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February 14th, 2013
Mary Walker School District patrons approved a four-year, $225,000 annual maintenance and operations levy.
The levy request, replaced the current $225,000 annual levy, received 56 percent approval (312-245).
The levy will cost school district property owners $1.40 for every $1,000 of assessed property, according to school district officials. The current levy has an assessment rate of $1.68.
The approval also means the school district will receive $417,814 in state levy equalization funds. If the levy had been rejected, the school district would not receive any equalization funds.
Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Ryan Truman responded to a suspicious person call near Miller's One-Stop on Newport Highway at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 5 after an anonymous caller stated William Harriman, 33, and his wife, Kamille Harriman, 30, were staying in Elk.
The caller also said the Harrimans were driving a white 1990's Chevrolet extra cab truck.
A portion of U.S. Highway 395 near Owens Road was closed for little more than an hour early Wednesday morning following a one-car rollover.
When emergency crews arrived at around 3 a.m., they found the driver outside the vehicle while a female passenger was trapped inside.
Spokane County Fire District No. 4 firefighters were able to free the woman. She was transported to a Spokane hospital with non-threatening injuries.
The driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Recently appointed Sen. John Smith took the oath of office on Jan. 13 to become the 7th Legislative District senator.
Prior to the official kickoff of this yearâ€™s legislative session, Supreme Court Justice James Johnson administered the oath to Smith, who stood before friends and family.
A 20-year-old Chattaroy woman was involved in a fatal car-pedestrian accident on U.S. Highway 2 on Tuesday night.
Sarah Babcock was traveling northbound on the highway near the Big R Store at around 8:20 p.m. when she struck a female pedestrian.
The woman, whose name was not yet been released, was taken to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead a short time later.
Washington State Patrol investigators, who have not filed any charges, have not ruled out that the pedestrian was intoxicated at the time of the accident.
December 27th, 2012
State regulators on Dec. 26 conditionally approved a multi-party settlement agreement that will allow Avista to raise electric and natural gas rates for the next two years for its Washington customers.
The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) accepted a settlement that allows Avista to implement a rate increase for electric and natural gas customers over the next two years. New rates went into effecton Jan. 1.
Updated Dec. 22 â€” One driver needed to be extricated following a two-car accident around 4 p.m. Friday at the intersection of H Street and U.S. Highway 395.
The female driver of a Honda sedan needed to be extricated. A child in the back seat was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.
Washington State Patrol investigators said the driver of the Honda tried to enter the highway when she was struck by a northbound Ford Explorer.
The driver of the Ford Explorer was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
Area residents making the Wednesday afternoon commute had to navigate extremely slick roadways and then spent the next day digging out from a winter first storm that left 8-plus inches in its wake.
Spokane County law enforcement agencies reported almost 250 traffic accidents on Wednesday, most of them slide-offs.
City of Deer Park snowplow crews spent most of Thursday cleaning city streets.
Mary Walker School District officials closed school on Thursday. Deer Park and Riverside School districts had begun their two-week holiday schedule earlier in the week.
Spokane County Major Crimes detectives arrested a pair of men in connection with a stabbing outside a Chattaroy restaurant on Wednesday morning.
Dwayne Hackley, 42, and Brian Reinhart, 25, were arrested later in the day and charged with first-degree assault.
Area school district officials offered sympathy to the victims of the elementary school shooting in Newton, Conn., but tried to assure parents that there are steps in place students safe.
â€śIt is with great sadness that we hear of the news of the tragic shooting in an elementary school in Connecticut. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were victims of this senseless violence, â€ť in a statement released by Deer Park School District Superintendent Becky Berg.