May 9, 2012 in City

In brief: Hand recount confirms Riverside levy success


Voters in the Riverside School District have approved a levy that will raise about $2.9 million a year.

The measure was approved in an April 18 election, but results were close and Chattaroy resident Leonard Terzenbach paid to have ballots recounted by hand. The recount was completed Tuesday afternoon.

The final tally, which includes ballots from Spokane and Pend Oreille counties, was 2,161 votes in favor and 2,150 votes opposed. Those numbers did not change from the original count.

Terzenbach paid $1,083 for the recount. That’s based on 25 cents a ballot, said Spokane County Elections Manager Mike McLaughlin. He said once all the expenses of the recount are finalized, Terzenbach likely will get a small refund.

The April vote was the second time the district asked voters to approve a levy this year. If it had failed, the district would have had to wait until next year before proposing another one. It will cost property owners about $3.42 per $1,000 assessed value.

Health district offers pertussis vaccinations

The Spokane Regional Health District will offer free whooping cough vaccinations Saturday for adults who don’t have health insurance or whose insurance won’t cover the cost.

Vaccinations will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the health district, 1101 W. College Ave. Only people 19 and older can take part.

Whooping cough, or pertussis, reached an epidemic level in Washington last month. Through April 28, 1,132 cases had been reported, compared with 965 cases in all of 2011, the health district said in a news release. There have been 15 confirmed cases in the Spokane area.

While infants are at the highest risk of severe complications, most of them get the disease from the adults around them, the release said.

Off-duty deputy prevents possible suicide attempt

An off-duty Spokane County sheriff’s deputy possibly saved a boy who was contemplating suicide.

Corrections Deputy Timothy Bliven was pulling his boat out of Spirit Lake May 3 when he noticed a juvenile male standing at the dock’s edge without a shirt on and “felt something wasn’t right,” wrote Deputy Mark Gregory in a news release. When Bliven approached the boy, he noticed his hands were bound with a T-shirt.

Bliven pulled the boy away from the edge and had a bystander call 911; the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office responded.

The boy told authorities he was standing on the dock thinking about jumping in an attempt to drown himself.

“Deputy Bliven’s swift response to this potentially tragic situation probably saved the man’s life,” Gregory said.

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