May 14th, 2013
Mary Walker High School has begun the search for a pair of new varsity coaches.
The school district is looking for replacements for head football coach Mark Edwards and boys basketball coach Dave Howard.
â€˘ Edwards assumed control of the Charger football program in 2006. While he did not have winning record in any of his seven seasons (12-51 overall), the Chargers did advance to the regional playoffs in 2010.
Lois M. (Conboy) Thompson was born on Aug. 29, 1924, to Francis and Carrie Conboy in Lisbon, N.D. The family moved to Spokane when she was four years old.
Lois graduated from North Central High School and worked at Fairchild Air Force Base during and after World War II.
She married Lloyd J. Thompson in 1952. They owned a dairy farm near Deer Park and raised their family there, and she worked for the Soil Conservation Service for years.
Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd; her mother and father; and three brothers, Ray, Ellis, and Dale Conboy.
With broken hearts and joy we said goodbye to Sandy Kay (Smith) Wolfe on May 4, 2013. After suffering almost three years with ALS, she was peacefully set free into Jesusâ€™ arms. We are sad, but glad for her to be whole, healed & happy again, dancing with her daddy in Heaven!
Sandy was born in Shore Acres, Wash., (near Everett) on Feb. 4, 1945 to Hazel Ella (Holland) and Wesley Sylvester Smith of Index, Wash.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Wesley (Ron) and Steven Smith.
Donald Eugene Goodburn, 53, a resident and formerly of Ellensburg, Wash., and Garfield, Wash., passed away on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Spokane.
John William Wagner was born in Spokane on April 20, 1921. He grew up on his family farm at Post Falls, Idaho, where he helped with the farming and chores until he was drafted into the Army in 1942. He was stationed in Italy, Germany, Africa and France, which was his favorite country because of the wonderful vineyards.
After the war, John owned a small restaurant in Hillyard, where he met Lillian Wageman when she had car trouble and needed to use his phone. They married and had three sons, Tom, Tony and Randy.
The 10th annual Deer Park Summer Concert Series will feature some familiar faces this year.
The concert series will kick off on June 22 at Mix Park with a performance by 6 Foot Swing. The band was among the performers last year.
Other bands scheduled for this summer are:
â€˘ Stagecoast West on June 29.
â€˘ The steel drum band Bram Bata from the Tri-Cities on July 6.
â€˘ Bluegrass band Big Red Barn on July 13.
â€˘ The Master Class Jazz Orchestra on July 20.
â€˘ Men of Rhythm, featuring a â€śBig Bandâ€ť sound, on Aug. 3.
â€˘ The Sara Brown Band, specializing in blues and soul music, on Aug. 10.
Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s Deputies Michael Northway and Joseph M. Spink received the stateâ€™s Law Enforcement Medal of Honor in ceremonies today in Olympia.
Northway and Spink were seriously injured while trying to apprehend a federal fugitive in north Spokane. The deputies were able to return the gunfire, forcing the suspect, Charlie Wallace, to flee the scene.
The fugitive later led various law enforcement personnel on a car chase that ended when the fleeing suspect crashed at the intersection of Crawford Avenue and U.S. Highway 395 in Deer Park. Moments later he took his own life.
The 2013 election season, limited mainly to local races, will officially start on May 13.
Residents must officially file their candidacy in the election office where they reside, in person or online, between May 13-17.
The only regional race is the state senate seat currently held by Republican John Smith, who was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Bob Morton. The race this fall is to fill the final year remaining on Mortonâ€™s four-year term.
The senate race carries a $421.06 filing fee. State law bases filing fees on 10 percent of the positionâ€™s annual salary.
Despite cool and windy weather in many parts of the state, anglers had a lot of success reeling in large trout on April 27, the opening day of this year's lowland lakes fishing season.
Based on creel checks conducted at 98 lakes around the state, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) estimates that anglers caught an average of 4.6 trout on opening day.
Riverside High School senior Courtney Davis has committed to play basketball at Walla Walla Community College for the incoming season.
A three-year varsity starter and the team captain, Davis, the fourth Lady Ram to break the 1,000-point career barrier, averaged 15.3 points per game last season.
Davis, the teamâ€™s most valuable player, received first team All-Northeast A League recognition for the third straight season this winter.
Earning a 3.86 grade point average, Davis has been recognized as a member of the National Honor Society while maintaining an honor roll status.