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Wolffy's Burgers to host fundraiser benefitting fire victims

AIRWAY HEIGHTS—The two families that lost homes in the Bartholomew and Christensen fires Aug. 27 and Sept. 7, respectively will soon be getting some assistance from the... — Updated 9/16/2020

 By Drew Lawson    News

Level 2 evacuations in place for fire near Deep Creek

A Level 2 Evacuation notice has been given by Fire District No. 10 for residents between Deep Creek and Brooks Rd due to a vegetation fire in the area west of Airway Heights and... — Updated 9/10/2020

 By Drew Lawson    News 

North40 Outfitters construction begins in Airway Heights

AIRWAY HEIGHTS-Residents needing farming, sporting and agricultural goods may be anticipating the arrival of the 95,000 square foot, 16-acre North 40 Outfitters location just east... — Updated 9/24/2020

 By DREW LAWSON    News 

Medical Lake crime update: August 2020

MEDICAL LAKE — Most unusual criminal activity in town for August boiled down to the Aug. 27 shooting on Howard Street, where one man was left in critical condition and two others were questioned and detained, Undersheriff Rob She... — Updated 9/24/2020

 By DREW LAWSON    News 

Medical Lake receives additional virus relief funds

MEDICAL LAKE — Gov. Jay Inslee handed out more coronavirus relief funds (CRF) obtained by the CARES Act to state municipalities Aug. 31, and the city was the recipient of an additional $75,075 as a result, bringing its total... — Updated 9/24/2020

 By DREW LAWSON    News 

Local restaurants assist firefighters and fire victims

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — The two families that lost homes in the Bartholomew and Christensen road fires Aug. 27 and Sept. 7, respectively will soon be getting some assistance from the... — Updated 9/24/2020

 By Drew Lawson    News

We'd like our money, please

AIRWAY HEIGHTS—Council approved a letter to be sent by Mayor Kevin Richey to the Kalispel tribe concerning mitigation payments the tribe has reportedly withheld at its Sept. 8 legislative session. According to city documents... — Updated 9/17/2020

 By Drew Lawson    News

Helping out

Airway Heights/Reardan resident Aaron Inman loads donations from Airway Heights citizens into his truck to take to victims of the Malden fire. Inman has taken three truck and two... — Updated 9/17/2020

 By DREW LAWSON    Sports

Ammo shortfall result of rising gun sales, virus shutdowns

Gun owners anticipating the fall hunting season or hoping to get in some target practice are having more difficulty than normal acquiring the ammunition necessary to operate their firearms. Fox Business reported in early August... — Updated 9/17/2020

 By Drew Lawson    News

STCU may acquire Umpqua branches in Medical Lake, Ritzville

By Drew Lawson Staff Reporter SPOKANE—A banking company with 24 locations in Eastern Washington and North Idaho may be expanding even further. STCU is seeing approval to acquire four new Umpqua Bank locations, including the... — Updated 9/17/2020

 By DREW LAWSON    Sports

District 2's fall hunting options

The pandemic may have put an axe in many sporting activities this fall, but nothing is stopping hunters in Eastern Washington from enjoying the outdoors and trekking down some wildlife as the season gets underway. Some hunting seas... — Updated 9/17/2020


Chlorine leak dissipates after employees evacuate

CHENEY—A chlorine leak in a room within the Archer-Daniels Midland facility at the 600 block of 1st St forced haz-mat response and an employee evacuation before the chlorine dissipated Sept. 9. Within that room lies a 150-pound... — Updated 9/17/2020

 By Drew Lawson    News

Labor Day Heights blazes near 100% containment

AIRWAY HEIGHTS—Two fires near the city that began to burn on Labor Day are 100% contained over a week later. A fire that burned off North Old Trails Road northeast of Northern Quest Casino, now known as the Euclid Track Fire, is... — Updated 9/17/2020


New Day dawns for EWU police department

CHENEY—Jay Day spent the early 1990’s trying to shut down opposing receivers on the Eastern Washington University football team as a defensive back. Nearly 30 years later, he’s taking over for retiring EWU Police Department... — Updated 9/17/2020


Structure lost in Christensen fire

DEEP CREEK--A Level 2 Evacuation notice given by Fire District No. 10 remained in place for residents between Deep Creek and Brooks Rd due to a 75-acre vegetation fire in the area... — Updated 9/10/2020


CARES funding, lake access hot topics

MEDICAL LAKE—Small businesses and residents with issues paying utility bills as a result of pandemic-incited economic hardships will soon have a chance to apply for some financial relief. The city’s CARES act allotment under... — Updated 9/10/2020


Wildfire engulfs acreage by casino

AIRWAY HEIGHTS—Smoke filled the West Plains skies and city residents stood by awaiting potential evacuation recommendations due to a 260-acre fire burning grass and timber northeast of Northern Quest Casino Monday. Crews... — Updated 9/10/2020


Crews control brush blaze

MEDICAL LAKE — Fire crews reached 100% containment on a 310-acre fire just east of the city by the end of their shift Aug. 29. Authorities responded to a fire burning in dry... — Updated 9/3/2020


Fairchild celebrates 64th birthday of KC-135

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE-On Aug. 31, 1956, the KC-135 stratotanker took its first flight off base. 64 years later, the refueling tanker continues to be the model used by the base... — Updated 9/3/2020


Historical spot to honor Mann's ultimate sacrifice

REARDAN - Joe Mann lived in Reardan scaling church steeples and overcoming broken collar bones in football games because he didn't want to sub out before graduating from the high... — Updated 9/3/2020


Hazelwood Square construction begins

AIRWAY HEIGHTS—It may not be possible to catch the latest flick at the cinema, but residents driving east on Highway 2 may notice the bustle of construction in the adjacent lot. That construction is for the Hazelwood Square... — Updated 9/3/2020


What's on tap for Airway Heights?

AIRWAY HEIGHTS—As city population is anticipated to continue growing and the mission expands at Fairchild Air Force Base, the city planning and public works departments are developing plans for future city growth, business... — Updated 9/3/2020

 By Drew Lawson    Education

Claiming your turf

Members of the Eastern Washington University women’s basketball team and Athletic Department administration help hand out chunks of the football field’s red turf, or... — Updated 8/27/2020


City seeks community feedback on development of city central core

AIRWAY HEIGHTS—Airway Heights is growing. The population grew from 6,114 in 2010 to 10,010 in 2020-a 64% growth rate. The city estimates the population will continue to grow to... — Updated 8/27/2020


Medical Lake council OKs CARES funding allocation

MEDICAL LAKE — The city received $150,500 of funding via the federal CARES act. Now, it must decide how to allocate those funds. Council heard a discussion with city administrator Doug Ross and mayor Shirley Maike on such a topic... — Updated 8/27/2020


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