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July 29th, 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.
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 paradeâs top prize, the sweepstakes award. The Ritzville Community Float won the mayorâs award and Real Estate Marketplaceâs Jim Palmer Sr. and Jr. won the judgesâ award.
Other parade winners were:
Floats â 1, Chewelah. 2, Moses Lake.
Spokane Valley police officers arrested a 20-year-old Elk man on July 20 after they found him seated in a stolen Honda Civic.
Mike McNees and other officers responded to the River Rock Apartments at E12700 Shannon about 10:30 a.m. after a person reported a suspicious male ducking down inside the parked Honda and smoking something.
McNees contacted the occupant who identified himself as Christopher L. Dahlman. Sheriffâs dispatch advised McNees that the plate on the back of the Honda was stolen, and when he checked the carâs identification number, learned it was stolen as well.
Deer Parkâs Jack Woods was among 35 area World War II veterans who were part of the Inland Northwest Honor Flight that left Spokane International Airport on Friday to see the memorial built in their honor in Washington, D.C.
The 85-year-old Woods, who enlisted in the Navy in 1943, served in the South Pacific during World War II aboard the USS Cassin Young (DD-793), which withstood several kamikaze attacks.
Woods, who later worked at Kaiser-Mead, has lived in Deer Park since 1968.
The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration continue to investigate the crash of a single-engine airplane that took off from Elk on Friday evening and crashed in rugged terrain in the Cascade Mountains, killing two people aboard according to Washington State Department of Transportation officials.
The pair, Matthew K. Annis, 45, and his 8-year-old son, Matthew Reilly Annis, were headed to the annual Arlington Fly-In.
The fate of âbackyard chickensâ in Deer Park was sealed when then Deer Park City Council decided to do nothing at its July 6 meeting.
The city council, which heard more support on the concept of allowing residents to raise a small number of chickens in their backyard, refused to overturn a report submitted by the Deer Park Planning Commission that would keep the ban in place.
The planning commission decided that controlling the chicken population would be very difficult for the cityâs animal control officer and that the agricultural animals could pose a health problem.
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.