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Memorial Day ceremony honors fallen

MEDICAL LAKE – Area residents gathered under blue skies at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery on May 30 to honor and respect members of the military that paid the ultimate price as defenders of the nation. As the flag waved... — Updated 6/2/2022


Dirt moving for new Goodwill

SPOKANE – Dozens of area residents showed up to watch some dirt get moved on May 31 to celebrate the initial construction of the new 60,000 square foot facility that is planned... — Updated 6/2/2022


Cardinal track athletes medal at State

CHENEY – Several Medical Lake athletes placed high enough to win medals among the hundreds of high school athletes from around Washington who came to Roos Field in Cheney to... — Updated 6/2/2022


Little League Volunteer of the Year named

WEST PLAINS – RJ Schmitt is the 2022 West Plains Little League (WPLL) Volunteer of the Year. League President Stacy Ashcroft, who nominated Ashcroft, said he is a highly active vo... — Updated 6/2/2022


Cardinal duo headed to state tennis championships

SPOKANE – Two Medical Lake boys are headed to Yakima this week to play in the state tennis tournament. Cardinals Tristan Francis and Isaac Barr will be among the state athletes competing in boys doubles for a state title Friday... — Updated 5/25/2022


Student brings gun to Sunset Elementary

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – A gun was confiscated from a Sunset Elementary student on Monday, May 23, after showing it to another student on a school bus and others on school premises. School Principal Kimberly Montecucco explained in an em... — Updated 5/25/2022


Mayor says city is financially sound

MEDICAL LAKE – Mayor Terri Cooper, gave her State of the City address at the May 17council meeting. Cooper said the city is in good shape financially, doesn’t owe any money and has well-maintained public works facilities.... — Updated 5/25/2022


Water a focal point with strategic plan

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – The city of Airway Heights has a strategic plan in place to create a better overall environment for residents and visitors. Some of the focal points include environmental quality, mobility, economic opportunity,... — Updated 5/25/2022


Airway Heights selects vendor for city services

AIRWAY HEIGHTS—The city of Airway Heights has selected Zipline B2B Marketing for its re-marketing and website services options. “The search culminated in three separate bids,” City Planner Zachary Becker said. “After review... — Updated 5/25/2022


Medical Lake working toward solar array

MEDICAL LAKE – Scrambling to meet a May 25 application deadline, the Medical Lake City Council held a special session on May 24 to approve an investment-grade audit proposal for Apollo Solutions Group. Council also discussed... — Updated 5/25/2022


Medical Lake offers summer meal program

MEDICAL LAKE – Area kids will benefit from a summer meal program offered by Medical Lake School District and sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Medical Lake Director of Nutrition Services Jill... — Updated 5/25/2022


The 13th Annual Memorial Day Observance at State Veterans Cemetery

CHENEY—The State Veterans Cemetery at Medical Lake will hold an annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 30. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. On-site parking is limited with overflow parking on Ritchey Road, carpooling is... — Updated 5/25/2022


Cardinals headed to State

CHENEY- Sixteen Medical Lake athletes have qualified for the WIAA State Track and Field Championship meet held at Eastern Washington University on May 26–28. The qualifying meet... — Updated 5/25/2022


Skyfest draws large crowd

FAIRCHILD AFB – Tens of thousands of area residents came to experience the fun of Skyfest 2022 hosted at Fairchild Air Force Base on May 14 and 15. Many showed up to see the... — Updated 5/19/2022


Hometown hero flies with Thunderbirds

FAIRCHILD AFB – Airway Heights Youth Engagement Specialist (YES) Officer Patrick Carbaugh got the chance to fly with the Air Force Thunderbirds after being nominated as a... — Updated 5/19/2022


Fire destroys apartment building

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – A Monday evening blaze on May 10 destroyed a single-level apartment building in the 12000 block of West Sunset Highway. Deputy Chief Andre Steevens with the... — Updated 5/19/2022


Cardinals drop heart breaker to Colville

SPOKANE - The Medical Lake Cardinals faced off against the Colville Crimson Hawks to see who would go on to regionals and fell short losing 5-4. Medical Lake build a four-run lead... — Updated 5/19/2022


Medical Lake league champs

MEDICAL LAKE - The Medical Lake varsity boys tennis team was crowned league champions after finishing the regular season with a 9-1record. Following a strong performance at the NEA... — Updated 5/19/2022


Cardinals hire basketball coach

MEDICAL LAKE - Brett Ward is the new head coach of the Medical Lake High School girls varsity basketball team. Ward, 31, has worked as an educator and assistant boys basketball and... — Updated 5/19/2022


Medical Lake Cardinal athletes sign letters of intent

MEDICAL LAKE — Three Medical Lake High School athletes will soon be performing at a higher level after signing collegiate Letters of Intent on May 16. Cardinal seniors Ellie Haas, Amblessed Okemgbo and Connor Palmen have all... — Updated 5/19/2022


Airway Heights Fire Department pondering facility options

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – Facility options for city departments have been a topic of discussion for some time. With some of the details yet to be ironed out, issues with the fire... — Updated 5/12/2022


Ribbon Cutting

Josh Cochran (Left) and Mark Losh shake hands and smile during the ribbon cutting ceremony held on May 4. Losh is the CEO of the West Plains Chamber of Commerce, and helps new... — Updated 5/12/2022


Council considers review process

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – As the city continues to grow, and with development happening at such a rapid pace, city leaders are looking at the Development Review Process (DRP) and mulling whether or not this process needs updated or... — Updated 5/12/2022


Girls drop three matches

MEDICAL LAKE – In a season filled with learning, the Medical Lake girls' tennis team ended the regular season without a win in league play. On May 2, the Cardinals faced off... — Updated 5/12/2022


Medical Lake tops Freeman

MEDICAL LAKE – The Cardinals escaped with a hard-fought 7–5 home win over the Freeman Scotties in the first round action of the district playoffs on May 7. Medical Lake started strong, scoring four runs in the bottom of the... — Updated 5/12/2022


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