Archive - Jul 7, 2011
Deserae Kathleen (Austin) Martinez, a life-long resident of the Colville area, was accepted into the Lordâ€™s hands on June 26, 2011. She was born in Spokane on July 29, 1982 to Cathy Somerlott and Don Willard. She married Josh Martinez on Sept. 23, 2006. Desi graduated from Colville High School in 2001, and recently completed the Spokane Carrington College Dental Assistant program. She was employed by Whittyâ€™s Chevron. Desi enjoyed horseback riding, gardening and helping people.
Charles Hugh Mitchell, a 43-year resident of Colville, passed away on June 27, 2011, at the age of 90. Charles, (Chuck), was born on Feb. 18, 1921 in Sparta, Tennessee, the son of James and Lina Mitchell. Chuck was raised and attended school in Oklahoma. He graduated from high school in 1940. Following high school, Chuck spent a year in a CCC camp digging irrigation ditches and building fences and another year at a NYA radio school learning repair and transmissions.
Mary Akerson, a ten-year resident of Colville, passed away on June 30 at the age of 105.
She was born on May 3, 1906 in North Carolina and moved to Missouri at a young age. In grade school, her parents moved the family to Montana, where they did not find enough good farmland and then moved back to Missouri, where she graduated from high school. After high school, Mary attended a teaching summer school in Miles City, Montana so she could teach for one year without having to go to college. After one year of teaching, she attended and graduated from Dillon, Montana Teachers College.
Berneice Iona Worth, a former resident of Kettle Falls, passed away on June 28, 2011 in Spokane at the age of 84. She was born on July 14, 1926 in Beiseker, Alberta, Canada, the daughter of Joseph and Emma (Meckler) Fleck.
Jeffrey G. Fisher, a resident of Spokane, passed away on June 23, 2011 in Spokane at the age of 26. He was born on Dec. 18, 1984 in Spokane, the son of Thomas Wayne and Fisher and Lori Denise Munson.
Shrinking availability of state and federal grants means that Stevens County likely wonâ€™t be taking on any major transportation improvement projects over the next six years, according to Stevens County Public Works Director, Jim Whitbread. Instead, the county will be focusing on maintenance and projects it can do itself, as outlined in the countyâ€™s new Six-Year Transportation plan.
Whitbread said this approach is an effort to be fiscally prudent until grant monies again become available.
The Panorama Juniors U-17 club volleyball season came to an end last week in Phoenix, AZ. The team, comprised of members of the Colville High volleyball team, competed in the 28th annual volleyball festival in the desert. The tournament is the nationâ€™s largest indoor girlâ€™s volleyball event. During opening ceremonies at Chase Field (home of the Arizona Diamondbacks), the Panorama Juniors marched with over 500 teams and 8,000 athletes in all divisions. Honored during opening ceremonies were volleyball greats Misty May-Treanor and Karch Kiraly.
It has been decades since Colville High alumni (and a few friends) strapped on the helmets and laced on the pads for a little high school football dĂ©jĂ vu. But with the encouragement of CHS grad Cole Weatherman and support from the Colville School District administration, a Colville vs. Chewelah alumni football game was resurrectedâ€”and playedâ€”last Friday night at CHS. No, it almost didnâ€™t happen. There was a point last week when Weatherman thought the game was going to have to be cancelled.