April 18th, 2012
Updated April 19
Riverside School District officials will have to hold their breath until their maintenance and operations levy is certified on April 27.
The measure is currently deadlocked at 2,135-2,135 after a second day of vote tabulations.
A similar levy request failed in February. To help make a second try more palatable for voters, the Riverside School Board lowered the levyâ€™s assessment rate from $3,90 per $1,000 to $3.42.
The Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s Department continues to investigate a one-car fatal accident on Dennison-Chattaroy Road on Friday night.
Deputy Dan Dutton had arrived on scene at around 11 p.m., prior to traffic investigators, and saw an adult male driver inside the vehicle. Medics arrived with Dutton and pronounced the driver deceased at the scene.
Evidence showed the vehicle was traveling westbound on Dennison-Chattaroy Road. The vehicle crossed eastbound lanes of traffic, left the roadway and struck a tree head-on.
A celebration of life was April 14 at the Deer Park Open Door Congregational Church, with the Rev. Daniel Berg officiating, for former area resident Rand C. Maurer, 59, who passed away on March 23 in his Tacoma home.
Born on Aug. 13, 1952, in Spokane to Charles D. and Elaine Maurer, he graduated from Mead High School in 1970 and from Western Washington State College in Bellingham with a degree in music. He was currently employed as a district manager for Subway stores in the Tacoma area.
A funeral services was held on April 12, at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Stanwood, Wash., for Chattaroy resident Richard Orville Floe, who passed away on April 4.
Born on Jan. 5, 1938, in Everett, Wash., to Wilbur and Rose Floe, he lived most of his life in the Stanwood area until six years ago after retiring from 38 years of working as a sales manager at Concrete Nor'West he decided to move to Chattaroy where they wanted to live a quieter and simpler lifestyle.
A small electrical fire on Thursday morning forced a short evacuation of students at Deer Park Middle School.
Units from Spokane County Fire District No. 4â€™s Stations 41 (Deer Park), 42 (Chattaroy) and 46 (Riverside) were dispatched to the scene after it was reported a large amount of smoke was accumulating in a sixth grade portable classroom.
An investigation by SCFD4 personnel attributed the smoke to an electrical malfunction.
SCFD4 officials said the smoke, while uncomfortable, was not a serious health hazard.
For the first time in 29 years, the Deer Park girls basketball team placed three players on the all-league team.
Named to the All-Great Northern League first team was Tessa Heins. The senior earned All-GNL honors for the second straight year. She was named to the second team last season.
Other first-teamers this season were Allie Brown of Cheney, Erin Wallman of East Valley, Emily Drake of Pullman and KC McConnell of Clarkston.
Area Democrats will hold their precinct caucuses at various locations at 1 p.m. on April 15.
The purpose of the caucuses is to elect delegates to the upcoming Spokane County Convention later this year as well as discussing the Democratic Partyâ€™s platform.
Tamatha Christine Cummings was born in Enid, Okla., and moved with her family to Washington in June of 1973. She graduated from Mary Walker High School and married Jamie Cummings a year later. They built a home and a family right outside of Springdale.
She is survived by her parents, Grady and Cyndi Johnson; a sister, Kim Johnson and her sons, Dylan and Kevin Smith; her husband, Jamie Cummings; her children, Jerika Cummings, Kyle Cummings and Cody Pardun; brother-in-law, Hoss Cummings, his wife, Chere Cummings and their sons, Wade and Grant Cummings; and several other family members.
A memorial service will be 1:30 p.m. on April 20 at the Deer Park First Baptist Church, E1200 Crawford, with the Rev. Tim White officiating, for longtime Deer Park resident Thirza R. Kelly, 91, who passed away on April 1 in Spokane Valley.
Born on Aug. 22, 1919, in Moxee City, Wash., she worked as a licensed practical nurse at the Tri-County Hospital in Deer Park for 22 years.
She was a member of the Assemblies of God Church.
Her husband, the Rev. Lowell M. Kelly; a son, Robert Kelly; her parents; a sister; and a brother, all predeceased her.
A funeral service was April 7at the Riverside Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chattaroy, with his son, Bishop Bryon Wiltse conducting, for longtime Deer Park area resident Lyle L. Wiltse, who passed away on April 2, 2012 on the family farm.
Born in Hunters on April 15, 1938, his family moved to Deer Park when he was in the seventh grade. He graduated from Deer Park High School in 1957.