March 6th, 2012
Stephen R. Krausse (20), died unexpectedly on Feb. 23, 2012 at his residence in St. Maries, Idaho.
He was born June 6, 1991 in Olympia. He grew up in Colville and was a 12-year senior of Colville High School. He graduated in 2009. Stephen worked in food service at Arbyâ€™s, as well as a construction company in Colville.
He moved to St. Maries in April 2011, and started his new job at Stimson Lumber Company in the sawmill department. He was also training for a sawyer position. In January 2012, he started a new job with Inter-Mountain West Insulation, where he was currently employed.
Carl L. Howes passed on Jan. 27, 2012 in Colville.
Carl was born the fifth of eight children to Carson and Hazel Howes on April 16, 1924 in Springfield Oregon. He graduated the eighth grade from the Childrenâ€™s Farm Home of The Oregon. After that, he went to work in the shipyards in Portland, OR.
At the age of 18, Carl was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served in WWII in the 1282 Engineering Combat BN, he was part of the Rhineland Central Europe Campaign.
Statesman-Examiner Sports will begin profiling spring sports teams from Colville, Kettle Falls and Chewelah high schools in next weekâ€™s edition.
Among the teams covered will be track and field, baseball and softball at Colville, Chewelah and Kettle Falls, boyâ€™s soccer at Colville, boyâ€™s and girlâ€™s golf at Chewelah and Colville and boys golf at Kettle Falls High, along with girlâ€™s tennis at CHS and Northport baseball.
As expected, last Saturday nightâ€™s showdown for the State girlâ€™s 1B basketball championship came down to a battle of the top rankedâ€”three time defending champion Colton and Columbia High (28-2).
Columbia, putting together another brilliant campaign under head coach Mindy Flett, simply couldnâ€™t overcome the Colton juggernaut, losing 55-47.
With the win, Colton continues to breathe in some rarified air. There are very few teams that win one state championship, much less four in succession.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Day 1. 25Âş degrees
The Colville Valley U-12 Baseball League in Colville and Kettle Falls is gearing up for the season.
Despite the cold temperatures and snow on the ground, the league, which serves youngsters in Colville, Kettle Falls, Northport and Inchelium, has started its registration process for both Colville and Kettle Falls teams, according to sponsoring Colville Kiwanis Club spokesman and league commissioner, Bob Meshishnek.
A unique event and fund-raiser called â€ś24 Hours of Schweitzerâ€ť will be held March 30-31 at Schweitzer Mountain Resort near Sandpoint, Idaho.
Last yearâ€™s event drew more than 120 participants who ranged in age from four to 69. The competitors completed 9,561 runs in 24 hours (10,247 vertical feet).
The individual record last year was 202 runs.
Last yearâ€™s event, which raised $90,000, even included a midnight marriage proposal.
Also known as â€ś24 Hours For Hank,â€ť the event is looking for participants to rack up the vertical for bragging rights and cystinosis research.
Bob Jones heads
for Nome again
â€śYou suppose theyâ€™re tired of me yet,â€ť Bob Jones laughs.
Is the 72-year-old Jones talking about his upcoming 13th snow machine trip over the Iditarod Trail to Nome sweet Nome or those journal logs he writes for this newspaper?
No chance, Bob. Not you.
Steel yourselves, folks. The Kettle Falls man is almost back on the Iditarod Trail again. Jones left on Feb. 29 for Anchorage and the start of the Last Great Race on March 3 from the outskirts of Anchorage.
Mail processing operations in Pasco, Yakima and Wenatchee will move to Spokaneâ€™s processing center on the West Plains, the U.S. Postal Service said today.
The Postal Service will cut more than 300 jobs in Washington as it consolidates mail processing. In addition to the Spokane center absorbing more work, sorting operations in Everett, Olympia and Tacoma will transfer to Seattle.
Spokesman Ernie Swanson says 97 jobs will be cut in Everett, 29 in Olympia, 139 in Tacoma, 19 in Yakima, 20 in Wenatchee and two in Pasco.
Second half rally comes
Colville High saw its opportunity to make the State Hardwood Classic â€śFinal 8â€ť field this week in Yakima blown apart by an ugly start in last Friday nightâ€™s â€śSweet 16â€ť regional match-up against third-ranked Naches Valley at Yakimaâ€™s East Valley High School.