September 5th, 2013
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.
The first day of school for some Deer Park students had a memorable ending, as they were involved in a school bus-car accident at the on Herman Road on Wednesday afternoon.
According to KHQ-TV, it appeared the driver of the car pulled out of public driveway and did not see the bus as it traveled on the unimproved road.
Now is your chance to get an 18-hour inside look at Washington State Patrol operations, courtesy of Twitter and Facebook. WSP will present a #daywithWSP, tweeting events that are happening around the state in real-time, starting at 6 a.m. on Aug. 29.
Most people are familiar with troopers in white cars who respond to collisions and disabled vehicles. Less well-known are WSP employees who play key roles in keeping the public safe on the roads, at their places of business and in their homes.
Hundreds of Deer Park students and parents flocked to Arcadia Elementary School on Monday for the second annual We Heart Deer Park celebration.
Sponsored by several area churches, the celebration featured several community organization informational booths, free school supplies and various forms of games and musical entertainment. The GreenHouse Community Center passed out free food boxes while a pair of barbers offered free haircuts to students.
The event also allowed students to all visit their classrooms before the start of school on Aug. 28.
On Sunday, Rachel Johnson (center) was crowned the 2014 Clayton Community Fair Queen. Johnson was a fair princess last year. Her 2014 royalty will be Princesses Jewelia Stage (left) and Rylee Thompson.
The Deer Park Middle School football field moved into the 21st century with the help of Wade Lundgren and fellow Troop 28 Boy Scouts.
The 14-year-old Lundgren wanted to place an outdoor volleyball court at the middle school for his Eagle Scout project but switched to replacing the goalposts at the football field.
The DPMS eighth grader said the current galvanized pipe goalposts, probably placed in the early 1980s, â€śneeded some help.â€ť
Lundgren began his project by soliciting community donations to purchase new goalposts.
Various branches of Libraries of Stevens County, including the one at Loon Lake, will be closed over the next month to complete technology upgrades.
Most branches will be closed for two consecutive days to allow for equipment upgrades and installation and staff training. Only one branch will be closed at a time.
The library district currently uses Microsoft XP, but many current Microsoft programs cannot be accessed with that operating system, hence the need for the equipment change.
The equipment upgrades will also include replacing some of the library districtâ€™s older computers.