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April 29th, 2012

Fisherman drowns in Waitts Lake mishap

April 29, 2012

(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 water’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.

April 27th

Missing Deer Park man found in Spokane

April 27, 2012

Updated May 2
A 55-year-old Deer Park man, who had been missing for about a week, was reunited with his family.
Orin Storrud, a U.S. Army veteran with mental health issues, was reported missing by his sister, Mona Storrud, after she returned home from her granddaughter’s school on April 23. He was found in a homeless shelter in Spokane four days later.
Mona Storrud said she received reports that her brother had traveled to Missoula, Mon., before returning to Spokane.

Area school levy elections certified

April 27, 2012

Riverside and Deer Park School District officials will not have to worry about another maintenance and operations levy election for the next three years.
Both school districts M&O levy requests were approved by voters this month and certified by various county election officials on Friday.
According to final results, Riverside’s three-year request, which will generate about $2.88 million a year in local funds, passed 2,161-2,150 following a last-minute surge of “yes” ballots.
A simple majority is needed for passage of an M&O levy.

April 26th

Riverside levy request gets a last-minute ballot count surge

April 26, 2012

As expected, the Riverside School District’s maintenance and operations election ballot measure surged ahead in the latest round ballot counts.
According to results released by the Spokane County Elections Office on April 26, the measure leads 2,161-2,150 (including the Pend Oreille County vote). The levy request was tied 2,135-2,135 after the previous election count on April 18.
A simple majority is needed for passage of an M&O levy.
The results, which are not expected to change, will be certified on April 27.

Paule M. Kroeze, 35

April 26, 2012

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on April 27 at the Spokane First Assembly of God Church, W828 Indiana, for former Deer Park area resident Paule Michelle Kroeze, 35, who passed away on April 24, 2012.
Born on Jan. 16, 1977, to Tom and Norma Crary in Denver, Colo., she graduated from Deer Park High School in 1995. She received bachelor’s degrees from Kansas State and Eastern Washington universities and was currently working on her master’s degree at EWU.

Yoke's gearing up for hard liquor sales

April 26, 2012

Yoke’s Fresh Market in Deer Park was among the stores to recently receive approval from the state’s Liquor Control Board to begin hard liquor sales on June 1.
The Deer Park store’s approval was among a group of Yoke’s stores in Spokane County that OK’d by the state agency on April 23.
A similar liquor sales application by the Deer Park Bi-Mart store remains under consideration.

April 25th

Osterholm ready for another parade/rodeo season

April 25, 2012

Deer Park’s Katy Osterholm and her longtime companion, a black and white paint horse, Apache, will not have to worry about staying busy again this year.
The 18-year-old Osterholm, daughter of Kim and Lonnie Osterholm, took part in the 2010 summer area parade and rodeo circuit as the Clayton Pee Wee Rodeo queen. Last year, she did it again as the Springdale Frontier Days Pro West Rodeo queen. Her newest title is Miss Spangle, which carries most of the same appearance duties as the other two titles.

April 24th

Frances J. Dalton, 86

April 24, 2012

No funeral services are planned for Deer Park resident Frances J. Dalton, 86, who passed away on April 19, 2012.
Mrs. Dalton and her husband, Richard, lived in various locations as a Navy family.
She enjoyed cooking, reading, knitting and the Atlanta Braves.
Her husband of 59 years, Richard, predeceased her as well as her parents, Obed and Millie Loomis, her siblings and a great-grandson, Jeremy.
She is survived by one daughter, Katherine (Bill) Dalziell of Deer Park; seven grandchildren, Andy, Rich, Naomi, Paul, Lurane, Jessica and Johan; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Verne E. Pakker, 92

April 24, 2012

A funeral service will be April 29 at the Deer Park Open Door Congregational Church, with the Rev. Daniel N. Berg officiating, for longtime Deer Park resident Verne E. “Pinky” Pakker, 92, who passed away on April 4, 2012.
Mr. Pakker was the owner of “Pinky’s Variety” and “Pinky’s Tinker Shop.”
His wife, Beatrice (Wiese) Pakker, passed away in 2005.
He is survived by a daughter, Linda (Jim) Miller of Spokane; a sister, Celia (Arden) Modin of Longview, Wash.; two grandchildren, Dave (Sarah) Miller and Mike (Jen) Miller; and four great-grandchildren, Allie, Katie, Alaura and Moira.

April 20th

Chattaroy man faces kidnapping charge

April 20, 2012

A 53-year-old Chattaroy man was booked into Spokane County Jail on Thursday after he was found with a missing teenage girl in Cusick.
Carrie Lane had been reported missing for a week. She contacted her family on Thursday to say she was with Steven Tofte, who is Lane’s uncle by marriage.
U.S. Marshals, Pend Oreille and Stevens County Sheriff’s deputies and Spokane Police officers found the pair in a parking lot in the Colville National Forest.
Tofte told a Spokane television station that he had no sexual contact with Lane and that he spent the week trying to talk her into returning home.

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