Archive - 2012
Jim Calmes passed away on July 17, 2012, fighting a good fight to the end from complications of his lung cancer resulting in leukemia, with his family at his side.
He was one of our nationâ€™s heroes, a Air Force veteran, but to his family, he was so much more. He was the father and husband that are the backbone of our country, a man to look up to. He will be so missed. God got a good one!
Jim was born at Pearl River, La., on Jan. 7, 1942, to Charles and Ella Calmes.
A memorial service was July 25 at Woodland Cemetery, Deer Park, with the Rev. Daniel Berg officiating, for longtime Deer Park resident Betty Lou Cuff, 59, who passed away on July 17, 2012.
Born on Nov. 6, 1952, to William and Alma Cuff, she attended school in Deer Park before graduating high school in Spokane.
She worked at Radio Shack and the Salty Dog in Deer Park before volunteering at the GreenHouse Community Center for the past eight years.
She is survived by two brothers, Leo and Jack; and one sister, Bonnie.
Lauer Funeral Home, Deer Park was in charge of arrangements.
The city of Deer Parkâ€™s offer of free swimming at the municipal pool this summer has made a big splash with area youngsters (and their parents).
The 70-year-old facility, which came close to being shut down this summer because of budget concerns, has attracted scores of youngsters over the past two weeks as temperatures easily topped 90 degrees during the day.
The pool averaged well over a 100 patrons a day during the recent heat wave. On July 12, the number of pool patrons hovered near 200.
The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today an elevated fire danger rating and burn restrictions on DNR-protected lands in Spokane County and the area encompassed by Stevens County Fire Districts No. 1 and 2.
The fire danger rating will increase from â€śmoderateâ€ť to â€śhigh.â€ť
Pend Oreille County and Stevens County, outside Fire Districts 1 and 2, will remain at â€ślow.â€ť
Deer Park School District officials have decided to swap elementary school administrators for the upcoming school year.
Deer Park Elementary School Principal Michele Miller will now take over the same duties at Arcadia Elementary School. Arcadia Principal Bonnie Remington will move to DPES.
Remington has worked at Arcadia for 17 years and Miller at DPES for 14 years.
Superintendent Becky Cooke said it is unusual for principals to stay at one school for that long a period.
The switch will give the pair a â€śfresh start,â€ť Cooke added.
The first steps in the new look Riverside football program were taken this summer.
New football coach Tom Griggs held a pair of camps in June to allow players to get a chance to become somewhat familiar with the program.
Griggs, who came to Riverside after a one-year stint as head coach at Rochester (Wash.) High School, held a mini-camp at the end of the school year. A more intense one-week camp was held last week.
Blessed with sunny and mild temperatures, many Deer Park area residents took in the annual evening "As American As Apple Pie" concert at the First Baptist Church and the fireworks show at Deer Park High School.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has confirmed another wolf pack and a wolf attack on sheep in northeast Washington.
Using remote video cameras, biologists documented at least five gray wolf pups this week in southern Stevens County. In reference to nearby Huckleberry Mountain, the pack has been named the Huckleberry pack.
The new pack is Washingtonâ€™s seventh confirmed wolf pack, including the recently documented Ncâ€™icn pack on the Colville Confederated Tribes reservation. An additional five packs are also suspected in the state.
Area youngsters received a free gift from the city of Deer Park this summer.
City officials have waived the $1.50 daily fee to use the municipal swimming pool this summer. Swimming lesson fees will remain in effect.
The plan, authored by City Clerk Deby Cragun and supported by Mayor Robert Whisman, is in response to a shortened swim season this year and to see if free use will increase pool attendance.
The city does not expect to open the pool until after July 1.
Spokane County Investigative Task Force detectives are asking for the public's assistance in identifying a residential burglar. On June 8, homeowners near the 3100 block of East Deer Park-Milan Road returned home from an eight-day vacation and found their house had been burglarized. The burglars made entry through a back door to the residence and were recorded on the homeowner's game camera.