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 By Lee Hughes    News    September 19, 2019 

The 2020 budget wish list

The Medical Lake City Council and staff discussed a wish list of projects they hope to include in their 2020 budget at a roundtable public workshop at City Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 10. City Administrator Doug Ross began by ticking-off a list of...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    September 19, 2019 

Closure planned for portion of Medical Lake interchange

Drivers will be enduring a 10-day closure of the north half of the Medical Lake interchange beginning Monday, Sept. 30, according to Washington State Department of Transportation officials. The...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Sports    September 19, 2019 

Cardinal football squad falls to oversized Okanogan

The Okanogan Bulldogs (1-1) brought their big boys to Holliday Field in Medical Lake to dominate on the ground under the Friday night lights on Sept. 13, in a 33-6 loss for the smaller Cardinal...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Sports    September 19, 2019 

Cardinal girls soccer team falls to Lakeside, Kettle Falls

Medical Lake’s girls’ soccer team started the season struggling, going scoreless in their first two games, out-gunned and out-maneuvered on the pitch. The Cardinals dropped their first game to...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Sports    September 19, 2019 

Cardinal volleyball crew falls in three sets against Lakeside

It was an enthusiastic Medical Lake varsity volleyball squad that began their 2019 season with a 0-3 loss against visiting Lakeside on Thursday, Sept. 12, in the teams first Northeast A League game...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    September 12, 2019

Condemned Medical Lake building gets reprieve

The condemned 99-year-old building at 110 S. Lefevre St. in Medical Lake has received a reprieve after owner and Spokane investor Andy Louie successfully submitted required engineering documents to city officials that paved the way for...

 

Is this the the end of democracy?

Is democracy threatened? Look around and it seems like — feels like — something is off. Things are amiss, and to offset what some consider the beginning of the end of democracy as we know it requires civic responsibility. We are seemingly...

 

Cardinals flattened by St. Maries in season opener

It’s a building season for the Medical Lake Cardinals football squad, and they definitely hit a building called St. Maries in a one-sided, 32-2 non-league blowout in their season opener Friday,...

 

Cardinal volleyball crew challenged at weekend jamboree

The Medical Lake volleyball squad headed to Davenport on Saturday, Sept. 7 for the Davenport Jamboree, where they notched but a single win in four matches. But that’s OK with head coach Todd Harr. “Each of the girls played better as the day...

 

Professional athletics, patriotism and the people's right to protest

I’m a big fan of sports, the national anthem and free speech. Like most fans, I enjoy watching talented people who have trained hard to hone their natural athletic gifts to compete against others on the field in their chosen sport. Sung at these...

 

Blue is for fun

Fans at August’s Blue Waters, Bluegrass festival enjoyed the music in a variety of ways, including doing a little dancing on the grass at Medical Lake’s Waterfront Park. Photos such as these are...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    September 12, 2019

Closure planned for portion of Medical Lake interchange

Drivers may be enduring a 10-day closure of the north half of the Medical Lake interchange beginning Monday, Sept. 30, according to Washington State Department of Transportation officials. "We're 95...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    September 5, 2019

In search of better fire flow

Big changes are coming to the Medical Lake water system — and nobody will likely notice. The changes, including a new booster pump at one of the city’s two interties with the state water system, and a new intertie with the city of Spokane will...

 

ML school board kicks off new school year

The Medical Lake School Board kicked off the new school year at its Tuesday, Aug. 27 meeting by moving money around for a new high school roof, hearing summer program reports, receiving an enrollment...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Sports    September 5, 2019

Lawsuit alleges WIAA discrimination

Editor's note: This story was updated on Sept. 16, 2019 to reflect an error in the original reporting that the lawsuit had been withdrawn. According to lawyers for the plaintiffs, only a portion of...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    August 29, 2019

Proposed gun range one step closer to approval

Spokane County Commissioners have approved a petition by the Spokane Gun Club to re-designate a 451-acre site near the Medical Lake Cemetery from no shooting to a shooting zone at their Aug. 20 meeting after receiving an approval recommendation from...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    August 29, 2019

Deputies in high speed chase through Silver Lake and Medical Lake

Medical Lake social media lit up Saturday evening when a high-speed chase ensued after Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies spotted a wanted suspect near Silver Lake. The pursuit began at 10:45 p.m. when a deputy attempted to pull the suspect over,...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    August 29, 2019

Medical Lake's Lefevre Street Bakery & Café for sale

If you've been pondering on the status of Medical Lake's Lefevre Street Bakery and Café, the cat is now out of the bag: it's for sale. That's at least one path that co-owner Kevin Gerhart is holding...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    August 22, 2019

State officials study West Plains traffic

The Washington State Department of Transportation and its partners are taking a fresh look at West Plains’ transportation as growth begins to outpace the area’s roadways capacity. WSDOT and a technical team of local, regional, tribal and federal...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Opinion    August 22, 2019

What if there was no more oil?

The Swedish climate activist 16-year-old Greta Thunberg recently set sail across the Atlantic on a solar and wind-powered racing yacht to attend climate summits in the U.S. She was offered the use of the yacht because she refused to use a...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    August 15, 2019

Spokane Gun Club targets West Plains

The West Plains may be getting a gun range soon if the Spokane Gun Club’s efforts work in their favor. But not everyone is thrilled with the idea. Located in Spokane Valley since 1892, the gun club...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    August 15, 2019

New building planned for downtown Medical Lake

Medical Lake may be seeing a new building downtown, at least if the plans of Bob and Jennifer Maxwell come to fruition. The couple has purchased the lot, including the building commonly known as the...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    August 15, 2019

Bluegrass under cloudy skies

Members of the bluegrass band Whiskey Deaf keep the crowd entertained Saturday at the 18th annual Blue Water Bluegrass Festival at Medical Lake’s Waterfront Park last weekend....

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    August 15, 2019

Medical Lake, District 3 fire annexation and levy pass

The organization that has been serving the citizens of Medical Lake for 115 years will soon be no more. With the overwhelming passage of Proposition 1 earlier this month, the Medical Lake Fire...

 

Nichols is August Medical Lake Yard of the Month

From left: Dan Dorshorst of the Medical Lake Kiwanis, Gayle Hennings of the Gardeners of Cheney, homeowner Diane Nichols, and Donna Kuilbert of Gardeners of Cheney. As this month’s winner, Nichols...

 

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