May 18th, 2012
Vera A. (Wind) Spaulding, 91, entered into rest on April 16, 2012, at her home in Clayton surrounded by her children.
Vera was born in Spokane on Nov. 13, 1920, and moved to Clayton a short time later. She graduated from Deer Park High School in 1938 and then attended St. Luke's Hospital for nurses' training in Spokane, graduating in 1941.
Vera married Jack Spaulding on Oct. 18, 1941, and they moved to Seattle.
She worked at West Seattle General Hospital until she moved back to the family homestead in Clayton in 1975.
Jack preceded Vera in death, in 2004.
A funeral service will be 2 p.m. on May 21 at Wild Rose Prairie United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Betty Smith officiating and the Scottish Rite Rose Croix Funeral Team participating, for lifelong Wild Rose Prairie resident John E. Yingst, 92, who passed away on May 14.
Born in 1920 on Wild Rose Prairie, he graduated from Deer Park High School in 1938. He served as a U.S. Army radioman during World War II in the Aleutian Island and the Philippines.
After his discharge, he worked for years at Deer Park Pine Industries.
(Updated May 20)Washington State Patrol investigators who thought more than one person may have been involved in a fatal one-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 395 on Friday morning, now believe the driver was alone in the pickup truck.
According to the WSP, 19-year-old Jesse Cox was southbound on the highway between Hatch and Monroe roads at around 5:45 a.m. when he left the roadway and rolled a couple of times before it came to rest in a backyard of a home on Ballard Road.
When emergency crews arrived on the scene they found a body that had been apparently ejected from the vehicle.
The hand recount of the Riverside School District maintenance and operations levy did not change the outcome of the $2.9 million a year measure.
The final recount ballot tally, which includes ballots from Spokane and Pend Oreille counties, showed the levy passed 2,161-2,150 votes. Those ballot counts from the same as when the levy was certified on April 27.
Five Riverside School District voters petitioned to have the ballots hand counted. Chattaroyâ€™s Leonard Terzenbach paid $1,083 for the recount, based on a cost of 25 cents a ballot.
A 38-year-old Spokane man was arrested in Elk last week following a high-speed chase in a stolen pickup truck.
Michael S. Wheeler, 38, who has a history of trying to elude police officers, was arrested at gunpoint on May 3 after a high-speed chase ended on Elk-Chattaroy Road near Deer Park Creek Road.
The chase began near 36900 Valley Road after Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Daniel Rahn spotted a 1986 Dodge pickup parked in his neighbor's driveway.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on May 9 at St. Philippe Benizi Church in Ford for former area resident for Irvin W. Abrahamson, 80, who passed away on May 4 at his Plummer, Idaho, home.
Born on April 2, 1932, at Ford to Milo and Millie (Wynne) Abrahamson, he attended grade school at Ford and high school in Springdale, WA. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Korean Conflict. Following his discharge, he returned to the Spokane Indian Reservation.
The Deer Park boys and girls basketball teams will have a new look next season following the resignation of head boys basketball coach Ken Ryan and the girls head coach Kevin Oglesbee.
Ryan, who coached the Stags for six seasons, compiled a 50-90 overall record (27-51 in conference play).
He was named the Great Northern Leagueâ€™s coach of the year for the 2009-10 season after he led Deer Park to the state Class 2A tournament. Deer Parkâ€™s 64-58 win over Wapato was the Stagsâ€™ first state tournament win in 55 years.
The Deer Park boys track team used a pair of record-setting performances to pace the Stags to their first conference track championship ever on Wednesday.
Deer Park won this yearâ€™s Great Northern League championship with an easy 91-54 win over Cheney.
Senior Dayde Collins won the 800 meters with a 1-minute, 58.7-second performance. His effort bested the school record of 1:59.6 set by Richard Chaffin in 1988.
Certification of the Riverside School Districtâ€™s maintenance and operations levy has been placed on hold while the Spokane County Elections Office staff conducts a hand recount on the more than 4,300 ballots cast in the April 17 election.
Five school district voters submitted a petition along with the $1,000 fee on April 30 to have the ballots hand counted this week.
In the first round of ballot tabulations (done by machines), the levy, which will generate about $2.88 million from local property tax assessments, passed 2,161-2,150.
(Updated May 2)
Stevens and Spokane County water rescue crews have found the body of the 48-year-old who drowned Saturday morning in Waitts Lake while fishing.
According to witnesses, Frederick Barker apparently lost the grip on his fishing pole while trying to reel in a catch. Barker, who was not wearing a life jacket, jumped into the water to retrieve the pole but apparently was quickly overcome the waterâ€™s frigid temperatures.
Other people in his boat, including his wife, threw him life jackets but he was unable to retrieve one of them before going under.