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October 13th, 2011

North Spokane Corridor work continues

October 13, 2011

Construction on a new interchange at Parksmith Road gets under way this month, a milestone that signals traffic and safety improvements are nearly complete on the northern five miles of the new North Spokane Corridor.
When complete, the interchange, located between Francis Avenue and Farwell Road, will provide convenient access to retail and residential areas in the Mead community, as well as the nearby commercial and industrial properties along the new transportation corridor.

October 11th

City's sales tax revenues slide during 2011's second quarter

October 11, 2011

Deer Park’s taxable retail sales continue to take a sharp dip, according to statistics supplied by the Department of Revenue.
According to Department of Revenue statistics, Deer Park generated $16 million in retail sales from April-June 2011 as compared to $18.2 million for the same period in 2010, an 11.9 percent drop.
Deer Park’s recent downspin followed a 32 percent drop in the second quarter of 2010 as compared to the second quarter of 2009.
Springdale’s retail sales dropped 26.7 percent from $717,452 to $525,420.

October 5th

Monasmith to fill Superior Court vacancy

October 5, 2011

Gov. Chris Gregoire announced on Monday that she will appoint Patrick Monasmith to the Superior Court serving Stevens, Pend Oreille and Ferry counties. Monasmith is a former court commissioner for Stevens County, and has extensive experience in private practice.
He will fill the judgeship being vacated by the retirement of Rebecca Baker.

September 30th

State minimum wage to rise in 2012

September 30, 2011

Washington’s minimum wage will increase to $9.04 per hour beginning Jan. 1, the Department of Labor & Industries announced on Friday.
L&I calculates the state’s minimum wage each year as required by Initiative 688, approved by state voters in 1998. The 37-cent increase reflects a 4.258 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) since August 2010.

September 21st

Jury deadlocked in vehicular homicide trial

September 21, 2011

The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office plans to retry a Deer Park man after a Superior Court could not reach a verdict after a week-long vehicular homicide trial.
Jonathon P. Bales was driving his 1985 Pontiac Firebird southbound on Wandermere Road at around 10:30 p.m. on July 16, 2010, when he apparently crossed the centerline and struck 54-year-old Rene Blaume, who was riding a Racer iScooter in the northbound lane near Glenrose Drive intersection. Blaume, an in-home care provider, died at the scene.

September 20th

September enrollments bring good news to school districts

September 20, 2011

Faced with shrinking budgets, area school districts received some good news after the preliminary enrollment counts for the 2011-12 school year.
Each of the three school districts has enrollments slightly higher than what was budgeted for this school year.
Deer Park, which has been in the best budget situation the past couple of years, has a district enrollment of 2,423 full-time equivalent students in September. The count is 67 FTE students above what the school district budgeted for the upcoming school year.
School districts receive about $2,000 a year in state funding for each FTE.

September 14th

Power line thieves back at it

September 14, 2011

Overhead lines that return unused power to Avista have been targeted by metal thieves since late August, according to a company employee.
Since Aug. 22, a suspect has stolen more than 1.5 miles of No. 6 copper for a loss exceeding $18,000. The company has been replacing the stolen copper lines with aluminum wire, which is less expensive.
The most recent theft occurred on Sept. 12 on North Hazard Road. Crews had just replaced the line at midnight and it was discovered missing again at 6 a.m.

September 9th

Appeals court upholds Springdale man's marijuana conviction

September 9, 2011

The Washington State Court of Appeals unanimously upheld the conviction of a Springdale man for manufacturing marijuana at his home last month.
Law enforcement officers, aided by aerial observations, raided David Henderschott’s home in August 2008 and seized 181 marijuana plants.
He was charged in September 2009 with use of drug paraphernalia, manufacturing marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to manufacture or deliver. Henderschott was convicted in Stevens County Superior Court later that year on the manufacturing marijuana charge, a felony.

September 7th

Logger killed in accident near Springdale

September 7, 2011

A 55 year-old man was killed in a logging accident near Springdale on Wednesday.
According to preliminary reports, rescue crews were called at around 5:30 a.m. after Robin J. McCalister was hit by a log. Medstar was dispatched a short time later.
Emergency crews worked on the victim but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

August 25th

Chattaroy doctor seriously injured in plane crash

August 25, 2011

A Chattaroy man suffered serious injuries when the airplane he was piloting crashed on Aug. 23 near an airstrip at Priest Lake.
Dr. John Hershey, 86, was trying to land his Cessna 152 at an airstrip near Cavanaugh Bay when the airplane crashed into some nearby woods.

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