A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Dec. 30 at Riplinger Funeral Home, Spokane, followed by a graveside service at 1 p.m. at Spokane Memorial Gardens for former Riverside teacher James R. Gady, 78, who passed away on Dec. 26.
Born on Aug. 18, 1933 in Spokane, he graduated from Mead High School and served with the Army Corps of Engineers as a sergeant in the Korean War. After returning from Korea, he married Marjorie Becker on Oct. 12, 1956.
He attended Whitworth College and earned his bachelorâ€™s and masterâ€™s degrees. He then taught in the Riverside and Mead School districts.
It is understandable if Riverside head boys basketball coach KC Ahrens has a flashback to his teenage years when the Rams face Columbia-Burbank on Friday as part of the Sun Dome Shootout.
The Coyotes are coached by D.J. Traver, a teammate of Ahrens at Riverside in the mid-1990s.
Traver, a member of the Ramsâ€™ 1993 state championship football team, would eventually move to the Tri-Cities and graduate from River View High School.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Dec. 31 at Peaceful Valley Church on Allen Road in Elk for longtime Elk resident Harry Bland, 72, who passed away on Dec. 20
Family graveside services will be held at Fairmount Memorial Park.
Born on May 27, 1939, in Ardmore, Pa., to Dr. George W. and Helen Bland, he served in the U.S. Air Force from August 1961-65. He worked for Camp Chevrolet for 30 years.
Mr. Bland attended Peaceful Valley Church and enjoyed family, friends, and the great outdoors.
He was preceded in death by one son, Brad.
Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgersâ€™ district may get a little smaller, according to the latest proposal submitted by the Washington Redistricting Commission on Dec. 28.
The commission is charged with carving up the state into 10 Congressional districts, one more district than the last redistricting effort 10 years ago.
To make room for the new district, which will sit mostly in Thurston and Pierce counties under the latest plan, the other districts underwent geographical reconfigurations to ensure each one had approximately 672,450 residents.
A funeral mass was celebrated on Dec. 28 at St. Josephâ€™s Catholic Church in Wenatchee for former Deer Park resident Jim D. Pleger, 72, who passed away on Dec. 22.
A 1957 Deer Park High School graduate, he was a business owner and independent truck driver and also worked in sales at a Ford dealership in Newport. He was part owner of Papas Trucking in Malaga, Wash.
He married Janet K. Pehling on May 5, 1962.
The couple lived in Newport until 1982. They lived in Malaga for 18 years before moving to Wenatchee.
His wife, Janet, predeceased him on July 27, 2011.
Updated 5 p.m. on Dec. 27
Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s deputies are trying to determine the cause of a one-vehicle accident on Dec. 25 that took the life of Bradley J. Updegrove, 45-year-old Deer Park man.
The fatal crash occurred around 9 p.m. at the north 27800 block of Cedar Road (just south of Owens Road). A motorist driving by the area found a 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche crashed against a tree. Deputies found the driver, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, without a pulse. Shortly after medics arrived on the scene and pronounced him dead.
Deer Parkâ€™s Jesse Molina has seen both sides of the Mat Classic and he doesnâ€™t need to be reminded on which one he likes best.
The 132-pound junior earned a berth to the state wrestling championship in his freshman season, but was forced to watch last yearâ€™s proceedings as a spectator after not getting past the regional round.
â€śIt takes a lot of work to get there (the Mat Classic),â€ť Molina said.
A wrestler since his grade school days, Molina is prepared to get a closer look at the Tacoma Dome than last year view as a spectator.
Area churches will celebrate the holidays with various Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services.
The Deer Park Open Door Congregational Church at N205 Main St. will hold Christmas Eve services at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. along with its traditional 9:30 a.m. Sunday service.
St. Maryâ€™s Presentation Catholic Church at E602 Sixth St. will hold Christmas masses at 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 9 a.m. on Christmas Day.
Alice Caroline Adair, 72, passed away on Dec 6, 2011.
She is survived by a daughter, Caroline; granddaughter, Kjersty; great-grandson, Craig; brother, Basil; three nieces, Raeanne, Caroline and Corinne; and several great- and great-great nephews and nieces.
Alice was a lifetime member of the Inland Empire Philatelic Society, current member of the Clayton Grange and Deer Park TOPS No. 485.
Alice held an associateâ€™s degree in accounting and spent 15 years as an entrepreneur owning The Junqueâ€™ Shoppe & Budget Motel Supply in Spokane.
The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission has approved an Avista Corp. rate hike request, just not in the amount the company requested.
The three-member commission agreed to let Avista collect an additional $23.7 million in electric and natural gas revenues starting on Jan. 1. The company had requested an additional $44.5 million when it made its rate hike application last spring.