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May 18th, 2012

Investigation continues into U.S. 395 fatal accident

May 18, 2012

(Updated May 20)Washington State Patrol investigators who thought more than one person may have been involved in a fatal one-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 395 on Friday morning, now believe the driver was alone in the pickup truck.
According to the WSP, 19-year-old Jesse Cox was southbound on the highway between Hatch and Monroe roads at around 5:45 a.m. when he left the roadway and rolled a couple of times before it came to rest in a backyard of a home on Ballard Road.
When emergency crews arrived on the scene they found a body that had been apparently ejected from the vehicle.

May 16th

Riverside levy survives recount challenge

May 16, 2012

The hand recount of the Riverside School District maintenance and operations levy did not change the outcome of the $2.9 million a year measure.
The final recount ballot tally, which includes ballots from Spokane and Pend Oreille counties, showed the levy passed 2,161-2,150 votes. Those ballot counts from the same as when the levy was certified on April 27.
Five Riverside School District voters petitioned to have the ballots hand counted. Chattaroy’s Leonard Terzenbach paid $1,083 for the recount, based on a cost of 25 cents a ballot.

May 9th

Elk arrest yields stolen Deer Park pickup

May 9, 2012

A 38-year-old Spokane man was arrested in Elk last week following a high-speed chase in a stolen pickup truck.
Michael S. Wheeler, 38, who has a history of trying to elude police officers, was arrested at gunpoint on May 3 after a high-speed chase ended on Elk-Chattaroy Road near Deer Park Creek Road.
The chase began near 36900 Valley Road after Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Daniel Rahn spotted a 1986 Dodge pickup parked in his neighbor's driveway.

May 2nd

Riverside levy headed for a hand recount

May 2, 2012

Certification of the Riverside School District’s maintenance and operations levy has been placed on hold while the Spokane County Elections Office staff conducts a hand recount on the more than 4,300 ballots cast in the April 17 election.
Five school district voters submitted a petition along with the $1,000 fee on April 30 to have the ballots hand counted this week.
In the first round of ballot tabulations (done by machines), the levy, which will generate about $2.88 million from local property tax assessments, passed 2,161-2,150.

April 29th

Fisherman drowns in Waitts Lake mishap

April 29, 2012

(Updated May 2)
Stevens and Spokane County water rescue crews have found the body of the 48-year-old who drowned Saturday morning in Waitts Lake while fishing.
According to witnesses, Frederick Barker apparently lost the grip on his fishing pole while trying to reel in a catch. Barker, who was not wearing a life jacket, jumped into the water to retrieve the pole but apparently was quickly overcome the water’s frigid temperatures.
Other people in his boat, including his wife, threw him life jackets but he was unable to retrieve one of them before going under.

April 27th

Missing Deer Park man found in Spokane

April 27, 2012

Updated May 2
A 55-year-old Deer Park man, who had been missing for about a week, was reunited with his family.
Orin Storrud, a U.S. Army veteran with mental health issues, was reported missing by his sister, Mona Storrud, after she returned home from her granddaughter’s school on April 23. He was found in a homeless shelter in Spokane four days later.
Mona Storrud said she received reports that her brother had traveled to Missoula, Mon., before returning to Spokane.

Area school levy elections certified

April 27, 2012

Riverside and Deer Park School District officials will not have to worry about another maintenance and operations levy election for the next three years.
Both school districts M&O levy requests were approved by voters this month and certified by various county election officials on Friday.
According to final results, Riverside’s three-year request, which will generate about $2.88 million a year in local funds, passed 2,161-2,150 following a last-minute surge of “yes” ballots.
A simple majority is needed for passage of an M&O levy.

April 26th

Riverside levy request gets a last-minute ballot count surge

April 26, 2012

As expected, the Riverside School District’s maintenance and operations election ballot measure surged ahead in the latest round ballot counts.
According to results released by the Spokane County Elections Office on April 26, the measure leads 2,161-2,150 (including the Pend Oreille County vote). The levy request was tied 2,135-2,135 after the previous election count on April 18.
A simple majority is needed for passage of an M&O levy.
The results, which are not expected to change, will be certified on April 27.

Yoke's gearing up for hard liquor sales

April 26, 2012

Yoke’s Fresh Market in Deer Park was among the stores to recently receive approval from the state’s Liquor Control Board to begin hard liquor sales on June 1.
The Deer Park store’s approval was among a group of Yoke’s stores in Spokane County that OK’d by the state agency on April 23.
A similar liquor sales application by the Deer Park Bi-Mart store remains under consideration.

April 25th

Osterholm ready for another parade/rodeo season

April 25, 2012

Deer Park’s Katy Osterholm and her longtime companion, a black and white paint horse, Apache, will not have to worry about staying busy again this year.
The 18-year-old Osterholm, daughter of Kim and Lonnie Osterholm, took part in the 2010 summer area parade and rodeo circuit as the Clayton Pee Wee Rodeo queen. Last year, she did it again as the Springdale Frontier Days Pro West Rodeo queen. Her newest title is Miss Spangle, which carries most of the same appearance duties as the other two titles.

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