Stories tagged: fairchild air force base
UPDATED: Mon., June 29, 2020
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
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
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
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
An airman at Fairchild Air Force Base has tested positive for COVID-19.
UPDATED: Sun., March 15, 2020
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.
Sat., March 7, 2020
‘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 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
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
“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
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
Twenty-five years ago, two tragedies struck Fairchild Air Force Base in the same week.
UPDATED: Sat., June 22, 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.
Fri., June 21, 2019
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
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 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
A fire on a landfill near Fairchild Air Force Base sent heavy smoke into the air Sunday.
Fri., April 5, 2019
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
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.
Mon., March 11, 2019
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 …
Sun., March 10, 2019
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
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 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
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
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 …
Fri., Feb. 22, 2019
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
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
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.