March 21st, 2012
Drivers will have a little more time to remove their studded tires this year.
The Washington State Department of Transportation extended the studded-tire season through the end of April 16, as forecasts call for possible winter driving conditions through the heavily traveled Easter weekend. WSDOT officials donâ€™t anticipate any further extensions beyond April 16.
A memorial service will held at 10 a.m. on March 17 at Thornhill Valley Funeral Chapel for former Elk resident Joe â€śCrazy Joeâ€ť Begovich, 84, who passed away on March 13, 2012.
Born on Sept. 24, 1927, in Rock Springs, Wy., to Marko and Evanka Begovich, the family moved to Elk when he was 6 years old. He attended school at Elk Grade School and Riverside High School. He joined the Navy after high school for two years of active duty and continued as a Naval Reservist for another 18 years.
Mr. Begovich was employed as a truck driver for P.I.E for 40 years.
Almost 25 years after her disappearance, Bonneville Power Administration and local law enforcement officials continue to search for clues in an effort to discover what happened to Deer Parkâ€™s Julie Weflen.
In an attempt to generate leads in the case, BPA is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in Weflen's disappearance.
Riversideâ€™s Derrick â€śDeweyâ€ť Bender, who finished his prep wrestling career with a Class 1A state championship in the 220-pound classification, scored a few more wins at the ORCA Duals last weekend in Ashland, Ore.
The duals featured some of the top senior wrestlers from Washington, Oregon and California.
Among Benderâ€™s wins on Sunday was a 5-3 decision over Mick Dougherty of Barlow (Ore.) High School.
A funeral service will be 11 a.m. on March 14 at the Peaceful Valley Church on Allen Road in Elk, with the Rev. Jim Trull officiating, for former Elk resident Phyllis L. Fetcho, 83, who passed away on March 3.
Born in 1928 in Colfax, she attended Colfax Grade School and graduated from Riverside High School in 1946. She worked briefly as a telephone operator.
A former president of the Elk Grade School PTA, she was a member of the Congregational Church and founder and member of the Elk Homemakers.
A graveside service will be 11 a.m. on March 13 at the Wild Rose Prairie Cemetery, with the Rev. Gene Gentry officiating, for longtime Denison area resident Margaret L. Barnett, 93, who passed away on March 7, 2012.
Born on Nov. 17, 1918, to the late Guy and Frances Underwood at Port Orchard, Wash., her family moved to the Okanogan area when she was a child. She graduated from Okanogan High School in 1936. She served as Okanoganâ€™s royal representative to the Wenatchee Apple Blossom Festival in 1936.
The Loon Lake School District will join the Deer Park and Riverside School districts in running a maintenance and operations levy election on April 17.
Unlike the other two levy measures, the Loon Lake four-year $226,000 request was not run earlier this year.
If approved, the Loon Lake request will cost property owners 63 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The generated funds will be used for various educational programs â€” such as music and physical education â€” the food service department, technology, grounds improvement and non-high payments.
Alarmed by the growing number of burglaries and vehicle prowlings in the rural areas of Spokane County, the sheriff's department asks residents to take additional precautions.
Burglaries and vehicle prowlings have increased 53 percent for the months of January and February 2012 as compared to 2011.
King County Councilman and attorney Bob Ferguson, who is running for state attorney general, made a campaign stop on March 3 at the Deer Park Pizza Factory to meet with 7th Legislative District Democrats.
Judge Bruce Hilyer, who is running for Washington State Supreme Court, attended the meeting.
â€śAs a fourth generation Washingtonian, my roots run deep in our state,â€ť said Ferguson, who has campaigned in 31 Washington State counties. â€śIn the 19th century, my great-grandparents homesteaded along the Skagit River. I have lived and worked on both sides of the mountains.â€ť
Area football teams have released their 2012 football schedules to reflect the new look Great Northern and Northeast A leagues.
The Deer Park Stags, the defending GNL champions, will open their season at Chewelah on Aug. 31. It will be the fifth straight year the Stags have opened the season against the Cougars in a non-league game.
Riverside will open its season on Aug. 31 at Timberlake, The Tigers defeated the Rams 17-6 in last yearâ€™s season opener.
The Stags and Rams will face off against each other on Sept. 7 at Riverside.