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July 6th, 2011

Council decides backyard chicken ban stays in place

July 6, 2011

The fate of “backyard chickens” in Deer Park was sealed when then Deer Park City Council decided to do nothing at its July 6 meeting.
The city council, which heard more support on the concept of allowing residents to raise a small number of chickens in their backyard, refused to overturn a report submitted by the Deer Park Planning Commission that would keep the ban in place.
The planning commission decided that controlling the chicken population would be very difficult for the city’s animal control officer and that the agricultural animals could pose a health problem.

Gordon P. Storey, 93

July 6, 2011

No services are planned for longtime area resident Gordon P. Storey, 93, who passed away on June 20 at his Deer Park home.
Mr. Storey enjoyed the outdoors and was an accomplished storyteller.
Lauer Funeral Home, Deer Park, was in charge of cremation arrangements.
For the full obituary, see the July 6 issue of the Deer Park Tribune.

Darrell C. Russell, 70

July 6, 2011

The memorial service will be held at a later time for former area resident Darrell C. Russell, 70, who passed away on June 24.
English Funeral Chapel, Post Falls, Idaho, was in charge of arrangements.
The family suggests donations be made to the non-profit organization of the donor’s choice.
For the full obituary, see the July 6 issue of the Deer Park Tribune.

Erma P. Bueghly, 95

July 6, 2011

A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. on July 9 at Riplinger Funeral Home and Crematory, N4305 Division, Spokane, for former Loon Lake resident Erma P. Bueghly, 95, who passed away on June 21.
Urn placement at Spokane Memorial Gardens will be held at 10 a.m. on July 11.
Online guest book is available at www.riplinger.com.
For the full obituary, see the July 6 issue of the Deer Park Tribune.

Betty M. Higgins, 79

July 6, 2011

Memorial services were July 2 at the Clayton Community Church for longtime area resident Betty M. Higgins, 79, who passed away June 25.
Born on Aug. 11, 1931, in Springdale, she married Fred R. Higgins in 1949.
She loved to read books, play bingo, shoot pool and go to the casinos.
For the full obituary, see the July 6 issue of the Deer Park Tribune.

Pend Oreille County lake headed for rehab

July 6, 2011

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will host public meetings July 13-14 to discuss proposed treatments to improve trout broodstock production and trout fishing at Kings Lake in Pend Oreille County.
Public meetings to discuss the rehabilitation proposal are scheduled from 7-9 p.m. on:
• July 13 at the Create Art Center, W900 Fourth St., Newport.
• July 14 at the WDFW’s Eastern Region office, N2315 Discovery Place, Spokane Valley.

June 28th

DPSD begins rehiring process

June 28, 2011

The Deer Park School District, which laid off its provisional staff in May, has begun rehiring some of the staffers for the upcoming school year.
The Deer Park School Board approved the rehiring of school district nurse Dawn Epler and speech language pathologist Kelly Pitts, both full-time employees, at its June 27 meeting.
Epler’s rehiring was almost a given since the size of the school district mandates a full-time school nurse.
Superintendent Becky Cooke expects most of the provisional staff, which equaled 8.7 full-time employees, to be rehired in the next couple of months.

Gary J. Cummings Sr., 63

June 28, 2011

A celebration of life will be held from 12-3 p.m. on July 9 at the Spokane Valley Eagles Lodge, E16801 Sprague, for former Springdale businessman Gary J. Cummings, 63, who passed away on June 27 in Spokane Valley.
Born on April 5, 1948, to the late Clayton and Helen Cummings in Spokane, he worked as a brakeman for Burlington Northern Railroad before opening the Country Corral restaurant in Springdale.

Plenty of Fourth of July festivities on tap

June 28, 2011

Deer Park’s traditional Fourth of July celebration will expand this year with an old-fashioned community picnic planned by Zion Lutheran Church from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday at Mix Park.
The new event will include a kiddies parade at 10 a.m. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3067 in Deer Park will take part in the opening ceremonies at 11 a.m.
The picnic will also feature live bands, kids games, a talent show and quilt show.
Following the picnic, the sixth annual “As American As Apple Pie” concert will start at 7 p.m. at the Deer Park First Baptist Church, E1200 Crawford Ave.’

Deer Park Concert Series gets off to a ‘hot’ start

June 28, 2011

While area residents continue to wait for summer to arrive, the Deer Park Concert Series brought some tropical heat to start the eighth annual event.
Bram Brata, which was a big splash when they played at Mix Park in 2008, repeated that performance on Saturday in front of a crowd of more than 200 who took in the concert under sunny albiet somewhat mild temperatures. The steel drum band, made up of high school students in the Tri-Cities area, played a mixture of jazz, pop, movie themes and reggae tunes for more than two hours.

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