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 By Lee Hughes    News    March 14, 2019 

A joining of fire forces

The clock is ticking for the Medical Lake City Council to decide to ask voters to consider merging the city’s struggling all-volunteer fire department with Spokane County Fire District 3. Speaking...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Education    March 14, 2019 

Medical Lake ponders state budget changes

Lawmakers in Olympia have educators wringing their hands wondering what their school district's budget will look like once this year's legislative dust settles. Although in a good position...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Sports    March 14, 2019 

Snowbound: Spring sports training challenges

Training for spring sports normally has its challenges, but when winter decides to show up several weeks late, then hang on indefinitely, it can make for some adaptations by coaches and their teams....

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    March 7, 2019

Medical Lake district dedicates new room

There’s a new room at Medical Lake High School that’s partially painted in various shades of Air Force blue. A scale model of a KC-135 tanker sits in one corner; the Fairchild Air Force Base logo...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Education    March 7, 2019

ML school board hears of assessments and finances

The Medical Lake School Board had a full agenda at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Feb. 26, when they considered variety of topics including policy revisions, special education successes, and a...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Education    March 7, 2019

ML High School sends 10 musicians to All-Northwest performance

The Medical Lake High School music department sent 10 of its musicians and singers on Feb. 14-17 to Portland, Ore. to the National Association for Music Education, Northwest Division All-Northwest...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Opinion    March 7, 2019

In the mythical pursuit of happiness

Sometimes it’s hard to see the forest because of the trees. The U.S. Constitution guarantees those inalienable rights to which the founding fathers referred in the Declaration of Independence — life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness....

 

One blessing leads to another in ML

When is a business a business, and when is it part of the fabric of a community? Medical Lake may find out soon if things don't turn around for Care and Share, the 30-year-old landmark thrift store...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Sports    March 7, 2019

ML girls close season with fifth place

The Medical Lake girls arrived home after four days of state playoff games at the Hardwood Classic at the Yakima SunDome, bringing with them a fifth place title for the second year in a row after...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    February 28, 2019

Medical Lake council delays renewal of utility leases

All council members were present at the regular bi-weekly Medical Lake City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19. The primary focus of the evening was on the first reading of renewals for Avista and T-Mobile franchise agreements that allow the...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Sports    February 28, 2019

Medical Lake girls advance to state playoffs

The Medical Lake girls moved ahead in post-season play in a low scoring, defensive 42-31 road victory against King’s Way Knights Friday at West Valley High School. But the beginning of the game...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Sports    February 28, 2019

Enduring the pain for the love of the game

This is a basketball story. But it doesn't necessarily involve statistics, unless you can quantify desire. The Medical Lake Cardinal girls, led by Northeast 1A League Most Valuable Player Jessica...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    February 28, 2019

ML workers make quick work of waterline break

Avista and the City of Medical Lake had an unfortunate encounter with a long forgotten service line near the intersection of North Stanley and East Percival Streets on Monday. Avista crews were placing a new utility pole and, in an abundance of...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    February 21, 2019

Medical Lake to tie into Spokane water system

The City of Medical Lake will be constructing a new intertie connection with the City of Spokane beginning this spring near Craig Road and State Route 902, officials said. The nearly $500,000 infrastructure project will allow Medical Lake to tap...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    February 21, 2019

It's the same tracks, but it's a new train operator

You probably haven't noticed, but there's a new railroad in town. Tucked unobtrusively beneath a covered walkway on Lefevre Street in downtown Medical Lake are the offices of the Washington Eastern...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Sports    February 21, 2019

My oh my, it may be snowing, but it's almost baseball season

The French-born American historian Jacque Barzun, a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, wrote extensively about a wide range of Western and American cultural phenomena. One of his cultural studies involved baseball. He’s even quoted on...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Sports    February 21, 2019

Four Cardinal wrestlers place at state

The Medical Lake wrestling squad closed out an impressive season last weekend at the Matt Classic XXXI at the Tacoma Dome, taking 13 wrestlers to the state championship tournament. Weston Thomas in...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Sports    February 21, 2019

Card girls smash Omak on the home hardwood

It took four minutes for the visiting Caribou League Omak Pioneers (8-4, 14-9) to even get on the board against the Medical Lake girls’ “Red Crush” defense in a one-sided 59-33 victory on...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Sports    February 21, 2019

Cardinal boys bow out to Lakeside in season finale

The Medical Lake boys basketball team lost their third in a row, losing on the road at West Valley High School in their final game of the season against the Lakeside Eagles Wednesday, Feb. 13 in a...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Sports    February 21, 2019

Medical Lake girls lose in NEA playoff game

The game at West Valley High School sometimes looked more like a wrestling match than a basketball game on Feb. 13 when the Medical Lake girls took on an aggressive Freeman team in the NEA...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    February 14, 2019

City business or Trump speech?

When is it appropriate for an elected official to skip their duties? That was a point of discussion at the Medical Lake City Council’s regular meeting Tuesday, Feb. 5, after one councilman chose to skip the meeting to instead watch the State of...

 

The metamorphosis of Destiny

Our internal strength comes from controlling our perceptions and reactions to things external to us, or so ancient stoic philosophers believed and practiced. Of all the things Medical Lake High...

 

Lemaster named senior volunteer of the year

Longtime Medical Lake High School tennis coach Leroy Lemaster was named this year's Kiwanis senior citizen volunteer of the year Saturday at St. Anne's Parrish Hall in front of nearly 80 of the...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Sports    February 14, 2019

Cardinal girls power ahead in NEA playoffs

The top-seeded Medical Lake girls basketball squad were once again victorious in NEA district basketball tournament play on a snowy Friday at West Valley High School, keeping the Colville Indians at...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Sports    February 14, 2019

Medical Lake boys basketball: win one, lose one in playoffs

The Medical Lake boys basketball team rode a rollercoaster into the first two rounds of NEA post-season play with a road win against the Freeman Scotties on Wednesday, Feb. 6, , followed by a...

 

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