August 17th, 2011
Once again, Stevens County voters rejected a plan to raise the Stevens County Library Districtâ€™s levy rate to 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
In preliminary primary election results, voters overwhelmingly rejected the plan 5,332-3,635. A simple majority of yes votes was needed for passage.
Library district officials had hoped that the restored levy rate would augment the shrinking annual operating budget.
â€˘ In the only other primary election race, Deer Park School Board incumbent Jeff Whittle easily outpolled his two challenger.
Motor vehicle violations led to the arrest of a 40-year-old Elk man on Aug. 14 for possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s Deputy Jeff Shover was patrolling the area of 37000 North Newport Highway about noon when he spotted a Toyota pickup that had an obscured license plate, broken windshield and no mud flaps. He stopped the truck and identified the driver as James E. White.
Deer Park football fans will get a look at the new high school track although the peek may not happen at the Stagsâ€™ Sept. 9 season football opener.
Steve Howard, the school districtâ€™s maintenance supervisor, does not expect the work to be completed until the end of September or early October.
Beynon Atlas, a Tarkett Sports Co., headquartered in Portland, Ore., started work on the new track this summer. The company has removed the existing track, which was laid in 1980 (the year the high school was built) and resurfaced in 1998.
No services are planned for former area resident Everett E. Williams, 82, who passed away on Aug. 9 in Spokane.
Born on Nov. 21, 1928, to the late Edward and Minnie (Wallace) Williams in Darlington, Idaho, he moved often growing up and therefore attended many schools, but graduated from Deer Park High School in 1947. After high school he joined the Air Force, where he also took college classes.
He later became the manager of Sprouse Reitz stores in the Hillyard and Garland locations before moving to Colville to manage the Sprouse Reitz there.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Aug. 19 at the Cheney United Methodist Church with a luncheon to follow for former Chattaroy Elementary School teacher Irene Rufer, 92, who passed away Aug. 8 in Spokane.
Born on Sept. 4, 1918, in Hillsboro, Ore., to Jacob and Flora (Wright) Rufer, she attended schools in Holbrook and Silverton, Ore. She attended high school in Spangle, Wash.
She continued her education at Eastern Washington University where she received her bachelorâ€™s degree in education and later received her master's degree.
Starting on Sept. 1, the base cost of most Washington hunting and fishing licenses will increase. It is the first general recreational license fee increase in more than a decade.
The 2011 Legislature approved the new fees to help meet rising costs and a shortfall in revenue for managing hunting, fishing and the fish and wildlife populations that are the focus of those activities.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Aug. 12 at St. Peter's Parish, 3520 18th St., Spokane, followed by graveside services at Fairmount Memorial Park, Spokane, for former Washington Brick and Lime Co. supervisor John Talarico, 97, who passed away on Aug. 6.
Born on Dec. 10, 1913, in Spokane, he worked for Washington Brick & Lime in Clayton for 40 years and held a variety of positions from forklift operator to superintendent. His inventions were very much appreciated at the plant.
The Deer Park Airportâ€™s $2.33 million â€śramp rehabilitationâ€ť project received a new lease on life when the U.S. Senate on Friday approved legislation ending the two-week-old Federal Aviation Administration partial shutdown.
The ramp rehab project, which included new runway edge and beacon lighting and a new fuel disbursement system, was put on hold when the Senate refused to pass a House-approved bill before going on a month-long summer break.
The city had hired Kilgore Construction Co. in July with a 90-day window to complete the project.
Funeral services were Aug. 9 at the Church of the Nazarene in Deer Park, with the Rev. Ron Molina officiating, for Deer Park resident Aurora L. Dizmang, who passed away on Aug. 5 in Spokane.
Born in 1917 in Cleveland, Ga., she was a high school graduate and a longtime owner and operator of a custom drapery business.
She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene.
Her husband, Frank Dizmang, and a son, John Bryan, predeceased her.
Ramona Cline, 97, a very, very longtime resident of the Twin Mountain/Williams Valley area of Deer Park entered into rest on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, due to a fall and broken hip on her 97th birthday.
She was born on Aug. 2, 1914, at Freeport, Kan., to Royal and Bertha Russell.