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Shopping: Time for the annual Vintage Finds & Handmade Treasures Market

 This Saturday, Vintage Finds and Handmade Treasures Market will bring more than 20 vendors, including some of Spokane's most popular shopkeepers, to Nine Mile Falls Elementary School. As always they will fill the school's gym with antiques, jewelry, handcrafted candles and soaps, painted furniture and all sorts of vintage goodies.

This annual "junker's delight" is sponsored by Nine Mile Falls Elementary PTG and organized by the always-clever Kathy and Jennifer Walker of Unexpected Necessities.

I love this sale and the beautiful little carved mirror hanging in my daughter's room is one of my favorite Vintage Finds and Handmade Treasures discoveries. This year, for all you book-lovers, there will also be a used book sale.

Here are the details:

Where: Nine Mile Falls Elementary School, 10102 W. Charles Rd, Nine Mile Falls, wa 99026

When: November 3rd, 2012 from 9am~4pm

Soaking in the Great Outdoors

Some people have the right idea.

I've written about Kelly Tareski before, but after reading about it on her blog, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to learn a little more about her outdoor spa.

Tareski, who owns GardenStone Creations in Airway Heights, coerced (or canoodled) husband Monte into using an old claw-foot tub she had been saving to create a place to enjoy a hot soak under the stars on their Nine Mile Falls property. While that might be a big request for most of us, Monte is in the business of moving things around. He owns Cascading Creations and spends most days moving big rocks, building walls, steps and water features.

In a few days she had her heated outdoor tub, surrounded by flagstone pavers. Kelly whipped up burlap curtains and cajoled (or canoodled) Monte into building a vanity using an old sink she'd been saving for another project.

The result? A beautiful, nature-inspired place to soak and dream under a big Eastern Washington sky.

Unfortunately, as happens with most good ideas, now everyone wants in on the act. The kids like the outdoor bathtub so much Kelly has to schedule her own play time. Isn't that always the way?

You can read more about Kelly Tareski's "Suite Outoors" and see more photos of the project here


Cheryl-Anne Millsap writes for The Spokesman-Review and is the editor of Spokane Metro Magazine. Her essays can be heard on Spokane Public Radio and on public radio stations across the country. She is the author of “Home Planet: A Life in Four Seasons” and can be reached at catmillsap@gmail.com

2 Nine Mile Falls Teens Drown @ Priest Lake

Two Nine Mile Falls teenagers drowned early Saturday morning in North Idaho’s Lion Head Creek at the north end of Priest Lake. Identities of the victims, ages 16 and 19, were being withheld until relatives could be notified. Bonner County sheriff’s deputies said they were called to the Lion Head Campground about 1 a.m. by surviving members of a five-person group. The survivors told officers the teens were missing and presumed to be in the fast-flowing creek, about one-half mile upstream of the East Side Road bridge/John Craig, SR. More here.

Police search for man with colorful criminal history

A wild chase involving a man on a stolen ATV and a state park ranger was caught on tape, and tipsters have led police to a Spokane man with a colorful criminal history.

Casey D. Beckham, 33, is no stranger to police, the courts or the prison, records show. He’s already got a Crime Stoppers reward out for warrants for bail jumping, possession of a controlled substance and escape from community custody, and news archives show he’s had police attention since at least July 1995 when he walked away from a Spokane County Jail work crew while serving nine months for theft and burglary.

That was the beginning of a tumultuous three years for Beckham in which he appeared in two articles detailing his alleged crimes.

Three months after his first news story, Beckham and a woman were arrested and charged with forgery after being stopped from a traffic violation in Spokane Valley. Both had warrants when Beckham was stopped for having defective equipment on his car, and deputies found a purse, wallet and checkbook that were stolen from cars outside a movie theater earlier that week.

In February 1997, Beckham and another man were arrested for residential burglary after the victims went on what a news article described as a “Dukes-of-Hazzard-style chase.” Kathy Asher, chased down the suspects, hit their car and forced them into a ditch on a rural road near Valleyford. Asher received the sheriff’s office Concerned Citizen Award for her actions; Beckham spent four years in prison.

But Beckham’s big day came in October 2003 when he pleaded guilty to eight crimes involving drug possession and theft. But when Spokane County Superior Court Greg Sypolt handed a longer-than-expected sentence, Beckham tried to withdraw his plea. The Washington Court of Appeals rejected his appeal the following year.

Beckham was released from prison in April 2008, according to the Department of Corrections. About a year after his release, a man hopped on a stolen ATV and sped away from a Washington State Parks and Recreation ranger in the parking area at the Carlson trail head in Nine Mile Falls.

The man took off after the ranger told him it was illegal to use the ATV in a state park and, according to a search warrant filed April 17. The chase ended as the man drove through private property, a barbwire fence and disappeared into the rocky hills, the search warrant says. The ranger’s dash camera caught the beginning of the chase.

Beckham is wanted for questioning in the case, said Washington State Patrol trooper Troy Briggs.

If you see Beckham or know where he is, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

UPDATE: Beckham was arrested May 27. Read a story on his arrest  here.