Kevin O’Grady was the kind of guy who was never late. “If he told you he’d pick you up at 5 o’clock, he’d get there by 4:59,” the Air Force veteran and upholstery expert’s youngest daughter, Katy O’Grady, recalled. “He was always early.”
Worried about what you're gonna do if those extended unemployment benefits ever run out?
Options abound for the marginally skilled in Spokane. Some call them slacker jobs but you can call them non-traditional career paths if you want.
This would be the last winter you could use studded snow tires if Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart and others have their way. Frustrated with the millions of dollars in damage caused by the metal cleats chewing up pavement, Stuckart is hoping state lawmakers would finally agree to ban studded tires if they knew Eastern Washington’s largest city is backing the effort. But if that request falls short, he’s hoping to at least persuade them to impose hefty user fees on the tires to help offset the cost of repairing the damage.
The new commander at Fairchild Air Force Base wants to expand military partnerships with Air National Guard units and, with any luck, revive the popular SkyFest air show next year. Col. Brian Newberry, starting his second week in charge of the 92nd Air Refueling Wing, said Monday he’ll be assembling a full list of goals for the next two years after he’s had a chance to review base operations and the challenges of supporting round-the-clock homeland defense missions here and combat refueling missions overseas.
Dozens of candidates seeking everything from congressional and legislative seats to judicial and county commission posts are vying for the chance to advance to the Nov. 5 general election. Which candidates make the cut in the Aug. 7 primary and which don’t is up to voters.
The upcoming sentencing hearing for former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. was postponed Thursday to give defense attorneys more time to investigate recent developments that might bolster their argument for a new trial.
A major lobbying push is under way for Fairchild Air Force Base to receive the first of the next-generation aerial refueling tankers. Washington’s congressional delegation, along with state and legislative leaders, sent letters this week to Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley describing Fairchild as an ideal choice, both strategically and fiscally, for the first KC-46A tanker squadron.
Fairchild Air Force Base is sending seven aerial refueling tankers and about 100 crew members to help enforce the no-fly zone over Libya. Five of its KC-135 Stratotankers left over the weekend, one is scheduled to fly out this morning, and another was diverted to North Africa last week while on an unrelated mission, base officials said Tuesday. The tankers and crews will become part of Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn, and will operate from an undisclosed airfield overseas.
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 repairs are made to Fairchild Air Force Base’s runway and flight line.
MANAS TRANSIT CENTER, Kyrgyzstan – The slight evening drizzle had turned to a steady twilight rain, but Airman 1st Class Dustin Harder continued digging into the KC-135 aerial refueling tanker’s engines, using the jet’s broad wingspan to help stay dry. The tanker had finished a refueling mission over Afghanistan and would be needed back in the air soon, ready to deliver more fuel to thirsty fighter jets providing air cover for U.S. and coalition ground forces or to cargo planes needing to extend their flight paths.
MANAS TRANSIT CENTER, Kyrgyzstan – Taking advantage of an invitation to tour this small U.S. air base as a friend of a civilian Kyrgyz national who works here, tobacco producer Ulvgbek Abazgano took a moment to reflect as he struggled to describe what he was feeling. The roads are paved and smooth. The buildings, primarily reinforced tents and other temporary quarters common among U.S. expeditionary bases, all have hot and cold running water, flush toilets, heat and air conditioning. Food is plentiful.
VASILIEVKA, Kyrgyzstan – The youngsters at Solnyshko preschool in this impoverished village near the border of Kazakhstan were excited to see the American men and women from the nearby air base. They giggled and clapped their hands. Fidgeted in their seats. And waited as patiently as any preschooler is able when the promise of gifts and perhaps even candy is just a few formalities away. “They’re always happy when the Americans come,” the school’s principal, Manzura Kushbaeva, said through an interpreter.
SOMEWHERE OVER AFGHANISTAN – Staff Sgt. Aaron McLaughlin eased the KC-135’s fuel boom toward the fully armed fighter jet pushing up beneath the tanker’s tail. Within moments the two aircraft were linked high above the rugged battlefields of Afghanistan as thousands of gallons of aviation fuel pumped into the F-15E Strike Eagle.
An attack at a Spokane Valley home early Sunday left a woman dead, one son on life support and a second son with a slashed neck.
The suspected killer, identified as 39-year-old Jan DeMeerleer, was found dead in his Northwood-area home hours after the attack in Spokane Valley from an apparent suicide.
A Spokane man got some good news and some bad news this weekend from police.
The good news: Ziggy’s employees found the item he apparently lost while shopping at the building supply store Sunday.
The bad news: It was a baggie of methamphetamine and Ziggy’s called Spokane police.
Break out the galoshes. Warm winds are expected to push daytime temperatures across Spokane and Coeur d'Alene into the low 40s today, replacing recent snowfall with widespread rain and drizzle, according to the National Weather Service. Even overnight lows could stay just above the freezing mark.