April 12th, 2012
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.
A funeral service is planned for a later date for Loon Lake/Deer Lake resident Sharon Grace Carter, 77, who passed away on April 1, 2012, in Spokane.
Born on July 18, 1934 in Bothell, Wash., she was a homemaker and mother. She lived at Loon Lake and then Deer Lake for the past 13 years.
She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3067 and the Moose Lodge at Loon Lake.
Her husband, Milton Carter, predeceased her.
She is survived by one son, Chris (Barb) Carter.
The East Valley Knights scored three runs in the first inning and Gage Burland did the rest in the first game of a doubleheader on Thursday.
Staked to an early 3-0 lead, Burland limited the Stags to only four hits (all singles) while striking out 10 in a makeup game from an early season rainout.
The Knights added three more runs in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth as they dropped the Stagsâ€™ Great Northern League record to 0-5.
Taylor Watkins provided most of the offensive firepower for the Knights with a pair of doubles.
Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) has filed a request with the county prosecutorâ€™s office to have 32 felony first-degree animal cruelty charges filed against Elkâ€™s Michelle Stiner.
In addition, SCRAPS is seeking five misdemeanor second-degree animal cruelty and 86 confinement in an unsafe manner charges.
All the charges stem from a Feb. 23 raid on Stinerâ€™s ranch on Bruce Road where SCRAPS officials, veterinarians and volunteers found nearly 100 animals in need of appropriate food and medical attention.
Many of the animals were adopted by caring homes.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers made it official on April 3: she will seek re-election to her fifth term in the U.S. House in Washingtonâ€™s Fifth Congressional District.