domestic violence victims. During its June 19 meeting, the Airway Heights City Council approved a $7,500 contract between the city and...

 
 By Al Stover    Front Page    June 22, 2017

Airway Heights' splash pad is still not on

Normally during the summer, the Airway Heights' splash pad in Sunset Park would be operating and children would be playing on it. However, there have been a couple situations has kept the city from...

 
 By Al Stover    News    June 22, 2017

Mosquitoes, ticks, black flies – oh my

The health district recommends draining anything with standing water, such as old tires and beverage coolers (pictured) to avoid mosquitoes. The presence of insects and things like bug bites can put a damper on anyone’s summer. That’s why...

 
 By Al Stover    Sports    June 22, 2017

Medical Lake's Grundstroms making waves in roller derby

Medical Lake is known for producing good high school athletes, particularly in track, cross country, basketball and baseball. However, there are a couple local kids in the city who are making waves...

 
 By Al Stover    Sports    June 22, 2017

Family, friends come together for 'Duffy' Ready memorial dedication

See a photo gallery from the event here....

 

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