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January 12th, 2012

State budget cuts could target community fairs

January 12, 2012

In what has become a yearly tradition, community fair organizers have begun fretting about the state’s financial commitment to the events.
With the Legislature looking to close a $3 billion budget shortfall this spring, the $2 million the state spends on fair funding is on the chopping block.
Clayton Community Fair Manager Janice Purdy said her event receives about $3,000 a year in state funds. That money must be used for youth premium awards, ribbons and trophies.

January 3rd

Investigation continues into Starbuck homicide

January 3, 2012

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, which has a person of interest in the Chanin Starbuck homicide investigation, continues to interview witnesses and follow up leads developed from those interviews. They are also reviewing digital evidence taken from the crime scene.
Starbuck’s body was discovered in her Deer Park home on Dec. 3 after neighbors became concerned about the accumulation of mail in front of her house.
The Spokane Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Starbuck was strangled a few days earlier.

December 30th, 2011

Deer Park pharmacy hit by armed robber again

December 31, 2011

For the second time in less than a month, an armed robber struck The Medicine Shoppe at E11 "H" Street in Deer Park.
The latest incident occurred at about 4 p.m. Friday by a man who handed employees a note demanding pain medication. The suspect vaguely resembled the man who robbed the same business on Dec. 5.
In the Dec. 29 robbery, the suspect handed employees a note and indicated he was armed with a gun, although no firearm was displayed.

December 29th

Driver needs extrication following Monroe Road accident

December 29, 2011

Emergency crews from Spokane County Fire District No. 4 and Deer Park Ambulance spent a part of Thursday morning extricating a driver following a one-vehicle accident on Monroe Road.
The driver of the Dodge pickup, whose name was not immediately released, went off the roadway, traveled a short distance and struck a tree. When emergency crews arrived at around 11:15 a.m., they found the truck on its side.
Fire crews needed to cut off the top of the pickup to free the driver who was transported to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.

December 28th

McMorris Rodgers's Congressional seat may get smaller

December 28, 2011

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ district may get a little smaller, according to the latest proposal submitted by the Washington Redistricting Commission on Dec. 28.
The commission is charged with carving up the state into 10 Congressional districts, one more district than the last redistricting effort 10 years ago.
To make room for the new district, which will sit mostly in Thurston and Pierce counties under the latest plan, the other districts underwent geographical reconfigurations to ensure each one had approximately 672,450 residents.

December 27th

Deer Park man killed in Christmas Day traffic accident

December 27, 2011

Updated 5 p.m. on Dec. 27
Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies are trying to determine the cause of a one-vehicle accident on Dec. 25 that took the life of Bradley J. Updegrove, 45-year-old Deer Park man.
The fatal crash occurred around 9 p.m. at the north 27800 block of Cedar Road (just south of Owens Road). A motorist driving by the area found a 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche crashed against a tree. Deputies found the driver, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, without a pulse. Shortly after medics arrived on the scene and pronounced him dead.

December 21st

Area churches plan holiday services

December 21, 2011

Area churches will celebrate the holidays with various Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services.
The Deer Park Open Door Congregational Church at N205 Main St. will hold Christmas Eve services at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. along with its traditional 9:30 a.m. Sunday service.
St. Mary’s Presentation Catholic Church at E602 Sixth St. will hold Christmas masses at 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 9 a.m. on Christmas Day.

December 16th

WUTC approves portion of Avista's rate hike request

December 16, 2011

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission has approved an Avista Corp. rate hike request, just not in the amount the company requested.
The three-member commission agreed to let Avista collect an additional $23.7 million in electric and natural gas revenues starting on Jan. 1. The company had requested an additional $44.5 million when it made its rate hike application last spring.

December 14th

Person of interest determined in Starbuck homicide investigation

December 14, 2011

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office has a person of interest in the Chanin Starbuck homicide investigation but will not immediately release the suspect’s identity as detectives continue to gather evidence.
Starbuck’s body was discovered in her Deer Park home on Dec. 3 after neighbors became concerned about the accumulation of mail in front of her house.
The Spokane Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Starbuck was strangled a few days earlier.

December 13th

Enrollment keeps Deer Park and Riverside in current athletic conferences

December 13, 2011

Deer Park and Riverside will not be going anywhere when it comes to Washington Interscholastic Activities Association sports classifications for the 2012-13 school year.
In a WIAA meeting in Renton last week to look at preliminary classifications for the upcoming two school years, Deer Park will remain a Class 2A (Great Northern League) school will Riverside will remain in the Class 1A (Northeast A League) ranks.

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