Archive - Jun 2011 - News Article
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.
Eplerâs 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.
Deer Parkâs 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 âAs American As Apple Pieâ concert will start at 7 p.m. at the Deer Park First Baptist Church, E1200 Crawford Ave.â
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.
A pair of Deer Park Ambulance members were recently honored for their excellence of service to the community.
Paramedic Ryan Schilining and Emergency Medical Technician-Advanced Roy Varney received Provider of the Year awards.
Schilining received the Responder of the Year Award from the Spokane Emergency Medical Services Council, while Varney received the Les Parkhurst Award for excellence in emergency medical services (EMS) from Stevens County Fire District No. 1.
The Deer Park Planning Commission voted unanimously (member Kathy DeRosier was absent) on Monday to recommend to the city council that the ban on agricultural animals in the city limits remain in effect.
The planning commission was charged with looking into the issue in October after it was discovered that some city residents were raising âbackyard chickensâ on their property.
Commission Chair Dan Berg said the issue had taken a lot of the planning groupâs time since they began looking into the matter in February.
The Stevens County Sheriffâs Office, having investigated numerous reports since March involving the killing and injuring of domestic animals by a pack of dogs in Southern Stevens County, reported that three of the animals have been killed.
A hunter killed one of the dogs on May 28 after he was charged by a pack of dogs while turkey hunting and two other dogs were subsequently killed on June 11-12 by a landowner whose animals had been previously attacked and killed.
Based upon the latest information the Sheriffâs Office believes the main pack has been eliminated.
The three Deer Park School Board races drew plenty of interest during last weekâs candidate filing period.
DP School Board incumbents Jeff Whittle, Carri Breckner and Eric Keller will all face election challenges this fall.
Whittle and Breckner will face primary election challenges in August.
Whittle will meet Joshua Gilstrap and Paul Lewis in primary election while Breckner will face Linda Hjelm and Keith Reilly. The top two vote-getters in both races will advance to the Nov. 8 general election.
Keller will face off against Marie Layman in the general election.
Felony charges against a 34-year-old Deer Park man were dismissed on June 9 on technical grounds.
U.S. District Judge Justin Quackenbush ruled that the search warrant used to find more than 600 child pornography images on Andrew V. Davisâ computer was invalid because police failed to disclose when seeking the search warrant that key information came from a girl who had lied to detectives in other cases.
It is alleged that Davis received those images from September 2005 to November 2009.
Davis, a convicted sex offender, faced a minimum of 15 years in federal prison if convicted.
A herd of sheep on a farm on McDougal Road were the latest domestic animals attacked by pack of wild dogs last week.
The animals, owned by Eric and Debbie Keller of Deer Park, were being housed at Jim and Doreen Carlsonâs (Mrs. Kellerâs parents) ranch. The dogs killed four sheep and wounded 13 others.
The sheep, the 4-H projects of the Kellerâs four children, were taken to the Carlson ranch on May 30 and were attacked the following night.
Keller said her parentsâ dog barked that night but nothing out of the ordinary.
The 2011 election season began in earnest on Monday, the start of the week-long candidate filing period for various local and state elections.
Leading the filings on Monday was former Deer Park City Councilwoman Dee Cragun, who filed for the city council seat currently y held by Randy Bean. Cragun, who continues to attend city council meetings, was the only city resident to file for a council seat on Monday.
Incumbent Jeff Whittle was the only Deer Park School Board candidate to file on the first day.