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UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 20, 2019

‘Nice girls don’t join the military’: New Fairchild commander proves her mettle – and critics wrong

Lt. Col. Cindy Dawson is the new commander of the reactivated 97th Air Refueling Squadron at Fairchild Air Force Base, the largest wing of KC-135 Stratotankers in the world.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019

Air refueling squadron touches back down at Fairchild, will bring 400 new service members

“We are the center of excellence for air refueling, which essentially is the backbone of our global reach capability,” said Col. Gene Jacobus, vice commander of the 92nd Air Refueling …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 14, 2019

Ecology Department will collect and incinerate toxic firefighting foam

The Washington Department of Ecology announced Monday it will begin collecting and incinerating stockpiles of a toxic fire retardant foam that was used by fire departments for decades before the …


UPDATED: Mon., June 24, 2019

A week of tragedies tested Fairchild Air Force Base and Spokane 25 years ago

Twenty-five years ago, two tragedies struck Fairchild Air Force Base in the same week.


UPDATED: Sat., June 22, 2019

Thousands flock to Fairchild Air Force Base for Skyfest 2019

Thousands of veterans, families and aircraft enthusiasts flocked to Fairchild Air Force Base on Saturday for Skyfest 2019, an air show featuring new and old aircraft.


F-22 Raptors arrive at Fairchild Air Force Base

Most of the people who fix, fly or inspect the F-22 Raptor parked on Fairchild Air Force Base’s runway said working with fighter jets is their dream.


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019

Fairchild commemorates 25th anniversary of B-52 crash, mass shooting

Thursday afternoon, Fairchild Air Force Base commemorated the 25th anniversary of a mass shooting and deadly plane crash that occurred during one week in June 1994.


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019

Fairchild ceremony to mark 1994 mass shooting, bomber crash

Fairchild Air Force Base will mark the 25th anniversary of what many would call the worst week in base history with a memorial ceremony Thursday afternoon.


UPDATED: Mon., May 13, 2019

Airway Heights calls off water shortage alert after Spokane crews quickly re-establish connection during road work

A Facebook post on Friday alerted Airway Heights residents they may need to conserve water after one of two water connections with Spokane was interrupted due to road work. Airway …


UPDATED: Sun., May 5, 2019

Fire breaks out at landfill near Fairchild

A fire on a landfill near Fairchild Air Force Base sent heavy smoke into the air Sunday.


Spokane Riverkeeper hosting public forum on PFAS chemicals that tainted West Plains drinking water

The two-hour forum, organized by the Spokane Riverkeeper, will begin at 6 p.m. April 17 in the Barbieri Courtroom at Gonzaga’s School of Law. It will be free and open …


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019

Fairchild project money could be spent on President Trump’s border wall instead

A $14 million project at Fairchild Air Force Base is on the Pentagon list of possible sources of money to divert to emergency funding for the border wall.


Explosives on truck that ran off road near Coeur d’Alene bombs, not missiles, ISP clarifies

The materials were inspected by ordnance specialists from Fairchild Air Force Base after a truck driver drove the load into a snow bank at a rest stop near Coeur d’Alene …


With at least 2,000 new jobs on the horizon, West Plains poised for rapid growth

After decades as Spokane’s low-profile neighbor, the West Plains is suddenly in the spotlight for employment, population growth and commercial development. Rapid development, bringing at least 2,000 new jobs, will …


UPDATED: Sat., March 9, 2019

State of the County: West Plains growth focus of county’s economic efforts, Kuney says

Teamwork is helping Spokane County make great strides with criminal justice reform and economic development, Commissioner Mary Kuney said in her first State of the County address Friday.


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019

New Mexico sues U.S. Air Force over groundwater contamination

New Mexico on Tuesday sued the U.S. Air Force over groundwater contamination at two bases, saying the federal government has a responsibility to clean up plumes of toxic chemicals left …


UPDATED: Sat., March 2, 2019

Mother of Otto Zehm leaves legacy of police reform after her death

Anna A. Zehm never sought exposure. But her fierce crusade for justice following the unlawful arrest, beating and death of her son, Otto, became a yearslong public campaign for better …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 22, 2019

CDC to study chemical exposure at Fairchild Air Force Base, seven other military installations

Fairchild Air Force Base is one of eight U.S. military installations where federal scientists will study human exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, the toxic man-made chemicals that have contaminated …


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers talks immigration and addresses concerns that sheriffs won’t enforce gun initiative

Republican Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers stuck to her positions on immigration, the border wall and President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency during a Medical Lake town hall, saying …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019

EPA unveils plan for chemicals found in West Plains drinking water; critics say it’s not enough

Environmentalists and Democratic lawmakers were quick to criticize the plan, saying it effectively delays much-needed regulations on PFAS chemicals, which have been linked to cancer and other health defects after …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 19, 2018

Housing shortage looms on Spokane’s West Plains

Job growth will bring thousands of new residents to the West Plains over the next two years. Finding places for them to live will be a challenge.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 19, 2018

Man killed in West Plains collision was military veteran who once shook Obama’s hand

A man killed Wednesday morning in a three-vehicle collision was a military veteran with a storied history in the armed forces, one that included a firm handshake with America’s Commander-in-Chief.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 12, 2018

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

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

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

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

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 …