February 2nd, 2012
If you believe Punxsutawney Phil, keep those snow shovels handy. If youâre Deer Parkâs groundhog (if Deer Park had one), spring is just around the corner.
Earlier today, Phil, who seems to be the countryâs preeminent groundhog, saw his shadow, meaning six more weeks of winter.
Yet, in cloudy Deer Park (3,000 miles from Philâs home) any groundhog would have a hard time seeing his shadow, meaning an early spring.
And if we need a tie-breaker, Shubenacadie Sam in Nova Scotia agrees with the Deer Park forecast.
Spokane County Sheriffâs Office major crimes detectives are assisting Fire Districts 4 and 9 with the investigation of a mobile home fire on Bull Run Road on Thursday morning.
The fire was reported at approximately 5 a.m. When emergency personnel arrived on scene, the doublewide mobile home was fully engulfed.
According to mobile home occupants there were five people who lived in the home, three adults and two children. Both children and two of the adults were able to safely exit the residence. An adult female was not able to exit the home.
Beverly L. Swanson passed away with her family by her side in her home of 50 years on Jan. 30, 2012, after a bout with pancreatic cancer.
She graduated from Deer Park High School in 1952 and always considered Deer Park her home.
She loved quilting, gardening, scrapbooking, genealogy and spending time with family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Mabel Waseca; and two brothers, Frank and Jimmy Waseca.
Olive Marie Lenz, 87, passed away on Jan.30, 2012. She will be missed immensely by her family and friends because she was such a great person, wonderful mother, and loving grandmother.
Olive had seven children, all living and doing well and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Olive was born on Oct. 28, 1924, in Culbertson, Mont., and was raised in Montana with her three siblings. She was an excellent student and graduated from Plains High School.
A memorial service will held at 3 p.m. on Feb. 3 at Spokane Valley United Methodist Church, N115 Raymond Road, for former Deer Park resident George R. âDickâ Ott, 69, who passed away on Jan. 29, 2012, in Spokane.
Born in Pasco and raised in Deer Park, he graduated from Deer Park High School in 1960 and later attended Spokane Community College. He spent four years in the US Army.
Possessing a lifelong love of agriculture, he spent his entire career selling fertilizer for Inland Farmers (19 years) and later for Greenacres Gypsum (20-plus years).
A funeral service will be 1 p.m. on Feb. 3 at the Riverside Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, N34421 Newport Highway, Chattaroy, for Earnest âRichâ Hall, 41, who passed away on Jan. 28.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy; two children, Ricky and Mark; his parents, Joe and Juanita Hall; four brothers; and two sisters.
Interment will follow the service at Elk Cemetery No. 1 with Lauer Funeral Home, Deer Park, in charge of arrangements.
The family requests memorials be made in care of the Earnest Hall family at American West Bank in Mead.
A funeral service is pending with Lauer Funeral Home, Deer Park, for Deer Park resident Charles M. Winn, 87, who passed away on Jan. 1, 2012.
Born on Dec. 25, 1924, in Nampa, Idaho, he worked as a machinist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation. He moved to Deer Park 15 years ago.
Mr. Winn was an accomplished woodcraftsman and artist.
A daughter, Sharon Collier of Deer Park, passed away in 2007.
When the going got tough, the Newport Grizzlies turned to âWiley Timeâ to get thing moving in the right direction.
Jake Wiley, the Grizzliesâ 6-foot-7 senior, scored a game-high 22 points (12 in the second half) as Newport put away the Riverside Rams 50-41 on Saturday in the regular season finale for both teams.
Newport, which led on 19-17 at halftime, opened up a 40-30 lead in the third quarter on the strength of 10 points from Wiley.
The Rams (0-10 in the Northeast A League) refused to go away easily.
The Newport girls basketball team awoke its sleeping offense to pull away from the Riverside Lady Rams 57-35 in the regular season finale for both teams.
The Lady Grizzlies, who trailed 19-14 midway through the second quarter, went on an 11-3 run to open the third quarter to break the game open.
Sparking the Newport run was junior guard Courtney Weise, who buried a pair of 3-pointers. Her second long-range shot gave Newport a 36-22 lead.
Weise would later earn an old fashioned 3-point play to extend the Lady Grizzliesâ advantage to 45-24 going into the fourth quarter.
The Deer Park Stags, sparked by a trio of 3-pointers in the closing minutes of the first half, defeated the East Valley Knights 65-62 on Friday.
The win assured Deer Park (4-5 in the Great Northern League) a District VII tournament berth.
âThat (the scoring spurt) was big for us,â said Stag head coach Ken Ryan.
Zach Mohr, Uconn Peone and Caleb Guske keyed the second quarter offensive blitz by each sinking 3-pointers.
âWe have to win the last 3 minutes,â Ryan told his team late in the first half.