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  • Getting There: Airplane painting business takes flight

    Rod Friese grew up in South Dakota, where out of high school he took a job painting trucks. Within a few years, he got a better job painting airplanes for …


  • Getting There: Runway work reaches halfway point at airport

    Fifteen trucks ferry concrete in a constant stream to the northeast end of the main runway at Spokane International Airport. More than 100 workers are on the job, building a …


  • Decades later, servicemen’s remains returning to Spokane

    A Marine private lost at the Battle of Tarawa in 1943 and an Army captain who died as a prisoner of the North Koreans in 1951 are finally coming home …


  • Pearl Harbor survivor dies

    Ray Daves, the Navy radioman who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor and the sinking of the USS Yorktown during the Battle of Midway, died Friday at the Spokane Veterans …


  • ‘Radioman,’ tower namesake, dies at age 91

    Ray Daves, the Navy radioman who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor and the sinking of the USS Yorktown during the Battle of Midway, died Friday at the Spokane Veterans …


  • Face Time: New airport chief sees room for improved service

    Larry Krauter became director of Spokane International Airport and Felts Field on March 28. The 45-year-old Ohio native had been interim executive of the Lehigh-Northhampton Airport Authority in eastern Pennsylvania.


  • Corrections buildings traced back to Air Force

    People who want to replace the Geiger Corrections Center will have to quit referring to it as “old World War II Army barracks.” Actually, the buildings are old Cold War-era …


  • Leveling of main runway pushes air traffic to backup

    A $25 million job to raise the northeast end of the main runway at Spokane International Airport begins today and will result in flights operating off the airport’s second runway …


  • Council approves airway zones

    Spokane city leaders got a mixed message this week from landowners opposing stricter development rules near the Spokane International Airport. On one hand, developers argued for more freedom to build …


  • No Spokane cancellations from Southwest incident

    None of the 79 airplanes Southwest Airlines pulled from service Saturday flew routes to or from Spokane, said Spokane International Airport spokesman Todd Woodard. Still, passengers in Spokane were experiencing …


  • City plans land-use changes for West Plains

    Spokane officials are crafting new land-use rules for the West Plains in hopes of protecting the future of Spokane International Airport. On Jan. 1, Spokane will annex 10 square miles …


  • City foresees energy district

    The potential for an energy-based development district around the Waste-to-Energy Plant could be compromised if the facility is not reclassified as an alternative-energy provider, Spokane officials said Wednesday. Mayor Mary …


  • Editorial: Overpaying fire districts doesn’t serve taxpayers

    When a significant West Plains annexation agreement was reached a year and a half ago, Spokane Mayor Mary Verner hailed it as a sign of improved intergovernmental cooperation. Indeed, the …


  • Mobile home will help fire department serve West Plains

    Spokane’s first fire station on the West Plains won’t be the usual classy brick structure typical of the city’s other 14 stations. It will be a double-wide mobile home.


  • Air traffic control tower named for WWII veteran, FAA retiree

    There apparently is only one federal air traffic control tower named for anyone, and Spokane has it. By act of Congress, the tower at Spokane International Airport was named for …


  • New airport director confirmed

    Spokane County commissioners join Spokane City Council in approving new director of Spokane International Airport.


  • Airport another step closer to a new director

    The Spokane International Airport is one vote away from having a new director.


  • Board picks Krauter as airport director

    The Spokane International Airport board of directors Wednesday recommended Larry Krauter be made the facility’s next executive director. The nomination of Krauter, interim executive director of the Lehigh Valley Airport …


  • Caldwell: Cultural healing in business takes time

    New runways, tarmacs, rental car facilities and other improvements will have cost Spokane International Airport more than $100 million by the time the dust settles in 2013. Now, for a …


  • Work relocates Fairchild tankers

    Don’t be surprised to see U.S. Air Force jets sharing the runway at Spokane International Airport. Eight aerial refueling tankers will be temporarily based at Spokane International this year while …


  • Three finalists for airport director named

    Spokane International Airport will have a new director by March 1, and improved traffic flow sometime in 2012, if events follow timelines discussed Wednesday by airport board members. These are …


  • Western Aviation to service Felts Field

    A longtime tenant of Felts Field will take over responsibility for fueling planes, and plans to add other services under a contract approved Wednesday by the Spokane International Airport board …


  • Area travelers opt out of protest

    Delays at the Spokane airport as well as nationally were minimal Wednesday despite a planned national protest of heightened airport security measures. “It would have taken longer to protest than …


  • Spokane, U.S. airports don’t see anticipated delays

    Delays at the Spokane airport as well as nationally were minimal today despite a planned national protest of heightened airport security measures.


  • Airport directors OK budget on same fees

    Spokane International Airport directors unanimously voted Wednesday to pass along a proposed $60.3 million budget to Spokane County and the city of Spokane for approval. The 2011 budget, split into …


  • Airport director wants revitalization of Felts Field

    Ryland P. “Skip” Davis, interim director of Spokane International Airport, said he wants to launch an effort this year to revitalize Felts Field Airport. The plan would hinge on landing …


  • Airport control tower naming closer

    Spokane International Airport’s control tower would be named for one of the facility’s former controllers, World War II veteran Ray Daves, under a bill that passed the House of Representatives …


  • Completed extension will expand airport’s capability

    Spokane International Airport will open its new runway extension this morning after months of major construction. The improved runway is now 11,000 feet long, up from the old length of …


  • Spokane airport’s longer runway to open

    Spokane International Airport will open its new runway extension on Thursday morning after months of major construction.


  • Passenger pulled off flight for having fake hand grenade

    An Air Force captain was pulled off a Horizon flight at Spokane International Airport this morning after baggage screeners found a replica hand grenade in his checked suitcase.

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