Stories tagged: Fairchild Air Force Base
UPDATED: Wed., April 11, 2018, 9:35 a.m.
Neighbors of Fairchild Air Force Base sue makers of toxic fire retardant, including 3M Co.
The plaintiffs claim they have suffered from an array of serious health problems caused by the water contamination, which resulted from decades of foam runoff from a training site on …
Sun., April 8, 2018
Spokane, Airway Heights close to new water deal following well contamination
The two-year agreement will cap the amount of water Airway Heights can use from the Spokane aquifer and give the city time to address a long-term solution for well contamination …
Sun., March 25, 2018
With more planes arriving to Fairchild, Lt. Gen. Giovanni Tuck says base’s future remains bright
In a gallery of photos hanging on the wall of a cavernous World War II-era hangar at Fairchild Air Force Base, Lt. Gen. Giovanni Tuck’s picture shows him smiling, between …
Fri., Jan. 26, 2018
State could put limits on development near bases
State may require cities and counties to restrict “incompatible” development near military bases.
UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 23, 2018, 8:29 p.m.
Washington could ban cancer-causing chemicals used to fight fires
Fire departments could be banned from using foam with certain chemicals that cause cancer, damage groundwater.
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 10:47 p.m.
Air Force to reimburse Airway Heights for clean water after decades of chemical contamination
The U.S. Air Force has agreed to reimburse the city of Airway Heights for water it’s purchasing from the city of Spokane, months after the revelation that firefighting operations at …
Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 4:58 p.m.
Semi crash Tuesday closes Highway 2
A semi hauling other semi trucks hit an overpass west of Fairchild Air Force Base on U.S. Highway 2, tipping over and blocking the roadway.
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 7:27 p.m.
Rapid change from a large influx of jobs? We’ve seen that come, and go, before
The last time the Spokane area got the kind of boost in employment being projected for a second Amazon headquarters, it took a push by local businesses, a “gift” of …
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 9:42 a.m.
Former Fairchild Air Force Base commander joins Spokane school board
Brian Newberry, a former commander at Fairchild Air Force Base is Spokane’s newest school board member.
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 6, 2017, 11:07 p.m.
Cleanup bill for toxic firefighting chemicals at military bases could reach $2 billion
It may cost up to $2 billion to clean up toxic firefighting chemicals that have leaked from more than 400 U.S. military installations, including Fairchild Air Force Base, a group …
Sun., Sept. 3, 2017
Spin Control: I nuked Spokane on paper for a story Wednesday. It was the second time in 36 years.
Figuring out what would happen if a nuclear blast hit Spokane.
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 1, 2017, 9:21 p.m.
Fairchild AFB wins Omaha Trophy for second straight year
For the second year in a row, Fairchild Air Force Base and the 92nd Refueling Wing won the prestigious Omaha Trophy, the first time in the award’s 46 year history …
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 22, 2017, 10:08 p.m.
KC-135 training missions on Tuesday had massive plane flying low over Spokane
A 136-foot flying gas station can that can reach speeds of 580 miles per hour tends to get attention, especially when it flies low over Spokane.
UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 7, 2017, 9:56 p.m.
Fairchild officials testing 100 more wells for firefighting chemicals
About 100 more wells near Fairchild Air Force Base will be tested for toxic firefighting chemicals, officials said Monday.
UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 10:25 p.m.
Mobility Guardian: Air war exercises bring 30 countries to Washington this week
Keep your eyes to the sky. The largest air war exercise seen in the Pacific Northwest began Monday with more than 3,700 military personnel from 30 countries descending on the …
UPDATED: Fri., July 28, 2017, 6:46 p.m.
Chemical concentrations near Fairchild reach nearly six times EPA recommendation
Toxic firefighting chemicals were found in drinking water north of Fairchild Air Force Base at concentrations of up to 409 parts per trillion, nearly six times the level that federal …
Fri., July 28, 2017
Thunderbird pilots roar above Spokane for Skyfest 2017
Thunderbirds show featured for this weekend’s Skyfest 2017 at Fairchild Air Force Base.
UPDATED: Sat., July 15, 2017, 11:04 p.m.
Airway Heights water contamination spurs talks for West Plains water deals
The City of Spokane is looking at ways to update its existing water agreement with Airway Heights and possibly adding Medical Lake to its list of customers. Contamination identified in …
UPDATED: Fri., July 14, 2017, 11 p.m.
Former F-15 pilot takes command of 141st Refueling Wing at Fairchild
Col. Johan A. Deutscher, who has flown the F-15 fighter in his Air Force career, has taken over command of the 141st Air Refueling Wing.
UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 12:17 p.m.
Search for contaminated water expands north of Fairchild Air Force Base
The search for contaminated water has expanded north of Fairchild Air Force Base after four wells in the area showed elevated levels of toxic firefighting chemicals.
UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 7:14 a.m.
Spokane tribal casino to get roundabout on U.S. 2
The new tribal casino under construction on the west side of Airway Heights is going to include a multi-lane roundabout on U.S. Highway 2
Thu., June 29, 2017, 4:07 p.m.
Investigation shows Airman found dead on Fairchild Air Force Base committed suicide
The Spokane County Medical Examiner has ruled that the Airman who was found dead in his dorm room at Fairchild Air Force Base on Tuesday committed suicide, according to the …
UPDATED: Tue., June 27, 2017, 6:53 p.m.
Airman found dead at Fairchild Air Force Base
An airman was found dead in a dormitory room at Fairchild Air Force Base around 2 p.m. Tuesday, according to the U.S. Air Force.
UPDATED: Mon., June 5, 2017, 7:32 p.m.
Air Force: More KC-135s inbound to Fairchild
The fleet of tankers at Fairchild Air Force Base is about to get bigger as the Air Force has announced plans to transfer 12 more KC-135 tankers to the West …
UPDATED: Wed., May 31, 2017, 3:52 p.m.
Spokane Tribe releases name, logo for new casino development in Airway Heights
Two horses representing the past and future of the Spokane Tribe of Indians are featured in the logo representing the $400 million project, which has drawn legal challenges ahead of …
UPDATED: Fri., May 26, 2017, 9:59 p.m.
Airway Heights water is still contaminated
The latest water quality tests show that the water in the Airway Heights water system is still contaminated, though it has improved.
UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017, 11:20 p.m.
Hundreds bring fears of Airway Heights water contamination to meeting with Fairchild officials
Hundreds of people worried about the water they drink, bathe in and give to their animals packed the Medical Lake High School gym Tuesday night to demand answers.
Sat., May 20, 2017, 5:22 a.m.
Airway Heights pumping out contaminated water that some say could be replaced by Fairchild supplies
City officials said Friday that levels of contaminants in the Airway Heights water system were more than 15 times the threshold established by the Environmental Protection Agency last year. Flushing …
UPDATED: Thu., May 18, 2017, 9:51 p.m.
Airway Heights seeks more emergency water following well contamination discovery
The advisory not to drink the city’s tap water entered its third day Thursday as Airway Heights officials sought additional help from Spokane and private landowners pondered their legal options …
UPDATED: Thu., May 18, 2017, 10:38 p.m.
Fairchild families celebrate National Police Week
In celebration of National Police Week, Fairchild Air Force Base personnel and their families took an afternoon of leisure to barbecue, check out SWAT vehicles and gear, and learn more …