September 20th, 2011
Faced with shrinking budgets, area school districts received some good news after the preliminary enrollment counts for the 2011-12 school year.
Each of the three school districts has enrollments slightly higher than what was budgeted for this school year.
Deer Park, which has been in the best budget situation the past couple of years, has a district enrollment of 2,423 full-time equivalent students in September. The count is 67 FTE students above what the school district budgeted for the upcoming school year.
School districts receive about $2,000 a year in state funding for each FTE.
Overhead lines that return unused power to Avista have been targeted by metal thieves since late August, according to a company employee.
Since Aug. 22, a suspect has stolen more than 1.5 miles of No. 6 copper for a loss exceeding $18,000. The company has been replacing the stolen copper lines with aluminum wire, which is less expensive.
The most recent theft occurred on Sept. 12 on North Hazard Road. Crews had just replaced the line at midnight and it was discovered missing again at 6 a.m.
Deer Parkâ€™s special teams lived up to its name in the Stagsâ€™ 37-19 win over Lakeside on Friday.
The unit was indeed special in contributing a kickoff return for a touchdown and a fumble recovery of a Lakeside kickoff return in the first half as well as bottling up the Lakeside attack in the second half. The Eagles (0-2) average start after Stag kickoffs in the second half was their own 16-yard line.
â€śIt definitely controlled the field possession in the second half,â€ť said Stag head coach Keith Stamps, who saw his team improve to 2-0 this fall.
Robin Joel McCalister, 55, passed away on Sept. 7, 2011.
He was born on July 2, 1956, in Portland, Ore., to Kilbourn and Barbara McCalister. Robin, a 27-year resident of Stevens County, worked in the logging industry for many of those years.
He enjoyed music, karaoke, playing his guitar, and keeping in touch with friends on Facebook. He had a great love for his family, spending as much time as he could with his children and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
A memorial reception will be held at 1 p.m. on Sept.10 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, N202 Second St., Chewelah, for former Ford merchant Evelyn A. McMillan, 103, who passed away on Sept. 1 in Colville.
Born on her grandparent's ranch near Princeton, Minn., on Feb. 14, 1908, her family lived for two years in Bemidji, Minn., before moving to Ronan, Mont. When she was 13 her family moved to Missoula where she finished high school and enrolled at the University of Montana, majoring in music.
The Washington State Court of Appeals unanimously upheld the conviction of a Springdale man for manufacturing marijuana at his home last month.
Law enforcement officers, aided by aerial observations, raided David Henderschottâ€™s home in August 2008 and seized 181 marijuana plants.
He was charged in September 2009 with use of drug paraphernalia, manufacturing marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to manufacture or deliver. Henderschott was convicted in Stevens County Superior Court later that year on the manufacturing marijuana charge, a felony.
A 55 year-old man was killed in a logging accident near Springdale on Wednesday.
According to preliminary reports, rescue crews were called at around 5:30 a.m. after Robin J. McCalister was hit by a log. Medstar was dispatched a short time later.
Emergency crews worked on the victim but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Deer Park Lady Stags buried their Riverside counterparts 12-1 on Tuesday in the season opener for both schools.
The got the goal-scoring avalanche started at the 13-minute mark when Ashton Martinson beat Riverside goalkeeper Brittany Hoog. It was the first of four goals Martinson scored in the first half.
The Lady Ramsâ€™ Ashley Uhlenkott scored Riversideâ€™s lone goal at the 32-minute mark. The Lady Stags responded with three more goals before intermission.
Leading 8-1 at halftime, the Lady Stag coaching staff used the reserves for the majority of the second half.
The Deer Park Stags rolled up 398 yards of total offense in their season opener on Friday but none were as important as the final 6 of them.
Wide receiver Caleb Guske covered those final precious 18 feet when he hauled in a touchdown pass from Colton Mead with 25 seconds remaining to secure a 37-33 win over Chewelah. It was Meadâ€™s fourth touchdown pass of the game.
â€śI meant to get him the ball,â€ť said Mead on the Stagsâ€™ final offensive play of the game. â€śHeâ€™s a good basketball player and he can leap.â€ť
Mead finished 19 of 28 for 270 yards.
No services are planned for longtime Deer Park resident Elizabeth C. Huff, 85, who passed away on Aug. 29.
Born and raised in Spokane, she graduated from Lewis and Clark High School and received a bachelorâ€™s degree in education from Eastern Washington State College. She taught school for 13 years in the Deer Park School District retiring in the late 1960s when she remarried.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George L. Huff, in 1998.
She is survived by two sons, Peter D. Stillman and David C. (Sandra) Stillman; five grandchildren: and 11 great-grandchildren.