Archive - Apr 2012
A memorial service will be 1 p.m. on April 29 at the Loon Lake Elementary School, 4001 Maple St., for area resident Michael D. â€śBig Mikeâ€ť VanDenElzen, 36, who passed away on April 13.
Mr. VanDenElzen was a student at Spokane Community College and worked as a building contractor.
He was a member of the Colville Confederated Tribe and several Native-American organizations.
He is survived by his mother, Linda Dyer; a brother, Tim Dyer; five children; a niece; two nephews and many friends.
A funeral service will be 11 a.m. on April 21 at Hazen and Jaeger Funeral Home, N1306 Monroe, Spokane, for Deer Park area resident Irvin Steffen, 84, who passed away on April 14, 2012, in Spokane.
Born on Aug. 27, 1927 in Dickinson, N.D., to Fred and Emelia Steffen, he served in the Army and worked for the Veteransâ€™ Administration Hospital for 30 years.
He was a member of the Deer Park Lutheran Church and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1474 in Spokane.
A son, Kevin; a sister; and six brothers predeceased him.
Doris Leone Dezotell, 84, passed away on April 12 at her home near Deer Park. Doris was born on July 14, 1927, in Didsbury, Alberta, Canada.
She is survived by three children, Dianne, Melvin and Joann; five grandchildren, Connie, Karen, D.J, Jessica and Amanda; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Doris moved to the United States in the 1950s and lived the rest of her life in Spokane and Deer Park, working as a cook in many different restaurants. She also worked a year in the Prod Bay Oil Fields in Alaska.
Medical Lake pitcher Kelby Wegner managed to wiggle out of trouble in the first couple of innings until her teammatesâ€™ bats came alive.
The Cardinals scored nine runs in the final four innings to defeat Deer Park 13-7 in Great Northern League softball action on Tuesday.
The Lady Stags pushed runners to third base in the first two innings only to come up empty on the scoreboard. Deer Park finally scored twice when Medical Lake catcher Faith Keister could not handle a two-out third strike pitch from Wegner.
Updated April 19
Riverside School District officials will have to hold their breath until their maintenance and operations levy is certified on April 27.
The measure is currently deadlocked at 2,135-2,135 after a second day of vote tabulations.
A similar levy request failed in February. To help make a second try more palatable for voters, the Riverside School Board lowered the levyâ€™s assessment rate from $3,90 per $1,000 to $3.42.
The Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s Department continues to investigate a one-car fatal accident on Dennison-Chattaroy Road on Friday night.
Deputy Dan Dutton had arrived on scene at around 11 p.m., prior to traffic investigators, and saw an adult male driver inside the vehicle. Medics arrived with Dutton and pronounced the driver deceased at the scene.
Evidence showed the vehicle was traveling westbound on Dennison-Chattaroy Road. The vehicle crossed eastbound lanes of traffic, left the roadway and struck a tree head-on.
A celebration of life was April 14 at the Deer Park Open Door Congregational Church, with the Rev. Daniel Berg officiating, for former area resident Rand C. Maurer, 59, who passed away on March 23 in his Tacoma home.
Born on Aug. 13, 1952, in Spokane to Charles D. and Elaine Maurer, he graduated from Mead High School in 1970 and from Western Washington State College in Bellingham with a degree in music. He was currently employed as a district manager for Subway stores in the Tacoma area.
A funeral services was held on April 12, at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Stanwood, Wash., for Chattaroy resident Richard Orville Floe, who passed away on April 4.
Born on Jan. 5, 1938, in Everett, Wash., to Wilbur and Rose Floe, he lived most of his life in the Stanwood area until six years ago after retiring from 38 years of working as a sales manager at Concrete Nor'West he decided to move to Chattaroy where they wanted to live a quieter and simpler lifestyle.
A small electrical fire on Thursday morning forced a short evacuation of students at Deer Park Middle School.
Units from Spokane County Fire District No. 4â€™s Stations 41 (Deer Park), 42 (Chattaroy) and 46 (Riverside) were dispatched to the scene after it was reported a large amount of smoke was accumulating in a sixth grade portable classroom.
An investigation by SCFD4 personnel attributed the smoke to an electrical malfunction.
SCFD4 officials said the smoke, while uncomfortable, was not a serious health hazard.
For the first time in 29 years, the Deer Park girls basketball team placed three players on the all-league team.
Named to the All-Great Northern League first team was Tessa Heins. The senior earned All-GNL honors for the second straight year. She was named to the second team last season.
Other first-teamers this season were Allie Brown of Cheney, Erin Wallman of East Valley, Emily Drake of Pullman and KC McConnell of Clarkston.