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One dead in Deer Park crash

One woman is dead in a car crash that is blocking a portion of Highway 395 in Deer Park.

The collision, which happened at 4:24 p.m., involved an SUV and a pickup truck. The woman was trying to cross from east to west across 395 when her vehicle collided with a second vehicle.

Highway 395 southbound lanes are blocked, but there is a detour in place around the crash scene.

Deputy discovers deceased woman during Mullen Hill Terrace welfare check

Spokane County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the death of a woman at the Mullen Hill Terrace park in south Spokane County.

A deputy discovered the woman at a residence in the mobile home park while conducting a welfare check early Friday afternoon.

Spokane County Sheriff's Sergeant Bill Beeman said the woman has facial injuries but deputies have not pinpointed a cause of death. There are no signs of a struggle on the front porch of the home where she was found.

Major Crimes detectives, who are already investigating a body found in Spokane Valley Thursday night, have not arrived on the scene yet. When they do they'll request a search warrant in order to investigate the residence and start working to determine how the woman died and whether foul play was involved in her death.

Cougar fatally injures horse north of Spokane

Wildlife officers are hunting a cougar that fatally attacked a horse near Deer Lake, about 30 miles north of Spokane.

State Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Pam Taylor said the horse suffered severe front leg injuries Tuesday and had to be euthanized.

Taylor told The Spokesman-Review a tracker with hounds was called in Wednesday but was unsuccessful. If caught, the cougar will be killed.

Taylor says the cougar apparently was drawn to the lake from higher elevations because of extremely dry conditions.

The cougar also was spotted at Camp Gifford, a Salvation Army retreat near Deer Lake. Camp director Jeff Potts say teenage campers were moved closer to buildings for safety.

Residents band together to rebuild storm-damaged mobile home park

Residents band together to rebuild storm-damaged mobile home park

The Riverside Village Mobile Home Park is still trying to figure out how they are going to rebuild after last week's massive storm, which destroyed 44 homes and left dozens homeless.

And yet, while the amount of devastation is high, so are the spirits of the residents, who lost everything expect for their positive outlook on the future.

"When it first hit we were not expecting it. We were expecting a windstorm," property manager Sandy McCoin said.

In a matter of minutes rain, wind and hail destroyed life as many of these people knew it.

"I think the saddest thing right now is the people who are realizing they don't have a home," McCoin said.

For the past week residents of Riverside Village Mobile Home Park have been living without power. Some may see it restored for up to two months. Water was recently restored but has to be boiled. McCoin said that to make matters worse looters are now raiding the property at night.

"They are going into peoples windows and going through their belonging and stealing our food," she said.

Boil-water advisories over for some after storm

Boil-water advisories over for some after storm

Health advisories asking residents to boil their drinking water after last week's storm have ended in two of six impacted areas now that power has been restored and lab tests show the water is safe to drink.

Boil-water advisories in Spokane and Pend Oreille counties have ended, specifically:

  • 333 resdients of Chattaroy Valley Mobile Estates in Chattaroy.
  • Sandy Shore and Sandy Meadows water system customers in Pend Oreille County.

The following four water systems in three counties remain on boil-water advisories:

Carlton Complex Fire officials say no more donations!

Carlton Complex Fire officials say no more donations!

It turns out there can be too much of a good thing. According to the official Carlton Complex Fire blog, the community has overwhelmed community groups with their donations.

Effective immediately, physical donations of clothing, books, toys and more will no longer be accepted.

Okanogan County resources no longer have the space to store additional donations or the manpower to sort them. All donations currently being sorted are more than enough to cover what's needed – they are being transported to a central location and then distributed to members of the community from there.

If you would still like to offer assistance to victims of the Carlton Complex fire, please consider a cash donation to the Apple Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross or other local charities. You can also donate cash for fire victims at any North Cascades Bank.

Working 4 you: Just how good for you is running?

Working 4 you: Just how good for you is running?

Good news for runners.

A new study shows the benefits of running for your health, but this study says it doesn't matter if you're a 15-minute miler, or an elite marathoner. The benefits are still the same.

According to the study running, even for a few minutes a day, can reduce your risk of death from heart disease compared to those who don't run at all. That study was published this week in the journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Researchers studied some 55,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 100 over a 15 year period. They noted their overall health, if they ran and how long they lived.

Compared to non-runners, investigators found those who ran had a 30% lower risk of death from all causes, and a 45% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease.

In fact, runners on average lived three years longer compared to those who did not hit the pavement.

When data was broken down by age, sex, body mass index, smoking and alcohol use, the benefits were still the same. And the speed at which runners ran made little difference.