March 6th, 2012
As expected, last Saturday nightâs showdown for the State girlâs 1B basketball championship came down to a battle of the top rankedâthree time defending champion Colton and Columbia High (28-2).
Columbia, putting together another brilliant campaign under head coach Mindy Flett, simply couldnât 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. 25Âș 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 â24 Hours of Schweitzerâ will be held March 30-31 at Schweitzer Mountain Resort near Sandpoint, Idaho.
Last yearâs 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 yearâs event, which raised $90,000, even included a midnight marriage proposal.
Also known as â24 Hours For Hank,â the event is looking for participants to rack up the vertical for bragging rights and cystinosis research.
Bob Jones heads
for Nome again
âYou suppose theyâre tired of me yet,â 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 Spokaneâs 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 âFinal 8â field this week in Yakima blown apart by an ugly start in last Friday nightâs âSweet 16â regional match-up against third-ranked Naches Valley at Yakimaâs East Valley High School.
INCHELIUMâThe third annual Katie Mae LeaderCharge five on five coed basketball tournament will be held at Inchelium High School March 17-18.
The tournament is designed for players of all ages. One female must be on the court at all times (eight-person roster).
Overall MVP awards will be given out (men and women). There will also be a three-point shooting contest.
Entry fee is $300 (pay now or pay before your team gets to play). Checks payable to Shelley or Leonard LeaderCharge.
All proceeds will go to the Katie Mae LeaderCharge memorial scholarship.
overwhelmed by CHS
Columbia High (25-1) got a combined 70 points from Elizabeth Larrew, Lindsay Loe and Krista Colvin in a 77-11 crushing of overmatched Wilson Creek (9-11) in a State 1B girlâs regional game last Saturday afternoon at Shadle Park High School in Spokane.
The win earns CHS, whose only loss this season to date was to Class 2B state favorite and two-time defending state champion Reardan, a date at the Class 1B Hardwood Classic in the Spokane Arena March 1-3.
CHS will open the 1B tournament Thursday at 7:15 p.m. against little known Northwest Yeshiva.
Peter Moore was born August 21, 1949 and passed away Feb. 21, 2012.
Peter was born Peter Ray Moore in Fargo, N.D., to Robert and Marlowe Moore. He was raised in Southern California and lived for the past 15 years in the Colville area. He now resides in heaven with his Savior, Jesus Christ, and has been joined by friends and family who have gone before him.