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UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 12, 2018, 3:25 p.m.

With combat experience spanning seven decades, vets gather at Arena Sunday

Local leaders honored veterans and those killed in action at during Sunday ceremony.


Lawsuit blames U.S. government for water contamination around Fairchild Air Force Base

The lawsuit, filed last week in U.S. District Court in Spokane, alleges Fairchild Air Force Base officials used the fire retardant recklessly and failed to warn neighbors of its “inherently …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 23, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

Airman invents piece for 60-year-old plane to keep its landing-gear doors from breaking

The window behind Tech. Sgt. Shawn Roberge’s computer at Fairchild Air Force Base reveals a shop arranged with metal fabrication machines and tools he uses to tinker with parts for …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 10:12 p.m.

Veterans Affairs’ Wilkie coming to Spokane for family military summit

Fairchild Air Force Base will host Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie later this month as he takes part in the Congressional Military Family Summit.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 22, 2018, 5:31 p.m.

Fire early Saturday morning razes a shop north of Airway Heights

Flames were reported by a neighbor in the 19400 block of W. Bowie Road, according to fire officials. They were able to contain the damage to the shop, and there …


National Guard, Black Hawk helicopters assist fire crews in Eastern Washington

National Guard employs two Black Hawks to help fight wildfires in Eastern Washington.


UPDATED: Wed., July 18, 2018, 10:36 p.m.

Ex-NFL star Herschel Walker speaks about mental illness at Fairchild Air Force Base

On Wednesday, the former Dallas Cowboy spoke on stage at Fairchild’s theater, entertaining the audience with old football stories and humorous analogies that often segued into an important message about …


Shawn Vestal: Airway Heights water worse than feared

People living around Fairchild Air Force Base drank water contaminated with a chemical found in firefighting foams, probably for decades. In the year since the pollution was discovered in city …


UPDATED: Fri., June 15, 2018, 11 p.m.

New leader assumes command of Fairchild Air Force Base

Flanked by sentinel stratotankers and facing 250 airmen in formation and short-sleeve blues, Col. Derek Salmi assumed command of Fairchild Air Force Base and the 92nd Air Refueling Wing on …


UPDATED: Tue., June 12, 2018, 9:48 p.m.

Spokane Indians express sky-high feelings on tour of Fairchild Air Force Base

The Spokane Indians were given a tour Tuesday of the 92nd Air Fueling Wing, toed the catwalk of Fairchild’s lofty control tower and watched a punch-heavy combat training session.


UPDATED: Fri., June 8, 2018, 11:16 p.m.

‘Doomsday’ plane that follows president arrives at Fairchild

An E-4B checked into Fairchild Air Force Base Friday afternoon for a visit that was described as “routine.”


UPDATED: Mon., May 7, 2018, 6:34 p.m.

Greater Spokane Incorporated honored for supporting Fairchild Air Force Base

Greater Spokane Incorporated has won the 2017 Abilene Trophy, an annual award recognizing a community that is most supportive of its local 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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …