November 28th, 2012
State Sen. Bob Morton, who entered the political landscape more than two decades ago, has announced his retirement effective Jan. 1.
â€śI thank the people of the 7th Legislative District for the opportunity to represent them. I appreciate their support and insight into how we could make our district and state a better place for future generations,â€ť Morton said in announcing his decision on Nov. 28
â€śI plan to serve as senator until January 1, 2013. I am looking forward to retirement and spending more time at home with my family in the beautiful 7th District.â€ť
GreenHouse Community Center volunteers have begun accepting families for the annual Christmas Tree of Sharing.
Director Susan Peterson said Greenhouse volunteers hope to have all gifts distributed from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. between Dec. 19-22.
Christmas food will be distributed when clients collect their monthly food baskets at the food bank, W206 First St., Suite A. Clients with children will also receive an appointment time to visit the GreenHouseâ€™s Tree of Sharing outlet at N211 Fir St. at this time.
The Deer Park wrestling team opens its season this week with a match-up of a pair of 2012 state team champions.
The Stags, the five-time defending Class 2A champs, will entertain Orting on 6 p.m. on Friday.
The Cardinals, who have moved up to the Class 2A ranks this season, are four-time defending Class 1A champs. Last year's team featured (all returning) Fred Green, the 106-pound champion, Austin Dodson, the runner-up at 113 pounds, and Beau Gore, the runner-up at 145 pounds.
In addition to its state title run, Orting finished second the three previous seasons.
Paul Emil Schaffner, 76, passed away on Nov. 20, 2012, in Spokane after a brief illness.
Paul was born in Chewelah on March 18, 1936, to Urban and Cora Schaffner of Ford. He grew up in a family of four children, being the youngest.
Charles the oldest passed away in 2007. Howard of Harrington, Wash., and Ruth Sjoberg Schaffner of Walnut Creek, Calif., are the remaining siblings.
Evonna Arianna Hyde passed away on Nov. 13, 2012 in Springdale, Wash., at the age of 20.
She was born the daughter of Randall Hyde and Jacqueline Mattingly on March 25, 1992 in Anaheim, Calif. She moved to Washington with her family in 1996 at the age of 4.
Evonna grew up in Springdale, where she met Philip Fleetwood in 2005. Together, they had a beautiful daughter, Alexis.
Dr. Mark L. Radezky went home to be with the Lord the morning of Oct. 30, 2012.
He was born March 30, 1957, in Brewster, Wash., to Hank and Shirlee Graves Radezky.
Mark grew up on the Triple R-Bar Ranch in Colville. He graduated from Calvary Christian School in 1975. He attended Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, N.D. He did undergraduate study at Portland Community College and Portland State. He graduated from Western State Chiropractic College with a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree.
Updated Nov. 15: Law enforcement officials have a person of interest and have impounded a vehicle following their investigation into a possible felony hit-and-run between Springdale and Ford on Nov. 13.
The Washington State Patrol has not released the name of the suspect because of the sensitivity of the ongoing investigation.
After crunching numbers throughout the night, Washington United for Marriage (WUM) announced on Nov. 7 that Referendum 74 will be approved by voters.
â€śThis is a clear win,â€ť said WUM campaign manager Zach Silk. â€śWe have run the numbers every which way, and we can now confidently say that we have won. This is an historic day for Washington, an historic day for our country and, most of all, for families across the state who have dreamed of this day and the wedding celebrations to come.â€ť
The Republican candidates for Spokane County Commissioner came through victorious in Tuesdayâ€™s general election.
Incumbent Todd Mielke bested Democrat challenger John Roskelley 80,656-69,281 for the District 1 seat. In the District 2 race, Shelly Oâ€™Quinn outpolled Daryl Romeyn 81,281-68,256.
In the Stevens County Commissioner races, incumbent Malcolm Friedman lost to Steve Parker 6,027-5,554 in the District 3 race. In the District 1 race, Wes McCart got past Mark Beck 5,907-5,236.
All the Stevens County candidates were Republicans.
All elections will be certified on Nov. 27.
Updated 8:19 p.m.
According to NBC News, President Obama has won re-election after winning Ohio. The call gave him 274 electoral college votes. A candidate needed 270 votes to win the election.