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October 28th, 2011

SCOPE to help with safety on Halloween

October 28, 2011

Deer Park SCOPE volunteers will be out in force on Halloween to enhance the safety of children as they roam neighborhoods in search of sugary booty.
Citizens on Patrol (COP), a community safety program that involves citizen volunteers driving through neighborhoods, will provide a visible deterrent. Using retired sheriff’s patrol cars, COP participants can quickly alert deputies to potential or active criminal activity.

October 27th

City to install surveillance cameras at Swinyard Park

October 27, 2011

The Deer Park City Council chose park security over comfort in the 2012 budget.
Faced with a rapidly shrinking budget (an original $200,000 general fund surplus is now closer to $175,000) the city council continued to try and find ways to save money.
The city council at the Oct. 25 budget workshop decided to fund a $21,700 video surveillance system for Swinyard Park.

October 26th

Thieves strike GreenHouse Community Center

October 26, 2011

Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a burglary at the GreenHouse Community Center at W112 First St. in the early morning hours of Oct. 25.
It appeared that the perpetrators tried to pry off the lock on the outside door leading to Office Manager Roxie Champagne’s office. Once that failed they broke the door window and climbed inside.

October 20th

Is the swimming pool on city's budget chopping block?

October 20, 2011

The Deer Park City Council has not ruled out closing the swimming pool as a way of saving money next year.
The facility, faced with dwindling public use, lost $70,000 last year. The city will have to install a handicapped lip at the pool next year.
Councilman Steve Hughes said it did not make much sense to operate the swimming pool, which was built more than 60 years ago, when it only attracts 30-35 children a day during the summer.
The city only received about $5,000 in usage fees last year.

October 19th

Habitat for Humanity raises the wall

October 19, 2011

More than 75 people showed up on Thursday to welcome the Legend and Webb families to the neighborhood.
The families will be the first to occupy homes at the 2-acre Habitat for Humanity-Spokane’s Hope Meadows housing development in Deer Park.
The Webbs and Legends, who will not move into their homes until sometime in 2012, were on hand last week for the “raising of the walls” ceremony at the south Colville Avenue site. Joining them were Habitat, Lowe’s Hardware (a prime sponsor of the project) and city officials.

October 13th

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.

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