Archive - Sep 2013 - News Article
A nationwide search for a 2-year-old Yellow Labrador has landed in Deer Park.
First Lt. Brandon Harker, who lives in Lakewood, Wash., has been searching for Oakley since he returned from Afghanistan earlier this year.
Harker left Oakley with a friend while deployed in the Mideast. Upon his return to Joint Base Lewis McChord near Seattle, he discovered his friend had disposed of the dog.
With very little clues on Oakleyâ€™s whereabouts, Harker has been working tirelessly to try and find his dog, including a post on Craigslist describing his pet.
Deer Park High School teacher Jeffrey Dunn was selected as Educational Service District 101â€™s teacher of the year.
Dunn, who as works as an English teacher at DPHS, as a secondary Learning Assistance Program coordinator and as site coordinator of the Cornerstone After and Summer School Program (funded through a 21st Century After School grant), competed for the state teacher of the year title last week.
Katie Brown, a middle school teacher at Shuksan Middle School in Bellingham, was chosen over eight other candidates, including Dunn, for the title.
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that the statewide burn ban on DNR-protected lands has been rescinded. The fire danger has been reduced because of recent rainfall and moderating temperatures.
Restrictions set by local authorities are not affected by DNRâ€™s action. Potential burners and the public at large are reminded to check with those local authorities before burning.
For local fire restrictions, visit: http://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/firedanger/BurnRisk.aspx
The city of Deer Park, which was shut out of receiving a Public Trust Fund loan this year to build a new industrial road near the airport, will look at issuing bonds to complete the $3.6 million project.
City officials have received $1.8 million in federal Economic Administration Development funds. Those funds will not be released until the city comes up with $1.8 million in matching funds.
More than a 100 motorcyclists and other motorists took part in the annual 9/11 Memorial Ride that included a stop in Deer Park.
The ride, which also included the Spirit of America Foundation Memorial, left the American Legion Post home in Colville on Saturday morning. The group made stops at the Chewelah American Legion Post and Deer Park Eagles No. 3564 lodge later in the morning.
Spokane American Legion riders joined the group in Newport before heading to the Post Falls American Legion Post.
A broken water main forced town of Springdale officials to issue a boil order before city residents use water from the townâ€™s drinking water system.
In addition to the boil order, the water main break forced the early closure of schools in the Mary Walker School District.
Law enforcement agencies in Spokane, Ferry and Pend Oreille counties stopped and arrested 119 motorists in the recent â€śDrive Sober or Get Pulled Overâ€ť campaign.
The campaign, which ran from Aug. 16-Sept. 2, targeted motorists driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Last year, the extra patrols, funded by a Washington Transportation Safety Commission grant, arrested 133 motorists.
The patrols are part of â€śTarget Zero,â€ť which hopes to end all traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030.
Transportation challenges and priorities for the Northeast Washington area will be the focus of a Sept. 17 meeting with the Washington State Transportation Commission when it visits Colville. Local officials from Ferry, Pend Oreille and Stevens counties, the cities of Colville, Newport and Republic and the Kalispel and Spokane tribes will participate as part of the commissionâ€™s statewide public outreach effort.
Spokane County Sheriff's deputies continue to investigate a fatal motorcycle accident on Blanchard Road in Elk early Thursday morning.
Deputies responded to the accident on Blanchard and Jackson roads at around 1 a.m. When they arrived they found a deceased 42-year-old male rider.
Â Investigators say the rider failed to negotiate a curve on Blanchard Road and struck a tree.Â At this time it is unknown if drugs or alcohol played a role in the collision.Â
The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office will provide identity and cause of death after an autopsy is completed.
The rush for one of the state's retail marijuana licenses is about to begin.
The Liquor Control Board will issue 334 licenses statewide sometime next spring. Application review will start in November.
The board will issue 18 licenses for Spokane County, although 11 of them will be set aside for businesses in the cities of Spokane and Spokane Valley. The remaining seven can be issued to businesses anywhere in the county.
The board set aside four licenses for anywhere in Stevens County and two for anywhere in Pend Oreille County. King County will receive 61 licenses.