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September 30th, 2011
Washingtonâ€™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 stateâ€™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.
The Spokane County Prosecutorâ€™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.
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.
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.
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 Henderschottâ€™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.
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.
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.
A Springdale lumber mill that lay dormant for five years has a new lease on life and a new job description.
The Borgford BioEnergy Project purchased the defunct Springdale Lumber Co. in October 2009. The mill, which had shutdown almost five years earlier, contained most of the equipment for a specialty beam sawmill. The company decided to expand the operation to include a bio-energy park.
Once again, Stevens County voters rejected a plan to raise the Stevens County Library Districtâ€™s levy rate to 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
In preliminary primary election results, voters overwhelmingly rejected the plan 5,332-3,635. A simple majority of yes votes was needed for passage.
Library district officials had hoped that the restored levy rate would augment the shrinking annual operating budget.
â€˘ In the only other primary election race, Deer Park School Board incumbent Jeff Whittle easily outpolled his two challenger.
Motor vehicle violations led to the arrest of a 40-year-old Elk man on Aug. 14 for possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s Deputy Jeff Shover was patrolling the area of 37000 North Newport Highway about noon when he spotted a Toyota pickup that had an obscured license plate, broken windshield and no mud flaps. He stopped the truck and identified the driver as James E. White.