Archive - Dec 2013
Seeing the joy on your child's face when you surprise them with a dog or cat on Christmas morning is a Kodak moment, but perhaps not a practical one.
According to local animal shelter volunteers and welfare activists, animals given as â€śgiftsâ€ť may seem like a good idea, but more often than not, the pets become a responsibility the person(s) arenâ€™t ready for, leaving families with an animal they can't take care of and the difficult decision to give it up.
Priest River, T-lake this weekend
Defense was the name of the game in Colvilleâ€™s two non-league girlâ€™s basketball road wins last week.
In a 46-25 shellacking of host Medical Lake back on Dec. 18, the Indiansâ€™ defensive pressure exacted a toll.
It was much the same last Saturday at Chewelah, where CHS rolled to a 32-10 halftime lead en route to a 50-21 win over the Cougars.
The Jenkins High boyâ€™s basketball team fell to 2-5 on the season after going 1-2 in three games last week.
The Cougars began their week well with a 68-47 win over Kettle Falls at home, but Chewelah was overpowered in their next two games--a 68-46 loss at Riverside and an 81-50 home loss last Saturday night in the 395 Showdown to Colville.
Chewelah head coach Jason Norman knew there were going to be some growing pains with his mostly inexperienced varsity roster. But Norman certainly seeâ€™s signs of improvement.
The Northport High girlâ€™s basketball team experienced a rough week in a season that was expected to have its share of up and down moments.
The Mustangs opened their week with a 56-24 loss to Inchelium before traveling to the Wellpinit Christmas Tournament and losing to host Wellpinit on Friday, 67-1. On Saturday, NHS lost a rematch with Inchelium, 83-20.
NHS head coach Erik Stark says that Northport is working hard and despite the lopsided losses, the girls are not giving up on the young season.
Itâ€™s hard to find other travelers with more stamps in their passport than Michelle Lee.
As a member of the Colville Rotary Club, Lee has traveled extensively throughout Asia, Europe and Africa in efforts to raise awareness about polio and proper vaccination andclean water projects. Her latest journey to Ethiopia was no different.
â€śLast year, there were 200 cases of polio in the horn of Africa,â€ť said Lee in a presentation to fellow Rotarians last Wednesday. â€śThough the campaign to end polio has been successful, we have to stay diligent and get to outbreaks as soon as possible. â€ś
Authorities have recovered the body of Susan Yager, 51, a Tacoma woman who is thought to have drowned in Loon Lake over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Yager was staying at a cabin on the lake and witnesses reported seeing her in a canoe before her disappearance. Family members and co-workers became concerned when she did not return home, and contacted law enforcement for a welfare check.
Colville Police responded to a call of â€śshots firedâ€ť on E. 3rd Avenue at about noon on Thursday. Upon arrival on scene, police found spent shotgun casings and learned that an individual or individuals had fired rounds into the radiator of a parked late model black car, according to the Colville Police report. The late model Dodge Charger with Oregon plates was reportedly occupied at the time of the shooting incident. According to witnesses, a vehicle described only as â€śwhiteâ€ť left the scene of the shooting.
Michael Edward Hamilton passed away in Colville on Dec. 1, 2013. He was born on Dec. 18, 1942 in Spokane, the son of George and Naomi (Rowland) Hamilton. Mike grew up and attended school in Spokane. After graduating from Rogers High School in 1961, Mike moved to Seattle and went to work at Boeing.
Mike married Joann Bacon in 1962; together they shared 21 years of marriage and had two sons, John and Joe.
Susan Margaretta Wilhoit, a longtime resident of Colville, passed away on Dec. 3, 2013 in Spokane at the age of 67. She was born to James and Betty (Smith) Wilhoit in Santa Monica, CA. Susan moved to Colville in 1971.
Geraldine â€śGerryâ€ť L. Rainer, (1930 â€“ 2013) passed peacefully at her home on Dec. 3, 2013 with family members at her side. Gerry was born on April 18, 1930 in Colville, the daughter of Grant Edward and Josie Celeste (Hauge) Amblie.
She was raised in Addy and attended school in Chewelah. Gerry graduated from Chewelah High School in 1947. She began working at Seattle First National Bank in Colville when she was 17.
On Jan. 19, 1949, she married Otto H. Rainer of Chewelah. Geraldine and Otto shared a blessed marriage and friendship of 64 years.