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AH public art ordinance awaits council approval

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – The Planning Commission took another step forward in the city’s Public Art Plan at their July 14 meeting. They voted to take the latest ordinance to the City Council for a public hearing. The ordinance will... — Updated 7/22/2021


Airway Heights corrects affordable housing incentives

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — The City Council looked at a resolution concerning additional affordable housing incentives at their July 12 study session. Due to the city’s steadily increasing growth, affordable housing is a priority for... — Updated 7/22/2021


Fire District 3 seeks restoration of levy amount

CHENEY — Spokane County Fire District No. 3 has a property tax levy proposal alongside the fast-approaching elections. The proposed levy would restore the district to $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value and be collected in 2022.... — Updated 7/22/2021


Police reform laws going into effect July 25

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — Like the rest of Washington state, the police department will be adjusting their tactics this month. Eleven new bills, signed by Gov. Jay Inslee in May, will go into effect on July 25. These bills are a result of... — Updated 7/22/2021


DDM Imports fined for third violation

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — DDM Imports, a company located on Garfield Road in Airway Heights, was a part of a federal Clean Air Act violation for the third time in two years. The company was fined $66,622 without admission of liability... — Updated 7/21/2021


Airway Heights plans future construction

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – The City Council approved the design scope for future construction projects in their July 6 meeting. One will take place on 10th Avenue from Garfield to Hayford. The other will be a pedestrian crossing beacon on... — Updated 7/15/2021


Airway Heights finalizing new franchise agreements

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — The city is in the process of finalizing two franchise agreements with Avista, an electric and natural gas energy company. The agreements would replace the city’s existing gas and electric franchise... — Updated 7/15/2021


Airway Heights council recaps July 4 celebration

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — The City Council met on July 6, only a couple days after the Independence Day celebration, for a holiday recap and official action on multiple study session agenda items. According to Police Chief Brad Richmond,... — Updated 7/15/2021


Feed Medical Lake celebrates its 10th anniversary

MEDICAL LAKE — After postponing the celebration due to the heat, Feed Medical Lake finally celebrated its 10th anniversary on July 12. With an outdoor barbeque spread and celebratory cake and ice cream, they gathered at St.... — Updated 7/15/2021


Medical Lake school district reviews discipline policy

MEDICAL LAKE — As the 2021-22 school year approaches, the school board anticipates a return to in-person learning. One of the changes coming with the new year is the revised school district discipline policy. The policy is... — Updated 7/15/2021


Summer support groups come to Medical Lake schools

MEDICAL LAKE — The school district will be hosting support groups this summer for both children and adults to help process the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the first summer they have held groups like... — Updated 7/15/2021


FCC commissioner visits Airway Heights

AIRWAY HEIGHTS - Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers made a trip around the 5th Congressional District on July 2 with Federal Communications Commission... — Updated 7/8/2021


Airway Heights OKs fireworks law

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – The city council held an emergency meeting at 5 p.m. on July 2 to discuss an ordinance regarding fireworks. The ordinance was adopted after the council voted to suspend the rules that would require multiple... — Updated 7/8/2021


Airway Heights study session covers city's development

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — Developments are afoot in Airway Heights. The City Council met on June 28 for a study session that covered multiple departments’ plans for the city. Public Works Director Kevin Anderson went over the 10th... — Updated 7/8/2021


Livestock arrive at Cheney Rodeo grounds

CHENEY - The rodeo is only days away, and the signs are everywhere. Livestock arrived at 4 p.m. on July 7 in preparation for the Cheney Rodeo, filing into the fields to get... — Updated 7/7/2021

 By Riley Kankelberg    News

Airway Heights council passes fireworks ordinance

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – The city council held an emergency meeting at 5 p.m. on July 2 to discuss an ordinance regarding fireworks. The ordinance was adopted after the council voted to suspend the rules that would require multiple... — Updated 7/5/2021

 By Riley Kankelberg    News

Brush fire near Cheney High School

CHENEY – Firefighters extinguished a brush fire that started at the intersection of North 6th Street and Simpson-Parkway on July 1. The fire was called in at 4:07 p.m., and by... — Updated 7/1/2021


Lenny's is back with a twist

CHENEY - Can a restaurant be both eerily familiar and brand new? For longtime Cheney residents, driving by Lenny's Classic American Burgers is like a blast from the past - exactly t... — Updated 7/1/2021


Curing a traffic headache

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — A traffic issue that has been on the city’s checklist for years is getting closer to completion. The city awarded a contract to Power City Electric that will add a second southbound left turn lane on the... — Updated 7/1/2021


New year, new curriculum

MEDICAL LAKE — The COVID-19 pandemic changed the landscape of public school and put several school board decisions on hold. When school returns to a semi-normal state in September, it will return with a new curriculum for the... — Updated 7/1/2021


Medical Lake school board looks to the new year

MEDICAL LAKE — The school board celebrated the end of the 2020-21 school year at their June 22 meeting. Members reminisced about a successful last week of school and graduation ceremony in a year defined by the COVID-19... — Updated 7/1/2021


Free meals start now for Medical Lake students

MEDICAL LAKE — Students can eat breakfast and lunch for free starting June 28, but free meals are not ending with summer. Due to a decision from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), lunch will be free across the school dist... — Updated 7/1/2021


Heat postpones Feed Medical Lake's anniversary celebration

MEDICAL LAKE — The heatwave sweeping Washington is causing more than discomfort. The Feed Medical Lake 10th Anniversary Celebration, an event a decade in the making, was postponed on Monday when temperatures reached 106 degrees.... — Updated 7/1/2021


Working on the railroad

Contractor crews working for the state Department of Transportation had State Route 902 blocked for several days last week as they performed work on the Washington Eastern Railway... — Updated 7/1/2021


Founder's Day nonetheless

The Founder's Day Marketplace was held at the Medical Lake Middle School soccer field in Medical Lake, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 19, 2021. While there was no parade this year... — Updated 6/24/2021


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