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UPDATED: Mon., June 29, 2020

Commissioners pitch Spokane as site for new Space Force Command

Spokane has joined several other communities vying to host the command center of the newest branch of the armed forces – the U.S. Space Force.


UPDATED: Thu., May 7, 2020

2 Fairchild tankers to fly over Spokane, CdA on Friday in honor of front line COVID-19 workers

Two KC-135 Stratotankers from Fairchild Air Force Base will fly over cities from Yakima to Coeur d’Alene on Friday afternoon in honor of those working on the front lines of …


UPDATED: Sat., April 25, 2020

Washington DOC sues federal government over chemicals that tainted food from Airway Heights prison

It’s the latest in a wave of lawsuits against the United States and manufacturers of aqueous film-forming foam, a toxic fire retardant that was used at Fairchild Air Force and …


UPDATED: Sun., April 5, 2020

One additional Spokane County coronavirus death reported Sunday; Fairchild to assist food bank effort

The Spokane Regional Health District reported 10 additional confirmed cases of the virus on Sunday, and one additional death. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in the county …


UPDATED: Wed., April 1, 2020

Kalispel Tribe sues foam makers, federal government over West Plains water contamination

The Kalispel Tribe of Indians is suing the federal government and makers of a toxic fire retardant foam that has contaminated West Plains water supplies, joining thousands of plaintiffs across …


UPDATED: Mon., March 16, 2020

Fairchild airman tests positive for COVID-19

An airman at Fairchild Air Force Base has tested positive for COVID-19.


UPDATED: Sun., March 15, 2020

Fairchild Air Force Base reduces those reporting for duty as military adapts to coronavirus

Only key and mission-essential military personnel along with civilian employees will report for duty as scheduled starting Monday, according to a Facebook post from Fairchild.


‘We own the boom’: Fairchild remains linchpin for air refueling with new Boeing tanker fix 3 years away

Fuel is liquid gold for the U.S. Air Force, and Fairchild Air Force Base will remain a linchpin for delivering it to aircraft in midflight using decades-old aircraft with a …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

Congress to halt military use of toxic foam contaminating drinking water

Congress has reached a deal on a spending bill that would require the military to stop using firefighting foam containing toxic chemicals linked to cancer, but would abandon efforts to …


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.