March 5th, 2014
Mary Walker School District officials are still sorting out events surrounding a bus crash today that sent 6-8 students to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.
The bus was traveling on Cemetery Road near State Highway 231 when it left the roadway and landed on its side.
Law enforcement officials said the road was covered by a sheet of ice.
The students were able to escape from the bus by the time emergency crews arrived. The uninjured students were taken to school on another bus.
A gun found by school children on Jan. 23 has been confirmed by the Washington State Crime Lab as the weapon used to kill Harry â€śEdâ€ť Giesbrecht, 53, at his Deer Park home on Jan. 4.
Richard Klepacki, 62, was arrested for Giesbrechtâ€™s murder shortly after the shooting.
A Deer Park Elementary School-aged student found the gun next to the road while on the way to the school bus stop. The child picked up the gun, brought it to the bus stop and threw it on the ground. A parent waiting at the bus stop noticed the gun and retrieved it. The weapon was loaded.
It understandable if the Chelan Mountain Goats never but heads again this season with the Riverside Rams.
The Mountain Goats, which saw their football state championship aspirations disappear with an opening round playoff loss to the Rams in November, saw the same fate befall their boys basketball team on Saturday.
The Rams, who never trailed in the loser-out bi-district playoff game, eliminated the Goats 39-28. Riverside (20-5) will head to regional playoff action next weekend.
A Deer Park woman recently hit the jackpot while playing the Washington Lotteryâ€™s â€śHit 5.â€ť
The lucky winner, who asked Lottery officials not to release her name, visited the Fred Meyer store on N12120 Division on Feb. 14 and decided to check her Hit 5 ticket.
Thinking that she had won, she had her grandson check to ensure she did in fact have a winning ticket.
She shared, â€śthis is just unbelievable!â€ť
Samuel Marcelino Castro, a longtime resident of Springdale, slept away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at the age of 83.
He was born on April 26, 1930, to Joseph and Mary (Harmes) Castro in Gardner, Colo. As a young boy, Samuel had a love for horses in which he enjoyed riding them and tending to them with great care. As he grew older, Samuel took to gardening and would spend hours in the garden caring for it and growing the best vegetables around.
Carol Maureen Doane Eckart, age 85 was born on Jan. 2, 1929, in Wilbur, Wash., the youngest child of Maurice Jasper Doane and Tillie Evers Doane. She grew up in Govan, Wash., graduated from Wilbur High School in 1947 and worked as a bookkeeper until 1953. She passed away on Jan. 29, 1914, in Spokane.
Sammie Faye Cheak, softly and tenderly passed into the arms of her Savior on Feb. 6, 2014.
In her 85 years, she built a life of unfathomable beauty and grace, having written a song of deep, abiding, genuine love on the hearts of her husband, family, and every person she knew. All who knew her loved her, and became blessed beyond measure to have parts of their lives intermingled with hers.
She was our Mother, "Momo," pastor's wife, teacher, counselor, mentor and friend.
Marjorie Carolyn (Strong) Denny, 72 years of life and after a life spent teaching the importance of family, faithfulness, integrity and hard work, our devoted and most beloved mother and best friend passed away on Jan. 27, 2014.
Her past few months had been very hectic, complicated by health issues with which she faced with great inner strength and quiet dignity, providing one last lesson on facing the obstacles life presents. We are now comforted by the assurance that she is enjoying her well-deserved reward in Heaven.
By ZAK LANTZ
(Editor's Note: The following piece is a first-hand account written by the editor of The Punxsutawney (Pa.) Spirit, Zak Lantz. Zak was born and raised in Punxsutawney, and this account reflects more of a personal attachment to the holiday.)
This morning, I looked down and noticed something â€” I was wearing a press pass. Now, I know that it's part of my job to wear one, but it's not all that often â€” at least not in these parts â€” that I actually need one.
Deer Parkâ€™s Yokeâ€™s Fresh Market was one of the stores affected by a criminal cyber data attack last fall. It is not known whether any store customer had their credit or debit card information compromised.
The two-month-long security breach impacted a number of URM stores in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Montana.
The Secret Service began the investigation after a number of fraudulent credit and debit card purchases were made nationwide last fall.