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 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    January 2, 2014

Top 2013 stories from Medical Lake - Medical Lake church is vandalized

Vandals caused the Sunday service at Lake City Assembly of God in Medical Lake to be put on hold, after doing extensive damage throughout the church and its property. The break-in, which took place between Saturday, Jan. 12, and Sunday morning, Jan....

 
 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    January 2, 2014

Top 2013 stories from Airway Heights - Lost in the service to their country

On Friday,May 3, three airmen from Fairchild Air Force Base perished in the crash of a KC-135 aircraft near Chon-Aryk, Kyrgyzstan. Capt. Mark T. Voss, 27, of Boerne, Texas; Capt. Victoria A. Pinckney,...

 
 By JAMES EIK    More News    January 2, 2014

Top 2013 stories from the West Plains - Defeat of County Proposition 1 leaves many questions

Voters turned down Spokane County Proposition 1 on Tuesday, Nov. 5, defeating it by 51.2 percent, leaving many questions hanging in the balance. Proposition 1 would have raised $18 million in property taxes over nine years to buy mobile home parks...

 
 By JAMES EIK    More News    January 2, 2014

Top 2013 stories from Medical Lake - Tensions elevate at ML Council meeting

The Medical Lake City Council was described as having done nothing to enhance the city or the community at its Tuesday, Feb. 19 meeting. Medical Lake resident and food bank president Bob Kibling spoke at length regarding a lack of support for the...

 
 By JAMES EIK    Education    January 2, 2014

Top 2013 stories from Education - Students build a better robot at MLHS

Some of the robotics club members and mentor Dennis Schweikhardt watch their robot take a test run around the high school shop. The competitive spirit is heating up for the robotics club at Medical Lake High School. Students in the club are building...

 
 By JAMES EIK    Education    January 2, 2014

Top 2013 stories from Education - Students told to dream and reach for the stars

Lt. Col. Dwight Peake said he remembers the Columbia disaster vividly. Ten years ago, the West Plains lost one of its own in a tragic incident. Lt. Col. Michael Anderson was one of the seven astronauts who perished in the Space Shuttle Columbia...

 
 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    December 5, 2013

Airway Heights City Council re-heats discussion on garbage disposal

The future of solid waste disposal in Airway Heights took precedence at the Nov. 25 City Council study session. Cheney Councilman Doug Nixon and Cheney Public Works Director Todd Ableman sat in on a workshop to discuss solid waste disposal...

 
 By JAMES EIK    Education    December 5, 2013

Medical Lake students showcase STEM activities

The Medical Lake School District board of directors received a lesson in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) from some of the district’s students at its meeting last Tuesday. At the Nov. 26 meeting, the students went through...

 
 By JAMES EIK    Sports    December 5, 2013

Armstrong's retirement comes at right time

A new chapter is begging for the Seattle Mariners. Last week, Mariners President and Chief Operating Officer Chuck Armstrong announced his retirement at the end of January 2014. Let’s be honest, given the history of the franchise, it’s long...

 
 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    November 28, 2013

Pursuit continues to land tankers at Fairchild

Air Force officials listened to local comments last Wednesday, Nov. 20 at Spokane's Lincoln Center regarding the potential location for its next generation tanker. The public hearing was held followin...

 
 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    November 28, 2013

Residential growth and transportation focus of ML planning

The Medical Lake Planning Commission heard two presentations at its Thursday, Nov. 21 meeting, detailing future transportation and residential development in the city and surrounding region. Kathleen Weinand, an assistant planner with the city of Spo...

 
 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    November 28, 2013

Defeat of Spokane County Proposition 1 leaves many questions

Voters turned down Spokane County Proposition 1 on Tuesday, Nov. 5, defeating it by 51.2 percent, leaving many questions hanging in the balance. Proposition 1 would have raised $18 million in property taxes over nine years to buy mobile home parks...

 
 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    November 21, 2013

ML budget unchanged

Much of Medical Lake’s 2014 preliminary budget remains unchanged from this year. Overall, the city has a $9,291,652 total budget for 2014, up from the projected $9,090,791 budget for 2013. The Current Expense fund is set to increase from...

 
 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    November 21, 2013

Airway Heights seeks planning commissioners

The city of Airway Heights is in dire need of planning commissioners. After several meetings were canceled this year due to a lack of quorum, it’s beginning to affect some proposed projects in the city. The latest meeting, Wednesday, Nov. 13, was...

 
 By JAMES EIK    More News    November 21, 2013

Study shows transportation buildout in Airway Heights

More transportation planning was the focus at the Monday, Nov. 18 Airway Heights City Council meeting. Spokane Planning Department’s Louis Miller went through the latest transportation study conducted by the department, which projects traffic out...

 
 By JAMES EIK    More News    November 21, 2013

Medical Lake City Council reviews budget for 2014

The Medcial Lake City Council passed the first reading of the city’s 2014 budget at its Tuesday, Nov. 19 meeting. Prior to the budget’s first reading, the council held a public hearing to go over some of the finer points for next year. City Admin...

 
 By JAMES EIK    Opinion    November 21, 2013

Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer leaves behind an interesting legacy

Microsoft is about to see big change in the upcoming year as its CEO Steve Ballmer steps down in the coming months. Ballmer has been the main guy at the company since 2000, during which operating systems from Vista to Windows 8 were unveiled. Think...

 
 By JAMES EIK    Sports    November 21, 2013

Strong state performance by Cheney swimmers

The Cheney High School girls' swimming team placed 13th out of 35 teams at the state swimming competition this past weekend at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. Four sw...

 
 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    November 14, 2013

AH budget remains similar to 2013

Airway Heights is in the middle of another budgeting season, working to create a balanced budget for 2014. The budget still has a $126,000 gap in the current expense fund, which the city is working to close. Also still hanging in the balance are...

 
 By JAMES EIK    More News    November 14, 2013

Public comment sought Nov. 20 on KC-46A beddown

The U.S. Air Force has scheduled numerous public hearings across the country for the public to comment on a draft Environmental Impact Statement regarding the rollout of its new KC-46A fleet. One of...

 
 By JAMES EIK    Education    November 14, 2013

Memorial statue unveiled at cemetery

MacKenna Jones' Fallen Soldier memorial statue at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake was unveiled in a big way this month. "I grew up around veterans and my dad is one, too. He...

 
 By JAMES EIK    Sports    November 14, 2013

The power of three games

Nathan Harries found out about NCAA rules the hard way this summer as he was about to start his freshman year at Colgate University in New York. Instead of getting ready for the upcoming basketball season, he found himself with one year of his NCAA...

 
 By JAMES EIK    Sports    November 14, 2013

Cheney loses to Colville in districts

Colville eliminated Cheney from the District 7 2A volleyball tournament with a 3-0 shutout, putting to rest a strong year for the Blackhawks team. Cheney faced Deer Park and Pullman in two separate games Nov. 6 in the first round of district...

 
 By JAMES EIK    Front Page    November 7, 2013

Airway Heights continues budget work

A second public hearing at the Monday, Nov. 4 Airway Heights City Council meeting regarding the 2014 budget covered a summary of projected expenses next year. Continuing the beginning stages of the city’s budgeting season, City Treasurer Richard...

 
 By JAMES EIK    More News    November 7, 2013

Regional transit plan officials hear Cheney comments

Last Tuesday, Oct. 29, representatives from Horizon 2040 held an open house at the Cheney Library for the public to comment on the future of transportation in the Spokane region. The event was to gaug...

 

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