July 12th, 2012
The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today an elevated fire danger rating and burn restrictions on DNR-protected lands in Spokane County and the area encompassed by Stevens County Fire Districts No. 1 and 2.
The fire danger rating will increase from â€śmoderateâ€ť to â€śhigh.â€ť
Pend Oreille County and Stevens County, outside Fire Districts 1 and 2, will remain at â€ślow.â€ť
Deer Park School District officials have decided to swap elementary school administrators for the upcoming school year.
Deer Park Elementary School Principal Michele Miller will now take over the same duties at Arcadia Elementary School. Arcadia Principal Bonnie Remington will move to DPES.
Remington has worked at Arcadia for 17 years and Miller at DPES for 14 years.
Superintendent Becky Cooke said it is unusual for principals to stay at one school for that long a period.
The switch will give the pair a â€śfresh start,â€ť Cooke added.
The first steps in the new look Riverside football program were taken this summer.
New football coach Tom Griggs held a pair of camps in June to allow players to get a chance to become somewhat familiar with the program.
Griggs, who came to Riverside after a one-year stint as head coach at Rochester (Wash.) High School, held a mini-camp at the end of the school year. A more intense one-week camp was held last week.
Blessed with sunny and mild temperatures, many Deer Park area residents took in the annual evening "As American As Apple Pie" concert at the First Baptist Church and the fireworks show at Deer Park High School.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has confirmed another wolf pack and a wolf attack on sheep in northeast Washington.
Using remote video cameras, biologists documented at least five gray wolf pups this week in southern Stevens County. In reference to nearby Huckleberry Mountain, the pack has been named the Huckleberry pack.
The new pack is Washingtonâ€™s seventh confirmed wolf pack, including the recently documented Ncâ€™icn pack on the Colville Confederated Tribes reservation. An additional five packs are also suspected in the state.
Area youngsters received a free gift from the city of Deer Park this summer.
City officials have waived the $1.50 daily fee to use the municipal swimming pool this summer. Swimming lesson fees will remain in effect.
The plan, authored by City Clerk Deby Cragun and supported by Mayor Robert Whisman, is in response to a shortened swim season this year and to see if free use will increase pool attendance.
The city does not expect to open the pool until after July 1.
Spokane County Investigative Task Force detectives are asking for the public's assistance in identifying a residential burglar. On June 8, homeowners near the 3100 block of East Deer Park-Milan Road returned home from an eight-day vacation and found their house had been burglarized. The burglars made entry through a back door to the residence and were recorded on the homeowner's game camera.
It is with profound love that we celebrate the life and mourn the loss of our mother, Etta Marie Clarkson. Surrounded by her dedicated and loving family, she was welcomed by the lord on June 22, 2012.
Etta was born on Sept. 30, 1919, in Harper, Kansas to John and Ida Phye. She later married James Clarkson on Sept. 24, 1942, in Anthony, Kansas. Shortly after, they filled their home with the birth of their three children, Ralph, Richard, and Jana.
Liesbeth Urbat, 90, a woman of great strength and courage, was called to rest in heaven on June 16, 2012.
Born in East Prussia, Germany, on June 24, 1921, she was raised on a small farm with her father, mother, and brother, Erwin. As a young woman, she found herself amidst World War II. With only days left before a Russian attack on their tiny farming community, families were advised to flee. Liesbeth heeded the advice and fled, only to return to the village later where she learned that her family who had stayed behind had not survived the attack.
Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s Deputy Mike Northway, who was shot four times during a traffic stop in north Spokane on June 19, grew up in the Deer Park area.
The 42-year-old Northway graduated from Deer Park High School in 1988. He joined the police Sheriffâ€™s Department in 1996 as a corrections officer. He went on patrol duty three years later.
A high school friend, who wished to remain anonymous, said Northwayâ€™s goal while growing up was to be a police officer.
Fellow deputy Matt Spink, who joined the department in 1999, was also shot during the traffic stop.