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 By Lee Hughes    News    May 23, 2019 

Perfect storm of issues leads to common audit finding

A three-year financial audit by the Washington State Auditors Office found that the City of Medical Lake has had issues keeping track of its internal finances. But don’t be alarmed, Kathleen Cooper, director of communications for the state auditor...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    May 23, 2019 

Medical Lake interchange project begins late June

If there's a sure sign of summer, it's roadway construction, and like seasonal temperatures, things are beginning to heat up near the Interstate 90 Medical Lake interchange. Work has already begun on...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    May 23, 2019 

Flood gates

A passing semitrailer sprays accumulated stormwater across the front of Bogle's Auto Repair at 16 1st St., Cheney, after a May 16 thunderstorm that inundated the region with various amounts of...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Opinion    May 23, 2019 

Don't forget the fallen on Memorial Day

America celebrates Memorial Day this weekend, a long-running and, in the past, controversial holiday eventually made official by President Lyndon Johnson in 1966. The purpose of the holiday is to remember our nations fallen servicemen and women who...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Sports    May 23, 2019 

Local parent requests WIAA honor Saturday Sabbath for student players

Should high school sports make accommodations for an individual student’s religious beliefs? One local family believes so and, because they had done so in the past, asked the Washington...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    May 16, 2019

ML OKs District 3 agreement

The big topic of the evening at the Medical Lake City Council meeting on May 7 was approval of a pre-annexation agreement between the city and Spokane Fire District 3. The city and the district will be asking voters to approve the annexation of the...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    May 16, 2019

Are you prepared for a long, hot and dry fire season?

Enjoy the clear blue spring sky while you can. By all accounts, this year will be host to yet another hot, dry and smoky summer fire season. “We’re already really dry,” Spokane County District...

 

His brother's keeper

After 27 years, Wes Anderson came to accept who and what he was. So it was that, in 1995, after years of personal struggles he “came out” — as a Vietnam veteran. Two years later he made...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Sports    May 16, 2019

Card softball crew end season with loss

Its over for the Medical Lake softball team after losing back-to-back games against Freeman last week. The Scotties (7-5, 14-7) traveled to Medical Lake on Tuesday, May 7, for the final game of the...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Sports    May 16, 2019

Card girls tennis closes season at districts

The 2019 Medical Lake girls tennis team ended the season last weekend with a 3-9 record, 3-10 overall, and sixth among the seven Northeast A teams, after the district tournament at Mead High School...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    May 9, 2019

Medical Lake, state dispute service contracts

If the most recent budget appropriations are any indication, Medical Lake may be losing a long-running battle of wills with the state for funding of municipal services provided to Eastern State Hospital. The city and the Department of Social and Heal...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Neighborhood    May 9, 2019

'We're not heroes. We just did our job.'

Don Turner was a go-to administrator during his 30-year Marine Corps career, and everything a Marine is reputed to be — dedicated, firm but fair, and proven in combat in the jungles of Vietnam. But...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Sports    May 9, 2019

Card softball enjoys three-game win streak going into season finale

Medical Lake at Lakeside As the regular season draws to a close, the Cardinal softball team got a taste of what the post season may be like in the Northeast A League when they faced undefeated...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Sports    May 9, 2019

ML girls tennis look ahead to postseason

The Medical Lake girls tennis squad have gone 3-9 in Northeast 1 League play and 3-10 overall, ending up in sixth place at the end of regular season court action after three final matches. The Card gi...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Sports    May 9, 2019

Card baseball crew wrap up season with loss

The Medical Lake baseball crew wrapped up the regular season with a win against Deer Park on Tuesday, April 30, followed by a post-season loser-out loss to Riverside on Saturday, May 4 in Colville tha...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Sports    May 9, 2019

Cardinal boys tennis wraps up the season

The Cards were dealt two losses in the last week of the regular season. It was a 4-1 team home loss against the Grizzlies with Medical Lake winning only a single match on Tuesday, April 30. “In general, this was a tough day due to injuries and sick...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    May 2, 2019

Major remodel underway at Eastern State Hospital

If there’s an analogy for the challenges facing the state’s mental health system, it might be found in the sweltering heat in the office of Eastern State Hospital CEO Mark Kettner. On a...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    May 2, 2019

If it's spring, it's high school assessment season

After hearing from one high school group on the instructional use of new Chromebook computers in Spanish language studies, and watched a demonstration of Knowledge Team students who had placed seventh in state competition this year, the Medical Lake...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Neighborhood    May 2, 2019

A Cavalier career

Medical Lake resident Gary Starr had a talent for hitting the target while in the Army. His first assignment as newly-minted second lieutenant was platoon leader in an U.S. Army mechanized infantry...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Sports    May 2, 2019

Cardinal girls hoping for post-season play

The Cardinal softball team made some headway in Northwest A League play as this year’s late-starting season moved ahead with strong wins in a doubleheader against Riverside, but two losses to...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Sports    May 2, 2019

Cardinal girls tennis face daunting season closer

The Medical Lake girls tennis team notched another win putting the team in fifth place in the Northeast A League at 3-6 and 3-7 overall. The Cards beat Riverside (1-8, 1-8) on the road Tuesday, April 23, on the backs of the doubles teams, who had...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Sports    May 2, 2019

ML Baseball crew locks-in playoff spot

Medical Lake at Riverside The Card baseball crew traveled to Nine Mile Falls on Friday, April 26 for an offensive onslaught by both teams that by the end of the day found Medical Lake victorious over the Riverside Rams (2-8, 5-9). But what looked...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Sports    May 2, 2019

Medical Lake boys tennis notch first season victory

You win some, you lose some, and the Cardinal boys tennis club managed one of each in regular season play, bringing their Northeast A League record to 1-6 in league play and 1-7 overall for a sixth-place position. The Cards won but a single match...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    April 25, 2019

Medical Lake holds public Comp Plan update meeting

What is Medical Lake's identity? That seems the primary question that needs answering by the small West Plains community, at least according to some in attendance at an open house intended to inform...

 
 By Lee Hughes    News    April 25, 2019

Golden score

Three’s a charm as these erstwhile egg hunters show off their golden eggs at Waterfront Park in Medical Lake Saturday, April 20. The annual event was hosted by the Medical Lake Kiwanis...

 

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