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 By DREW LAWSON    Sports

Preps athletes will see new masking guidelines

DAVENPORT — Masks will still be a part of sports this year, but face covering rules won’t be as restrictive to start the 2021-22 school year. The state Department of Health released new guidelines that mandate masks in some... — Updated 8/19/2021


The space hunt is on

DAVENPORT—“BOOM!” What sounded like a bomb going off to Sami Guhlke hit the sky’s soundwaves as the Reardan resident walked with her dog to pick up eggs from her family farm... — Updated 5/6/2021

 By Drew Lawson    Sports

Liberty tops Davenport in straight sets

DAVENPORT - The Gorillas (0-2) battled for a set and a half, but are still searching for their first set and match victories this season after getting swept at the hands of the... — Updated 2/24/2021

 By DREW LAWSON    Sports

EWU men's basketball shuts down program through Jan. 10

CHENEY — Few teams in college basketball appear to have been as affected by COVID-19 as the Eastern Washington men’s basketball team. Having already had several players sidelined due to positive tests and contact tracing... — Updated 1/7/2021

 By DREW LAWSON    Sports

EWU women grab two wins at Portland State

PORTLAND - Two wins may not seem like much, but the Eastern Washington women's basketball team's pair of victories at Portland Stat Dec. 31 and Jan. 2 to open Big Sky Conference roa... — Updated 1/7/2021


Medical Lake leadership discusses 2021 outlook

MEDICAL LAKE—A popular sentiment after the shutdowns and hardships of 2020 may be for residents to plead for everything to “get back to normal.” However, simply hoping for things to get back to the way they were may not... — Updated 1/7/2021


'Sonny' times ahead for Airway Heights?

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — James “Sonny” Weathers is in the last of his initial four-year term as a city council member, elected in 2017. He’s also now in his first year as mayor, taking over for Kevin Richey, who resigned at the... — Updated 1/7/2021


Council tables deputy mayor selection

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — The domino effect of former Mayor Kevin Richey’s resignation, former Councilman Steve Lawrence’s resignation and Councilwoman Jennifer Morton’s approved extended absence for several months due to... — Updated 1/7/2021


Wolffy's Burgers gets creative amidst indoor dining restrictions

AIRWAY HEIGHTS-When Gov. Jay Inslee's updated mandates shut down indoor dining in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and its rising totals in November, Justin and Jessica Davis, owners o... — Updated 12/30/2020

 By DREW LAWSON    Sports

Cardinal state champ to wrestle at San Francisco State

MEDICAL LAKE—Two-time individual state champion Ethan Davis, a senior who has grown up here his whole life, is heading to the Bay Area to wrestle collegiately for the San Francisc... — Updated 12/30/2020

 By DREW LAWSON    Sports

EWU unveils 11 game Fall 2021 football schedule

CHENEY-If Eastern Washington University manages to fulfill all Eagle fans' ultimate dream and win two national championships in the same calendar year, it will have played over 20... — Updated 12/30/2020


ML board approves district report card, chooses 2021 roles

MEDICAL LAKE—The board approved the district’s 2019-2020 report card and disbursed board roles for 2021 in a quick meeting Dec. 22 that was over in 15 minutes before everyone wished each other a “Merry Christmas” and... — Updated 12/30/2020


Airway Heights sets final 2021 budget

AIRWAY HEIGHTS—Council approved the final 2021 budget in its last meeting of the year, a Dec. 21 legislative session. The final budget includes several amendments from the original proposed 2021 budget, in both revenues and... — Updated 12/30/2020


Alliance Tire Pros permanently closes

CHENEY-A lack of Eastern Washington University students on campus due to pandemic restrictions and online classes took a chunk out of the city's economy. Now, it has played a part i... — Updated 12/30/2020


Christmas lights

Fireworks were one of the highlights of the city of Airway Heights winter festival last Saturday, Dec. 19.... — Updated 12/24/2020


City recognizes Richey, taps Weathers as interim mayor

AIRWAY HEIGHTS - A healthy assortment of city and local representatives, lawmakers and public servants gathered via Zoom as outgoing mayor Kevin Richey was recognized for his 12 yea... — Updated 12/24/2020

 By DREW LAWSON    Sports

Groves has career night as Eagles chop Jacks

FLAGSTAFF, AZ—If any Eastern Washington fans were reminded of last year’s Big Sky MVP, Mason Peatling, when watching junior Tanner Groves put up career-highs of 26 points and 13 rebounds in EWU’s 80-64 road win over the... — Updated 12/24/2020


Branching out in community giving

Mason Jar owners and siblings Douglas and Danielle LaBar, Tina Santiago and her nephew, Andy, and niece, Sofia, and significant other Kyle Brown stand in front of gifts Santiago... — Updated 12/24/2020


ML council approves Lokett water tank lease agreement

MEDICAL LAKE—Council approved a lease agreement with Lokket after the city was contacted by the school district about an opportunity to provide Wi-Fi at no charge to families in need. The agreement was discussed and given the... — Updated 12/24/2020


Start the count: Area bird counting options this month

CHENEY—Dec. 14 marked the start of Audubon National Society’s 121st Annual Christmas Bird Count, when veteran and beginner bird-counters alike gather on a specified date to gather in their area and spend the day counting... — Updated 12/17/2020


Swenson's Trees "busier than usual" this year

CHENEY - The COVID-19 pandemic has slowed or completely shut down many businesses. Not so at Swenson's Trees, located off Sherman Road about 15 minutes east of town toward Spokane... — Updated 12/17/2020


Airway Heights council gets another resignation

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — Councilman Steve Lawrence announced his intentions to resign from his position due to a move out of city limits at council’s study session Dec. 14. His... — Updated 12/17/2020

 By Drew Lawson    News

High-steppin' fun

Participants kicked up their heels and pace during the Santa Run at last Saturday's Winterfest, hosted by Re*Imagine Medical Lake.... — Updated 12/17/2020


Joint session on growth

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — The city’s population growth has a natural effect on public safety. Recognizing this, the Planning Commission approved a letter to go to council requesting a joint meeting about the impacts that growth has on... — Updated 12/17/2020


Domestic violence, crime on the rise in 2020

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — The COVID-19 pandemic, combined with the city’s population growth, appear to be major factors in contributing to an increase in domestic violence and assault cases, as well as rising crime numbers overall. Poli... — Updated 12/17/2020


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