Freezing temperatures prompted the Colville Warming Center to open its doors last month, beginning its opening run with eight days in a row of temperatures below 15 degrees. The center was open last Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, as temperatures plummeted to as low as four degrees.
Low temperatures in the Colville valley were expected to stay in the teens and low 20s for much of the week.
This one had â€śUpset Specialâ€ť written all over it. But Colvilleâ€™s formidable defense turned in its biggest stop in a long, but memorable season and the Indians (12-0) moved into the State 1A championship game with a 20-14 semifinal win over upstart Cascade of Leavenworth last Saturday afternoon in frigid Albi Stadium (Spokane). Colville, ranked no. 1 or no. 2 depending on whether itâ€™s a MaxPreps poll or state coaches poll, will oppose formidable and top-ranked Cascade Christian (12-0) in the Tacoma Dome (see related story) on Saturday for the Class 1A championship. Game time is 10 a.m.
Employees of the Habitat for Humanity (HFH) Colville Valley Thrift Store had a rude start to the work day Friday morning when it was discovered that the front door of the business had been vandalized. The incident is thought to have occurred between Wednesday evening and early Friday morning. Colville Police Officer Ron Maxey responded to the call placed by a HFH employee that discovered the damage when readying the store, located at 480 N. Main Street, for its Black Friday retail sale.
Mama told me there would be days (weeks?) like this. Anytime you are mostly at the mercy of technology (much of it aging), Murphyâ€™s hackneyed philosophy (smile, tomorrow might be worse) tends to invoke its own self on occasion. Yes, stuff happens, whether you want it to or not. I wonâ€™t belabor you with the history and histrionics of the situation, but suffice to say, the newspaper production process was anything but normal earlier this week.
Roger Wayne Americk, a life-long resident of Colville, passed away on Nov. 9, 2014 in Spokane. He was born in Colville on Feb. 6, 1939, the son of Paul and Rosa (Streit) Americk.
Roger attended and graduated from Colville High School as a 12- year senior. In high school, Roger was a member of the Colville High School basketball team, and was active in many other sports activities.
William Richard â€śDickâ€ť Philpott passed away peacefully in his sleep on Nov. 12 in Bellevue. Dick lived with Alzheimerâ€™s disease for 14 years and was 89-years-old.
Mary Elizabeth Rhodes Gallinger, passed away peaceÂ¬fully on Nov. 10, 2014 at Buena Vista Nursing home in Colville at the age of 91. She was born on Jan. 12, 1923 to Louis and Edna Garton Rhodes, in Coulee City.
She graduated from Coulee City High School and atÂ¬tended Business School in Everett. On her return to Coulee City area, she went to work at Grand Coulee Dam as one of the first feÂ¬male timekeepers.
Tough Royal next in quarterfinals
Colville High head coach Randy Cornwell has said more than once that his 10-0 Indians are an â€śall-weatherâ€ť football team. Cornwell wasnâ€™t kidding.
CHS was more physical (nothing new there) and more inclined to play through temperatures in the teens at frigid Colville last Friday night. The result: An easy 52-14 win over visiting La Salle in the first round of the State 1A playoffs.
This mismatch was game, set, match early. Colville ran back the opening kickoff. The early lead was negated on a bonehead CHS penalty well behind the run.
Panthers struggle past Touchet
Once again, the Cusick Panthers were involved in a 1B- 8-man playoff game against the Touchet Indians that came down to the final minutes, and once again the Panthers came out on top, this time with a hard-earned 34-28 road victory over a rugged opponent.
â€śWhenever we play Touchet itâ€™s that way,â€ť said CHS head coach Sonny Finley. â€śWe were expecting a close game the whole wayâ€¦we really didnâ€™t expect it to come down to the final possession again, but it did.â€ť