Spokane County Sheriff's deputies continue to investigate a fatal motorcycle accident on Blanchard Road in Elk early Thursday morning.
Deputies responded to the accident on Blanchard and Jackson roads at around 1 a.m. When they arrived they found a deceased 42-year-old male rider.
Â Investigators say the rider failed to negotiate a curve on Blanchard Road and struck a tree.Â At this time it is unknown if drugs or alcohol played a role in the collision.Â
The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office will provide identity and cause of death after an autopsy is completed.
The rush for one of the state's retail marijuana licenses is about to begin.
The Liquor Control Board will issue 334 licenses statewide sometime next spring. Application review will start in November.
The board will issue 18 licenses for Spokane County, although 11 of them will be set aside for businesses in the cities of Spokane and Spokane Valley. The remaining seven can be issued to businesses anywhere in the county.
The board set aside four licenses for anywhere in Stevens County and two for anywhere in Pend Oreille County. King County will receive 61 licenses.