August 7th, 2011
An informal celebration of life will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Aug. 13 at 4109 Maple Street at Loon Lake for area resident Richard â€śDickâ€ť D. Brauner, 89, who died on July 15 at the home of his daughter Ronna (Eddie) Jimenez in Palm Desert, Calif., from complications of pneumonia, COPD and heart disease.
Born on July 9, 1922, as the third child to Ruth (Ricketts) and Carl Brauner in Colville, he resided in the summer at Loon Lake, and wintered at Desert Hot Springs, Calif. with his wife of 66 years, Maxine.
He grew up in Marcus, graduating in 1940.
A 32-year-old Elk man faces possible vehicular assault charges following a two-car accident on Elk-Milan Road on Saturday afternoon.
According to the Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s Office, Tony Blake of Elk was traveling northbound on Milan-Elk Rd when he crossed over the centerline with his 1978 GMC pickup truck and struck a 2005 Mazda MP driven by Crystal Stokes, 69.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on July 29 at St. Francis Xavier Church Spokane, for former Loon Lake resident Magaret L. Bartholomew, 90, who passed away on July 15.
Born on Jan. 31, 1921, in Central Butte, Saskatchewan to the late Andrew and Jane (McIlraith Munro) Weyer, the family moved to Spokane in March 1936. She attended West Valley High School for one year then found work as a cook's helper and laundress for board and room plus $1 per day at the Bethany Home across the street from her home.
Fire investigators have apprehended a juvenile teenage suspect in a string of recent area fires. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Spokane County Fire District 4 collaborated in the investigation into approximately nine suspicious wildfires last week.
Spokane County Fire District No. 4 and DNR crews responded at 7:43 p.m. to two wildfires near Mountainside Middle School on Day-Mt. Spokane Road on July 23. The fires were determined to be suspicious in nature by fire scene investigators.
Sunny skies and large crowds were the perfect combination to help partake in the 90th Tri-County Settlers Association celebration.
The festivities featured a morning parade with more than 90 entries and an afternoon picnic in Mix Park that included kids games, a petting zoo and musical entertainment.
The Spokane Lilac Festival float took the paradeâ€™s top prize, the sweepstakes award. The Ritzville Community Float won the mayorâ€™s award and Real Estate Marketplaceâ€™s Jim Palmer Sr. and Jr. won the judgesâ€™ award.
Other parade winners were:
Floats â€” 1, Chewelah. 2, Moses Lake.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. on July 31 at the family home, 9122 Deer Valley Road, in Newport, for Derek J. Nichols, who passed away at his home on July 21, 2011, with his mother by his side.
Born on Jan. 28, 1984, in Missoula Mont., he was a kind hearted and loving person who battled cancer and its effects from the age of 8 until his final day.
He loved being with his family, pets and his friends at the Newport Clubhouse. He also enjoyed playing board games, word finds, shopping and spending time outside especially in his swing.
Graveside services were July 25 at the Peone Prairie Cemetery, with the Rev. Alice Payne officiating, for area resident Eileen V. Robinson, 86, who passed away on July 20 in Spokane.
Born on Oct. 26, 1924, at Bonners Ferry, Idaho, she is preceded in death by her husband, John Robinson; a daughter, Carol Pluid; an infant son; and two brothers, Bill and Gene Losh.
She is survived by five children, Sharon (Don) Burkey, Cheryl (Lee) Evenson, Roy (Liz) Pluid, Jesse Bernstine III and Brian Bernstine; eight grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous other family members.
Washingtonâ€™s fifth gray wolf pack has been confirmed in Stevens County.
Earlier this month, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) biologists caught, marked with an ear tag and released a 2-month-old wolf pup from the pack. Biologists have since been trying to capture one of the packâ€™s breeding adult wolves to radio-collar it for monitoring. The effort to document the pack began after local ranchers reported observing three wolf pups and hearing howling in late June.
Spokane Valley police officers arrested a 20-year-old Elk man on July 20 after they found him seated in a stolen Honda Civic.
Mike McNees and other officers responded to the River Rock Apartments at E12700 Shannon about 10:30 a.m. after a person reported a suspicious male ducking down inside the parked Honda and smoking something.
McNees contacted the occupant who identified himself as Christopher L. Dahlman. Sheriffâ€™s dispatch advised McNees that the plate on the back of the Honda was stolen, and when he checked the carâ€™s identification number, learned it was stolen as well.
Deer Parkâ€™s Jack Woods was among 35 area World War II veterans who were part of the Inland Northwest Honor Flight that left Spokane International Airport on Friday to see the memorial built in their honor in Washington, D.C.
The 85-year-old Woods, who enlisted in the Navy in 1943, served in the South Pacific during World War II aboard the USS Cassin Young (DD-793), which withstood several kamikaze attacks.
Woods, who later worked at Kaiser-Mead, has lived in Deer Park since 1968.