Archive - 2011
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.
Greg and Jeremiah Rainer (far left in picture) lead a crew of volunteers in pouring concrete last Thursday at the site of the new skate park in Yep Kanum Park in Colville. Jeremiah Rainer spearheaded the project that is using $15,000 in Spencer Trust fund monies through the City of Colville to construct the concrete slab and refurbish wooden ramps and jumps from the former Weeman Skate Park that was located across Hawthorne Street adjacent to the Colville Junior High School.
Bert Francis Matlock, age 89, a longtime resident of Boyds, passed away on June 24, 2011 at his home. Bert was born on May 10, 1922 in Marshall, OK, the son of Noah Coleman and Nora Ann (Neuner) Matlock.
Lawrence â€śLarryâ€ť A. Schmid was born on Nov. 18, 1946 in Riverside, California and died on June 24, 2011 at the young age of 64. He was the son of Arnold and Betty Schmid.
Larry was a loving husband, father, grandfather, teacher and friend who enjoyed the outdoors, traveling, fishing, juggling and living life. He was an honest and caring man and those who knew him loved him.
Perry J. Miller of Chewelah passed away June 20 at St. JoÂ¬sephâ€™s Hospital. He was 90.
Perry was born Feb. 8, 1921 in Brookfield, Ill., to Perry D. Miller and Barbara L. (Eminger) Miller. He attended high school in Ripley, OK and college at Oklahoma State University (Stillwater).
Darlene V. Eason, a longtime resident of Kettle Falls, passed away on June 23, 2011 in Kettle Falls at the age of 79. She was born in Janesville, WI, the daughter of Bert and Cynthia (Blackman) McCaslin.
Darlene moved from Wisconsin to Walla Walla with her family when she was five and then to Pleasant Valley (Rice) when she was 12. She married Sam Eason on March 17, 1979 and they enjoyed 32 wonderful years together. Darlene was one of the most pleasant people anyone could ever know.
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 Fisher and Lori Denise Munson.
He is survived by his mother, Lori Munson and husband, Scott, Chewelah; father, Tom Fisher, Omak; sister, Ashley Simmons and husband, Allen, Kettle Falls; son, Lance Baker; grandparents, Violet Fisher, Wilbur; Don and Eileen Munson, Chewelah; nephews, Chase, Talan and Devan; numerous aunts and uncles and cousins.
Caregiver charged with
Birthdays certainly arenâ€™t uncommon occurrences at Buena Vista Nursing Home in Colville, but last Wednesdayâ€™s celebration was far from routine.
Surrounded by friends, neighbors, social workers, nursing home staff and representatives from the Stevens County Sheriffâ€™s Department, Kettle Falls resident Frances Swan turned 106-years-old.
With cake and gifts on hand, Swan, who the media has referred to as â€śthe oldest woman in Washington State,â€ť made jokes about her age.
â€śIâ€™ve never been over 105 in my whole life,â€ť she laughed.