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September 9th

Appeals court upholds Springdale man's marijuana conviction

September 9, 2011

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 Henderschott’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.

September 7th

Logger killed in accident near Springdale

September 7, 2011

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.

August 25th

Chattaroy doctor seriously injured in plane crash

August 25, 2011

A Chattaroy man suffered serious injuries when the airplane he was piloting crashed on Aug. 23 near an airstrip at Priest Lake.
Dr. John Hershey, 86, was trying to land his Cessna 152 at an airstrip near Cavanaugh Bay when the airplane crashed into some nearby woods.

August 23rd

Bioenergy plant to open in Springdale

August 23, 2011

A Springdale lumber mill that lay dormant for five years has a new lease on life and a new job description.
The Borgford BioEnergy Project purchased the defunct Springdale Lumber Co. in October 2009. The mill, which had shutdown almost five years earlier, contained most of the equipment for a specialty beam sawmill. The company decided to expand the operation to include a bio-energy park.

August 17th

Voters reject library district levy lid lift request; Whittle wins

August 17, 2011

Once again, Stevens County voters rejected a plan to raise the Stevens County Library District’s levy rate to 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
In preliminary primary election results, voters overwhelmingly rejected the plan 5,332-3,635. A simple majority of yes votes was needed for passage.
Library district officials had hoped that the restored levy rate would augment the shrinking annual operating budget.
• In the only other primary election race, Deer Park School Board incumbent Jeff Whittle easily outpolled his two challenger.

August 16th

Elk man nabbed with stolen pickup truck

August 16, 2011

Motor vehicle violations led to the arrest of a 40-year-old Elk man on Aug. 14 for possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Shover was patrolling the area of 37000 North Newport Highway about noon when he spotted a Toyota pickup that had an obscured license plate, broken windshield and no mud flaps. He stopped the truck and identified the driver as James E. White.

August 9th

DP Airport construction project back on track

August 9, 2011

The Deer Park Airport’s $2.33 million “ramp rehabilitation” project received a new lease on life when the U.S. Senate on Friday approved legislation ending the two-week-old Federal Aviation Administration partial shutdown.
The ramp rehab project, which included new runway edge and beacon lighting and a new fuel disbursement system, was put on hold when the Senate refused to pass a House-approved bill before going on a month-long summer break.
The city had hired Kilgore Construction Co. in July with a 90-day window to complete the project.

August 7th

Elk accident sends three to the hospital

August 7, 2011

A 32-year-old Elk man faces possible vehicular assault charges following a two-car accident on Elk-Milan Road on Saturday afternoon.
According to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, Tony Blake of Elk was traveling northbound on Milan-Elk Rd when he crossed over the centerline with his 1978 GMC pickup truck and struck a 2005 Mazda MP driven by Crystal Stokes, 69.

July 29th

Youth arrested for a string of suspicious fires

July 29, 2011

Fire investigators have apprehended a juvenile teenage suspect in a string of recent area fires. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Spokane County Fire District 4 collaborated in the investigation into approximately nine suspicious wildfires last week.
Spokane County Fire District No. 4 and DNR crews responded at 7:43 p.m. to two wildfires near Mountainside Middle School on Day-Mt. Spokane Road on July 23. The fires were determined to be suspicious in nature by fire scene investigators.

July 26th

Settlers enjoys another successful run

July 26, 2011

Sunny skies and large crowds were the perfect combination to help partake in the 90th Tri-County Settlers Association celebration.
The festivities featured a morning parade with more than 90 entries and an afternoon picnic in Mix Park that included kids games, a petting zoo and musical entertainment.
The Spokane Lilac Festival float took the parade’s top prize, the sweepstakes award. The Ritzville Community Float won the mayor’s award and Real Estate Marketplace’s Jim Palmer Sr. and Jr. won the judges’ award.
Other parade winners were:
Floats — 1, Chewelah. 2, Moses Lake.

Dog passes out from excitement to see owner
A Stevens County Reserve Deputy contacted a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office detective last week to let him know he had...
A look at the devastation caused by the recent wildfires throughout the state.
Deer Park’s Catelyn Frost placed 38th at last week’s state Class 2A golf tournament at The Classic...
The Deer Park softball team, led by an 8-run second inning, advanced into the double-elimination...
The Riverside High School softball team clinched the upcoming District VII tournament’s second seed...

 

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