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November 28th, 2012

Sen. Morton to step down

November 28, 2012

State Sen. Bob Morton, who entered the political landscape more than two decades ago, has announced his retirement effective Jan. 1.
“I thank the people of the 7th Legislative District for the opportunity to represent them. I appreciate their support and insight into how we could make our district and state a better place for future generations,” Morton said in announcing his decision on Nov. 28
“I plan to serve as senator until January 1, 2013. I am looking forward to retirement and spending more time at home with my family in the beautiful 7th District.”

GreenHouse starts annual Tree of Sharing campaign

November 28, 2012

GreenHouse Community Center volunteers have begun accepting families for the annual Christmas Tree of Sharing.
Director Susan Peterson said Greenhouse volunteers hope to have all gifts distributed from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. between Dec. 19-22.
Christmas food will be distributed when clients collect their monthly food baskets at the food bank, W206 First St., Suite A. Clients with children will also receive an appointment time to visit the GreenHouse’s Tree of Sharing outlet at N211 Fir St. at this time.

November 14th

Pedestrian killed in State Highway 231 accident

November 14, 2012

Updated Nov. 15: Law enforcement officials have a person of interest and have impounded a vehicle following their investigation into a possible felony hit-and-run between Springdale and Ford on Nov. 13.
The Washington State Patrol has not released the name of the suspect because of the sensitivity of the ongoing investigation.

November 7th

Referendum 74 supporters claiming victory

November 7, 2012

After crunching numbers throughout the night, Washington United for Marriage (WUM) announced on Nov. 7 that Referendum 74 will be approved by voters.
“This is a clear win,” said WUM campaign manager Zach Silk. “We have run the numbers every which way, and we can now confidently say that we have won. This is an historic day for Washington, an historic day for our country and, most of all, for families across the state who have dreamed of this day and the wedding celebrations to come.”

Mielke, O'Quinn win Spokane County Commissioner races

November 7, 2012

The Republican candidates for Spokane County Commissioner came through victorious in Tuesday’s general election.
Incumbent Todd Mielke bested Democrat challenger John Roskelley 80,656-69,281 for the District 1 seat. In the District 2 race, Shelly O’Quinn outpolled Daryl Romeyn 81,281-68,256.
In the Stevens County Commissioner races, incumbent Malcolm Friedman lost to Steve Parker 6,027-5,554 in the District 3 race. In the District 1 race, Wes McCart got past Mark Beck 5,907-5,236.
All the Stevens County candidates were Republicans.
All elections will be certified on Nov. 27.

November 6th

President Obama has won re-election

November 6, 2012

Updated 8:19 p.m.
According to NBC News, President Obama has won re-election after winning Ohio. The call gave him 274 electoral college votes. A candidate needed 270 votes to win the election.

October 30th

Monroe Road to receive more safety improvements

October 30, 2012

The Spokane County Engineer’s Office and the Spokane County Target Zero Task Force has received funding from Washington Traffic Safety Commission for the Monroe Road safety project.
The primary goal of the safety project is to reduce the traffic collisions on an 11-mile-stretch of Monroe Road, which has a posted speed limit of 45 mph.

October 26th

Copper thieves strike Deer Park substation

October 26, 2012

Avista Utilities is offering a cash reward to anyone who can provide information leading to an arrest and conviction for those responsible for the theft of copper wire from a pair of north Spokane substations.
Avista Utilities personnel in Deer Park reported to Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies that sometime between Oct. 16-24 someone stole more than one-half mile of copper wire from the company’s substation on Dahl Road. In addition, another 450-500 feet of copper wire was stolen from its Little Spokane substation during the same time frame.

Stevens County deputy involved in another police shooting

October 26, 2012

A Stevens County Sheriff’s deputy involved in the fatal shooting near Springdale last week was involved with the shooting of a vehicle prowling suspect at Loon Lake in March 2011.
Deputy Travis Frizzell and Reserve Deputy Nick Wolfe responded to a 911 call on Deer Creek Road on Oct. 19. During the call, the pair came in contact with an armed 66-year-old John Peterson, who was on the phone.
Peterson moved toward Wolfe while pointing his gun. The reserve deputy fired one shot, fatally wounding Peterson.

October 24th

Bomb threat forces DPHS evacuation

October 24, 2012

Deer Park High School was evacuated Wednesday morning following a bomb threat left in the girls bathroom.
The threat, written on a stall, said a bomb would go off at 1 p.m.
Sheriff’s department deputies and Spokane County Fire District No. 4 personnel were dispatched to the scene. Firefighters staged at Deer Park Elementary School.
Students were sent to nearby Arcadia Elementary School.
A bomb sniffing dog from Fairchild Air Force Base arrived in the afternoon. The canine sniffed the parking lot and the school. Students were allowed to go back to the school at around 2:30 p.m.

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