September 16th, 2013
More than a 100 motorcyclists and other motorists took part in the annual 9/11 Memorial Ride that included a stop in Deer Park.
The ride, which also included the Spirit of America Foundation Memorial, left the American Legion Post home in Colville on Saturday morning. The group made stops at the Chewelah American Legion Post and Deer Park Eagles No. 3564 lodge later in the morning.
Spokane American Legion riders joined the group in Newport before heading to the Post Falls American Legion Post.
A broken water main forced town of Springdale officials to issue a boil order before city residents use water from the townâ€™s drinking water system.
In addition to the boil order, the water main break forced the early closure of schools in the Mary Walker School District.
Law enforcement agencies in Spokane, Ferry and Pend Oreille counties stopped and arrested 119 motorists in the recent â€śDrive Sober or Get Pulled Overâ€ť campaign.
The campaign, which ran from Aug. 16-Sept. 2, targeted motorists driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Last year, the extra patrols, funded by a Washington Transportation Safety Commission grant, arrested 133 motorists.
The patrols are part of â€śTarget Zero,â€ť which hopes to end all traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030.
Transportation challenges and priorities for the Northeast Washington area will be the focus of a Sept. 17 meeting with the Washington State Transportation Commission when it visits Colville. Local officials from Ferry, Pend Oreille and Stevens counties, the cities of Colville, Newport and Republic and the Kalispel and Spokane tribes will participate as part of the commissionâ€™s statewide public outreach effort.
Former Deer Park resident, Donald G Forgey, 75, passed away in his home in Helena, Mont., on Sept. 3, 2013. Services will be held at his home in Helena on Sept. 14, 2013 at 3 p.m.
Don was born on Oct. 7, 1937, in Blaine County Mont. As a young boy his family moved to White Center, Wash. He attended Highline High School and joined the Navy as a teenager.
He was stationed in San Diego where he met his first wife Joyce. They had two daughters, Brenda and Connie.
He later moved back to Washington and met his second wife Karen. They also had two daughters, Theresa and Sarah.
The Deer Park Stags kept it simple and sweet in rolling over Chewelah 31-7 on Friday in the season opener for both schools.
The Stags, who won their seventh straight season opener (six of them against the Cougars), kept the ball on the ground, rushing 44 times for 218 yards. The Deer Park quarterback tandem of Nic Clough and Daniel Paulson needed to throw the ball only seven times in keeping the Chewelah defense on the field for the majority of the game.
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.
A portion of Deer Parkâ€™s north Main Street was closed for more than an hour after a gas leak was discovered at CCâ€™s Pawn on Monday morning.
Spokane County Fire District No. 4 personnel shut down two blocks of the street after a gas leak was reported at around 9:30 a.m. Fire crews evacuated all the businesses on the west side of the street from Stylz to the Deer Park Lube Center while they tracked down the cause of the leak.
The Deer Park and Riverside football teams will get ready for their season openers on Friday with the annual Stag jamboree on Monday at 5 p.m. at Deer Park High School.
The controlled scrimmage will also include teams from Chewelah and Lakeside.
The Stags open their season at 7 p.m. Friday at home against Chewelah. The Rams open their season 7:30 p.m. Friday at the University of Idaho Kibbie Dome against Timberlake.
The Springdale Chargers, who will play in a jamboree at Ritzville on Friday, open their season 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at Oroville.